ERATE iPhone App Includes Credit Card Rates

Consumers can now find the best mortgage, credit card, and deposit rates
by going to ERATE.com. ERATE recently added credit card comparison tables to its
iPhone app. Now consumers can browse both mortgage and credit card rates
from the palm of their hand. Additionally, since credit card
applications are available online, once consumers have chosen the card
they want, they can apply from their internet-enabled device.
This iPhone app takes the guesswork out of shopping for the best rates
on the go. When consumers find a rate that might be a good deal, they
can use this tool from ERATE.com to quickly research and compare online
rates to confirm the competitiveness of the rate.

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mPayy Adds Tournament Games to its Payment Network

Alternative payment provider mPayy has launched “Tournament Games” onto
its payment network. Tournament Games utilizes mPayy’s lightbox
‘Checkout Window’ for seamless customer experience to purchase credits
directly from the company’s site.Tournament Games players participate in
skill game tournaments played for free, or in tournaments offering cash
prizes that require credits. Entry fees range from $0.02 in credits to a
couple of dollars, and Tournament Games sells credits in $5.00
increments. When buying credits, players choose mPayy, specify the
amount, and click “Purchase.” mPayy members then enter their mobile
phone number + password to complete the purchase. Non-members will be
prompted to open accounts instantly, and return to the checkout page to
complete their transaction.
mPayy allows Tournament Games players without checking accounts to
receive funds into free, no fee, Stored Value accounts from other mPayy
members. These can be used for purchases from Tournament Games or other
online merchants accepting mPayy. mPayy’s efficient service enables
profitable micro-payments; easy, secure purchases of digital content and
physical goods; flexible recurring and subscription payments and free
person-to-person payments.

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Vanco Services Appoints New Senior Vice President

Michael Foye has been appointed Senior Vice President, Vanco electronic payment solutions. Foye will grow the company’s custom solutions business and will represent the company at an executive level in several key markets. Bringing with him several years’ experience in the field of electronic financial transactions, Michael was most recently VP Sales and New Business Development, MasterCard RPPS. He has also served in management and client service positions at both Metavante and Deluxe Data. Foye is a frequent speaker at industry events and holds a degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Capital One Posts 1Q/10 Net Income of $372.2MM

Capital One has posted a 1Q/10 US card segment net income of $372.2
million, compared to $461.0 million in the last quarter and $.7 million
the year ago quarter. The company is projecting quarterly Domestic Card
revenue margin to decline to around 15 percent by early 2011. Revenue
margin in the Domestic Card sub-segment was 17.1%, compared to 17.0
percent in the prior quarter. Period-end loans in the Domestic Card
segment were $56.2 billion in the first quarter, a decline of $4.1
billion, or 6.8 percent, from the prior quarter. International credit
card loans declined in the quarter by $645.7 million, or 7.9 percent, to
$7.6 billion. Domestic Card provision expense increased $62.9 million in
the first quarter, or 6.1 percent, relative to the prior quarter. Net
charge-offs increased $74.0 million relative to the prior quarter,
partially offset by an increase in allowance release of $11 million.
International card provision expense decreased $92.4 million, or 53.9
percent. Domestic Card net charge-off rates increased 89 basis points to
10.48% from 9.59% in 4Q/09. For complete details on Capital One’s third
quarter performance, visit CardData (www.carddata.com).

U.S. CARD NET INCOME
1Q/09: $0.7 million
2Q/09: $166.9 million
3Q/09: $289.8 million
4Q/09: $461.0 million
1Q/09: $372.2 million
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

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TSYS & Alaska Option Ink Strategic Marketing Alliance

TSYS has signed a multi-year strategic marketing alliance agreement with Alaska Option to provide VISA and MasterCard credit and signature debit card programs, PIN-based ATM/POS network services, and fraud management solutions for credit unions. This will offer payment card services on a very competitive basis that will enhance the cardholder experience and provide additional revenue opportunities to credit unions. It will also allow these institutions to reduce back office expenses through integrated settlement, dispute management and reconciliation processes. Credit unions may now select to work with one payment provider for all of their card program and electronic funds transfer (EFT) payment needs. Alaska Option enables financial institutions to utilize ATM driving services, accept a wide array of cards, a nationally recognized PIN debit POS program and the convenience of a single point of settlement for PIN-based transactions.

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Western Union Returns the Love for Mother’s Day

Money transfer service Western Union has launched “Return the Love”, a
national Mother’s Day Campaign designed to encourage consumers to give
mom the perfect gift. Western Union, Wyclef Jean and “Queen of Latin Pop”
Paulina Rubio, “Return the Love” with special performances and
appearances at the Billboard Latin Music Conference& Awards with a
concert honoring military moms. A recent Western Union consumer survey
found 42% find it hard to shop for the perfect gift for mom. The survey
also found 42% of moms have pretended to like a Mother’s Day gift; and
separately, 30% thought the gift was either “thoughtful” but not a gift
they wanted, or they did not receive a gift at all. Kick-off special
performance dedicated to moms featuring Wyclef Jean and Paulina Rubio at the
Billboard Latin Music Awards, on April 29, produced and broadcast live
by Telemundo.

