Europay International branded cards (Eurocard-MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus)
hit record ATM (automated teller machine) and POS (point-of-sale) transaction
levels yesterday, as cardholders across all 12 eurozone countries used their
cards as the easiest way to pay with the world’s newest currency.

Whilst ATM transaction figures in Europe were up 146% on 1st January last
to reach 492,340, consumers paying in euros for their new year festivities
(such as restaurants and hotels) chose to do so with their Eurocard-MasterCard
credit and Maestro debit cards. 740,280 MasterCard and Maestro payments were
authorised across Europe, up 20% on the same day last year*.
“Everyone’s talking about yesterday being ‘day one of the euro’, but for
Europay International, it was our 1,097th day of dealing with euro
transactions”, said Dominique Bichut, Europay Euro Programme Co-ordinator.
“Since January 1999, card payments have been possible with the euro, and in
this three-year transition period, we’ve processed more than 18 million euro
transactions. This represents, on average, 1% of our overall traffic up until
September 2001. Since then, we’ve seen the number of euro transactions
rise by
40% each month as retailers dramatically started to migrate their business to

“We’ve now had the excitement of seeing our euro migration programme
implemented, enabling an efficient distribution of the euro notes through the
vast cash machine network in the 12 countries (over 221,000 ATMs). In
partnership with our Member banks in the eurozone, we helped to facilitate the
speedy distribution of the new euro bank notes.”
The introduction of the world’s newest currency has been of particular
importance to Europay International, with the more public side of the
efforts highlighted by the multi-million euro advertising campaigns for both
its credit and debit brands, Eurocard-MasterCard and Maestro. Launched in
December last year, this saw the roll-out of print and poster advertising
illustrating the role of the card as the world’s most accessible, portable and
user-friendly ‘euro converter’.

“The campaign has really underlined our brand value as the consumer’s best
when it comes to euro payments”, said Arjen Kruger, Head of Brand Marketing at
Europay International. “With consumers so wary of the new change in their
pocket, both credit and debit cards provide the guarantee that the price
is the price they pay.”
The security offered by credit and debit cards is invaluable, with additional
benefits being;

· No change required so no confusion

· Full record of the payment via the statement from the bank

· Eurocard-MasterCard acceptance high across all euro-zone countries (close
to 5
million merchants now accept Eurocard-MasterCard cards in Europe)

· 194 million European cardholders able to benefit both at home and abroad
Maestro, Europe’s leading debit card brand

· Faster payments (with card payment only lanes in supermarkets for example,
transactions will be even quicker and hassle free).
“It’s fitting that one of our award-winning Priceless advertising commercials,
duly converted into euros, was one of the first to be broadcast on European
television just minutes into the 1st January”, added Arjen Kruger. “It’s
our way
of saying we’re ready for the euro and to highlight that Europay and
branded cards will remove any confusion or stress for our cardholders from the
euro roll-out.”


Digital Acquisition

Digital Insight Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Virtual Financial Services, Inc., a privately owned company based in Indianapolis. VIFI is an application service provider with more than 425,000 Internet banking active end-users as of Dec 31 and has over 150 client financial institutions. As consideration for the transaction, Digital Insight will pay a combination of Digital Insight common stock, $3.75 million in cash and a promissory note for $3.75 million based on a $51 million total enterprise value.



China Construction Bank has selected
Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation, to build the first
enterprise data warehouse in China’s banking history.

The bank is hoping to accelerate the modernization of China’s banking
industry and raise competitiveness by adopting Teradata’s leading enterprise
data warehousing technology.

The first phase of the project will centralize all the bank’s data across
business functions and branches. The system also relies on the Teradata(R)
data warehouse to develop related applications such as customer relationship
management and Teradata Value Analyzer to analyze customer profitability.

China Construction Bank selected Teradata after testing and evaluating
several multinational vendors at the initial planning stage. Teradata
enterprise data warehousing solutions were found to provide unparalleled
analytical power and high scalability of massively parallel-processing
servers. Teradata was also chosen for its extensive experience in the
financial services sector and the customization of Teradata’s solutions for
the China market.

“Teradata enterprise data warehousing solutions have been selected by
25 of the world’s top 100 banks,” said Cliff Wu, vice president and managing
director of Teradata, Greater China. “Teradata’s expertise in the global
banking industry will offer the strongest support to the modernization of
China Construction Bank’s infrastructure.”

According to Randy Wang, general manager of NCR Teradata China, “China’s
entry into the World Trade Organization will bring significant challenges to
China’s financial industry. Many leading banks have planned to build their own
management information systems, and China Construction Bank will be a model
for them to follow. Teradata will offer the world’s best data warehousing
experts to ensure that this project is implemented smoothly.”

