Synchrony Financial is now officially separated after GE stock exchange for $20.4 billion. The consummation of the exchange offer completes the transition of Synchrony, the largest provider of private label credit cards in the United States*, to an independent, standalone company.
The campaign by retailers to prod the card networks and banks to move to total Chip & PIN in the U.S. and away from Chip & SIG is gaining more traction. A group of nine attorneys general dispatched a letter to the nation’s top credit card companies and banks.
Chase Pay has hooked up with 18 tech companies to accelerate merchant acceptance. Chase Pay uses QR Codes.
A new study has discovered American consumers want more from their banks than apps — they want advocates. Also, 70% of consumers across all generations (85% of millennials) believe banks current with the latest technology are more trustworthy than banks that lag.
Tencent’s WeChat has become the first social communication application to provide a technology platform to support person-to-person cross-border money transfer capabilities to more than 200 countries and territories. WeChat U.S.users can now access Western Union’s WU Connect platform.
Globe Sherpa and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) unveiled a new smartphone application for Muni fares systemwide. With the new MuniMobile app, a rider’s fare may be purchased on most smartphone devices.
CardFlash News Briefs: CREDIT KARMA (scores); GPN (Apple Pay); VIRTUAL PIGGY (execs) and NFC Forum (white paper).
The average yield among the nations’s top four bank credit card issuers came in at 11.53% for the third quarter, compared to 11.59% for 3Q/14. Capital One (COF), continues to lead the top pack with a 14.45% Q3 yield according to CardData. Chase and Citibank yields declined in the quarter.
Free-to-play MMO and mobile games generated two-thirds of the $63.7 billion global digital gaming market in 2015. The most lucrative games are becoming “services,” which may be downloaded for free, but are ﬁnanced through steady digital transactions.
PayPal and Braintree named the $100,000 USD grand-prize winner of its 2015 BattleHack Series. The 24-hour BattleHack World Finals took place at PayPal Headquarters in Silicon Valley and hosted 14 teams of developers from across the globe, all winners of their regional BattleHack competitions.
BBVA Compass is now offering its credit card clients real-time redemption of rewards earned on qualified purchases made at any retailer.
Datacap Systems has completed US EMV level 3 certification with Chase Paymentech and released an EMV-capable version of NETePay available for download immediately.