8% Increase in Unencrypted Cards Since 2010

Research is now showing 71% of merchants store unencrypted payment card data in 2011, 8% higher than in 2010. This, according to SecurityMetrics merchant data security, also shows over 370 million unencrypted cards on various-sized business and home networks, with the largest amount of payment cards discovered in a single network scan at over 96 million. Merchants who store unencrypted payment card data directly violate PCI DSS requirements and may be subject to fines and other penalties after a compromise. The discovery of unprotected cardholder data may indicate a number of factors, including an improperly designed or configured payment application, a non-PCI compliant payment application or improper card handling by employees.

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First Data Releases November 2011 Consumer Spending

First Data Corporation electronic commerce and payment processing released its “SpendTrend” analysis for the full month of November 2011 compared to November 2010. Tracking same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations, “SpendTrend” showed year-over-year dollar volume growth was up 7.3% in November, down from October’s 9.4% growth. November 2011 had tough comparables as November 2010 was a particularly strong month, with dollar volume growth up 8.1%. November 2011 transaction growth was 6.1%. Overall year-over-year average ticket growth was 1.1% for the month, down from October’s growth of 1.8% and the smallest increase since July 2011.

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Green Dot Acquires Bonneville Bank

Green Dot completed its previously announced acquisition of Bonneville Bancorp for $15.7 million in cash. With this, the bank’s official name will change to Green Dot Bank, but the bank will continue to do business and serve its loyal customer base under the name Bonneville Bank at its current Provo, Utah location. Green Dot will contribute approximately $14 million in cash to the bank to provide an initial capital base for its expanded operations.

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Fiserv Provides Prepaid Services to Sunrise Bank

Fiserv signed an agreement with Sunrise Community Banks to provide General Purpose Reloadable (GPR) and gift card processing services. Sunrise Community Banks is a banking group comprised of Franklin Bank, Park Midway Bank and University Bank headquartered in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. Sunrise Community Banks are certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). The U.S. Department of Treasury certifies financial institutions as CDFIs if they demonstrate a primary mission of community development, serve a distressed target market, and remain accountable to that target market.

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Bank of America Launches Electronic Payroll Distribution

Bank of America Merchant Services payments processing and Money Network- First Data e-payroll distribution solutions- launched the “Money Network” payroll distribution service. This lets employers comply with complex payroll distribution laws, such as the need to offer a paper paycheck and free check cashing locations, while providing a safe and convenient pay alternative for employees who do not have access to a deposit or checking account. This streamlines payroll through more than 17,750 Bank of America ATMs and 43,000 Allpoint® Network surcharge-free ATMs and complete cash access at more than 5,700 Bank of America banking centers that offer a minimum of one surcharge-free withdrawal per pay period.

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ClearPoint Analytics Introduces Analytics for Underbanked

ClearPoint Analytics introduced three comprehensive levels of service pre-tailored to meet the analytics and risk management requirements of emerging, mid-stage and larger underbanked financial service providers. Each Analytics Executive-in-Residence service level includes an initial portfolio assessment, and varied access to experienced decision analysts for best practices risk management consulting. ClearPoint Analytics develops custom predictive models for each client to support marketing decisions, prevent fraud, assess risk, and to improve underwriting, return on investment and the overall performance of daily business operations.

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Amazon Launches Free Student Android App

Amazon.com announced that the free Amazon Student app is now available for Android, giving students with Android devices a way to shop for holiday gifts, get FREE Two-Day shipping, and trade in used textbooks for Amazon.com Gift Cards, all within one mobile app. College students also get FREE Two-Day shipping on millions of eligible products, from dorm essentials to holiday gifts. Amazon Student members also get access to exclusive deals. Students scan the items they no longer need, ship eligible items for free, and get an Amazon.com Gift Card, which can be used towards millions of eligible items, including holiday gifts for friends and family.

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Western Union Announces e-Affidavit

The Western Union Company launched its electronic Affidavit allowing permitted consumers to easily send money to family members and friends in Cuba from most participating US Western Union Agent locations. No longer only available from a limited number of Agent locations, the Western Union electronic Affidavit allows money transfer service to Cuba for an alternative to the manual and fax paperwork verifications, making the process faster and more efficient. Western Union has more than 220 Agent locations in Cuba.

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SelectCore Inks M&A Advisory Agreement

SelectCore has retained a Financial Advisor to act as an exclusive agent in connection with new potential merger / acquisition targets that have been presented to the Company.Due to the size, sensitivity and confidentiality of ongoing discussions, the Company is not at liberty to disclose the parties at this time.This engagement is not related to the Company’s proposed acquisition of a Canadian payment processor as previously announced on October 31, 2011 and November 21, 2011.

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Euronet & Ikano Bank Deploy ATMs in IKEA Stores

Euronet Germany completed its latest ATM outsourcing agreement with Ikano Bank GmbH, for which it will provide outsourcing services for the Ikano Bank ATMs exclusively located in IKEA Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG stores. This ushers in Euronet as the future ATM provider for deployments with the Company. The machines provide a 2D bar code reader, thermal receipt printer, contactless card reader for mobile wallet payments, extra cassettes for coupons to be dispensed with cash and the potential to add an additional 42 inch digital advertising screen above the ATM. Additionally, the IKEA FAMILY Bezahlkarte, a closed looped store card, will be accepted for cash withdrawals at the Ikano Bank ATMs.

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RDM Posts 4Q & FY/11 Fiscals

RDM Corporation specialized software and hardware products for electronic payment processing reported its financial results for the year and three month period ended September 30, 2011. For this, total revenue was $4.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, compared to $5.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and $4.6 million in the prior quarter. The Company generated $987,000 in cash from operations during the quarter. Payment Processing Services revenue was $2.6 million up 4% over Q3 2011. Meanwhile, gross profit was $2.2 million or 46% of revenues in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $1.9 million or 37% of revenues in the fourth quarter of 2010 and net income, excluding special charges was $298,000.

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Jet Airways Partners Four New Brand Partners

Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege announced four new opportunities to earn JPMiles for its members with the addition of four new brand partners in the ever expanding retail, hotel and telecom categories. In the Retail category, Jet Airways has announced a partnership with The Bombay Store, a contemporary lifestyle store specialises in Indian artifacts & gifts and home products. It has also partnered with Helios – The Watch Store while in the Hotel category it partnered with Lemon Tree Hotels. Jet Airways’ “JetPrivilege” fourth telecom partner is Clay Telecom, a market leader in mobile communications, providing premier wireless services, International Postpaid & Prepaid SIM cards, Data Services & Global E-mail Services to travelers.

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