Hypercom Expands ZKA Folio in Germany

Hypercom Corporation has expanded portfolio of high security payment and digital transaction solutions validated in compliance with the EMV POS specification of Germany’s Central Credit Committee, the Zentraler Kreditausschuss (ZKA). With ZKA approval of the already-approved Artema Hybrid, now configured with cardholder-facing S10 PIN Pad, Hypercom strengthens its position as the leading provider of payment and digital transaction solutions to the German market. The latest approval follows ZKA certification in May 2009 for Hypercom’s “Optimum T4200” countertop terminals with options for ISDN, TCP/IP and GPRS connectivity, as well as the M4240 Bluetooth and M4230 GPRS mobile models, all with integrated smart card readers.

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Mastercard Grants Calypso Canada EMV Approval

MasterCard has granted Calypso Canada Transaction Network Services company and ABM processor EMV approval as part of Canada’s drive to switch to secure EMV and Chip-certified technology. With less than 12 months until the deadline set by the Interac Association passes, owners, operators and deployers of automatic banking machine (ABM) estates across Canada are now furiously ensuring they can meet the imposed mandates. These mandates require at least 50% of non-deposit-taking ABMs upgraded by the end of the year. The MasterCard EMV approval for Calypso Canada’s PCI DSS certified ABM processing environment is the latest in a series of investments made by Calypso Canada, after the Interac Association had certified its EMV Chip platform.

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Heartland To Offer Payment Network for Martin Eagle Oil

Martin Eagle Oil Company has selected Heartland Payment Systems’
“SmartLink” technology for payment transaction data and back-office
information. Heartland’s “SmartLink” telecommunications technology
consolidates multiple in-store communication lines into one high-speed
broadband line to streamline network services and enables critical
business data transmitted quickly over a secure, SSL-encrypted
connection. The “SmartLink” Network delivers first-of-its-kind
technology that can transmit both transactional data as well as integral
back-office information, allowing store owners
to spend less time managing networks. The payment gateway allows them to monitor their point-of-sale
terminals, money-order terminals, check verification, ATM, fleet card
and loyalty card transactions. With “SmartLink”, businesses receive a
single network-related invoice and can rely on one customer service
resource for troubleshooting and network monitoring, reducing in-house
support costs and the need for additional IT staff. Heartland is one of
the largest payments processors in the convenience store and petroleum
industry, offering services for card processing, gift marketing, prepaid services, check
management, payroll services and more.

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Bancorp Makes Available Visa Tax Card

The Bancorp Bank Payment Solutions Group has partnered with EPS Financial to provide services to Drake Software customers. With this, Drake Software can now
utilize flexible and innovative systems provided by EPS Financial to enable electronic payment of their tax refunds through “e-Collect.” This allows customers to
receive a fully reloadable personal use “E1 Visa” Prepaid Card, issued by The Bancorp Bank, for use anywhere the Visa debit cards are accepted and at thousands
of ATMs worldwide. Cardholders are able to use their cards year round and reload their cards via participating load networks and direct deposit. The Bancorp Bank
Payment Solutions Group is an issuer of network branded prepaid cards.

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LifeLock Appoints New CIO

Patrick Pendleton has joined LifeLock as CIO to serve as the senior leader for the Company’s information technology team, assuming the senior IT leadership position to serve as the prime enabler of IT business innovation. He will ensures the company’s systems support the newest identity theft protection products and develop member solutions. Pendleton has served as VP, Technology and CIO for EDFUND non-profit corporation providing financial information and services to students seeking higher education. Prior to this, he was CIO for GoDaddy.com, responsible for the company’s technology, was VP, Technical Services for PetSmart pet supplies retailer and served as the VP, Development and Operations/Division CIO for the Pharma division of NDC Health Information Services.

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VERSAPAY & BIABC

Processing solution provider VersaPay Corporation has signed a three-year, exclusive partnership agreement with the Business Improvements Areas of British Columbia (BIABC), a not-for-profit organization that promotes business improvements in British Columbia on behalf of its merchant membership base. VersaPay will provide all BIABC members preferred rates when implementing any VersaPay on-site or online payment processing solution. As a not-for-profit organization, BIABC provides networking opportunities, works on outreach, lobbies the government, assists with renewal efforts, hosts an annual spring conference, publishes electronic newsletters and promotes members. VersaPay provides enhanced financial technology solutions such as VersaEFT – the Company’s proprietary Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment solution – which enables merchants and consumers to easily transact with one another.

