Saturday , January 19, 2019

Prepaid Cards

Fiserv Stuns the Industry With a Massive All-Stock Acquisition of First Data

In a stunning announcement that surprised many observers, Fiserv Inc. said Wednesday morning it has struck a deal to acquire First Data Corp. with what the parties say will be the biggest ever such transaction in the payments and financial-technology businesses. The all-stock deal, expected to close in the third …

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Mitek Notes More Suitors and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/4/19

Remote deposit capture software provider Mitek Systems Inc. said in a regulatory filing “that it has received expressions of interest from multiple parties” and thus is considering various “strategic alternatives” to maximize shareholder value. The only suitor the filing identified is ASG Technologies Group Inc., a portfolio company of the …

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Growth in Remote Card Payments Far Outpaces Point-of-Sale Payment Growth, the Fed Reports

E-commerce, online bill payments, and other forms of card-not-present payments continued their strong growth last year to capture a bigger share of total card payments, according to newly released Federal Reserve data. The number of what the Fed calls remote payments using general-purpose payment cards grew 22.8% in 2017 from …

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Blackboard Picks Bluefin Encryption Service and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/12/18

Thales’s proposed all-cash acquisition of rival Gemalto received merger-control regulatory clearance by the European Commission. Effective immediately, the clearance is conditioned on Thales’s agreement to divest its general-purpose hardware security modules business worldwide. The deal still must clear regulatory hurdles in five other countries, including the United States. Bluefin Payment …

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Fed Forms Faster Payments Council and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 11/13/18

The Federal Reserve formally announced the creation of the U.S. Faster Payments Council, an industry organization intended to promote the adoption of secure faster-payment systems through industry collaboration and education. The 22 founding members include payment card networks, banks, Walmart Inc., and automated clearing house network governing body NACHA. The group is …

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Green Dot Says It’s the Go-Between in the New Walmart-PayPal Cash Service

When retail giant Walmart Inc. and PayPal Holdings Inc. announced nearly a month ago that PayPal customers will be able to withdraw cash from, and deposit cash into, their accounts at U.S. Walmart stores, a major partner in that service wasn’t mentioned. On Wednesday, prepaid card services provider Green Dot …

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Pushpay Updates for the Religious Sector and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/30/18

Prepaid-card provider Card.com said it will feature images of top National Football League players on Visa-branded prepaid cards in a deal with the NFL Players Association. More than 200 player image cards are available. Pushpay Holdings Ltd., a specialist in payments to the U.S. religious sector, said it now offers more …

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Shopify Adds Venmo and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/26/18

Online marketplace Shopify Inc. says it will add Venmo as a payment option, MarketWatch reported. PayPal Holdings Inc., Venmo’s parent, has been promoting a Pay With Venmo service to encourage more users of Venmo, known chiefly as a peer-to-peer payment app, to rely on the service for online purchases. The …

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COMMENTARY: How Square’s Platform Makes Ho-Hum Products Unique

Last week payment processor Square Inc. announced its Square Installments service which provides loans of up to $10,000 to customers of its merchant clients. Like all similar services, it splits a consumer’s repayment of large purchases into fixed monthly amounts. Installment solutions are not unique in payments, far from it. But …

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Grubhub Closes LevelUp Deal and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/14/18

Grubhub, an online and mobile food-ordering marketplace, closed on its previously announced acquisition of LevelUp, a mobile-payments and -promotions platform, for $390 million in cash. Dream Payments, a digital-payments platform provider, released an application programming interface that allows insurers to link to the Dream Payments Hub as well as Mastercard …

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