DraftKings Launches Mobile Social Game

DraftKings online platform for fantasy sport launched its “Big Baller” mobile app for daily fantasy sports game play. Bringing a quick-style format to online fantasy sports, “Big Baller” offers an easy-to-play option for entertainment. Players can go head-to-head with friends, the Big Baller community or the app itself, and multi-platform functionality allows seamless, continuous play across mobile devices and Facebook. Big Baller operates across multiple platforms, including Facebook, Android, and iOS and is available on over 1,000 different device operating systems.

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NCR Offers Channel Partners Maintenance Services, Inks ScanSource

NCR Corporation independent retailers can now access NCR POS maintenance services through the network of distributors and resellers who market and sell NCR hardware and software solutions. This new offering allows channel partners to serve as a one-stop shop (hardware-software-services) for their independent retail customers, to create more recurring revenue streams with those customers and allow smaller retailers to offer the POS uptimes, transaction efficiency and customer service their end-user customers demand. ScanSource POS & Barcoding is the first company to offer NCR’s POS maintenance services to POS resellers.

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MasterCard Acquires Truaxis Personalized Offers and Rewards

MasterCard acquired Truaxis relevant credit and debit card-linked offers. The Truaxis platform with the MasterCard network will allow for real-time offer delivery coupled with advanced analytics to ensure consumers get more meaningful offers, merchants gain efficiencies in driving sales and financial institutions build greater loyalty with customers. This is fundamental to the MasterCard strategy to deliver enhanced shopping experiences and added value to stakeholders through unique product innovations and partnerships with leaders in the offers and loyalty space. Truaxis furnishes an offers creation and campaign management platform; advanced personalization capabilities to ensure consumers receive highly relevant offers; and flexible platform architecture, enabling simpler and faster implementations for financial institutions.

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Chase Community Giving Launches 2012 Program

Chase implemented the voting period for the 2012 Chase Community Giving program from now until September 19 to determine the allocation of $5 million in Chase grants to 196 charities selected by Facebook users and Chase online customers. Open to the public at Facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving and for Chase customers at Chase.com/ChaseGiving, this will determine the 196 charities who receive the most votes, with $250,000 to the charity receiving the most votes; $100,000 to each of the next ten runner-up charities; $50,000 to each of the next thirty-five runner-up charities; $20,000 to each of the next fifty runner-up charities; and $10,000 to each of the next one hundred runner-up charities. Nominated charities must be a registered 501(c)(3) public charity with annual operating expenses below $10 million and meet other requirements as described in the program’s rules.

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CorFire Delivers mPayment for Dunkin’ Donuts’ Mobile App

CorFire mobile commerce business of SK C&C USA is providing virtual mobile payment capabilities to Dunkin’ Donuts. The technology supports Dunkin’ Donuts’ recently-launched mobile app which eliminates the need for physical cards and enables consumers to gift via SMS, email, and social networks. The Dunkin’ App is technology agnostic and works without the need to wait on NFC, enhancing the consumers’ shopping experience by providing convenient and easy-to-use mobile payment options. The solution, which works on most smartphones, also delivers Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees with payment and gifting solutions that drive customer loyalty while providing cost savings.

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Wincor Nixdorf Partners Quad POS

Wincor Nixdorf IT solutions for retail and Quad POS systems partnered for cooperation. With this, Quad will take over the distribution of POS systems from Wincor Nixdorf to resellers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In taking this step, Wincor Nixdorf is continuing its overall expansion by extending its partner business. The cooperation will in future allow specialty retailers or catering companies, for example, to use POS solutions from the market leader Wincor Nixdorf.

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Fime Facilitates Net1 MasterCard Certification

FIME has provided consultancy services to Net1 UEPS Technologies – a leading provider of secure and affordable transaction channels to developing countries – which has resulted in a MasterCard Compliance Assessment and Security Testing (CAST) certification for its South African e-purse payment solution. Net1 provides alternative payment solutions for populations in developing economies with no, or limited access to traditional banking facilities. Net1 appointed FIME to assist in the preparation for evaluation and certification of its e-purse application in line with MasterCard security requirements.

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CARTES Asia and E-commerce Asia Promote eCommerce

CARTES Asia has brought together market leaders from card manufacturing, payment, security, identification and mobility to present their latest and innovative solutions. The co-located E-COMMERCE Asia event will extend the offer to products and solutions in digital and mobile marketing, e-commerce and m-commerce platforms, fulfillment and delivery. A joint sector will be dedicated to e-commerce and m-commerce payment solutions. Launching the event in Hong Kong was due to infrastructure offered to international exhibitors and visitors and location.

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MoneyGram Embarks on Eastern Euro Market

MoneyGram is now facilitating money transfer and remittance in Bosnia and Herzegovina through its partnership with Nova Bank. Under the agreement, Nova Bank customers are now able to send and receive international money transfers at more than 40 Nova Bank locations across rural and urban Bosnia through MoneyGram’s global network. The World Bank estimates Bosnia has the 12th-highest proportion of its population living abroad, with more than 1 million Bosnian citizens living and working outside Bosnia.

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Raptor and TNS Expand to Latin America

Raptor Trading Systems and Transaction Network Services are strengthening their position within the Latin American (Latam) financial markets and opening up access to trade to their North American customer base. Raptor, the leading provider of client facing trading systems, is working primarily with TNS to allow cross-connectivity through TNS’ secure trading network to the Latam markets that are experiencing a strong growth trajectory. The strategic partnership between Raptor and TNS will allow both companies to target a growing market that is experiencing a great deal of regulatory change as well as technological advancement being impacted by increasing levels of online trading.

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Still Little Activity on the Unemployment Front

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Payroll employment was up a mere 96,000 employees in August as the unemployment rate maintained its stagnant 8.1%, where it has held the narrow range of 8.1-8.3%. However, this is down a full percentage point from the year ago period, but the number of unemployed Americans has held at 12.5 million…

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