New ATMs for Botswana

Barclays Bank of Botswana has partnered with Bytes Managed Solutions, the exclusive distributor of NCR technology solutions in southern Africa, for the installation of intelligent cash deposit ATMs. Last month, the bank launched a new generation of ATMs that provide customers with convenient ways of banking outside the banking halls. The ATMs are specifically designed for high transaction usage. They accept cash deposits with real time credit capability, recycle the deposited cash, dispense cash, do cheque deposits, and offer a broad range of other services, such as bill payment, funds transfer, mobile phone top-up and mini-statements.

First Data launches payment tool for gambling and gaming firms

First Data launched its “PayLucky Solutions” for legalized online and offline gambling and gaming. The “PayLucky Solutions” offers an innovative package of comprehensive payment services, all in one place, giving players instant funding access – by removing the typically long wait for payment verification and giving financially qualified players the ability to immediately play. This makes payment acceptance risk-free – by protecting operators with qualified players to decrease payment risk and guarantee player funding using TeleCheck® Warranty ACH service, which uses third party validation and provides proprietary analysis on individual spending habits. It also ensures players can quickly access their funds through several options including an open loop or closed loop prepaid card, ACH deposit to a checking account or paper check.

PayPal Introduces Next-Day Settlement Option

PayPal has introduced Next-Day Settlement (NDS) for eligible businesses in the United States through a pilot program. This allows eligible businesses transferring money from their PayPal account to their bank account now have the ability to receive their money within 24 business hours instead of the three to four business days it used to take. And, as long as you make your transfer by 5 pm local U.S. time, you’ll have access to your money quicker than ever before. Again, we’ve heard your concerns so we’ve been working with our banking partners to optimize processes on both their end and ours so that we can make the 24-hour transfer a reality. Now that makes a difference. Businesses eligible for Next-Day Settlement have received notifications informing them that they can opt in to the program.

MasterCard and Silicon Valley Bank Commitment to Startups Grows

MasterCard and Silicon Valley Bank are inviting startups from across North America to apply for a position in the Commerce.Innovated. class. In the four-month Commerce.Innovated. program, participating startups receive access to industry expertise across the commerce space from selected MasterCard and Silicon Valley Bank executives and partners. Participants must be focused on an innovative commerce solution; have assembled a strong, small core team; activated a beta of their solution, that projects to generate revenue in the next 6 months; and have secured or raising seed funding, with plans to raise Series A.

Net Element Exec

William Healy has been appointed to the Net Element’s Board of Directors, effective June 30, 2014, and will serve on the Board’s Audit, Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Mr. Healy is an accomplished financial services industry veteran with more than 24 years of merchant financing and electronic payments industry experience. Net Element is a global technology-driven group specializing in mobile payments and value-added transactional services.

Credit Availability

Credit card credit availability levels off and is heading south. A new study found that credit lines are contracting at their slowest rate in a year, with average credit lines for sub-prime and prime accounts (down 1.2% and 1.4% respectively) continuing to contract at a faster rate than super-prime accounts (down just 0.3%). The report also found that the credit card market is shifting toward rewards cards.

Debit Breach Impact

A new study from Discover’s PULSE found that 84% of financial institutions reissued all exposed cards in response to the Target breach, compared to only 29% that typically reissue all exposed cards as a standard response to breaches. Overall, 14% of all debit cards were exposed in data breaches in 2013, compared to 5% in 2012. PULSE says 86% of financial institutions stated that they plan to begin issuing EMV debit cards in early 2015.

Stripe Alipay

Stripe customers will soon be able add an Alipay option to their checkout. Stripe says it is building a universal platform for internet commerce; in order to enable China’s 1.3 billion people to buy from Stripe businesses, the company decided to add support for Alipay. With Stripe, Alipay users will simply enter their email address and a six-digit SMS code in Checkout. It works on either desktop or mobile. Stripe now processes billions of dollars a year for thousands of businesses

Net Element Obtains $10 Million Credit

Net Element, Inc., a technology-driven group specializing in mobile payments and value-added transactional services in emerging countries and in the United States, is pleased to announce that the Company completed the closing of a $10 Million credit facility from the payments industry-leading lender, RBL Capital Group, LLC. This closing represents the second funding in the $30 million financing round that was announced by the Company on April 22, 2014.