Chase Cards to Offer Special SHREK Incentives

DreamWorks Animation and Chase Card Services have teamed to offer customers special experiences, ticket packages and memorabilia for the new Broadway production “SHREK THE MUSICAL.” Chase customers now can purchase special seats to preview performances, which begin November 8th. Chase customers are also able to purchase exclusive seats for performances between December 14th and May 31st. “SHREK THE MUSICAL” as well as the DreamWorks Animation film “Shrek,” will make its Broadway debut on November 8th and officially open at The Broadway Theater in New York on Sunday, December 14th.

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TransferOrbit to Launch This Week in Calif

FL-based TransferOrbit Corporation introduces “portable” money transfers
throughout
the TU-DNRO event network. On Friday, September 26 it will
launch the portable money transfer product at the Promociones
Valdivia event in Vallejo, California. Over 5,000 people will be able to
register for their TU-DNRO powered by TransferOrbit ID membership and
then initiate a transfer anywhere, over the phone, from a debit card, at
a retail location or at participating events like concerts and dances.
The customer can now execute the same money transfer transaction at any
participating agent of a money transfer company or bank powered by
TransferOrbit without repeating the registration process. Members will
benefit from $6.00 money transfers at any Promociones Valdivia event.
The TU-DNRO Network, which provides their distributors with a
comprehensive package of products
including wireless e-pins, long distance, stored value, prepaid
debit/credit, bill payment, will now be the registration network for
customers powered by TransferOrbit.

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MasterCard Certifies Gemalto’s MagIC POS

Gemalto announced that its entire range of “MagIC”
POS terminals received certification by an independent certified
testing laboratory in accordance with MasterCard’s “Payment
Terminal Security” program. This security evaluation applies to the
TCP/IP protocol suite. The product family incorporates the “MagIC
Open&Sec” technology running on Linux and offers very high-speed
transactions, as well as unrivalled flexibility of connection and
communication, without compromising security. The Open&Sec Linux-based
operating system leverages IP technology and accelerates the development
of new value-added solutions. The objective of the MasterCard
International Payment Terminal Security
program for IP-enabled POS devices is to ensure the necessary level of
protection for transaction and cardholder data at merchants that use
equipment that support the TCP/IP protocol suite. The security
evaluation verifies that POS devices meet the relevant MasterCard
requirements in terms of confidentiality, integrity and communicating
parties’ authentication, with a 3-year validity period.

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Visa & U.S. Bank to Test Mobile Money Transfers

Additionally, Visa today announced plans to launch a mobile money transfer pilot program with U.S. Bank to enable registered Visa cardholders in the U.S. to use their mobile phones to securely send funds directly to another registered Visa cardholder’s account. The pilot, which is intended to begin by the end of 2008, is the first U.S.-based trial testing mobile money transfers between Visa accounts.
The first phase of the mobile money transfer pilot program will enable domestic money transfers within the U.S. and will involve several Visa issuers, including U.S. Bank, and as many as 6,000 Visa account holders. The initial pilot is intended to provide Visa and its partners with valuable insight into consumer behavior. Based on these learnings, a second pilot phase is expected to extend the program to include cross-border transactions during the first half of 2009.

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Visa to Link ATMs to its ReadyLink Program

“Visa ReadyLink” is preparing to enable consumers to add funds to Visa prepaid cards at ATMs that accept envelope-free deposits across the USA. More than 7,000 merchant locations across the country have implemented “Visa ReadyLink” since its 2006 launch. Under the program consumers can reload funds to Visa reloadable prepaid cards – including payroll, general purpose reloadable and government disbursement cards – at supermarkets and convenience stores, providing immediate access to funds. “Visa ReadyLink” transactions are processed like any Visa transaction; and as with any authorized and approved transaction, funds are guaranteed by the ATM acquirer to the card issuer. The new service is expected to roll-out later this fall.

