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Mastercard Switched Transactions Volume Dips 1% and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/26/21

Switched transactions dipped 1% for the week ended Feb. 21 for Mastercard Inc. compared to the same week last year, the card network reported. It is the first weekly year-over-year dip in switched transactions for Mastercard so far this year and reflects a swing from 4% growth in the week ended Feb. …

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Another Joins Isaacman Space Venture and other Digital Transactions News from 2/22/21

The planned Inspiration4 project, the first space flight with an all-civilian crew, added its second crew member, Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant in Memphis. Crew commander is Shift4 Payments Inc. chief executive Jared Isaacman.Credit union service organization PSCU said spending made with debit cards increased 12.5% for the week ending Feb. 14 compared to …

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AeroPay Enters Online Cannabis Payments with Olla and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/16/21

AeroPay, a fintech that provides payment processing service to cannabis businesses, said it and Olla, an e-commerce platform for cannabis retailers, will offer online payments. AeroPay will be integrated as a cashless payment method to consumers ordering online through white-labeled e-commerce sites provided by Olla. Payments are made via bank-to-bank …

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BitPay Moves to Boost Cryptocurrency’s Acceptance by Striking a Deal with Apple Pay

The push to increase the utility of cryptocurrency for purchases got a shot in the arm Friday as BitPay Inc., an Atlanta-based processor that offers crypto e-wallets, announced its prepaid Mastercard cardholders can add their card to the Apple Wallet and make purchases using Apple Pay. The BitPay Mastercard is …

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BNPL Specialist Affirm Adds 52% More Customers and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/12/21

Affirm Inc. said it had 4.5 million active customers in its fiscal 2021 second quarter ended Dec. 31, a 52% increase from the second quarter of fiscal 2020.Payments provider Repay Holdings Corp. said an integration with PN3 Solutions, a software provider for business-to-business payment automation, will allow PN3’s clients to complete payments to …

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Fiserv Looks to Units Like Clover And Carat to Help Bend Its Growth Trajectory Upward

Like many of its rivals, Fiserv Inc. is looking for ways to prosper as hope begins to rise for a recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic that has ravaged much of the world. Tuesday afternoon, the Brookfield, Wis.-based payments provider revealed a promising report card for its fourth-quarter performance, with high-flying …

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Lightspeed’s Revenue Jumps 79% and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/4/21

Payments provider Lightspeed POS Inc. reported total revenue of $57.6 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, up 79% year-over-year. Revenue was $49.3 when excluding the recent acquisitions of payments providers ShopKeep and Upserve. The company’s merchant base grew 74% year-over-year to 115,000, or 84,000 excluding the acquisitions, up from 66,000.Fiserv Inc. and the Inclusive Innovation …

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FedNow To Launch in 2023 and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/3/21

The FedNow real-time payment service will launch commercially in 2023, the Federal Reserve said, narrowing the launch date from the 2023-24 timing it has projected since announcing the project in 2019.Fuel retailer Valero Energy Corp. said it is working with payments-technology provider P97 Networks to launch a mobile app that allows users to activate …

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AmEx Wants To Boost Takeout Orders and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/1/21

American Express Co. said it is working with its reservation-technology company Resy to encourage cardholders to order out from restaurants. The program includes new dining offers on many AmEx cards.Exactuals LLC, whose PaymentHub platform processes residuals, royalties, and other payments for the entertainment industry, said dollar volume on the platform grew …

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As Visa Stages a Comeback From Covid, It Scopes Out Its Chances in Open Banking

Visa Inc. along with many other payments companies was thrown for a loop by the coronavirus pandemic, but now it’s clawing it’s way back on the strength of debit cards, e-commerce, and a real-time payments service called Visa Direct. “In the United States, we are actually back to our prepandemic …

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