RBS WorlPay Now Offering IRS Payment Service

RBS WorldPay is offering a low
standard convenience fee rate for paying federal taxes to the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) with a credit or debit card. Through the RBS
WorldPay tax payment services, taxpayers can make personal and business
tax payments to the IRS with their MasterCard and Discover credit and
debit cards and Bill Me Later for only 1.95% of their tax liability
amount. The new lower convenience fee is less than the fees offered by
any other IRS Authorized Payment Service Provider. In addition,
taxpayers can also pay their federal taxes with a VISA, STAR, NYCE or
Pulse debit card for a fixed convenience fee of only $3.89.
In addition to the lowest credit card convenience fee, taxpayers can earn rewards,
schedule automated payments, set future payment e-mail reminders and
deduct the convenience fee on their tax return. To help IRS installment agreement
taxpayers save time and avoid potential late fees, users of
www.payUSAtax.com can schedule automated payments and set future payment
e-mail reminders. Additionllay, the IRS has determined that convenience
fees incurred by qualifying individual taxpayers may be deductible.

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NEW CEO

CA-based on demand billing and subscription management provider Aria Systems has tapped Mike Morini to serve as Chief Executive Officer to lead Aria Systems through continued geographic and industry growth as it expands globally to address the increasing demand for its billing and subscription management solutions. Morini’s most recent experience was as Head of Global Sales for SAP BusinessObjects, running a worldwide sales organization responsible for more than $1 billion dollars of revenue annually. He came to SAP through its acquisition of OutlookSoft, a leading provider of planning and performance management software, where he served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations for 6 years. He managed the company’s growth from 10 customers to more than 800 prior to the acquisition by SAP, with customer satisfaction above 99%.

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DTT Surveillance Joins PCI Security Standards Council

DTT Surveillance digital surveillance technology and auditing services
for the restaurant and hospitality industries has joined the PCI
Security Standards Council. With this, DTT will work with the Council to
evolve the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) and payment card data
protection standards as it relates to Video Surveillance Systems that
integrate with PCI Compliant POS Systems. As DTT Surveillance
participates with the PCI Security Council it will be able to provide
feedback and become part of the community of more than 500
organizations. This ensures the best protection against data criminals.
The PCI DSS is endorsed by American Express, Discover Financial
Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa. DTT handles
over 6 trillion frames, protects $800 billion in assets and oversees in
excess of 1,000,000 employees.

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U.S.BANK AVIATION CARD

U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation is now issuing the “Multi-Service Aviation Card” for general aviation usage. Lauded as the best aviation fuel card in the industry by Professional Pilot in its 2009 Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment (PRASE) awards, the Multi Service Aviation card provides its users with customized billing, free online account maintenance and savings on fuel. In addition, the Multi Service Aviation Card delivers value to merchants through account flexibility, free business promotion, competitive card processing, and fast transaction authorization and settlement.
The card, used to pay for fuel, maintenance and other aviation services, is accepted by 7,500 aviation service providers in more than 190 countries. In Australia, the cards will be issued through Elavon Financial Services Limited, part of U.S. Bancorp, parent company of U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation.

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Smart Card Alliance Set to Offer CSCIP Prep and Exam

The Smart Card
Alliance’s LEAP program is offering its next Certified Smart Card Industry
Professional (CSCIP) preparation course and exam to be held at its 2010
Annual Conference in Scottsdale, AZ in May. The CSCIP program provides the experienced smart card industry
professional a path to be accredited as a Certified Smart Card Industry
Professional, which includes an exam that requires demonstrated
proficiency in a broad body of industry knowledge.
The Alliance is now offering a 2-day training and certification package
for organizations looking to more broadly expand their employees’ smart
card expertise. With the package, the Smart Card Alliance brings CSCIP
certification right to a company’s facility. The first day includes a
training and preparation workshop for the CSCIP exam, with the exam held
the second day. The 2010 exam schedule and expansion announcements come as the Alliance’s LEAP program
and CSCIP exam moves into its second year. Participation in the U.S.
program has been strong, with 70 industry professionals joining the
program and 16 earning their CSCIP designation.