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Omni Prepaid Group Introduces OmniBuild

Omni Prepaid Group has released “OmniBuild” on Giftcard.com and
GiftCardsCorp.com that enables customers to personalize their prepaid
Visa Gift Card. Customers place their order online, then select that
they would like to design a custom card. “OmniBuild” pops up and allows
them to upload a photo, crop and place the picture on their gift card,
and emboss a personal message. The order is then sent directly to
“OmniPrint” to print and ship the prepaid card to the recipient.

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U.S. Credit Card ABS to Get Further Scrutiny

The respected Fitch Ratings service has placed 13 of its U.S. Credit
Card ABS deals ‘Under Analysis’, indicating that Fitch will be issuing a
rating action within 30 days. However, of the 92 rated domestic ABS
transactions, 79 were designated with no in-depth review necessary. The
three-month average for charge-offs among U.S.credit card ABS remains at
6.3% while the monthly payment rate has declined to 19.1%. Among master
trusts, Washington Mutual posted a 12-month average charge-off rate of
11.76%, compared to Capital One’s 6.70% and Chase’s 5.12%. Washington
Mutual also posted a 12-month average monthly payment rate of 10.03%,
compared to Capital One’s 18.79% and Chase’s 17.78%. According to Fitch
Ratings’ new ‘U.S. Credit Card ABS Tear Sheet’, the three-month average
for portfolio yield was 17.7%, while delinquencies came in at 3.1% and
excess spread at 7.4%. (CF Library 9/4/08)

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PAYZONE/SCHLECKERPA GIFT CARD

Payzone is set to launch the countrys largest electronic gift card system for cosmetics and household retailer, Schlecker. The new gift card will be available for purchase from mid-September at more than 10,000 Schlecker stores. To support the launch a comprehensive advertising campaign will be launched in daily newspapers and across Schlecker shops. Payzone is the new company formed from the merger of alphyra Holdings Limited with Cardpoint. Schlecker has over 14,000 shops across Europe.

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Bankrate Acquires Bankaholic.com for $12MM

Bankrate has nailed another deal to expands its reach into the online banking and credit card channel. Bankrate paid $12.4 million for
bankaholic.com, a one person firm, with a $2.5 million earn-out. Bankaholic provides rate information on savings products, such as certificates of deposit, savings accounts, and money market accounts, as well as insurance quotes and a comparison of the best credit card offers, which are currently powered by Bankrate. In addition, Bankaholic offers consumers advice and information that allows consumers to comment and rate banks and their promotions through social networking features.
Earlier this month, Bankrate announced a deal to acquire the one-full-time employee Web site of CreditCardGuide.com for $32 million in cash, plus $10 million in earn-outs. Bankrate previously acquired Memphis-based NCS for $26.4 million in cash with a $7.0 million earn-out. (CF Library 9/12/08)

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Capital One Raises a New Bar in Giving

Capital One announced the launch of the “No Hassle Giving” site. COF will cover the transaction costs for every donation, ensuring that 100% of the donation is delivered to charity. In partnership with the non-profit “Network for Good,” the “No Hassle Giving” site offers a comprehensive database of more than 1.2 million verified U.S charities as provided by GuideStar, the major source of information on U.S. non-profit organizations. Cap One notes that only 18% of respondents report that they have cut back on other spending in order to make regular contributions during the past 12 months.

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Heartland Certifies VeriFone’s ON THE SPOT

Heartland Payment Systems has certified VeriFone’s “ON THE SPOT”
pay-at-the-table managed services solution and is marketing the POS
technology to restaurant customers under the Heartland “Tableside”
brand. Tableside utilizes the VeriFone “Vx 670” handheld system with Wi-Fi and
the managed services model that VeriFone developed.
The “Vx 670” improves the customer experience by reducing the time and
number of steps to complete the payment transaction while virtually
eliminating the potential for card skimming or tip alteration. In
addition, Heartland Tableside enables restaurant operators to comply
with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS)
requirements by storing card transaction information on a secure remote
IP gateway.

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