Bitcoin, other virtual currencies are a global reality

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Mark Ranta from ACI Worldwide believes bitcoin and its alternatives are here to stay, but how can they be regulated?

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Obama executive order calls for 'BuySecure' initiative

An executive order from the president directs the government to lead the way in securing financial transactions and sensitive data — and in pushing toward nationwide adoption of EMV.

PCI 3.0 is a wake-up call for SAQ C merchants

Merchants should be prepared to increase their security measures if they are going to comply with the PCI 3.0 standard.

New guide caters to restaurateurs, retailers looking to boost income with ATMs

'How to Profit from ATMs: A Guide for Retailers and Restaurateurs' delivers 40 pages packed with essential information about the business of owning, operating and earning revenue from ATMs.

Why the Alibaba IPO is a golden opportunity for online retailers

For online retailers, Alibaba’s enormity is a good illustration of the vast size and opportunity presented by Chinese e-commerce, which has recently been deemed the biggest e-commerce market in the world.

An in-depth look at Apple Pay, and what it means for retailers

Apple introduces mobile wallet capabilities that combine NFC, Passbook and Touch ID. The company has support from banks, major card issuers and retailers.

Apple and NFC: 10 key considerations for retailers

Apple's next iPhone might be capable of NFC payments. Most retailers are not well-prepared, though there is still time.

#CONNECTsummit14: mobile experience first, payments second

Brands are more concerned about creating the right overall mobile experience that will keep users coming back again and again.

Backoff is the new standard by which other malware will be judged

Every now and then, hackers develop a piece of malware that is so insidious, it changes the landscape of computer security. While there are many contenders for this dubious list, CodeRed, Zeus, and now Backoff are certainly worthy of inclusion.

Summit to take a deep dive into the future of ATM and mobile technologies

The second annual ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit in September will feature experts with exceptional depth of knowledge in areas of innovation, security, compliance and regulation.

5 Lessons Learned From Recent Retail Data Breaches [infographic]

Here are some hard lessons learned for retailers concerning data breaches.

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Staples investigating possible data breach

Has POS malware become an 'easy button' for payment card data theft and counterfeiting?

Visa champions nationwide chip card education campaign

The company will work with public- and private-sector partners in an effort to educate merchants, policymakers, civic leaders and consumers about EMV.

Jumio intros new scanning tech for mobile retailers

BAM Checkout's embeddable product is intended to provide a simple checkout experience by enabling users to bypass nearly all manual key entry when completing a mobile purchase.

Half of US POS terminals will be chip-enabled by end of 2015

Massive data breaches in the past year seem to have prodded retailers to take action to curb their potential exposure to losses from fraud.

MasterCard, Zwipe team up to roll out first-ever biometric contactless payment card

Biometric authentication replaces PIN entry, enabling cardholders to make contactless payments in any amount, unlike current NFC-enabled payment solutions.

Almost half of Americans are likely to avoid retailers affected by data breaches

This holiday season, almost half of Americans are likely to avoid shopping at stores that were affected by data breaches over the past year.

Visa, Chase add Apple Pay capabilities for merchants, customers

Visa and Chase both announced this week that its customers and merchants will soon have access to Apple Pay. Starting Oct.

Expect 47% of US terminals to be EMV-enabled by 2016

The estimates are based on forecasts provided by acquirers representing approximately 80 percent of U.S. purchase volume.

ShopKeep adds EMV, NFC acceptance to new reader

ShopKeep said its new card reader brings the latest advancement in U.S. payment technology to thousands of merchants.

September spending shows slight retreat from August

Following a summer in which spending growth hit several year-long highs, September spending slowed slightly when compared to August numbers.

European PCI community confab addresses future of payments security

The conference focused on providing a greater understanding of PCI standards, solutions and services and their application in today's business environment.

EarthLink launches PCI Compliance Solutions Suite

EarthLink Holdings Corp., a managed network and cloud solutions provider for multiunit businesses, announced the launch of a new PCI Compliance Solutions suite.

Acromobile partners with Bitnet for merchant bitcoin acceptance

Acromobile Payments with bitcoin acceptance is available to any merchant as a fully integrated Order-to-Bitcoin-to-Cash solution with integration to leading CRM and ERP systems.

Global Payments boards the Apple Pay train

Payment products provider will allow its partner developers to add Apple's system in their offerings through an SDK.

Scandit releases Mobile App Suite for Retail

According to the company, Scandit’s Mobile App Suite for Retail provides a series of fully customizable, cross-platform mobile applications for retail employees and customers including: Clienteling, Mobile Point of Sale (mPOS), Mobile Shopping (mShopping), Self-Checkout, Shopping Lists and Procurement.

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It's all about the money, and retailers that make it easy for their customers to pay for products and services increase their chances of making the sale. Payment technology is constantly evolving, too, meaning that retailers need to keep both themselves and their in-store systems up-to-date.