AmEx Partners to Offer Car Rental Loyalty Program

In partnership with American Express, the Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands have re-launched their “Cash-In Club” loyalty rewards program. Allowing agents to incorporate award points into American Express-branded reward cards, the “Cash-In Club” promotion offers an updated website with more flexible rewards. It is being offered through all U.S.-resident travel agents who book a qualified reservation through October 2010. Program members will also be automatically entered to win every time they reserve a car with Alamo or National, for which the grand prize winner will be awarded 15,000 points, while the second place winner will be awarded 10,000 points and third place wins 5,000 points.

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Sage President to Present at NAFCU Conference

Greg Hammermaster, president (SVP) of Sage Payment Solution, is set to
present an education session on merchant card and payment services at
the National Association of Federal Credit Unions’ (NAFCU) 43rd Annual
Conference& Exhibition in Chicago. He will present “Explore Merchant
Card Services for Your Treasury Management Portfolio” to help credit
union attendees learn how to build a quality merchant services program
to attract and service business members.Sage Payment Solutions provides
secure standalone and integrated payment processing solutions to more
than 155,000 merchants. Backed with more than 20 years financial
services experience, Hammermaster has had his hand in sales, business
development, direction of the vision and execution for commercial card
practices, and developing strategic partnerships.

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TSYS to Support Tesco Bank UK Credit Cards

TSYS has been chosen to support Tesco Bank’s credit card business with
full customer account management services using the “TS2” processing
platform. The Tesco Bank credit card portfolio has been processed on
TSYS’ TS2 platform since 2001 through The Royal Bank of Scotland Group
(RBS). Tesco Bank will be transferring to its own version of the TSYS
platform in the second quarter of next year. Tesco Bank has more than
six million customer accounts, currently across 28 products and
services. It is the sixth largest credit card provider in the UK with
2.4 million cards in circulation.

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mopay Launches Pay-by-Call for Online Merchants

mopay mobile payment solutions has launched its “mopay call” solution. Allowing online merchants to bill purchases directly to consumers’ land line phone accounts, “mopay call” expands mopay’s breadth of offerings in order to sustainably position a widely available and far-reaching alternative payment platform. The company further extends its ability to provide globally available billing solutions that enable the unbanked to pay for goods and services. Selecting “mopay call” during an online check-out process, mopay’s payment screen will prompt the consumer to authorize the purchase through a short, automated call. After authorization, mopay places the charge to the land line phone account and the purchase is completed.

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Sybase Reports 2Q/10 Revenue Up 9% Y/Y

Sybase mobile software reported financial results for 2Q/10, with total revenue up 9% year over year from $278.0 to $302.0 million, mobile software license revenue up 12% and messaging revenue up 24%. Operating income GAAP was up 17% year over year to $74.3 million, representing an operating margin of 25% and net income grew 20% year over year to $45.3 million.
In light of the pending tender offer from Sheffield Acquisition to purchase all of Sybase’s common stock for $65 per share, the company will not hold a conference call to discuss the second quarter results. Sybase is proven in the most data-intensive industries and across all systems, networks and devices.

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Citi Transactions Posts 2Q/10 Net Income of $929MM

Citigroup reported 2Q/10 net income of $2.7 billion or $0.09 per diluted share, on revenues of $22.1 billion, including Transaction Services with $929 million in net income, for a second consecutive profitable quarter. Provisions for credit losses and for benefits and claims declined $2.0 billion sequentially to $6.7 billion, the lowest level since the third quarter of 2007, reflecting continued improvement in credit quality. This helped increase Regional Consumer Banking’s net income by 16% sequentially to $1.2 billion. Citigroup has been focusing on Transaction Services and Regional Consumer Banking. Regional Consumer Banking (“RCB”) revenues were $8.0 billion, down $50 million, or 1%, sequentially, as declines in North America and EMEA were partially offset by continued growth in Asia and Latin America. Transaction Services revenues were $2.5 billion, up $65 million, or 3%, sequentially, with growth across all international regions. Transaction Services net credit losses were $1 million, flat compared to the prior quarter. The $35 million net loan loss reserve release in the quarter was $17 million higher than the prior quarter’s release. Net credit losses in Local Consumer Lending declined $403 million, or 8%, sequentially to $4.5 billion, mainly driven by Retail Partner Cards.

