Tuesday , January 16, 2018

Acquiring

Cannabis Vendors Shrug Off Hard-Line Federal Policy, but Full-Service Payments Remain Elusive

After a short-lived scare, investors in the budding cannabis sector don’t seem to be rattled by the hard line being taken by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions against their industry. But the legal marijuana industry is certainly no closer to getting payment card merchant accounts and other mainstream financial services, …

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National Merchants Association Eyes London Expansion and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/9/18

First American Payment Systems LP launched 1stPayPOS Pro, a tablet-based point-of-sale system that uses an Android-powered device to accept multiple payment methods, including EMV and Apple Pay and Google Pay. Payments provider National Merchants Association said it plans to open an office in London after it obtains a payment-facilitator certification …

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Eye on CES: Rear-View Mirror Payment Authentication and a Multi-Function Card

The huge CES (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show) expo is underway in Las Vegas, and out of it are coming the latest whiz-bang developments in payment technology. Among them: connected cars that enable the driver to pay for gas with a Visa card and authenticate the transaction with an iris …

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Alphabet Sweeps Android Pay And Other Services Under a Single Name: Google Pay

Say goodbye to Android Pay and Google Wallet, and say hello to Google Pay. Alphabet Inc.’s Google unit on Monday announced a rebranding of its disparate online payments services under the single moniker Google Pay. The new branding’s scope is so broad that even the function within Chrome Web browsers …

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A Bank Reaction to Tech Firms’ Push Among the Top 2018 Payments Trends, Says Aite

As technology firms, both within financial services and those entering it, take larger shares of banking revenue streams and become more like banks, financial institutions will beef up their tech investments as they attempt to counter this pressure, advises Aite Group LLC in a report on 2018 financial-services trends. In …

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Klarna Integrated Into ACI Service and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/8/18

Vantiv Inc. shareholders approved the processor’s planned acquisition of London-based merchant acquirer Worldpay Group plc with 99.9% of votes cast in favor, Vantiv reported. The companies expect the merger to close Jan. 16 following approval of a British court. The merged company will be known as Worldpay Inc., and its …

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EMS Relocating Headquarters and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/5/18

Suburban Cleveland-based merchant processor Electronic Merchant Systems announced it will move its headquarters to downtown Cleveland in mid-2018. The new location offers about 48,000 square feet of space. Point-of-sale equipment maker Star Micronics released PromoPRNT, a service that enables merchants to create printed promotions in addition to receipts. U.S. Attorney …

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Appellate Court Sides With Merchants Challenging California’s Credit Card Surcharge Ban

A group of California small businesses won a victory Wednesday when a three-judge panel of a federal appellate court upheld their challenge to California’s ban on credit card surcharges, but a key aspect of the ruling applies only to the merchants who sued the state. Still, the ruling represents at …

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Gemalto’s Biometric Contactless Card and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/4/18

Unattended-payments specialist USA Technologies Inc. announced that vending-machine operator Jackson Brothers of the South is upgrading an additional 750 machines to accept cashless payments. When completed, the expansion will mean all 1,000 Jackson Brother machines will accept cashless transactions such as Android Pay and Apple Pay in addition to traditional …

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Payments Companies Put on a Strong Wall Street Performance in 2017

Shares of publicly traded payments companies lost some strength as 2017 drew to a close, but for the year as a whole they handily outperformed three widely watched market indexes during one of Wall Street’s best years in recent memory. Twenty-nine electronic transaction processor stocks tracked by Chicago-based investment firm …

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