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December 31, 2005

E-Gold Under Scrutiny

January 9th edition of Business Week contains a lengthy investigative report by Brian Grow on online money transfer systems like e-gold Ltd. The article focuses on the potential use of the e-gold payment service by those wanting to move money while skirting the reporting obligations associated with US money laundering regulations.

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Reminder: Time For Your Annual Free Credit Report?

On this last day of 2005, here's a quick reminder that you can get a free credit report every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

To request yours, visit AnnualCreditReport.com.

A Look at Rewards-based Credit Cards

Damon Darlin reports for the New York Times on the flurry of rewards-based credit cards now being offered.

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December 30, 2005

First Data to Acquire GZS

GZSFirst Data Corp. has announced an agreement for the acquisition of GZS by First Data. GZS is Germany's leading processor of cashless, card-based payment transactions. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Completion of the transaction, which is expected to occur in the second quarter 2006, is subject to approval of relevant authorities.

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Bank of America to Close $35B MBNA Deal

Bank of AmericaNatalie Gott reports for the Associated Press on Bank of America's plans to complete the acquisition of MBNA this Sunday, January 1, 2006.

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Bill Me Later: Big Plastic's Online Challenger

Bill Me LaterPeter Burrows reports for Business Week on I4 Commerce's Bill Me Later.

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December 29, 2005

2006 For Micropayments?

Forbes' Seth Lubove examines the opportunities for micropayments in 2006 including mentions of BitPass and Peppercoin.

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2005 - A Payments Year in Review - July Highlights

Payments News - July 2005 HighlightsWe're taking a look back at the major payments-related news stories for 2005. We've examined our archives month by month and have culled the the most important and interesting highlights.

Here are the Payments News highlights from July 2005.

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December 28, 2005

Visa USA Holiday Spending Up 27 Percent

VisaVisa USA reports $32.2 billion in holiday spending volumes for the week before Christmas (Dec. 19 - Dec. 25) were up 26.9 percent over the same period last year. Friday, December 23rd was the highest overall sales volume day of the 2005 holiday shopping season as consumers spent over $5.9 billion.

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iPayment Agrees To Buyout By CEO

iPaymentiPayment has announced that it has agreed to a buyout at $43.50 per share by a new corporation formed by Chairman and CEO Gregory S. Daily and will be taken private as a result. Earlier, the company had appointed a special committee of its board of directors to consider Daily's offers.

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December 27, 2005

2005 - A Payments Year in Review - June Highlights

We're taking a look back at the major payments-related news stories for 2005. We've examined our archives month by month and have culled the the most important and interesting highlights.

Here are the Payments News highlights from June 2005.

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PayPal's Consumer Advertising

Over the Christmas holiday weekend, I happened to notice that PayPal had some consumer-focused advertising up on the Boston Globe's website - in the right sidebar of the Globe's Business section- note that PayPal's ad is in an ad rotation and you may not see it unless you refresh the page several times. This is the first time that I recall seeing this kind of consumer-focused advertising from PayPal.

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India: Mobile Commerce Set For Takeoff

IndiaShuchi Vyas reports to India's Economic Times on mobile payments and the expected growth in mobile commerce in India. The article says that mobile commerce is considered to be the next killer application for mobile phones.

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SpendingPulse Reports US Holiday Retail Sales Up 8.7%

Stephanie King reports for the Wall St. Journal on an optimistic report from MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse retail data service that concludedholiday spending rose 8.7 percent.

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Taiwan: Credit Card Slaves

Huang Tien-lin, a national policy adviser to the president of Taiwan, writes an op-ed piece for the Taipei Times on the problems of excessive credit card debt in Taiwan.

NEC Launches RFID-enabled Customer Card

In Singapore, NEC has announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind RFID-enabled customer card that will store relevant details of customer's purchase, warranty programme and service records.

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December 26, 2005

2005 - A Payments Year in Review - May Highlights

Payments News - May 2005 HighlightsWe're taking a look back at the major payments-related news stories for 2005. We've examined our archives month by month and have culled the the most important and interesting highlights.

Here are the Payments News highlights from May 2005.

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BidPay Fails: What Are The Lessons Learned?

BidPayLast week, First Data Corp., as part of a series of restructurings and reorganizations now underway following replacement of its CEO, announced that its BidPay Online Auction Payment Service is being shut down later this week. This article explores what lessons might we learn from BidPay's ultimate failure in the market.

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UK: Christmas Ruined By Card Fraudsters

Naomi Canton reports for the UK's Norwich Evening News on one family's experience with Christmas time identity theft affecting their credit and debit card accounts.

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Data Brokers Press for U.S. Law

Joseph Menn reports for the Los Angeles Times on efforts by various data brokers to support federal rules to safeguard personal information - preferring a consistent federal standard vs. a range of potentially tougher and more varied state laws.

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Instant Card Issuance

Bob Mook reports for the Denver Business Journal on instant card issuance and Englewood, CO-based Dynamic Card Solutions.

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Japanese Consumers Embrace Shift To E-cash

Anthony Faiola reports for the Washington Post on growth in the use of e-cash payments in Japan following widespread deployment of e-cash equipped cell phones by NTT DoCoMo.

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Using Credit Wisely

Scott Reeves reports for Forbes on using credit (and credit cards) wisely.

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