Monday , July 16, 2018

John Stewart

Starting as an editor on Bank Network News at Faulkner & Gray, John ultimately played a key role in starting, editing, and publishing many of F&G's flagship publications, including Credit Card Management, Card Technology, Card Marketing, and Collections & Credit Risk. Before co-founding Boland Hill Media, John was a group publisher at Thomson Media responsible for a $10 million division embracing magazines, newsletters, and Web sites.

Confirming Months of Rumors, Apple Announces a P2P Service Tied to Apple Pay And iMessage

Payments observers have expected Apple Inc. to add person-to-person payments to its Apple Pay mobile-payments service for almost as long as the mobile wallet has been available, and on Monday, the computing giant obliged. Without adding much detail, Apple announced that users of its iMessage feature will be able to …

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As Sellers Adopt EMV And Apple Pay, Square Pushes Its EMV/Contactless Reader

With chip cards and contactless mobile transactions gradually working their way into more merchant checkouts, Square Inc. is pairing a couple of tried-and-true offers to push an 18-month-old card reader that handles both EMV and Apple Pay. In the latest wave of a promotional campaign that was announced in January, Square earlier …

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From the Wreckage of the Durbin Repeal Effort, Will ‘Son of Repeal’ Emerge?

The decision to strip repeal of the Durbin Amendment from a Dodd-Frank overhaul bill puts a brake on the movement to get rid of the amendment’s debit card rules, but that may not necessarily be the end of the matter. Leading advocates for repeal vow to keep fighting, while a …

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Retailer Groups Celebrate as House Republicans Appear to Ditch Durbin Repeal Effort

Two major retailer trade groups late Wednesday celebrated an apparent decision by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives to quash a provision that would have repealed the Durbin Amendment. The provision was part of the Financial Choice Act, a bill Congressional Republicans are pushing to overhaul the 2010 Dodd-Frank …

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Eye on Cross-Border Payments: A Borderless Account; BlueSnap Teams With FedEx

TransferWise started out as an upstart processor enabling international remittances, but now it’s expanding into a much bigger arena. On Tuesday, it announced the availability of virtual accounts that let small businesses pay and receive payments internationally as if they had a local account. The service, called Borderless Account, covers …

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Investors Pour More Funding Into Cybersecurity Startups As Cyberthieves Ramp up Attacks

As cyber attacks grow more vicious, investors are pouring more money into startups whose technology is aimed at thwarting online thieves. Funding deals for private cybersecurity firms reached 139 in the first quarter, the highest quarterly number recorded over the past five years by CBInsights, a New York City-based research …

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Bitcoin at $2,000: The Digital Currency’s Heady Ascent Obscures Its Payment Function

Like it or not, Bitcoin has momentum behind it. On Saturday, the digital currency breached the $2,000 level for the first time ever, and by Monday morning it was trading just shy of $2,200, according to CoinDesk, an online service that tracks cryptocurrency. That represents a quintupling in value since …

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Android Pay Makes a Deal With First Data’s Clover And Extends One With PayPal

Recruiting massive processor First Data Corp. and existing partner PayPal Holdings Inc., the Google unit of Alphabet Inc. on Wednesday announced critical extensions of its Android Pay mobile-payment service into both physical and online commerce. In an arrangement that will become available to merchants and developers later in 2017, Atlanta-based …

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CardFree Charges That Rival LevelUp Fraudulently Accessed Its Order-Ahead Service

It could be taken as a sign of how competitive the order-ahead-and-pay feature has become in the rapidly developing market for mobile payments. In a lawsuit filed in federal court on May 2, CardFree Inc. has accused rival mobile-payments developer Scvngr Inc. of fraudulently accessing CardFree’s technology to process orders …

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Why Alipay Is So Intent on ‘Ubiquity’ in North American Merchant Acceptance

When it comes to establishing merchant acceptance in North America, Alipay’s ambitions go well beyond niche markets. In fact, “When we’re looking at partners, we’re looking for ubiquity,” Souheil Badran, president of Alipay North America, tells Digital Transactions News in a wide-ranging interview. Those partners so far include First Data …

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