Discover Reinforces College Football Sponsorship with Fan Poll

Discover will launch a 15-week fan loyalty poll in September that will give die-hard fans a platform to showcase dedication to their favorite college football team. Title sponsor of the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game and 2013 Discover Orange Bowl, Discover will survey college football fans to find out which school truly has the most loyal fans in America and release these findings weekly alongside an additional bi-weekly supplement. Beyond title sponsorship of the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game and 2013 Discover Orange Bowl, Discover’s commitment to college football includes relationships with ESPN and Notre Dame football on NBC.

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VeriFone Intros Developer Portal for mPayment

VeriFone Systems officially kicked off its “SAIL Developer Portal” for application developers, granting access to tools and APIs that enable them to integrate with the SAIL mobile payment platform. The new mobile payment solution provides tools for independent developers to easily integrate instant enrollment with an open platform that enables mobile application developers and technology providers to build their own payment or marketing solutions with VeriFone infrastructure. The SAIL Developer Portal features a SAIL Instant Commerce Toolkit that enables developer plug-and-play access to the components of the SAIL Open Payment platform, including APIs for real time merchant enrollment, payment processing through the secure SAIL payments engine, as well as inventory and data sync capabilities. Developers can use the complete toolkit to develop their own iOS and Android mobile payments solutions, without having to rebuild secure gateway or mobile device driver assets.

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jqMobi mJavaScript Framework Sees Web App Deployment on Social Network

jqMobi announced that it is the first mobile JavaScript framework to be used by a major social network in a massive global deployment on tens of millions of iOS and Android mobile devices. jqMobi is the first JavaScript framework that was specifically designed for speed and continuity on both iOS and Android, and other WebKit-based mobile devices. It was originally conceived and created by appMobi and then released as open source in February 2012. Since then, it has attracted tens of thousands of developers who are using it to create mobile Web apps and hybrid native apps.

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Compass Plus Releases Payment Fraud White Paper

Compass Plus retail banking software and electronic payments systems to financial institutions released a white paper, “The Rise and Fall of a Fraudulent Transaction,” detailing the evolution of financial services and how financial institutions must deploy multiple layers of protection in order to stay ahead of the fraudsters. It shows how the financial services sector has undergone a transformation in the last 10 years with customers no longer needing to visit their bank – Internet, mobile and self-service kiosks, including ATMs, now provide access to services at all times. Compass Plus outlines the various types of fraud that are prevalent today and the numerous layers of protection that can be used to combat them.

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PULSE and Motorola FCU Ink Long-Term Agreement

PULSE debit/ATM network extended and expanded its long-term relationship with Motorola Employees Credit Union (MECU), as MECU’s network provider for PIN debit. This provides MECU’s 39,000 members with access to POS terminals at retail locations across the U.S. through PULSE PAY®, as well as PULSE’s nationwide network of more than 380,000 ATMs. MECU, with 10 branch locations in Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts and Texas, has been a PULSE participant since 2007 and chose to expand its relationship with PULSE following a comprehensive review, facilitated by the Illinois Credit Union League Service Corporation, that included a detailed analysis of MECU’s debit program transaction history. The process confirmed that MECU achieves improved debit economics when its PIN debit transactions are routed through PULSE.

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MoneyGram Renews Vietcombank Agreements

MoneyGram renewed agreements with Vietcombank, featuring an expanded money transfer service allowing customers in Vietnam to send and receive money transfers at nearly 400 Vietcombank transaction offices. The renewal and addition of send services makes Vietcombank a full-service MoneyGram money transfer agent in Vietnam. It also builds on the nearly 18-year relationship between the two companies and reflects an important milestone and significant advancement for MoneyGram’s remittance service in Vietnam and its relationship with Vietcombank.

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MoneyGram Expands UnionPay Cash Services

MoneyGram and UnionPay announced a network expansion to provide emergency cash services to UnionPay credit card cardholders. The service will become available to member institutions in a phased approach. UnionPay credit cardholders with cards issued by UnionPay’s member institutions can now use MoneyGram’s global network of 284,000 locations to receive emergency cash services. Each UnionPay credit cardholder is eligible for cash assistance provided the card-issuing bank has enrolled to the MoneyGram service. The amount of available emergency cash is based on the credit limit designated by the card-issuing bank, with the maximum amount capped at USD $5,000.

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Wright Express Expands, Acquires UNIK Card Provider

Wright Express Corporation business payment processing and information management solutions has expanded its global presence by acquiring a 51% interest in UNIK S.A., a privately-held provider of payroll cards in Brazil for approximately R$44.7 million (approximately US$21.9 million). The agreement also includes the potential to acquire the remaining shares over a three-year period. The investment is expected to be accretive to adjusted net income starting in the first twelve months. UNIK is a leading provider of payroll cards, private label and processing services in Brazil specializing in the retail, government and transportation sectors.

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Westpac Implements Oberthur For Pilot TSM

Oberthur Technologies announced its Trusted Service Manager (TSM) Platform is being used by Westpac for its pilot Android Mobile NFC Payment application. Oberthur Technologies’ TSM solution allows for the secure personalization of Westpac’s Debit cards pre-personalised into android handsets fully-equipped with a secure element embedded in the SIM card – meaning there is no additional hardware attachments required. Once the users’ virtual Debit card has been personalized on the phone, participants will be able to pay for goods simply by tapping their phone onto contactless payment readers at the checkout. Oberthur Technologies is a trusted supplier to more than 5,000 banks, mobile operators and transport authorities globally and has consistently innovated its solution offerings to answer the needs of the NFC ecosystem.

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USA Tech Adds Web Services Offering

USA Technologies wireless, cashless payment and M2M telemetry solutions made available its “QuickConnect” Web service to make it easier for developers and OEMs in the unattended retail and mobile payment acceptance space to interface with USAT’s “ePort Connect” service platform. The “QuickConnect” service give machine manufacturers that desire a turnkey solution for enabling a connection to USAT’s comprehensive ePort Connect service independent of card reading hardware; mobile app developers requiring a turnkey solution for cashless payment services; and developers of unattended devices, such as kiosks, that require an easily deployed cashless option.

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