Citi Launches Campaign for Card Customers

Citi unveiled its “Private Pass” entertainment access program, with access to thousands of events each year including presales, preferred seating and VIP experiences. Citi credit or debit card customers can purchase tickets through www.citiprivatepass.com and some events are complimentary. The “MORE” campaign shows the special access for Citi credit and debit card customers, by highlighting musicians, athletes, chefs and more. Each of the celebrities featured in the campaign has been or will be part of a Citi Private Pass event, including: Alicia Keys, Rickie Fowler, David Ortiz, Cal Ripken Jr., the Fresh Beat Band, Gladys Knight, Santana, Daniel Boulud and Giada De Laurentiis. The Citi Private Pass campaign is brought to life in a breadth of channels, including television, print, digital, events and advertisements at New York City’s Bryant Park, The Grove in Los Angeles and Ogilvy Station in Chicago. Citi customers with a Citi Amex, MasterCard or Visa credit or debit card have access to Citi Private Pass.

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Ingenico Lands Nationwide NFC m-Payments Project

Ingenico has been selected as supplier of payment terminals for the launch of fully-fledged NFC Mobile payments in the Czech Republic, in partnership with Telefonica, Visa Europe, Komercni Banka and Samsung. Telefonica, operating under the name O2 in the country, has presented a ground breaking novelty to its customers, offering the exchange of their classic SIM cards for special SIM cards supporting the NFC technology, with a prepaid credit of CZK 250 (circa €10). This enables to try out mobile payments immediately in the O2 stores, or at any point of sale in the Czech Republic where contactless payment is made available.

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YESpay Launches Payments Solution for POS Web Apps

In conjunction with EPSON, YESpay is unveiling its “i-EasyV for POS” web apps Chip & PIN and contactless card payments client solution. Web centric software resolves issues of cost associated with the usage of such POS systems, while “i-EasyV for POS” in particular allows payments clients to run software on any store PC (Linux or Windows) as well as on the new innovative intelligent thermal printer hardware available from EPSON (TM-T88V-DT).

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MoneyGram Adds China Guangfa Bank to Network

MoneyGram announced its money transfer services at China Guangfa Bank (CGB) are now available at all of its 132 banks across China, which are now available at more than 14,000 locations in the Country. CGB has 544 branches covering about 40 cities and towns in mainland China. CGB offers a broad range of financial services including personal and corporate banking, asset management, wealth management, broker-dealer and advisory services, issuance services, and treasury services and has more than 500 branches in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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First Data, Accenture and VocaLink Launch Real-time Payments

First Data signed an exclusive partnership with Accenture and VocaLink to introduce a technical solution for “Immediate Payments” in Australia, allowing consumers and businesses to transfer funds between bank accounts in real or near real-time, instead of waiting between one-to-three days. With this, First Data will provide deep expertise in real-time payment processing, as well as a safe, secure, scalable, multi-client payment hub. VocaLink designed, built and delivers the real-time Faster Payments Service in the U.K. and has taken this unique expertise forward with its Immediate Payments software solution, currently being deployed internationally.

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Ultra and Realex Payments to Showcase Cloud Contact Solution

Ultra Communications and Realex Payments are teaming up to demonstrate the live Ultra Cloud-based contact centre with PCI DSS compliant payment handling and full performance monitoring capabilities. The live demonstration, called ‘Ultra Live’, will showcase Inbound call management; automated dialling, including predictive, preview and power/progressive; PCI compliant payment handling; Contact recording; and Realex “RealControl.” As well as the Ultra Live demonstration, Ultra and Realex Payments consultants will be on hand at stand E20 to show visitors how to transition to the latest Cloud-based contact centre services and implement PCI solutions more effectively.

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doxo Platform to Boost mPayment

doxo digital file cabinet and e-payment has launched its “Connect QR Code” functionality for its providers, allowing businesses that are on doxo to immediately connect with mobile customers simply by featuring a Connect QR code on their documents. Customers can utilize the “Connect QR” code to immediately Connect with the provider on doxo, view the bill or statement, and make a payment, right from their mobile device. It comes “out of the box” with the doxo service as a means to help providers increase paperless adoption, and requires no software or IT services for a business on doxo to deploy. By scanning the QR code with an enabled mobile device, a customer is able to immediately connect with that provider, receive and view their bill into their personal digital file cabinet, and make a payment directly from their personal bank account with doxoPAY. Businesses need not have their own mobile sites or invest in building standalone apps to enable mobile billing and payments with doxo.

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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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