News Aggregation – Mastercard's Turkish M&A, iPhone 5 Square case, Dwolla, mWallets, 2014cast

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1. Newsroom.mastercard - MasterCard Completes Acquisition of Provus – The Leading Independent Turkish Payment Solutions Provider

Today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Provus Bilişim Hizmetleri A. Ş. (Provus), Turkey’s leading independent payment solution and processing provider. The acquisition will build on MasterCard’s strategy of increasing its processing presence in high-growth markets and deliver superior processing solutions and innovative value added services for both financial institutions and customers in the emerging prepaid and mobile payments space. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Istanbul, Provus’s customer base includes financial institutions, telecommunication service providers and retailers. Provus’s payments solutions business includes issuer and acquirer processing, prepaid solutions and ATM processing services.

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Accessories specialists Griffin present an iPhone 5 case designed specially for business on-the-go. Making a nod to the increasing popularity of Square mobile payments, Griffin presents a silicone phone case. The sleeve is made to cater to Square card reader users, featuring an insert at the bottom edge that holds the reader in place. The backside of the phone sleeve doubles as a storage area that can hold the reader when not in use. The utilitarian phone case is priced at a reasonable $20 USD and is now available via Griffin‘s website.

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3. - Iowa DOT: 5 reasons Dwolla is #smartgovernment

Last year, Dwolla entered into a partnership with the State of Iowa. The idea was simple: how can state agencies leverage Dwolla’s low-cost payment network to improve government efficiency and customer service to Iowa taxpayers. Mark Lowe headshotBelow, Mark Lowe, Iowa’s Director of Motor Carrier Services, took the time to share his thoughts on the agency’s recent Dwolla integration and how it hopes to help the Department of Transportation and its customers.

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4. Mobilenewscwp - ZapZap mobile wallet ‘live now’

Mobile wallet service provider looking to work with MVNOs in the UK and across Europe Mobile wallet service provider ZapZap is seeking MVNO partnerships to help drive adoption across the UK and Europe.

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5. Retailtimes - PrePay Solutions reviews the forecast for payments technologies in 2014

Rachelle St Ledger, commercial director, retail & e-commerce at PrePay Solutions, reviews the forecast for payments technologies at the beginning of 2014 Probably the most distinctive payments innovation that 2013 witnessed was the introduction of near field communication (NFC) payments from mobile phones. The rise of contactless payments without the need for a card of any kind, often known as the mobile wallet, is still in the early stages with only a few mainstream products, but has already prompted predictions of the end of cash. While this still seems a very unlikely prospect, developments in mobile payments are having an immediate and significant impact on the payments landscape.

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6. Telecompaper - Slovak Telekom introduces MyWallet NFC payments service

Slovak Telekom has introduced a mobile payments service called MyWallet. The service is initially available via the MyWallet app for select customers with Android smartphones supporting NFC. The beta trial is run with sister company ClickandBuy, which is providing an associated MasterCard prepaid card to support the contactless payments over MyWallet.

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