The China Construction Bank project is the third terabyte-class enterprise
data warehousing project that Teradata is implementing in mainland China,
which further indicates Teradata’s bright future in developing the data
warehouse market. Teradata has also helped Shanghai Securities Central
Clearance and Registration Company and TravelSky Technology Limited in China.

About China Construction Bank

China Construction Bank (CCB) is the third-largest state-owned commercial
bank in China, with business focusing on medium- and long-term lending.
Headquartered in Beijing, CCB conducts operations across the territory of
China with more than 20,000 branches as well as in major international
financial centers including Hong Kong, London, New York, Frankfort, Tokyo,
Singapore and Seoul. Fortune global 500 ranked CCB as the 53rd largest
commercial bank in the world with US$12,616 million revenue in 2000.

About Teradata Division

Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation, offers powerful analytical
solutions that help businesses drive growth. Teradata solutions include the
Teradata database, and analytical applications for customer relationship
management, operations and financial management, business performance
management and e-business. To learn more about Teradata Division and its
solutions, go to

About NCR Corporation

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in providing Relationship
Technology(TM) solutions to customers worldwide. NCR’s Relationship
Technology solutions include the Teradata(R) database and analytical
applications such as customer relationship management (CRM) and demand chain
management, store automation systems and automated teller machines (ATMs).
The company’s business solutions are built on the foundation of its long-
established industry knowledge and consulting expertise, value-adding
software, global customer support services, a complete line of consumable and
media products, and leading edge hardware technology. NCR employs
32,900 people in more than 100 countries, and is a component stock of the
Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. More information about NCR and its solutions may
be found at


Cardservice Deal

First Data confirmed Wednesday it has acquired the remaining 50% ownership interest in Cardservice International. FDC has been providing merchant processing services for Cardservice since its inception in 1988. Cardservice International, based in Moorpark, CA, employs 800 people and utilizes a network of 2,500 independent sales representatives. Cardservice will continue to serve clients under the Cardservice brand in the market segments in which it operates. Chuck Burtzloff, founder and past president of Cardservice International, will remain at the helm. Since 1997, First Data has held a 50% ownership interest in Cardservice International.



Gemplus, the world’s number one provider
of solutions empowered by smart cards, announces the selection of their R-UIM
card, GemXplore World, for the first launch of a card-based CDMA network.
Unicom chose Gemplus because they are the technology leader with proven
expertise in GSM and are active in developing smart cards for CDMA.
The launch of smart cards for CDMA networks enables enhanced security features
and value-added service provisioning for wireless carriers. It also
international roaming and handset upgrading by separating the subscription
the terminal. Gemplus is universally recognized as the leader in providing
smart card technology for mobile telephony and was the first to market with a

Gemplus has played a fundamental role in the development and deployment of
China Unicom’s card based CDMA network. The two industry leaders have been
working towards this since early 2000 and have been testing the cards in the
live network with Unicom-approved handset manufacturers to ensure

Gemplus’ dedicated team for CDMA has been working closely with China Unicom on
this project in order to ensure the best possible service for their
subscribers. The UIM incorporates CDMA Application Toolkit to enable the
end-user to benefit from UIM-based value-added services.
“China Unicom recognizes and greatly appreciates the strong support and
invaluable know-how that Gemplus has provided for the implementation of UIM /
Card Application Toolkit and launch of our commercial network. This
card-based CDMA network is our strategy to target the high-end market segment
by bringing better and more services to users,” said Mr. Zhang Fan, general
manager, China Unicom Mobile Communication Division.
“This project means a lot to Gemplus in terms of breaking into the CDMA market
place. Working with Unicom has given us the edge we need to take the
forward. It has been quite an experience — only equaled by the
introduction of
the SIM to GSM,” states Philippe Vallee, vice president of marketing, Telecom
Business Unit, Gemplus.

In addition, Gemplus actively supports the CDMA Development Group and 3GPP2 to
ensure that the cards are compliant with the latest standards releases.
is also the only non-Chinese smart card company participating in the China
Wireless Telecommunications Standards (CWTS) to contribute to UIM related
standards for CDMA.

GEMPLUS: the world’s number one provider of solutions empowered by Smart
Gemplus helps its clients offer an exceptional range of portable, personalized
solutions that bring security and convenience to people’s lives. These include
mobile internet access, inter-operable banking facilities, e-commerce and a
wealth of other applications. Gemplus is the only completely dedicated, truly
global player in the Smart Card industry, with the largest R&D team,
experience, and an outstanding track record of technological innovation.
Gemplus trades its shares on Euronext Paris S.A. First Market and on the
Stock Market as GEMP in the form of ADSs. Its revenue in 2000 was 1.205
Euros. It employs 7200 people in 37 countries throughout the world.