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Paypal Forges New Partnership

Sunstone Circuits has added PayPal electronic payment service for their customers’ online purchasing needs. This new implementation of the PayPal™ payment service is another example of Sunstone’s continuous quest to be the easiest PCB company to do business with. Not only is Sunstone Circuits offering their customers a more effective and convenient way to purchase online, but by using PayPal™, design engineers will have a chance to receive rewards and bonuses for participating in the new service. PayPal™ often has promotions offering multiple incentives, when signing-up. Promotional initiatives like “No Initiation Fees,” “Cash-Back,” and “Buy-Now, Pay-Later,” have been offered to new customers in recent years. For existing PayPal customers, this new payment option is available now, at www.sunstone.com. For those that are new to the PayPal™ service, Sunstone suggests they visit www.paypal.com to register for an account and create a profile.

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TSYS Partners With Serverside Group for Digital Card Solution

TSYS has partnered with Serverside Group to launch TSYS “Card Shop” digital card fulfillment and marketing solution. Combining ‘on-demand’ manufacturing processes with industry-leading card management and customization capabilities, TSYS “Card Shop” enables client financial institutions to design and manufacture cards on-demand and removes the need to stock pre-manufactured cards in inventory. Through the online TSYS Card Shop interface, issuers of all sizes can launch stock and customized card programs within days rather than weeks. Serverside offers digital card design and innovative software solutions to issuers, personalization bureaus and card manufacturers. TSYS outsourced payment services offers issuer- and acquirer-processing technologies.

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MONEYGRAM

MoneyGram Internationa has returned to Croatia as Volksbank added MoneyGram’s services to 28 countrywide locations. The return to Croatia follows MoneyGram’s alliance with Volksbank in Serbia in 2008 and the opening of 33 MoneyGram-owned retail locations in Germany since 2006. Germany is home to more than 200,000 Croatians and more than 10 million migrants that regularly send funds to support family members and build personal savings. Since 2006, MoneyGram has steadily grown its owned money transfer retail locations in Germany to help migrant workers meet their financial needs.
In addition to its 190,000 traditional agent locations composed primarily of financial institutions, post offices and retail businesses, MoneyGram recently began mobile money transfer services.

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Wright Express Posts 22% Revenue Growth Y/Y

Wright Express Corporation payment processing and information management posted 1Q/10 total revenue having increased 22% to $83.8 million from $68.5 million in 1Q/09. This was thanks in large part to total MasterCard purchase volume having grown 31% to $853 million, from $649 million for the first quarter of 2009. Adjusted net income for 1Q/10 increased 46% to $23.7 million from $16.3 million for the year-earlier period. For the first quarter of 2009, the Company reported an unrealized pre-tax, non-cash, mark-to-market loss of $6.5 million. Additional findings show total fuel transactions processed declined 2% from the first quarter of 2009 to 61.8 million; payment processing transactions were flat at 49.1 million, and transaction processing transactions decreased 9% to 12.7 million; total revenue for the fleet segment increased 19% from the first quarter of 2009 to $73.4 million; fleet payment processing revenue increased 27% from the first quarter of 2009 to $48.7 million; average expenditure per payment processing transaction increased 37% from the first quarter of 2009 to $55.80; and average retail fuel price increased 38% to $2.76 per gallon from $2.00 per gallon in the first quarter of 2009.

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Wincor Nixdorf Launches Enhanced PC/E Terminal Security Software Suite

Wincor Nixdorf payment solutions has launched its enhanced PC/E Terminal Security multi-vendor ATM security software suite. Comprised of its PC/E Terminal Security Intrusion Protection and PC/E Terminal Security Access Protection solutions, the enhanced suite offers the highest level of security available for the ATM environment, can be deployed on any type of ATM in a multi-vendor environment, and supports financial institutions in achieving compliancy with international security standards and regulations. These regulations include the PCI standards and state data protection laws as currently in force in 46 states in the U.S. Wincor Nixdorf’s PC/E Terminal Security suite is designed to protect against known and unknown threats. It also provides streamlined security administration; predefined security policies for a multi-vendor environment; real-time monitoring and logging of attacks; protection against known and unknown attacks; customization of individual security policy parameters; and optional adaptation to existing administration system.

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Cole Taylor Bank Selects FIS To Provide Banking and Payment

Chicago-based Cole Taylor Bank has elected to replace its current core
processing solution with FIS’ Integrated Banking Services (IBS).Cole
Taylor Bank will deploy IBS, a client-centric core banking platform with
a broad offering of financial services solutions, throughout its banking
centers to meet the evolving business objectives of their organization.
As part of its extensive agreement, Cole Taylor Bank has selected an
extensive suite of additional solutions that include: bill payment,
electronic banking, customer relationship management, risk, fraud and
compliance, and commercial treasury. These solutions are fully
integrated with FIS’ IBS core banking platform, providing Cole Taylor
Bank with an end-to-end solution that will support improved customer
service. IBS is a highly flexible and open core processing solution to
accommodate financial institutions that need to easily integrate diverse
technology with minimal risk and disruption to their business operations
and to their customers. It is industry recognized for its robust
functionality, scalability and strong integration capabilities and is
the leading outsourced retail and commercial banking solution among
mid-tier U.S. banks. Cole Taylor Bank is one of Chicago’s largest
independent commercial banks with $4.4 billion in assets.

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