Saturday , January 19, 2019

Transaction Processing

Net Element Adds Cash Flow From Portfolio Acquisitions and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/27/18

A subsidiary of Visa Inc. is offering to buy Earthport PLC, a London-based provider of cross-border payments for banks and businesses, for approximately $250 million in cash. The offer represents a 250% premium to Earthport’s six-month average share price ended Dec. 24 and has the endorsement of Earthport’s board of …

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An AnywhereCommerce Suit Alleges Interference And Theft of Trade Secrets by Ingenico

In a lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Atlanta, mobile point-of-sale specialist AnywhereCommerce Inc. claims Ingenico Group SA interfered with its contracts and business relationships and violated its trade secrets. The case, filed Dec. 20 in the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division, alleges that Paris-based Ingenico and …

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Thanksgiving Through Christmas Sales Increase 5.1% and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/26/18

Sales from Thanksgiving through Christmas on all forms of payment increased 5.1% compared to the same period last year to more than $850 billion, according to Mastercard Spending Pulse, which says this is the most robust growth seen in six years. Online sales gained 19.1%. Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging platform …

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PayPal Shareholder Suit Dismissed and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/24/18

Mindbody Inc., the health and wellness software-application provider, said Vista Equity Partners will buy the company for $1.9 billion. Shareholders will receive $36.50 per share, a 68% premium over Mindbody’s Dec. 21 closing price of $21.72. Mindbody became an independent sales organization in 2010 to be able to sell its …

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Contactless Payments And Transaction Data Will Be on More Restaurateurs’ Menus in 2019

Restaurants are a coveted merchant segment for many acquirers and independent sales organizations. So, knowing how payments are changing and the impact that might have on this merchant segment is critical. First off, in 2019, the prospect for more consumers carrying, and wanting to use, contactless credit and debit cards …

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New Office Space Suggests Square Has Big Expansion Plans

A big office lease in downtown Oakland, Calif., suggests merchant processor Square Inc. is about to embark on a big expansion. Square on Thursday signed a lease for an entire 356,000-square-foot building that once was a Sears department store and after that was briefly owned by the ride-sharing firm Uber. …

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USAT Lands Contactless Vending Contract and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/21/18

Pepsi-Cola of the Hudson Valley reached an agreement  with USA Technologies Inc. to install contactless-payment capability on 300 vending machines and to upgrade payment devices on another 1,000 machines already linked to USAT’s ePort Connect Service. Merchant processor Square Inc. agreed to lease an entire 356,000-square-foot building in Oakland, Calif., where …

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COMMENTARY: For Merchants, Much Has Been Accomplished, Much Is Yet To Be Done

Merchants have come a long way since the inception of the Merchant Advisory Group, but far more needs to be done to restore some semblance of balance in payments. Upon reflection, it is remarkable that traditional merchants had no formal means to get together to discuss payments until the MAG …

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Click2Gov Payment Application for Municipalities Cited in 47 Data Breaches

Click2Gov, a software application popular among municipalities for processing online payments of utility bills and fees, has been compromised in 46 U.S. cities and one Canadian location, according to an analysis released this week by Gemini Advisory. The New York City-based data-security firm estimates 294,929 payment card records have been …

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It’s the Holiday Season, But Fresh Data Shows How Fraudsters Work Online Year-Round

Online merchants expect to battle fraud with added vigor during the holiday-season shopping frenzy. But now data released this week shows how fraud losses, and the costs of managing fraud, plague these merchants year-round. On average, e-commerce merchants sustained 142 successful fraud transactions each month this year, up 12% from …

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