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MasterPass Now in 10 Markets Globally, Four More to Come, MasterCard CEO Tells Analysts
July 31, 2014 - By John Stewart Top executives at MasterCard Inc. on Thursday trumpeted the card network’s gains with MasterPass, its digital wallet, ...
The Big-Ticket Mercury Acquisition Already Starts to Pay Dividends for Processor Vantiv
July 31, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward Vantiv Inc.’s $1.65 billion acquisition in May of ...
Having Built Its Own Processing Platform, TransFirst Prepares for a Partial IPO
July 30, 2014 - By Jim Daly The big merchant acquirer TransFirst Inc. gave notice Wednesday that it is planning a partial initial public offering. Hauppaug...
Square Announces a Signature-Based Chip Card Reader, with Availability Early in 2015
July 30, 2014 - By John Stewart Square Inc. on Wednesday ended months of speculation with an announcement that it will begin offering an ...
Big Man on Campus: Heartland Pays $375 Million for Higher-Education Payments Company TouchNet
July 30, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward Heartland Payment Systems Inc. is paying $375 million to expand its position as a higher education payments provider....
First Data Reports Improved Financials And Plans To Buy Digital Gift-Card Provider Gyft
July 30, 2014 - By Jim Daly In a busy day for First Data Corp., the leading payment processor on Wednesday reported a reduced quarterly loss and its best revenues since go...
With Optimal Routing in Place, Zooz Readies a Routing Engine for Omnichannel Merchants
July 29, 2014 - By John Stewart Zooz Mobile Ltd. is preparing to launch in September a transaction-routing engine that will let so-called omnichannel me...
Fearing Payment-Industry Control, Merchants Call for an ‘Open’ Tokenization Standard
July 28, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward Merchant groups and payment-industry members both want to use tokenization to make it tougher for criminals to get to sensitive cardholde...
Amazon Dongle Unconfirmed, But E-Commerce Giant Could Rely on Powerful Assets
July 28, 2014 - By John Stewart Amazon.com Inc. on Monday refused to comment on a report that the big online retailer is preparing to launch a mobile ca...
Eye on Mobile: Zing’s Register Stresses Integrations; Amazon Blesses PayPal for Fire
July 25, 2014 - By John Stewart The arms race in the tablet-based point-of-sale market heated up on Friday with Zing’s launch of its Register applicat...
Annual Wallet Payments Total More Than a Quarter Billion, According to Updated Fed Study
July 24, 2014 - By John Stewart Transactions using mobile wallets totaled at least 250.6 million and amounted to at least $9.5 billion in value in 2012,...
Tokenization Plays the Central Role in Visa’s New Cloud Payment Suite
July 24, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward Visa Inc. moved on Thursday to commercialize mobile payments using cloud-based near-field communication technology with its release of Vi...
Visa Sees a Digital-Payments Future, but the Present Is Still Producing Tidy Profits
July 24, 2014 - By Jim Daly On the heels of a quarter that featured a nearly 10% increase in U.S. payment volume, Visa Inc. chief executive Charles W. Scharf signaled Thursday ...
Spurning Publicity, Amazon Launches a Mobile Wallet with Modest Features—So Far
July 22, 2014 - By John Stewart Without fanfare, Amazon.com Inc. last week introduced a trial version of its first digital wallet. The free Android app, known as Amazon Wa...
Durbin Routing Rules Should Apply to ATMs, ATMIA Urges in Meeting with Fed
July 22, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward The ATM Industry Association met today with members of the Federal Reserve staff to discuss making ATM debit transacti...
ACI To Expand Its Fraud-Protection Services Menu Through Its Acquisition of ReD
July 21, 2014 - By Jim Daly After beefing up its bill-payment services through two acquisitions in 2013, ACI Worldwide Inc. is now turning its attention to fraud preventio...
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan’s Deal for First American Underscores Profitability of Merchant Processing
July 21, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward An investment consortium led by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is buying First American Payment Systems L.P., a Fort Worth, Texas-b...
Another Zero Option: Cloud-based POS Provider Pose Drops Its Software Fee
July 21, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward Pose POS Ltd., a cloud-based point-of-sale system, has changed its pricing model to a free one, at least for the monthly fee. ...
Twitter, Facebook Make Payments Moves, But Do They Threaten Payments Firms?
July 18, 2014 - By Jim Daly Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. both made moves in the electronic-payments space this week, but analysts question whether the giant social netwo...
Merchants Face A SNAP Decision on Payment Terminals
July 17, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward Many merchants that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program transactions face an important decision between now and Sept. 21. By...

