Monday , April 22, 2024

Mobile Commerce

Despite Increasing Ransomware Attacks, Fewer Victims Are Paying 

Despite a spike in ransomware attacks, fewer companies are paying ransom demands to free their data. A report from ransomware-remediation firm, Coveware Inc. reveals that just 28% of companies hit by a ransomware attack during the first quarter of 2024 paid, a record low. The trend comes as ransomware attacks …

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Amid Many Changes, Acquirers Retain Their Importance Among Card Brands

Though the big news about Discover Financial Services is its pending acquisition by Capital One Financial Corp., the acquiring segment remains vital to the card brand. “Our business model, being a network rail, is the right space for us,” Judith McGuire, Discover senior vice president of global products, told Digital …

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Time Will Tell on How Soon Pay by Bank Goes Mainstream

Open banking, the ability for third-party developers to access financial data in traditional banking systems, as defined by Stripe Inc., may provide one component for a new payment type, at least one that has limited use today. Pay by bank, a payment method that enables an online payment without the …

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COMMENTARY: Don’t Take It Any More! It’s Time for the Payments Industry to Fight Back (Part II)

(Editor’s note: This is Part II of a two-part article. Part I appeared Thursday.) Interchange fees paid by merchants are the credit card industry’s second-largest revenue source. For debit cards and neobanks, these fees are a primary revenue source. The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act imposed price controls on debit interchange fees …

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AmEx’s Encouraging Results and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 4/19/24

American Express Co. reported first-quarter 2024 revenue of $15.8 billion, up 11% from the same period last year, and billed business of $367 billion, up 6%. Net income grew 34% to $2.44 billion. Affinipay, a payments platform specializing in the legal and accounting professions, said it has expanded its LawPay and …

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In an Abbreviated Call, Discover Sticks to the Numbers And Stays Mum About Cap One

Executives at Discover Financial Services Inc. early Thursday cut short their first-quarter 2024 earnings call, saying in advance they would not take questions after the presentation. Instead, equity analysts listening to the presentation were told to direct questions to Discover’s investor-relations team. On the call, executives duly reported a significant …

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COMMENTARY: Don’t Take It Any More! It’s Time for the Payments Industry to Fight Back (Part I)

The Cato Institute’s Nicholas Anthony warned recently that the Biden Administration is waging “a war on (payments-industry) prices.” The payments industry provides services funded by a range of fees paid by consumers and businesses. Demagogic regulators and politicians pillory industry fees as exploitative, as “junk fees,” and “a tax.” These …

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PAX’s Network Tech and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 4/18/24

Point-of-sale technology provider PAX Technology Inc. introduced Airlink, networking technology that provides payment connectivity in outdoor settings and other venues where wireless Internet or other network service may be unavailable or insufficient. Mastercard Inc. introduced what it calls a mobile virtual card app, which is aimed at financial institutions and supports the loading …

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Visa Launches Enhancements for its Acceptance Platform

Visa Inc. on Wednesday unveiled enhancements intended to further remove friction from the customers’ payment experience for merchants of all sizes. The enhancements, which are being launched on Visa’s Acceptance Platform, were developed in response to merchants’ needs for simpler implementation of payments technology, Visa says. The enhancements include Developer …

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Klarna Gets Set to Launch a New U.S. Credit Card ‘Over the Next Few Months’

The buy now, pay later specialist Klarna AB signaled its intention Wednesday to issue a new credit card in the U.S. market. The company said it has opened a waitlist for the product, which it calls a “new and improved Klarna Card.” The new Visa card, which does not offer …

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