Thursday , January 27, 2022

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Mastercard: All in on Open Banking, But Not on Amazon’s Fee Dispute With Visa

Top executives at Mastercard Inc. made it plain early Thursday the card network is determined to develop its account-to-account payment capabilities, while maintaining its distance from the dispute between its rival Visa Inc. and the e-commerce juggernaut Amazon.com Inc. over transaction pricing. “That’s fundamentally a question for Visa and Amazon,” …

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Strawhecker Ranks Gateways and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/27/22

Consulting firm The Strawhecker Group announced its list of best-performing payment gateways in a range of categories. CSG Forte and FIS (Express) were co-winners in the best-performing gateway category, with JPMorgan Chase (Orbital) as runner-up. Elavon (Fusebox) won for fastest transactions.With the majority of buy now, pay later accounts going unreported to …

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Diem’s Troubled Story Could Be Winding Down With Reports of Its Efforts to Dissolve

The turbulent story of the Diem digital currency recorded yet another twist with reports on Tuesday that the two-and-a-half-year-old project is seeking to dispose of its assets. The latest news, first reported by Bloomberg, comes less than a year after the Diem Association moved its headquarters from Switzerland to the …

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Plaid’s Portal Looks to Give Consumers More Control Over Data Shared Via Apps And Fintechs

On Tuesday, Plaid Inc., a bellwether of the open-banking movement, announced the availability of Plaid Portal US, a privacy tool for consumers using Plaid’s technology. The move comes as firms that connect financial-services providers with consumer-account data seek to help account owners manage how their information is distributed and used by …

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AmEx Downplays Crypto And BNPL As It Posts a Revenue Jump ‘Beyond Our Expectations’

American Express Co. saw its crucial travel-and-entertainment business continue to recover in the final three months of 2021, leading top company executives Tuesday morning to express considerable optimism for 2022. But don’t look any time soon for the New York City-based card giant to make any major forays into buy …

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Digital River’s New Drop-in Checkout Tech and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/25/22

Payments provider Digital River Inc. unveiled Drop-in Checkout, technology that streamlines payments acceptance for brands on Digital River’s platform.Payments provider Shift4 Payments Inc. said it will process payments for Concessions International, a provider of food-and-beverage technology for airports, at almost 40 of the company’s locations.Cantaloupe Inc., a payments provider for unattended locations, said it …

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A Digital Dollar Backer Applauds the Fed But Stresses a Need for Privacy Protections

The Federal Reserve’s release last week of a discussion paper exploring a central bank digital currency for the United States has evoked interest from a group that emerged two years ago to help launch just such an initiative. The Digital Dollar Project on Friday applauded the Fed’s effort and underscored …

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XDC Network Issues Blockchain Stats and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/24/22

Blockchain platform XDC Network, working with blockchain developer LeewayHertz, released the XDC Network Stats platform, a presentation of key statistics about the network’s performance.RevoluGroup Canada Inc., a technology provider for banking, mobile apps, and remittances, announced a private placement of up to 10 million units at 20 cents each to raise …

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Unit’s Application Development Environment Looks to Save Fintechs Time With New Apps

Looking to help fintechs speed development of new banking applications, Unit, a banking-as-a-service platform, announced Thursday a pilot production environment that allows fintechs to instantly build and validate applications using real funds. The new product is expected to enable fintechs to build and test live bank accounts and issue virtual …

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The Fed’s Paper on a U.S. Digital Currency Offers Few Signs of How the Regulator Is Leaning

The Federal Reserve Board released a paper Thursday afternoon on the question of a central bank digital currency for the United States, and even though the Fed would play a crucial role in any such venture, observers looking for hints on how the central bank is leaning on the issue …

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