Thursday , January 23, 2020

Kevin Woodward

Kevin's role at Digital Transactions is to write news and features stories for publication on the Web site and in the magazine. He also oversees the digital editorial aspect of the site and the Digital Transactions News daily newsletter.

Vending Operator Taps USA Technologies for 50,000 ePort Payment Devices

  USConnect, a food-service network, has ordered 50,000 ePort vending-machine payment devices from USA Technologies Inc., making it the largest single order ever, says Malvern, Pa.-based USA Technologies. EPort devices enable vending machines to accept credit and debit cards and contactless payments. USConnect will supply the devices to its network …

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A Crowdfunding Niche Posts $1.5 Million in Daily Volume for PSP WePay

Crowdfunding organizations that work with payment service provider WePay Inc., and have integrated WePay’s application programming interface into their Web sites, are creating $1.5 million in daily payments for the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company. That is three times more than two years ago, WePay says. n WePay, founded in 2008, …

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As April Deadline Looms, ATM Experts Fret About Upgrade from Windows XP

Will the world end for ATM owners on April 8? Not likely, but it could become less secure. That is the day Microsoft Corp. ends all support—including security updates—for Windows XP, a common operating system not only for PCs but also for ATMs. That has the ATM industry pondering a …

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PayPal, InteliSpend Deals Broaden Blackhawk Network’s Gift And Prepaid Card Reach

Prepaid and gift card provider Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc. is further broadening its reach beyond supermarket gift card malls with its deal to offer gift card services within PayPal Inc.’s digital wallet and its pending acquisition of InteliSpend Prepaid Solutions, which offers corporate incentives and consumer promotion products. Announced Wednesday, …

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AmEx Cardholders Can Use Points to Pay for Taxi Rides in New York

  American Express Co. cardholders for the first time can use their rewards points at the point of sale when they pay for rides in New York City taxis that use VeriFone Systems Inc. taxi point-of-sale services, AmEx said Monday. Cardholders can use their points in more than 7,000 New …

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IP Consolidator Unwired Planet Slaps Square with Suit Alleging Patent Infringement

Intellectual-property company Unwired Planet Inc. is suing Square Inc. alleging Square’s mobile-payments technologies infringe on three of its patents, Unwired Planet announced Monday. The suit asserts that mobile point-of-sale provider Square infringes on patents for wireless transactions and location-based services as used in Square Wallet, and location-based notifications as used …

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Decoupled Debit Scheme Pulls Up at the VeriFone Fuel Pump

Consumers this fall will be able to use their smart phones to pay for fuel at certain gas stations that use VeriFone Systems Inc. technology and offer National Payment Card Association’s mobile-payment app, VeriFone announced Monday. Point-of-sale terminal maker VeriFone says convenience store and gas station operators using its Smart …

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Dwolla Ends Support for Virtual Currency Bitcoin

By Kevin Woodward Person-to-person and mobile payments company Dwolla Corp. is ending support for Bitcoin and other virtual currencies effective Oct. 28, Dwolla announced on Friday. Less than 0.1% of Dwolla’s merchants use virtual currencies, Des Moines, Iowa-based Dwolla says in a statement. “Dwolla has notified the few affected merchants …

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New Technology Entrants Capture ISO and Acquirer Attention at Regional Conference

  Recurring revenue from transaction-processing fees has been a staple of independent sales organizations and acquirers for decades. But amid a host of new competitors, the payment-processing industry finds itself wondering what its next steps may be. ISOs are squeezed on one side by large players, like First Data Corp. …

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Retailer Beyond the Rack Signs Up for the MasterPass Online Wallet

  Online retailer Beyond the Rack is among the latest retailers to accept MasterCard Inc.’s MasterPass digital wallet service on its e-commerce site, the card brand recently announced. Beyond the Rack is a members-only online retailer that sells apparel and accessories. MasterPass is a wallet platform enables mobile payments by …

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