Monday , November 11, 2019

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Nxgen, Payscape, And BluePay Canada Combine to Form a Processor Serving 25,000-Plus Merchants

This year’s mega-mergers in the transaction-processing business are now starting to generate some smaller spin-off deals. On Friday, two payments providers, Nxgen International and Payscape, said they have acquired a third, BluePay Canada. Terms of the deal were not announced, and an overarching name for the tripartite company has not …

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A Crucial Meeting of 21 Remaining Libra Backers Elects a Board And Appoints Executives

In the face of multiple defections so far, Facebook Inc.’s controversial cryptocurrency project scored a victory of sorts Monday when 21 remaining backers officially signed on at a crucial meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. In a busy day, the companies making up the Libra Association signed on to the project’s charter, …

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The Tires Begin To Roll Off Libra as Visa, Mastercard, eBay, and Stripe Withdraw

Visa Inc., Mastercard Inc., merchant processor Stripe Inc. and online marketplace eBay Inc. said Friday afternoon they will not join the Facebook-backed Libra cryptocurrency project. The defections came a week after PayPal Holdings Inc. became the first of the Libra Association’s 28 tentative members to withdraw in the face of …

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Wavering PayPal Withdraws From Libra

Confirming speculation that it was having second thoughts about officially joining the Libra Association, PayPal Holdings Inc. disclosed Friday afternoon that it was withdrawing from the controversial cryptocurrency project proposed by Facebook Inc. “PayPal has made the decision to forgo further participation in the Libra Association at this time and …

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Chase To Discontinue Chase Pay Mobile App Early Next Year; Online and In-App Functions To Remain

Banking giant JPMorgan Chase & Co. will pull the plug on its Chase Pay mobile app in early 2020, though the payment service will continue online and in some merchant apps. Chase disclosed the coming changes in an email notice to customers Wednesday. The notice gives no reason or exact …

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It’s Official: The Fed Is Jumping Into Real-Time Payments With FedNow

Ending months of speculation, the Federal Reserve confirmed Monday it will launch a real-time payments service by 2023 or 2024. The banking regulator, which also published Monday a notice in the Federal Register outlining its plan and requesting comment, will thus take what it says is its biggest move in …

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Eye on Acquiring: An End to the BAMS Joint Venture; Global Payments Updates TSYS Merger

The end of Bank of America Merchant Services, a merchant-acquiring joint venture between Bank of America Corp. and First Data Corp., is at hand.  Charlotte, N.C.-based BofA said Monday it will pursue an independent merchant-acquiring strategy beginning in June 2020, though First Data, which that same day became part of …

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With Its New Installment-Payment APIs, Visa Enters a Crowded But Enticing Market

Visa Inc. said on Thursday it is getting into the point-of-sale installment-payment business weeks after rival Mastercard Inc. announced it bought Austin, Texas-based POS credit fintech Vyze Inc. The move also comes as volumes are growing for the product, driven in part by offerings from non-banks like Affirm Inc. and …

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Tariff Pressure Takes Aim at Payment Equipment Once Again

While legislators and regulators focused much of their attention on the Facebook-backed Libra cryptocurrency this week, tariffs on Chinese-made goods re-emerged in Washington as a threat that could raise prices for merchants and merchant acquirers. The Electronic Transactions Association payments trade group filed comments with the Office of the United States …

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A Court Ruling May Affect Acquirers’ Ability to Pass Along Data-Breach Fines to Merchants

A common assumption among merchant acquirers and retailers is that merchants are the ones who ultimately are liable for network fines after a merchant’s data breach. But a recent decision by a federal appellate court that ruled against First Data Corp., the nation’s largest payment processor, sends a message that …

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