Discover Fan Loyalty Poll Shows Women Lead in Team Spirit

The Discover Fan Loyalty Poll finds that women are showing more spirit than men when it comes to watching the game and wearing their school colors. In the third week of Discover’s national survey designed to gauge college football fan loyalty, fans were questioned on the depth of their commitment to their teams. When asked how important is it that they watch their favorite team’s game each week, 75 percent of all fans consider it somewhat to very important to tune in. However, more women than men, 78 percent to 73 percent, see it as a higher priority. When fans were asked if they regularly wear clothing or other items with the logo of their favorite college football team, 46 percent said yes, down from 55 percent last week. Once again, women showed more team pride when it comes to wearing a team’s logo: 58 percent of women wear it compared to 38 percent of men. The University of Southern California dropped out of the running after its loss to Stanford last week. Only 16 percent of fans said they would consider naming a pet or a child after a team, and of those who said they would, women leaned toward pet names while men leaned toward baby names.

Facebook Implements Bango Mobile Carrier Billing

Bango mobile web payments and analytics integrated with Facebook, expanding its services and allowing it to provide Facebook mobile web carrier billing, as part of an improved mobile payments flow. This enables Facebook’s mobile web users to easily purchase digital content with frictionless operator billing, paying on their phone, without the need to register personal details. Bango’s pervasive presence across app stores, publishers and mobile operators creates a platform effect for its partners, leading to more identified mobile users and maximizing the number of single-click payments for higher rates of collection.

Regions Bank Upgrades mApps, Adds mAccess for Rewards

Regions Bank launched apps for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry, upgrading its mobile experience with faster products and a streamlined user experience. This includes access to Regions’ complimentary Cashback Rewards program, allowing all checking account customers to activate special merchant offers, make purchases at those merchants using their Regions Visa CheckCard and get cash deposited directly back into their checking accounts. Customers now can see all new and existing cash back offers available to them; activate new offers from anywhere using their mobile device; and keep abreast of cash earned through the program.

EZ-Link Deploys Wirecard NFC Payments

EZ-Link card issuer is now using Wirecard Group’s mobile top-up service via its NFC mobile application, letting consumers to make NFC payments at the POS. Wirecard supports the process for consumers to conveniently add money to their EZ-Link purse on the go, simply using their NFC-enabled phone. EZ-Link has issued more than 12 million CEPAS-compliant cards, which is a contact-free e-Purse application. The EZ-Link card is accepted at a rapidly expanding network of acceptance points across the country.

Merchants Opposed to Swipe Fee Settlement, Fear Price Fixing

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] In the lasting wake of the Dodd-Frank law, a group of associations representing merchants highlighted the reasons behind the growing opposition to a proposed settlement of long-standing antitrust lawsuits against Visa, MasterCard and the nation’s largest banks in a letter to Congress. The terms of the proposal would apply to all…

Symantec and Parallels Partner on Securing Websites and E-Commerce

Symantec and Parallels, a hosting and cloud services enablement leader, announced a partnership to help service providers and website designers grow their revenue with a vastly simplified process for customers to acquire Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificates and other website security solutions. Service Providers and Web designers who use Parallels Plesk® Panel can now offer Symantec Easy SSL, a comprehensive Website Security portfolio including GeoTrust, Thawte, and other Symantec brands as part of a secure e-commerce solution. This integration will appeal to Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) wanting to provide a safer Web experience to secure online connections, transactions and for protecting customers against malware threats. Parallels Plesk Panel now automates the process of ordering, acquiring and installing Symantec-issued SSL certificates, allowing hosters and other service providers to easily resell, provision and track revenue from SSL orders.

FSV Payment Wins McDonald\’s Payroll Card Contract

FSV Payment Systems will provide payroll card services for McDonald’s U.S. company-owned restaurants. The companies are working together to create a payroll card program specifically for employees of McDonald’s U.S. company-owned restaurants that delivers both value and a suite of card features, including a cash back rewards program, text/email notifications and access to money quicker and easier than paper checks, as well as providing a resource for basic financial literacy.

VeriFone PAYware Mobile Facilitates Oracle mPOS

Oracle’s Retail Mobile POS was developed using the Verifone “PAYware” Mobile Enterprise solution and software development kit. The “PAYware” Mobile Enterprise for Tablet and Touch incorporates an encrypted card reader and bar code scanner for use with iPod touch and iPad. The mobile solution can integrate with existing POS infrastructure and supports most forms of payment acceptance, including NFC and EMV, in addition to regular magnetic stripe credit and debit cards. PAYware Mobile Enterprise works with all forms of electronic payment including magnetic stripe, chip and PIN, and contactless/NFC-enabled cards and phones.

Oak Bank Deploys Fiserv Account Processing and eBanking

Fiserv announced that Chicago-based Oak Bank has implemented its “Premier” bank platform and outsourced processing services. Oak Bank is also implementing Fiserv’s CheckFree® RXP® and CheckFree® Small Business for bill payment, Mobiliti™ for mobile banking, Business Online™ and Retail Online™ for online banking, Branch Source Capture™ and Merchant Source Capture™ for check capture, Business Process Manager for new account and process management, Fiserv® Clearing Network for image exchange and solutions for debit card processing. Mobiliti will give the bank robust mobile banking and payments functionality across a range of devices and networks. Retail Online and Business Online will provide the bank’s consumer and corporate customers with real-time account information, financial management tools and anytime, anywhere online banking.

Smart Payment Cards to Ship in Excess of 2.8B Units in 2017

EMV/smart payment card volumes increase with Latin America a particular migration hot spot in 2012, the U.S.’s impending move to EMV, and China’s migration to its PBOC 2.0 standard. Collectively these regions shipped in excess of 330 million smart payment cards in 2011, forecast to increase to over 1.5 billion in 2017. The U.S. now looks certain to migrate, although no official nationwide mandate has been set, mandates in liability shift from Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and Discover all support the adoption of EMV. Financial institutions in the region have been quick to react with approximately 19 to date committing to EMV migration. Forecasted payment card data is split into smart and mag-stripe applications with further granularity supplied for smart cards with all data broken down by product and technology type.

Citibank Launches Electronic ATM Receipts

Citibank announced a new paperless solution, allowing electronic ATM receipts delivered to a designated personal email account. Currently available on all Citibank branch ATMs, this eliminates the need for paper receipts and provides an easy way to track ATM transactions. Customers who make deposits and withdrawals through Citibank’s branch ATMs will find the new option on the transaction record screen. Customers can have their receipt emailed to a personal email address; printed with a copy of a check; print receipt without a copy of the check(s); or have no receipt.

CapOne Delinquency & COFs Up Slightly On National Avg

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Capital One’s 30-day delinquency rate for U.S. credit cards was up to 3.37% in August from 3.09% in July, according to the SEC. This compares to its international business counterpart, indicating a rate down marginally from 4.77% to 4.78%. The US figures are up significantly on delinquencies for all U.S. credit…