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Why Facebook Still Wants to Invade the Payments Space

“Facebook has a longstanding interest in payments, and has already made a considerable amount of money from its payments activities. Consider that the social network produced $269 million from “payments and other fees” in the third quarter of 2019, a respectable haul. However, Facebook’s payments revenue has remained relatively flat for the last several years. […]
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It’s Official: Same-Day ACH Gets a Third Settlement Window, Effective March 2021

“In a move that could have wide-ranging implications for a variety of payments, the Federal Reserve on Monday announced it will support a third settlement window each day for same-day automated clearing house transactions. The later settlement time, which ACH rule-making authority Nacha and a number of banks have long pushed for, will allow financial […]
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UPI Is Paying Off, Setting the Pace for Other Nations

“Based on its experience with the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) in India, Google has offered the US Federal Reserve Board suggestions for developing FedNow, an interbank real-time gross settlement service for digital payments. Mint analyses the salient features of UPI.”
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Former Regulator Known As ‘Crypto Dad’ to Launch Digital-Dollar Think Tank

“J. Christopher Giancarlo, who stepped down as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission last year, said he was creating the nonprofit Digital Dollar Foundation to study converting the dollar into a fully electronic currency based on blockchain, the technology that underpins bitcoin. The U.S. risks losing the advantages it enjoys from having the dominant […]
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Twitter Planning Bitcoin Payments As Tips on Its Platform

“Twitter is considering a feature that would allow users to tip one another – in Bitcoins though. The Information reports that the micro-blogging platform is working on implementing a new payment feature to let people send money to each other. It is not yet clear whether the Twitter tipping feature would integrate with Jack Dorsey’s […]
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Consumers Make More On-Us ATM Cash Withdrawals, Fed Data Show

“Despite the decades-old rise of electronic payments at the expense of cash, the rate of decrease in ATM cash withdrawals has slowed down, and more consumers are avoiding fees by using their own financial institution’s ATMs, according to the Federal Reserve. The Fed’s latest triennial payments study released last month says ATM cash-withdrawal transactions declined […]
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Companies

Libra Association Forms Steering Committee to Guide Technical Development

“The Libra Association — the government body of the eponymous stablecoin introduced by Facebook in late 2019 — has formed a new committee to guide the network’s technical development. According to an announcement on Jan. 16, the Libra Association has voted to establish the five-member Technical Steering Committee which comprises leading experts from various firms in the fintech […]