Serious eWallet Progress

Online money transfer company Optimal Payments Plc said it expects to beat its forecast for the full-year after robust sales at its high-margin Neteller e-wallet business drove first-half pretax profit up 78 percent. The company’s shares rose as much as 7.8 percent to 510 pence in early trade on the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Pretax profit jumped to $27.5 million for the six months ended June 30, from $15.5 million a year ago.

Gem Bitcoin Platform

Gem Bitcoin startup, launched a Bitcoin platform for developers at TechCrunch Disrupt SF’s Startup Battlefield. Selected as one of 30 companies competing for a chance to win $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup, Gem’s full-stack API now provides developers with a complete solution that eliminates the pain of building Bitcoin security infrastructure into their apps. Founded by Bitcoin, Gem offers a platform for securing Bitcoin and other digital currencies. The importance of protecting Bitcoin balances and transactions is now mandatory in the wake of several recent industry security challenges resulting in the loss or theft of over half a billion dollars’ worth of Bitcoin. Gem’s solution, which can be deployed by developers in minutes, utilizes a three-key multi-signature system and several other integrated bank-grade security features to ensure Bitcoin wallets and funds are always secure and accessible. The combination of multi-signature technology with best-in-class authentication and monitoring systems in one comprehensive platform makes the Gem solution a first for the digital currency world.

AcceptEmail & Worldpay

AcceptEmail e-bill payment has selected Worldpay to power its international e-billing solutions. AcceptEmail is the digital replacement for paper bills, reminders, bounced direct debits or payment plans. It allows consumers to pay their bills securely and directly from their e-mail inbox on a PC or notebook, tablet or smart phone. Real-time generated images convey the current bill status, resulting in an intuitive payment experience. Worldpay’s global payment capabilities and range of alternative payment types mean AcceptEmail customers are now able to pay using many of their preferred currency, language and payment methods, swiftly and simply.