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"With regard to MarketEye I would say that it’s one of the better digests, in my opinion. Gives me what I want, when I want it and in a concise, straightforward manner. I don't have time to read everything that's available on screen but Market Eye is worth making time for."

Phil Davies, Managing Director - PSI-Pay Ltd - UK

"I like MarketEye not only for updates but also for the insightful comments. The March 2014 issue is a good example: Ref. HCE: Putting a focus on attempting to integrate existing technologies into new and emerging environments doesn’t seem the most prudent direction that an industry can take."

Ernst Verbeek, Managing Director - Trionis - Belgium

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2014 11a - MarketEye

Development of new authentication standard 3DS 2.0; BitPay releases merchant app to rival Apple Pay; Ulster Bank fined EUR3.5 million for IT failures; Competition watchdog to investigate UK current account and SME banking market; Visa and MasterCard agree to limit interchange fees in Canada; UK government launches 'Call for Information' on virtual currencies.

2014 10b - MarketEye

Turkish digital wallet provider introduces Google Glass payments app; Rwanda makes cashless push in bid to increase financial inclusion; Barclaycard launches contactless micro-donation initiative; BBVA Compass opens backbone to Dwolla payments; China to end UnionPay card clearing monopoly; Bank spend on innovation set to soar; Costa Rican credit union taps face recognition tech for m-banking authentication; Apple Pay launches

2014 10a - MarketEye

Wave Crest updates global business payments platform; W3C standards body looks to improve web payments; Swift bemoans pressure to cut off Russia and Israel from network; UK card transactions top one billion a month for first time; eBay and PayPal to split; Mobile payment network Zapp wins big-ticket retailer support

2014 09b - MarketEye

Swift offers one year free access to KYC Registry; Facebook enlists Stripe for 'buy' button; Barclaycard teams with Southampton FC ; Ripple signs first two US banks; Heartbeat authentication firm Bionym raises $14 million; Visa creates 2000 full-time tech jobs; Isbank implements TouchID for mobile banking on the iPhone; Barclays mobile apps processing £4 billion in transactions per month; Orange Money ties up with Bank of Africa for mobile banking

2014 09a - MarketEye

Apple announces NFC mobile payments for iPhone 6 and iWatch; Paypal subsidiary to support One Touch mobile and bitcoin payments; Bank of England reviews bitcoin potential; MasterCard loses EU appeal over cross-border interchange fees; FIS agrees EUR375 million Clear2Pay acquisition; Contactless cards set to further displace cash on London Tube

2014 08b - MarketEye

CaixaBank invests EUR500m in contactless ATMs; Westpac NZ licenses Moven money management tech; Santander commissions study on bitcoin's impact on banks; Monitise transfers hundreds of UK employees to IBM; Banks and retailers sign on for new Australian Payments Council; EBay ponders PayPal spin-off; Square upgrades Cash app for text-based P2P payments; St George preps fingerprint login for iPhone app; PayPal taps Venmo for one-touch in-app payments

2014 08a - MarketEye

eBay’s payments unit discussing Bitcoin acceptance; Visa token service may be key to Apple's mobile payments plans; Government to review virtual currencies; Sepa migration deadline day arrives; US migration to EMV gathers momentum; Amazon mPOS launch undercuts Square and PayPal

2014 07b - MarketEye

NY regulator sets out BitLicense plans; Facebook tests 'buy' button; PayPal hits the high street in Holland; Monitise and IBM expand mobile commerce alliance; Snapchat files payments-related trademarks; Visa takes on PayPal with Checkout button for Web and mobile payments; Apple talking to Visa about mobile payments

2014 07a - MarketEye

MasterCard launches MasterPass in Poland and South Africa; JCB launches global payment service using NFC; Russian reprieve for Visa and MasterCard; Visa Europe considers future payment security options; European banks told to avoid bitcoin; London buses go cashless.

2014 06b - MarketEye

Russia to introduce national payment card; £21 million lost to vishing fraud in first five months of 2014; MasterCard seeks Russian processor; UK payments industry prepares for new watchdog; BBVA introduces HCE-based mobile NFC payments.

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