Oberthur Director Chairman of EURICPA Communicate

Patrice Rullier, Managing Director Oberthur Cash Protection, subsidiary of Oberthur Technologies, was re-elected Chairman of EURICPA -European Intelligent Cash Protection Association. Based in Brussels, EURICPA was created in 2005 on Oberthur Cash Protection, Gehrer, Spinnaker, SQS and Villiger’s initiative. The association regroups the leading European manufacturers of intelligent solutions for secure cash transportation and storage. Patrice Rullier has been re-elected Chairman of EURICPA to promote cash-in-transit technologies and increase awareness of the Public Authorities, professionals and the Media to the benefits of these technologies.

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Emerging and Western Online/m-Games Assimilate

The number of people actively playing games ranges from 16 million in Mexico to 35 million in Brazil to 38 million in Russia. Equivalent to Western countries, an average of 50% of these consumers actually spend money on games. The research, sponsored exclusively by GlobalCollect, also shows more than two-thirds of the total game budget was spent online. Internet penetration and use in Brazil and Russia is relatively low, but growing at an enormous pace. Of the active internet population – 46 million in Brazil as well as Russia – at least 75% plays games. Of this group, 47% of Brazilian and 53% of Russian gamers spend money, pushing the volume to major European market levels.

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Small Business Owner Optimism Drops Off Again

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Wells Fargo “Small Business Index” survey showed a decline in small business owner optimism by 12 points from 1Q/11. This follows two consecutive quarters of increased optimism to now sit at a score of zero- indicating that small business owners, as a group, are neither optimistic nor pessimistic about their companies’…

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Verizon & USA Technologies Deliver Cashless M2M Payment

Verizon Wireless and USA Technologies have partnered to accelerate the adoption of small-ticket, wireless, cashless payment services and machine-to-machine applications via USA Technologies’ “ePort Connect Service.” The USA Technologies solution will now include the Verizon Wireless network for connectivity that enables wireless POS payments at vending machines via payment cards. USA Technologies furnishes over 100,000 M2M connections to the “ePort Connect service,” offering small-ticket, wireless, non-cash transaction services to the $43 billion vending machine industry. USA Technologies expects to benefit from Verizon Wireless’ Machine to Machine Management Center portal managed through the Verizon Wireless – Qualcomm JV, “nPhase,” to ease deployment and management of M2M apps.

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American Express Brings Debuts Winning Movie

American Express debuted “Mr. Stache,” the winner of its My Movie Pitch contest and announced the launch of the second year of My Movie Pitch at the Tribeca Film Festival. John Nash, a 21-year old student from Rockland County, New York, was joined at the premiere of the short film based on his 60-second movie idea by director Jac Schaeffer who adapted Nash’s pitch into a screenplay, cast members Amy Smart and Rich Sommer, and American Express Cardmembers. American Express also announced the launch of the second year of My Movie Pitch, a contest that seeks to bring one inspirational storyteller’s unique movie idea to life as an independent short film to debut at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. “Mr. Stache” was selected from more than 2,000 entries by a panel of Tribeca Film directors.

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Hypercom mPayment Terminal PCI Certified

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Hypercom Corporation announced that its next generation M5000 mobile payment terminal has achieved PCI PTS 2.1 certification. The M5000 is the next generation multipurpose mobile payment system whose futureproof features will protect the investments of a broad spectrum of merchants worldwide, ranging from hotels and restaurants to taxis and delivery companies.…

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COALFIRE SYSTEMS Kicksoff PCI Compliance Service

Helping small and medium sized businesses ensure adequate defenses are in place, Coalfire Systems released its “Navis PCI Complete” online, fixed-price service that bundles together all the testing, documentation and reporting tools needed to achieve PCI Compliance with PCI DSS. The “Navis PCI Complete” lends Coalfire tools and expertise in an online toolkit and support program that provides small and medium-sized merchants with the education, tools, recommendations and assistance to ensure PCI DSS compliance. This includes assistance documenting card-processing technologies and networks; help identifying compliance gaps, selecting controls and prioritizing; external vulnerability scans; internal vulnerability scans; tools to document, print and submit a SAQ to a merchant’s bank or processor; and $50,000 of data breach insurance for each registered Merchant ID.

