Wednesday , January 17, 2018

Transaction Processing

Western Union Pays $60 Million Fine to Settle New York Claims of Lax Fraud Controls

The Western Union Co. and the New York Department of Financial Services announced Thursday that the wire-transfer market leader will pay a $60 million fine to settle alleged violations of the state’s anti-money-laundering laws, including transactions that supported human trafficking from China. New York authorities alleged that between 2004 and …

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Security Fears Hobble Adoption And Usage of Mobile Payments, Fed Report Finds

If you ask consultants what’s holding back mobile payments in the United States, you’ll get answers ranging from lack of acceptance ubiquity to malfunctions at the point of sale to consumers’ perceptions that payment cards work just fine. Now the nation’s financial institutions have weighed in on the matter, and …

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EMS Relocating Headquarters and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/5/18

Suburban Cleveland-based merchant processor Electronic Merchant Systems announced it will move its headquarters to downtown Cleveland in mid-2018. The new location offers about 48,000 square feet of space. Point-of-sale equipment maker Star Micronics released PromoPRNT, a service that enables merchants to create printed promotions in addition to receipts. U.S. Attorney …

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Appellate Court Sides With Merchants Challenging California’s Credit Card Surcharge Ban

A group of California small businesses won a victory Wednesday when a three-judge panel of a federal appellate court upheld their challenge to California’s ban on credit card surcharges, but a key aspect of the ruling applies only to the merchants who sued the state. Still, the ruling represents at …

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The ACH’s Hot Streak Cools off As Transactions Rack up a 3.8% Third-Quarter Jump

The automated clearing house network’s nearly uninterrupted growth tear took a breather in the third quarter, the period leading up to the introduction of same-day processing for ACH debit transactions. ACH transactions totaled 5.3 billion in the July through September quarter, according to NACHA, the Herndon, Va.-based governing body for …

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Gemalto’s Biometric Contactless Card and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/4/18

Unattended-payments specialist USA Technologies Inc. announced that vending-machine operator Jackson Brothers of the South is upgrading an additional 750 machines to accept cashless payments. When completed, the expansion will mean all 1,000 Jackson Brother machines will accept cashless transactions such as Android Pay and Apple Pay in addition to traditional …

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Payments Companies Put on a Strong Wall Street Performance in 2017

Shares of publicly traded payments companies lost some strength as 2017 drew to a close, but for the year as a whole they handily outperformed three widely watched market indexes during one of Wall Street’s best years in recent memory. Twenty-nine electronic transaction processor stocks tracked by Chicago-based investment firm …

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Clearent Buys an ISV and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/3/18

Payments provider Clearent LLC announced its acquisition of SPOT Business Systems LLC, an independent software vendor serving the dry-cleaning industry. Terms were not disclosed. Shares of MoneyGram International Inc. dived about 9% Wednesday morning in the wake of Tuesday’s news that China’s Ant Financial Services Group would not be acquiring …

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Pinpoint Intelligence Adds High-Risk Merchants and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/2/18

A startup called Prepaid2Cash announced the availability of its app for both iOS and Android. The app allows holders of network-branded prepaid cards to move money from the card to a bank account within three days. The service costs 7.5% plus $1.50. Payments provider Pinpoint Intelligence said it now serves …

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ATM Operator Prineta Makes Acquisition and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/29/17

Kansas-based ATM operator Prineta LLC said it has acquired 20 ATMs in Corpus Christi and Coastal South Texas. The seller’s identity was not immediately available. Prineta operates more than 1,000 ATMs nationwide, according to a spokesman. This is the company’s third ATM acquisition in 2017. Forever 21 Inc. reported encryption …

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