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March, 2004

  • 8 March

    PayPal Pays $150,000, Clarifies Terms to Settle New York Case

    PayPal agreed today to pay the state of New York $150,000 and clarify its user agreement as part of a settlement of a case brought against the San Jose, Calif.-based online payments processor by the New York state attorney general's office. In the settlement, PayPal, a unit of online auction …

  • 5 March

    The Wal-Mart Case Hits MasterCard with a $763 Million Charge

    MasterCard International took a $763.5 million charge against earnings in 2003 to account for its share of the settlement of the massive Wal-Mart class-action suit, documents filed yesterday reveal. As a result of the charge, the bank card association sustained a $385.8 million loss last year, compared to net income …

  • 4 March

    With Mperia, BitPass Enters the Red-Hot Online Music Market

    Two weeks after its launch, a Web site created by BitPass Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based micropayments startup, has attracted nearly 100 bands and other musicians selling single songs and tracks at prices ranging from a quarter to $1.50. Designed for so-called independent musicians seeking an outlet for their music …

  • 3 March

    Behind FDC’s Effort to Get Beyond Credit Cards on the Web

    With Internet merchants increasingly demanding transaction capabilities beyond credit cards, acquirers and processors are starting to look into ways to simplify and standardize the introduction of such payment alternatives as electronic checks, debit cards, and third-party billing. The latest such effort comes from the nation's biggest transaction processor. Denver-based First …

  • 2 March

    Visa Names Rodrigues to Succeed Williamson as CEO

    Christopher J. Rodrigues, group chief executive of U.K.-based banking firm Bradford & Bingley, is the new president and chief executive of Visa International, the bank card network announced today. Rodrigues, 54, will take over June 1 from William Boardman, chairman of Visas International's board, who is serving as interim chief …

  • 2 March

    Visa USA’s Top Marketer Quits to Go to Schwab

    On the same day that Visa International gained a new chief executive, Visa USA lost its top marketing officer. Rebecca Saeger, executive vice president for brand management, is leaving to take a senior marketing post at Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. in San Francisco, according to an internal announcement distributed …

  • 1 March

    Lightbridge Pays $82 Million to Buy Authorize.net

    Lightbridge Inc., a Burlington, Mass.-based provider of software and transaction services to wireless telecommunications carriers, today announced it is buying Authorize.net for $82 million in cash in a deal expected to close by June 30. Eight-year-old Authorize.net is an American Fork, Utah-based subsidiary of InfoSpace Inc., Bellevue, Wash. It provides …

  • 1 March

    NACHA To Require Billers to Provide an ARC Opt out

    The National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA) announced today a change in its rules that will require billers that use NACHA's increasingly popular electronic check conversion service at lockboxes to notify customers they may opt out of the service. The new rule takes effect June 11. It does not specify …

  • 1 March

    Target Will Ditch Its Chip, But Not E-Coupons

    Target Corp., which has opened more than 9 million accounts for its cobranded Visa smart card since the program's launch in November 2001, has announced it is shutting down the chip function on the card owing to lack of use. Target said in a statement today the phase-out will begin …

February, 2004

  • 27 February

    Information Architects Enters the Biometric Transaction Market

    Information Architects Corp., a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based provider of Web-based employee-screening technology, has announced it is entering the market for electronic point-of-sale transactions secured by cardholders' fingerprints. The company says it has acquired a U.S. patent (6,270,011 B1) that covers a fingerprint-scanning methodology for credit cards via scanners deployed at …