Saturday , September 22, 2018

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.

MoneyGram Expands Its Online Platform Into Five New Markets

Wire-transfer provider MoneyGram International Inc. once again is expanding to more markets. This time, the company announced Monday, consumers in Ireland, Poland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark are the latest to have access to the company’s online platform. MoneyGram’s online service is now available in 15 nations. In July, it expanded …

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Yet Another POS System Breach, This One at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

Criminals were able to infiltrate another point-of-sale system, this one used by Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, a unit of Darden Restaurants. Announced Wednesday, the breach involved Cheddar’s locations in 23 states. Payment card information, including card numbers, from consumers who used them at Cheddar’s restaurants between Nov. 3, 2017, and Jan. …

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Consumers Keep More Money in Their PayPal Accounts Than Cash in Their Wallets, a Study Finds

U.S. consumers are apt to have more money—$485 on average—in their PayPal Holdings Inc. accounts than cash in their wallet, $196, finds the Future of Money Study from Logica Research. San Francisco-based Logica Research, formerly Koski Research Inc., also found that 58% of Americans have a PayPal account. A number of …

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Francisco Partners Closes on Its $3.4 Billion Verifone Deal

As of Monday, point-of-sale terminal maker Verifone Systems Inc. once again is a privately-held company. Announced in April, the $3.4 billion deal also sees Michael Pulli, former chief executive of Pace plc, step into the same role at San Jose, Calif.-based Verifone, replacing Paul Galant, who became CEO in 2013. Galant …

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Glance Pay Links With Brewhound To Help Consumers Find Glance Pay Venues

Glance Technologies Inc., developer of mobile-payment service Glance Pay, announced a cross-licensing and cobranding agreement with Brewhound Inc., maker of the restaurant and bar locator The Happy Hour App. The dual integration means consumers using Brewhound’s app in the Vancouver, British Columbia, area can locate venues that accept Glance Pay, while …

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Priority Buys POS Software Makers and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 8/20/18

Priority Technology Holdings Inc., the new corporate name for Priority Payment Systems following a deal with M I Acquisitions Inc., announced the acquisition of RadPad and Landlord Station, business software for landlords. Just a day after the FBI warned bankers about a looming malware scheme to make ATMs dispense cash …

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Change at Payment Alliance International As Three Top Execs, Including Two Cofounders, Exit

Payment Alliance International, the Louisville, Ky.-based ATM operator, is in the midst of a strategic shift, one that has seen three top executives resign from the firm. John J. Leehy III, president and chief executive, Greg Sahrmann, executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Donna Embry, chief payments advisor, …

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Poll: Most Financial-Services Professionals Expect Little Relief From Payments Fraud

Don’t look for many optimists in the payments industry when it comes to a future with less fraud. Fully 84% of those surveyed by TD Bank say payments fraud will become a bigger threat over the next one to two years. Released Tuesday, the survey, conducted this spring at the …

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A POS System Provider Lands a Cannabis POS Deal

Point-of-sale system provider POSaBIT Inc. announced nine stores of the Starbuds recreational marijuana-dispensary chain will use its POS system. Though POSaBIT, in its press release, did not disclose specifically which payments Starbuds will accept via the POS system, its Web site lists debit card and cryptocurrency acceptance as alternatives to …

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Apple Pay Use Increases With A Lot of Growth Internationally in Users And Transactions

More than 252 million iPhone owners globally use Apple Pay, a figure that equates to 31% of the active iPhone base, says Loup Ventures, a Minneapolis-based venture-capital firm. A year ago, the figure was 25%. That growth mostly is coming from international consumers, who Loup Ventures says account for 85% …

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