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.

Two Years on, EMV Does Its Job Cutting POS Fraud, but Other Fraud Types and New Pitfalls Arise

Credit and debit card fraud at the point of sale is declining precipitously two years after the payment card networks’ EMV chip card liability shifts took effect, but identity, online, and so-called fallback fraud all have risen, according to an analysis of card issuers’ experiences from Auriemma Consulting Group. New …

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Payza Now Enables Its Customers To Buy Cryptocurrency Alternatives to Bitcoin

Online payment processor Payza announced Monday that its customers can now use funds in their Payza accounts buy alternatives to Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency market leader. The news comes six months after Payza launched a service enabling customers to sell so-called altcoins such as Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, Dash, Monero, and Zcash. …

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Data Breaches Have Exposed More Than 172 Million Consumer Records This Year, the ITRC Reports

Fraudsters have caused 1,202 data breaches this year as of Nov. 29, up nearly 18% from the same period a year earlier, and they’ve exposed 172.4 million records, according to the latest figures from the Identity Theft Resource Center. Some 156.4 million Social Security numbers were compromised in the breaches, …

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Amazon Opening Voice-Command Payments To Outside Developers and Merchants

Amazon.com Inc. is recruiting outside software developers and merchants to create functions that work with its Alexa voice-command system and the Amazon Pay service so that consumers can make purchases using their Amazon payment credentials at both physical and online merchants. Seattle-based Amazon made the announcement at its big Amazon …

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Ensenta Acquisition Will Make Jack Henry a Major Player in Remote Deposit Capture

Processor Jack Henry & Associates Inc. announced late Tuesday that it has a deal to acquire Ensenta Corp., a Redwood Shores, Calif.-based provider of remote deposit capture and payment and risk-control services. Founded in 2001, Ensenta provides more than 1,100 financial institutions and government agencies with software-as-a-service products distributed via …

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M&A Activity in the Merchant-Acquiring Industry Heats Up

As 2017 heads toward a close, merger-and-acquisition activity in the merchant-acquiring space is on track to equal or exceed 2016’s number of deals, and buyers are paying more as the pool of quality acquisition targets shrinks. Annapolis, Md.-based First Annapolis Consulting Inc. tells Digital Transactions magazine for its upcoming December issue …

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The Signs Point to More Payment Volume for Merchant Acquirers This Holiday Season

Early reports about consumer spending over the long Thanksgiving weekend indicate that merchant processors serving both brick-and-mortar and online merchants can expect more payment volume this year than last. With CyberMonday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, now in full swing, the outlook for online sales is strong if a report from …

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Not Dead Yet: Growth in Cash Outpaces GDP Growth in Many Countries

Despite all the talk about mobile payments, online payments, cryptocurrencies, and EMV chip cards, the alternatives to cash still haven’t killed their sworn enemy. In fact, between 2006 and 2016, the growth of currency in circulation matched or exceeded growth in gross domestic product in 40 of 42 nations examined …

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Boston’s Transit System To Replace Its CharlieCard With Contactless Fare Payments

Less than a month after winning the contract to bring contactless fare payments to New York City’s vast subway and bus system, Cubic Transportation Systems won a $575 million contract from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to replace the CharlieCard, a fixture in Boston, with a modernized fare system centered …

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6.2 Million Same-Day ACH Debit Transactions in Six Weeks, NACHA Reports

Boosted by the addition of debit transactions Sept. 15, same-day automated clearing house transaction volume hit 10 million in October, up 140% from 4.1 million in August, according to ACH governing body NACHA. Total value of the October payments was $9.14 billion, Herndon, Va.-based NACHA reported last week. The value …

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