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European Merchants Would Pay 40% Less to Accept U.S.-Issued Cards Under Visa-Mastercard Proposals
Visa’s Counterfeit Fraud Declines, But Some Other EMV Measures Signal a Conversion Lull
Worldpay Says Plastic Still Dominates Online Sales, But Mobile Wallets Are Catching up Fast
Many Retailers Already Have or Plan to Erase Signature Requirements Soon, the NRF Reports
Fallback Fraud Falls as Card Issuers Ramp Up Their Monitoring

Fast-Growing Merchant Acceptance Could Entice More Acquirers to Look Abroad

A number of U.S. payments providers have expanded overseas in recent years, and now more may have an incentive to do so if recent research showing robust growth in merchant acceptance is any indication. The number of physical stores or outlets accepting payment cards worldwide reached 69.2 million last year, up 13% from 2016, according …

P2P Dominates Banks’ Mobile Apps in Payments, but Other Functions Lag

All but two of 27 bank mobile apps examined in a new S&P Global Inc. study offer person-to-person payments and another bank will soon add the feature to its app. But less than a third of the apps support cardless ATM transactions. The study by New York City-based S&P Global’s Market Intelligence unit examined mobile …

Lightspeed Launches Lightspeed Loyalty and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/13/18

The Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with two defendants accused of laundering nearly $6 million in credit card charges through fraudulent merchant accounts. Lightspeed, developer of a cloud-based point-of-sale system, released Lightspeed Loyalty, a service that offers merchants a rewards program, automated marketing, customer data reporting, and, for restaurants, a custom-branded iOS and Android …

As Voice Commerce Becomes More Common, Jack Henry Adds More Payment Services

Core processors for financial institutions are starting to make their moves in voice-triggered consumer payments, and Jack Henry & Associates is looking to stake out an early lead in this nascent business. The Monett, Mo.-based company on Wednesday said its iPayQuickPay bill-pay service is integrated with Alexa smart speakers from Amazon.com Inc., allowing users to …

Deloitte: Look for Faster Payments on the B2B Side in 2019, And More Contactless Transactions

The prognostications for 2019 are starting to roll in, and if at least one comes true, we’ll see business-to-business transactions driving the growth of faster-payment systems. And smart phones might actually gain some discernible traction at the point of sale. The predictions come from the big accounting and consulting firm Deloitte, which recently issued its …

Blackboard Picks Bluefin Encryption Service and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/12/18

Thales’s proposed all-cash acquisition of rival Gemalto received merger-control regulatory clearance by the European Commission. Effective immediately, the clearance is conditioned on Thales’s agreement to divest its general-purpose hardware security modules business worldwide. The deal still must clear regulatory hurdles in five other countries, including the United States. Bluefin Payment Systems LLC said Blackboard Inc., …