Micro Payments Conference is Scheduled

Massachusettes-based Peppercoin has scheduled its “Third Annual Micro and Small Payments Conference” in New York City on December 6th. This year’s conference theme is “Building the World of Small Payments” and will focus on the growing small payments and micropayments opportunities in the physical, digital and mobile marketplaces. Peppercoin’s small payment products help merchants, banks, and other payments companies build market adoption quickly.

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GECF Lands the QVC Card from HSBC

After losing its private label credit card contract with QVC to Household (now HSBC) five years ago, GE Consumer Finance announced they have signed a deal to issue the card again. The private label “QCard” will be offered to QVC customers in the U.S. QVC says it chose GECF because it offered better Web-based enhancements. QVC markets a wide variety of brand name products to approximately 87 million American homes.

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FAST in Talks to Acquire Car-Tel

Montreal-based Financial Access Solutions Technology, a specialist in POS, card products and transactional software solutions has entered discussions to acquire Car-Tel Distributions, a $30 million per year payment card distribution company. Financial Access Solutions Technology Inc. provides transactional software solutions, markets point-of-sale (POS) terminals, software and prepaid debit and credit cards.

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CO-OP Signs its First Montana Member

Montana’s Missoula FCU has signed an agreement to become the first CO-OP Network member credit union in the state, with CO-OP providing access to 20,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide and processing for all of the credit union’s EFT transactions. With an asset size of $212 million and more than four percent of the state’s population as members, MFCU is Montana’s second largest credit union. CO-OP Network is wholly-owned by its credit union shareholders with 1,836 credit union members, more than 20,000 surcharge-free ATMs, 92 million-plus monthly transactions and 23 million cardholders.

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Major Restaurant to Deploy JCB’s QUICPay

The Royal Group, a major restaurant chain in Japan, will be phasing in “QUICPay” acceptance during October. With all Royal Host and Sizzler restaurants nationwide included, 300 locations will be offering JCB’s contactless payment solution. “QUICPay,” a contactless payment solution, was launched by JCB in 2003. A part of the customer’s existing credit limit is assigned to a contactless IC chip, which may be embedded in a plastic card or in a mobile phone handset. “QUICPay” purchases are linked to the cardholder’s existing JCB credit card account.

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CyberSource Names Cruickshank to its Board

CyberSource has named Scott Cruickshank, formerly with Paymentech, First Data Merchant Services and MasterCard, to its board of directors. As Qsent president and chief operating officer, Cruickshank oversees sales, marketing, customer care and all operational functions of the company. Prior to Qsent, Mr. Cruickshank served as chief marketing officer at Paymentech where he led the company’s sales, customer care, marketing and service operations functions. CyberSource Corporation is a provider of electronic payment and risk management solutions.

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I.C.E Second Quarter Revenues Up 11%

International Card Establishment reported net revenue of $3.9 million, as compared to net revenues of $3.5 million for 2Q/04. For the quarter the company reported net losses of $145,101. I.C.E. became a full fledged processor in May. The Company is projecting $25 million in revenue for 2005 and reaching profitable operations by year end. I.C.E. also markets a proprietary “Smart Card”-based system through its wholly-owned Neos Merchant Solutions subsidiary that enables merchants to offer store-branded gift and loyalty cards. For complete details on I.C.E.’s latest results visit CardData (www.carddata.com)

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Corillian Closes InteliData and qbt Deals

Corillian has completed its acquisitions of InteliData Technologies and qbt Systems. Corillian will issue approximately 4.9 million shares of common stock and approximately $4.3 million of cash to InteliData shareholders and issue 649,785 shares of common stock and approximately $3.2 million in cash to the shareholders of qbt Systems. Corillian provides online banking applications.

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Image-Based ATMs Enter Mississippi

Singing River FCU is slated to be the first financial institution in Mississippi to offer NCR ATMs with image-based check and bulk-note cash acceptance. SRFCU will install new NCR Personas M Series ATMs with “No-Envelope” Deposit functionality and equipped with NCR’s ImageMark(TM) ATM Deposit Validation technology with ImageMark Passport and ImageMark NCompass software, which was designed for capturing and utilizing digital check images throughout the check processing system. Singing River Federal Credit Union boasts over $113 million in assets and is the third largest credit union in Mississippi. NCR Corporation provides ATMs, retail systems, data warehouses and IT services.

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Debit Battle Begins at the POS

The CEO of The De Palma Group says that the merchant battle to keep interchange costs down starts with steering consumers to PIN debit at the point of sale. De Palma says he has seen countless point of sale terminals that prompt for debit or credit before the consumer even swipes the card, which shifts the opportunity for best routing from the merchant to the consumer, who doesn’t know or care about the various permutations of interchange. De Palma says by putting the logic at the beginning of the process through the use of a BIN file, merchants will realize considerable savings with each and every transaction. De Palma suggests that merchants look to their processor or acquirer to provide the BIN file or more sophisticated terminal applications.

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MicroBilt to Resell Falcon ID

MicroBilt has become the first reseller of Fair Isaac’s “Falcon ID” solution to the financial services industry. Falcon ID provides businesses identity fraud detection by applying predictive data from both internal and external sources and determines identity fraud risk while enabling the processing of applications and transactions of genuine customers. MicroBilt provides credit bureau data access and retrieval, credit, collection and data sources. Fair Isaac Corporation is a provider of creative analytics,offering predictive modeling, decision analysis, intelligence management, decision management systems and consulting services.

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Prepaid Market Set for a Big Growth

A new forecast shows that the number of consumer incentives cards issued will more than double over the next four years. Using data derived from the 2004 and 2005 prepaid market benchmarks that investigated both the Open and Closed prepaid markets, Mercator has produced the prepaid industry’s first four year forecast predicting the total spend and the total number of cards issued for market segments identified by Mercator. The report also delivers the first comparison of Open spending versus Closed spending for all relevant prepaid market segments – information critical to anyone planning a prepaid strategy since it identifies markets where Open Cards are gaining market share over Closed Solutions, where Closed Solutions remain dominant, and where the markets are expanding to embrace both solutions.

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