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EASTER 2010

Barclaycard Global Payment Acceptance reports that debit and credit card spending for Easter was up 8.5% as shoppers spent £205.5m in 2010 compared to £189.4m over the same weekend in 2009. Eating out was a popular choice with restaurants seeing a 13% increase
in turnover on debit and credit cards compared to 2009. Other winners
over the weekend included furniture and floor covering stores with
spending up at 16.5% and 21.6% respectively. However DIY stores, a
traditional beneficiary of the Easter weekend saw card spending staying
flat with a slight increase of 1.5% on card spend compared to 2009.

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Blue Bamboo Launches MFi Mobile Bluetooth Payment App

Blue Bamboo electronic payment solutions is now participating in the MFi (Made for iPod program), for which it plans to deliver its “Mobile Bluetooth P25-M” Printer to WWi (Works for iPhone) Payment Application Providers that are PA-DSS certified. An MFi authorized partner will now be able to properly certify a total solution by combining the Blue Bamboo P25-M with a Works for iPhone approved payment application. Consumers and merchants alike will now experience the first complete mobile payment solution that will enable mobile card swipe and printing capability with the Apple iPhone. The “P25-M” will support both a paper receipt and a virtual SMS (Short Message Service) proof of purchase with 3DES DUKPT encryption to ensure card data is protected at point of swipe. This also increases the payment options available to customers and streamlines the secure payment for mobile services.

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Aria Appoints New CEO

CA-based on demand billing and subscription management provider Aria Systems has tapped Mike Morini to serve as Chief Executive Officer to lead Aria Systems through continued geographic and industry growth as it expands globally to address the increasing demand for its billing and subscription management solutions. Morini’s most recent experience was as Head of Global Sales for SAP BusinessObjects, running a worldwide sales organization responsible for more than $1 billion dollars of revenue annually. He came to SAP through its acquisition of OutlookSoft, a leading provider of planning and performance management software, where he served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations for 6 years. He managed the company’s growth from 10 customers to more than 800 prior to the acquisition by SAP, with customer satisfaction above 99%.

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Solvport ATM Appoints Director of Financial Products and Services

Todd Springs has been appointed to the OR-based Solvport ATM and Kiosk services provider sales team as Director of Financial Products and Services. Bringing with him several years’ experience providing equipment, software and service solutions to the financial industry, Springs has owned and operated financial solution companies in the Northwest for the past ten years. Solvport is a division of TRM Copy Centers and a national leader in the outsourced, off-premise ATM & Kiosks services industry providing help desk technical support, field service, real-time monitoring, and project management for over 120,000 locations nationwide. Their customers include leaders in the ATM Independent Sales Organization (ISO) industry and the financial industry.

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SWEDA PRESIDENT

POS solution provider Sweda has appointed Mario Emard as President. Emard began his career with Sweda in 1989
as a programmer analyst. Since then he gained experience in all areas of the company, most recently as Vice President Sales. Sweda offers POS software, professional services and hardware in Canada, the USA, and Asia.
Sweda first revolutionized the retail marketplace introducing the world’s first electronic cash register, then the first PC-based POS system,
and now advanced open architecture POS solutions.

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Mocapay Provides Denver Students SaaS Platform

Mocapay has entered a strategic partnership with The University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM). The platform uses Mocapay’s mobile Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technology to allow students to use their mobile phones in making purchases at Beans, the school’s student run coffee shop. Mocapay will also allow embedded messaging engine to distribute customized mobile marketing campaigns to students. Since mobile technology is quickly becoming an essential part of the hospitality industry’s business processes, the School also plans to integrate the Mocapay platform into its curriculum. Students and faculty will be able to conduct mobile transactions at the point-of-sale, access their account balance and transaction history and reload their account, all from their mobile phone. Mocapay end-to-end, mobile payments addresses merchants’ need for a new channel that will broaden their loyalty and gift programs.

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SPG & AMEX

The consumer and small business Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have officially arrived. With the new Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card, Cardmembers can earn one Starpoint for every $1 in purchases charged to the Card. By applying for the Card by May 31, 2010 at SPG.com, cardholders can get the Card free for the first year and earn 11,000 bonus Starpoints, enough for up to three free nights at Starwood hotels and resorts. The substantial 1:1 earn rate and countless opportunities to earn Starpoints through everyday purchases, will give Cardmembers a way to earn rewards faster than ever before. The annual fee of $120 will be waived for the first year for those who apply at SPG.com for a limited time. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 982 properties in more than 100 countries.

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