Visa payWave accounts in Virtual Cloud

Visa today announced it is offering clients new options to securely deploy mobile payment programs, including for the first time an option to host Visa payWave-enabled accounts in a secure, virtual cloud. The move expands Visa’s support for mobile payments globally and will give financial institutions greater choice in offering consumers secure ways to pay with smartphones. Visa’s support for cloud-based payments follows the introduction of a new feature in the Android mobile operating system called Host Card Emulation (HCE); HCE allows any NFC application on an Android device to emulate a smart card, letting users wave-to-pay with their smartphones, while permitting financial institutions to host payment accounts in a secure, virtual cloud.

Capital One Joins clearXchange Network

Capital One Financial Corporation and clearXchange announced that Capital One, N. A. has joined the clearXchange network as an owner, becoming the fourth owner alongside Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo and fifth bank customer of the clearXchange network. clearXchange is the first network in the U.S. created by and for financial institutions that lets customers send person-to-person payments easily and securely with only an email address or phone number. As a member of the network, Capital One will expand its capabilities to provide customers the ability to pay anyone with a U.S. bank account without requiring sensitive account information.

MasterCard to Use HCE for NFC Payment Transactions

MasterCard today announced it will publish a specification that leverages Host Card Emulation (HCE) for secure near field communication (NFC) payment transactions. The approach will enable consumers to easily use their MasterCard-branded cards on their NFC-enabled phones to make contactless payments. Today, there are two million contactless-enabled merchant locations in 63 countries around the world.

AnywhereCommerce adds three payments execs to team

AnywhereCommerce added three recognized payments executives to bolster its international business activities. William Nichols, Nigel Bidmead, and Jimmy Quake have joined the company to drive sales initiatives and develop business across its growing global footprint. AnywhereCommerce has an established market presence in the North America, LAC, EMEA and APAC with its award-winning aCommerce series of mobile point of sale (mPOS) solutions. Driving international sales and marketing with a current focus on Latin American and the Caribbean is William Nichols, who was named executive vice president of international markets. Prior to joining AnywhereCommerce, Nichols held executive positions at First Data Corporation and VeriFone, where he was responsible for channel development and expansion, sales execution, product strategy development, and consulting services. Nigel Bidmead, who was named executive vice president, is responsible for business development and sales activities in the EMEA region. Bidmead comes to the company after several senior executive roles with industry giants First Data, VeriFone and ACI where he led large teams of personnel and drove important deals in the areas of electronic payments, cards, authorization and settlement systems, as well as software and telecommunications.Rounding out the expanded international management team is Jimmy Quake who has some 20 years of experience in the payments sector, and will serve as AnywhereCommerce’s senior vice president for the Asia-Pacific region, and will lead business development and market expansion efforts in that locale. Before joining AnywhereCommerce, Quake served as vice president for ViVoTech, and held a number of executive positions for VeriFone in Australia and Asia.

Montise Performs to Keep in the Black

Montise posted H1 FY 2014 revenue £46.5m, up 67% on H1 FY 2013. Gross margin increased to 73% from 72% in H1 FY 2013, with user generated margin particularly strong, owing to a number of product licence deals following recent customer wins and renewals. Adjusted loss after tax (2)of £16.4m (H1 FY 2013 loss: £21.0m) and adjusted loss per share of 1.0p (H1 FY 2013 loss: 1.8p). Statutory loss after tax of £22.0m (H1 FY 2013 loss: £30.3m) with loss per share of 1.4p (H1 FY 2013 loss: 2.6p).

Amazon Coins-Spend and Earn On Android Devices

Amazon this morning announced that customers in the US, UK and Germany can now buy, spend and earn Amazon Coins on their Android phones and tablets. Previously available for use exclusively on Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon Coins can now be used to buy the latest apps, like Ridiculous Fishing, purchase extra lives within Candy Crush, or unlock Red’s amazing Super Roaster in Angry Birds GO directly from their Android device. Customers simply need to download the latest version of the Amazon Appstore and their existing Coins balances automatically appear. Existing Android customers can upgrade to the latest version of the Amazon Appstore on their mobile device by visiting www.amazon.com/updateappstore and new customers can download the Amazon Appstore on their mobile device by visiting www.amazon.com/getappstore.

Meritus Payment Solutions Names New CTO

Mark Adams has joined Meritus Payment Solutions as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Adams brings extensive expertise in product development, application engineering, and the building of highly scalable cloud based infrastructures. In his role at Meritus, he will oversee product engineering, application development, IT infrastructure, and information security. A proven leader with 19 years of technology experience, Mr. Adams comes to Meritus from HireRight where he served as CIO and VP of Engineering. Before joining HireRight, Mr. Adams led the development of financial and contact center applications for Auto Club of Southern California. His prior experience also includes serving as Vice President of Information Technology for Lending Tree Loans where he focused on the delivery of highly scalable mortgage processing infrastructure and applications.

THE LINE ITEM SOME CARD ISSUERS (STILL) DON’T GET RIGHT

Every year we analyze this metric, and some issuers respond that they do invest in R&D (Research and Technical Development); it’s just plugged into other larger areas of the P/L, like “G&A,” or “Operating Expense.” Yet, if it is so important to the long term survival of any organization, why is it “buried,” or “plugged;” why not exposed to the light of day? A buried expense cannot be a function truly (or well) managed.

Mercury Payment Hires CTO

Mercury Payment service appointed Andrew Patterson Chief Technology Officer. Here he will be responsible for software engineering, technology infrastructure, business intelligence, quality assurance, and architecture for the organization. With over a decade of technology and management experience, Patterson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his role as CTO at Mercury. Patterson most recently served as the vice president of payments software and emerging products for Moneris Solutions where he led a number of key technology initiatives, including the design and development of many of their products and processing systems. He was also the director of software development at the same company. He holds a B.S. from Dalhousie University and an MBA from Queen’s University.

MasterCard Teams Points International on Reward Options

MasterCard enhanced cardholders options to redeem, exchange and trade their rewards points. Delivered through a relationship between MasterCard and Points International, the new options are based on the popularity of travel and experiences and expected to drive engagement and value to rewards programs offered by issuing banks participating in the MasterCard Rewards Platform. Following the initial integration, it is anticipated that program functionality will be available later this year.

MANGOPAY Accepts Seven New Currencies

MANGOPAY crowdfunding platforms and collaborative economy players is strengthening its offering with new functionalities and accepting seven further currencies (British pound, American dollar, Swiss franc, Polish zloty, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish krone) in addition to the euro. The Australian and Canadian dollar will also soon also be accepted. In-app payment using card “tokenisation” which allows merchants to receive payments without users leaving their platform. Meanwhile, test accounts for merchants and the option to go live directly via mangopay.com. MANGOPAY helps clients accept third-party payments, create and manage e-wallets (white label), split funds and collect fees in a simple, secure and transparent way.