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January 14, 2006

Electronics Most Desired Credit Card Loyalty Award

Gift cards and certificates from consumer electronics retailer Best Buy moved into the number one spot on Maritz Loyalty Marketing's 2005 list of awards redeemed by American consumers using loyalty rewards credit cards.

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A New Look for AmEx Cards: Citi

American ExpressAleksandra Todorova reports for SmartMoney.con on the imminent launch of American Express-branded credit cards by Citibank.

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Smart Cards and Parking Payments

The Smart Card Alliance has released a new white paper: Smart Cards and Parking: A Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council White Paper.

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January 13, 2006

Mercator: US Credit Card Rewards Programs

Mercator Advisory Group has announced a new research report by Evren Bayri titled "U.S. Credit Card Reward Program Review" that examines current credit card reward programs by the top 50 US credit card issuers and ways that marketers can improve them.

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Chase 'blink' Launches In Dallas-Fort Worth

Chase has announced the rollout of its new Chase contactless credit cards with "blink" in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area. Chase has begun to deliver approximately 800,000 new credit cards with blink to its Texas cardmembers.

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January 12, 2006

Today's WSJ Editorial On Bank Card Interchange Fees

Today's Wall St. Journal editorial page featured an editorial titled "Credit Where It's Due" that explored the issues surrounding bank card interchange fees.

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Peppercoin Adds Advisors

PeppercoinPeppercoin has announced the addition of five new advisors to its newly established Advisory Board.

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Credit Card Rivals to Unite in Data Protection Effort

Eric Dash reports for the New York Times on efforts by Visa and MasterCard to create a private group that would set new industrywide security standards.

ING: 'Your future. Made easier.'

ING has announced the launch of a new brand promise: "Your future. Made easier."

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January 11, 2006

Javelin Updates Online Banking Safety Scorecard

Javelin Strategy & Research has released its second annual Online Banking Safety Scorecard which ranks 28 banks on their consumer-facing online identity fraud prevention, detection and resolution capabilities with respect to how well the banks protect consumers and allow consumers to protect themselves.

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MasterCard Announces New Merchant Security Initiatives

MasterCard has announced several new merchant-related initiatives: incentives for merchants to adopt MasterCard SecureCode payer authentication, free network vulnerability scans of merchant systems, and new education for merchants on security and data protection issues. MasterCard has also launched a new merchant website focused on security at www.mastercardsecurity.com.

First Data Elects David A. Coulter to Board of Directors

First Data Corp. has announced that David A. Coulter has been elected to the Company's Board of Directors.

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Visa USA Annual Report 2005

Visa USAVisa USA has published its 2005 Annual Report (pdf) for its fiscal year ending September 30, 2005.

Visa USA reported operating revenues of $2.6 billion (up 10 percent) in fiscal 2005 and net income of over $360 million (up 72 percent).

For the first time, payment volume on Visa products exceeded $1 trillion in fiscal 2005, up 18.2 percent.

NOVA Appoints Roger Alexander CEO of euroConex

euroConexNOVA Information Systems has appointed Roger K. Alexander to the position of chief executive officer of euroConex Technologies Ltd., NOVA's European affiliate. Alexander will be responsible for running the company's pan-European merchant acquiring business.

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"Gen P" - Generation Plastic

Michael Leidtke reports for the AP on "Generation Plastic", the group of young consumers who consistently prefer debit and credit cards over cash.

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January 10, 2006

Mercator: Online Authentication - Re: FFIEC Guidance

Mercator Advisory Group has released a new report by Michael Friedman titled "Online Authentication: Response to FFIEC Guidance" that examines the use of online authentication technologies used by financial institutions.

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Allow Card: Debit Card For Teens

Avrum Lank reports for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the teen focused Allow Card.

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January 09, 2006

Arthur D Little Releases Mobile Payments 2005 Update

Arthur D. Little has recently released an update on Mobile Payments by Karim Taga, managing director, and Johan Karlsson, consultant - both in ADL's Vienna, Austria office and members of its Telecommunications, IT, Media & Electronics practice. The report is available for free - but requires entering your order on their website.

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Fiserv Acquires CareGain, Expands HSA/FSA/HRA Focus

FiservFiserv has announced the acquisition of CareGain, Inc. saying the company "will serve as a key element of Fiserv's solution set for health plans and financial institutions to help them manage consumer-directed health plans and related healthcare spending accounts."

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USPS Selects BA Merchant Services

Bank of AmericaBA Merchant Services has announced a new contract with the United States Postal Service to provide credit card processing and settlement services for more than 34,000 sites, including post offices, automated postal centers and the online postal store at USPS.com.

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Sage Acquires Verus Financial Management, Inc.

Verus FinancialIn a transaction reminiscent of Intuit's acquisition of Innovative Merchant Solutions in September 2003, accounting and payroll services provider Sage Software has announced that its U.K.-based parent company, The Sage Group plc, has agreed to acquire Verus Financial Management, Inc. from Financial Technology Ventures and its shareholders for an enterprise value of approximately $US325 million (£184 million), to be paid in cash.

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A Look At E-Money In Japan

Kensuke Nakazawa writes for Yomiuri Shimbun on the evolution of e-money in Japan - being driven by increasing competition between two rival systems: Sony Corp.-sponsored Bitwallet Inc., and East Japan Railway Co.'s Suica.

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Beyond Banking

Michael Schroeder reports for the Wall St. Journal on recent decisions by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to allow two banks - thought to be Bank of America and PNC - to develop and own large hotel and office properties.

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