Monday , January 27, 2020

Prepaid Cards

Visa Backs Currency Cloud and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/27/20

Visa Inc. is among backers of an $80-million investment in Currency Cloud Ltd., whose software runs cross-border payments for financial apps, primarily in Europe. The funding round, co-led by Visa and SAP’s venture-funding unit Sapphire, included backing from Google. The funding follows Visa’s $5.3-billion deal to acquire Plaid, whose software enables fintechs …

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Another Libra Departure and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/22/20

British telecommunications giant Vodafone Group Plc has become the latest Libra participant to withdraw from the controversial digital-currency project initiated by Facebook Inc., Reuters reported. Other early participants that have withdrawn include Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, Stripe, and eBay.With an eye on expanding its Bitcoin services, merchant processor Square Inc. said it is developing what it calls …

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A New Beetle Debuts and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/9/20

Diebold Nixdorf Inc. released the Beetle A1150, an all-in-one point-of-sale system. Variations of the Beetle POS system have been available since at least 2002 from Wincor Nixdorf, a company Diebold acquired in 2016.Payments processor Computer Services Inc. reported fiscal third-quarter revenue of $72.1 million, up 6.6% year-over-year, and net income of $12 million, up 5.8%. …

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Gift Card Spending Doubles and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/8/20

Consumers spent 7% more on gift cards during the 2019 holiday shopping season than in the same period in 2018, doubling the 3.4% gain seen in 2018 over 2017, according to data from prepaid program manager Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc., which did not release absolute spending numbers.The U.S. Treasury Department’s Bureau …

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InComm’s Vanilla Visa Debuts in Mexico and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/20/19

InComm, a provider of payments processing for the prepaid market, launched its Vanilla Visa prepaid and gift cards in Mexico.Levelset, a payments provider for the construction industry, announced a $30-million funding round led by Horizons Ventures.Butterfly Network Inc., provider of a handheld ultrasound application for mobile devices, said its technology …

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Green Dot Founder and CEO Steve Streit Is Retiring

Green Dot Corp. announced late Wednesday that company founder and chief executive Steven W. Streit is retiring. The prepaid card and banking services provider appointed William I. Jacobs, chairman of its board of directors, as interim CEO while it seeks a permanent successor. Streit will continue with the company for …

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Debit Cards Overtake Cash as the Most Popular Payment Type, According to Fed Diarists

The growing popularity of debit cards and the displacement of cash by card and electronic payment alternatives is nothing new, but a Federal Reserve banks’ report released Thursday shows debit cards for the first time have surpassed cash as the most-used payment type. The findings come from the 2018 Diary …

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Behind Galileo’s Do-It-Yourself Approach To Fast Funding Mated To Instant Debit Cards

Sitting in a meeting in New York City, Clay Wilkes put his company’s latest innovation to the test. “We onboarded a company, funded the master funding account, created an individual account, and moved funds from the master funding account, and bought a gift card on Amazon,” he recalls. “Someone in …

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FTC Probes Debit Routing and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 11/14/19

The Federal Trade Commission has started a preliminary inquiry into whether Visa Inc., Mastercard Inc., and large debit card issuers are blocking merchants from routing transactions over PIN-debit networks, the Bloomberg Law news service reported, citing anonymous sources. FTC investigators reportedly have contacted merchants and their trade groups, Bloomberg Law said. Spokespersons for …

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COMMENTARY: For the Sake of Payments Innovation, Deposit Insurance Must Enter the 21st Century

Thanks to an influx of technological advancements, individuals now have more choices than ever to save and manage their money. But ensuring that financial tools are best serving consumers takes cooperation among regulators, policymakers, and the private sector. Recently, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Jelena McWilliams said the agency will …

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