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December, 2017

  • 20 December

    Net Element’s Stock Jumps More Than 200% After the Processor Creates Blockchain Unit

    Shares of the small merchant processor Net Element Inc. surged more than 200% Wednesday morning, apparently for no other reason than the company announced it was creating a business unit to pursue opportunities in the nascent blockchain industry. At about 11:30 a.m. Eastern time, Miami-based Net Element’s stock was priced …

  • 20 December

    Some 2.5 Million, Or 55%, of All Merchant Locations Now Accept EMV, Visa Data Shows

    Some 55% of all U.S. storefronts were accepting EMV chip cards as of September, according to the latest quarterly data from Visa Inc., released Monday. That comes to more than 2.5 million merchant locations, up 9% from June and 538% from September 2015, when 392,000 locations were accepting chip cards …

  • 20 December

    Chargeback Releases Dispute Management Tool and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/20/17

    Chargeback.com Inc. released the Chargeback App to aid employees in managing a retailer’s chargeback disputes. The commerce-technology provider Big Commerce agreed to make Visa Checkout available to its more than 55,000 merchant clients. More than 28 million card accounts are enrolled in Visa Checkout, which streamlines the payment process with users’ …

  • 19 December

    Johnson Named PCI Security Standards Council Executive Director

    The PCI Security Standards Council named Lance J. Johnson to the executive director position. Johnson, who had been chief operating officer at Sequent Software Inc. for the past five years and spent 20 years at Visa Inc., replaces Stephen W. Orfei, the general manager who left earlier this year after …

  • 19 December

    As 2018 Nears, Payments Professionals Predict Advances in Tech for Blockchain, Mobile, ID

    The blockchain, mobile commerce, fraud, data breaches, and authentication were all hot payments topics in 2017. Expect that to continue into 2018 if the prognostications from several payments executives hold true. Much of their outlook centers on identity and authentication, especially as data breaches, large and small, continue to wreak …

  • 19 December

    New York C-Store Moves Fuel-Pump EMV Acceptance Forward With NCR Technology

    The slow conversion of U.S. gasoline pumps from acceptance of only magnetic-stripe payment cards to EMV chip cards took a step forward Tuesday when payment technology provider NCR Corp. announced that a convenience store in upstate New York had completed its first outdoor EMV transaction using an NCR Optic upgrade …

  • 19 December

    BlueSnap Lands More Integrations and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/19/17

    Fit Pay Inc. will bring contactless-payment technology to wearable devices in Australia under an agreement with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. Fit Pay is a unit of Florida-based NXT-ID Inc. Payments provider BlueSnap Inc. announced integrations with six software and services providers. Bluefin Payment Systems said it received …

  • 18 December

    After Rebuffing Atos, Gemalto Accepts $5.7 Billion Buyout Offer From Thales

    Paris-based defense, aerospace, and transportation contractor Thales S.A. announced Monday that it has a €4.8 billion ($5.66 billion) deal to acquire Gemalto N.V., the world’s largest maker of chips for smart cards and mobile phones. The announcement that Thales plans to buy Gemalto for €51 per share ($60.1) comes just …

  • 18 December

    Looking to Bulk up in Small Merchants, TSYS Buys Cayan for $1.05 Billion in All-Cash Deal

    The consolidation trend sweeping through the merchant-acquiring business made headlines again Monday morning with the news that Total System Services Inc. has agreed to buy Boston-based acquirer and technology provider Cayan LLC for approximately $1.05 billion in cash. The deal, which TSYS says it expects to close in the first …

  • 18 December

    Global ATM Cash Withdrawal Volume Grows and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/18/17

    Visa Inc. fired one of its most prominent executives, Jim McCarthy, executive vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships, Dec. 1 because of inappropriate relationships with female Visa employees, according to The Wall Street Journal; theJournal said Visa launched an investigation into McCarthy’s actions after CEO Alfred Kelly received an …