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Clearent in Merger Deal and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/25/21

Payments provider Clearent LLC and Transaction Services Group, a New Zealand-based software and integrated payments provider, will merge and form Xplor Technologies, TSG announced. Terms were not disclosed. Both companies are part of investor Advent International’s portfolio. The combined company will serve more than 82,000 businesses that processed more than $27 billion …

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As Users Flock to Cash App, the Product Delivers Nearly Half of Square’s Profit

Square Inc. started out in 2009 as a slick new way for micro merchants and small sellers to get sophisticated point-of-sale gear along with payment processing. On Tuesday, the company showed it’s still getting more than half its gross profit from its merchant business, but its Cash App trade is …

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Another Joins Isaacman Space Venture and other Digital Transactions News from 2/22/21

The planned Inspiration4 project, the first space flight with an all-civilian crew, added its second crew member, Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant in Memphis. Crew commander is Shift4 Payments Inc. chief executive Jared Isaacman.Credit union service organization PSCU said spending made with debit cards increased 12.5% for the week ending Feb. 14 compared to …

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Promise Network Raises $20 Million in Funding and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/19/21

Promise Network Inc., a startup specializing in government-related payments such as utilities, child support, and parking tickets, said it has raised more than $20 million in a Series A funding round led by Kapor Capital and XYZ Venture Capital.A survey by payroll platform Everee Inc. of 400 U.S. independent contractors found that …

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Wirex Preps for U.S. Debut and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/18/21

To support a cryptocurrency-payments launch set for April in the United States, London-based digital-payments platform Wirex has linked to crypto-trading firm Zero Hash. Harold Montgomery, former chief executive of independent sales organization Calpian Inc., is managing director for Wirex USA Inc.Parking-app provider ParkMobile LLC said its latest municipal agreement allows its app to be …

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Klarna’s Crypto Foray and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/17/21

Payments provider Klarna AB has entered the cryptocurrency market with an agreement with Swedish crypto broker Safello, which is launching Klarna Open Banking to allow 180,000 Safello users to buy digital currencies directly from their bank accounts.Mastercard Inc. and payments provider Island Pay have collaborated with the central bank of the Bahamas to …

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Crypto on a Credit Card? BitPay Says Its Simplex Deal Makes it Easier And Cheaper

As part of its ongoing efforts to make purchasing cryptocurrency easier and attract new users, Atlanta-based blockchain-payment processor BitPay Inc. is teaming with Simplex Payment Services, a Vilnius, Lithuania-based financial institution, to enable European consumers to purchase cryptocurrency using a credit or debit card and incur no cardholder fees for 45 …

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Boyd Gaming Debuts Wallet and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/15/21

Gaming-properties operator Boyd Gaming Corp. launched a digital wallet, working with gaming-technology provider Aristocrat Technologies and payments provider Sightline Payments. The service, called BoydPay, is live at Blue Chip Casino Resort Spa, Belterra Park, and Aliante Casino.Payments provider National Merchants Association launched a program that offers free credit card processing for three months and …

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BitPay Moves to Boost Cryptocurrency’s Acceptance by Striking a Deal with Apple Pay

The push to increase the utility of cryptocurrency for purchases got a shot in the arm Friday as BitPay Inc., an Atlanta-based processor that offers crypto e-wallets, announced its prepaid Mastercard cardholders can add their card to the Apple Wallet and make purchases using Apple Pay. The BitPay Mastercard is …

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Cryptocurrency Begins Its Move Up From the Minor Leagues for Mastercard And Visa

The two big card networks have made no bones about their interest in supporting cryptocurrency transactions, and this week both made big moves in that direction. The bigger move came from Mastercard Inc., which on Wednesday announced its intention to launch later this year the ability to send and receive …

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Mogo Buys A Piece of Cryptocurrency Trading Platform Coinsquare

Payments-technology provider Mogo Inc. is initially acquiring about 20% of Coinsquare, a Canadian cryptocurrency-trading platform, for US$44.4 million, with an option to purchase another 20% in the future. Mogo’s first option to increase its investment in Coinsquare, which acts as the trading platform for MogoCrypto, which Mogo launched in 2018, …

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Uplift Signs Travel BNPL Clients and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/11/21

Buy now, pay later specialist Uplift Inc. said it signed new travel brands and experienced a 72% growth in monthly transaction revenue in the 2020 fourth quarter. New clients coming online in the second quarter include Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Virgin Voyages, and Air Canada Vacations.ACI Worldwide Inc. said it and Gilbarco Veeder-Root, …

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How OLB Group Hopes to Win Over Merchants for Cryptocurrency Acceptance

Betting that consumer demand to use cryptocurrency as a payment vehicle will rise over the long term, payments provider The OLB Group Inc. announced Wednesday that its SecurePay payment gateway will support the acceptance of Bitcoin and other digital currencies at the point of sale regardless of the merchant platform. …

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Mobile Wallet Gains and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/9/21

Consumers continue to show affinity for using mobile wallets for payments with debit-based mobile wallet use growing at 59.6% for the week ending Jan. 31, compared to the week ending Feb. 2, 2020, according to the PSCU Tracking Transaction Trends report. Credit-based mobile wallet use was up 35.7%. The results include the …

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PayPal Registered a Record Year in 2020 And Looks for an Even Bigger 2021

Buoyed by an explosion of e-commerce activity following the onset of Covid-19, PayPal Holdings Inc. last year enjoyed what turned out to be a record year for growth. Now, it looks to roll out a flurry of new services. “We released more products and services in 2020 than in any …

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Eye on Crypto: First Boulevard To Test Visa Crypto API and Uphold To Issue Crypto-Enabled Cards

Neobank First Boulevard will test a suite of crypto application programming interface tools as part of Visa Inc.’s digital-currency strategy, Visa announced Wednesday. And Uphold Inc., a platform for digital wallets and cryptocurrency trading, has acquired Optimus Cards UK Ltd. and intends to issue crypto-enabled debit cards in Europe on …

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AmEx Wants To Boost Takeout Orders and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/1/21

American Express Co. said it is working with its reservation-technology company Resy to encourage cardholders to order out from restaurants. The program includes new dining offers on many AmEx cards.Exactuals LLC, whose PaymentHub platform processes residuals, royalties, and other payments for the entertainment industry, said dollar volume on the platform grew …

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Ex-Mastercard Executive’s Payment Tech-Focused Investment Firm and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/29/21

Javier Perez, formerly president of Mastercard Europe, has launched Global PayTech Ventures, said to be the first venture-capital firm concentrating exclusively on payment technology.Springbrook Software, developer of systems supporting payments for local governments, released its Municipal Payments Collection portal, which supports payments for miscellaneous town fees. The portal is available via …

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As Visa Stages a Comeback From Covid, It Scopes Out Its Chances in Open Banking

Visa Inc. along with many other payments companies was thrown for a loop by the coronavirus pandemic, but now it’s clawing it’s way back on the strength of debit cards, e-commerce, and a real-time payments service called Visa Direct. “In the United States, we are actually back to our prepandemic …

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How Mastercard’s Optimism Rides on Stimulus, Vaccines, And Debit Spending

Mastercard Inc. saw overall payment volumes inch up in the final quarter of 2020, buoyed by rising debit card volumes and such factors as federal stimulus payments in the U.S. market, the card network’s top executives reported Thursday. Looking ahead, the arrival of vaccines to combat the coronavirus pandemic will …

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