2014 in review, part II: Security, bitcoin, carrier billing, and mPOS

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Data breaches were a hot-button topic in 2014, maybe even more so than Apple Pay.

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Mobile is no longer an alternative channel for banks

The rise of mobile has huge implications for how we manage our money. For banks to remain competitive, it’s essential for them to adopt a mobile-first strategy centered on the consumer experience, writes Monitise SVP of Sales & Operations Fırat İşbecer.

WorldRemit brings mobile money transfer services to US

The London-based firm is also establishing an office in Denver as it seeks to take advantage of the growing mobile financial services market in the states.

Respatialization of currency: Cryptocurrencies & mesh networks

Thomas Yohannan examines a possible future link between bitcoin and proximity payments involving mobile devices.

Mobile payments looks for signs of life as the industry moves on

Ed Busby, the former chief commerce office at Isis (now Softcard), examines what the industry might expect to happen in the next year as Apple Pay emerges.

Apple is the main event, but don't forget the undercard

Mobile Payments Today Editor Will Hernandez reviews what has been an exciting week for the future of mobile payments.

M-Pesa: big in Africa, bigger in Europe?

Tomasz Krajewski, head of commerce at eLeader, discusses the conditions needed in a country for Vodafone to find success with its mobile payment system.

Paym debuts, but will security concerns derail its full potential?

Almost 400K register for service as U.K. consumers get another m-payment option.

Facebook faces multiple barriers to success in mobile payments

Low user adoption and privacy concerns could derail the company's plans.

The Philippines is ripe for mobile remittances

Filipinos and mobile share a special relationship. With a mobile penetration of over 100 percent, almost everyone in the country has a mobile device.

Mobile payments should be fun

Ask yourself, what are the most popular mobile apps out there? Now let's have a little experiment. Ask your friends if you can have a look at the apps installed on their mobile devices.

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Arizona bank adds P2P payments through clearXchange network

FirstBank Holding Company is the fourth member of the network, and the first regional FI to offer the service.

UK consumers want more mobile purchasing options, survey says

Some 47 percent of mobile users in the U.K. would like to use their mobile phone more to pay for physical or quasi-physical goods and services.

Japanese messaging app plans to take payments service global

Users will be able link a payment card to the Line Pay mobile app and then use the account to purchase items online or in storefronts at participating merchants.

Boost Mobile, Sprint apps feature gift card function

Consumers can buy gift cards from top retailers in gaming, entertainment, casual dining and apparel.

HSBC enables businesses to use Paym

Some 600,000 business accountholders now have the ability to sign up and use the service to receive payments from their customers.

Xoom intros cross-border bill payments

Xoom Bill Pay enables immigrants in the U.S. to pay bills online on behalf of relatives in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

Remitly updates mobile money transfer app

New features include e-authentication with Apple’s Touch ID and real-time exchange rates on Android.

GSMA spills details about Mobile World Congress Shanghai

Conference will focus on how mobile technology is revolutionizing and enhancing every aspect of individuals' lives.

Mobile payments comes to Snapchat thanks to Square

Snapcash enables P2P payments within popular messaging app.

Venmo adds new features to mobile app

Company updates app to provide extra layer of security for iPhone users.

Trade association set to host mobile payments session in DC

The Merchants Payments Coalition wants to educate Congress members and their staffs about upcoming innovations in payments.

Mahindra Comviva links two Tanzanian MNOs through mobile money

The service enables customers to send and receive money directly between the mobile money accounts of Airtel Money and Tigo Pesa.

Mahindra Comviva debuts mobile money service in Zimbabwe

The company says its connectMoney Service Manager creates an industry benchmark for mobile money by connecting financial open systems powered by MasterCard and other card networks.

WorldRemit expands mobile money transfer services to Latin America

An agreement with Bancomer Transfer Services adds 15 countries to WorldRemit's list of receiving markets, the company's biggest single expansion to date.

More UK banks join Paym

Clydesdale Bank, Isle of Man Bank, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Ulster Bank and Yorkshire Bank are among the new banks that will offer Paym this year.

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Mobile remittance promises massive growth worldwide. This research center deals with the latest developments in person-to-person (P2P) mobile money transfers.