PayOne mobile payments and carrier billing filed a patent infringement lawsuit against The Home Depot, Inc. in the Northern District of California. The suit asserts The Home Depot retail store deployment and use of PayPal’s in-store checkout infringes on multiple PayOne patents including the use of a mobile phone number and a PIN (personal identification number) to complete the checkout process and payment at point of sale. The complaint seeks unspecified damages and a court-ordered injunction against future infringement by The Home Depot. The asserted PayOne patents include United States Patent No. 7,848,500, entitled “Method And Apparatus To Validate A Subscriber Line”; and United States Patent No. 7,848,504, entitled “Method And Apparatus To Validate A Subscriber Line.”
Fiserv financial services technology solutions has integrated its “Popmoney” P2P payments service on the “Mobiliti” mbanking and payments platform. This allows P2P payments initiated directly from a user’s mobile banking account, enhancing the functionality of mobile banking by enabling consumers to pay people they know or owe using their email address or mobile phone number. Consumers can also manage incoming payments and review their transaction history. Popmoney is now readily available within the Mobiliti mobile banking user interface, making it easy for users to manage their mobile banking and payments activity from a central hub. With mobile banking adoption surging and consumers beginning to utilize the service in more sophisticated ways, it has become increasingly important for financial institutions to deliver a unified set of mobile banking and payments options. The Popmoney service is integrated into the CheckFree® RXP® electronic billing and payment solution and the Corillian Online® and Virtual Branch® online banking solutions from Fiserv and is available as a standalone service.
GE Capital Retail Bank and the Thomas Kinkade inked a multi-year agreement to provide a private label credit card program for consumers, for which GE Capital will manage the relationship and account service. The consumer financing program is available at more than 350 participating Thomas Kinkade authorized galleries and approved dealers, offering competitive rates and promotions, including deferred interest payment options on purchases of the artist’s limited edition artwork, open edition pieces and licensed products such as collectibles, home décor and furnishings. GE Capital’s Retail Finance business has provided billions of dollars in consumer financing through major retailers and more than 200,000 small- and mid-sized businesses throughout the United States.
Chase Sapphire premier travel rewards card launched its 2013 Golf Experience Program offering golf enthusiasts access to two professional golfers. Chase Sapphire’s Golf Experience Program enters its third year and will be hosted by the 2012 U.S. Open Champion, Webb Simpson and renowned professional golfer, Stewart Cink. The experiential program is exclusively for Chase Sapphire cardholders and includes a series of six events in cities across the U.S. this year. Chase Sapphire cardholders can redeem their credit card rewards points to participate in unique golf experiences with Simpson and Cink. Experience packages include a shoulder-to-shoulder walking clinic with one of the professional golfers, personalized swing analysis and a round of golf at one of the country’s most beautiful courses.
American Express and luxury vacation club Inspirato to deliver the club’s unique vacation experiences under the new brand “Inspirato with American Express,” available to all consumers with special benefits to American Express® Cardmembers. Inspirato is the first luxury destination club to lease rather than own its properties – and as a result, avoid the six-figure, up-front fees common in the industry. Members enjoy personalized pre-trip vacation planning and on-site concierge services, and pay members-only nightly rates – often at significant savings – to vacation in exquisite homes that average $3.6 million in value and are exclusively managed by Inspirato. Inspirato offers private vacation homes, luxury hotel partners and adventure travel experiences in such world-class destinations as Aspen, St. Barts, Nantucket, Sonoma, Los Cabos, Maldives, Tuscany, Maui and Provence.
TransCard prepaid product offerings to financial institutions is now allowing banks to give consumers an option to create their own personalized Prepaid MasterCard through cardgistics. Customers can use online banking services for user generated photo card design. In just a few easy steps, clients can personalize their reloadable Prepaid MasterCard with their favorite memory to always carry with them. After uploading and editing a personal photo, consumers need only to sit back and relax after placing their order. Consumers can access the designer through a link customized with the banks logo and message, upload their chosen digital photo, adjust image as desired and submit the design.
Bluefin Payment launched its “PayConex Payment Gateway” and “CardConex Management System.” The solutions with integrated software vendors (ISVs) provides services to SaaS providers and major merchants in the insurance, health/fitness, faith-based, medical, legal, non-profit and transportation industries. The company has continuously provided debit, credit and ACH solutions for the last several years, but decided to brand their payment gateway as more payment and security features were added over the past 10 months. In 2Q/13, merchants will also have the ability to take mobile payments through Bluefin’s custom interface. The “CardConex” platform offers a Partner Portal and dashboard for resellers managing and submitting merchant applications through “PayConex.”
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] For its 3 months ended January 31, 2013, VeriFone Systems secure electronic payment solutions posted revenues of $430 million, compared to $425 million a year ago for a 1% increase. Meanwhile, net revenues were $429 million, compared to $420 million a year ago, a 2% increase. With North America GAAP net…
TSYS has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2013 World’s Most Ethical Companies for the second year in a row. Ethisphere reviewed nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries for the award. The methodology for the World’s Most Ethical Companies includes reviewing codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.
TransCard prepaid products to financial institutions announced its new Traveler Prepaid Card. This card protects customers’ bank balances and credit lines if the card is ever lost or stolen. Financial institution customers can move money for their travels onto the Traveler Prepaid Card and leave their debit card and credit cards at home. With mobile account access for both Apple and Android users, tracking spending and balances on the Traveler Prepaid Card while on the road is easy and convenient.
Alaric fraud prevention and payments solutions partnered Mistral Mobile to enable financial institutions around the world to offer customers full financial services through mobile phones. This will use Mistral Mobile’s Money Mobility Suite for the interface with the mobile devices, supported by Alaric’s Authentic solution for transaction processing. The service can be used by any customer with any mobile phone. The partnership lets users update and add new features completely remotely and automatically, with no need for customer involvement in application updates. The system can connect to banks, card schemes and other payment schemes, and has the flexibility to be integrated into the wider banking system. The mobile solution will also integrate with Alaric’s Fractals fraud prevention technology, giving financial institutions the ability to detect and prevent merchant or micro-agent fraud.
U.S. Bank and American Red Cross partnered to provide disaster preparedness funding, opportunities for customer contributions, and increased employee volunteer opportunities. This partnership includes an annual commitment of $250,000 from U.S. Bank to help the Red Cross prepare for vital disaster services; the opportunity for customers to contribute at designated U.S. Bank ATMs when disaster strikes and U.S. Bank will kick off Employee Awareness and Preparedness Fairs for its 65,000 employees across the nation throughout the year.