Friday , November 15, 2019

Near-Field Communication (NFC)

Could a Move in the German Parliament Break Apple’s Hammerlock on the NFC Chip?

Ever since Apple Pay debuted in 2014, Apple Inc. has kept the near-field communication chip in its devices off-limits to payment apps from other companies. But now legislation has appeared in Germany that may force the computing giant to grant access to that all-important chip, which allows Apple phones and …

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Bill Could Restrain Tech Firms’ Financial Services Projects and other Digital Transactions New briefs from 11/15/19

U.S. Rep. Chuy Garcia (D-Ill.) planned this week to introduce bills that would bar tech firms from developing their own cryptocurrencies and make it more difficult for non-financial firms to obtain charters for industrial-loan corporations, a form of a bank, according to Politico. Garcia’s office did not immediately respond to a request …

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U.S. Holiday Sales Could Top $1 Trillion, With Mobile Payments Growing 32%

Research firm eMarketer Inc. forecasted that 2019 U.S. holiday sales will surpass $1 trillion in value for the first time. Cyber Monday, the Monday following Thanksgiving, is expected to be the biggest online shopping day and could approach $10 billion in sales. With Thanksgiving falling on the last Thursday of …

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Final Arguments Heard in MDL 1720 Interchange Suit and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 11/8/19

U.S. District Judge Margo K. Brodie heard final arguments from lawyers Thursday on the fairness of a proposed settlement in the 14-year-old MDL 1720 credit card interchange case but, as attorneys involved in the case said was probable, did not make an immediate determination from the bench. Brodie in January gave preliminary …

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20 European Banks Challenging Card Networks and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 11/6/19

Twenty European banks are working on setting up a pan-European payment system to challenge Visa, Mastercard and technology companies such as Google and PayPal, according to press reports. The project is code-named PEPSI, for Pan European Payment System Initiative.In a development that signals an opening in China’s long-protected payments environment, Chinese mobile-payment giants …

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Consumer Loyalty to Using Credit Cards May Be Swayed by Digital Alternatives

Digital wallets and other forms of digitized payments may be poised to take over the most-favored position for some consumers. Sixty-six percent of consumers, if offered rewards, discounts, and cash-back incentives similar to those offered by credit cards, would switch to alternative ways to pay, finds the 2019 edition of …

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In Its Latest Gambit, Samsung Pay Enlists Curve’s All-in-One Card App

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has been seeking lately to differentiate its 4-year-old Samsung Pay mobile payments service, and on Monday came its latest gambit: an integration with Curve 1 LTD, a London-based startup that allows cardholders to consolidate all of their Mastercard and Visa cards into a single card or …

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Discover Contactless Cards Coming and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 11/4/19

Discover Financial Services said it will begin issuing contactless cards over the next several months, starting first this month with holders of Discover it and Discover More cards who need cards reissued or replaced. New cardholders will get contactless cards beginning in December.ACI Worldwide expanded its long-term relationship with ATM network operator …

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Google To Buy Fitbit and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 11/1/19

Google Inc. agreed to acquire Fitbit Inc., producer of smart watches and the Fitbit Pay contactless-payment service, for approximately $2.1 billion. Fitbit has sold more than 100 million devices in its 12 years in business. Google, whose Google Pay mobile-payment service has been in the market since 2015, is part of Alphabet Inc. The …

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Mastercard’s Top and Bottom Lines Benefit as Transaction Volume Jumps 20%

Mastercard Inc. switched 20% more transactions on its worldwide network in the third quarter than it did a year earlier as purchase volumes remained strong and new growth markets generated more payments. “Growth was broad-based,” Mastercard president and chief executive Ajay Banga said Tuesday morning during the company’s third-quarter earnings …

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