Consumer Reports Names Best and Worst Cards

A new report has determined that the best credit cards for low pricing are Capital One’s “Platinum Prestige,” American Express’ “Clear,” and Iberiabank’s “Visa Classic.” The worst include credit cards issued by First Premier Bank, the HSBC “American DreamCard” and the New Millennium Visa/MasterCard. The study by Consumer Reports also listed
the best cash-back cardsas Capital One’s “No Hassle Cash Rewards,” the Chase “Freedom Visa,” and Discover’s “More.” Among the best gas cards
were the Chase “PerfectCard MasterCard,” Discover’s “Open Road,” and the Hess “Platinum Visa.” CU says it examined hundreds of product offerings. The list of the 12 best and three worst credit cards is in the October issue of Consumer Reports.

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GUESTLOGIX & SWA

GuestLogix Inc. has signed agreements to provide its “Mobile Virtual
Store” on-board retail technology for Southwest Airlines’ acceptance of
payment cards from passengers for in-flight purchases. The airline is
implementing the Guestlogix solution to increase profitability through
its increased convenience. The “Mobile Virtual Store” wireless POS
devices and integrated web services accepts stored value cards, coupons
and reward miles payment while Southwest provides single-class air
transportation through 520 Boeing 737 aircrafts to/fro 64 airports in 32
US states.

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Brush and Q-Card Name a New CEO

Card component manufacturers Brush Industries and Q-Card will
reorganize the two companies and Karen Nickolauson, former Chief Operating Officer, will now assume the
role of CEO with the passing of President
and Chief Executive Officer, Ed Bedell. Nickolauson’s extensive background includes
experience in sales and marketing, performance and management training,
as well as data processing and engineering. She recently assumed
additional responsibilities as Controller/CFO in 2003, developing
policies and procedures for accounting and financial reporting, and
leading cross-functional project teams to achieve process improvement
and cost reduction goals. Her accomplishments also include the
implementation and management of a computer network system and an
integrated business management software system, and the implementation
of ISO9001 Quality Management System in 1998, and then again in 2003 to
upgrade to ISO9001:2000. She has provided leadership and training to all
management and staff for the development of processes, documents and
records required to achieve compliance with the standard.

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PSC and InstaMed Create PAYMENTExpress

PA-based PSC Info Group has unveiled an EBPP system for healthcare providers that enables the creation, presentation and payment of bills over the Internet. “PAYMENTExpress” is integrated with PSC Info Group’s printing and mailing service, and the patient can choose to opt-in to only receive bills electronically. The new PSC Info Group EBPP solution was created in partnership with InstaMed. Patients can pay by cash, check, credit or debit cards or through a Medical Savings Account, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Account or Health Reimbursement Account. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club cards are also accepted via “PAYMENTExpress.” InstaMed offers a healthcare payments network and platform.

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First Annapolis Hires a Citi Exec

First Annapolis has hired Kattia Sigui as a Manager. Kattia’s primary areas of expertise include
call center operations, management of back office processes, and
outsourcing and right-shoring strategies, including vendor selection.
Sigui was previously with Citi as Senior Manager of
the North America Offshore Planning and Strategy effort for the
Global Consumer Group.

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BANKOMAT PROCESSING

Come 2010, SIX Card Solutions is to conduct the acquiring/issuing
processing for the debit sector while SiNSYS will take over the issuing
and processing for the credit card/prepaid sector of PayLife Bank,
Austrian payment card and cashless payment provider as stipulate in
newly-signed processing contracts. This development comes on the heels
of the expiration of PayLife’s processing contract with First Data
Austria and was decided on based on market analysis, request for
Information and request for proposal from all considered bidders. Six
Card Solutions will process for the “Austrian Bankomat” business and its
106,000 “PayLife merchants” while SINSYS will provide transaction
processing for the 1.1 million PayLife credit cards.

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PAYZONE & GLOBALCELL

Consumer payments and cash distribution network Payzone has signed an agreement with Globalcell, the new pre-paid mobile communication service, to offer mobile top up. The only mobile
service in the U.K. that offers prepaid SIM cards in Polish, Russian, Lithuanian, Slovak and in English, GlobalCell is offering free calls to 333 – its Helpdesk and Information line; where customers can obtain information about life and work in the U.K., assistance with their mobile service or answers to almost any question they care to ask in their native language. Bulgarian, Romanian, Latvian and Czech languages
will soon be available. Over 13 billion euros and are handled electronically through the Payzone network of over 240,000 points of service at more than 170,000 retail locations across Europe. Payzone also operates approximately 6,000 ATM cash dispensers in the UK and Germany.

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Management Acquires SunTrust’s Fleet One

The Fleet One management team along with FTVentures and LLR Partners
have jointly acquired TransPlatinum Service. TransPlatinum Service is
the holding company for Fleet One and a wholly-owned subsidiary of
SunTrust Banks. Fleet One was acquired by SunTrust in 2004 as part of
its National Commerce Financial merger. The unit has operated as a
separate business since then. With a national customer base of over
20,000 fleets for acceptance at over 40,000 locations across the
country, Fleet One fuel charge cards are applicable to all vehicle
classes. Financial terms of the acquisition were disclosed.

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TSYS EUROPE

TSYS payment solutions has expanded its European presence with its 17th
open sales office in Warsaw, Poland and has appointed Jerzy Switek the
manager of business development for the region. Due in part to
opportunities recognized in Poland in recent years as a key growth
market with a well developed card issuing and acquiring industry, as
demonstrated by the number of cards in circulation along with the volume
and value of transactions, the newly opened sales office will provide
outsourcing solutions for consumers across the country itself, the Czech
Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. GA-based TSYS provides outsourced
payment services to 300 clients in 75 countries.

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PAY LINX EXEC

Bringing to the organization over 25 years’ industry experience in the
financial services industry, Pay Linx electronic payment cards has
appointed Robert Pearce to its Board of Directors. Most recently serving
as President and CEO of the Personal and Commercial Client Group at BMO
Financial Group, Robert was also VP of Electronic Banking Services for
the organization. Additional accreditation includes his hand in founding
Moneris Solutions electronic payment solutions, Partners First credit
card, his seven years serving on the Board of Directors at MasterCard
International as Chair of the Executive Council for the Canadian Bankers
Association.

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MATICA EXEC

Matica card personalisation machine designer and manufacturer has
appointed Veraje Anjargolian Non-Executive Director. Bringing to the
company eight years’ experience with the Card Printer Division of Zebra
Technologies Corporation, 2 years’ experience with Eltron International
and as a founding member and CEO of Sara Electronics Corporation, Veraje
will be a welcome addition to Matica. Under his leadership, Zebra
Technologies desktop card printing revenue grew from less than US$4
million to over US$100+ million.

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Wincor Nixdorf Names a New U.S. CEO

Five shareholder lawsuits against Diebold alleging violations of federal securities laws were
consolidated into a single proceeding were dismissed with
prejudice in favor of Diebold and the other defendants.On August 22, 2008, U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of Ohio granted the
company’s motion to dismiss the consolidated cases. A separate class action suit against Diebold and certain current and
former officers and directors filed by participants in the company’s 401(k)
plan, alleging breaches of duties under the Employee Retirement Income
Security Act of 1974, remains outstanding.

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