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Fiserv Stuns the Industry With a Massive All-Stock Acquisition of First Data
TSYS Revives Its Vital Brand as the Name for Its New POS Product Suite
New York Credit Card Surcharges Get a Green Light as Merchants and the State Agree To Dismiss Lawsuit
The Name-Dropping Network: Mastercard Erases Its Name From Its Logo
Contactless Payments And Transaction Data Will Be on More Restaurateurs’ Menus in 2019

As More Interest in Surcharging Emerges, So Too Comes Some Clarity on the Rules

Is it a cash discount or a surcharge? Some merchant sales agents may now have a little more insight into the answer to that question. Some payments industry observers see no distinction between whether a fee is added or removed from a product’s final price to cover the cost of credit card acceptance. That view …

AmEx Logs a $2 Billion Fourth-Quarter Profit As Card Volume And Discount Revenue Rise

American Express Co. on Thursday reported a $2 billion profit for the fourth quarter of 2018, representing a significant turnaround from a $1.2 billion loss in the final quarter of 2017. Last year, the New York City-based card giant took a $2.6 billion charge in the fourth quarter that was related to the federal Tax …

Square Launches Card for Merchants and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/18/19

Square Inc. introduced its Square Card for its merchants, a Mastercard-branded business prepaid card issued by Sutton Bank that makes funds in the seller’s Square account available instantly for purchases. Holders of the no-fee dual-interface card get a 2.75% discount when they make purchases at other Square sellers’ locations. Fit Pay Inc., a unit of …

Fiserv’s Planned Acquisition of First Data Raises Questions About the Debit Market’s Future

The proposed merger of Fiserv Inc. and mega-processor First Data Corp. has huge implications for many parts of the payments industry. But the deal, if consummated as planned, could have an especially large effect on the U.S. debit card market. First Data owns the Star electronic funds network, while Fiserv owns the rival Accel network. …

BitPay Touts Two Straight Years of $1 Billion-Plus in Volume Despite Bitcoin’s Dramatic Collapse

The collapse of Bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies in 2018 led to a general feeling of pessimism in the mainstream payments industry about the prospects for digital currencies, but at least one specialist processor apparently bucked the trend toward malaise. In a year-end review of its performance, Atlanta-based BitPay Inc. said late Wednesday it processed …

WEX’s Latest Acquisition and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/17/19

WEX Inc., a payments and technology provider in the fleet, travel, and health-care sectors, said it has acquired Discovery Benefits Inc., an employee-benefits administrator serving more than 1 million consumers across the country. New York City & Co., the official visitors’ bureau for the city of New York, said it is working with Mastercard Inc. …