MACH and payvia Partner on mPayments

MACH direct operator billing and payvia mobile payments partnered to integrate their carrier billing technologies providing customers with seamless worldwide mobile payment platforms. With this, MACH will launch its Direct Carrier Billing service in the US, leveraging payvia’s US footprint and relationships with the main mobile operators. payvia and MACH’s platforms monetize services for developers, app stores, online merchants and other content providers, opening a brand new revenue stream and letting them maximize revenues from online, in-app and app billing. By bringing their direct carrier billing technologies together in a seamless global platform, the partners will extend this frictionless payment option that is more secure, fast and convenient than both credit card and premium SMS billing.

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mopay Expands Global Presence

mopay mobile payment solutions for online merchants continued global expansion with two new representative offices in Asia. Located in Seoul, Korea and Jakarta, Indonesia, mopay’s expanded presence will support Asian online merchants to grow internationally. Since establishing its regional headquarter in Beijing in 2010, mopay has succeeded in building a well-trusted payment brand among Asian merchants, acquiring over 100 new clients in the region, including Tencent, Shanda Interactive and Changyou. Today, mopay is working with nine out of China’s top ten online game companies.

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No Improvement on the Job Front

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Total payroll employment was up 157,000 in January as the unemployment rate increased marginally to 12.3 million for a 7.9% national rate. This after a 155,000 increase in December, when the unemployment rate was 7.8%, or 12.2 million unemployed persons. Those jobless 27 weeks or more was, however, gained some positive…

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MoneyGram Offers Remittance Through BP Franchise

ampm, BP’s popular West Coast convenience store franchise, agreed to offer MoneyGram’s full suite of consumer products at participating ampm locations in the Western United States, the companies announced. With this, BP is promoting MoneyGram’s money transfer services, bill payments, money orders and prepaid cards to its network of more than 950 ampm franchises throughout Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

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VeriFone Appoints CFO & New VP

VeriFone Systems appointed Marc E. Rothman executive vice president and chief financial officer and Jay Parsons senior VP, digital media and taxi operations. Rothman joined Motorola through the acquisition of General Instrument in 2000, in which capacity he oversaw all financial activities of Motorola Mobility and led the company’s spin-off transaction from its former parent and eventual sale. Parsons joined VeriFone in September of 2011 and has played an integral role in driving the successful development of VeriFone’s interactive digital solutions platform for the petroleum and retail businesses.

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MasterCard Partners Accion to Advance Financial Inclusion

The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion together with MasterCard launched “Mapping the Invisible Market” research initiative as part of the Financial Inclusion 2020 campaign. This will consist of a series of research papers looking at how demographics, income, urbanization, and other issues affect financial inclusion, at a time when over 2 billion people don’t use formal financial services. The report details how profound demographic shifts in the developing world have implications for how people can save, invest, or transfer money.

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SIX Payment Appoints Chief Marketing Officer

SIX Payment Services card-based and electronic payments appointed Pedro Deserrano as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Most recently with VISA Europe as Senior VP, Sales & Marketing, Deserrano will join SIX Payment Services’ Management Committee, heading up the Products & Marketing division. Bringing to the table international experience in the card and payments business, Deserrano’s international expertise will enable him to contribute valuable industry know-how at SIX.

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Shell Austria Parnters Wincor-Nixdorf on Cash Management

easybank customers can now withdraw cash at Shell service stations with their current account or credit card thanks to the recent partnership with Shell Austria and Wincor Nixdorf. With this, a total of 125 Shell stations in Austria will be equipped with special POS terminals featuring an ATM function by the end of the year to allow service station customers to withdraw cash using their current account or credit card. The ICM (Integrated Cash Management) system developed by Wincor Nixdorf enables automated deposits and dispensing as well as banknote and coin recycling.

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MasterCard Drives Contactless Payment Expansion

MasterCard Worldwide announced record growth of its contactless payments technology, MasterCard® PayPass™, across the Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA) region in 2012, citing a 28% (YoY) increase in merchant locations. MasterCard’s PayPass contactless payment network now boasts nearly 700,000 merchant locations in 51 countries as of Q4 2012. Growth data reflects a strong demand from consumers for fast and convenient alternative to cash for everyday purchases in region, including those in emerging markets like Vietnam, which last month launched contactless payments for the first time. In Australia, more than one-in-ten card transactions under $100 is now being made with PayPass. In Singapore, transactions made using PayPass at last year’s Great Singapore Sale (GSS) grew 100-fold, with total spend up by more than 54%. In New Zealand, all new consumer credit and debit cards issued are enabled with PayPass. Consumer-led demand for contactless technology drove uptake among the country’s most popular retailers, including Bunnings, Kmart, The Warehouse, Resene, Repco, and BP.

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WePay Names New VP, Marketing

WePay appointed Tina Hsiao, formerly of Intuit, Vice President of Marketing. She brings with her extensive experience with small businesses and her history of leadership across marketing, product management, customer care and finance will be invaluable as WePay continues to grow and gain market share in small business payments. Hsiao spent over 11 years at Intuit in their small business division, where she launched and led marketing for several high-growth products that helped small businesses acquire customers and manage their finances.

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