Zain & Boku

San Francisco-based Boku has buddied with MT2 to bring direct carrier billing to Google Play for Zain subscribers in Saudi Arabia. This benefit is particularly important in Saudi Arabia, where only 17% of consumers have a credit card and only 46% have any kind of bank account.

X-Border Payments

A new quarterly Index will quantify the friction in the online cross-border purchasing process. The report provides detail on merchant preparedness to handle the needs of international shoppers and offers suggestions on how merchants can capitalize on the growing opportunity in the global online marketplace.

EMV Toolkit

Visa has introduced an EMV toolkit to help business owners manage the transition to chip technology for credit and debit cards. provides merchants with a 10-step implementation guide, downloadable tools and resources, and a module to train employees on accepting chip cards at the point-of-sale (POS).