GiftCardMall.com Wins Stevie at 8th Annual American Business Awards

GiftCardMall.com has been awarded the winner of a Stevie Award for Web Site or Blog – Financial Services at the 2010 American Business Awards. Hosted by the Blackhawk Network prepaid financial payments products, the 2010 American Business Awards were determined by more than 200 executives across the country. Organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry are considered. The awards were presented during ceremonies at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The ceremonies were hosted by Cheryl Casone of Fox Business Network and broadcast nationwide on radio by the Business TalkRadio Network.

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RK Hammer Hits 20 Year Milestone Anniversary

Card industry analyst/investment banker R.K. Hammer marks 20 years service to financial institutions and credit card businesses in 50 countries on 6 continents. In addition to most of the Top 20 Issuers in the U.S., enterprise bank card clients from Asia/Pacific, Middle East/Europe/Africa, Canada, and Latin America have utilized the expertise of R.K. Hammer in projects creating pre-tax client profits in excess of $680,000,000. Primary areas of card industry leadership and professional competency include: due diligence valuation and sale of card portfolios, benchmark models for card portfolio profitability, expert witness work for issuers in litigation, operational consulting for those desiring to lower operating expense, raise income yields, and methods to offset new regulation P/L risks and costs. Marketing, operational and financial projects have been developed for national brand and private label cards, prime and subprime, domestic and international credit card enterprises over two decades. The R.K. Hammer developed three-day seminar, “Managing for Improved Profitability,” has been attended by over 1,000 global credit card executives and institutional investors worldwide; training the future leaders of the card business and others for twenty years has been particularly gratifying for R.K. Hammer.

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PAYPLUS

With 49% of banks seeing an increase in losses associated with fraud since the beginning of the Financial Crisis and 53% most challenged with fraud monitoring in payment processing, Fundtech global transaction banking is launching its “PAYplus” Data Monitoring Module fraud prevention system. Integrated into “PAYplus USA,” the rules-based system can identify and stop suspicious payment activity before the transaction is sent. With the “PAYplus” Data Monitoring Module, Fundtech clients are able to customize rules-based triggers based on data models associated with each customer’s behavior and infrastructure to hold the payment.

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FICO & PIC

FICO analytics and decision management technology has expanded its relationship with its EMEA partner, South Africa-based PIC Solutions. With this, PIC Solutions will continue to market, implement and support FICO solutions for financial services clients while developing new business in the retail sectors. PIC Solutions provides credit risk management solutions and provides sales and support for the entire suite of FICO products and services, including software support and maintenance, training, consulting, professional services and project management.

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MIFARE4MOBILE

NFC big names Ericsson, Gemalto, NXP, Oberthur Technologies, STMicroelectronics, Venyon, Giesecke & Devrient and ViVOtech have joined forces to forge the “MIFARE4Mobile” Industry Group. With this, members can develop standardized “MIFARE” applications on NFC SIM cards and mobile phones. The “MIFARE4Mobile” technology has been developed by NXP and is used to manage “MIFARE-“based services in NFC mobile devices. With this coalition, the members can offer a platform to provide future direction, discuss experiences and share best practices to ensure evolution, interoperable development and implementation of the “MIFARE4Mobile” technology.

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Swipe Fee Regulation Wont Protect E-commerce

E-commerce merchants will not be safe under the latest Congressional legislation known as the Durbin Amendment. The legislation would direct the Federal Reserve Board to issue rules to ensure that debit interchange fees are reasonable and proportional to the processing costs incurred. This conclusion, drawn by IdealCost.com, a consulting firm that reduces credit card acceptance fees for merchants without switching their existing provider, indicates language in the Durbin Amendment is vague and misleading. Subsequently, because e-commerce businesses won’t save any money, IdealCost.com is suggesting Congress let the industry regulate itself.

