Tuesday , January 16, 2018

Mobile Wallets

Having Snagged Venmo, Braintree Girds to Challenge PayPal in P2P And Wallets

Chicago-based Braintree Payments Solutions LLC, an independent sales organization specializing in online merchants, expects its $26. 2 million acquisition of New York City-based Venmo Inc. to position it as a direct competitor to PayPal Inc. in the person-to-person payments business and in digital-wallet applications. Venmo’s digital wallet allows consumers to …

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Merchant-Controlled Network Debuts Its Name But Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

The new mobile-payments network being developed by retailers went public on Wednesday with its name, Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX, and the identities of 15 initial merchant-investors. But, five months after merchants first revealed plans to build an alternative to the major card networks as mobile payments take hold in …

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AmEx Flap Is an Embarrassment, But Not Likely to Hurt Google Wallet

Regardless of how talks between Google Inc. and American Express Co. turn out, it isn’t likely AmEx will shut down its cardholders’ access to the online search giant’s newly overhauled mobile wallet. Indeed, much of the discussion now is likely focused narrowly on the use of the AmEx brand, says …

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Google Wallet 2.0: Now Open to All Cards, But Can It Attract Users?

Google Inc. on Wednesday announced an overhaul of its struggling mobile wallet product that the online search giant hopes will make the product more attractive to consumers and banks alike. Indeed, a key feature of the new Google Wallet is that is now open to any credit or debit card …

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App Usage Reaches a Solid Majority Among Handset Users As Wallet Apps Proliferate

With much of the nascent mobile-payments business concentrated on consumer access via streamlined applications rather than browsers, news emerged this week that handset users are rapidly adopting apps. Indeed, usage of downloaded apps crossed the 50% mark in March and stood at 51.1% in May, according to figures released this …

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Google’s Android Shipments Among Hopeful Signs for NFC

Google Inc.’s disclosure last week that 1 million Android-powered devices are now shipping each week with near-field communication (NFC) capability has renewed industry speculation about when NFC-based mobile payments will become a mainstream service. The shipment figure, a rare disclosure from the tightlipped Web search giant, came with weekly activation …

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Decoupled Debit Goes Mobile As Closed-Loop Card Processor Pushes Wallets

National Payment Card Association is out to prove the obituaries for decoupled debit were, as the saying goes, exaggerated. Not only does the company have 4,000 gas stations accepting its PIN-based debit cards, it expects a major petroleum vendor will begin accepting debit transactions through its platform on a mobile …

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ISOs, Processors Start to Prepare for a Future of Chip Cards And Mobile Wallets

With EMV chip card payments coming and mobile wallets using near-field communication already here, merchant acquirers are beginning to roll out their own hardware and software to handle the new technologies. This week, the big merchant acquirer Chase Paymentech introduced its “Future Proof” point-of-sale terminal and earlier this month, Merchant …

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PayPal’s Foray into TV Commerce Could Help Recruit Merchants for POS Processing

PayPal Inc.’s latest effort to enter the nascent business of processing transactions for merchandise shown on television—so-called T-commerce—could also help recruit more merchants for the San Jose, Calif.-based company’s point-of-sale payment service, a PayPal executive tells Digital Transactions News. As it turns out, merchants that agree to accept PayPal at …

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Speculation Ends As Apple Unveils a Digital Wallet That Works with QR Codes

Ending months of speculation about is intentions in mobile payments and promotions, computer icon Apple Inc. on Monday entered the increasingly crowded market for digital wallets with an application it calls Passbook. At the same time, the company announced it now has card credentials for some 400 million users on …

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