GiftCardMall.com iPhone App Lets Users Send eGift Cards

Blackhawk Network prepaid and financial payments products has made available its GiftCardMall.com iPhone application to let iPhone users purchase and send personalized eGift cards to a recipient’s email or Facebook account. eGift Cards can be personalized by adding your favorite photo of your Valentine to a gift card or by adding a special note or love poem. Marketing itself as a last minute gift idea, the gift card application features Williams-Sonoma®, SpaFinder®, Best Buy, REI and Southwest Airlines. Consumers download the GiftCardMall.com iPhone application to the iPhone; select an eGift card from a variety of brands and customize it by adding a personalized message and uploading a photo or using your iPhone to take a photo to be added to the eGift card; and purchase the eGift card online and send the same day to your Valentine’s email and Facebook.

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Aptys Strengthens ACH Function

Aptys payments network provider for financial institutions has added ACH functionality to its “PayLOGICS” payment processing platform for least cost routing and in-network exchange (INEX) of ACH transactions. The “PayLOGICS” platform allows service providers the option to clear ACH items within their network of banks before the Fed to lower transaction processing costs and to offer faster clearing services. Utilizing the ACH functionality in “PayLOGICS” enables financial institutions to exchange ACH items with other financial institution partners, resulting in additional savings while sending their remaining transactions to the Federal Reserve or other clearing partner. Aptys’ ACH functionality includes exception item management, automated scheduling, warehousing, returns, reversals and full origination.

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Visa Europe and Foregenix to Host PCI DSS Webinars

Foregenix is working with Visa Europe to deliver a series of educational and training webinars devised to help acquiring banks, financial institutions and merchants understand how using cardholder data discovery solutions can help them become PCI DSS compliant.

The webinars follow the announcement by the PCI Security Standards Council of PCI DSS version 2.0, which reinforces the need for businesses to have an accurate and regular methodology in place for finding and securing unprotected and legacy cardholder data to accurately define their PCI scope reduce their risk. Information on the webinars can be found at www.foregenix.com.

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M3 Technology & Transtech Deploy Cash Access Kiosks

M3 Technology gaming information and casino management systems have launched the “M3T Cash Access Kiosk” integrating an Evolis “Dualys Kiosk” card printer. This will allow casino clients to offer quick access to cash to customers through such avenues as ATM, credit card, check cashing, bill breaking, and ticket redemption. This is in addition to the “M3T Vault” real-time cash management system. In partnership with TransTech Systems ID badging, M3T can offer the Evolis “Dualys Kiosk” for plastic card personalization and let patrons enroll in the casino player’s club. This printing can also issue gift or promotional cards.

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PaymentOne & BilltoMobile Expand mBilling

PaymentOne has partnered with BilltoMobile to offer its merchants and customers advanced security compared to premium SMS through the BilltoMobile Direct Mobile Billing (DMB) payment service. Directly connected into the carrier billing system, BilltoMobile has processed over $4 Billion in mobile billing transactions. PaymentOne was founded in 2000 and also has processed more than $4 Billion in retail charges for virtual goods and subscription services on carrier bills while its “AnyPhone” Network reaches 3 billion consumer bills in more than 70 countries.

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Dialog Semiconductor to Acquire SiTel

Dialog Semiconductor has acquired SiTel Semiconductor short-range wireless, digital cordless and VoIP technology for something to the tune of $84.5 million. This will add short-range wireless connectivity and VoIP to Dialog’s existing technology portfolio; major global customers in the portable device market; and expands Dialog’s addressable market targeting high growth wireless personal portable devices to over 100 million. SiTel’s industry-leading products are found in a broad range of personal portable applications including digital cordless phones, professional wireless headsets, gaming and portable medical devices. SiTel’s VoIP technology is increasingly used by leading manufacturers of enterprise and residential VoIP connectivity products.

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Ukash Expands to Argentina & Brazil

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Ukash prepaid vouchers, supporting online shopping, is expanding to Argentina and Brazi. This will allow consumers in these respective countries to purchase vouchers from shops listed on Ukash’s website in increments of $20, $50 and $100. Valid for 12 months, the Ukash vouchers have unique 19-digit codes consumers- whom choose not…

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Visa Commends Task Force on Financial Literacy

Visa congratulated the Task Force on Financial Literacy for the release of its final report and its thoughtful and practical recommendations on the development of a national strategy on financial literacy in Canada. Visa will help the force implement its recommendations to continue improving financial literacy for Canadians. Visa was also a participant in the Task Force’s consultation process, having provided a written submission to share best practices based on our global experience. Visa supports the expansion and retention of basic financial skills through its “Choices & Decisions” in-class student and teacher program and its “Practical Money Skills” an online resource on practical financial advice.

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iSmartCheck Encourages eCheck Payment Options

iSmartCheck electronic transaction processor and provider of alternative payment solutions listed the Top 5 reasons for adding electronic checks to an ecommerce website. These include customer familiarity; faster fund clearing; fewer chargebacks; lower fees; and the check-writing consumer does not have to leave the site or sign up at a third party site unlike many other payment brands. iSmartCheck electronic check processor provides merchants and businesses an alternative to paper checks, ACH and expensive credit card interchange fees.

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4INFO Advances mAudience Ad Targeting

4INFO mobile media enhanced its mobile ad targeting through data partnerships to allow advertisers using its “AdHaven” platform to target mobile advertising by audience shopping behaviors. Its New data partnerships deliver targeting capabilities to effectively reach audiences across the 4INFO network of publishers providing a reach of over 70 million unique users and lets users measure effectiveness. The 4INFO targeting capabilities is designed to improve the consumer experience and ensures value for the advertiser by maximizing the capabilities of mobile as a medium.

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Mobio ID Releases Report on QR Code Use

Mobio Identity Systems international mobile payments and marketing released “The Naked Facts” comprehensive report on QR code adoption and use in North America. Covering 2H/10, during which time there was a 1200 % increase in QR code scanning across the continent, the report examines the importance of Generation X and the female demographic and the important role Facebook and Twitter have played in QR code adoption.

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