Calpian & Apple Pay

Dallas-based global mobile payments technology specialist and processor, Calpian is set to support Apple Pay and provide merchants with access to Apple’s new mobile payments ecosystem. Calpian will integrate Apple services into its point-of-sale payment hardware and software, and provide its merchant clients with the tools and support they need accept payments over Apple’s NFC-based payment solution.

Net Element & Apple Pay

Miami-based Net Element says it will integrate Apple services into its point-of-sale (POS) payment acceptance hardware and software, enabling Company merchants the ability to accept Apple Pay from customers. The company speiclaizes in mobile payments and value-added transactional services in emerging countries and in the U.S.

Wallaby Firefox Extension

Pasadena, CA-based Wallaby, a mobile and web-based credit card optimization solutions specialist has expanded it service to include an extension for the Firefox browser. The Wallaby Firefox Extension provides users with a highly convenient way to identify which of their credit cards they should use for online purchases at a wide selection of merchants such as Amazon, eBay, Staples, and Best Buy.

VeriFone PAYware PCI SSC Certified

VeriFone Systems announced that its Payments as a Service (PaaS) platform for the UK market-PAYware Ocius-has been certified by the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) as an approved Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) solution. P2PE is crucial for merchants in today’s retail landscape, as it encrypts cardholder data collected at the point of sale and keeps it encrypted until it is safely inside VeriFone’s PCI compliant decryption environment. This means cardholder data remains secure across the retailer’s POS terminals, networks and systems. Certification of PAYware Ocius was based on 888 rigorous standards required by the PCI SSC across 6 domains.

Spanish Text Banking

Wells Fargo’s text banking service is now available in Spanish, giving Spanish-speaking customers a safe and easy way to manage their personal and small business finances. The Wells Fargo Mobile Text Banking service is safe. Customer accounts are referred to only by nicknames, therefore account numbers, passwords or other personal information are not needed.

Global Payments Announces Latest Acquisition

Global Payments entered a definitive agreement to acquire Ezi Holdings Pty Ltd (Ezidebit) for AU$305 million, an integrated payments company focused on recurring payments verticals and markets its products through a network of integrated software vendors and direct channels to numerous vertical markets. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of Global Payments’ 2015 fiscal year, subject to receipt of regulatory approvals in Australia and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Global Payments expects the transaction to contribute approximately US$25 million in revenues and to be slightly additive to total company cash operating margins. Additionally, it is anticipated that the transaction will be modestly accretive on a cash earnings basis for fiscal 2015 and dilutive to fiscal 2015 GAAP earnings per share.

SmartStream Appoints Director, Professional Services

SmartStream Technologies announced the hire of Richard Nicholas as Director of Professional Services, Asia Pacific. Richard will be responsible for professional services and programme management across the region. Richard has been working in the Asia Pacific region for 15 years and brings with him over 20 years of financial services experience. Prior to joining SmartStream, he has held senior professional services and programme management positions at HSBC, ION Trading, Misys and Standard Chartered Bank.

MasterCard Advisors Shuffles Execs

MasterCard Advisors appointed Pierre Burret as Head of Delivery, Quality & Resource Management for Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa and Eric Schneider as Region Business Lead for Asia Pacific. Burret will lead delivery, quality and resource management across three key regions (Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa). In his new role, Burret will lead and develop the MasterCard Advisors’ consulting team to deliver business intelligence and provide solutions to financial institutions, merchants, governments and other organizations. Meanwhile Eric Schneider will serve as Region Head, who has moved from the U.S. where he served as group head and member of the MasterCard Advisors management team for the U.S. market. Schneider will be based in Singapore, and will oversee MasterCard Advisors’ market operations in the Asia Pacific region.