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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Worldline agreed to buy French point-of-sale terminal provider Ingenico for around $8.6 billion in cash and stock.

Why it matters: This is the latest in a wave of payments industry consolidation, particularly among legacy players that feel threatened by a digital-first challengers. Examples from last year include FIS buying Worldpay for $35 billion and Fiserv paying $22 billion for First Data.

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Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

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Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.

Trump pardons Michael Flynn

President Trump with Michael Flynn in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.