Cardtronics & Carnival Ink ATM Agreements

Carnival Cruise Line has reached an agreement for Cardtronics to provide ATM Managed Services on Carnival ships, providing ATM deployment, monitoring, maintenance, customer service and transaction processing. Cardtronics ATMs are servicing guests on five Carnival ships, each of which features two ATMs located in high traffic areas. TX-based Cardtronics is the world’s largest non-bank operator of ATMs, operating approximately 33,000 ATMs across its portfolio with ATMs in every major market in the United States and Puerto Rico, over 2,600 ATMs throughout the United Kingdom, and over 2,600 ATMs throughout Mexico. Approximately 11,200 Cardtronics owned and operated ATMs currently feature bank brands.

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NEOVIA & BSKYB

Online payment provider NEOVIA Financial Plc has launched its NETELLER
e-wallet payment services to BSkyB’s Sky Betting and Gaming customers on
their portfolio of e-gaming sites: Sky Bet, Sky Poker, Sky Vegas and Sky
Bingo. This means that for the first time over 150,000 weekly active
visitors to these online gaming sites will be able to pay in and
withdraw money using an e-wallet. The service is expected to go live in
early February. Under the agreement, BSkyB will also have the
opportunity to cross sell their products and services to other NETELLER
members and wallet holders. Sky Bet, Sky Bingo, Sky Vegas and Sky Poker
are part of the BSkyB organisation. Sky Betting and Gaming, which
recorded a gross profit of GBP51.9 million in 2009, wanted to provide a
more secure and convenient paying in and withdrawal options for its
users. BSkyB is looking to roll out its gaming offerings across Europe
and the Far East in the next six to twelve months, and the NETELLER
e-wallet will help it reach new customers in this market. NEOVIA
specialises in providing innovative and instant payment services where
money transfer is difficult or risky due to identity, trust, currency
exchange, or distance.

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Xirgo Technologies Deploys Atmel Cortex M3 Asset Tracking

Microcontroller and touch-based solution provider Atmel has
been selected by Xirgo Technologies to provide the “Atmel Cortex M3”
asset tracking platform. Atmel’s Cortex-M3-based Flash microcontrollers
offer increased
processing power and enhanced power efficiency necessary for on-device
application support to substantially reduce data transmission costs,
while maximizing battery life. Atmel’s SAM3S-series enable an easy
migration path for SAM7S customers
to a 50 percent more powerful, lower power and feature-rich Flash MCU,
while preserving hardware and software investments. At maximum operating
frequency of 64 MHz, the device consumes only 1.45 mW / MHz. Xirgo
Technologies’ existing machine-to-machine
communications devices are used by leading companies in automotive
insurance, fleet tracking, vehicle financing, and dealer lot inventory
verticals. Xirgo is targeting its next-generation platform, designed to
address the long battery life requirements of portable tracking
solutions, for the emerging cargo and package tracking verticals.

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HSBC Appoints Gemalto to Supply EMV Migration

Gemalto digital security has been appointed by the HSBC Group to supply a comprehensive end-to-end EMV migration service across its 19 markets in the Asia Pacific region. Gemalto’s services cover provisioning of EMV credit cards, secure personalization services, and business recovery planning services. Gemalto is a recognized industry expert in supporting banks around the world through the EMV migration process with a strong presence in the Asia region facilitated by multiple sales offices, production and personalization sites. It is able to provide all the logistics and processes necessary for a successful implementation to be adequately and securely managed along with strong contingency and backup capabilities for business continuity.

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Card Smart Card Giants Partner to Launch Security Solution

Giesecke & Devrient, Oberthur Technologies, Infineon Technologies and INSIDE Contactless have jointly introduced a new security solution for next-generation smart card-based public transport applications. This will build on an open standard now being implemented by the four partner companies and will eventually be governed by an independent body. Companies active in the smart card arena — providers of chips, smart cards, application-specific operating software, reader devices and transportation systems — are invited to join the initiative for the advancement of more secure public transportation applications. With this, the coalition hopes to to bring a number of key benefits to both public transport agencies and smart card industry players, including higher performance and advanced system security for public transport applications, as well as the availability of multiple sources for chip products.

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FNDS3000 1Q/10 Fiscals up 1,676% from 2009

Processor and prepaid card provider FNDS3000 has posted first quarter
financials that saw an increase of 1,676% from 2009.
For the quarter ended November 30, 2009, revenues were $77,695, an
increase of $73,320 from $4,375 for the first quarter of fiscal 2009,
reflecting the initial revenue stream from the prepaid card programs.
The net loss for the quarter was $(1,139,660) or ($0.03) per share, an
increase of $87,015 (or 8%) from $(1,052,645) or ($0.04) per share for
the same period in the prior year.

