Metavante announced this morning an agreement to acquire VECTORsgi.
MasterCard has announced the results of its latest Small Business Economic Spend and Outlook Survey.
"Across the board, MasterCard research shows that small businesses expect 2005 to be a turning point, as many companies increase revenue, add staff and grow," said Steve L. Abrams, senior vice president of Corporate Payment Solutions at MasterCard International. "A full 75 percent expect 2005 to be a better year than 2004 -- a testament to the resilience and spirit of entrepreneurs in the United States."
The federal bank, thrift, and credit union regulatory agencies today announced the publication of a new consumer resource, Protecting Yourself from Overdraft and Bounced-Check Fees.
Shell Oil has announced a new promotional campaign in partnership with MasterCard.
The Smart Card Alliance has announced a new report (for sale) titled "Logical Access Security: The Role of Smart Cards in Strong Authentication."
EDS has announced the election of MasterCard CIO W. Roy Dunbar to the EDS board of directors.
USA Technologies and AT&T Wireless have announced an agreement to offer wireless payments.
The use of stored value debit rewards cards for sales incentives continues to grow. This morning, two new programs were announced - one involving the gaming company Nintendo and the other involving network equipment supplier D-Link. Both are using debit rewards cards as incentives to their sales distribution channel partners.
William Bulkeley writes in today's Wall St. Journal about the increasing use of fingerprint identification for authentication (subs. reqd).