Biometrics Market to Grow 12% CAGR Driven by Untrustworthy Passwords

Biometrics involves identification and verification of physical traits such as fingerprints, hand geometry, face recognition, and iris recognition, and behavioral traits such as keystroke patterns, signature, and voice recognition. Its application to the payments industry and the replacement of old-school passwords cannot be understated. With double-digit growth, biometrics is a potentially explosive sector with payments.…

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High Quality Payments Innovation Summit Coming to Frisco in November

The Payments Innovation Summit, produced by UK-based Argyle’s Innovation Enterprise, is slated for November 9 and 10 in San Francisco. More than 150 top level payments and commerce professionals are expected to attend. There will more than 25 industry expert keynote presentations and over 20 case studies presented from Fortune 500 companies. Topics covered are from the…

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Buying Bitcoin Gets Easier to Buy & Resumes Acceptance Traction in 2017

    There are more than 300 ways to Sunday to purchase bitcoins and two firms offer a ton of options to buy, including major credit cards. One company recently is testing bitcoin linked in-game to fantasy sports. PAXFUL U.S.-based peer-to-peer bitcoin technologists Paxful unveiled a new widget, allowing anyone to buy bitcoin worldwide instantly…

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Belarus’ Sberbank to Give China’s UnionPay Card Boost on Silk Road Economic Belt

China’s UnionPay has inked a deal with BPS-Sberbank of the Republic of Belarus. Under terms of the agreement, the two parties will cooperate in improving UnionPay’s acceptance network in Belarus, promoting local card issuance, and rolling out UnionPay’s innovative products and services, and thus jointly enhance UnionPay’s service capacity in markets along the Belt and…

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Global Payment Cards (V+MA+AXP+DFS) Tops 5 Billion Up 6% YOY

Global payment cards-in force (CIF) [credit + debit] grew by 19.2% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/16) to 4995 million. However, the figure for 4Q/16 includes 554 million for Visa Europe. (Visa added Visa Europe data as of 3Q/16.) Therefore, discounting Europe, the growth in global CIF was 6.0% YOY, adjusted, according to CardData.…

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UK CMA Greenlights Mastercard Acquisition of VocaLink

The UK’s Competition & Markets Authority has given its blessing to the Mastercard VocaLink deal. The CMA gave final approval for the proposed set of remedies that address the competition concerns the CMA identified earlier this year. The deal is now expected to close in the coming weeks. A powerhouse in bank account-based payments, VocaLink’s…

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