American Express Launches My Movie Pitch

American Express has launched “My Movie Pitch”, a contest to bring one great movie idea to life as an
independent short film that will debut at the 2011 Tribeca Film
Festival. In the true spirit of great storytelling and independent
cinema, film enthusiasts everywhere can visit www.amexfilm.com today to
upload their 60-second, dream movie pitch in hopes of seeing their idea
brought to life on the big screen.
In each of two rounds, five finalists will be selected by viewers and a
panel of Tribeca Film directors to win an American Express Filmmaker’s
Toolkit, including a laptop, movie editing software package and an HD
video camera. A special panel of Tribeca Film Directors including Brian
Hill, Dev Benegal, Julien Kemp, MÃ¥ns Herngren, Tarik Saleh, Jacob
Tierney, David Russo, Jac Schaeffer, Julien Nitzberg, Mat Whitecross and
Josh Appignanesi will select the grand prize winner, who will have his
or her pitch made into a 15-minute short film by one of the Tribeca Film
Directors. The winner will receive a trip for two to New York City and
VIP access to see the short film debut at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

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FIPS AWARD

Gemalto announced that its government-certified “Smart Guardian (SG) FIPS”, a smart card-based encrypted USB drive, received the Outstanding Innovation in Security Technology Award at the Smart Card Alliance 2010 Annual Conference in Arizona. The “SG FIPS” is a smart card-based encrypted USB drive that has FIPS 140-2 level 3 certification, and meets the U.S. military 810-F environmental standard. It provides data-at-rest protection for all government data on the device without impacting user productivity. Agencies have the option to strongly bind the SG FIPS to their employees government issued Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credential, granting access to the protected storage based upon a successful PIV authentication.

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MINDSPEED

Semiconductor supplier for networks Mindspeed Technologies is showcasing new semiconductor solutions for
enterprise applications at Computex Taipei 2010, Asia’s largest
information and communications technology (ICT) event. Mindspeed will
demonstrate signal integrity solutions that enable storage and server
systems to support the industry’s migration to higher data rates over
long backplanes and cabling media and broadband gateway processors that
deliver robust quality of service (QoS). Mindspeed will be showing its recently introduced “Amplif-Eye” line of
signal-conditioning products for enterprise systems at Computex,
including re-driving signal conditioners that use transmit and receive
equalization to correct for insertion loss, and re-timing signal
conditioners that add a clock data recovery (CDR) circuit to resolve
jitter caused by crosstalk and reflections. Computex demonstrations
include the eight-channel CDR, M21362’s ability to maintain high PCI
Express data rates while transmitting data to and from a video card (as
both a driver and receiver) across channel lengths up to 10 meters. The
same capability will be demonstrated with Mindspeed’s dual-channel
M21450 with an adaptive equalizer embedded in an internal hard disk
drive allowing data communication using the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
protocol.

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Yankee Group Appoints mCommerce Senior Analyst

Nick Holland has joined Yankee Group as a senior analyst and key member of the Anywhere Network team. A seasoned expert in mobile commerce, Holland will leverage his nearly 10 years’ experience to augment Yankee Group’s research in mobile commerce, payments and security. Holland was senior analyst at Aite Group, where he specialized in security, mobile banking and alternative payments. Prior to Aite Group, he was a senior analyst with Pyramid Research, where he focused on mobile content technologies. He has also served as director of emerging technologies research at Mercator Advisory Group.

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SmartMetric Claims Visa and MasterCard Patent Infringement

SmartMetric announced it has filed in United States District Court Case # CV-10-01864JHN(FMOx) First Amended Complaint For Infringement Of U.S. Patent against both Visa and MasterCard. In it, SmartMetric claims Visa and MasterCard are infringing on our US patent 6,792,464by selling, offering to sell and using “Paywave” and “PayPass” contactless card systems, respectively. The alleged infringement concerns the SmartMetric patent, duly and lawfully issued on September 14, 2004 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office ‘System for Automatic Connection to a Network.’ SmartMetric has developed a portable biometric identity and transaction card capable of storing a wide variety of personal information while protecting you against identity theft and fraud.

