TD FISCALS

TD Bank posted 2Q/10 net income of $1.2 billion, compared with the year
ago figure of $912 million. Adjusted net income held steady at $1.3
billion, flat year-over-year, while total revenue was $1.2 billion,
compared to $1.1 billion last quarter and $1billion the year ago
quarter. Additionally, Non-interest expenses totaled $688million,
compared to $659million last quarter and $594 the year ago quarter; net
income posted $271million, up from the $241million last quarter and the
$151million seen in the corresponding period last year; and net income
totaled $276million, compared with $241million last quarter and
$213million the year prior.

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Intellicheck Mobilisa Discusses Credit App Bar Code Scanning

Intellicheck Mobilisa access control and wireless security discussed on Seattle’s Morning News program its scanner. The new scanner is being used for such diverse purposes as credit card applications to military base access. Intellicheck Mobilisa is a leading technology company, developing and marketing wireless technology and identity systems for various applications including: mobile and handheld wireless devices for the government, military and commercial sectors. Products include the Defense ID system, an advanced ID card access control product currently protecting over 80 military and federal locations, and ID-Check, patented technology that instantly reads, analyzes, and verifies encoded data in magnetic stripes and barcodes on government-issue IDs from U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions for the financial, hospitality and retail sectors.

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WU & DHL

CIBC has completed its acquisition of an approximately $2-billion credit card portfolio from Citigroup Canada MasterCard. The portfolio includes accounts associated with co-branded Petro-Canada credit cards that offer the Petro-Points rewards program. CIBC had more than $14 billion in outstanding credit card balances prior to the addition of the MasterCard portfolio, which is expected to be immediately accretive to CIBC’s earnings. Under terms of the transaction, prior to closing, non-performing accounts were removed from the acquired portfolio and from the securitized pool relating to Broadway Credit Card Trust, which has securitized certain Citibank MasterCard receivables.

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PCI ASSIST

Fifth Third Processing Solutions has introduced its “PCI Assist” to
Level 4 merchants- those that conduct fewer than 20,000 e-commerce
transactions and/or fewer than 1 million single card transactions per
year- looking for assistance as they seek to validate compliance with
the PCI DSS. PCI Assist provides merchants with access to Trustwave
“TrustKeeper” PCI DSS compliance web portal that can help smaller-size
merchants facilitate PCI DSS compliance validation in an easy and
efficient manner. Using its dynamic PCI Wizard in conjunction with
TrustKeeper Agent, merchants answer a personalized questionnaire that
simplifies the complex terminology of PCI DSS. TrustKeeper also helps
merchants complete the PCI Self-Assessment Questionnaire, schedule
required vulnerability scans and receive their PCI DSS compliance
certificate.

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GiftCardMall Launches Mastercard Gift Cards

The Blackhawk Network prepaid and financial payments products has made available the “MYPLASH” MasterCard prepaid gift cards commemorating The Twilight Saga: Eclipse at Safeway, Albertsons LLC, Meijer, and Jewel Foods. Consumers will be able to give their friends and family MYPLASH MasterCard prepaid gift cards customized with images of everyone’s favorite characters in the Twilight series: Bella, Edward and Jacob. The Twilight movie franchise has grossed over $1.4 billion in worldwide box office ticket sales to date.
The cards will be available in denominations ranging from $20 to $500 and are issued by MetaBank through MasterCard.

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Citi & ExxonMobil Launch Dining Certificate Promo

Exxon and Mobil retailers and Citi are giving cardholders the opportunity to earn a dining certificate that can be used at thousands of restaurants and online merchants. From September 1 through November 30, 2010, ExxonMobil Personal Cardholders who register at dining.exxonmobilcard.com will earn a $50 dining certificate if they purchase 100 gallons of gasoline within 90 days of the date of registration. Offered by Restaurant.com, this certificate can be redeemed online at more than 15,000 restaurants and online merchants nationwide. New cardholders will receive one $50 certificate when they are approved for a new account and another $50 certificate if they purchase 100 gallons of gasoline within 90 days of the date their account was opened.