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BilltoMobile Expands Executive Team

Steve Klebe has been named VP, business development and strategy with BilltoMobile. He will responsible for developing and managing BilltoMobile’s strategic relationships, guiding the company’s long-term strategy and continuing to rapidly expand the company’s online merchant partnerships. Bringing with him over 30 years of experience in sales, business development, creating strategic alliances and product marketing in electronic payments, authentication and fraud prevention, Steve returns to BilltoMobile after being an earlier, integral part of creating the company. He has held senior management roles at VeriFone, CyberSource, Cybercash and, most recently, Vindicia. While at CyberSource, he led the effort to create the original partnership with Visa that led to both an equity investment and a co-developed and branded fraud prevention service.

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Bank of America Recognized as Best US Bank

Bank of America has received seven awards from Euromoney magazine through the “2010 Awards for Excellence” program. Awards received include; Best Bank in the U.S; Best Debt House in North America; and Best Debt House in Japan. This was due in part thanks to Bank of America efforts to help simplify the financial lives of its customers with transparent solutions for customers. The bank extended more credit than any other bank in the country in both the consumer and commercial sectors throughout the year.

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LaserCard Green Card Voted Leading Government ID

The U.S. Permanent Resident Card (‘Green Card’) supplied by LaserCard secure ID solutions has been voted world’s leading government ID card in terms of technology and user utility by Frost & Sullivan. Based on the assessment of 13 government ID programs from around the world, the rankings were based on a combination of factors including security, durability, utility, range of applications, and demand or adoption by end users. The LaserCard Corporation provides secure ID solutions to governments and commercial clients worldwide. It develops, manufactures, and integrates LaserCard optical security media cards, multi-technology cards, encoders, peripherals, smart and specialty cards, biometrics, and modular software.

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Commerce Bank Adds Viewpointe Check Imaging

Commerce Bank has added the Viewpointe “Pointe2Pointe” check image exchange and archive services and is now an Internet connectivity customer. The Bank can now offer customers check image exchange transfers more efficiently and cost effectively. Offering a secure platform to connect with other exchange partners by leveraging commonly used file transfer software, “Pointe2Pointe” enables financial institutions to safely send and receive electronic check images between Viewpointe customers, eliminating the time and expense associated with paper transfers.

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3DSI Advocates Visa Card Data Protection

3Delta Systems (3DSI) online credit card payment solutions is advocating Visa’s tokenization best practices as an effective tool for helping merchants, vendors, service providers and acquiring banks. Through its “CardVault” payment tokenization service, 3DSI implements the Visa service to better collect, process and store credit card data and protect sensitive payment data from being hacked. Converting real 16-digit card numbers into a string of characters with randomly generated reference keys, Visa tokenization renders the data useless to would-be thieves. 3DSI tokenization and payment processing services have met the PCI standards for six consecutive years via third-party PCI DSS certification. It’s “CardVault” solution replaces transaction information with randomly generated payment tokens and secures actual payment card and transaction data at an off-site, PCI-compliant payment processing and data center.

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GUESTLOGIX

Frontier Airlines has fully deployed the GuestLogix onboard store solution to accept credit cards using its POS handheld devices and transactions platform on all Frontier Airlines flights, including those operated by Chautauqua Airlines and Republic Airlines. With this, GuestLogix is providing backend inventory controls to manage the movement of physical products onboard. GuestLogix announced a multi-year agreement last February with Republic Airways to deploy its on board store solution on Midwest and Frontier airlines. GuestLogix serves 35% of the global airline passenger traffic and maintains sales and client support facilities in the US, UK, Singapore, and Seoul, Korea.

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