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MasterCard Deploys Next-Generation Mobile Payment Sticker

CPI Card Group and INSIDE Contactless have introduced the MasterCard-approved payment tag, enabling any mobile device to be used to make payments where the contactless “PayPass” is accepted. The new sticker is based on INSIDE’s “MicroPass 4003” contactless payment processor and manufactured by CPI Card Group. They will be delivered from CPI already pre-cut from ID1 card devices and pre-personalized to allow for personalization and fulfillment using traditional card processing equipment. The new m-payment sticker offers advanced adhesive backing, which adheres to mobile phones better, and can be removed and reapplied multiple times without losing its grip. The “MicroPass” intelligent payment platform delivers performance and flexibility as the platform of choice for certified contactless bank card manufacturers around the world.

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Small Business Index Hits 87.4 in May, Up Over 2 Points M/M

Small business owners’ confidence increased for the second straight month in May to 87.4 from 85.1 in April on the Discover “Small Business Index.” In May, 35% of small businesses believe the economy is getting better, up from 31% in April; 51% say the economy is getting worse, down a point from the previous month; and 12%t see the economy as the same, down from 14 percent in April. The percentage of small business owners rating the current economy as good or excellent was 12% in May, compared to 13% in April while 32% rate the economy as fair and 56% still think it’s poor. These improvements are due in great part to more small business owners believing the economy is improving; cash flow issues held steady at 45%; 48% reported no cash flow issues; 28% say economic conditions for their businesses are getting better; and 25% of small business are increasing business spending in May.

2010 SMB INDEX
JAN 85.2
FEB 85.0
MAR 78.2
APR 85.1
MAY 87.4
SOURCE: Discover

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FIS Executive VP, Finance Steps Down

George P. Scanlon, executive VP of finance with FIS payments, is leaving the company to accept the role of COO with Fidelity National Financial. Scanlon served as chief financial officer of FIS from July 2008 through September 2009, and has served in his present role since the acquisition of Metavante Technologies, Inc., on October 1, 2009. FIS delivers banking and payments technologies to more than 14,000 financial institutions and businesses in over 100 countries worldwide. FIS provides financial institution core processing, and card issuer and transaction processing services, including the NYCE Network.

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Lattice Boosts Hot-Swap Application Coverage

Lattice Semiconductor has added a new, higher performance device to its second
generation Power Manager II product family. The ispPAC(R)-POWR1220-02
device integrates a higher voltage charge pump with programmable current
to control MOSFETs in Hot-swap and Sequencing applications. The new
device is pin compatible with existing Power Manager II devices and
integrates power management functions that typically require multiple
ICs, including Hot-swap Controllers, Reset Generators, Voltage
Supervisors, Sequencers and Trackers. The ispPAC-POWR1220-02 also
integrates Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) ICs used for power supply
voltage and current measurements, and DC-DC converter trimming and
margining control ICs. The Lattice PAC-Designer Tool Suite The PAC-Designer tool suite
provides design and verification tools for Lattice mixed signal devices.
The PAC-Designer software is a complete design environment, including
everything needed for design, implementation, simulation and programming
of supported devices.

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GuestLogix Receives Second PCI PED 2.0 Certification

GuestLogix has received PCI PED version 2.0 certification for its “PowerSeller” POS handheld, allowing the Company the broadest offering of POS handhelds in the travel industry with the most current payment certifications. The “PowerSeller” with EMV Level 2 secure Chip and PIN functionality provides universal, cost-effective, and secure managing and processing onboard retail transactions. PCI PED 2.0 processing protects passenger payment transactions, reduces risk and fraud, and minimizes merchant acquirer costs while “PowerSeller” allows flight attendants to quickly process card payment for refreshments, meals, in-flight entertainment, duty free goods and any OnTouch merchandising offers. It allows users electronic signature capture, to scan product barcodes, and to process a payment or print a receipt or a voucher at the seat. The POS comes fully-integrated with printer, MSR, barcode scanner, IC card reader, and soon, contactless payment technology.

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nCircle Launches Latest Version of PCI Scanning

nCircle security and compliance auditing launched its “Certified PCI Scan Service” to add significant functionality designed to simplify merchant compliance workflow. The nCircle “Certified PCI Scan Service” is a self-service and highly automated solution that enables anyone to scan their Internet-facing payment network for PCI compliance. It offers automated asset discovery, automating the task of determining systems that are in scope for PCI ASV scanning; annual subscription pricing for greater flexibility to users that prefer more frequent testing; advanced exception management, providing significant time savings for customers with large numbers of PCI assets; and a simplified user interface with the fewest possible clicks.

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