Friday , July 20, 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.

BitPay Targets Physical Stores for Cryptocurrency With a Refreshed Checkout App

Bitcoin is far from a mainstream payment method, but most merchants that accept the cryptocurrency are online sellers. On Monday, the Atlanta-based processor BitPay Inc. announced an update intended to bring Bitcoin and its recently hatched cousin, Bitcoin Cash, to more brick-and-mortar merchants. BitPay introduced its Checkout app, which works …

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Advice From a Veteran ISO Exec: Build Scale Fast, And Be Ready to Work With—Or Buy—ISVs

The twin imperatives for independent sales organizations these days are to get bigger fast and to collaborate with independent software vendors, Todd Linden, chief executive of Paysafe North America, tells Digital Transactions News. Linden, a veteran acquiring-industry executive, should know. Paysafe North America’s parent company, London-based Paysafe Holdings UK Ltd., …

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Expert Observers Fear the Bright Outlook for Federal Regulation Could Darken Soon

More than a year after the Trump Administration took power, payments industry executives looking for a friendlier tone from Washington, D.C., are getting it, but it’s questionable just how much tangible benefit this will yield, two expert Washington observers said Tuesday. Meanwhile, the picture could darken this fall if, as …

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Developers Work To Combine NFC With Blockchain for POS Transactions

So far, neither near-field communication nor blockchain has been a blockbuster technology for payments in the U.S. market, but now developers are working on combining the two in a way they hope will give cryptocurrencies a big boost at the point of sale. The idea is to create a standard …

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Paysafe’s Proposed Deal for iPayment Will Make the U.K. Firm a Top Player in U.S. Acquiring

Paysafe Holdings UK Ltd. hasn’t been shy about building scale via acquisitions, and on Thursday it announced one of its biggest deals yet in the U.S. merchant-acquiring business. It expects to close by the end of June on a transaction that will bring into its fold iPayment Holdings Inc., a …

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The Sobering Lesson From the Latest AFP Survey: ‘Fraudsters Are One Step Ahead’

Payments executives may abhor fraudsters, but they have to admit the scamsters and hackers are a determined lot. The percentage of organizations sustaining actual or attempted payments fraud increased in 2017 for the fourth straight year, reaching a record high 78%, according to the latest “Payments Fraud And Control Survey” …

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Fresh off Its eBay Coup, Adyen Mulls What Could Be a Rewarding Second Act—Going Public

The Dutch payments provider Adyen stole headlines in February with its agreement to be the processor behind eBay Inc.’s ambitious new payments platform, and this week news emerged that it could be ready for yet another big move—an initial public offering. The Amsterdam-based company, which maintains a U.S. headquarters in …

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Despite Its Sprawling Size, the ACH Has Been Racking up Impressive Growth

The nation’s automated clearing house network is on a tear. Transaction volume grew by 6.3% for the fourth quarter of 2017 and by 5.7% for the full year, according to numbers released late Tuesday by NACHA, the governing body for the ACH system. All told, the network handled $46.8 trillion …

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Bitcoin’s Costs Have Plunged In Recent Months, But Its Volatile Value Could Scare Merchants

When the price of Bitcoin spiraled to dizzying heights last year, so did its costs for those who wanted to exchange the digital currency rather than hoard it. Places that accepted Bitcoin, some of them for years, announced they would stop taking it. Since December, Bitcoin’s price has famously slid …

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Is Amazon Mulling a P2P Payment Function for Its Alexa Voice Commerce Service?

The mere hint that Amazon.com Inc. could add a person-to-person payments function to its Alexa voice-commerce service was enough early Friday to shave value off of the shares of PayPal Holdings Inc. and Square Inc., both of which offer P2P networks. At mid-morning, Square’s shares were down more than 3% …

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