CyberSource Downsizes

CyberSource announced it is reducing its workforce by approximately 70 employees, and consolidating facilities within its Mountain View, CA-based headquarters. As part of the headcount reduction, James Buckley, CFO, will be leaving the company at the end of January. Mr. Buckley will be replaced by Steve Pellizzer who has been promoted to VP of Finance from Corporate Controller. Since November the company has cut 100 jobs. The company recently completed projects to increase the capacity of its transaction services, improve the customer reporting systems and introduced a Sun Solaris version of its ‘Payment Manager’ software.



General Electric announced the appointment of three company officers. Jeffrey Malehorn, 40, has been named Chief Executive Officer of GE Capital Global Financial Restructuring. Glen A. Messina, 40, has been named Vice President & CFO of Card Services at GE Capital. Roger N. Seager, 51, has been named Vice President of Marketing & Sales at GE Aircraft Engines. Jeffrey Malehorn has been Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Europe at GE Capital Real Estate since January 1999. He will serve as Chief Executive Officer for GE Capital’s new Global Financial Restructuring business, based in Tokyo, Japan.

Malehorn joined GE in 1984 in the Financial Management Program. During his 17-year GE career, he led GE Capital Real Estate’s U.S. Debt and Equity Originations, founded the Specialized Industries Group and held positions in new business and process development, operations management and portfolio management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Pennsylvania State University.

Glen A. Messina has been CFO of TIP/Modular Space for the past nine months. Prior to joining TIP/Modular Space, Messina was Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for Card Services.

Messina will serve as Vice President & CFO of Card Services at GE Capital effective January 14, 2002. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Ramapo College and a master’s degree in business administration in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Roger N. Seager joined GE in 1979 as a design engineer for the CF6-50 engine program. He was promoted to Manager, CF6 Military Field programs in 1980, and then held a series of leadership positions in the T700 program before being named Director, T700 International Programs and Advanced Applications, in 1991.

Seager was named General Manager, Military Market Development in 1995. As Vice President of Marketing & Sales at GE Aircraft Engines, Seager will report to Dave Calhoun, President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Aircraft Engines. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Southampton University.

GE (NYSE: GE) is a diversified services, technology and manufacturing company with a commitment to achieving customer success and worldwide leadership in each of its businesses. For more information, visit the Company’s website at [][1].



EBPP Education

According to a new report from Forrester Research, the slow adoption of EBPP services is the result of a lack of understanding among consumers for online bill paying and bill-viewing services. Yesterday, MasterCard’s ‘Remote Payment and Presentment Service’ launched a new campaign to raise public awareness of EBPP services. The campaign includes the publication of a full-color consumer brochure. The brochure is available to participating financial institutions and service providers of MasterCard ‘RPPS’ in an electronic version that may be placed on their Web sites with permission. A detailed Q&A section addresses common consumer questions about service functionality, availability, and fees, as well as enrollment procedures and security. Consumers can receive a free copy of the brochure by calling toll-free or by sending an e-mail request. Jupiter Media Metrix says the number of households receiving bills electronically as well as paying them online is projected to rise to more than 40 million by 2005 from less than 3 million this year.


PayPal Linkage

PayPal has linked up with American Express and Discover to offer users more payment options. The company, which is gearing up for an IPO, also announced a new board member. PayPal users will now have the opportunity to earn ‘Membership Rewards’ points while using an AmEx card in conjunction with the P2P email payment service. PayPal users will also have the option of earning ‘Cashback Bonus Awards’ when using the Discover card with PayPal. The company further announced that John Dean, Chairman of Silicon Valley Bancshares and Silicon Valley Bank, has joined the company’s Board of Directors. PayPal members send more than $10 million per day in approximately 200,000 daily transactions. PayPal has a 90% market share of the P2P payment market. To-date PayPal has racked up more than $230 million in losses since it was launched in early 1999. It expects to raise about $80 million in the upcoming IPO. (CF Library 10/01/01; 12/11/01)


