RetailMeNot mWebsite Launches mCoupon Experience

RetailMeNot.com (www.retailmenot.com) online coupon site launched its new mobile-optimized site, http://m.retailmenot.com, using feedback from the RetailMeNot community, the new mobile site provides on-the-go savings to iOS and Android users by giving them access to hundreds of thousands of deals from retailers from around the globe. In addition to its extensive online coupon inventory, RetailMeNot intends to expand the platform to feature curated and exclusive in-store and mobile optimized deals from retailers wanting to reach the increasingly large population of mobile consumers.

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Kohl Expands E-Commerce Facilities, Literally

Kohl’s Department Stores has entered into a purchase agreement to build a new e-commerce distribution center in DeSoto, Texas. Kohl’s will close on the agreement once the building process is complete. As part of the company’s continued growth, the site was selected for its proximity which will enable the company to better serve Kohls.com’s Central and Midwest customer base. This is in response to Kohl’s having experienced more than a 50% e-commerce sales increase in 2010, and expects sales on Kohls.com to reach $1 billion this fiscal year.

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Foregenix and Servebase Partner, Offer PCI Compliance in Hospitality

Foregenix, the digital forensics specialists, and Servebase, provider of global multi-channel payment solutions to the hospitality sector, have announced a partnership that will ease the road to PCI compliance for hospitality companies. The partnership will enable Servebase to offer its customers cardholder data security ‘healthchecks’ using Foregenix FScout Enterprise data discovery software. Servebase offers multi-channel card payment services globally, processing $15 billion worth of transactions per year, and is a leader in the hospitality sector.

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Colocation Data Centers Meet PCI DSS

Colocation America, a provider of colocation, dedicated server, and managed server hosting services, announced its data centers continue to be PCI compliant. Colocation America and the ecommerce engineers at Total Apps, Inc. have created YesPCI. Through YesPCI, small to mid-size businesses have the advantage of dealing with only one vendor for PCI Compliant dedicated hosting and merchant solution packages. Colocation America has made it easy for online businesses to stay PCI compliant themselves.

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WageWorks Names Visa for Prepaid Employee Benefit Programs

Visa and WageWorks on-demand provider of tax-advantaged programs for consumer-directed health, commuter, and other employee spending account benefits, announced a new, multi-year agreement naming Visa as WageWorks’ preferred brand for prepaid employee benefit and health spending cards. Spanning a myriad of consumer directed benefit accounts, the relationship provides employers and their employees with the convenience, security, and reliability of a Visa prepaid card when accessing tax deferred money for qualified purchases. WageWorks provides nearly 10,000 employers with a broad array of consumer-directed benefit accounts, representing 24 percent of Fortune 500 companies and 40 percent of Fortune 100 companies across the U.S.

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Ingenico Announces Hypermarket Deal Expansion

Ingenico payment solutions selected its solution for the acceptance of Visa cards in “Auchan Russia” hypermarkets, in cooperation with Visa and Bank VTB24. The first hypermarket to accept Visa cards is Auchan Sokolniki in Moscow, with 138 lanes equipped with Ingenico’s iSC250 terminal. At the end of December 2011, already 1.700 Ingenico terminals were deployed throughout the country in 22 hypermarkets. By the end of 2012, Visa cards should be accepted in all Auchan hypermarkets in Russia. The deployment of the Ingenico terminals will thus continue. The iSC250 provides proven high performance signature capture for multi-lane retail environments, boasting a large screen area and easy-access stylus. It eliminates the need to print receipts, which are sent with the signature samples directly to the host server, and is much faster and more convenient than a paper check.

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Mako Networks Adds New Features to Network Appliance

Mako Networks released a new model of its award-winning Mako 6500 network appliance incorporating a 3G mobile data connection to keep business flowing during ADSL or Ethernet network outages, or offer connectivity in areas not served by fixed-line networks. The new Mako 6500 features a failover option, so that in the event of a fixed-line network outage the appliance will automatically switch over to a wireless 3G connection. When the primary connection becomes available again, the Mako 6500 will fall back to its original connection method. Mako 6500 3G units continuously check the health of their wireless connection to ensure a mobile network is available and on standby in case it is needed. The Mako 6500 is compatible with all 3G networks, including Telecom, Vodafone and 2degrees.

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LEI for Germany Declines

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for Germany declined 0.2% and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index (CEI) decreased 0.2% in November. The Conference Board LEI for Germany fell in November, the third decrease in the last four months, with new orders in investment goods industries making the largest negative contribution. In the six-month period ending November 2011, the leading economic index decreased by 2.9 percent (about a -5.7 percent annual rate), a reversal from the 2.5 percent increase (about a 5.1 percent annual rate) during the previous six months. In addition, weaknesses among the leading indicators have remained widespread in recent months. With the 0.2 percent increase in November, The Conference Board LEI for Germany now stands at 103.4 (2004=100). Based on revised data, this index increased 0.4 percent in October and declined 1.2 percent in September. During the six-month span through November, the index decreased 2.9 percent, with two of the seven components increasing (diffusion index, six-month span equals 28.6 percent).

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Freescale and INSIDE Secure Refine Prepaid Meter

Freescale Semiconductor and INSIDE Secure announced a secure prepaid utility meter reference design with NFC connectivity that OEMs can use to quickly and cost-effectively bring to market electricity meter products. The reference design, based on the Freescale Kinetis MK30 microcontroller (MCU), provides the first NFC-based, prepaid meter with the ability to securely reload energy credit balances. Utilities in many countries require a sophisticated payment infrastructure to facilitate the utility payment process while preventing fraud. Secure prepaid meters, such as this reference design developed by Freescale and INSIDE Secure, address this need by adding sophisticated smart card security mechanisms that have been proven in the banking industry.

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EckohPAY Awards 3-Years Contract to VFS Global

Eckoh the UK’s leading provider of customer service solutions using speech recognition, is pleased to announce the award of a three year contract with VFS Global (“VFS”) in collaboration with its partner BT. VFS provide a range of administration services on behalf of Embassies in relation to Visa applications, including checking applications and collecting Visa fees, through to submitting applications directly to the Embassy. To support VFS, Eckoh has provided a PCI DSS compliant payment solution to collect payments from callers as part of the Embassy Visa appointment booking process.

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3V Transaction Services Extends mPlatform

3V Transaction Services extended its mobile financial services platform to its franchise partner, 3V Netherlands. This marks a further international expansion for 3V’s mobile money technology services and a further step in the execution of the company’s strategy of providing business technology solutions to operators in the mobile consumer payments sector. The 3V “Visa Prepay” service in the Netherlands now provides customers with a secure VISA debit card linked to their mobile phone which can be topped up with cash or via bank accounts. The service is designed to offer Dutch consumers a convenient and globally accepted payment service linked to their mobile phone to allow universal spend and money management.

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