Monday , November 19, 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.

Within Five Years, Caps on Credit Card Interchange Are Likely, According to a DTN Poll

With debit card interchange rates already regulated, a majority of respondents to a Digital Transactions News poll consider caps on credit card interchange within five years as very likely. n Though no such legislation is under review at this time, the response suggests few would be surprised should it appear. …

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Ingenico Debuts an EMV-Capable Mobile Acceptance Service, with U.S. Launch in 2014

Payment-terminal maker Ingenico S.A. is debuting the Roam Mobile Commerce Manager in eight nations, including the United States in early 2014. The service is currently available in Mexico, France, Belgium, Italy, Australia, Brazil, and Norway. Details about the U.S. version of Mobile Commerce Manager will be available once it launches …

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A New Harbortouch POS Terminal Incorporates EMV and NFC Payments

  Independent sales organization Harbortouch has released a new payment terminal that incorporates near-field communication, a smart card reader and a magnetic-stripe reader. Dubbed Perkwave, the terminal, which carries no cost except for transactions processed through it, includes a contactless card reader adorned with a consumer-facing display. Point-of-sale device maker …

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Insurer Enables Auto Policy Selection and Payment Via its Kiosks

  Consumers in Tennessee shopping for car insurance from Direct Auto Insurance have a new option to select a policy and pay for it using the insurer’s Direct on the Spot kiosks. Set up in 18 Direct Auto Insurance locations, the kiosks are designed to broaden the insurer’s reach among …

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Despite Brand Power And a Promising Start, MasterPass And V.me Face ‘Uphill Battle’

Consumers shopping at apparel retailer J.Crew Group Inc.’s e-commerce site now can use MasterCard Inc.’s MasterPass digital wallet, marking yet another merchant signing on to the program. In October, retailers Beyond the Rack and PC World and travel companies LastMinute.com and Porter Airlines also began offering MasterPass on their Web sites. …

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Only $36 Billion of $2.1 Trillion Bill-Payment Market Paid Via Mobile Devices

The impact of tablets and smart phones on payments is largely unfelt in bill payment with only $36 billion of the $2.1 trillion in annual bill payments made by these mobile devices, finds a new report from consultancy Javelin Strategy & Research. That equates to about 5% of U.S. consumers. …

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Vending Operator Taps USA Technologies for 50,000 ePort Payment Devices

  USConnect, a food-service network, has ordered 50,000 ePort vending-machine payment devices from USA Technologies Inc., making it the largest single order ever, says Malvern, Pa.-based USA Technologies. EPort devices enable vending machines to accept credit and debit cards and contactless payments. USConnect will supply the devices to its network …

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A Crowdfunding Niche Posts $1.5 Million in Daily Volume for PSP WePay

Crowdfunding organizations that work with payment service provider WePay Inc., and have integrated WePay’s application programming interface into their Web sites, are creating $1.5 million in daily payments for the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company. That is three times more than two years ago, WePay says. n WePay, founded in 2008, …

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As April Deadline Looms, ATM Experts Fret About Upgrade from Windows XP

Will the world end for ATM owners on April 8? Not likely, but it could become less secure. That is the day Microsoft Corp. ends all support—including security updates—for Windows XP, a common operating system not only for PCs but also for ATMs. That has the ATM industry pondering a …

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PayPal, InteliSpend Deals Broaden Blackhawk Network’s Gift And Prepaid Card Reach

Prepaid and gift card provider Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc. is further broadening its reach beyond supermarket gift card malls with its deal to offer gift card services within PayPal Inc.’s digital wallet and its pending acquisition of InteliSpend Prepaid Solutions, which offers corporate incentives and consumer promotion products. Announced Wednesday, …

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