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Donate My Card Adds Good360 as Partner Charity

Good360 nonprofit organization in product giving has joined Donate My Card as a participating partner charity, offering them a new opportunity to raise funds, increase awareness of their mission, and grow their donor base. With an estimated $5-10 billion ending up unused on the $100+ billion of gift and prepaid debit cards sold each year in the United States according to industry studies, holders of gift cards, rebate cards and pre-paid debit cards can now easily, safely and securely donate those balances without spending additional dollars through Donate My Card’s website (http://donatemycard.com). Donate My Card currently accepts any “open-loop” cards, those issued by VISA®, MasterCard®, Discover®, and American Express® and anticipates being able to accept “closed-loop” retail gift cards later this year.

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Datacard Group Wins PayFORUM 2011 Innovation Award

Datacard Group secure ID and card personalization solutions received the “Special Technical Innovation Award” at the PayFORUM Conference for its “CardWizard” issuance software. The PayFORUM Awards recognize innovation in the payment industry for companies serving the European market, for which “CardWizard” software was selected based on the ability to personalize financial cardholder information onto microSD cards in mobile phones at the branch level. No OTA personalization is required and the personalized device can be immediately used for NFC contactless POS payments. As part of the Datacard “Secure Issuance Anywhere” infrastructure, the “CardWizard” issuance software include instant issuance, PIN selection and PIN change, printing of embossed or unembossed cards, and m-payments and NFC app personalization.

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Online Tech and High Bit Security Host PCI DSS Webinar

Online Tech is set to host its free webinar series on PCI DSS compliance, consisting of three webinars. The webinars will begin with an overview of PCI DSS compliance, followed by a detailed analysis of the requirements, and finish with a discussion of how to use penetration testing to improve network and application layer security. Due to the comprehensive nature of a PCI DSS compliance endeavor, the impacts are felt across the entire organization, and are applicable for every company that receives, stores or transmits cardholder data. For large organizations, compliance efforts culminate with the affirmation from a QSA (Qualified Security Assessor), whose job it is to assess organizations against the PCI DSS standards and are certified to do so via the PCI Security Standards Council. A Co-Founder of High Bit Security will lead discussions for the webinar for three weeks beginning April 26th every Tuesday at 2pm.

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CredEx Launches e-Merchants Consumer Credit Assist

Emerging Payments Technologies, owner of CredEx alternative payment solutions, has launched its new CredEx “Great Offers” service that helps e-Merchants increase conversion by providing access to customized credit and payment products on their websites. The “Great Offers” proprietary process helps customers find the payment products they are more likely to qualify for in the current credit environment. It implements the Company’s patented Express Verifiable Authorization technology to prequalify each customer for the most appropriate credit or payment product based on algorithms, databases and bank credit underwriting guidelines. Customers can visit CredEx.net and benefit from Great Offers and apply for credit.

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Fujitsu Launches Ultra-Compact POS Printer

Fujitsu Component America has released its smallest and most cost-effective, POS receipt printer- approximately 15% smaller than competing printers with similar features. The “FP-1000” printer with its compact 144(W) x184(D) x 120(H)mm footprint is designed for industrial receipt applications such as commercial kitchens, medical/pharmaceutical printing and weigh stations. It prints small text, specialized fonts, graphics, and 1D and 2D barcodes with 203 dpi resolution at180 mm/sec speeds to expedite throughput and reduce wait time. The 3-inch thermal printer mechanism has a life of 60 million lines. It features an integrated paper feed and built-in paper guide that supports selectable paper widths (58mm and 80mm) and paper rolls up to 83mm in diameter.

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