Friday , February 22, 2019

Credit Cards

A New Marriott Card Lineup Lets AmEx Launch a Contactless Expansion

When JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced in November it would soon start mass-issuing contactless Visa cards, industry experts expected the move to at last kickstart a trend in the U.S. payments industry toward tap-and-pay EMV plastic. But while most experts thought Chase’s decision might stir smaller banks to follow suit, …

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Discover’s Contactless Fitness Improves Through Its Link-Up With Garmin Pay

Holders of Discover cards can now add their cards to the Garmin Pay mobile wallet for Garmin International Inc. wearable devices to make contactless payments, Discover Financial Services and Garmin announced Monday. Today’s announcement means that Discover is joining Visa and Mastercard as a payment option for Garmin Pay wallet …

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Payment Data Systems Posts 2018 Results and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/28/19

Payment Data Systems Inc. said it processed $3.4 billion in volume in 2018, a 21% increase from 2017’s $2.8 billion. Risk-management firm Featurespace raised $32.3 million from a funding round led by Insight Venture Partners. Payments provider ACI Worldwide said it will process real-time payments for 17 banks in Hungary …

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Mastercard Aces Out Visa in Sudden Bidding War for B2B Processor Earthport

In a rare public bidding war pitting the two leading payment card networks against each other, British business-to-business payment processor Earthport Plc’s board of directors on Friday recommended that its shareholders accept Mastercard Inc.’s all-cash buyout offer, which is 10% higher than Visa Inc.’s offer the board endorsed less than …

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Discover Reports 4Q Results and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/25/19

Discover Financial Services said its payments services operation, which includes network partners, Diners Club International, and the Pulse electronic-funds transfer network, processed $60.5 billion in total volume in the fourth quarter, a 12% increase year-over-year. Volume on Pulse jumped 11% to $47.1 billion owing to new issuers as well as …

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Oxman Will Leave the ETA to Head up the Information Technology Industry Council

Jason Oxman, chief executive officer of the Electronic Transactions Association since 2012, is leaving to accept a position as president and chief executive of the Washington, D.C.-based Information Technology Industry Council. He is expected to take up his new duties late next month. In his years heading the 29-year-old ETA, …

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TNS Buys R2G Services and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/24/19

Data-communications provider Transaction Network Services acquired R2G Services, a Chicago-based provider of a market-data and managed-hosting platform; terms were not disclosed. Payment processor Repay Holdings LLC, which private-equity firm Corsair Capital acquired in 2016, said it has a definitive merger agreement with Thunder Bridge Acquisition Ltd., a special-purpose acquisition firm …

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Online Processor Stripe Recruits Funding Circle to Extend Fixed-Rate Loans to Merchants

Stripe Inc. has recruited peer-to-peer financing provider Funding Circle to extend loans to merchants using Stripe to process payments. The London-based lender has joined the Stripe Partner Program, allowing merchants to apply for loans up to $500,000 by uploading data that can support their application. San Francisco-based Stripe says it …

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Chase Adds Another Contactless Card and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/23/19

JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Chase credit card unit and the Marriott International Inc. hotel chain introduced a contactless cobranded card, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card, to replace the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus card. American Express Co. announced the rebranding of its current portfolio of cards for customers of Marriott International Inc.’s …

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Target, Taco Bell, And Other Chains Are the Latest to Sign up for Apple Pay

Apple Inc. on Tuesday announced Target Corp., Taco Bell, and two regional chains are the latest merchants to agree to accept Apple Pay in-store, a development that could bolster the mobile-payments service and further smooth the road for contactless payments in the United States. Separately, Target announced it will also …

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