Tuesday , October 23, 2018

News

October, 2003

  • 23 October

    Shift to Electronics Surprises the Fed

    The movement from paper-based to electronic payment is happening even faster than the Federal Reserve expected, and as a result the central bank is cutting its estimate of check volume while raising its check-processing fees. Effective Jan. 2, the Fed's fees for check services will go up by a blended …

  • 23 October

    U.S. Justice Department Blocks First Data-Concord Merger

    Arguing that the transaction would stifle competition in the market for transactions secured with personal identification numbers, the Department of Justice filed suit today to stop a proposed $7.3 billion acquisition of Concord EFS by First Data Corp. Officials of Justice's antitrust division argued that the merger would weaken competition …

  • 22 October

    MasterCard Mulls the Results of Chip and M-Commerce Pilots

    MasterCard is evaluating the next step for its contactless payment program following the conclusion of its PayPass test using a chip-based card in Orlando and as it nears the conclusion of a test involving the use of cell phones as a payment device in Dallas. The card company is expected …

  • 21 October

    Payment by Phone Bill Picks Up Momentum

    A payment service that allows Internet content and service providers to bill their customers via their phone bill has been gaining momentum. Although San Jose, Calif.-based PaymentOne, a billing service for 50 large Internet service companies, provides those companies with six different payment options, the PhoneBill choice is being used …

  • 20 October

    A No-Card, No-Fob System Gets Set for Prime Time

    A company offering a biometric-based technology that allows consumers to pay at the point of sale without presenting a card, keyfob, token, or any other payment media has installed a new management team and is laying plans for a major expansion in 2004. San Francisco-based Pay By Touch is running …

  • 16 October

    Nation’s First Shared Ticketing Machines Go Live

    McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, has installed and switched on the nation's first ticketing kiosks serving multiple airlines. The airport's initial installation, which cost it about $2 million in hardware and software, includes more than 30 self-service machines at the airport itself and another six hooked up at the Las …

  • 16 October

    TCF Re-Ups with Visa

    After an acrimonious summer in which TCF Financial Corp. first complained about the costly Visa/MasterCard settlement in the Wal-Mart case, and then complained even more bitterly when Visa threatened to levy a penalty on TCF if it switched debit brands, the Minneapolis-based bank has come to terms with Visa and …

  • 16 October

    BofA Tops NACHA’s 50 Biggest Receivers

    Bank of America Corp. took in far and away more ACH payments last year than any other receiving institution, according to statistics released today by the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA). The association's first annual ranking of receiving institutions shows BofA, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., in first place for …

  • 15 October

    Peppercoin Assaults the Micropayments Market

    A service that has been in alpha test for the past three months to allow consumers to make micropayments for entertainment services is expected to be rolled out in the next month. Early participants in the service offered by Waltham, Mass.-based Peppercoin Inc. include Music Rebellion, an online service that …

  • 14 October

    Microsoft and Vodafone Work to Link PC-Wireless Transactions

    Microsoft Corp. and Vodafone Group PLC are working together on technology standards that would allow personal computers to exploit wireless networks for functions ranging from user authentication to payment to text messages. A company that sells online games, for instance, could use the new mobile Web specifications to accept micropayments …