Providian RIF

Providian announced this morning it will cut another 800 jobs by the end of next week. When the action is complete, Providian will have reduced its workforce by approximately 11% since announcing its five-point rebuilding plan in October. In mid November, Providian announced the elimination of 550 positions in connection with the closure of its Henderson, Nevada facility. Providian currently employs approximately 12,500 employees. The Company also noted that additional personnel reductions are possible, potentially including the transfer of certain U.S. and international employees to new employers in connection with the sale of assets or businesses. Providian expects to take a first quarter charge of approximately $10-$15 million in connection with the January personnel reductions. The Company previously announced it would take a $12 million charge in the fourth quarter in connection with the closure of its Henderson, Nevada facility. Following its 3Q/01 earnings report, Providian announced it will explore the possible sale of approximately $3 billion in high-risk assets and seek commitments from its investment advisors to establish a structure for securitizing approximately $900 million in credit card assets. The company also hired Joseph Saunders, formerly of Fleet and Household, as CEO, replacing Shailesh Mehta, who stepped down in October. (CF Library 10/22/01; 11/15/01; 11/26/01)



NanoPierce Card Technologies
GmbH, a subsidiary of NanoPierce Technologies, Inc., announced the signing
of a
letter of intent with the Taiwan-based Opto
Tech Corporation, one of the leading suppliers of LED semiconductors

“This agreement represents a significant milestone in NanoPierce’s sales and
marketing plan, as well as our product development process. Our new
partner, Opto Tech, holds an extremely strong position in the field of wafer
production for light-emitting diodes. In addition to producing and
selling LED dies, Opto Tech produces and sells finished optoelectronic
itself,” explains Dr. Michael E. Wernle, President and Chief Executive Officer
of NanoPierce Card Technologies, GmbH.

“Initial samples have already been treated with the proprietary NanoPierce
Connection System and successfully tested in the application
laboratory at NanoPierce Card Technologies in Munich. Under the terms of the
letter of intent signed today, NCS will be jointly developed for commercial
optoelectronic, LED, applications. Additionally, under the agreement terms
Tech will provide its LEDs, connection performance specifications and testing
of NCS,” says Dr. Wernle. “Opto Tech also agrees to share with NanoPierce its
invaluable test results. This is the optimum approach for the development of
NCS for existing commercial optoelectronic, LED applications.”

Paul H. Metzinger, President & Chief Executive Officer of NanoPierce
Technologies, Inc., of Denver, Colorado, is quoted: “We have identified and
publicly announced our principal targeted markets for NCS and one of the
biggest is in the LED semiconductor market. Consistent with our ‘Top Five’
marketing plan — where we focus our efforts at arrangements with one of the
top five companies in a given market — we are very pleased to have an
agreement with Opto Tech, clearly, if not the largest LED semiconductor
manufacturer in the world, one of the largest.” Mr. Metzinger noted: “The
future of LEDs includes the potential replacement of standard incandescent and
fluorescent light bulbs. Strategically this falls in line with the recent
opening of our sales representative office in Taiwan, allowing NanoPierce
access to the enormous Asian electronics market which currently has a
volume of
$218 billion, not including Japan.”

“We recognize the NanoPierce Connection System as a potential break-through
technology in the problematic area of LED connections,” commented Mr.
Wang, Vice President of Opto Tech’s System and Product Division. “Our Business
Unit is working with full-color LED display systems and LED traffic signals,
but the possibilities for further applications are virtually endless.”

About Opto Tech Corporation

Opto Tech Corporation’s extensive experience gained during recent years as
as progressive technological developments have resulted in state-of-the-art
production processes that ensure top-quality products and fast, reliable
delivery. Among its optoelectronic system products, the large LED Movie
has been used successfully in a wide range of applications, including
exhibition halls, airports, train and bus stations, garnering praise from the
high-tech industrial community. Opto Tech has made a long-term commitment to
research and develop new product technologies, improve production processes,
and to continuously pursue higher quality and increased productivity. Opto
has 800 employees, over half of whom hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Since its founding in December 1983 at the Hsinchu Science-Based Industrial
Park in Taiwan, the strong growth of Opto Tech has been fueled by its
continuous output of high-quality products. Both its capital and its sales
revenues have increased steadily since the company’s inception. In particular,
marked growth took place after Opto Tech was listed on the Taiwan stock
exchange in May 1995. Currently, its capital is at a level of 3.3 billion NT
dollars with sales revenue approaching 5 billion NT dollars.

About Nanopierce Card Technologies, GmbH

Nanopierce Card Technologies GmbH is a 100% subsidiary of NanoPierce
Technologies, Inc., of Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., which is traded on the Nasdaq
stock market (OTCBB:NPCT) as well as in Frankfurt and Hamburg (OTC:NPI). In
addition to the 12 patents it owns, NanoPierce has numerous applications
pending, others in preparation, and various other intellectual properties
related to NanoPierce’s proprietary NCS(TM) (NanoPierce Connection System).
This advanced system is designed to provide significant improvement over
conventional electrical and mechanical interconnection methods for
circuit boards, components, sockets, connectors, semiconductor packaging and
electronic systems.
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Company’s website at