Tuesday , July 17, 2018

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A Divided Supreme Court Upholds AmEx’s Anti-Steering Rules

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that American Express Co.’s anti-steering rules for merchants do not violate federal antitrust law. The conservative majority’s decision, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, caps a case that dates back to 2010 and involves merchants who wanted to steer merchants to …

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A Consumer Survey Yields More Indications That Zelle Is Catching Up to Venmo

Zelle’s gestation as a favored person-to-person payments service may be nearing fulfillment. A new survey from LendEDU finds that, nine months after its June 2017 debut, more consumers had become aware of the bank-backed service. In 2017, only 6.1% had heard of Zelle. By the time of the survey, that …

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Survey Identifies Emerging Anti-Fraud Tools Favored by E-Commerce Merchants

The fraud-fighting tools of the future for e-commerce retailers include artificial intelligence, multimerchant velocity checks, and fingerprint identification, according to a poll of 166 merchants for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. None of those newer tools is in widespread use today, but more merchants plan to use them going …

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Electronic Payments Coalition Says Retailers Should ‘Pull Their Weight’ To Improve Payments

A lobbying group of payment networks and card issuers released consumer survey results Monday that it says show merchants should “step up and catch up” regarding payment card security and innovation. “Time and time again, retailers have shown they are more interested in cutting their own costs instead of making …

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ACH-Based GasBuddy Payment Service Marks 300,000-Plus Users

GasBuddy LLC, the fuel-price comparison service, said Monday more than 300,000 U.S. drivers have enrolled in Pay with GasBuddy, its fuel-discount program that uses the automated clearing house for transactions. Launched last year, Pay with GasBuddy connects a consumer’s checking account with a GasBuddy-issued card. After enrolling in the service …

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Already Ahead of Venmo in Dollars, Zelle Is Poised to Jump Ahead in Users, a Forecaster Says

Now officially a year old, Zelle is steadily gaining momentum. San Francisco-based Bank of the West, the 29th largest bank in the country ranked by assets, announced Thursday it will join the bank-controlled person-to-person payment network, which already claims some of the biggest financial institutions in the country. Also this week, …

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First Data’s Star Debit Network Plans To Challenge Visa and Mastercard for Signature Transactions

Payment processor First Data Corp.’s Star debit network is poised to aggressively challenge Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. for a share of the signature-debit market that the global networks have dominated since signature debit became a payment option more than 20 years ago. Star gained a potentially big foothold in …

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Worldpay Tests Dynamic CVV Cards in Anticipation of Broader Availability

Worldpay Inc. is adding another tool for financial institutions in their efforts to curtail the pricey and nuisance-laden aftereffects of rampant data breaches. The company’s solution comes in the form of credit and debit cards that use a dynamic card-verification value. Cincinnati-based Worldpay is testing the Motion Code-enabled credit and …

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The MAG’s Horwedel Prepares To Step Down as CEO

Mark Horwedel, chief executive of the Merchant Advisory Group, an association of more than 100 of the nation’s biggest merchants that concerns itself with payment issues, plans to step down at year’s end. Replacing him will be John Drechny, chairperson of the group’s board of directors and currently senior director …

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Cardtronics Adds PenFed ATMs and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 6/12/18

Payment-technology firm i3 Verticals could raise almost $100 million in an expected initial public offering, according to news reports. The firm, launched six years ago as Charge Payment, is led by Greg Daily, a former chief executive at iPayment Inc. ATM network owner and operator Cardtronics plc reported that under …

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