Friday , February 22, 2019

Credit Cards

New Jersey Lawmakers Pass Bill To Protect Cash-Paying Consumers

New Jersey legislators last week passed a bill with overwhelming support to prevent businesses from banning consumers from using cash for purchases. The bill, which now goes to Gov. Phil Murphy for his signature, would make New Jersey only the second state to protect cash-using customers in stores. The proposed …

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Elavon Plans To Hire 500 More Employees and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/1/19

Elavon, the Atlanta-based merchant-acquiring subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp, says it plans to hire approximately 500 employees globally over the next three years. Elavon currently employs more than 730 people in Atlanta and more than 4,500 worldwide. BlockChyp Inc., a payment software and gateway provider, said it completed Level 3 certification …

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Mastercard Issuers Jumping on the Contactless Card Bandwagon

So far, Visa Inc. has dominated the headlines regarding the U.S. conversion to contactless payment cards. Mastercard Inc., however, will soon be getting into the act. “In the U.S., contactless momentum continues to grow on both issuing and acceptance sides,” Mastercard president and chief executive Ajay Banga said Thursday. “We …

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Lightspeed Debuts Lightspeed Payments and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/31/19

Point-of-sale system maker Lightspeed debuted Lightspeed Payments, a service for in-store and e-commerce payments. The service unifies a merchant’s card-present and card-not-present transaction data into one reporting location within the Lightspeed POS software. Regardless of the card type, merchants pay 2.6% plus 10 cents per card-present payment and 2.6% plus …

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Visa Eyes More Contactless Cards And More Volume From Visa Direct

Visa Inc. saw payment volume growth of nearly 11% in the quarter ended Dec. 31, and sees ever-more contactless cards and volume on its Visa Direct real-time payments service in its future. Visa on Wednesday reported a respectable first quarter of fiscal 2019, according to its chief executive, despite the …

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Apple Pay Volume Exceeds 1.8 Billion and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/30/19

Apple Pay processed more than 1.8 billion transactions in fiscal 2019’s first quarter ended Dec. 31, “well over twice the volume” of the year-earlier quarter, Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook told analysts late Tuesday, according to a SeekingAlpha.com call transcript. Apple Pay is now live in 27 countries, most recently …

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TSYS Sets ‘Aggressive Goals’ for Vital But Predicts ‘Headwinds’ From the CFPB’s Prepaid Rule

Top executives at Total System Services Inc. on Tuesday predicted big results from the Columbus, Ga.-based processor’s new Vital line of point-of-sale payment devices but also warned the onset of a massive federal regulation this spring will crimp prepaid card revenues in 2019. They also assured analysts on a conference …

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Square Faces Slower Growth Prospects, Analyst Says

Square Inc.’s share price slid 10% Tuesday in the wake of an analyst’s report saying growth for the high-flying merchant processor is becoming tougher. Square’s organic growth probably peaked in 2018’s third quarter and growth in subscriptions and services will slow in 2019’s second quarter as recent acquisitions are absorbed, …

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Data Breaches Fell in 2018, But Records Exposed More Than Doubled, Non-Profit Reports

The number of known data breaches fell 24% in 2018, but the number of compromised records that contained sensitive personally identifiable information more than doubled from 2017’s levels to over 450 million, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center’s latest annual data-breach review. The San Diego-based non-profit and partner CyberScout …

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Only 14% Use Mobile Payments and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/29/19

Just 14% of U.S. smart-phone users are using mobile-payments services from smart-phone makers, such as Apple Pay from Apple Inc., according to a survey from Juniper Research, which says “the window of opportunity in the U.S. for mobile-payment providers like Apple Pay and Google Pay is closing fast.” The survey …

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