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Fiserv Stuns the Industry With a Massive All-Stock Acquisition of First Data
TSYS Revives Its Vital Brand as the Name for Its New POS Product Suite
New York Credit Card Surcharges Get a Green Light as Merchants and the State Agree To Dismiss Lawsuit
The Name-Dropping Network: Mastercard Erases Its Name From Its Logo
Contactless Payments And Transaction Data Will Be on More Restaurateurs’ Menus in 2019

Fiserv’s Planned Acquisition of First Data Raises Questions About the Debit Market’s Future

The proposed merger of Fiserv Inc. and mega-processor First Data Corp. has huge implications for many parts of the payments industry. But the deal, if consummated as planned, could have an especially large effect on the U.S. debit card market. First Data owns the Star electronic funds network, while Fiserv owns the rival Accel network. …

BitPay Touts Two Straight Years of $1 Billion-Plus in Volume Despite Bitcoin’s Dramatic Collapse

The collapse of Bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies in 2018 led to a general feeling of pessimism in the mainstream payments industry about the prospects for digital currencies, but at least one specialist processor apparently bucked the trend toward malaise. In a year-end review of its performance, Atlanta-based BitPay Inc. said late Wednesday it processed …

WEX’s Latest Acquisition and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/17/19

WEX Inc., a payments and technology provider in the fleet, travel, and health-care sectors, said it has acquired Discovery Benefits Inc., an employee-benefits administrator serving more than 1 million consumers across the country. New York City & Co., the official visitors’ bureau for the city of New York, said it is working with Mastercard Inc. …

Fiserv Stuns the Industry With a Massive All-Stock Acquisition of First Data

In a stunning announcement that surprised many observers, Fiserv Inc. said Wednesday morning it has struck a deal to acquire First Data Corp. with what the parties say will be the biggest ever such transaction in the payments and financial-technology businesses. The all-stock deal, expected to close in the third quarter, values First Data at …

The PCI Council Unveils Its New Software Security Standards

The PCI Security Standards Council on Wednesday published its new software security standards and said the existing standard will be retired in 2022. The new set of requirements actually has two major components—The PCI Secure Software Standard and the PCI Secure Lifecycle Standard—and is under the umbrella of what the Wakefield, Mass.-based PCI Council calls …

BofA’s Zelle Volume Booms and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/16/19

Bank of America Corp. reported its customers using the Zelle person-to-person payment network totaled 4.9 million in 2018’s fourth quarter, up by a factor of 2.4 since Zelle’s June 2017 launch. Zelle volume at BofA for the quarter totaled $14 billion on 51.6 million transactions, up from $7 billion on 23.1 million transactions in the …