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Hoping to Avoid ‘Or Else,’ Card Networks and the PCI Council Step Up Compliance Efforts
Jan. 23, 2015 - By Jim Daly The private sector often lives in fear of government regulation, but the payment card industry’s indigenous regulators are piling on new disclosure, monitoring...

Inexperience Plus Product Restrictions Likely Killed Amazon Wallet, Analysts Say
Jan. 23, 2015 - By Kevin Woodward The newness of mobile payments likely was a contributing factor to Amazon.com Inc.’s decision this week to pull the ...

Eye on Earnings: Card Volume Up for AmEx And Discover, But AmEx To Cut Jobs
Jan. 22, 2015 - By Kevin Woodward American Express Co. reported $182.5 billion in U.S. card-billed business in the fourth quarter, up 7.9% from $169.1 b...

Despite Top Court’s Rebuff, Merchants Seek Debit Relief With Fed’s Own Data
Jan. 22, 2015 - By John Stewart The U.S. Supreme Court may have rebuffed merchants seeking to cut debit card transaction costs, but that doesn’t mean they’re entirely out of...

COMMENTARY: Securing the Future of Safe Electronic Payments
Jan. 21, 2015 - By Debra Rossi Americans love to shop. Whether online, in a small mom-and-pop business, or at a big-box retailer, shoppers turn...

Banks and Credit Unions Continue To Sign Up for Apple Pay
Jan. 21, 2015 - By Kevin Woodward The number of banks and credit unions that support Apple Pay, Apple Inc.’s mobile payment scheme, continues to grow ...

AmEx Claims 400,000 Small Merchants Through Its ISO-Driven OptBlue Program
Jan. 21, 2015 - By Jim Daly Some 400,000 small merchants now accept American Express Co. payment cards through the OptBlue program that AmEx announced nearly a year ago. O...

EBay Announces It Will Cut 2,400 Jobs Globally As PayPal Posts Surging Growth
Jan. 21, 2015 - By John Stewart Last year was a rocky one for eBay Inc., and on Wednesday the company announced it will do some streamlining: In the first quarter, t...

A Decentralized Payments System May Work Against a Smooth U.S. EMV Migration
Jan. 21, 2015 - By Jim Daly The United States with its several thousand credit and debit card issuers and more than a dozen payment networks presents a stiff challenge to the card industry ...

As New-Merchant Pricing Slips ‘Dramatically,’ Squeeze on Acquirers Ratchets up
Jan. 20, 2015 - By John Stewart Price compression in the merchant-acquiring business is nothing new, but research from First Annapolis Consulting shows it may be much more...

Supreme Court Rejects Petition, Dealing Merchants Another Defeat on Debit Cards
Jan. 20, 2015 - By John Stewart Merchants battling debit card pricing and routing rules suffered another defeat on Tuesday. The U.S. Supreme Court rejec...

Seeking an ‘Integrated Mobile Offer,’ Ingenico Completes Takeover of Roam Data
Jan. 20, 2015 - By Kevin Woodward Point-of-sale terminal maker Ingenico Group now owns all of Roam Data, a mobile POS company it first invested in in 20...

Eye on Apple: Watch’s PIN Protection; Grocer Adds Apple Pay at Checkout
Jan. 16, 2015 - By Kevin Woodward Apple Inc.’s much anticipated Watch, which includes a near-field communication (NFC) chip for making contactless payments,...

USA Technologies Reaches Accord With MasterCard on Small-Ticket Debit Interchange
Jan. 16, 2015 - By Jim Daly After a hiatus of more than three years, vending machines that get payment services through USA Technologies Inc. will soon ...

With a Wary Eye on Apple Pay, Google Reported to Be in Talks to Buy Softcard
Jan. 16, 2015 - By John Stewart Major tech and payments companies are reportedly showing an interest in acquiring Softcard, the troubled mobile-payments joint venture owne...



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