NRF Asks Appeals Court to Uphold Lower Swipe Fee Cap

The National Retail Federation today asked an appeals court to uphold a judge’s ruling that the Federal Reserve set its cap on debit card swipe fees far higher than intended by Congress and that the cap needs to be recalculated at a lower level. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hold a hearing in Washington this morning on the Fed’s challenge of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon’s July ruling that the 21-cent cap that took effect in 2011 was too high. The ruling came in a lawsuit brought by NRF and other groups.

Wallaby Certified by PCI

Wallaby announced its official certification by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council, making Wallaby the first and only credit card optimization solution to receive PCI certification. The certification reflects Wallaby’s full compliance with PCI standards for the security of cardholder data. The report commended Wallaby for its effective implementation of information security policies and processes.

Acculynk Seeks PIN-Based Patent

Acculynk announced that the European Patent Office granted Acculynk patent protection for the company’s propriety process for PIN based authentication over the Internet. The patent protects the mechanisms and processes behind Acculynk’s innovative PaySecure® product, a software-only service that allows consumers to pay for online purchases with their debit card and bank-issued PIN. Acculynk is the only global payment gateway that brings e-Commerce merchants PIN authenticated payments for debit or credit cards across some of the largest markets in the world. Currently the PaySecure solution is supported in 3 of the 5 largest PIN debit markets: USA, India and China. Globally Acculynk supports over two billion bank issued cards in its network.

First Professional Sports Team to Accept Bitcoin

The Sacramento Kings announced they will become the first major professional sports franchise to accept Bitcoin, a popular online currency. The bitcoin purchases will be processed through BitPay. Since purchasing the Kings earlier this year, majority team owner Vivek Ranadivé has directed a business philosophy coined “NBA 3.0,” which focuses on investments in technology, globalization and deep community partnerships. The BitPay relationship marks another manifestation of the 3.0 philosophy in Sacramento.

Computop Launches Updated Payment Platform

Computop PSP made available its Computop Paygate 6.0. This latest version of the company’s multichannel global payment platform offers new features and functionality that make it even easier and faster for merchants to conduct business both domestically and internationally, and is fully SEPA enabled in preparation for the pan-European payment harmonization initiative due to go live in February and August 2014. The release of Computop Paygate 6.0 extends yet further the choice of international and domestic alternative payment and processing methods available to support consumer preferences. Paygate 6.0 sees Computop significantly extend its local market presence in a number of key global territories.

Aptito mPOS Now Visa-Ready

Net Element mpayment and value-added transactional services announced Aptito cloud-based POS payments platform is now Visa-Ready for their mPOS solution. Aptito helps restaurants drive consumer engagement via tablet, mobile and all other cloud-connected devices. Aptito’s mPOS system provides hospitality merchants with tools to increase sales, productivity, and customer loyalty. The solution is a tablet-based POS that combines traditional POS functionality with mobile ordering, payments, social media, intelligent offers, mobile applications, loyalty, and transactional data all in one solution supported by Aptito’s cloud-based payments platform. Restaurants can leverage Aptito to plug into social networks, daily deal promotions and other marketing programs while having the ability to use Aptito’s integrated mobile marketing tools to deploy their own lead generation campaigns and loyalty rewards.

USA Tech Wins 2014 ‘Future 50’ Award

USA Technologies is among the winners of the SmartCEO 2014 Future 50 awards for Greater Philadelphia.The Future 50 awards program recognizes the region’s 50 fast-growth, mid-sized companies, five large blue chip companies and five small emerging growth companies based on a combined three-year average of revenue and employee growth. USA Technologies is to be celebrated at an awards ceremony on January 16, 2014.

Massive credit card and identity theft scheme

A Ukrainian national charged as part of a multiagency federal investigation into a worldwide online marketplace for stolen personal and financial information was arraigned in federal court Monday following his extradition Friday from Croatia. Operation Open Market, which began in March 2007, targeted an organization known as “” The investigation revealed members of the ring, known as “carders,” were involved in large-scale trafficking of compromised credit card account data and counterfeit credit cards, as well as money laundering, narcotics trafficking and various types of computer crime.

Primax Enlists First Data for Processing

Primax debit and credit card issuing and merchant acquiring programs, products and services entered into a payments card processing service agreement with First Data. Primax closed on the transaction to acquire the processing business of New England Bankcard Association Inc. (NEBA), a Massachusetts-based association of banks that provided credit card issuing and merchant acquiring programs, products and support services for its members. The Primax acquisition of NEBA processing consolidated the current processing and servicing business of NEBA into Primax and the processing agreement, which was previously between NEBA and First Data, is now between Primax and First Data.

WorldPay & Delego Partner

WorldPay’s end-to-end payment services integrated with Delego epayment processing platform, combining SAP enterprise systems with online payments. The Delego software securely captures electronic payment transaction data from customers and this information is routed to the WorldPay Gateway. WorldPay then manages the payment authorisation and settlement process. This allows merchants to implement WorldPay’s payment processing, alternative payment methods and risk management services through a single connection. The integration also increases security of payment information and reduces the scope of PCI DSS.