Friday , January 19, 2018

Mobile Wallets

Banks Cash in on Visa Europe Deal and other Digital Transactions News briefs

• Wal-Mart Stores Inc. launched Walmart Pay in 11 states: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Indiana. • Citing volatile exchange rates for the British pound, some money-transfer companies are temporarily suspending pound transfers until after results of today’s “Brexit” vote on …

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Microsoft Introduces a Windows 10-Based Mobile Wallet With NFC Capability

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday joined the mobile-payments race in earnest by announcing it is making near-field communication capability available on Microsoft Wallet for in-store transactions. The wallet works with Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. The new payments feature is limited for now to members of Microsoft’s Windows Insiders program “in …

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A BofA Survey Finds More Consumers Are Using Their Phones to Make Purchases

The number of consumers of all age groups who would or already use their phones to make purchases at the checkout increased to 40% this year, finds Bank of America Corp.’s “Trends in Consumer Mobility Report 2016,” released Tuesday. That’s up from 34% in 2015. Younger consumers—Millennials between 18 and …

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Canada’s MintChip Digital Currency Goes Live at Toronto Stores and Restaurants

MintChip, a digital cash replacement, went live Tuesday with a handful of retailers and restaurants in a trendy Toronto neighborhood. Canadians anywhere also can use MintChip for peer-to-peer payments. A loyalty and payment-services startup called nanoPay Corp. bought MintChip, which was developed by the Royal Canadian Mint, early this year. …

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Elavon Boosts Apple Pay Support in Canada and other Digital Transactions News briefs

•  Costco Wholesale Corp., along with Citigroup Inc. and Visa Inc., officially announced the new Citi-issued Costco Anywhere Visa consumer and business credit cards to replace Costco’s American Express Co. cobranded card; the new card gives 4% cash back on gas purchases, 3% back on restaurant and eligible travel purchases, …

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Apple Pay Boosts Vending Revenue and other Digital Transactions News briefs

• Visa Inc.’s Canadian unit posted an “open letter” in Canadian newspapers Thursday to protest Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s plan to stop accepting Visa cards in its 400 Canadian stores beginning July 18 because of allegedly high acceptance costs. “Wal-Mart has initiated a public flight—something we never wanted—as they are using …

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Dunkin’ Donuts Pay-Ahead App Available and other Digital Transactions News briefs

• Merchant processor Square Inc. settled a lawsuit filed by a Washington University professor, Robert E. Morley, who said he invented Square’s card reader for smart phones. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but Square set aside $50 million in the first quarter to cover legal expenses from the …

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Mobile, Breaches, Gift Cards, In-Store Pickup Among Trends Driving Online Fraud

Forecasters have long predicted that the U.S. payments market’s move to EMV chip cards for in-person transactions will drive criminals into e-commerce fraud. Now data is emerging to show the nuances these fraudsters are exploiting, and how the rise in online fraud is hardly limited to the U.S. market. In …

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Apple Pay Will Come to the Web Later This Year—But Only for Safari Browsers

Apple Inc. is bringing its Apple Pay service, originally restricted to apps and the Apple mobile wallet, to e-commerce sites on the Web. Apple Pay on the Web will be available this fall as part of the iOS 10 mobile and macOS desktop software updates. “We wanted to bring the …

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A Deal With Shell Boosts Chase Pay, But the Challenge of Consumer Usage Remains

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is lining up the necessary elements for its Chase Pay mobile service. The bank announced Thursday that more than 14,000 Shell Oil Co. locations potentially could accept the nascent mobile wallet. Chase shared few details, such as when Chase Pay might be accepted at Shell stations, …

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