Ciphrex has launched Bitcoin Vault™ – a leading-edge, secure software wallet for Bitcoin transactions and account management. The beta release is offered for free and can be downloaded from Ciphrex website at ciphrex.com. Bitcoin Vault™ is the first bitcoin wallet supporting shared multisignature account management using deterministic keychains. That’s welcome news for the Bitcoin community. Last December, at the Bitcoin convention in Las Vegas, attention was drawn to the fact that no one had yet offered any practical multisignature tools.
Wallaby announced the launch of its Google Chrome web browser extension that expands Wallaby’s market leadership position in credit card optimization solutions. The Wallaby Chrome Extension is included in the roll out of Wallaby Version 3.0 for iPhone – the most significant update to the popular and award-winning mobile app since its launch in 2012. Through the extension, Wallaby users easily identify which of their credit cards they should use for online purchases at a wide selection of merchants including Amazon, eBay, Staples, and Best Buy.
Sam’s Club has finalized a multi-year agreement with GE Capital Retail Bank to extend their existing relationship to provide Sam’s Club-branded credit cards to club members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. As part of the extension, GE Capital’s Retail Finance business will continue to manage and service the credit card programs for Sam’s Club Savings, Business and Plus members. Under the agreement, the Sam’s Club co-branded credit card programs will be converted to MasterCard later this year, providing members with a broader card acceptance network, as well as more robust features and benefits.
Payroll employment was up 192,000 units in March for a subsequent .01% change in the unemployment rate from February, which hasn’t moved from 6.7%. This was led by employment in business services, in health care and in mining and logging. The number of unemployed persons sits at 10.5 million with little change since the previous month figure of 10.5 million. Meanwhile, those jobless for 27 weeks or more was at 3.7 million, down slightly from the February figure of 3.8 million. These individuals accounted for 35.8% of the unemployed, a figure which has declined 837,000 over the prior year.
First Data appointed Michael Manos chief technology officer to oversee global technology infrastructure. Manos joins First Data from AOL Inc., where he served as AOL’s chief technology officer and was responsible for global technology and development platforms for all AOL subscription businesses, the industry, technology and media sites, AOL mail and messaging, and global mobile engineering efforts. Prior to joining AOL, he was a vice president at Nokia where he was responsible for the global operations, consolidation and restructuring of service operations for commercial-facing products and services. Before that, he was senior vice president for technical services at Digital Realty Trust where he oversaw the design, engineering, construction, and long-term operation for the company’s data center operations. He has also held leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Microsoft, Walt Disney and Nuclio Corporation.
USA Technologies cashless payment and M2M telemetry solutions for small-ticket, self-serve retailing industries, tannounced a new, exclusive agreement with The Pepi Companies that USAT believes exemplifies the future of integrated cashless payment, telemetry and consumer engagement services. The agreement, designed to span all aspects of Pepi’s business”from vending to micro-market, from mobile payment to cafeteria/food service point of sale”leverages Pepi’s existing cashless-enabled vending network and USAT’s new Integrated Payment Services. Integrated Payment Services, an evolution of USAT’s market-leading ePort Connect® service, was introduced to the vending industry yesterday. Pepsi was USAT’s first customer to initiate a complete conversion to cashless payment and telemetry on its vending machines, a project completed at the end of 2012. Pepi will expand its relationship with USAT by leveraging USAT products, services and add-on integration capabilities across all of Pepi’s other business segments.
Pepi’s integrated service solution will include traditional vending, using USAT’s turnkey ePort® and ePort Connect cashless payment and telemetry products and services. Pepi will also have the ability to integrate other third-party devices certified on USAT’s ePort Connect network. For Pepi’s micro-markets as well as their dining service point of sale, Pepi’s technology partner used QuickConnect to integrate with USAT, for streamlined payment services. In addition, for Pepi’s office coffee services and direct store deliveries, Pepi will use USAT’s ePort Mobile™ solution to integrate payments with other business segments. Finally, USAT’s loyalty and prepaid program, MORE., will be accessible by participating consumers using any of these payment acceptance options for an enhanced consumer experience and loyalty factor”one program for all aspects.
1stPay iPad POS announced the 1stPayPOS cloud-based iPad POS system provides big data analytics for small-to-medium sized businesses (SMB). The intuitive 1stPayPOS® cloud-based point-of-sale system is easy to install and significantly reduces training time for employees. Replacing the obsolete electronic cash register with 1stPayPOS® will speed the checkout process with barcode scanners, improve your store’s image and provide analytics to better manage your business. 1stPayPOS® has no servers to maintain and no limit to the number of stations like a PC-based system. 1stPayPOS® has proprietary End-To-End Encryption technologies to offer you peace of mind that your customers’ credit card data is secure. The card data is encrypted at the time of swipe, which is superior technology to that used by the big box retailers currently in the news.
MasterCard reported a growth of 40% in gross dollar volume, or GDV, for its prepaid card business across Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA) for 2013 (y-o-y). The momentum for prepaid growth is expected to continue given the potential for driving further financial inclusion in emerging markets as well as the increasing cross border and e-commerce transactions.
JetPay Corporation appointed Diane (Vogt) Faro to its Board of Directors. With a career of over 30 years in the payments industry, Faro brings executive expertise in management, sales, and the merchant acquiring and Independent Sales Organization sides of the payment business. Faro is currently President of National Benefit Programs (“NBP”), a provider of discounted business services, as well as a private consultant to the payments industry. Previously, she served as President of Global Merchant Services at First Data Corporation, which processed over $30 billion in transaction volume resulting in over $100 million in annual revenues. Ms. Faro was the CEO of Chase Merchant Services, LLC-from 1997 to 2002. Chase Merchant Services, an alliance between First Data Corporation and J.P. Morgan Chase, was the largest merchant acquirer in the world at that time.
ControlScan partnered with iScan Online to address the security issues caused by consumer-grade mobile-device use in the small to mid-sized business (SMB) environment. Widespread, business-level adoption of tablets and smartphones has drawn the attention of hackers. According to IT security vendor Kaspersky, there are 10 million malicious applications circulating for Android devices alone. In partnership with iScan Online, ControlScan created ProTect Mobile™, a powerful tool for securing Apple iOS and Android mobile devices. ProTect Mobile is a single-source scanning solution for security vulnerabilities, faulty configurations and sensitive data such as credit card information, social security numbers and protected health information (PHI). Device integrity and management features are also included, allowing the business owner to spot a critically vulnerable “jailbroken” or “rooted” device, and to locate, lock and wipe a device that has been lost or stolen.
USA Technologies wireless, cashless payment and M2M telemetry solutions for small-ticket, self-serve retailing industries, introduced its streamlined Integrated Payment Services model, USAT’s newest approach to serving the needs of today’s more complex vending businesses. As an evolution of USAT’s market leading ePort Connect service, Integrated Payment Services extends ePort Connect across multiple aspects of a self-serve business to position operators for better business efficiencies, reduced cost and a heightened customer experience. This includes traditional vending, micro-markets, office coffee services and direct store deliveries, dining Services and back office/online payment.
AnywhereCommerce, a global payments technology provider, has named Debra McAteer as vice president of sales for US resellers and ISOs. McAteer will oversee the company’s channel initiatives, and work directly with AnywhereCommerce’s network of merchant acquirers, ISOs and payment processors across the country. Prior to joining AnywhereCommerce, McAteer served as vice president of sales for major accounts at Equinox, where she spent the past 13 years. Prior to her time at Equinox, she served in sales capacities at Linkpoint, and at First Data.