Digital Transactions July 2014

The Gimlet Eye: Five Truths Abou...
Trends & Tactics
Security Notes: Time To Bone up ...
Acquiring: Transit’s New Payme...
M-Commerce: For Billers, Mobile ...
Cover Story: I Want You For EMV
Security: Locking Down the Smart...
Endpoint: Not All Mobile-Payment...
Digital Transactions June 2014

The Gimlet Eye: The Missing Link...
Trends & Tactics
Security Notes: Lessons from Hea...
Acquiring: Congress Sees a Need ...
Cover Story: NFC’s Cloudburst
Endpoint: Leading the Industry t...
Digital Transactions May 2014

The Gimlet Eye: The Next Chapter...
Trends & Tactics
Security Notes: Taming Bitcoin...
Acquiring: Doubling Down on Gamb...
Cover Story: Annual Field Guide ...
Endpoint: The Real Reason Consum...
Digital Transactions April 2014

The Gimlet Eye: Data Security...
Trends & Tactics
Security Notes: Digital Cash, R...
Acquiring: How Merchant Aggregat...
Acquiring: A Smoky Incongruity
Cover Story: The Googleization ...
Opinion & Analysis: The Furious ...
Components: A Dongle Do-over
Endpoint: Why PCI Is Winning
Digital Transactions March 2014

The Gimlet Eye: Questions, Quest...
Trends & Tactics
Security Notes: Security Newton,...
Acquiring: The Tech Touch—And ...
Components: April Fools?
Cover Story: Prepaid’s Big Mak...
Security: Buyer Beware
Endpoint: The Sorrows of Young B...
Digital Transactions February 2014

The Gimlet Eye: How To Make Rea...
Trends & Tactics
Security Notes: Lessons from Ta...
Acquiring: Hailing Payments
Networks: Transaction Transporte...
Cover Story: Bitcoin’s Bid For...
Components: EMV: Has Its Day Come?
E-Commerce: Better Transaction R...
Endpoint: To NFC Or Not To NFC? ...
Digital Transactions January 2014

The Gimlet Eye: The Next 10 Years
Trends & Tactics
Security Notes: Digital Cash And...
Acquiring: In Your Face
Opinion & Analysis: The Time Is ...
Cover Story: Digital Transaction...
Endpoint: Better Get Moving on I...
Digital Transactions December 2013

The Gimlet Eye: The Nasty Sound ...
Trends & Tactics: Feeling Insecu...
Security Notes: Health Care: The...
Acquiring: The Baby And the Bath...
E-Commerce: Amazon Muscles up in...
Cover Story: Targeting the Tradi...
Security: Changing the ‘Checkb...
Endpoint: Getting Over Visa Envy
Digital Transactions November 2013

The Gimlet Eye: Glimmers of Hop...
Trends & Tactics
Edward Snowden’s Valuable Lesson
Acquiring: The Zero Option
Security: Peace of Mind: Is It W...
Card Makers Look To Fill Their E...
Cover Story: The 10 Most Pressin...
Endpoint: Transformational, Not ...
Digital Transactions October 2013

The Gimlet Eye: Acquirers’ App...
Trends & Tactics
Security Notes: Get Ready for Al...
Acquiring: Europe’s Card-Fee C...
Strategies: It’s Time for Mobi...
Cover Story: States’ Rights
Opinion & Analysis: Why Have Bi...
Security: Dealing with Dupes
Endpoint: What Acquirers Need To...
Digital Transactions September 2013

