DISH Accepts Bitcoin

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] DISH® accepted its first bitcoin payment today as the payment option is now available for all DISH customers through mydish.com. Today’s inaugural bitcoin transaction follows DISH’s recent announcement that DISH customers could pay their monthly bill with bitcoin starting in the third quarter. Austin and Beccy Craig, the stars of a…

SmartMetric embeds Cortex processor into fingerprint-activated card

SmartMetric added a Cortex processor to its biometric controlled credit, debit and identity cards allowing for faster fingerprint processing as well as the power to undertake a whole range of added processing functions.SmartMetric is moving forward with marketing its biometric card solution for the payments card industry with financial institutions looking at a better way to protect against card fraud. The company is targeting to complete 50 million cards over the next 12 to 18 months. SmartMetric is also preparing to release a fingerprint identification and access control card that will extend biometric security in a credit card sized device.

Draft Day

Global Payments Inc. participated in today’s “Draft Day” at the newly-opened Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School in Midtown Atlanta. Global Payments Inc. is one of the largest worldwide providers of payment solutions for merchants, value added resellers, enterprise software providers, financial institutions, government agencies, multi-national corporations and independent sales organizations located throughout North America, South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Heartland Acquires Leaf mPOS

Heartland payment processor and a leading provider of merchant business solutions acquired Leaf mobile POS for undisclosed terms. Through the acquisition, Heartland demonstrates its ongoing commitment to providing the support and resources needed to execute on the companies’ shared vision of delivering an open and flexible POS platform that makes it easier to run and grow a small business. Leaf will continue to be payments agnostic, working with the majority of domestic payments processors, and continue to build distribution relationships with industry-leading sales organization and partners. Leaf will operate as a separate business unit of Heartland, continuing its mission to help small businesses manage operations through an open and flexible technology platform that can best fit their needs.

Bitcoin Bazaar App Facilitates Virtual Currency Trading

Bay Coins released its Bitcoin Bazaar Local mobile marketplace app for buying and selling bitcoins. Now available for iOS and Android devices on the iTunes App Store and Google Play, the app actually matches buyers and sellers. Bitcoin Bazaar is the easiest way to acquire Bitcoin, the leading crypto-currency, while still protecting users’ privacy. The app lets users find buyers and sellers in their neighborhood, using location services from their mobile phone, and lets buyers and sellers transact using cash without needing to enter bank or financial information into the app. All financial transactions are handled between the parties, so Bitcoin Bazaar does not handle any fiat currency, making it different from other exchanges and services.

Evertec Announces New Board Member

EVERTEC announced Ms. Olga Botero will be joining the Company’s Board of Directors as an independent director and member of the Board of Director’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Botero brings to the role more than 20 years of experience in IT leadership roles in the financial service, telecom and technology sectors both in Colombia and abroad. She has board experience and strong institutional ties to the software, distribution/retail and financial services communities in Colombia.

FleetCor to Acquire Comdata

FleetCor Technologies fuel cards and workforce payment products has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Comdata from Ceridian for $3.45 billion. Concurrent with the closing of the acquisition, a representative from THL will be appointed to the FleetCor board of directors.Comdata provides fleet, virtual card, and gift card solutions to over 20,000 customers and has approximately 1,300 employees to facilitate over $54 billion in payments annually. Cash payments will be used to pay off Comdata’s outstanding indebtedness.

Simplify Commerce

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MasterCard (NYSE: MA) and Web.com Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: WWWW), a leading provider of Internet services and online marketing solutions for small businesses, today announced an agreement to feature Simplify Commerce™ as the preferred payment provider for all of Web.com’s brands and platforms. Web.com serves more than 3.2 million small business customers…

VeriFone Partners Gilbarco Veeder-Root

VeriFone Systems is partnering Gilbarco to offer next generation forecourt payment solutions and to create the largest at-pump interactive digital media network worldwide. The two companies will collaborate on future fuel dispenser payment platforms to be developed and supplied by VeriFone. The solutions will meet convenience and fuel retailers’ functionality and regulatory needs in an increasingly complex payment ecosystem, as well as offer at-pump media advertising and entertainment.Gilbarco will become the software and solutions integration lead and sales and service provider for forecourt payment systems developed under the partnership. The companies will work together to transition the payment electronics in Gilbarco’s global dispenser product lines to VeriFone technology.