Plastic Jungle has Introduced a Free Fundraising Program

Online gift card exchange service Plastic Jungle has introduced a
free fundraising program that allows non-profit organizations to collect
unused gift cards and convert them into cash. Plastic Jungle’s gift card fundraising program is designed to let groups
get started immediately by collecting gift cards with a minimum balance
of $10 from any merchant, as long as they can be verified remotely.
Organizations then receive 70% of the total gift card value.

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Horluxe Selected Metavante to Provide CreditWorx

Horluxe will offer the specialized watch lease
program across the United States and use Metavante’s “CreditWorx” platform
to provide an in-store point-of-sale leasing program to consumers.
Metavante offers clients like Horluxe a complete indirect loan
origination solution by combining its CreditWorx technology with
comprehensive services and integrated products like special financing and insurance.

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CITI PREMIERMILES & NWA

Citi “PremierMiles” credit cardholders can now enjoy exclusive
access to the Northwest Airline Lounge at Manila’s Ninoy
Aquino International Airport. Cardholders can gain entry by simply presenting their Citi “PremierMiles”
card at the lounge entrance. In addition, Citi “PremierMiles” Platinum
cardholders can also bring an extra guest. With Citi PremierMiles, frequent travelers truly get the best traveling
experience. Available in “Gold” and “Platinum”, Citi PremierMiles offers a
generous conversion rate of one mile for every P45 spent. Platinum
cardholders meanwhile, earn double miles when spending abroad, which
means the conversion rate is P22.50 for every mile.

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ATMEL & BITSIM

Atmel has enrolled BitSim AB as an expert design center to contribute its expertise as an
ASIC and FPGA developer for projects based on its AT91CAP
Customizable Microcontroller and provide design services to the companies’
mutual clients. In addition BitSim can offer its BADGE⢠2D graphics
accelerator as an intellectual property core that can be integrated
into the CAP⢠MP (metal programmable) block. BADGE provides 2D graphics
acceleration with single or multiple video streams (including text and
graphics overlay), and is an IP core that can be
used in both FPGAs and ASICs. Atmel is a designer and manufacturer of
microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and
radio frequency (RF) components.

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SMFG MERGER

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, CF, OMC and QUOQ have executed an agreement of their merger on April 1, 2009, pursuant to the resolutions of the meetings of their respective boards of directors. Upon the merger, the industry’s top class credit card company, on a par with SMCC will be born within SMFG group. The group’s credit card businesses will be consolidated into a framework based
on a two-company system consists of SMCC and the merged Company. There are to be 66,666,600 shares issued with a total price JPY 15,999,984,000
allotted to SMFG with a pay-in date of October 14, 2008

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GEMALTO & WAVECOM

Gemalto has filed a tender offer with the AMF to
the shareholders and the holders of
convertible bonds (OCEANE) of Wavecom to expand Gemalto’s business in the growing Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market for the offer price of EUR7.00 for each Wavecom share and EUR20 for each OCEANE share. Wavecom is a provider of embedded wireless technology for M2M
communication with a range of GSM/GPRS, CDMA, EDGE and 3G
Wireless CPUs; programmable processors which also act as wireless modules or wireless modems. The solutions are
used for automotive telematics, smart metering, fleet management,
GSM/GPS/satellite tracking, wireless
alarms, wireless POS (point of sales), WLL (fixed voice), remote
monitoring and many other M2M applications.

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SCM @MAXX

SCM Microsystems has introduced “@MAXX prime”, the first
product of a new family of portable USB devices that enable secure
electronic transactions, secure data storage and secure access.
When connected to any free USB port and used with smart card
technology, SCM’s “@MAXX prime” can provide strong authentication for access to PCs and networks, as well as digital signature and encryption tools. It can also provide secure PIN protection for accessing on-board portable flash data storage. When unconnected, “@MAXX prime” provides contactless smart card functionality, which can facilitate contactless payment or contactless physical access to buildings. As a result of these features, “@MAXX prime” is well suited for use in business as well as in the private environment. For example, in an enterprise environment “@MAXX prime” could be used to authenticate an employee’s identity and grant entry; to securely log on to both the employee’s PC and the
corporate network; to securely store documents or presentation materials; and to make contactless payments. In addition, the same “@MAXX prime” device can be used to securely access the employee’s bank accounts and to enable other contactless applications such as e-payment or loyalty programs.

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INSIDE CONTACTLESS AND APTA

INSIDE Contactless will demonstrate how its “MicroPass”
intelligent contactless payment platform can be applied to transit
payment systems at the 2008 APTA International Transit Expo being held
October 6-8 at the San Diego, California Convention Center. Working with Cubic Transportation Systems, INSIDE
will preview the first multifunction contactless payment card that
supports both a type-approved Visa payWave payment application and
Cubic’s NextPASS(TM) fare collection software that is compliant with APTA’s
Contactless Fare Media Standard (CFMS). Local and regional
transit operators will now have the choice of adopting or migrating to
transit fare collection solutions based upon both APTA standards,
private profiles, and open bank card standards with greater security,
functionality and user convenience. This is also providing retailers and
financial institutions with an opportunity to partner with transit
operators to provide consumers with a single payment card that can also
be used to conveniently pay for goods and services located near public
transit stations.

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GLOBAL PLATFORM & TRUSTED LOGIC

GlobalPlatform’s GPD/STIP v2.3 Mobile Profile Specification device technology is being used by software component provider Trusted Logic in
“Trusted Foundations Software”.
The new Trusted Foundations(TM) Software merges two of the company’s
existing trusted execution environment products – the TL Security Module
for wireless devices and the jTOP for Terminals – to provide a more
flexible security platform that supports the increasingly complex
requirements of the growing mobile services market. By utilizing the
GPD/STIP v2.3 Mobile Profile Specification, this solution offers
application providers with improved overall security to deliver multiple
applications and/or extend interoperability through standardization,
while offering greater control over downloadable and broadcast content
access rights through the addition of an XML service Application
Programming Interface.

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mobiclear’s Appoints Paul Pasion as CIO

mobiclear has tapped Paul Pasion, previously with Bastion Payment Systems, as its new CIO. Pasion will be responsible for managing the ongoing
development and deployment of all mobiclear technologies. As an executive with Bastion Payment Systems Corporation his team successfully
launched the Philippines’ leading transaction processing gateway and
various other world class payment management systems. He worked in Japan
for eight years for the Ebara Corporation. He managed a variety of Overseas Development Aid projects with Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Asian Development Bank and World Bank. He earned degrees in Economics and Asian Studies from Oberlin College in Ohio.

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CITI M VISA LAUNCH

The three day launch event for the Citi M
Visa credit card has won Hi-So magazine’s “launch party
of the year” award. The Citi M Visa credit card, issued in partnership with The Mall Group and Visa International, was the center of attention at the iconic Siam
Paragon department store in central Bangkok. In addition to performances and appearances from some of Thailand’s
leading entertainment celebrities, the launch event included a fashion
show and promotions with leading retailers such as Tods, Versace, Hugo
Boss as well as dining and entertainment outlets.

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