Proxama mPayments at Argos, TSYS says no Exposure, NYC to Propose Bitcoin Rules, Amazon in Payments, Mintegrate, Payment News

Payment News for today from our News Aggregation wing:

1. lSE - Proxama Enables Mobile Payments At Argos

Mobile payments firm Proxama PLC Thursday said it is enabling shoppers at high street favourite Argos to pay for items using Near Field Communication-enabled smartphones. From January 18 in 40 Argos stores throughout the UK, shoppers have been able to tap their NFC-enabled smartphones to engage with store staff who are wearing NFC-enabled lanyards recommending the latest offers. Customers will also be able to tap in-store cards to download the Argos mobile app to make purchases on the go.

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2. Americanbanker - TSYS CEO: No Target Breach Exposure at Our Company

Total System Services CEO Phil Tomlinson took time out from discussing record revenue during the payments processor's Jan. 28th earnings call to proclaim his company safe from the slate of recent data breaches that have afflicted Target and other retailers.

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3. Bloomberg - New York to Propose Bitcoin Rules This Year, Lawsky Says

New York’s financial regulator said the state this year will be the first to propose regulations for oversight of virtual currencies such as Bitcoin. Serious people -– in the technological and investment community -– are taking virtual currencies seriously, Benjamin Lawsky, the state’s superintendent of financial services, said at a hearing in New York today. They are putting significant amounts of time, attention, and capital behind them. We, as a regulator, cannot turn a blind eye.

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4. Businessinsider - Amazon Reports Earnings As Payments News Breaks - Starbucks Doubles Down On Mobile Payments

HINTS OF AMAZON'S FUTURE IN PAYMENTS JUST BEFORE EARNINGS: After market close today, Amazon is holding its fourth quarter earnings call and while it may not focus specifically on Amazon's payments business we think there is reason to believe payments will be a big part of the company's strategy in 2014.

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5. - Mint Wireless launches 'Mintegrate' Developer Platform for mobile payments

Mint Wireless (ASX:MNW) (Mint Wireless) today announced the availability of Mintegrate, a simple yet powerful platform to support developers who are looking to integrate mobile payments into mobile applications. The solution comprises of free Software Developer Kits (SDKs) and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to support iOS and Android mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) transactions.

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