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October, 2004

  • 21 October

    1-800 Contacts Signs on to Accept Benny Debit Card

    Evolution Benefits Inc. and 1-800 Contacts Inc. have reached an agreement under which the retailer of replacement contact lenses will accept Evolution Benefits' Benny debit card. The card, cobranded with MasterCard and Visa, will tap flexible-spending and health-reimbursement accounts set up by corporate employees, which the employees have funded with …

  • 20 October

    Electronic Bill Presentment Poised for Explosive Growth

    Evidence is starting to emerge that electronic bill presentment, like payment, is poised to explode. Statistics from Atlanta-based processor CheckFree Corp. show it was averaging a delivery rate of slightly more than 1 million bills a month during the third quarter of 2002. By the fourth quarter of 2003, it …

  • 19 October

    Diner’s Club Tops New Test of Credit Card Sites

    The Web site for specialty charge card issuer Diner's Club scored 100% reliability and topped a new weekly test of both reliability and response time at nine credit card Web sites. The Diner's site posted a response time of 7.03 seconds, significantly ahead of the second-place site, Capital One (8.20 …

  • 18 October

    Gift Cards Take a Bigger Bite from Cash, Paper

    The popularity of gift cards continues to grow, with some 64% of U.S. adults, or a projected 139 million people, now buying or receiving the products annually, up from 59% last year and just 36% three years ago. That's according to the latest annual survey on gift card usage from …

  • 15 October

    Metavante Buys the Software Company Behind SVPCo.’s Network

    Metavante Corp. continues to pursue an aggressive acquisition strategy in electronic payments with it announcement today that it agreed to buy VECTORsgi, a software company in Addison, Texas, that sells check-imaging software. The acquisition, valued at $100 million in cash plus another $35 million to be paid if certain targets …

  • 14 October

    PayPal’s Technical Snafu Does Little to Dent the Confidence of Some

    As the PayPal Inc. online payment service returned to normal yesterday, its technical problems of the past several days have raised the specter in some circles of the company's non-bank status. Some observers, particularly bankers, have long argued that as a non-bank financial entity, PayPal is not bound by many …

  • 12 October

    MasterCard Teams with Motorola to Test PayPass for Cell Phones

    MasterCard International announced today it will launch pilots of its PayPass electronic payment system on mobile phones from Motorola Inc. The Purchase, N.Y.-based card company says the pilots will get under way at a “variety” of unspecified locations in the U.S by the end of the year. The Motorola phones …

  • 12 October

    PayPal Says It ‘Made Progress’ Today against Coding Glitch

    PayPal Inc. late this afternoon says it is making headway against the software glitch that has plagued its Web site since Friday, rendering it inaccessible at times for both buyers and sellers who use the PayPal electronic payment system. “We made progress today, and we've got eBay and PayPal technical …

  • 11 October

    Can a Veteran of ATM Networking Succeed in Health Care Processing?

    A veteran ATM network executive thinks he can succeed at building a national health-care transaction-processing system, though similar efforts have a dismal record of failure. The executive, Joseph E. Wolfson, founder of the Metroteller electronic funds transfer network, expects the HealthTransaction Network to begin processing transactions from health-care insurance companies …

  • 8 October

    A Proposed ACH Fee for Unauthorized Debits Stirs Debate

    A new proposal that would require banks that originate unauthorized automated clearing house transactions to pay fees to receiving banks went out to ACH members for comment this week, but not without controversy. “This is by far the most polarizing topic the ACH industry has seen in a long time,” …

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