The Gimlet Eye: Here Comes the J...
Trends & Tactics
Security Notes: Digital Currency...
Acquiring: ISOs Enter the Age of...
Strategies: How AmEx’s Bluebir...
Security: Are Small Merchants Fi...
Cover Story: Wall Street Pulls t...
Networks: Once Again, with Feel...
Networks: UnionPay’s Play for...
Components: Ticket Sales Get Pum...
Endpoint: Why the Risk of Mobile...
Digital Transactions August 2013
Digital Transactions July 2013

The Gimlet Eye: We’ve Heard...
Trends & Tactics
Security Notes: The Age of Bit M...
Acquiring: A Rough First Mile
Strategies: Where Small Is Beaut...
Networks: No PIN, No Problem
Cover Story: So You Want To Get ...
Security: When Passwords Are Not...
Components: The Changing Role of...
M-Commerce: Mobile Shopping Is C...
M-Commerce: Mobile Payments: The...
Endpoint: Time To Get Behind the...
Digital Transactions June 2013

The Gimlet Eye: With EMV Coming,...
Trends & Tactics
Security Notes: Too Late for EM...
Acquiring: Fee Fight
Security: The Battle of the Bits
Cover Story: Faster Payments
Opinion & Analysis: How to Place...
Components: What NFC’s Uptick ...
Endpoint: Putting Mobile on the ...
Digital Transactions May 2013

The Gimlet Eye: Beware of the Hype
Trends & Tactics: Cutting Throug...
Security Notes: The Digital Mone...
Acquiring: Fighting Back
Security: Good News, Bad News Ab...
Cover Story: Annual Guide to Alt...
Endpoint: The New Mobile Ecosystem
Digital Transactions April 2013

The Gimlet Eye: A Big—But Not ...
Trends & Tactics: The Fed Lets I...
Security Notes: Loyalty vs. Nati...
Acquiring: Is the National Merch...
Acquiring: Capped Off
M-Commerce: Passbook: Apple’s ...
Components: Retail ATM Deployers...
Cover Story:The Rise of Merchant...
Components: Tablets as ECRs
Security: The Dynamic Duo
Strategies: The Merchants’ Imp...
Endpoint: The Virtues of Virtual...
Digital Transactions March 2013

The Gimlet Eye: The Higher Law
Trends & Tactics: Fraudsters’ ...
Security Notes: The New Age of C...
Acquiring: What You Should Know ...
Networks: Prepaid Cards Navigate...
M-Commerce: Redeeming Redemption
Cover Story: Durbinizing EMV
Opinion & Analysis: Could NFC Pa...
Security: A Fertile New Field fo...
Endpoint: Stress Points in Acqui...
Digital Transactions January 2013

The Gimlet Eye: Mobile Payments:...
Trends & Tactics
Security Notes: Welcome to the N...
Acquiring: Lots of Opportunity
Components: Locking Down the Dig...
Cover Story: The Coming Shakeout...
Networks: Trying To Stay on Top
M-Commerce: Isis Looks for Ferti...
Endpoint: You Don’t Have To Be...
Digital Transactions December 2012

The Gimlet Eye: How To Cut Inter...
Trends & Tactics: Level 4s And P...
Security Notes: Sandy’s Timely...
Acquiring: Stumbling Blocks on t...
E-Commerce: Minting New Ideas fo...
Cover Story: Private Equity’s ...
Security: The Value of Added Sec...
Endpoint: P2P: Digital Payments...
Digital Transactions November 2012

The Gimlet Eye: The Fed’s Prep...
Trends & Tactics: Groupon Moves ...
Security Notes: Prepare for War ...
Acquiring: The Troubled World of...
E-Commerce: The Online Specialists
Components: Equinox Looks for a ...
Cover Story: Sixth Annual The 10...
M-Commerce: App vs. Browser
Endpoint: Six Questions to Ask V...

