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Fiserv’s Acquiring Unit Rides to New Heights on the Back of Tech Like Clover and Carat

If there are lingering doubts about a big comeback for the big merchant processors, Fiserv Inc. may well have dispelled them early Tuesday with results showing 43% second-quarter growth in revenue year-over-year for the company’s merchant-acceptance unit. That performance comes on top of a near-doubling in payment volume for the …

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How the Pandemic Has Forced Changes in the Way Acquirers Approach—And Sell to—Merchants

Ever since the Covid pandemic set in more than a year ago, the payments industry has been abuzz with talk about its various impacts on merchant acceptance. What hasn’t received as much attention is how the pandemic has affected merchant acquiring. It turns out processors and independent sales organizations have …

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Mastercard And Verizon Team up on 5G for Payments, But the Collaboration Will Require Patience

Wireless connectivity at faster speeds and with more reliable service could be more widely available to the payments industry in as few as two years or less. Mastercard Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.’s Verizon Business unit announced Tuesday morning they intend to work together to make 5G connectivity available in …

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BlocPal And OneFeather Team to Deliver Services Via Mobile Wallets to Canada’s Indigenous People

As part of its goal to provide unbanked and underbanked consumers affordable digital access to financial services through a single application, BlocPal International Inc. has partnered with OneFeather, a Victoria, British Columbia-based provider of digital services to indigenous people in Canada, to introduce the OneFeather app in that country. The …

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How the Semiconductor Shortage Is Putting a Crimp in Chip Card Production

The global shortage of semiconductors that has impacted myriad industries that use the chips, from automakers and electronics manufacturers to defense contractors and even soap manufacturers, is poised to affect payment card manufacturers, the Smart Payment Association announced Monday.  Bottlenecks in the chip card supply have become so acute that …

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How Square Recruits Plaid to Support Its New Gambit to Recruit Larger Sellers

A payments trend that has gained some momentum during the pandemic is open banking, the idea that funds can validated and moved from an account to another one at a different bank inexpensively and by means other than cards or checks. On Thursday, that concept took a big step forward …

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Phishing Attacks on the Financial Sector Increased 45% in 2020, Akamai Report Finds

While some parts of the economy slowed in 2020, criminals paid no mind to that as their phishing attacks against companies in the financial sector increased 45% over 2019 to 3.4 billion, Akamai Technologies Inc. found in its “State of the Internet / Security report: Phishing for Finance” released Wednesday. …

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A Fed Report on Debit Costs Could Fuel a Movement to Reduce a Decade-Old Fee Cap

Pressure may be building on the Federal Reserve to take action on a debit card interchange-fee regulation that it has left intact for 10 years despite sweeping changes in the payments business, including an onrush of e-commerce transactions over the past year. In part, observers are reacting to a report …

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Global Payments Opens Its Wallet for More Deals As Its Amazon And Google Ties Develop

The big processor Global Payments Inc. announced early Tuesday it will acquire Zego Inc., a payments and technology provider for managers of residential real estate, in a deal valued at approximately $830 million. The company also announced an agreement to buy the PayOne acquiring business in Austria belonging to the …

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Merchants Put the Fed in the Crosshairs of a Lawsuit Seeking to Have Debit Costs Reduced

Merchants have complained for years that they pay too much for debit card acceptance. Late last week, they took their beef to the federal courts with a lawsuit alleging a ceiling set on debit card fees a decade ago by the Federal Reserve is too high and seeking to have …

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