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PayPal Extends Faster-Funds Availability With Instant Transfers to Users’ Bank Accounts

As money movement gets faster, consumer expectations are increasingly pushing payments providers to make funds available sooner. PayPal Holdings Inc. on Tuesday bowed to that reality with the latest in a series of faster-payment services. The new service, called Instant Transfer to bank, relies on connections to real-time payments pioneer …

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Lyft Eyes Ways To Lower Payment-Processing Costs as It Preps for an IPO

With $2.28 billion in losses over the past three years, ride-share provider Lyft Inc. is looking to cut costs—and payment-card acceptance expenses won’t be spared. San Francisco-based Lyft outlined several initiatives it already has started or is planning in a filing earlier this month with the Securities and Exchange Commission …

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An Analyst Argues Historic Patterns Could Augur a Soaring Price for Bitcoin

Could the price of Bitcoin be headed back up into the stratosphere? One noted analyst is saying it’s a distinct possibility. Based on what he sees as recurring patterns in the cryptocurrency’s pricing history, Michael Graham says Bitcoin could be starting its upward climb now toward the neighborhood of $20,000, …

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Kroger Steps up the Pressure on Visa With Another Ban on the Network’s Credit Cards

The Kroger Co. on Friday opened a new front in its battle with Visa Inc. over acceptance costs with an announcement that it will stop accepting Visa credit cards at its Smith’s Food & Drug Stores chain, which operates 134 stores in seven Western states. The ban is set to …

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In Speedpay, ACI Worldwide Will Gain a Bill-Pay Pioneer

With its pending $750 million acquisition of The Western Union Co.’s bill-pay subsidiary Speedpay Inc., payment-software and processing provider ACI Worldwide Inc. will gain control of a profitable operation that made a name for itself in expedited payments. “Speedpay invented the expedited-payments market,” says Richard K. Crone, chief executive of …

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A Year Into His Own Merger, Worldpay’s CEO Offers Advice to Fiserv And First Data

The global processor Worldpay Inc. is beating its own expectations in knitting together the assets combined in the huge merger of Vantiv Inc. and Worldpay plc and is looking to make more acquisitions this year, top executives said Tuesday. Speaking to stock analysts to discuss Cincinnati-based Worldpay’s fourth-quarter and full-year …

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Network Fee Boosts Are Taking a Big Bite out of Merchants’ Durbin Savings, Research Says

A bevy of fees levied by the two major card networks is offsetting much of the fee relief merchants receive from the 7-year-old Durbin Amendment, according to new findings from a payments-research firm that is studying the issue on behalf of the retail industry. While the Durbin caps on debit …

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The Brooklyn Federal Court Gives a ‘Preliminary’ OK to a $6.24 Billion Deal in Interchange Case

The federal court handling the long-running class-action litigation between merchants on one hand and big banks and Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. on the other announced on Friday it has granted “preliminary approval” to a settlement that could award between $5.54 billion and $6.24 billion to merchant plaintiffs. The parties …

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Same-Day Transaction Boom Helps Propel the ACH to a $51 Trillion Year

Same-day automated clearing house transactions more than doubled in 2018 and the value of those payments increased 83% in the first full year of same-day ACH debit service, NACHA reported Tuesday. The same-day volumes helped the sprawling ACH network continue its growth streak, with total payments up nearly 7% and …

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Kroger Pay Launches and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/13/19

Grocer The Kroger Co. launched Kroger Pay and the Kroger Rewards debit card. Kroger Pay, available for iOS and Android mobile devices, is a Quick Response code-based mobile-payment service, which also includes digital coupons and personalized offers. Currently, Kroger Pay is available in Columbus, Ohio, with plans for nationwide expansion …

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