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First Data Acquires BluePay Holdings

First Data, a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, announced news that it has acquired BluePay Holdings.

2017 Retail Reputation Report Reveals Best and Worst Brands for In-Store Experience released its 2017 Retail Reputation Report, revealing which retailers lead -- and which lag -- on the aspects of in-store experience most frequently cited by consumers in online reviews, including wait times, quality of service, value, staff competence and other key customer satisfaction factors.

The 2017 Retail Reputation Report gives in-store retailers systematic insights into their strengths and opportunities for improvement, based on consumer reviews on the web -- and equips shoppers with useful tips as they head into the holiday shopping season.

How Blockchain Technology Could Change Finance in 2018

First up, a quick history lesson. Created by Satoshi Nakamoto along with Bitcoin, blockchain technology was invented to keep a record of the digital currency’s transactions. Similar technologies have been in the pipeline for years, but Nakamoto’s was the first to hit the big time. 

Global Payments, CaixaBank integrate Apple Pay to Customers

Comercia Global Payments and CaixaBank, a Spain-based retail bank, have integrated Apple Pay as a payment method for customers.

Wirecard boon App Makes Online Debut

boon by Wirecard – the fastest growing mobile payment solution in Europe – enables all Apple Pay users to utilize their boon digital credit card for online purchases. boon is the industry’s first fully digitalized mobile payment solution that works completely independently of other banks and network operators. The app is currently available via Android in Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland and Spain, while it is also available on Apple Pay in England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Ireland. 

‘Big 4’ Accounting Giant PwC Accepts its First Bitcoin Payment

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), one of the world’s largest accounting firms, has accepted its first ever bitcoin payment for its advisory services.

SA’s Naspers Profits Boosted by Tencent, eCommerce

Africa’s Biggest Tech Firm Naspers closed its 2017 year with a bang on Wednesday, notching $1.5 billion (R20.5 billion) in core headline earnings, reflecting a 65% rise in the six months to end-September 2017, reflecting a 65% rise from the same period in 2016.

Revenues in the Naspers’ internet division, which now accounts for 77% of group revenues, were up 42% to $6.9bn.

The company said trading profits climbed 47%, boosted by Tencent and declining losses in several ecommerce units.