MasterPass Now in 10 Markets Globally, Four More to Come, MasterCard CEO Tells Analysts
July 31, 2014 - By John Stewart Top executives at MasterCard Inc. on Thursday trumpeted the card network’s gains with MasterPass, its digital wallet, ...
The Big-Ticket Mercury Acquisition Already Starts to Pay Dividends for Processor Vantiv
July 31, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward Vantiv Inc.’s $1.65 billion acquisition in May of ...
Having Built Its Own Processing Platform, TransFirst Prepares for a Partial IPO
July 30, 2014 - By Jim Daly The big merchant acquirer TransFirst Inc. gave notice Wednesday that it is planning a partial initial public offering. Hauppaug...
Square Announces a Signature-Based Chip Card Reader, with Availability Early in 2015
July 30, 2014 - By John Stewart Square Inc. on Wednesday ended months of speculation with an announcement that it will begin offering an ...
Big Man on Campus: Heartland Pays $375 Million for Higher-Education Payments Company TouchNet
July 30, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward Heartland Payment Systems Inc. is paying $375 million to expand its position as a higher education payments provider....
First Data Reports Improved Financials And Plans To Buy Digital Gift-Card Provider Gyft
July 30, 2014 - By Jim Daly In a busy day for First Data Corp., the leading payment processor on Wednesday reported a reduced quarterly loss and its best revenues since go...
With Optimal Routing in Place, Zooz Readies a Routing Engine for Omnichannel Merchants
July 29, 2014 - By John Stewart Zooz Mobile Ltd. is preparing to launch in September a transaction-routing engine that will let so-called omnichannel me...
Fearing Payment-Industry Control, Merchants Call for an ‘Open’ Tokenization Standard
July 28, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward Merchant groups and payment-industry members both want to use tokenization to make it tougher for criminals to get to sensitive cardholde...
Amazon Dongle Unconfirmed, But E-Commerce Giant Could Rely on Powerful Assets
July 28, 2014 - By John Stewart Amazon.com Inc. on Monday refused to comment on a report that the big online retailer is preparing to launch a mobile ca...
Eye on Mobile: Zing’s Register Stresses Integrations; Amazon Blesses PayPal for Fire
July 25, 2014 - By John Stewart The arms race in the tablet-based point-of-sale market heated up on Friday with Zing’s launch of its Register applicat...
Annual Wallet Payments Total More Than a Quarter Billion, According to Updated Fed Study
July 24, 2014 - By John Stewart Transactions using mobile wallets totaled at least 250.6 million and amounted to at least $9.5 billion in value in 2012,...
Tokenization Plays the Central Role in Visa’s New Cloud Payment Suite
July 24, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward Visa Inc. moved on Thursday to commercialize mobile payments using cloud-based near-field communication technology with its release of Vi...
Visa Sees a Digital-Payments Future, but the Present Is Still Producing Tidy Profits
July 24, 2014 - By Jim Daly On the heels of a quarter that featured a nearly 10% increase in U.S. payment volume, Visa Inc. chief executive Charles W. Scharf signaled Thursday ...
Spurning Publicity, Amazon Launches a Mobile Wallet with Modest Features—So Far
July 22, 2014 - By John Stewart Without fanfare, Amazon.com Inc. last week introduced a trial version of its first digital wallet. The free Android app, known as Amazon Wa...
Durbin Routing Rules Should Apply to ATMs, ATMIA Urges in Meeting with Fed
July 22, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward The ATM Industry Association met today with members of the Federal Reserve staff to discuss making ATM debit transacti...
ACI To Expand Its Fraud-Protection Services Menu Through Its Acquisition of ReD
July 21, 2014 - By Jim Daly After beefing up its bill-payment services through two acquisitions in 2013, ACI Worldwide Inc. is now turning its attention to fraud preventio...
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan’s Deal for First American Underscores Profitability of Merchant Processing
July 21, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward An investment consortium led by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is buying First American Payment Systems L.P., a Fort Worth, Texas-b...
Another Zero Option: Cloud-based POS Provider Pose Drops Its Software Fee
July 21, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward Pose POS Ltd., a cloud-based point-of-sale system, has changed its pricing model to a free one, at least for the monthly fee. ...
Twitter, Facebook Make Payments Moves, But Do They Threaten Payments Firms?
July 18, 2014 - By Jim Daly Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. both made moves in the electronic-payments space this week, but analysts question whether the giant social netwo...
Merchants Face A SNAP Decision on Payment Terminals
July 17, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward Many merchants that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program transactions face an important decision between now and Sept. 21. By...

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