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Ink from Chase Launches New Ad Campaign

Ink from Chase has launched its new broad-based advertising campaign focusing on its portfolio of business cards and customers, featuring actual “Ink” small business owners who will highlight card benefits that have impacted their bottom line. Major cable station media partners include Bloomberg, Discovery, ESPN, FOX News, History Channel, MLB on FOX, The Science Channel and The Weather Channel. Print ads will be featured in Inc., The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Entrepreneur and MyBusiness. Ink from Chase is a portfolio of business cards offering powerful, flexible payment solutions and resources to meet the unique needs of small business owners.

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VeriSign Security Solutions Win 2010 Network Products Awards

Network Products Guide information technology research and advisory guide has named VeriSign “Identity Protection” (VIP) Authentication Service and VeriSign “Managed PKI Service” winners of the 2010 Best Products and Services Award. This respected annual award honors products and services that represent the rapidly changing needs and interests of the end-users of technology worldwide. As part of the tech-industry’s leading global awards program, this year’s Best Products and Services were nominated from all over the world. Following its win in 2008, VeriSign Identity Protection has been again selected the winner of Network Products Guide Reader Trust Award for best in multi and second factor security. The VIP Access for Mobile application was also the winner in the same category in 2009. This repeated accolade is a tribute to VeriSign’s commitment to provide best in class security solutions that exceed customer expectations.

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CPNI mP2P Payments Expand Availability Range

CPNI mcommerce has enhanced their “PATsend” person-to-person payment offering to provide bank customers, whose bank does not yet offer the service, to receive P2P payments. The “PATsend” solution can be integrated with existing online web portals. CPNI solutions have the ability to use multiple identifiers and multiple channels such as a mobile phone, the web or an ATM, which supplies the flexibility required to provide financial institutions with a comprehensive P2P solution. Unregistered recipients need only claim once, upon which can choose to become a registered recipient and discovered by all senders on the network. Consequent payments to them will be depositied directly into the the account they register with, even if their institution does not participate in the network.

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Xoom.com Ranks as Best Money Transfer Company

The Inter-American Dialogue released its “A Scorecard in the Market for Money Transfers” report, demonstrating remittance service providers are offering a variety of services and are expanding into more countries. Conducted by the Inter-American Dialogue (IAD), a U.S. center for analyzing remittance trends and services, also found an increase in product services such as cash-to-cash and cash-to-bank account as companies seek to be more competitive. Released on June 18, measuring 16 indicators, ranked Xoom.com as the best company for sending money transfers to Latin America and the Caribbean, outperforming 38 other U.S.-based money transfer companies. Xoom.com also received the highest score for customer satisfaction. Xoom.com ranked at the top in three of the five categories for customer satisfaction: fee transparency, foreign exchange transparency and customer value. In addition, the company tied at the top in the category of least expensive and was a close first in ease of use.

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ProPay adds New Members to Security Team

Chris Mark and Dr. Heather Mark, Ph.D. have been added to ProPay’s Data Security and Regulatory Compliance team. Chris Mark, CISSP, CPISM/A, CIPP, joins ProPay as the Executive VP, Data Security and Compliance to oversee data security and compliance initiatives and work with product development on improving the “ProtectPay” secure payment processing service. He brings with him experience gained with Qualified Security Assessors on behalf of the PCI SSC. Dr. Heather Mark, Ph.D., CISSP, CPISM/A, CIPP, has taken the role of Senior VP, Market Strategy. ProPay offers End-to-End Payment Security for credit card processing and electronic payment services.

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iPOS Restaurants & Network Intercept Launch Secure POS

iPOS Restaurants mPOS system provider and Network Intercept have teamed to launch a new POS system. Implementing Network Intercept’s “Secure-Me” solution to secure restaurant POS payments and provide the consumer with identity theft protection, the iPOS Restaurants’ POS systems will implement verification which encrypts all data and payment information from end to end. This gives the customer the highest level of protection against all known forms of identity theft attacks. With iPOS Restaurants’ new, secure POS system, customers can once again pay with a credit card without increasing their susceptibility to identity theft.

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