Saturday , February 24, 2024

Peter Lucas

Cantaloupe’s Links Give It a Big Lead in Vending Machine Payments, a Report Says

Cantaloupe Inc., which specializes in payments technology for vending machines and self-service marketplaces, holds a commanding 15.5% share of the world’s 5.8 million vending machines connected to payments technology, according to a report from research firm Research and Markets. In total, Malvern, Pa.-based Cantaloupe links to more than 900,000 vending …

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NetCents Teams With Worldpay in an Effort to Broaden Crypto Acceptance

NetCents Technology Inc., a payment-processing gateway specializing in cryptocurrency, has partnered with the massive acquiring processor Worldpay. The deal is expected to boost adoption of cryptocurrency and stablecoins as mainstream payment options, according to NetCents.   NetCents’ gateway provides corporations, small and medium-sized businesses, startups, and blockchain companies, a crypto …

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Online Holiday Spending Hit a New High In 2023

Online shoppers in the United States spent a record $222.1 billion during the holiday shopping season that ran between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, a 4.9%increase from the same period a year earlier, according to Adobe Analytics. November was a strong month for online holiday purchases, with consumers spending $123.5 billion …

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Wirex’s Latest Move Aims to Protect Users From Dark Web Scams

Digital-payments provider Wirex says it is working with ZeroFox Holdings Inc., a provider of cybersecurity technology, to incorporate ZeroFox’s Dark Web Monitoring app into its platform. Wirex’s blockchain-based service enables consumers to buy, sell, send, spend, and store fiat and crypto currency through the Wirex digital wallet. ZeroFox’s Dark Web …

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The CFPB’s Chopra Cites a Need for Competition to Cap Card Acceptance Costs

Having taken aim at credit card late fees and interest rates, and having targeted non-bank digital wallet providers, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Rohit Chopra has now indicated his regulatory agency is turning its attention to credit card acceptance costs. Chopra’s comments Thursday came as the Credit Card Competition Act, …

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BNPL Adds to Its Appeal for the 2023 Holiday Shopping Season, And Not Just for Gifts

Buy now, pay later loans have become in a relatively short time a popular financing option for consumers, especially for holiday-season shopping. But now, that’s increasingly true not just for gifts, but for everyday purchases as well, according to data from payment-solutions and card-issuing platform provider Marqeta Inc. Based on …

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With 2024 Looming, the EPC Vows to Continue Battling The CCCA

Citing a payments industry that is united in its opposition to the Credit Card Competition Act, research from the Congressional Research Service questioning the benefits of the legislation, and suspect support for the bill among members of Congress, the Electronic Payments Coalition says it is primed to continue its fight …

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The Justice Department Takes Aim at Microtransactions Fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice announced late Friday it is filing cases against several fraud rings that use so-called microtransactions to mask their fraudulent activity from victims and card issuers. The lawsuits are being brought as part of efforts by the Justice Department’s Consumer Protection Branch to stop criminals that …

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With Sale Rumors Swirling, Shift4 May Be Traveling Down An Alternative Path

With the payments industry abuzz since late Thursday with reports that the big processor Shift4 Payments Inc. is in talks to be acquired by Global Payments Inc.—reports Global Payments has denied— questions are emerging as to whether Shift4’s plans to grow through the exploration of strategic initiatives include a sale. …

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Repay Partners With Green Dot to Enable Cash-Based Bill Payment

Repay Holdings Corp., a provider of payment-processing services, has partnered with Green Dot Corp. to enable Repay merchants to accept cash-based bill payments at more than 45,000 locations in the United States. The service depends on Green Dot’s eCash technology, which enables users to present a barcode that serves as …

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