nuBridges Enhances Tokenization for IBM i Applications

Data security provider nuBridges has enhanced its support for IBM
i-reliant organizations to further simplify adoption and implementation
of tokenization as a data-centric information security strategy.
“nuBridges Protect” offers a native IBM i adapter to handle
Web services-based communication with nuBridges Protect Token Manager,
which runs on distributed platforms. The nuBridges Protect Adapter for IBM i enables companies to
extend tokenization to IBM i applications without Web services
programming in order to protect inbound sensitive data in applications
such as online shopping carts, order management, billing systems and
payroll and handles all of the front-end Web
services communications between IBM i applications and nuBridges Protect
Token Manager for all Token Manager functions; and exposes back-end
callable RPG, COBOL and C APIs so it is easy for IT to connect IBM i
applications to the adapter via familiar technologies. This allows enterprises to reduce
breach risk for IBM i applications that use confidential and sensitive
information, and take IBM i systems out of scope for Payment Card
Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance and audits.

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Shaka Mobile & MFunds Launch Prepaid Mobile Service

Prepaid mobile service Shaka Mobile has
successfully launched in partnership with MFunds Global Payment
Solutions a Mobile Money Transfer (MMT) service for African immigrants in the US.
Diaspora Africans, who are using Shaka Mobile prepaid mobile phone in
the USA may now send and receive money straight from their mobile phone.
Diaspora African customers in the US will receive a “primary” card and
can order “family” cards that they can send to their friends and
relatives. The Diaspora Africans can load money onto their primary card
account via direct deposit, transfer from a checking or savings bank
account, and with cash through selected merchants, thus effectively
providing the ability to send money to the family cards from their
mobile phone through the WAP or SMS messaging. Transactions are
processed in real-time through MFunds Global Payment Solutions’ secure
platform; both sender and receiver are immediately notified by SMS.

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Aite Examines End-to-End Encryption in Card Payments

Aite Group provides insight into where end-to-end encryption (E2EE) is going based on the perspectives of key decision-makers at core vendors of such solutions. Considering the revenue models being adopted by E2EE vendors, the report speculates on the long-term prospects for E2EE adoption, standardization of tokenization, and the likelihood of a shift to EMV chip card infrastructure in the United States. The report concludes that the most appropriate technological route to address current card fraud threats in the United States is E2EE, particularly given the entrenched nature of magnetic card infrastructure in the United States. While E2EE does not prevent the use of counterfeit or lost and stolen cards, it prevents criminals from accessing the card data itself. The providers of E2EE are generally POS hardware vendors, payments processors, or security vendors that partner with E2EE experts to offer solutions.

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Global Axcess Signs Kiosk Installation Agreement with Grocery Chain

FL-based self-service kiosk supplier Global Axcess announced that it has signed a
three-year agreement with a major grocery chain to
install 300 new DVD kiosk locations positioned to grow by 20% or more locations.
The Grocery has been an ATM client of Global Axcess. Rollout of the DVD
program with the Grocery will begin in July of this year. Global Axcess provides
turnkey ATM and other self-service kiosk management solutions that include
cash and inventory management, project and account management services.
Global Axcess Corp currently owns, manages or operates more than 4,500 ATMs
and other self-service kiosks in its national network spanning 43 states.

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Young Consumers Fuel 5.5 Point Jump in Consumer Confidence

Consumer confidence rebounded in April with a 13% decline among 18- to 39-year-olds who feel the U.S. economy is poor, compared to a 3% decline amongst older customers. This, according to the Discover U.S. Spending Monitor– a poll of 8,200 consumers that tracks consumer confidence and spending intentions on a daily basis – concludes 45% of younger consumers feel the U.S. economy is poor and, overall, jumped 5.5 points in April to 91.5 (based out of 100), the highest the Monitor’s index has been since November 2007, shows 34% believe economic conditions are improving and 50% rated the economy as poor in April, a 7-point decrease from March. Additional findings show the number of younger consumers who felt economic conditions were worsening declined 9 points to 40%, expecting an income shortfall in the month ahead, a 3-point decline from March; those ages 18 to 39 who felt their personal finances were getting worse declined 6 points from the previous month to 40%; and 26 percent felt their finances were getting better in April, which tracked higher than the average of 23 percent. A Monitor-high 23% of consumers felt their finances were getting better in April, 2 points higher than March while 11% would spend more on discretionary items.

