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September 24, 2010

Headline News - September 24, 2010

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September 23, 2010

American Express Releases Q2 2010 Business Insights Spend Trends

Amex_logo_140px.pngAmerican Express Business Insights has announced the availability of Q2 2010 Business Insights Spend Trends reports, which analyze changing patterns in spending across various categories, US cities and consumer groups. The Business Insights Spend Trends reports reveal a cross-section of notable spending trends across core sectors such as travel, dining and entertainment, and luxury retail during Q2 2010 versus Q2 2009.

RSR Research Issues Digital Gifting Leaders Benchmark Report

gift_card_icon_140px.pngRSR Research has announced the results of a benchmarking report entitled, “The Digital Divide: Digital Gifting Among Top Internet Retailers.” RSR focused on the comprehensiveness of the Top 100 Online Retails offerings and the selection, purchase and recipient experience. Based on the evaluation criteria, the retailers with the most comprehensive digital gift card offering are The Home Depot, CVS Caremark,, American Eagle Outfitters, and Sears.

Trilogy, Unibank & Mercy Corps, Team Up to Launch Mobile Money in Haiti

mobile_payments_icon_140px.pngHaitian wireless operator Voila, a subsidiary of Trilogy International Partners, and Unibank, Haiti's premier financial institution, are teaming with international relief and development agency, Mercy Corps, to announce the launch of a humanitarian assistance program utilizing Haiti's first mobile money solution. This program will enable Mercy Corps' cash-for-work, grant and food voucher recipients to use their Voila phones as 'mobile wallets'.

September 22, 2010

Mobile Money Wins the Social and Economic Innovation Award 2010

M-Pesa_logo_140px.pngBased on the success of mobile money-transfer services in Kenya and other developing countries, The Economist has announced that Nick Hughes and Susie Lonie will jointly receive the Social and Economic award at its forthcoming Innovation Awards ceremony for their outstanding contributions in this field. Nick Hughes (Signal Point Partners) and Susie Lonie (Vodacom South Africa) started a mobile money initiative in Kenya in 2005 called M-PESA, which is a joint venture between Safaricom, the leading mobile telecommunications company in Kenya, and Vodafone. READ MORE »

Western Union Enables Zoompass Users to Send Money Cross-Border from Their Mobile Phones

WesternUnion_logo-140px.jpgWestern Union and EnStream, creators of the Zoompass Mobile Wallet, have announced a strategic alliance that will allow Zoompass users in Canada to send cross-border and domestic money transfers directly from their mobile phones. EnStream is a mobile-commerce joint venture company owned by Bell Canada, Rogers Communications and TELUS, Canada’s three leading national wireless operators.

September 21, 2010

VeriFone Partners with Bling Nation on Mobile Tap-and-Pay Initiative

verifone_logo_140px.pngVeriFone has announced a partnership with Bling Nation, joining efforts to support a new mobile payments pilot currently underway in Palo Alto, CA.
“This introductory program brings together the best from each market to create a compelling alternative way to pay,” said Paul Rasori, VeriFone senior vice president, marketing. “Bling Nation is combining the payment power of PayPal and point-of-sale footprint of VeriFone to deliver consumer benefits at the convergence of mobile payments.”
See the video for the demonstration and explanation.

CashEdge Launches Popmoney for Small Business

CashEdge_logo_140px.jpgCashEdge has announced the launch of Popmoney for Small Business, the "first electronic invoice and payment solution designed specifically for small business customers of financial institutions." Popmoney for Small Business provides businesses with the unique capability to pay vendors and employees electronically using only an email or mobile number.

ID TECH Taps Voltage Security for End-to-End Encryption

voltage_security_logo_140px.pngID TECH and Voltage Security have announced that ID TECH will be implementing Voltage-powered end-to-end encryption capability with its POS financial transaction products including magnetic stripe, smart and contactless card readers, POS keyboards, signature capture devices, and secure PIN entry products. ID TECH products are used by NCR, Micros, HP, Red Box, Motorola and Ticketmaster to drive their payment solutions.

PaymentOne Announces 'The AnyPhone Network' to Address Expanding Mobile Payments Market

PaymentOne_logo_140px.pngPaymentOne has announced AnyPhone, a new bill-to-carrier payment network that provide simple and secure options for online and mobile consumers to pay for their virtual currency, digital subscriptions, mobile applications and other online services from any mobile or connected device on any platform with one click.

Litle Provides Integrated Payment Tokenization Platform

litle_logo_140px.pngLitle & Co. has announced the availability of Litle Vault, an integrated tokenization solutions that enables CNP merchants to safely remove sensitive cardholder data from their systems without disrupting the integrity of their existing card transaction-based processes. "Delivered through the Litle payment processing platform, merchants can then use tokens in place of credit card numbers for all successive payment transactions including authorizations, deposits and chargebacks."

Visa Opens Doors for Mass Transit Riders in New York and Los Angeles

visa_logo-140px.jpgVisa announced today that commuters in NY and LA can use Visa to pay for bus, subway and train fares. In NY, Visa is allowing riders to pay using Visa payWave-enabled cards and mobile phones, while commuters in Los Angeles can use a special Visa prepaid card to ride the LA metro system. Visa has brought similar payment services to commuters in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Singapore, London and Paris."

September 20, 2010

Verifi Launches Chargeback Representment Service

Verifi_logo_140px.pngVerifi today announced the availability of its chargeback representment service as a standalone offering independent of the company’s payment gateway. Chargeback representment is a managed service that includes end-to-end chargeback resolution and payment recovery, as well as the full complement of Verifi reports and dashboards.

Discover Reports Financial Results for 3Q2010

Discover_logo-140px.pngDiscover Financial Services has reported financial results for the third quarter 2010. The company said Discover card sales volume was $24 billion, an increase of 5% from the prior year. Credit performance continued to improve, with net charge-offs down $102 million from the prior quarter and a net charge-off rate for the third quarter of 7.18%.


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