First Data Appoints Executive VP, Global Operations

First Data electronic commerce and payment processing has announced changes to its senior leadership team, including Kevin Kern as Executive VP, Global Operations & Technology and Controller Ray Winborne as Executive VP, Acting Chief Financial Officer. Kern joined First Data in 2009 as senior vice president and chief technology officer and earlier this year assumed responsibility for international operations and technology, and global technology solutions. His focus will continue to be on improving First Data’s global service quality and optimizing resources and brings to the role more than 33 years’ industry leadership and experience. Additionally, Ed Labry has been appointed EVP and President of Retail and Alliance Service; Kevin Schultz, EVP and President of Financial Services; Peter Boucher, EVP, Human Resources; David Money, EVP and General Counsel; John Elkins, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer; Kevin Kern, EVP of Global Operations and Technology; and Ray Winborne, EVP and Acting Chief Financial Officer.

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Spartanics Opens Applications Laboratory

IL-based Spartanics has opened the “Laser Cutting Applications
Laboratory for Materials Research” for card manufacturers seeking to use
rapidly advancing laser die cutting technology. This is for card punching or
creating internal cut features in loyalty cards, ID cards, access
control cards, financial cards, gift cards and similar card applications
can now determine if the materials they use can be handled by modern
laser die cutting technology by sending samples for engineering studies
and analyses. Spartanics laser die cutting applications engineers have
extensively tested laser die cutters with varying laser strengths and
software configurations with a wide range of materials including:
plastic films; polyesters; polycarbonates; foams; textiles; paper;
adhesive tapes; non-wovens, wood, laminates, pressure-sensitive
substrates, magnetic materials, polypropylene, polymides, abrasives,
rubber, among others. Formalization of the Applications Laboratory
signals Spartanics intent to systematize this growing knowledge base for
cross-industry access.

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EARN TICKETS

New Malev-Citibank co-brand card customers who activate and perform a
transaction with the card for least HUF 15,000 by Sept. 30, 2010,
will receive a free return air ticket. Because of the great success of
a similar promotion last year, Malev and Citibank decided to offer the
promotion again this year. Customers can select a preferred destination
from Malev’s 20 scheduled flights. The complimentary return air ticket includes all related taxes, airport
and other fees, so new cardholders do not need to spend anything on the
flight. Malev-Citibank Gold Card holders also receive free travel
insurance, a service connected with the Gold Credit Card. Malev-Citibank credit card holders earn Bonus Points in Malev’s Duna
Club Frequent Flyer Program by shopping with their credit cards. These
points can then be exchanged for bonus air tickets in the Malev and
oneworld network, based on contractual terms and conditions.

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Visa and Mastercard Cardholders Post $1.4T in GDV

Visa and Mastercard American credit cardholders racked up an estimated $1.4 trillion in gross dollar volume
last year. According to CardData, there were gains for both networks. Visa cardholders increased gross dollar volume $25 billion throughout 2009 to $220 billion by the 4th quarter. Meanwhile, Mastercard cardholders increased gross dollar volume $12 billion to $140 billion by 4Q/09. Visa posted U.S. credit card GDV of $952 billion in 2008 and $839 billion in 2009. Mastercard posted $631 billion in 2008 and $534 billion in 2009. For complete details on U.S. credit cards for 2008 and 1Q/09 visit CardData (www.carddata.com).

U.S.CREDIT CARD GDV
($ billions)
1Q/09 2Q/09 3Q/09 4Q/09
VISA: 195 209 215* 220*
MasterCard: 128 133 133 140*
TOTAL: 323 342 348 360
*EST
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

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Verity’s Intros Blue ID Biometric Authentication For Online Banking

Verity’s Blue ID can help secure payments over the mobile phones and
lock down the handset. Blue ID, a new generation technology, secures
financial transactions, manages access and provides biometric identity
to masses on a pan India basis. Blue-ID card allows store purchase,
online purchases, and Mobile Authentication and Identity Management
Services purchases and can provide the “instant verification” for
consumers. At the lowest level of security Blue ID allows a person
secure his access to an online session via username on the web coupled
with a pincode on a mobile device. With the risk of online fraud,
phishing and identity theft removed, online banking or e-commerce is
made safe, easy and a mass market phenomenon. At the highest level of
security Blue ID allows the person to gain Biometric Access, presence
based password and total session control. Blue ID’s ultra pervasive
technologies (mobile and Bluetooth) are highly versatile and cost
effective. In remote villages with low internet penetration it provides
a portable biometric reader with server access through mobile internet
connectivity.

