Equitable PCI and Cebuana Lhuillier Expand

MoneyGram International and Equitable PCI Bank have extended MoneyGram
service in the Philippines through the network of Cebuana Lhuillier
Service Corporation. Cebuana Lhuillier is a pawnshop network in the
Philippines and has started to offer MoneyGram’s money transfer service at
its 489 branches. Some branches open as early as 7:00
a.m., 7 days a week. MoneyGram is a global payment services company with 84,000 money transfer agent locations in 170 countries.

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99Bill Offers Payment Platform for Blog

99Bill Corporation has reached an agreement with Bokee to provide secure
and convenient online payment platform to serve millions of blog users.
99Bill is a third party online payment platform based on email address and
mobile phone number and can enable anyone or any business with a verified
email address or a mobile number to accept debit card, credit card,
prepaid card, even the offline payments such as postal and bank wires
payment and send and receive payments easily, securely and promptly
without exposing the recipient’s personal information such as bank
account, name and address. Bokee.com is the one of the largest and
fastest-growing online blog service providers in China. The company is
providing personalized web services such as photo, music, video, social
networking, wireless and blog publication. The total transaction volume of
Internet products and services, as well as wireless value added services
in China, reached USD2.8 billion in 2004.

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Diebold Addresses Supply Chain & Cash Issues

To address some of its supply chain problems, Diebold says it is combining its procurement, manufacturing engineering and manufacturing groups into a single organization. Newly named CEO Thomas Swidarski says this is the first step in creating an infrastructure with better communication and coordination. VP George Mayes has been named to lead the supply chain unit. Additionally, Diebold is forming a global order-to-cash improvement team. The Company says the objective is to shorten the amount of time between customer order and customer payment through reduced lead times, improved demand planning and forecasting and simplified product offerings and configurations. Diebold reported in October that its net income for the third quarter plunged 45% to $26.4 million. (CF Library 10/26/05)

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HSBC Mexico Wins 2005 Gartner CRM Excellence Award

SSA Global has announced that HSBC Mexico has won the “2005 Gartner CRM
Excellence Award” based on its comprehensive customer relationship
management strategy. HSBC Mexico currently utilizes SSA CRM to
deliver targeted marketing offers via e-mail and direct mail channels, and
to drive intelligent interactions in their call center, automatic teller
machine networks and bank branches with a 33% offer acceptance rate
and enables HSBC Mexico to send event-driven communications across
outbound and inbound touch points. A review team of Gartner analysts
selected the “CRM Excellence Award” finalists based on extensive
applications outlining the finalists’ CRM initiatives. SSA is a provider
of extended ERP solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail,
services and public organizations worldwide.

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VISA International Invests in INSIDE Contactless

IDE Contactless has secured euro 9 million ($10.6 million) in a financing
round led by three new top tier investors: Sofinnova, Vertex Venture
Capital (Israel) and VISA International. Prior round investors GIMV,
Vertex Singapore and Siparex have also participated. These top names in
the venture capital world bring strong financial and strategic value to
INSIDE at a critical period in its growth. INSIDE intends to use these
funds for the expansion of its business in the key growth markets for
contactless payments and mobile NFC (near field communication) and
strengthen its management team. INSIDE Contactless is a provider of
semiconductor chips and hardware platforms.

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CARTE BLEUE GIFT CARD

Carte Bleue has launched a pilot for the first prepaid EMV gift card for the consumer market in France. Le Credit Lyonnais is the first bank to join the pilot and Axalto has been selected as the card supplier. Axalto is also the only provider of the related personalization services. Under the program, customers go to the bank branch to place their order and select from a wide range of designs and customization. The gift-wrapped and personalized cards are then sent with a greeting message to recipients on the date requested by the giver. The cards are valid for one year. The program was launched under a tight deadline to capture the holiday shopping season for 2005.

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Futuretrust MasterCard Signs Card Retailer

American Greetings’ Carlton Cards Retail subsidiary has joined the Mothers Work “Futuretrust MasterCard” program. Futuretrust is a MasterCard linked college savings program that enables families and friends to get an easy “headstart” on college savings. The Futuretrust program has no membership fee or caps to the amount of rebates a member can earn. Rebates are automatically contributed to tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan of the member’s choice. Members earn 1% every time they make a purchase with the Futuretrust MasterCard and earn additional college savings when they use the Futuretrust MasterCard at over 500 retail partners in the Futuretrust Preferred Merchant Network. Mothers Work is the world’s largest designer and retailer of maternity apparel. Carlton Cards Retail,a wholly owned subsidiary of American Greetings owns and operates approximately 500 specialty retail stores.

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Edentify Lands Lisker as an Adviser

Joel Lisker, former SVP for Security and Risk Management for MasterCard, has joined the Board of Advisors for Pennsylvania-based Edentify. Lisker was most recently the Senior Vice President for Security and Risk Management for MasterCard International. In this capacity, he served as the company’s worldwide senior security representative for matters relating to the fraudulent use of its numerous card products, and was instrumental in developing technical solutions and strategies to thwart the efforts of organized crime. Edentify is dedicated to developing and deploying technology solutions utilized in preventing identity theft and fraud.

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BNP Paribas to Deploy Opteva ATM

BNP Paribas Group will deploy 265 Diebold “Opteva” automated teller
machines that are accessible to all of its customers, including those who
are visually impaired. The ATMs will be deployed in the bank’s branches
through the second quarter of 2006. BNP Paribas is the first French
financial institution to launch a large-scale deployment of the Diebold
voice-guidance system with its Opteva terminals. Diebold provides
text-to-speech technology through its partnership with Nuance
Communications, a global provider of speech and imaging solutions.
RealSpeak guides visually impaired users through transactions and
simulates a natural voice that’s easy to understand, enabling quick and
complete transactions such as cash withdrawals, deposits and account
balances with increased ease and fewer errors.

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Pay By Touch Acquires Loyalty Specialists

San Francisco-based Pay By Touch is on a roll with its fourth and fifth acquisition of the month. The biometric payment pioneer and leader has picked up two loyalty technology providers. PBT acquired the assets and intellectual property of 7th Street Software and Convena for an undisclosed price. The company says the acquisitions will bolster its brand promise to make shopping more convenient by allowing shoppers access to customized rewards and discounts with the touch of a finger right in the store. 7th Street Software is the developer of “LoyaltySuite.” Last week, Pay By Touch inked a deal to acquire rival VA-based BioPay for $82 million in stock and cash. PBT also last week acquired Capture Resource, a supplier of integrated reward programs and business process outsourcing solutions. Earlier this week, PBT closed its acquisition of Atlanta-based CardSystems Solutions for $47 million in stock and cash. In October, Pay By Touch raised $130 million in new financing from two major hedge funds. (CF Library 10/7/05; 12/5/05; 12/7/05; 12/12/05)

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Matrix Automation Joins OneLynk Alliance

Ohio-based Matrix Automation has joined RBS Lynk’s “OneLynk Alliance” VAR program. RBS Lynk’s electronic payment processing, integrates seamlessly with Aloha software, providing exceptionally fast, easy transaction processing, while eliminating the expense of separate restaurant management equipment and payment terminals. RBS Lynk is the preferred processor for Radiant System’s Aloha suite of point-of-sale (POS) applications for restaurant operators, installed at over 30,000 locations. Matrix Automation,is a technology solutions company providing hardware, software and point-of-sale hospitality solutions to restaurants and hospitality businesses.

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