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Led by Former Google Wallet Honcho Bedier, Poynt Offers ‘Attractive’ Terminal But Faces Big Challenges
October 30, 2014 - Count Poynt Co. as the newest member of the point-of-sale terminal maker industry. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company hopes to entice merchants, developers, and resellers to its product. ...
Eye on Earnings: MasterCard’s Volumes Grow; Mercury Boosts Vantiv’s Merchant Segment
October 30, 2014 - By Jim Daly Financial analysts gave MasterCard Inc. and Visa Inc. credit for leading a New York Stock Exchange rally Thursday as higher consumer spending o...
With Its McDonald’s Deal, Softcard Gains More Access to Everyday Spend for its NFC Wallet
October 29, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward While Apple Inc.’s Apple Pay mobile wallet has been grabbing the headlines, the telco-controlled Softcard mobile-payments service this ...
Theft of Users’ Email Addresses Overshadows MCX’s Attempt To Blunt ‘Misinformed’ Comment
October 29, 2014 - By Jim Daly and Kevin Woodward Just hours after Merchant Customer Exchange LLC (MCX), the retailer-backed developer of the CurrentC mobi...
MCX Implies Its Ready To Accept General-Purpose Cards, but Questions Remain
October 29, 2014 - By Jim Daly Attempting to do damage control in the wake of an ...
Visa’s Scharf Stresses the Network’s Digital Future, Promises ‘We Will Win’
October 29, 2014 - By John Stewart Stressing new services such as tokenization, online checkout, and mobile payments, Visa Inc. chief executive Charles W. ...
Tech Firms See Opportunity As Remote Capture Leads to Rising Problem of Bad Check Images
October 28, 2014 - By John Stewart For the past decade, image exchange has been one of the undisputed success stories of electronic payments—so much so, ...
Evo Payments Bundles Loyalty, Promotions, and Rewards Into Its New Mobile POS Product
October 28, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward Merchants using the newly released Evo Snap Mobile smart-phone and tablet-based point-of-sale service from Evo Payments International can...
Issuers’ Apple Pay Pact Assigns Remarkable Authority to Card Networks As Well As Apple
October 27, 2014 - By John Stewart Issuers signing up to have their cards included in the Apple Pay wallet may benefit from all the hype Apple Inc. is gene...
Apple Embeds NFC in Its New iPad Air 2, Stirring Speculation About Its Mobile POS Plans
October 24, 2014 - By John Stewart When Apple Inc. officially launched its Apple Pay mobile-payments service on Monday, all eyes were on the new iPhone 6 and 6 P...
Pressure Builds for Faster Payments As The Clearing House Plans for Real-Time Settlement
October 23, 2014 - By John Stewart The effort to bring faster payment settlement to the United States gained momentum this week with an announcement by The...
Would-Be Apple Pay Users Disappointed When Rite Aid Apparently Turns Off NFC
October 23, 2014 - By Jim Daly As a complex new technology-based service, Apple Inc.’s Apple Pay was certain to hit some speed bumps after it debuted Oct...
Eye on E-Commerce: Jumio Debuts M-Commerce Service; Flint Offers Online Payment Service
October 22, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward Two payment-services companies have separately introduced services designed to make it easier for merchants and consumers to engage in e-...
With New Perkwave App, Harbortouch Leverages Apple Pay for a Pay-at-Table Solution
October 20, 2014 - By John Stewart With Apple Inc.’s Apple Pay mobile-payments platform launching Monday, many in the payments business are focused on th...
AmEx Program Aims To Kick-Start EMV Card Acceptance Among Small Businesses
October 20, 2014 - By Jim Daly Among the many companies ...
Apple Pay Works, But It Can’t Speed up Lines of Non-Users
October 20, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward The big news about my test today of Apple Pay, the contactless payment scheme for use with Apple Inc. smart phones and tablets, is that t...
Obama Uses His Bully Pulpit To Push Cybersecurity—and Endorse PIN-Based EMV
October 17, 2014 - By Jim Daly President Barack Obama on Friday signed an executive order committing the federal government to offer and accept Europay...
Cardtronics’ New Skyscraper ATMs Link a Mobile App With Merchant Rewards
October 16, 2014 - By Jim Daly Retail ATM network owner and operator Cardtronics Inc. is testing ATMs as tall as nine feet that offer discounts to consumers when they withdraw cas...
Apple Pay Goes Live Monday, As Apple, Samsung Join ETA
October 16, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward The date is set. Apple Inc.’s Apple Pay mobile-payment scheme, now with more than 500 banks supporting it, launches Monday, the Cuperti...
COMMENTARY: How Passbook Positions Apple to Command—Not Just Align With—the Payments Industry
October 16, 2014 - By Rick Oglesby, Double Diamond Payments Research...

Digital Transactions October 2014

The Gimlet Eye: NFC’s Day in t...
Chip Cards Mean Cash for VeriFone
Braintree Likes Bitcoin Now, W...
Apple Swamps Twitter’s Buy But...
Prepaid for the Masses—of Bank...
The Cure for Merchant Breaches
Acquiring: How To Fight Margin C...
Cover Story: Can Apple Save Mobi...
Strategies: What We Can Learn fr...
Endpoint: Don’t Leave These Am...
Digital Transactions September 2014

The Gimlet Eye
Trends & Tactics
Security Notes: No Sweat, My Rob...
Payments 3.0: Where is the ACH G...
Acquiring: How Acquirers Are Tot...
Cover Story: Is it Still Hip to ...
Security: Unintended But Predict...
Endpoint: The Networks’ Sign...
Digital Transactions August 2014
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...

