Tuesday , December 11, 2018

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A Visa-Sponsored Report Lays Out the Costs of a Cash-Based Economy

Payments gurus for years have touted benefits like faster transactions, improved security, and associated rewards when it comes to mobile payments. Now a study released Tuesday indicates converting off-the-books cash payments to digital methods could also boost a nation’s gross domestic product and augment the flow of tax revenues to …

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What’s the Cost of a Data Breach? About $233 Per Person, a Report Finds

Maybe being number one in something isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. For instance, the United States leads the world in the per capita cost—$233—of a data breach, finds the “2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview,” released Wednesday. That figure bests Canada, at $202 per …

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NFC-Equipped POS Terminals Will Reach 112.3 Million by 2022, a Forecast Predicts

Expect more point-of-sale terminals equipped with near-field communication capability over the next four years as the market is forecasted to grow at a 15.6% compound annual growth rate through 2022, says Berg Insight, a Sweden-based research firm. By the end of 2017, POS terminal makers had shipped an estimated 24.7 …

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The ICBA Notches a ‘Victory’ Against Square, But Looks to Quash the ILC ‘Loophole’ for Good

Square Inc. may be planning to re-file its application for deposit insurance with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., but that isn’t stopping its main opponent from celebrating the fact that the company has withdrawn its original application—at least for now. “We can call it a victory,” Chris Cole, executive vice …

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The Fed Seeks Comments on Adopting the ISO 20022 Messaging Format for the Fedwire

The Federal Reserve Board said Thursday that it is seeking comments about its proposal to adopt the ISO 20022 messaging format for the Fedwire Funds Service. If approved, the format would replace the Fedwire’s current, proprietary messaging system. ISO 20022 enables payment providers to add more detailed instructions and other …

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PayPal Completes Synchrony Deal and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 7/3/18

Token, a provider of contactless payment terminals tailored for events, launched its Mini-Serve EFTPOS system, which allows attendees at events or venues to top up their wristbands or badges with payment cards or mobile wallets. In an expansion of a relationship that dates back to 2004, PayPal Holdings Inc. has …

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COMMENTARY: Consumers Deserve Better Retail Protections

The cybersecurity firm Gemini Advisory recently announced a large-scale data breach at Saks Fifth Avenue and its sister company Lord & Taylor, compromising 5 million credit cards. While the forensic investigation is still under way, it appears that the breach was likely caused by malware on the parent company’s point-of-sale …

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Venmo’s New Debit Card Is About More Than Cashing in on Interchange Fees

While the opportunity to earn interchange on transactions made on its new Venmo debit card seemingly answers the oft-asked question of how PayPal Holdings Inc. plans to leverage its free peer-to-peer payment service, the full answer runs much deeper. Interchange is only one piece of the puzzle. A much larger …

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The Supreme Court’s Controversial Balancing Act in the AmEx Anti-Steering Case

With its Monday decision upholding American Express Co.’s anti-steering rules, the U.S. Supreme Court unleashed a tide of press speculation about just how payment card pricing, rewards, and network rules will be affected. At this point, however, only a few things are clear. The first is that AmEx chief executive …

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Incomm Partners with CheckFreePay and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 6/26/18

Bill.com announced that, at more than $52 billion, it has surpassed the $50-billion mark in bill payments processed annually for more than 3 million small-business clients. Prepaid specialist Incomm announced it is working with CheckFreePay Corp., a unit of Fiserv Inc., on a cash-based bill-payment service in store checkout lanes. …

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