American Express, Twitter Unlock the #Hashtag Purchasing Power

American Express launched its social commerce solution, implementing Twitter #hashtags as purchasing tools in a unique and seamless way. Now Cardmembers who sync their eligible Cards at and tweet special #hashtags can buy American Express Gift Cards and products from Amazon, Sony, Urban Zen and Xbox 360 through its own “Card Sync” technology. The “Card Sync” solution first launched on Twitter to deliver couponless savings to Cardmembers who tweet special offer #hashtags from merchants. The $25 American Express Gift Card can be purchased using a synced American Express Card for $15 by tweeting #BuyAmexGiftCard25 (quantities limited, offer expires 3/3/13, limit one per Cardmember). Meanwhile, Cardmembers can sync their eligible Cards with Twitter to purchase products and access content, offers and more.

AnywhereCommerce, Heartland Ink mPayment Partnership

AnywhereCommerce is now the provider for Heartland Payment Systems’ “Mobuyle” mobile payment reader. Combined with Heartland’s payment acceptance app for Apple iOS and Android operating systems, This allows merchants to take credit, debit and gift card payments on various mobile devices. AnywhereCommerce is a major mobile payments solution provider, serving many of the top 20 merchant acquirers, providing fully brandable merchant POS devices, software apps and a global gateway.

KAIKU Visa Prepaid Card Winner in Paybefore Awards

Paybefore has chosen the KAIKU Visa Prepaid Card as a 2013 Paybefore Awards winner in both the Best General Purpose Reloadable Card Program – US Solutions and Outstanding Newcomer categories. Paybefore Awards, now in its seventh year, are presented annually by Paybefore, whose publications are the leading source of industry information for alternative payments executives. Kaiku Finance launched the KAIKU Visa Prepaid Card in July 2012 as a next-generation prepaid product empowering consumers to more effectively manage their money with an unparalleled combination of affordability, style, transparency, access, convenience, and mobility. The KAIKU Card’s sleek design and low monthly fee of $1.95 positions itself as a lifestyle choice for today’s increasingly mobile and cashless society.

Thales, Miura Partner on Affordable mPayments

Thales communications security and Miura Systems partner-launched an integrated m-payment solution for merchants to adopt mobile POS systems that fully support PIN based transactions and EMV chip cards. Smaller merchants can now take advantage of the inherent security qualities of these technologies to reduce fraud and simplify compliance, they also qualify for reduced interchange fees which directly benefits their bottom line. PIN based transactions and EMV cards requires a level of security that has (largely) prevented their use in the context of mobile payments since smartphones cannot be certified to the appropriate standards (PCI PTS). Any payment system relies on end-to-end protection of the transaction from the customer terminal right through to the payment processing infrastructure. Thales has worked with Miura to protect that back-end infrastructure via interoperability with the Thales payShield 9000 hardware security module (HSM).

2Checkout Launches iPad Mobile App

2Checkout online payment processor partnered Inexika app developers to launch its “2Checkout Mobile” mobile app for the iPad. The “2Checkout Mobile” app for the iPad has been designed for their seller clients. It provides more interactive visual graphics and more functionality, furnishing interactive sales and payments dashboards, send customer invoices, and add or edit products from anywhere.

Diebold Sees 4Q/12 Profits Tumble

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Diebold posted a 4Q/12 net loss from continuing operations attributable to Diebold of $(7.5) million, compared to the year ago net income of $79.8 million. The company recorded $18.0 million of pre-tax, non-routine expense primarily related to increasing its accrual for the eventual resolution of the previously disclosed Foreign Corrupt Practices…

Wells Fargo Offers Consumer Remittances with Fee Waiver

Wells Fargo & Company is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of its Global Remittance Services unit by offering new Wells Fargo ExpressSend customers a fee waiver on their first transfer if they enroll in the service and make their first transfer from a Wells Fargo linked account between February 1 and June 30, 2013. Wells Fargo offers remittance services to 14 countries, to which it remains committed, despite pending regulations that are causing some large banking institutions and traditional remittance companies to exit the business or reevaluate their strategy. Wells Fargo ExpressSend customers can send funds to their beneficiaries in most countries through their choice of four remittance alternatives- account to account, account to cash, cash to cash, or cash to account.

Jack Henry Teams TransCard to Tap Underbanked

Jack Henry & Associates (JKHY) technology solutions and payment processing services introduced prepaid cards. TransCard will provide operational support and customizable marketing materials for the solution.The company’s Jack Henry Banking, ProfitStars, and Symitar®divisions will sell the solution that enables financial institutions to offer payroll cards, reloadable prepaid cards, and gift cards that generate additional revenue from commercial and retail customers, while attracting new customers from the underbanked and unbanked market segments.

Virtual Piggy Partners Ty.Com

Virtual Piggy youth payments added its youth-friendly payment system to Ty’s ecommerce website. Letting parents to set up a monthly allowance for their children, Virtual Piggy promotes financial management while empowering youth under 18 to make purchasing, saving and other money management decisions. Ty is best known for Beanie Babies®, an immensely popular line of plush toys that started in 1993.

MoneyGram Launches mRemittance Solution

MoneyGram global money transfer announced users of iPhone, Android or Windows 8 mobile devices in the U.S. can now use to send money, find MoneyGram locations, estimate money transfer fees and view recent account activity. This allows the company to tap the $50 billion cross-border U.S. remittance market. MoneyGram offers money transfer services worldwide through a global network of more than 310,000 agent locations in 197 countries.

Fiserv Inks Expanded Partnership Agreement

Fiserv financial services technology solutions announced that United Community Banks has extended and expanded its partnership, and will continue to operate on the Premier bank platform. In addition to new deployments of card services solutions from Fiserv, United Community Banks will implement a host of additional Fiserv solutions, selected for its innovation, integration and scalability. United currently utilizes “Business Process Manager” for new account and process management, “CheckFree RXP” for bill payment, “Popmoney” for person-to-person payments and “Merchant Source Capture” for remote check deposits, along with several other Fiserv solutions.

FIS Launches P2P Payments Solution

FIS’ “People Pay” solution, offering real-time P2P payments through its own “PayNet” real-time payments network, is now available through a single platform provided by their financial institution. It allows banks to offer a trusted payment services to their customers and drive increased P2P adoption. Beyond traditional P2P models, the next horizon for today’s digitally demanding, fast-moving consumer is paying any person, company or institution in real time – quickly, easily and securely. Users can now send payments directly to a recipient’s e-mail address or mobile phone number while utilizing the institution’s secure online banking Web site. The standalone P2P solution will also be integrated with FIS channel products and core solutions.