Tuesday , March 19, 2019

Mobile Wallets

Car Dealer Adds Aliant Crypto Processing and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/14/19

Aliant Payments said it added Bob Moore Auto Group as a client for cryptocurrency processing. The agreement will allow the auto dealer to accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin for cars, parts, and service at its Subaru dealership in Oklahoma City. Thales S.A. said Gemalto will operate as a separate company …

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PayPal Extends Faster-Funds Availability With Instant Transfers to Users’ Bank Accounts

As money movement gets faster, consumer expectations are increasingly pushing payments providers to make funds available sooner. PayPal Holdings Inc. on Tuesday bowed to that reality with the latest in a series of faster-payment services. The new service, called Instant Transfer to bank, relies on connections to real-time payments pioneer …

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Overstock-Backed Blockchain Firm To Power Multi-National Caribbean Digital Currency

American vacationers flock every year to the scenic islands of the Caribbean, and some day they might be using a digital version of the East Caribbean dollar to pay for a Rum Punch or Ting With a Sting. The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, the monetary authority for the eight-country Eastern …

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Eye on Contactless: CPI Card Group Sees ‘Gradual’ Growth for Dual-Interface EMV; A Cashless Forecast

Observers of the U.S. payments market who have been expecting a surge in conversions to dual-interface cards may have been disappointed Wednesday morning as CPI Card Group Inc., one of the nation’s biggest card manufacturers, said it expects “dual interface to grow gradually as a proportion of the U.S. market” …

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Payroc Buys POS Tech Developer and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/6/19

Payments provider Payroc LLC announced it acquired Detrok Technology Services, a developer of technology for point-of-sale, payment, and other functions in the hospitality industry. Terms were not disclosed. Payments provider Powertranz said it and NCR Corp. integrated the Powertranz software development kit and payment gateway into the NCR Aloha point-of-sale …

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The NFC Forum’s Latest Spec Is Aimed Squarely at QR Codes

Backers of near-field communication technology for mobile payments made it plain on Tuesday they’re ready to fight back against quick-response codes, a rival technology that has won support not only from giant systems like China’s Alipay and WeChat Pay but also domestically from merchant apps from big chains like Walmart …

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i3 Verticals’ $20 Million Acquisitions and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/4/19

Payments company i3 Verticals Inc. announced the acquisition of two unnamed companies at a combined price of approximately $20 million. One is in the public sector and the other is in wireless Internet-service billing. Countering the impression that most users of digital-payments services skew younger, half of first-time person-to-person payment …

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Goldman Sachs in Apple Credit Card Deal and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/21/19

Apple Inc. and the Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will begin issuing a joint credit card this spring, The Wall Street Journal reported. The new card will tie into the Apple Wallet. Apple’s brand already is on a credit card issued by Barclaycard. It is unknown what will happen to that …

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NAB Integrates With Vend and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/20/19

Payments provider North American Bancard Holdings LLC said it is integrating its capabilities with retail-management and point-of-sale software provider Vend. The joint service will be available to retailers through NAB’s resellers. Digital Debit Group, a unit of Qondado LLC, released a Quick Response code-based app for iOS and Android devices …

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Apple Pay Adoption Reaches 43% of iPhone Users, Up From 36% Just Five Months Ago

Apple Pay adoption show no signs of abating, with an estimated 43% of iPhone users across the globe enabling the mobile-payments service, says Loup Ventures LLC in a research note released Tuesday. That’s up from 36% in September and 20% in December 2017. Other estimates from the Minneapolis-based venture-capital firm …

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