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Amazon Debuts Cash-based Alternative Payment Method

Amazon Cash is the latest payment method and feature supported by Amazon and was designed for the under- and unbanked. Consumers can request a barcode that is linked to their Amazon account, and when checking-out at a partner retail store location the customer can add between $15 and $500, using cash, which will become stored

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Alibaba Spin Off to Acquire MoneyGram for $880 Million

Ant Financial Services Group, the Alibaba Group affiliate formerly known as Alipay, announced the acquisition of major money remittance company Money Gram for $880 million. While already the online payments leader in China, this acquisition would greatly increase Ant’s international and U.S. presence, with the acquisition expected to close in the second half of the

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Amazon Acquires Indian eCommerce Payment Platform Emvantage

Amazon announced in February they would be acquiring Emvantage, an online payment gateway that processes alternative and card-based payments in India, for an undisclosed sum. The privately held startup offers a platform and technology that Amazon will leverage to develop and build out their Indian eCommerce site and payment platform. The acquisition of Emvantage benefits

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American Express Leverages Cardholder Online Login Information for Faster Online and Mobile Purchases with Amex Express Checkout

Following Visa Checkout and MasterPass, American Express launched their new Amex Express Checkout service in July, but doesn’t want it to be labeled a wallet. Cardholders that login to view or pay statements online can use the same user ID and password to submit payments online via PCs, mobile web browsers and mobile apps, and

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U.S. House Members Form Congressional Payments Technology Caucus

Four members of the House of Representatives formed a bipartisan committee known as the Congressional Payments Technology Caucus (CPTC) announcing the new group on March 19th. The group’s focus is to serve as a key resource of information for any discussions on future legislation around payment-centric topics such as data security, new payment technologies and

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Optimal Payments to Combine Digital Wallets Neteller and Skrill following Acquisition

In late March Optimal Payments, the company behind the e-wallet Neteller, reached an agreement to acquire one of their primary competitors, Skrill, for €1.1 billion ($1.2 billion) in a reverse-takeover deal. Both companies offer digital wallets and payment services while both are also well known in Europe and in the online gaming and gambling markets.

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Visa Replaces V.me with Visa Checkout, Adds New Merchants

Visa launched their e-wallet, V.me, in late 2011, but this was discontinued in July, 2014 in favor of Visa’s new, although quite similar service, Visa Checkout. Since launch Visa has signed on notable merchants to accept Visa Checkout and will soon begin a major advertising push to drive consumer adoption. Visa has discontinued their original

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