Friday , July 20, 2018

Pricing

Blockchain Startup MakeCents Tests a Payments Platform It Says Bypasses Networks

With hopes of providing merchants with a lower-cost network to make and accept electronic payments, startup MakeCents announced Friday a test of its blockchain-based platform. New York City-based MakeCents says its decentralized platform is designed to “disrupt the $420 trillion global payments infrastructure by leveraging its blockchain technology to connect …

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Crypto Gets a Boost As Bitcoin Surges And Mastercard Scores a Networking Patent

After weeks of listless trading, Bitcoin has rallied over the past 24 hours, shooting up from the high-$6,000s to the mid-$7,000s in a move that has brought new energy to other leading cryptocurrencies. Coincidentally, Mastercard Inc. on Tuesday was awarded a patent for a system that could allow users of …

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Following Its Big June IPO, Adyen Continues To Surge

Does it pay to bet on payments? If the bet is on Adyen N.V., it pays handsomely so far. The Dutch processor and payments gateway is showing no signs of slowing down since its initial public offering nearly four weeks ago. The stock, which trades on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange, …

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Century Business Solutions Debuts Agent Program and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 7/5/18

In a finding that resolves differing decisions by lower courts, the United Kingdom Court of Appeal ruled in favor of retailers challenging interchange fees set by Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. as anti-competitive, Bloomberg reported. The case, however, now goes to a tribunal that reviews business-competition disputes. Payments provider Century Business …

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The Supreme Court’s Controversial Balancing Act in the AmEx Anti-Steering Case

With its Monday decision upholding American Express Co.’s anti-steering rules, the U.S. Supreme Court unleashed a tide of press speculation about just how payment card pricing, rewards, and network rules will be affected. At this point, however, only a few things are clear. The first is that AmEx chief executive …

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ACH-Based GasBuddy Payment Service Marks 300,000-Plus Users

GasBuddy LLC, the fuel-price comparison service, said Monday more than 300,000 U.S. drivers have enrolled in Pay with GasBuddy, its fuel-discount program that uses the automated clearing house for transactions. Launched last year, Pay with GasBuddy connects a consumer’s checking account with a GasBuddy-issued card. After enrolling in the service …

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JetPay Notes Software Integration and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 6/5/18

JetPay Corp. said Personify Inc., a technology provider for non-profits, has integrated JetPay’s payment-processing platform into its Personify360 system for managing memberships and business functions. In its first-ever fee change, online marketplace Etsy Inc. said it will increase its transaction fee to 5% on July 16 from the current 3.5%. …

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Sensing Strengths, Investors Send Adyen’s Valuation Skyrocketing

Experts have been saying that the payments business is hot, but few suspected it was this hot. The 12-year-old Dutch processor Adyen N.V. gained more ground Thursday on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange before closing the day at 438 euros, or $510, down 3.7%. That’s after finishing on Wednesday, its first …

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Eye on Small Merchants: Wells Simplifies Pricing; First Data Trumpets Clover

Wells Fargo & Co. this week disclosed a simplified point-of-sale pricing plan for small card-accepting merchants, while First Data Corp. touted the strong growth in its Clover line of payment technology for small businesses. At San Francisco-based Wells, which has a joint merchant-processing venture with First Data and is one …

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First Data’s Star Debit Network Plans To Challenge Visa and Mastercard for Signature Transactions

Payment processor First Data Corp.’s Star debit network is poised to aggressively challenge Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. for a share of the signature-debit market that the global networks have dominated since signature debit became a payment option more than 20 years ago. Star gained a potentially big foothold in …

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