Monday , January 22, 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.

Green Dot Announces New Distribution, Marketing Deals for GoBank, Prepaid Cards

Fresh from the launch of its GoBank mobile-banking product, Green Dot Corp. on Tuesday announced new marketing and distribution deals not only for GoBank but also for its core prepaid card program. Green Dot cards will be sold through 20,000 more retail stores, including locations belonging to Dollar Tree, Dollar …

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Durbin, Welch Urge Fed To Adopt Debit Caps That Look More Like the EU Proposal

Two powerful lawmakers on Friday wrote to the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board urging the central bank to scrap its debit card interchange caps and instead adopt limits in line with the more draconian regime proposed this week by the European Commission. In their letter to Fed Board chairman …

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Looking to U.K.’s EMV Experience, A Consultancy Prods U.S. with a ‘Hot Poker’

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and EMV won’t be fully implemented in the United States for some time to come, but at least some foreign observers who have experienced nationwide deployment of the Europay-MasterCard-Visa chip card standard are starting to show impatience with EMV’s sluggish U.S. progress. Fearing a …

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Debit Networks Offer EMV Compromise That Would Allow Visa, MasterCard Apps

A trade group representing most of the nation’s debit networks has agreed to allow EMV applications other than its own to work on chip cards in the United States. The new position taken by the Secure Remote Payment Council represents what the group calls a “major compromise” and opens the …

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With Discover Link Active, eBay Boss Says PayPal Seeking to ‘Build Out’ POS ‘Ubiquity’

PayPal Inc.’s point-of-sale initiative, which has seen the e-commerce processor penetrate thousands of stores while stirring controversy with at least some incumbent processors, will focus on achieving “ubiquity” and solving consumer “pain points” for the next several years, eBay Inc.’s chief executive said on Wednesday. The initiative, which began early …

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Nine Months After Launch, Isis Usage Sputters Among Small Merchants

Nine months after the Isis mobile wallet launched in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City, usage among small merchants appears to be sporadic at best, despite considerable fanfare and promotion at the launch. But some of the factors blamed by merchants contacted by Digital Transactions News have little to do …

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A Startup Sees Dramatic Growth with an API for Two-Click E-mail Transactions

As mobile-payments strategists struggle with clunky checkouts that lead to abandoned sales, a startup based in Albuquerque, N.M., is seeing dramatic early success with a 3-month-old solution that allows consumers to buy products from e-mail messages with a pair of clicks. The company, @Pay LLC, has signed up more than …

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Acquiring Giant Vantiv Agrees to Buy Litle & Co. for $361 Million

In a move that will greatly expand its business in card-not-present transaction processing, merchant processor Vantiv Inc. announced on Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire Lowell, Mass.-based Litle & Co. for $361 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close later this year and will result in 11-year-old …

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Private-Equity Player GTCR Swoops in to Snatch Fundtech from S1’s Grasp

In yet another twist in the ongoing corporate drama involving payments-software firms S1 Corp., Fundtech Ltd., and ACI Worldwide Inc., news emerged early on Thursday that Fundtech is spurning S1 in favor of what it views as a better offer from GTCR, a Chicago-based private-equity firm with a history of …

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TSYS Cements Strategic About-Face with Takeover of First National Merchant Solutions

Total System Services Inc. on Tuesday brought to an end a short-lived joint venture with First National Bank of Omaha by buying the 49% of FNBO unit First National Merchant Solutions LLC it didn’t already own. In the deal, TSYS paid FNBO $169.6 million for the remaining stake, implying a …

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