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Qualys Deploys Scanning Vendor Support Solution

Qualys on demand IT security risk and compliance management solutions has released its “QualysGuard PCI 5.0.” Offering customers a simplified way to meet the latest PCI DSS compliance requirements, the dashboard includes updates following new Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) requirements released in March 2010, and a simplified user interface (UI) with workflows – helping customers easily and accurately detect security vulnerabilities, and efficiently remediate issues for PCI compliance. The “QualysGuard PCI” compliance solution is used by 68% of all ASVs and 46% of Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs) to help merchants with PCI DSS certification and validation. New features include an “Asset Scoping Wizard” to walk customers through the process of identifying IPs and domains that are in scope for PCI compliance; a “Compliance Wizard” to help customers through each step of the process in an informative manner; and “Interactive Reports,” which includes a new format with additional content, revised scoring terminology (High, Medium and Low), and sections for attestations.

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AmEx Members Project Partners with GLEE

Members Project from American Express and TakePart have partnered with FOX’s series GLEE on a new, first-of-its-kind campaign. Kicking off Wednesday, Sept. 1, the collaboration will feature an innovative mix of original television, online and cinema content written, directed and produced by the GLEE creative team and featuring everyone’s favorite GLEE characters. The partnership is designed to elevate common themes shared by both GLEE and Members Project, including finding inspiration by working together and harnessing the power of the collective and individual actions to do something good. GLEE and Members Project have created a broad spectrum of promotional video and online content in the distinctive voice of the series to spark dialogue about doing good versus doing nothing and to motivate fans to take a step toward making a difference.

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First Data Launches New Payment Card Security

First Data Corporation electronic commerce and payment processing has made available to merchants its “TransArmor” payment security service through its resale network. The “TransArmor” solution protects consumer payment card data from the moment it enters the merchant environment, and replaces card data with a token number that preserves the value of card data for merchant business operations but removes all value for fraudsters, thus reducing the scope, risk and costs associated with PCI compliance without new hardware. First Data successfully completed a pilot in June 2010 that tested the TransArmor solution in a variety of merchant point-of-sale (POS) environments. During the pilot, more than 150 merchant locations processed card transactions using the TransArmor solution’s unique blend of tokenization and encryption technologies.

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August Spending Monitor Remains Flat M/M

The number of consumers rating their personal finances as poor reached a six-month high in August on the Discover U.S. Spending Monitor, which was flat overall from the month prior having dropped just 0.3 points to 86.2. Only 27% of consumers feel economic conditions are improving, a 4-point increase from July, which was offset by 24% of consumers rating their personal finances as poor, a 3-point rise from July. Additional findings show 19% plan to spend more in the next 30 days, unchanged from July; 25% planned to spend less, 1 point lower than July; 48% plan to spend less on going out to dinner or the movies, unchanged from July; 48% plan to spend less on home improvements, unchanged from July; and 45% plan to spend less on a vacation or gym membership, 1 point lower than July. Additionally, 57% rate the Economy as Poor; 57% rate current economic conditions as poor; 42% have no money left over after paying monthly bills; while 37% are expecting an income shortfall or added expense in the next 30 days, unchanged from July.

2010 SPENDING MONITOR
JAN: 85.2
FEB: 87.5
MAR: 85.0
APR: 91.5
MAY: 90.4
JUN: 88.4
JUL: 86.5
AUG: 86.2
SOURCE: Discover

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Giftango Launches Virtual Gift Card mDevelopment

Giftango Corporation digital virtual gift cards has released its mobile developer’s toolkit to allow mobile developers to issue national brand virtual gift cards from within their own mobile applications. Allowing merchants to set clear standards the mobile development community can follow, Giftango’s Mobile platform allows merchants to ensure the mobile community follows established guidelines to avoid disparate developer models and applications which may not fit their respective enterprise standards. Giftango also helps merchants manage the appropriate distribution of these applications via its mobile platform. Giftango acts as the plumbing between the merchants and the variety of mobile distribution models in the marketplace.

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Inner Fence Deploys iPhone Card Swipe Terminal

Inner Fence “Credit Card Terminal” for iPhone is now shipping Credit Card Reader for iPhone. An Apple-authorized hardware accessory that allows merchants to swipe credit cards, “Credit Card Terminal” credit card POS app for Apple’s iPhone allows merchants to optionally use the new “Credit Card Reader” accessory to perform swiped transactions. It attaches to the iPhone dock connector and is designed for speedy transactions and high volume with a high-accuracy read head and sturdy construction. The accessory was tested and certified by Apple to be compatible with iPhone as part of the Made for iPhone program.

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