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AmEx Launches New Card, Offers Custom Card Rewards

American Express has launched “ZYNC from American Express,” a new Charge Card designed for and with a new generation of Cardmembers in their 20s and 30s. Offered in beta since December 2009, the “ZYNC” Card brings together the financial control of the pay-in-full Charge Card with the added flexibility to select bundles of rewards and benefits called “Packs.” American Express conducted research with the younger consumers to identify their lifestyle interests and passions to help shape the Card and Pack offerings and will subsequently be introducing six new “ZYNC Packs,” along with making some changes to the original four Packs that were tested during beta. Tailored to specific lifestyle interests and spending habits in music, fashion, food, travel and more, some of the ten “Packs” currently available include the “Pack Benefit Cost”; the “Family Travel Access” assisting in booking vacations, family-specific travel benefits and savings with hotels, cruise, car rental and tour partners, and more; the “Personal Finance Complimentary” credit score and report, access to money management tools and tips; the “Eco 2X Membership Rewards” points at more than 4,000 select green merchants as rated by Greenopia; and the “Music 2X Membership Rewards” points on concert tickets, pre-sale access to select music events and concert tickets $5.

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Angell EYE Releases Portable USB Credit Card Swiper

Angell EYE has introduced the “USB swiper” that requires no phone lines or hardwired card reader.
The mobile credit card swiper is a portable
device that plugs into a USB port on any computer and reads credit card
information for transmittal to Paypal. The transaction is processed and
the sale accepted or denied at the point of sale, eliminating the risk that
someone may pay with a card that is not accepted. The funds are
instantly deposited into the business’s Paypal account.

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Global Axcess Releases Q1 Financial Results

Self service kiosk supplier Global Axcess reported revenues from
continuing operations of $5.4 million for the three-month period ended
March 31, 2010. Gross profit from continuing operations was $2.5 million,
or 46.9% gross margin, for the first quarter 2010 compared to $2.6 million, or
47.3% gross margin, for the same period of 2009. The Company experienced
a slight increase in cost of revenues related to cash replenishment
activities that were impacted by the severe winter weather.
Operating expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010 increased
16.9% to $2.1 million from $1.8 million in the same period of 2009.
During the first quarter of 2010, the Company hired consultants and
employees with industry expertise to spearhead efforts in its DVD rental
kiosk initiative. These expenses and other expenses related to the DVD
kiosk initiative were the largest single component, contributing
approximately $94,000 or 40% of the increase in SG&A expenses.
Income from continuing operations was $439,899 for the quarter ended
March 31, 2010 compared to $776,770 in the same period of 2009.

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More Networks Certify Passport with PA-DSS Point of Sale System

Heartland Payment for CITGO, Marathon and RBS WorldPay have approved Passport with PA-DSS POS system software for retailers on their networks. They join BP, Chevron, Concord, ExxonMobil, NBS/Cenex, and Shell software applications that are already shipping. Gilbarco Veeder-Root continues to develop and certify additional networks because the broad approval is important to multi-branded retailers who benefit from using the same point of sale system at all their locations. Passport systems are being installed across the country as retailers approach the July 1 Payment Card Industry (PCI) deadlines to replace point of sale systems that do not meet PCI requirements. Passport provides a highly intuitive touch screen interface that minimizes training time, errors and shrinkage

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TSYS and Planet Payment Continue Multi-Currency Processing

Planet Payment and payment processing outsourcer TSYS have signed an extension of
their multi-currency processing agreement. Under the agreement, TSYS
Acquiring Solutions will continue to offer Planet Payment’s “Dynamic
Currency Conversion” and “Multi-Currency Pricing” solutions to its customers.
TSYS e-commerce and mail order/telephone order merchants reach
international markets more effectively with Multi-Currency Pricing by
localizing the product and featuring pricing and pay in local
currencies. Multi-Currency Pricing is available through several
certified payment gateways, including Planet Payment’s “iPAY Gateway”.
With Dynamic Currency Conversion, international MasterCard and Visa card
customers can pay in their home currency at the point of sale —
providing greater convenience and clarity, while eliminating the
guesswork associated with international payments.

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Merchant Warehouse Integrates BINsmart POS Platform

Merchant Warehouse has integrated its MerchantWARE “BINsmart” with the
MICROS-Retail “Xstore Java POS”, enabling merchants to
save up to 12% on interchange fees with a secure payment processing
solution. Using tokenization and SSL connections, “BINSmart” helps
merchants process transactions at
the lowest possible cost by automatically identifying the card type
being used in the transaction, and prompting debit card users to enter
their PIN. This sophisticated, yet simple solution avoids Interchange
rates and fees by opting for PIN-debit transactions over credit whenever
possible. Interchange fees make up the majority of a merchant’s
processing expenses, but since PIN-debit transactions are not processed
on the Interchange networks, PIN-debit transactions are less expensive.
MICROS-Retail develops retail software solutions for both store and
direct channels and provides point-of-sale and store management,
eCommerce platforms, order management, loss prevention, sales audit,
gift card and loyalty, CRM, merchandising and cross-channel solutions.
Through this integration, once a transaction is run through the
MICROS-Retail POS terminal, all sensitive credit card data is
transported via an encrypted SSL connection to the Merchant Warehouse
payment gateway.

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