Saturday , September 21, 2019

Digital Currency

Real-Time Payments Catch on and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/19/19

A survey by processor Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS) found that 54 countries now have active real-time payment programs, up from 40 in 2018 and nearly four times as many as 2014.Cross River Bank, which specializes in services for technology companies, has applied to link to The Clearing House Payments Co.’s Real Time …

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Turnkey Risk Rebrands as Humaitrix and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/17/19

Turnkey Risk Solutions, a risk-management firm specializing in first-party fraud, rebranded as Humaitrix LLC. Payments veterans John J. Leehy III joined the company as chief executive and Gregory W. Sahrmann joined as the chief operating officer. Amy Walraven, a former JPMorgan Chase & Co. risk executive, is founder, president, and chief …

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Fintech Plaid Notes Investments and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/16/19

Financial-technology provider Plaid Inc. disclosed that it has received “strategic investments” from both Mastercard Inc. and Visa Inc.Digital payments and competition from nonbanks in payments may cost banks as much as 15% of their global payments revenue, or $280 billion, says Accenture in its “2019 Global Payments Survey.”Visa said it is working with insurance …

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Backers Seek Clarity on Libra’s Status And Say They Will File for a Payment-System License

The Libra Association announced Wednesday it has filed a request with the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) for a ruling that would clarify Libra’s status and that of the Libra coin. The association also said it plans to file an application with FINMA for a license to operate as …

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Mastercard’s Cross-Border Clearing Role and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/11/19

Mastercard Inc. said it will act as the clearing and settlement network for a cross-border payments service the company has agreed to develop with R3, a blockchain-software vendor.Some 74% of online transactions globally are for digital goods and services, with ride-share service and restaurant delivery ranking as the first and second most used …

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Fiserv Debuts Contactless POS Tech and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/6/19

Fiserv Inc. said its First Data unit, together with Visa Inc. and Samsung Electronics, is demonstrating a new software-based point-of-sale technology that allows an everyday mobile device to accept contactless payments from contactless cards or phones or wearables equipped with near-field communication. A pilot of the technology is set for Poland …

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Novopayment’s Instant-Payment Service and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/4/19

Payments provider NovoPayment said it is introducing instant-payment service Visa Direct for a range of payments, including person-to-person transfers and mass payouts. The move allows issuers, acquirers, and merchants to bring the services to market faster via application programming interfaces, the company said.EVO Payments Inc. said Aldelo, a point-of-sale software developer, selected …

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Eye on Cryptocurrency: Libra Backers Getting Cold Feet? Settlement in Alleged Crypto Pyramid Scheme

Several backers of Facebook Inc.’s proposed Libra cryptocurrency are having second thoughts because of regulatory pushback, according to a British newspaper report. Meanwhile, the Federal Trade Commission announced settlements Thursday with four defendants accused of falsely promising big returns to consumers who paid in cryptocurrencies to participate in an alleged …

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A Plague of Ransomware Targets Texas Cities

More than a score of Texas cities have been hit with ransomware, crippling their municipal computer systems and accounting for one-third of all municipal ransomware attacks so far this year, according to Armor Defense Inc., a cloud-security company. It released a ransomware report Tuesday. Among the latest cities is Borger, …

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Scansource To Divest Global Units and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 8/20/19

Point-of-sale equipment maker Scansource Inc. announced it will divest distribution businesses in Europe, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Chile, and Peru, as well as its Miami-based export operation, as part of a strategic repositioning. The businesses totaled $623 million in net sales in fiscal 2019.Apple Inc. said its Apple Card is now open to all U.S. …

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