Finland Accepts Alipay for All Smartphone Payments; PayPal Announces Q4 and Year-end Earnings: News Roundup

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Finland Accepts Alipay for All Smartphone Payments; PayPal Announces Q4 and Year-end Earnings: News Roundup
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Finland Accepts Alipay for All Smartphone Payments; PayPal Announces Q4 and Year-end Earnings: News Roundup
Finland becomes the first country outside China to accept Alipay for all smartphone payments, PayPal announces Q4 earnings and NETS QR code payments drive push towards cashless in Singapore.

PCI PIN Change Is A PF Micromerchant Gamechanger

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PCI PIN Change Is A PF Micromerchant Gamechanger
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PCI PIN Change Is A PF Micromerchant Gamechanger
There’s one bright spot to the payments industry being encased in a massive overly complex, glacially slow bureaucracy, with certification approval times approaching eons. That bright spot is that fixing even one tiny element of the process can have a tremendous impact.

Egypt’s Central Bank Takes Leadership Role for Financial Inclusion with QR Codes

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Egypt’s Central Bank Takes Leadership Role for Financial Inclusion with QR Codes
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Egypt’s Central Bank Takes Leadership Role for Financial Inclusion with QR Codes
The Central Bank of Egypt is getting behind QR codes as a way to increase financial inclusion in that country. The bank is issuing new standard acceptance criteria that will create a structure to enable acceptance of QR codes across mobile payments systems.

Paytm Reached $10 Billion and Aims to Support 10 Million

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Paytm Reached $10 Billion and Aims to Support 10 Million
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Paytm Reached $10 Billion and Aims to Support 10 Million
Paytm has reached an estimated valuation of $10 billion due to the recent liquidation of $47.2 million in employee stock, making it the second most valuable startup in India after Flipkart. And this comes in addition to the company’s current initiative to support 10 million Indian merchants in QR-based payments over the next three to six months.

Mastercard, Wirecard and UnionPay Partner on QR code Initiative; Paytm QR Now Default MOP in Hyderabad: News Roundup

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Mastercard, Wirecard and UnionPay Partner on QR code Initiative; Paytm QR Now Default MOP in Hyderabad: News Roundup
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Mastercard, Wirecard and UnionPay Partner on QR code Initiative; Paytm QR Now Default MOP in Hyderabad: News Roundup
Softbank looks to rival PayPal, Apple Pay and Alipay while Mastercard, Wirecard and UnionPay International partner on the Singapore QR code initiative. Also making headlines, Paytm QR code is slated to be the new default method of payment (MOP) in Hyderabad.

Pushing the State-of-the-Art with Intent-Based Analytics

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Pushing the State-of-the-Art with Intent-Based Analytics
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Pushing the State-of-the-Art with Intent-Based Analytics

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At Apstra, we have declared war against the complexities and inefficiencies that plague data center network operations today, preventing organizations from delivering on their digital transformation goals. We set ourselves a core mission, which is to deliver on the vision of an autonomous Self-Operating Network™. We promised our customers that we would continue delivering on functionality that every day gets us closer to our goal.  

Today, we take a significant step forward in our commitment to this challenge by announcing Apstra AOS™ 2.1. It is an exciting release because it includes for the first time the Intent-Based Analytics™ (IBA) capability that we pioneered, and that my co-founder Sasha Ratkovic first introduced to the industry in a 2017 blog post. AOS 2.1 is generally available this month.

AOS IBA is a feature that our customers have been excited about and eagerly awaiting. It embeds automated big data analytics into the real-time continuous validation capability of AOS, and provides our customers unprecedented control of their network infrastructures to address their digital transformation and IoT goals.

In a nutshell, AOS IBA liberates network operators from today’s status quo, which is to sift through mountains of raw telemetry and stare at network visualizations 24/7 to detect unusual patterns. And contrary to the traditional big-data analytics status quo, AOS IBA relieves network operators from having to write complex low level imperative programs that need to be integrated and constantly kept in sync.

Instead, network operators specify,  using a simple, dynamic, declarative interface, exactly how they expect their network to operate — beyond mere connectivity and including traffic patterns, performance, and tolerance for grey failures. AOS then continuously validates the network operators’ intent, simply generating anomalies when it detects a deviation. With AOS IBA, network operators can quickly detect and prevent a wide range of service level violations — including security breaches, performance degradations, and traffic imbalances.

And as is a hallmark of the Apstra approach, AOS IBA works across devices from both established vendors and open alternatives. AOS IBA provides turn-key functionality yet is fully extensible; and we’re engaging the community by creating a catalog of open source probes on our community website.

AOS 2.1 with IBA is a big step forward towards our commitment to provide you with ways to simplify your network design, build and operations, while at the same time freeing yourself from your choice of hardware. It takes the AOS distributed operating system approach to a new level, unlocking tremendous value by integrating intent, configuration, and continuous validation to eliminate network outages and gray failures, reduce cost, and build a modern, agile, multi-vendor intent-based data center network — helping you realize in the process log-scale improvements in the CapEx, OpEx and capacity of your network infrastructure.

Next time you are deploying a new green patch (a new rack or a new POD), please feel free to contact us — we would love to help! Join an IBA webinar, schedule a demo,  download the data sheet or read the press release

Seattle Starbucks Goes Completely Cashless

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Seattle Starbucks Goes Completely Cashless
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Seattle Starbucks Goes Completely Cashless
The global brand that has taken the concept of “personalized” to a whole new level (half caf, 2 pump, non-fat, no whip, no foam latte) has decided to test “no cash” as part of their ever-expanding repertoire. The posh Seattle Starbucks at Second Avenue and University will no longer accept cash as a form of payment – at least for now. 

Wnet is More Relevant than Ever

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Wnet is More Relevant than Ever
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Wnet is More Relevant than Ever
Time magazine named “The Silence Breakers” its Person of the Year.  Headlines are full of disclosures about companies and the government paying huge settlements for inappropriate workplace behavior and sexual harassment of women.  The “#metoo” movement has empowered women to step forward and expose the pervasiveness of inappropriate behavior in corporations across the nation.

PF Parkmobile Secures Sole Investor; Japan Finally Moves Towards Cashless; Visa Partners with PayMate: News Roundup

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PF Parkmobile Secures Sole Investor; Japan Finally Moves Towards Cashless; Visa Partners with PayMate: News Roundup
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PF Parkmobile Secures Sole Investor; Japan Finally Moves Towards Cashless; Visa Partners with PayMate: News Roundup
PF Parkmobile secures a substantial investment while Japan finally makes the move towards cashless. Visa also partners with PayMate to better service SMBs and ThreatMetrix collaborates with GlobalOnePay to enhance fraud prevention.