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Kevin Woodward

Kevin's role at Digital Transactions is to write news and features stories for publication on the Web site and in the magazine. He also oversees the digital editorial aspect of the site and the Digital Transactions News daily newsletter.

Reliable, Recurring Revenue Fuels Investor Interest in Payments

With the closing of three megamergers this year, one might think investment opportunities in payments and acquiring could shrink. But that would be an error. That was the assessment of investment professionals speaking Thursday at the Western States Acquirers Association annual conference in Rancho Mirage, Calif.  “It’s a massive industry. …

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Without a Digital Business Model, Banks May Lose $280 Billion in Payments Revenue

Digital payments, combined with competition from nonbanks in payments, may cost banks as much as 15% of their global payments revenue, or $280 billion, says Accenture in its “2019 Global Payments Survey.” Released Monday, the survey of 240 retail and corporate payments executives across multiple countries suggests that global-payments revenue …

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POS Providers Invite Developers To Attract More Merchants

As integrated payments continue to garner more interest from payments companies amid increasing merchant demand, two point-of-sale system providers are making it easier for developers to create software programs for merchants.  Revel Systems Inc. last week launched Revel Integrated, a program that offers developer tools and infrastructure to integrate their …

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How On-Demand Services Are Propelling Online Transaction Growth

Consumers shopping online are more than likely buying digital goods and services, suggest the results of “The Global Rise of Digital Goods and Services” report from the First Data unit of Fiserv Inc. Released Wednesday, the survey by Forrester Research Inc. of more than 6,000 online adults around the world …

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In Six Months, There Has Been 13% Growth in Online Cyber Attacks, Says LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Cyber criminals took no time off in the first six months of 2019 as human-initiated attacks against online sites grew by 13% from the same period a year ago, finds the LexisNexis Risk Solutions Cybercrime Report released Tuesday. Bots, too, evolved to target new account creations. Bot attacks targeting new …

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Five Years On, Is Apple Pay Ready To Bloom At Last?

Five years ago, Apple Inc. laid claim to offering one of the first smart phone-based mobile-payment services, and now some observers say Apple Pay, with an estimated 43% of iPhone owners using the service, may be poised to score a breakthrough. Apple Pay was announced with great fanfare Sept. 9, …

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Southwest Airlines Will Add Apple Pay As a Payment Option

Southwest Airlines will join the roster of merchants that accept Apple Pay, according to an announcement Wednesday from CellPoint Digital and UATP. UATP, the airline-owned payment network, and CellPoint Digital, a travel industry payments specialist, said Dallas-based Southwest will make Apple Pay available across all channels to buy tickets and …

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Not So Fast for Faster Payments, a Survey Finds

Proponents of faster-payment services, which enable real-time or nearly real-time transfers, may need a bit of patience for larger-scale adoption of the technology. Fifty-six percent of attendees at the 2019 Nacha Payments conference in May said it will take at least a year, and possibly more, for their companies to …

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A Plague of Ransomware Targets Texas Cities

More than a score of Texas cities have been hit with ransomware, crippling their municipal computer systems and accounting for one-third of all municipal ransomware attacks so far this year, according to Armor Defense Inc., a cloud-security company. It released a ransomware report Tuesday. Among the latest cities is Borger, …

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Visa Hopes to ‘Flip the Script’ on Fraudsters With an Expanded Suite of Security Products

As merchants, consumers, and financial institutions contend with the aftereffects of unceasing data breaches, Visa Inc. is adding new products to help prevent and disrupt payment fraud. Announced Tuesday, the roster of new products include Vital Signs, which monitors transactions and alerts financial institutions to signs of potential fraudulent activity …

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