Included in this issue: PSR ToR for market review into ownership and competitiveness of infrastructure provision | PSR update on strategy forum | PSR annual report 2014/15 | PSR publishes responses on FCA's call for input on the payments sector | PSR publishes Payments Strategy Forum Q&A | Visa Europe to sell Monitise stake | Barclays signs up to Zapp | Monitise issues fresh revenue warning | Lloyd's Bank experiments with contactless card to authenticate identity on mobile app | Bitcoin exchange announces separation of bitcoin custody from other exchange functions | Ant Financial launches new mobile payment app | Apple submits new P2P patents | ERPB calls for standardisation in pan-European P2P payments | Semble adds Snapper to wallet | MasterCard to use selfies in online payment trial

REGULATORY

PSR ToR for market review into ownership and competitiveness of infrastructure provision

The Payment Systems Regulator has published the terms of reference (MR15/201) for its market review into ownership and competitiveness of infrastructure provision

Payment Systems Regulator, 8 July 2015

PSR update on strategy forum

The Payment Systems Regulator has published an update on the strategy forum which has been set up to help further the aims of the PSR to promote competition and innovation in payment systems.

Payment Systems Regulator, 3 July 2015

PSR annual report 2014/15

The Payment Systems Regulator has published its annual report and accounts for 2014/15.

Payment Systems Regulator, 3 July 2015

PSR publishes responses on FCA's call for input on the payments sector

The Payment Systems Regulator has published the non-confidential responses to the Financial Conduct Authority's call for input on payment systems regulation.

Payment Systems Regulator, 2 July 2015

PSR publishes Payments Strategy Forum Q&A

The Payment Systems Regulator has published a Q&A factsheet on the role of the Payments Strategy Forum.

Payment Systems Regulator, 2 July 2015

UK 

Visa Europe to sell Monitise stake

Visa Europe has announced plans to sell its stake in Monitise after the company issued a fourth revenue warning.

Financial Times, 8 July 2015

Barclays signs up to Zapp

Barclays joins a number of other UK banks in signing up to Zapp ahead of ApplePay's launch in theUK.

Financial Times, 7 July 2015

Monitise issues fresh revenue warning

Monitise has issued its fourth revenue warning since last year as it continues to struggle with its new business model.

Financial Times, 6 July 2015

Lloyd's Bank experiments with contactless card to authenticate identity on mobile app

Lloyd's Bank is experimenting with using contactless cards to secure their identity when setting up a mobile banking app using NFC technology.

Finextra, 6 July 2015 

WORLDWIDE 

Bitcoin exchange announces separation of bitcoin custody from other exchange functions

Crypto Facilities and Elliptic have announced the launch of a settlement and clearing mechanism that separates bitcoin custody from other exchange functions.

Business Wire, 9 July 2015

Ant Financial launches new mobile payment app

Ant Financial has launched a new Alipay mobile app that has a friends and a merchants functionality allowing users to make easier payments.

NFC World, 8 July 2015

Apple submits new P2P patents

Apple has submitted new P2P patents that could potentially mark the end of middlemen such as PayPal.

Tech Times, 8 July 2015

ERPB calls for standardisation in pan-European P2P payments

The European Retail Payments Board has called for payments providers to work together to ensure pan-European interoperability in peer to peer payments.

Finextra, 7 July 2015

Semble adds Snapper to wallet

New Zealand digital wallet Semble has added contactless payments system Snapper to its service.

Zdnet, 7 July 2015

MasterCard to use selfies in online payment trial

MasterCard is to trial the use of selfies to make online payments rather than having to use a password.

Telegraph, 2 July 2015