Led by Former Google Wallet Honcho Bedier, Poynt Offers ‘Attractive’ Terminal But Faces Big Challenges
October 30, 2014 - Count Poynt Co. as the newest member of the point-of-sale terminal maker industry. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company hopes to entice merchants, developers, and resellers to its product. ...
Eye on Earnings: MasterCard’s Volumes Grow; Mercury Boosts Vantiv’s Merchant Segment
October 30, 2014 - By Jim Daly Financial analysts gave MasterCard Inc. and Visa Inc. credit for leading a New York Stock Exchange rally Thursday as higher consumer spending o...
With Its McDonald’s Deal, Softcard Gains More Access to Everyday Spend for its NFC Wallet
October 29, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward While Apple Inc.’s Apple Pay mobile wallet has been grabbing the headlines, the telco-controlled Softcard mobile-payments service this ...
Theft of Users’ Email Addresses Overshadows MCX’s Attempt To Blunt ‘Misinformed’ Comment
October 29, 2014 - By Jim Daly and Kevin Woodward Just hours after Merchant Customer Exchange LLC (MCX), the retailer-backed developer of the CurrentC mobi...
MCX Implies Its Ready To Accept General-Purpose Cards, but Questions Remain
October 29, 2014 - By Jim Daly Attempting to do damage control in the wake of an ...
Visa’s Scharf Stresses the Network’s Digital Future, Promises ‘We Will Win’
October 29, 2014 - By John Stewart Stressing new services such as tokenization, online checkout, and mobile payments, Visa Inc. chief executive Charles W. ...
Tech Firms See Opportunity As Remote Capture Leads to Rising Problem of Bad Check Images
October 28, 2014 - By John Stewart For the past decade, image exchange has been one of the undisputed success stories of electronic payments—so much so, ...
Evo Payments Bundles Loyalty, Promotions, and Rewards Into Its New Mobile POS Product
October 28, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward Merchants using the newly released Evo Snap Mobile smart-phone and tablet-based point-of-sale service from Evo Payments International can...
Issuers’ Apple Pay Pact Assigns Remarkable Authority to Card Networks As Well As Apple
October 27, 2014 - By John Stewart Issuers signing up to have their cards included in the Apple Pay wallet may benefit from all the hype Apple Inc. is gene...
Apple Embeds NFC in Its New iPad Air 2, Stirring Speculation About Its Mobile POS Plans
October 24, 2014 - By John Stewart When Apple Inc. officially launched its Apple Pay mobile-payments service on Monday, all eyes were on the new iPhone 6 and 6 P...
Pressure Builds for Faster Payments As The Clearing House Plans for Real-Time Settlement
October 23, 2014 - By John Stewart The effort to bring faster payment settlement to the United States gained momentum this week with an announcement by The...
Would-Be Apple Pay Users Disappointed When Rite Aid Apparently Turns Off NFC
October 23, 2014 - By Jim Daly As a complex new technology-based service, Apple Inc.’s Apple Pay was certain to hit some speed bumps after it debuted Oct...
Eye on E-Commerce: Jumio Debuts M-Commerce Service; Flint Offers Online Payment Service
October 22, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward Two payment-services companies have separately introduced services designed to make it easier for merchants and consumers to engage in e-...
With New Perkwave App, Harbortouch Leverages Apple Pay for a Pay-at-Table Solution
October 20, 2014 - By John Stewart With Apple Inc.’s Apple Pay mobile-payments platform launching Monday, many in the payments business are focused on th...
AmEx Program Aims To Kick-Start EMV Card Acceptance Among Small Businesses
October 20, 2014 - By Jim Daly Among the many companies ...
Apple Pay Works, But It Can’t Speed up Lines of Non-Users
October 20, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward The big news about my test today of Apple Pay, the contactless payment scheme for use with Apple Inc. smart phones and tablets, is that t...
Obama Uses His Bully Pulpit To Push Cybersecurity—and Endorse PIN-Based EMV
October 17, 2014 - By Jim Daly President Barack Obama on Friday signed an executive order committing the federal government to offer and accept Europay...
Cardtronics’ New Skyscraper ATMs Link a Mobile App With Merchant Rewards
October 16, 2014 - By Jim Daly Retail ATM network owner and operator Cardtronics Inc. is testing ATMs as tall as nine feet that offer discounts to consumers when they withdraw cas...
Apple Pay Goes Live Monday, As Apple, Samsung Join ETA
October 16, 2014 - By Kevin Woodward The date is set. Apple Inc.’s Apple Pay mobile-payment scheme, now with more than 500 banks supporting it, launches Monday, the Cuperti...
COMMENTARY: How Passbook Positions Apple to Command—Not Just Align With—the Payments Industry
October 16, 2014 - By Rick Oglesby, Double Diamond Payments Research...

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