Digital gift card provider Swych acquires Indian company to boost offerings

Swych Inc., which operates a digital gifting platform by the same name, has acquired Mumbai, India-based Gift Cards India, according to a press release. Swych said that its digital gifting technology combined with Gift Cards India's south Asia expertise and...

Square serves up custom POS system for restaurants

Square is getting more involved in the restaurant space with a new point-of-sale system meant specifically for that segment. Square for Restaurants is the company's first product built to serve full-service restaurants, bars, lounges and similar establishments, according to a...

Urban Airship powers real-time mobile tickets and boarding passes with Google Pay

Urban Airship has unveiled what it calls the first digital customer engagement platform to support Google Pay tickets, a new capability Google announced at its annual developer's conference, according to a press release. Urban Airship said it worked with Google...

Deutsche Bank tests payments system with airlines trade group

Deutsche Bank announced a pilot project with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association for the world's airlines, to test a payment model intended to reduce costs for processing payments between airline clients and airlines, according to a...

First Data enhances ISV offering with CardConnect, BluePay integration

First Data has announced the integration of CardConnect and BluePay, two companies First Data acquired last year. The strategic combination streamlines First Data's integrated software vendor offering, enabling software companies to more easily add secure payment processing within SaaS, mobile,...

Ingenico, USA Technologies partner on payments for unattended retail

Ingenico Group and USA Technologies Inc. have partnered to provide the unattended retail marketplace with a bundled service that pairs Ingenico's hardware, software, security and services products with USA's ePort Connect services platform specifically designed for the unattended retail market,...

Cash back rewards coming to Samsung Pay

Samsung is making Samsung Pay an even more complete mobile wallet platform with the introduction of a cash back feature that the company announced in a recent blog post. The feature, called Cash Back in the Samsung Pay app, will...

Juli Spottiswood to lead new holding company focused on payments industry

Syncapay, a new holding company focused on high-potential payments products, has launched with the backing of Bain Capital Ventures, Silversmith Capital Partners, MissionOG, Nyca Partners and Juli Spottiswood as chairman and CEO, according to a press release. The organization will...

Fleetcor invests in P97's mobile commerce tech for fuel payments

Fleetcor Technologies Inc., a global provider of commercial payment products, has made a strategic minority investment in P97 Networks Inc., a provider of cloud-based mobile commerce and behavioral marketing products, according to a press release. In addition to the investment,...

GlobalPlatform extends security APIs to support developers authenticating users in-app

GlobalPlatform, the standard for secure digital services and devices, has extended the functionality of its Trusted User Interface APIs for service providers and application developers, according to a press release. The move helps give service providers and application developers a...

UK organization assumes operation of payments systems

The U.K.'s New Payment System Operator has assumed the operational responsibility for the Bacs and Faster Payments systems, which process a combined £6.3 trillion (US$ 8.5 billion) worth of payments annually, according to a press release. The organization said the...

UnionPay continues to expand mobile app acceptance in southeast Asia

UnionPay International is expanding the acceptance scope of the UnionPay app to 25 countries and regions outside mainland China, according to a press release. With the app, users can pay with a UnionPay QR code or activate the contactless payment...

UK consumer groups want transparency with open banking plans

The U.K.'s leading consumer groups have joined forces to publish a Consumer Manifesto for open banking, making clear to policymakers and product providers the standards and priorities that are needed to make open banking work for consumers, according to a...

Western Union adds WeChat Pay to GlobalPay for Students product

Western Union has added WeChat Pay to its WU GlobalPay for Students product through its alliance with Geoswift, a payment company specializing in payment products in and out of China, according to a press release. Western Union said the enhanced...

Study: Mobile payment users unlikely to recommend the Pays

Consumers might be using mobile wallets from Apple, Google and Samsung more these days, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're recommending the products to friends and family, according to a study from Auriemma Consulting Group. Auriemma found that while Apple...

Gemalto helps provision Hong Kong's Octopus card into Samsung Pay

Gemalto has announced that its Trusted Service Hub is enabling the secure digitization of Hong Kong's Octopus contactless smart cards into Samsung Pay, according to a press release. Named Smart Octopus in Samsung Pay, this mobile payment service enables consumers...

Western Union expands digital presence in Latin America and the Carribbean

Western Union is extending its global digital footprint to Latin America and the Caribbean, activating the Western Union mobile app (for iOS and Android) in Panama and Westernunion.com/jm in Jamaica, enabling customers to send money to more than 200 countries...

Westpac enables voice banking on Amazon's Echo Spot

Westpac customers can now access the Westpac Banking Skill offered via Amazon Alexa on Echo Spot, Amazon's latest voice-enabled and touchscreen device, according to a press release. The Westpac Banking Skill on the Echo Spot gives customers the option to...

Zelle's use surges despite some fraud issues

The Zelle person-to-person network moved more than $25 billion in transfers in the first quarter that ended March 31, up 15 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017, according to a press release from Early Warning. That figure came on...

Barclays, PayPal form pact over digital payments

Barclays has announced a strategic partnership with PayPal that is designed to enable customers to manage and use their Barclays and PayPal accounts together with greater ease, for the first time, according to a press release. Barclays said the partnership...

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