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Facebook's Foray into Payments: Revolutionary or More of the Same?

Posted  03/20/19
By Jeffrey I. Shinder
To merchants, the evolution of digital payments was supposed to be a “get out of jail” card that released them from the shackles of the current payment system.  That dream could be reduced to the following proposition - the technology industry could conquer any industry. If anyone could disintermediate Visa and Mastercard and shake up payments, it would be Apple. Facebook, Google, Samsung, or some other tech...

Can Blockchain Introduce Competition in Payments?

Posted  03/20/19
By Jeffrey I. Shinder, Matthew Vaccaro
U.S. merchants' unhappy experience in payments is well known by now.  Take it or leave it interchange rates that are orders of magnitude higher than rates that prevail in other parts of the world.  An increasingly long list of opaquely described network fees, which are also take it or leave it propositions.  Indefensible extensions of the Honor All Cards rules to force merchants that implement contactless...

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