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Blackhawk Program Named Paybefore Best in Category

Blackhawk Network’s “GiftCardMall.com” was chosen as the Best in Category winner in the Best Web Sales Channel category at the Paybefore Awards on February 22. Presented annually by Prepaid Media, Paybefore Awards, now in their fourth year, are the most prestigious recognition of excellence in the worldwide prepaid and stored value card industry. The “GiftCardMall.com” online shop for gift cards offers consumers convenient access to hundreds of cards to choose from. The gift cards are available in standard and occasion-themed designs and many can be customized with personal photos and images. The cards can be used online or in store. The “GiftCardMall.com” reaches more than 165 million people each week through an exclusive network of leading grocery, mass, convenience, drug, and specialty stores.

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Campus Cards Go Contactless With Blackboard

Blackboard has made available its “Blackboard Transact,” offering a unique contactless campus ecosystem seeking to make the student experience significantly more convenient and secure.
Developed specifically for higher education institutions in the United States, the fully integrated technology platform transforms the way students navigate life on and off campus.
Already used by hundreds of institutions to support campus commerce and security, Blackboard Transact is the first platform to fully support the industry leading, standards based Near Field Communication (NFC) contactless technology. And while there are more than 400 million cards and mobile phones worldwide that carry Sony’s FeliCa contactless technology, Blackboard’s platform is the first to bring FeliCa to U.S. colleges and universities to enable a faster, safer, more convenient system that integrates better with many technologies already on campus.

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Netspend Products Now Available at All H-E-B Stores

After a successful pilot,
prepaid card provider NetSpend products are now available at all 271
TX-based H-E-B stores.
The NetSpend prepaid debit card and Fee-Free Reload Pack
are now available in the checkout lane. NetSpend
is currently the exclusive provider of prepaid products in H-E-B’s
Business Centers. The availability of the NetSpend prepaid debit card
and Fee-Free Reload
Pack at the checkout lane gift card mall is a significant convenience
for the customer who can now purchase the products in a single
transaction rather than make a separate trip to the Business Center.
Additional conveniences of the Fee-Free Reload Pack include the ability
to load money onto a card that is not physically present at the
transaction—a viable alternative to providing cash or sending a money
order or wire transfer—for no additional purchase price. The price for
the prepaid debit card is $6.95 and customers are able to load any
amount of money from $10 to $500 at the checkout lane; higher load
amounts can be handled in the Business Center. The expanded
availability of the NetSpend prepaid debit card and
Fee-Free Reload Pack at H-E-B is expected to significantly increase card
sales and reload volume in the stores through increased foot traffic and
higher visibility.

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LifeLock & Census Partner to Warn of Fraud

Identity protection service LifeLock has entered into a strategic partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.
As a 2010 Census partner, LifeLock is also committed to notifying consumers about the
potential identity theft risks associated with the Census, due to scam
artists posing as Census takers and collecting private information.
This month, the U.S. Census Bureau will send out a short questionnaire
to every household in the U.S. and Puerto Rico in an effort to collect
important demographical data. Residents are required to respond to the
10 questions. From April to July, those who haven’t completed their 2010
Census form will receive a visit to their home address from a Census
taker. Identity thieves may take advantage of the Census law and begin
targeting unsuspecting victims in an attempt to steal personally
identifiable information. Census scams can range from fraudulent emails
to attempts to impersonate Census takers. Many consumers don’t think
twice about sharing personal information with a Census taker, which is
why the scams can be very effective. There are distinct differences between a real Census taker and an
identity thief posing as a Census taker. U.S. Census takers will have
identification (government badges and picture ID) and a confidentiality
notice. But it is possible for a thief to fabricate these identification
tools, so it’s important to know what Census takers will not do:
They will not ask for your Social Security number or financial
information, e.g., bank or credit card accounts,they will not ask you for money or say that you owe money, they will not harass or intimidate you.
and they will not contact you by email – only by phone, by mail or in person.

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VersaPay Teams With BIABC for Online Payment Processing

Processing solution provider VersaPay Corporation has signed a three-year, exclusive partnership agreement with the Business Improvements Areas of British Columbia (BIABC), a not-for-profit organization that promotes business improvements in British Columbia on behalf of its merchant membership base. VersaPay will provide all BIABC members preferred rates when implementing any VersaPay on-site or online payment processing solution. As a not-for-profit organization, BIABC provides networking opportunities, works on outreach, lobbies the government, assists with renewal efforts, hosts an annual spring conference, publishes electronic newsletters and promotes members. VersaPay provides enhanced financial technology solutions such as VersaEFT – the Company’s proprietary Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment solution – which enables merchants and consumers to easily transact with one another.

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