Tuesday , August 4, 2020

Mobile Wallets

Apple’s Mobeewave Deal Could Turn iPhones Into No-Dongle POS Devices—Just Not Right Away

Apple Inc. has reportedly acquired technology that enables smart phones equipped with near-field communication to act as point-of-sale devices with no other hardware. In the deal, news of which broke as the weekend began, the Cupertino, Calif.-based iPhone maker has bought Mobeewave Inc., a 9-year-old technology firm based in Montreal. …

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PayPal Plots a POS Course With QR Codes As It Comes Off the ‘Strongest’ Quarter in Its History

PayPal Holdings Inc. has made big plays for the physical point of sale before, but on Wednesday the San Jose, Calif.-based company unveiled what could be its biggest strategy yet to capture transactions at the cash register. Top executives said an arrangement under way with CVS Pharmacy to run PayPal …

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Its PayPal Deal Having Expired, eBay Acts on Its Global Ambitions for Managed Payments

Free of the restraints of a legal agreement with PayPal Holdings Inc., eBay Inc. said early Monday it will now start on a global expansion of its 2-year-old managed-payments program. The program has already delivered $4.7 billion in total payment volume in the United States and Germany, the company said, …

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Eye on Mass Transit: Uber Buys Routematch; Visa Contactless Rebounds; Philly Gets Mobile Wallets

With its core ride-hailing business ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, Uber Technologies Inc. has been looking to move further into adjacent transportation markets, including mass-transit ticketing and payments. This week, the company said it had bought Routematch Software, a 20-year-old, Atlanta-based developer of systems that manage trip booking and ticketing, …

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COMMENTARY: Covid-19 Changed Demand for Cashless Payments. Are Small Businesses Ready?

The month of June gave Google Pay an extended moment. Early in the month, the tech press started circulating rumors that Google planned to add merchant buttons inside the app. This feature would allow both digital and brick-and-mortar businesses to accept customer payments within Google Pay.  But users in India …

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Report: Apple Testing QR Codes With Apple Pay

Apple Inc., whose Apple Pay is the leading mobile-payment service based on near field communication technology, reportedly is testing Quick Response codes as an alternative technology with Apple Pay. That development was first reported Tuesday by the 9 to 5 Mac blog, which said a second beta version of the …

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A Report Shows Why Cardless ATMs Are Growing More Popular in the U.S.

The number of ATMs providing the option of cardless withdrawals rose 26% in 2019, says a new report from research firm RBR. Leading the charge in the adoption of cardless ATMs is the United States, where the number of these machines has more than tripled, according to the research.  Bank …

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European Banks Plan Payment Network and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 7/2/20

A group of 16 European banks said they plan to launch a “truly European” unified payments system by 2022 that would be an alternative to Visa and Mastercard, Reuters reported.The slowdown in in-store shopping due to the Covid-19 pandemic has caused some stores to run out of coins; most recently big-box grocery chain …

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MagTek Launches Token Service and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 7/1/20

MagTek Inc. said its Magensa unit launched token technology to make touchless payments easier. The technology enables a merchant to send a payment link containing the token via email or text that allows consumers to pay in a secure environment. MagTek said the technology is available in QwickPAY, the Magensa mobile …

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Wirecard’s U.S. Unit Bids for a New Owner As Rivals Sense an Opportunity to Win New Business

The fallout from the Wirecard AG financial scandal has hit the U.S. market as the processor’s North American unit announced late Monday it is seeking a buyer. Wirecard North America Inc., based in Conshohocken, Pa., said it has engaged an unnamed investment bank to assist in the transaction. In the …

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