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Savantor provides MarketEye as a monthly free publication designed to give busy card industry professionals a quick overview of recent industry events. The focus is mostly on UK and EU but interesting developments from elsewhere are also highlighted.

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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

"MarketEye is an excellent concise digest which keeps me regularly updated with essential market developments."

Harin Dias, Independent Banking Consultant
2014 12b - MarketEye

Payments Council to explore prospects for providing more information with payments; Royal Bank of Canada adds HCE to mobile app; International vendors on alert as US banks rethink core platform strategies; Russian criminals hack in to bank networks to steal $18 million; PeerNova to refocus on blockchain; US community banks claim $90 million costs for Home Depot breach; Mobile overtakes all other channels for banking interactions

2014 12a - MarketEye

Microsoft begins accepting bitcoin; ECB recommends instant eurozone payments; Pilot for Russia's National Payment System; Bitcoin's Black Friday performance; Swift wins Australian payments contract ; Braintree brings One Touch mobile payments to international markets

2014 11b - MarketEye

Twitter lets users add coupons to cards for in-store redemption; Crédit Agricole joins French bank-run e-payments service; HSBC rolls out Paym for business customers; Skrill adds scale in pre-paid with plans to acquire Ukash; Monitise gets £49.2 million boost from Santander, Telefonica and IBM; Discover fires lawsuit alleging anti-competitive practices at Visa; Startup taps Indiegogo for BLE-enabled wallet; PayPal launches Pebble smartwatch app

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

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