AmEx Adds Ways to Use Membership Rewards Points

American Express announced new and recently added partners to its industry-leading Membership Rewards program, including Seamless, Groupon, Virgin America and vente-privee USA. Through a new relationship with Seamless, a leading online food ordering service, American Express Cardmembers can redeem Membership Rewards points for pickup or delivery orders from more than 9,000 of their favorite local restaurants in 40 cities. Cardmembers redeem in 1,000 point increments for $10 e-certificates good for orders placed on Seamless.com or via Seamless’ mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry. Groupon is among the added partners, allowing Cardmembers explore their city using Membership Rewards points.

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Open Solutions’ CEO Launches ‘Main st’ Petition

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] In a showing of solidarity with Main Street America, small businesses and community-based financial institutions, Louis Hernandez, Jr., award-winning entrepreneur, policy advisor and highly-respected business executive has launched a petition and a call to action encouraging small businesses, individuals and community-based financial institutions to raise their voices in protecting the now…

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Paymetric Growth Continues

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The need for cutting edge payment card security continues to groundswell amidst ever increasing card usage, inevitable associated data breaches and security issues, as evidenced by Paymetric’s record 2011 results and strong 2012 first quarter performance. Paymetric, Inc., the leading provider of integrated and secure enterprise payment acceptance solutions, today announced…

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ACH payments volume Up over 20 billion transactions

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Total ACH payment volume grew to over 20.2 billion transactions in 2011, up 4.35 percent over 2010, according to new statistics released today by NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association. ACH payments moved a total of $33.91 trillion over the Network in 2011. According to NACHA, the steady growth of the…

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INSIDE Secure Supplies NFC Technology for Nokia Smartphone

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] INSIDE Secure, a leader in semiconductor solutions for secure transactions and digital identity, announced that its near field communication (NFC) solution has been integrated into the new Nokia Lumia 610 NFC smartphone, based on the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 platform. “We are very excited to be providing the NFC core technology…

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Cashplus Business Account Card Program Awarded

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Advanced Payment Solutions Limited, the company behind the Cashplus Business Account, has won yet another award. This time it picked up ‘Best Business Card Programme 2012’, at The Card & Payment Awards. The judges of this prestigious award looked for evidence of how card programmes benefited customers. In the case of…

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Phoenix to Showcase Payment Security Service

Phoenix Managed Networks payment network is set to launch its “PaySecure” service designed to improve merchant payment security and compliance at the Electronic Transaction Association (ETA) annual conference. Merchants benefit from a fully managed firewall service featuring the Mako 6500 router, which assists merchants with simplified PCI accreditation, fast deployment and management of a host of in-store data applications through its intuitively simple usability. PaySecure represents an added value service that can be white labeled as part of their own offering. The Mako Networks leadership team will demonstrate the benefits of the Phoenix-Mako partnership.

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INSIDE Secure Supplies NFC Technology on Nokia Smartphone

INSIDE Secure semiconductor solutions for secure transactions and digital identity announced that its NFC solution has been integrated into the new Nokia Lumia 610 NFC smartphone, based on the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 platform. The Nokia smartphone utilizes the INSIDE Secure MicroRead® v3.4 NFC controller and Open NFC protocol stack software to provide NFC capabilities for a broad range of useful and entertaining applications. The Lumia 610 NFC smartphone is the first Microsoft Windows Phone device that INSIDE Secure has supported with MicroRead® and Open NFC™.

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InTechnology Launches PCI Management Service

InTechnology launched a PCI-certified managed service called PaySecure Connect. The cloud services provider has partnered with Phoenix Managed Networks and Mako Networks to deliver a resilient MPLS network and a secure PCI-certified payment infrastructure which is also capable of delivering managed voice and data services over the same secure connection. PaySecure Connect has been developed to overcome the complexity of achieving and maintaining compliance with PCI data security standards and is the first package to offer consolidated payments authorisation between the retailer and banks with a scalable communication and managed services network. PaySecure Connect adds further value by removing many of the in-house resource costs needed to establish and adhere to PCI standards.

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Amazon Appstore Highlight at Open Mobile Summit

Amazon launched in-app purchasing in its app store while the Kindle Fire is scheduled for a UK launch at the end of April. The future of the apps market, including best practice strategies for monetisation and distribution, is one of the main themes for discussion at this year’s conference, with major app publishers including Layar, Disney and Mind Candy joining the debate. The Open Mobile Summit is widely recognised as the thought leading event for CEOs and senior strategists in the converging mobile, Internet and media space.

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FirsTech to Present at NACHA Conference

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] FirsTech, Inc., a payment processing provider who works to meet the needs of today’s biller through a comprehensive suite of services, will be presenting at NACHA’s PAYMENTS conference on Monday, April 30. Karen Gilhooly, Executive Vice President, in conjunction with a representative from Missouri Gas Energy (MGE), will present a case…

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Sysnet to Provide Worldpay Merchant PCI DSS Compliance Validation

Sysnet Global Solutions payment card industry compliance services, specializing in PCI DSS compliance validation and merchant intelligence solutions, has entered into an agreement with WorldPay card payments to provide PCI DSS compliance validation services to its client merchants. Both WorldPay and Sysnet are committed to providing businesses with solutions to help achieve and maintain required PCI DSS compliance and reduce the risk of cardholder theft. Sysnet and WorldPay have worked closely together to develop a fully branded, customized solution that meets the specific needs of WorldPay’s merchant portfolio, which includes a tailored communication program designed to encourage merchant engagement and to assist business owners throughout the compliance journey.

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