Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.com

Special Breaking News Mentions in CardFlash January 26, 2016

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] CardFlash.com Breaking News: GREEN DOT (awards); AVT (PayRange); 3G DIRECT (PCI); and EQUITY BANK (Entersekt). GREEN DOT – Green Dot has been chosen by Paybefore as a 2016 Pay Awards winner in three categories for its mobile bank account, GoBank, and industry-leading reload network, the Green Dot Network. Awards include: •…

TSYS Gobbles Up TransFirst for $2B+; Pyke Departs

TSYS Gobbles Up TransFirst for $2B+; Pyke Departs

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] TSYS inks a $2.35 billion all-cash deal to acquire TransFirst. TransFirst provides merchant solutions to more than 235,000 SMEs in the U.S. TSYS entered into a definitive agreement with Vista Equity Partners to acquire TransFirst, a Vista portfolio company and leading U.S. merchant solutions provider, in an all-cash transaction valued at…

China UnionPay Enters Slovenia via Intesa Sanpaolo

China UnionPay Enters Slovenia via Intesa Sanpaolo

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Koper Bank and Intesa Sanpaolo Card jointly announced the acceptance of UnionPay cards at all ATMs subordinate to Koper Bank. This is also the first time that UnionPay cards have realized ATM acceptance in Slovenia, and the card-using channels of UnionPay cards in the market are further enriched. Intesa Sanpaolo Card…

JetBlue Opts for MasterPass for Web & App

JetBlue Opts for MasterPass for Web & App

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MasterCard has inked JetBlue for MasterPass. MasterPass will be available later this year on the airline’s website and mobile app. With MasterPass, shoppers can pay for the things they want at thousands of merchants with the security they demand, anywhere online or in app, using any device. The wallet securely stores…

Rambus Swallows Bell ID for £64.7M in Cash

Rambus Swallows Bell ID for £64.7M in Cash

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Rambus has acquired Smart Card Software Ltd which includes Bell Identification Ltd (Bell ID) and Ecebs Ltd (Ecebs) through the purchase of all outstanding shares of Smart Card Software Ltd., for £64.7M in cash. As part of this acquisition, the advanced mobile payment platform developed by Bell ID, along with the…

USA Technologies Picks Up West Coast VendScreen for $5.6MM

USA Technologies Picks Up West Coast VendScreen for $5.6MM

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] PA-based USA Technologies has acquired the cloud-based content delivery platform, device platform and products, customer base, and intellectual property of VendScreen of Portland, OR. The acquisition adds a West Coast operational footprint for USAT, with a talented and experienced team, providing greater efficiencies in operational performance, expanded customer services, sales and…

UOB Mighty Implements the Visa Token Service

UOB Mighty Implements the Visa Token Service

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa tokenization is live with NAB Pay, NAB’s new mobile payment service that enables customers to use their mobile phone to make in-store purchases without the need for a physical card.   The service allows UOB Visa credit or debit card members to make contactless payments with an NFC-enabled Android smartphone…

American Payment Solutions Adds Sage 300 Processing

American Payment Solutions Adds Sage 300 Processing

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] AZ-based Premier credit card processing provider, American Payment Solutions (APS) announced today the expansion of integrated credit card processing to add Sage 300 credit card processing. Sage 300 users will now have another choice when it comes to selecting a credit card processor in the United States and Canada with the…

ThreatMetrix Cybercrime 4Q/15 Report Really Bad

ThreatMetrix Cybercrime 4Q/15 Report Really Bad

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] From October through December 2015, The ThreatMetrix Digital Identity Network (The Network) detected and stopped more than 300 million cybercrime attacks in real time. Financial Institutions Experience Growth in New Account Origination Fraud: Identity is a lucrative target for fraudsters. A successful stolen or synthetic identity is the key to multiple…

CSI globalVCard Does Cross-Border in 140 currencies

CSI globalVCard Does Cross-Border in 140 currencies

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] FL-based CSI globalVCard has completed its cross-border payments offering, enabling businesses to settle transactions in the most cost effective and transparent way possible, in over 140 currencies. With the completion of its international payments offering, the award-winning electronic accounts payable solution, globalVCard paysystems, is truly a total AP solution for business.…

Special Breaking News Mentions in CardFlash January 25, 2016

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] CardFlash.com Breaking News: BANCORP (video); MERCATOR (analyst); SAFECHARGE (Payletter); and GREEN DOT (Harvest). BANCORP – The Bancorp released its next Finetics Studio interview series: “The Impact of EMV on Fraud” featuring Julie Conroy, Research Director, Aite Group; Dan Rosen, Founder and General Partner, Commerce Ventures; Render Dahiya, CEO, Arroweye Solutions; and…

Discover IT Secured Card

Discover Finally Enters U.S. Secured Card Market

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Discover has launched its Discover it Secured Credit Card for consumers looking to build or rebuild their credit. The card comes with the same rewards and benefits as the Discover it Card, including Cashback Bonus rewards and FICO Credit Scores for free on monthly statements and online, all with no annual…