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MCX Merchant Group Changes Leadership as It Faces Growing Pressure to Launch

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Retailer consortium MCX didn’t fire its CEO, Dekkers Davidson, because one of its major founding merchants, Best Buy, snubbed the group by agreeing to accept Apple Pay. But that was probably the last straw.

Apple CEO Proclaims ‘Year of Apple Pay,’ Though Offers Few Facts to Back it Up; Yet Platform Provides Twin Breakthroughs

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – In his usual gushing tone, Apple CEO Tim Cook proclaimed 2015 as the “year of Apple Pay,” though he gave few meaningful details on actual use of the new payments platform since it was launched three months ago or on merchant acceptance or Apple’s expansion plans outside of the U.S.

Why it Would Make Little Sense for Google to Buy Softcard, Unless Perhaps it Gets Preloaded App

Google is almost certainly in talks with Softcard to acquire the joint venture from its telco owners, but the question is, what would Google gain from such a deal?

Former Isis CMO: Onerous TSM Requirement Kept Banks Away from Wallet

UPDATED: NFC Times Exclusive – Ryan Hughes, former chief marketing officer for the Isis joint venture, said he recalls sitting in weekly prioritization meetings on Friday afternoons, and when representatives from the mobile carriers that own Isis would ask why the JV was not making more progress in its rollout, he knew where to point the finger.

For One Apple Pay Issuer, It’s All about Ubiquity and Speed

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – After Capital One dropped out of the Isis wallet last year, the large U.S. credit card issuer let it be known that one of the biggest reasons it was snubbing Isis was that it believed it had to cede too much control to the third-party wallet provider. 

How Apple Will Likely Implement NFC Mobile Payments; Hint: TSMs Need Not Apply

UPDATED: There’s little doubt now that Apple will support NFC and mobile payments in its next iPhone. The remaining question is exactly how it will do so.

IPhone NFC Buzz Grows Louder, Could be More than Speculation

There is no confirmation yet that Apple will adopt NFC for the forthcoming iPhone 6, but some sources have told NFC Times they believe there is substance to the rumors that Cupertino is finally ready to adopt the technology this year.

Although Banks are Looking Keenly at HCE, NFC SIM Not Dead Yet

NFC Times Exclusive: While banks gearing up for NFC launches are keenly interested in host-card emulation, as this week’s NFC Times story about planned NFC launches in France notes, a number of banks in France and elsewhere do not plan to wait until HCE is mature enough for commercial rollouts.

Telcos, SIM Vendors Live with HCE; MasterCard Grows Silent on Google Waiver, Weve Deal

With Google’s strong push behind host-card emulation and endorsements from Visa and MasterCard Worldwide, mobile operators, SIM vendors and TSMs are resigned to living with the technology, even publicly supporting it–up to a point.

Backing by Visa Promises Big Boost for HCE, but Many Banks Expected to Stick with Secure Elements for Now

NFC Times Exclusive: Visa seems to be developing a habit of taking a dig at mobile operators right before their showcase event, the Mobile World Congress, which starts next week in Barcelona.

HEADLINE NEWS

Tokenization from Visa and MasterCard Will be Tough Sell in Such Markets as Turkey, which Could Opt for Alternate PANs

NFC Times Exclusive – Turkish banking group BKM and at least some Turkish banks are among those planning to support their own form of tokenization–alternate PANs–for early and perhaps later rollouts of NFC mobile payments–a move that could put a crimp in the tokenization plans of the major payments schemes, Visa and MasterCard Worldwide.

Identiv Reports Q2 Results and ‘Disappointing’ Start to 2015; but Cites New Customer Wins

Aug 18 2015

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – U.S.-based Identiv revised its full-year revenue guidance downward during its second quarter earnings call on Thursday, but the compa

Apple’s Seat on NFC Forum Board Rounds out Representation from Three Major Device and Platform Players Rolling Out NFC

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – With the addition of U.S.-based tech giant Apple on the board of the NFC Forum industry trade and standards association, the group now counts among its members all three major device or platform players rolling out NFC payments.

Samsung Announces Dates for Payments Launch; Signs Up for Visa Tokenization Program

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Samsung Electronics today released exact dates for when it plans to launch its mobile-payments service, Samsung Pay–Aug. 20 in South Korea and the U.S. on Sept. 28–while saying it also intends to roll out the service in the UK, Spain and China.

Besides MST Technology, Samsung Seeks to Differentiate New Payments Service from Apple Pay with More Flexible Architecture

NFC Times Exclusive – Besides touting its much larger base of acceptance points, Samsung Electronics appears to be emphasizing what it says is a more “agnostic” approach to its technology for its forthcoming Samsung Pay platform, as compared with rival Apple Pay.  

UPDATED: Losses Continue in Second Quarter for OTI as New CEO Takes Reins

Aug 11 2015

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – The new CEO of Israel-based On Track Innovations, Shlomi Cohen, is starting his tenure with the announcement by the company of declining revenue and continuing losses for the second quarter of 2015.

OTI Names New CEO, as Two Key Board Members Resign and Share Price Struggles

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Israel-based On Track Innovations is undergoing a major change of leadership after its board of directors named a new CEO yesterday and two major players on the board abruptly resigned.

NXP Reports Sequential Drop in NFC Business; Delay in Apple Pay Launch in China Blamed

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – NXP Semiconductors reported its NFC-based mobile transactions business fell in the second quarter compared with the first quarter, with CEO Rick Clemmer apparently blaming the delayed launch of Apple Pay in China, which he indicated is hurting its sales of NFC chips to Android handset makers in the country. 

TSM Banking Group Joint Venture Accepts Bids for HCE and Tokenization

Aug 5 2015

NFC Times Exclusive – Taiwan’s TSM banking joint venture has received proposals from at least four vendors to supply a wallet platform with host-card emulation, as well as tokenization technology, as the group seeks to expand its thus far little-used TSM platform to offer its member banks the ability to launch cloud-based NFC payments by the end of 2015, NFC Times has learned.

Hong Kong Telco Launches NFC Payments Service and App; Requires Users to Change SIMs

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Hong Kong Telecom is the latest telco to introduce its own prepaid mobile payments service and wallet app, which supports MasterCard PayPass for in-store purchases, along with online payments and a peer-to-peer funds transfer service–the latter initiated by NFC P2P mode.

UnionPay Continues Talks with Apple; China Mobile Maintains Support for NFC SIMs

NFC Times Exclusive – SHANGHAI, China: China UnionPay is continuing negotiations with Apple and some sources told NFC Times it is gearing up for a planned launch of Apple Pay in China.

Deutsche Telekom Payments Chief Departs; Telco to Revamp Struggling Wallet, Including Planned Support for HCE

NFC Times Exclusive – Deutsche Telekom has appointed a new head of payments and plans to support host-card emulation among other technologies as it seeks to revamp its struggling NFC mobile wallet, NFC Times has learned.