Thursday , June 21, 2018

Credit Cards

However It Will Work, the Common Buy Button Isn’t Going to Appear Any Time Soon

With each week that passes, the so-called unified buy button concept introduced by the major card networks last month takes on more definition, but despite all the discussion, the idea of an online checkout shared by multiple payment networks remains too vague—and too futuristic—to suit some expert observers. “I keep …

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Payment Processor Spindle Cancels an Acquisition, But Rents the Target Company’s CEO

The struggling merchant processor Spindle Inc. canceled its planned acquisition of independent sales organization and gateway provider VyaPay, but reported Wednesday that it plans to form a so-called strategic alliance with VyaPay, and VyaPay’s chief executive will provide day-to-day management of Spindle. Mesa, Ariz.-based Spindle, whose shares trade over the …

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Chili’s Reports Malware-Related Data Compromise at Company-Owned Restaurants

An undetermined number of Chili’s Grill and Bar restaurants sustained a data breach in March and April, Chili’s parent company Brinker International Inc. reported over the weekend. Dallas-based Brinker divulged few details in a Saturday post on the Chili’s Web site and in a new release the same day. It …

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Now That Real-Time Is on the Horizon, Fee-Weary Merchants Look for Card Displacement

Financial institutions have been pushing real-time payments because they are supposed to be not only faster but also more cost-efficient. But now results of a global survey released Monday indicate merchants not only expect faster payments to be less expensive to accept, but also to displace the payment cards banks …

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CPI Card Group’s Prepaid Card Sales Grow and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 5/11/18

The Western Union Co.’s Speedpay subsidiary announced the latest release of its Next Gen bill-payment platform. Card manufacturer CPI Card Group Inc. reported that first-quarter sales of credit and debit cards for the U.S. market fell 6.5% year-over-year, but U.S. prepaid card sales jumped 63%. The number of data breaches …

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How Apple’s Goldman Gambit Could Help Lock in Banks Supporting Apple Pay

Apple Inc.’s move to create a new Apple Pay credit card with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. may or may not help boost usage of the mobile-payments service, but one thing it is likely to do is cement Apple’s ties with the thousands of banks that support the service, observers say. …

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Cardlytics Prepares for a Potential Tripling of Its Active User Base by 2019’s End

Cardlytics Inc. is building its infrastructure to support as many as 200 million monthly active users of its merchant-funded rewards program by the end of 2019, more than three times the 60 million it currently has, company executives said Thursday. The big expansion comes as Cardlytics’ grows its business with …

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Early Ripple Cross-Border Tests Results and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 5/10/18

Blockchain provider Ripple Labs Inc. reported results on a number of pilots it is running for its XRapid cross-border payments network. Participants in the pilots have realized cost savings ranging from 40% to 70% compared to conventional fees. The average XRapid transaction took a little over two minutes, compared to two to …

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With Synthetic ID Fraud Losses Soaring, Complications Beset a Search for Solutions

Cyberthieves can use the payment credentials they steal to charge products to the people who are the legitimate owners of that data. That’s bad enough. But increasingly, these fraudsters are using the information they glean from data breaches to invent fresh identities, sometimes out of whole cloth, leaving credit card …

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SignaPay’s PayLo Program Signs Reseller and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 5/7/18

Payments provider St. Louis Merchant Services announced it is offering the PayLo Cash Discount Progam from SignaPay Ltd. Fiserv Inc. has teamed with fraud-analytics firm Rippleshot to offer Card Risk Office, an early-detection service that allows client institutions to identify potential fraud anywhere from 30 days to 60 days before …

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