Wednesday , April 1, 2020

Person-to-Person Payments

Another Marriott Data Breach and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 4/1/20

In its second major data breach in two years, hotel giant Marriott International Inc. disclosed a “property system incident” affecting personal information on 5.2 million guests. Fraudsters apparently gained access to Marriott’s systems in mid-January using the login credentials of two employees at a franchised property. Marriott, which said it discovered the …

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Pandemic Scammers Emerge and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/20/20

TriNet Group Inc., a human-resources software provider, said a wave of scammers are exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic to gull people into buying so-called cures for the disease (no cure yet exists), as well as fake testing kits and vaccines.The Western Union Co. reported its digital money-transfer business “has continued to experience …

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SMBs Expect Further Demand Drop and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/25/20

A national survey of 850 small businesses found 69% have seen a “large drop” in demand because of the coronavirus pandemic, while 60% say they believe demand will drop further. The survey was conducted by America’s Small Business Development Centers and Thryv Inc., a software vendor specializing in small businesses.The U.S. Faster Payments …

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WorldRemit Partners With Paykii to Enable Users in One Country to Pay Bills Digitally in Another

Often overlooked in the market for digital bill payments is the need for immigrants, expats, and other persons living in one country to pay bills to service providers based in another country. To make that connection, international remittance service WorldRemit Ltd. said on Monday it is working with bill-payment platform Paykii …

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PayPal, Square Boost Hiring and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/23/20

PayPal Holdings Inc. and Square Inc. are moving to increase hiring as consumers reportedly shift to mobile payments as a result of calls for social distancing.Arguing that “the [coronavirus] pandemic will pass, but the economic impact will last,” a collation of payroll processors and trade associations issued an open letter to President Donald …

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No Safe Haven: Bitcoin And Other Cryptos Plunge Along With Equities in the Face of the Coronavirus

As stock markets swoon in the face of the novel coronavirus outbreak and its effects, prices for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are sliding as well, disproving at least for now the idea that cryptos can serve as a so-called safe haven for investors. Bitcoin, the leading digital currency, was trading at …

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Eye on Acquiring: Revel Starts Merchant Hardship Fund; SEAA Conference Moves to June

The unprecedented impact of dealing with the coronavirus outbreak encircling the globe has hit close to the payments industry. Several conferences have been postponed or canceled, and one vendor has set up a relief fund for merchants. Point-of-sale system maker Revel Systems Inc. created the Revel Relief Program, which can help …

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OTG Experience To Use Amazon Go Tech and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/13/20

Airport restaurant and retail operator OTG Experience LLC says it will be one of the first retailers to use Amazon.com Inc.’s “Just Walk Out” cashierless technology, the system that powers Amazon’s Amazon Go stores, when it opens a CIBO Express Gourmet Market next week in Terminal C of Newark Liberty International Airport.A technology …

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Eye on Covid-19: Payments Providers Hunker Down As an ATM Group Decries ‘The Scapegoating of Cash’

The electronic-payments industry is settling into a ride-it-out mode as panic selling resumed Thursday on Wall Street over the coronavirus, now deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened down 1,700 points, and most payments stocks went over the cliff with it. In late-morning …

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Western Union’s Law-Firm Payment Service and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/10/20

The Western Union Co. launched WU Incoming Payments for Legal, a service aimed at allowing U.S. law firms to accept foreign payments without bank-processing fees.Payments provider Usio Inc. said InsureSmith, which provides insurance brokerage software products, integrated Usio’s PayFac-in-a-Box service to enable users to pay premiums directly through the InsureSmith platform.E-commerce services provider Signifyd announced …

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