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Top News In Payments: Visa Logs 700M Direct Transactions; CFPB Sues Citizens Bank

In today’s top news, Visa reported positive first-quarter earnings, totaling 700 million Visa Direct transactions, and CFPB sued Citizens Bank for violating the Truth in Lending Act in Rhode Island. Also, Uber and DoorDash discussed a merger six months ago at SoftBank’s request.

Visa Logs 700M in Visa Direct Transactions, Sees Contactless Payments Surge

Visa’s fiscal first-quarter results showed a 10 percent increase of net revenue year over year, while cross-border and contactless payments continued to gain ground in the U.S. and beyond.

CFPB Sues Citizens Bank for Violating Truth in Lending Act

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed suit against Citizens Bank in Rhode Island on Thursday (Jan. 30) for violating the Truth in Lending Act. The CFPB accused Citizens Bank of neglecting to properly manage credit card disputes by automatically denying customers’ billing error notices, among other allegations.

SoftBank Asked Uber and DoorDash to Discuss Merger

At SoftBank’s request, Uber and DoorDash met to discuss a potential merger six months ago, according to reports. Nothing came of the talks, but both companies are still open to returning to negotiations with one another or with different companies.

Facebook CFO Hints at WhatsApp Payments Expansion Beyond India

In its quarterly earnings release, Facebook reported that it has received positive feedback on its WhatsApp payments feature that it has been testing in India, and expressed interest in expanding it to other countries.

Monetary Authority of Singapore: What It Will Take to Win Digital Banking Licenses

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is running a high-stakes race for its five available digital banking licenses offered to third-party companies. In the latest Merchants Guide to Navigating Global Payment Regulations, PYMNTS caught up with MAS to discuss why the race to enter Singapore will significantly alter the global financial landscape.

The Week in Payments: China, Challenger Banks and Bitcoin

Between the roller-coaster ride of headlines out of China, the ongoing expansion of European challenger banks into the U.S. and the news that bitcoin’s most proven use case is financing crime, this week left us with a lot of big questions and few answers. RS2 CEO Daniela Mielke joined Karen Webster for the latest This Week in Payments conversation to sort out what just happened, and what’s coming next.

Amazon Hits 150M Prime Users, Commits Billions to One-Day Shipping

It was a very happy holiday season for Amazon in 2019, according to its latest earnings report. Amazon beat analyst expectations across the board and announced that it now has over 150 million paying Prime customers. And while one-day shipping does have some high costs, the resulting increased consumer spend is making the investment worthwhile.

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NEW PYMNTS DATA: HOW WE SHOP – SEPTEMBER 2020

The How We Shop Report, a PYMNTS collaboration with PayPal, aims to understand how consumers of all ages and incomes are shifting to shopping and paying online in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our research builds on a series of studies conducted since March, surveying more than 16,000 consumers on how their shopping habits and payments preferences are changing as the crisis continues. This report focuses on our latest survey of 2,163 respondents and examines how their increased appetite for online commerce and digital touchless methods, such as QR codes, contactless cards and digital wallets, is poised to shape the post-pandemic economy.