Wednesday , January 17, 2018

Jim Daly

Jim Daly joined Digital Transactions in 2006 after covering payments and merchant acquiring at Thomson Media’s Credit Card Management, Credit Card News, and CardLine publications. Before that, he was a reporter and editor at the daily Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis.

Cyberattacks Doubled in Just Two Years, Authentication Provider Says

ThreatMetrix Inc., a provider of digital-identity and authentication services, reports that its network detected and stopped 144 million cyberattacks in the second quarter, a 100% increase from 2015’s second quarter. ThreatMetrix says its Digital Identity Network from April through June also stopped 300 million bot attacks in which hackers take …

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Vantiv To Take Worldpay’s Name In a Merger That Will Create a Global Acquiring Powerhouse

After two delays, processor Vantiv Inc. and London-based merchant acquirer Worldpay Group plc finally announced a formal deal Wednesday that has Vantiv acquiring Worldpay in a deal that creates a global processing powerhouse. The cash and stock deal values Worldpay at $12 billion, a 34% premium to Worldpay’s six-month volume-weighted …

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Transactions Bloom on First Data’s Clover Devices, but Merchant-Acquiring Ventures Lag

First Data Corp. executives Monday highlighted rapid growth in the processor’s Clover Network line of tablet-based point-of-sale devices, and also said attrition has come down significantly among small merchants. Not so hot are First Data’s joint merchant-acquiring ventures with big banks, but the company insists their revenue softness is only …

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First Data and Fleetcor Technologies Scuttle Their Planned Prepaid Pair-Up

Citing possible regulatory hurdles, payment processor First Data Corp. and commercial payments provider Fleetcor Technologies Inc. disclosed Thursday that they have canceled the planned joint venture they announced in March to consolidate their gift card businesses. “While both companies believe the proposed joint venture would provide significant benefits to customers …

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Global Payments to Acquire Active Network for $1.2 Billion; Sees Profits Rise Nearly 8%

Global Payments Inc. said Thursday that it has a deal to buy two major divisions of Active Network LLC, a growing event-management software provider and payment processor, for $1.2 billion from a private-equity firm. The merchant acquirer also reported its second-quarter financials, which include a nearly 8% year-over-year increase in …

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Just One in Four Apple Pay Transactions Come From the U.S.

Apple Inc.’s Apple Pay service continues to roll out in foreign countries, so much so that 75% of its transaction volume is coming from abroad, according to Apple’s chief financial officer. Apple Pay, which uses near-field communication technology for contactless payments with the iPhone and Apple Watch wearable device, was …

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Among Payments Fintechs, Software and Infrastructure Providers’ Stocks are the Priciest

Payments software and infrastructure companies rank third among 24 financial-technology sectors when viewed through the lens of stock price and earnings while point-of-sale device manufacturers rank 23rd, according to a new analysis from an investment firm. The study by San Francisco-based Financial Technology Partners covers scores of publicly traded global …

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WEX’s Fraud Spike Puts the Spotlight on EMV-Induced Skimmer Placements on Fuel Pumps

Fraudsters are hitting fuel pumps hard as they hunt for the dwindling number of places where they can take advantage of magnetic-stripe payments while EMV chip card acceptance takes hold in U.S. stores and restaurants. Last week, fleet-fueling payment card specialist WEX Inc. revealed that it increased its second-quarter provision …

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Eye on P2P: Link-Up Opportunities With Prepaid Cards; PayPal’s Dominance

Two recent studies have produced some interesting insights about person-to-person payments. One spells out the similarities among users of prepaid cards and P2P services. The other shows just how strong PayPal Holdings Inc.’s hold in money transfers and P2P and other payments is. The findings about prepaid and P2P come …

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