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First Data CFO Resigns and Appointment of Interim CFO

First Data’s EVP and CFO Pat Shannon has announced his decision to
resign his positions. The Company will appoint current Senior Vice
President and Controller Ray E. Winborne as the acting Chief Financial
Officer of the Company, effective May 25, 2010, until such time that a
successor, for which Winborne will be considered as a candidate, is
appointed. He will continue to serve as the Company’s principal
accounting officer until such time as a successor is appointed. Winborne
has been the Senior Vice President and Controller of the Company since
September 2009. Winborne was the Senior Vice President-Finance and
Controller of Delta Air Lines Inc. from April 2007 to September 2009 and
served as the Senior Vice President, CFO Southeast Region for AT&T, Inc.
from January 2007 to April 2007. Prior to that time,Winborne held
various positions in the finance group of BellSouth Corporation from
January 1999 to December 2006, most recently serving as BellSouth’s
Controller. From 1990 to 1999, Winborne was employed by the public
accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

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ValidSoft Makes Available Card Fraud Detection Software

ValidSoft is now marketing technology to improve banks’ ability to detect credit card fraud with its “VALid-POS” solution. With “VALid-POS,” credit and
debit card-issuing banks can save billions of dollars a year and reduce hassles for consumers. In doing so, the ValidSoft security solution accesses cell
phone information to determine the proximity of a card user to the actual card transaction in real-time. False positive card alerts cost banks up to $10
per case, as the bank’s fraud unit processes the transaction and calls you to try to verify its validity. The ValidSoft software determines the proximity
of the card owner’s cell phone to the actual location of the transaction. And in less than half a second, it can tell if the transaction is potentially
fraudulent or legitimate.

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Windstream Deploys Chase Paymentech Card Acceptance

Windstream Communications has selected Chase Paymentech as its payment processing provider. This will allow Windstream telecommunication to offer its merchants card acceptance at exclusively negotiated rates. Operating as Windstream Merchant Services, the company will provide best in class, cost effective solutions for small and mid-sized businesses who need to accept credit and debit cards at the POS, via telephone or online. Windstream has about $3.7 billion in annual revenues, providing phone, high-speed Internet and high-definition digital TV services to customers in 21 states, while Chase Paymentech provides payment processing and merchant acquiring, having processed more than 18.0 billion transactions, worth more than $409.7 billion in 2009.

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U.S. Bank Awarding $36,000 to Get Ahead

U.S. Bank has awarded customers $36,000 in
prizes as part of the U.S. Bank Get Ahead in 2010 promotion.
Small business and consumer U.S. Bank Visa credit and check cardholders
had a chance to win up to $10,000 every time they used their eligible
card during the promotion, which ran from Jan. 15, 2010 through Feb. 28,
2010. Two customers won a $10,000 grand prize. Two other customers won a
$5,000 Get Ahead in 2010 prize by using social media to encourage votes
on their story telling on how this prize would help them get ahead in
2010. Twelve customers won a $500 prize in the weekly drawing.
Cardholders registered their eligible card by visiting the promotion
website, allowing for chances to win a randomly-drawn $10,000 prize or a
$500 weekly prize. Then every time they used their card, they earned an
entry into the sweepstakes. Two sets of prizes were awarded – one for
small business and one for consumer cardholders. Cardholders also had the opportunity to earn $5,000 by submitting a
story on how they would use $5,000 to Get Ahead in 2010. They went on to
share their story with friends via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or email
and encouraged them to visit the promotion website to vote for their
story. The two stories with the most eligible votes at the end of the
contest period won the $5,000 Get Ahead in 2010 prizes.

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CIBC & TSYS

Payment outsourcer TSYS has has extended its payment services agreement with a multi-year contract renewal with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) for the processing of CIBC’s Visa consumer credit card portfolio. CIBC ranks as the number one issuer of credit cards in Canada based on dollar volumes outstanding, and TSYS processes over 44% of all Visa and MasterCard credit card accounts in Canada.

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Highlights From the Smart Card Alliance Annual Meeting

At the Smart Card Alliance annual conference, the United Nations
Federal Credit Union (UNFCU), explained how it is responding to the
needs of its international travelers with EMV and Wal-Mart, the largest U.S.
company, strongly advocated a move to chip and PIN.
Worldwide nearly one billion EMV cards have been issued and over half of these
are now non-European, due to the
phenomenal growth in the Americas and Asia over the last few years.
EMVCo is focused on preparing contactless and mobile EMV standards, he
reported. In his view, there is an excellent opportunity in the U.S.
market to utilize contactless technology online to improve security.
Wal-Mart is also interested in moving to EMV for security reasons.
Wal-Mart already has 100% of its payment system hardware equipped
to accept EMV chip and PIN, and is finalizing the software programs for
these devices.

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NEOVIA & IGAMING

Alternative payment provider NEOVIA Financial Plc will be exhibiting at the iGaming Super Show in Prague, talking to affiliates, merchants and partners about its award-winning affiliate program and payment services. NEOVIA’s consumer brand, NETELLER, in the Affiliate Zone unveiling its Affiliate Benefits Package for the first time. NEOVIA’s NETELLER eWallet is a proven payment system for affiliates, and has been used by all of the leading gaming brands and affiliates for payouts for more than 10 years. It has won the iGaming (previously known as CAP) award for Best Payment System for Affiliates three years in a row.NEOVIA launched its own affiliate program in 2008, offering best-in-class cash incentives to affiliates who refer customers to use NETELLER as their payment system of choice. Gaming and retail affiliates are able to both increase their conversions and commissions when promoting NETELLER alongside merchant brands. With thousands of active referrals, the program showed record quarter-on-quarter growth of active referrals of 56% in Q1 2010. It has successfully signed up affiliates in key countries including Poland, Portugal, Germany, Brazil and Japan.

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