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Chase Ultimate Rewards and Points Int Ink Collaboration

Points International has signed a multi-year agreement with Chase Card Services, the credit card division of JPMorgan Chase. The agreement will allow Points.com’s Integrate product leveraged to facilitate the transfer of loyalty currencies for U.S. cardmembers between Ultimate Rewards and its loyalty program partners, as well as enable new loyalty partnerships. In May 2009, Chase launched Ultimate Rewards, a customer-friendly, easy-to-use rewards program with virtually limitless opportunities to earn and redeem rewards, without earning caps, airfare blackout dates or points expiration. Cardmembers can access Ultimate Rewards via Chase customer service or at a single, comprehensive Web site, www.ultimaterewards.com, that provides maximum simplicity and ease of navigation. Points International reward program management Web site, which was recently named one of the 30 Best Travel Sites by Kiplinger’s, allows consumers to Swap, Earn, Buy, Gift, Share and Redeem miles and points from more than 25 of the world’s leading reward programs.

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Rooms to Go Expands TD Card Services

Furniture retailer Rooms To Go has expanded its TD Retail Card Services
private label credit card program. The Rooms To Go credit card will
offer consumers a full menu of same-as- cash and equal pay programs.
NJ-based TDRCS will now direct all facets of the program for the
130-unit chain’s showrooms in metro Atlanta, northern Florida and
Louisiana. TDRCS began serving the retailer in 10 test stores in July,
taking over the private label credit card program administered by
another provider. The conversion to TDRCS was expanded to other
locations in stages over subsequent months to reach the current level.
FL-based Rooms To Go introduced the concept of displaying and packaging
furniture in complete room settings. The company’s designers coordinate
each room’s colors, fabrics and accessories.

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POSPaper.com Launches Improved Thermal Paper

POSPaper.com POS supplies has introduced its most comprehensive line of thermal paper products in the industry. The company, which in addition to thermal paper rolls also offers credit card supplies, ATM paper, sales slip imprinters, printer ribbons, and more, has seen thermal paper become its number one selling product line as it continues to replace older, less technical applications such as bond paper rolls, carbonless paper rolls, and business forms. With this, thermal paper quality has been improved with specialty grades producing archiving capabilities of up to 25 years or more thanks to newer top coating formulas and manufacturing techniques.

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CITI HAITI

Citi has resumed service to corporate customers in Haiti. Citi has
relocated its operations and until further notice, will operate at
ScotiaBank Building, Angle Rues Louverture et Geffrard, Petion-Ville,
Haiti. The Haitian office lost five of its employees. It has operated
in Haiti since 1971. Citi has approximately
200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 140
countries. Through Citicorp and Citi Holdings, Citi provides consumers,
corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of
financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit,
corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction
services, and wealth management.

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EZ Card Kiosk Products Installed in Colorado Prisons

Kiosk provider Continental Prison Systems is installing its EZ Card and
Kiosk products in two Colorado correctional facilities. Clear Creek
County will incorporate a total of two kiosks: one for EZ Booking and EZ
Bail in the booking room area; the other for EZ Money
Load in the lobby area of the jail, allowing friends and family to
place money into the inmate’s trust account, using cash, credit card or
debit card. Montrose County will be using three kiosks: one for the
county’s EZ
Work Release program, allowing work release payments via the kiosk;
another for EZ Booking and EZ Bail in the booking room area; the third
for EZ Money Load in the lobby area of the jail, allowing friends and
family to place money into the inmate’s trust account, using cash,
credit card or debit card. EZ Money Load and EZ Bail can also be
accessed remotely via a secure
website or 24/7 bilingual toll-free service number, which accepts
credit and debit cards. The EZ Exit debit card service will also be
initiated by both county
jails during this installation phase, allowing the jails to issue
PIN-based debit cards to all inmates being released, instead of the
usual paper check from the facility.

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BC CARD & DISCOVER

Discover Financial Services Inks agreement with BC Card Korean payment
network to allow cardholders to utilize the Discover, Diners Club
International and PULSE networks for international purchases and cash
access outside of Korea. The long-term arrangement will result in
increased transaction volume on the Discover, Diners Club and PULSE
networks outside of Korea, where Korean cardholders spent $12.6 billion
in 2008 on international expenditures, according to the Korea Tourism
Organization. BC Card was founded in 1982, is the largest domestic
payments network in Korea with over 32% market share in one of the
world’s top credit card markets and has over 52 million cards in Korea
today issued by 11 financial institutions. This is part of a series of
strategic alliances Discover has entered into strategic alliances with
China UnionPay and JCB to provide valuable access to its acceptance
footprint.

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