Aesthology Offers Money Diary iPhone App

Mobile software developer Aesthology has rolled out the “Money
Diary”money organizer app for iPhone and iPod Touch
Designed to be used with currencies anywhere in the world, “Money Diary”
is ideal for everyday use for consumers all around the globe. “Money
Diary” gives users the power to manage both income and expenses;
use graphs and charts to assess status in multiple categories; enter
data quickly; access features such as recurring income/expenses,
carry-over and
built-in calculator; take a photo inside the application and attach it to
expense/income data; customize payment methods, categories and currencies;
export CSV files via web browser on Mac or PC and backup and restore
data in Mac or PC via Money Diary Sync.

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MyECheck Q2 Processing More Than Doubles

Alternative payment processor MyECheck experienced a 140% growth in
transactions compared to last years second quarter.
The Company processed 884,502 transactions totaling $36,891,402.63 for
the three months ending June 30, 2009 compared to 425,208 transactions
totaling $15,372,749.39 for the same period in 2008. Compared with Q1
2009, the Company grew processing volume by over 33%
and grew revenue by over 37% in Q2 2009.
MyECheck also announced a number of larger clients in the second quarter
including Regal Entertainment Group, Simplifile and The Small Business
Network with over 175,000 members signed. Edward Starrs, C.E.O. of
MyECheck, noted that the Company is starting to attract larger revenue
potential clients and that the sales pipeline was expanding.

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Paid’s ShopCart Adds Google Checkout

Brand manager Paid has added Google Checkout to the AuctionInc ecommerce
software platform.
Paid’s integration with Google Checkout enables customers to make
online purchases with a single click without having to give the vendor
sensitive payment and personal data. The convenient and safe Google
Checkout platform stores the customers’ credit card numbers and shipping
information, plus offers fraud protection, providing streamlined,
worry-free Internet shopping for customers of vendors choosing to offer
the Google Checkout option. A unified page tracks a customer’s purchases
and status on all Google Checkout-compatible merchants – an additional
convenience and incentive for customers shopping on multiple sites.
Current AuctionInc customers will be able to use Google Checkout on
ShopCart immediately simply by changing their checkout options. If they
prefer, they can continue to use PayPal for checkout, or even offer both
options. AuctionInc is offering a free two-week trial so sellers can
determine whether Google Checkout on ShopCart meets their needs.

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FDC Unveils a Battery-Powered Wireless Terminal

First Data has unveiled a low-cost, battery-powered, wireless POS
terminal for merchants who do not have constant access to both a power
source and communications. The new “FD400” is suited for on-the-go
merchants such as taxis, limousines, home delivery, farmer markets, and
in-home and onsite services. The terminal features long battery life and
runs on 3G wireless protocol. Other features include an over the air
software download ability as well as a built-in, rechargeable battery,
store-and-forward capability for offline capture and upload of
transactions in non-coverage areas and a compact form factor, which is
small enough to fit in a coat pocket. The new terminal handles credit,
debit, gift card, loyalty, check and electronic benefits transfer.

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UCCU to Deploy Fiserv’s Card Gateway Service

MO-based United Consumers Credit Union is implementing Fiserv’s gateway service for credit
card transactions. UCCU chose the gateway service to consolidate its
card based offerings and leverage a total
Fiserv solution. As part of its processing core competency, Fiserv offers the industry’s
most complete and secure card-production services, including design,
production, embossing, personalization and encoding capabilities. Fiserv
operates more than 19,000 ATMs nationwide and currently processes
approximately 600 million credit, debit and ATM transactions per month,
making it one of the largest transaction processors in the nation.
With the credit gateway service, Fiserv acquires credit transactions
directly from Visa or MasterCard and forwards them to issuers or their
core processor for host authorization. United Consumers is the 10th
largest credit union in the state of Missouri and has assets of over
$100 million.

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CSC Unveils Near Real-Time Bankruptcy Tracker

Transactional service provider Corporation Service Company has launched “Bankruptcy Tracker” to enable
companies to receive nearly-instant notification if one of their customers has filed for
bankruptcy. With CSC’s new Bankruptcy
Tracking service, banks can monitor their debtors and receive
notification if one files in any bankruptcy court. When a bankruptcy is
filed against a lender’s debtor, CSC will send a prompt email alert with
key information about the filing. With this information, banks can act
quickly to ensure their losses are minimized or altogether prevented.
For example, without advance notice, a bank might continue to extend
credit to a bankrupt company.

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PREPAID PULSE

A new survey has found that 12% of the country’s population has purchased a prepaid card with nearly twice as many men as women as buyers. More than three out of four Brits are aware of prepaid cards and how they work and 60% have purchased a gift card for someone. However, nearly half of non-PPC users have no perceptions on what the cards cost and among PPC users about 45% believe they are paying no fees or less than GBP 1 per month. The study for Cards International by BMRB also found that nearly 50% use PPCs for Internet purchases and 20% use the cards for money transfer purposes. Additionally, 58% of consumers have reloaded a PPC at some time and those that purchased prepaid cards within the last six months are more likely to have reloaded it. Nearly 70% of those that load regularly so so at least once per month or more.
Cards International also noted that prepaid cards used for payroll and by teens are gaining traction.

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Meta Financial’s Q2 Processing Expense Doubles

Meta Financial Systems reports that second quarter card processing
expense was $3.5 million, or 99% higher
than the same period in 2008, primarily due to increased sales and
transaction volumes as well as processing expense increases. However,
total revenue for the third
quarter of fiscal year 2009 reached $25.3 million compared to $17.7
million for the
same quarter in fiscal year 2008. The growth for the quarter was driven
primarily by increased Meta Payment Systems fee revenue of $8.2 million.
Interest income
decreased by $0.7 million or 8%. Total revenue for the nine months ended
June 30, 2009 was $93.7 million
compared to $54.9 million in 2008, an increase of $38.8 million or 71%
and was
driven by MPS fee income. Interest income decreased slightly, $0.2
million or 1%
related to the lower interest rate environment this year. For complete details visit CardData (www.carddata.com).

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Corporate Insight Cites Best Card Issuers

Competitive intelligence provider Corporate Insight has released a
report detailing the best consumer financial education tools provided by
the industry’s leading retail financial institutions. The report,
“Consumer Financial Education Today: Best Practices,”
indicates that in the past eight months alone, 33% of the self-directed
brokerage firms that Corporate Insight tracks have made major
improvements to their online education, incorporating interactive media
like webinars and other progressive features into their offerings.
Recommendations for how to achieve best practices in terms of content
and presentation are also included within the report. The report
highlights emerging trends for educating consumers about such timely
topics as home
financing in the current economic crisis, the proper use of credit,
planning for retirement across various life stages, options trading and
teaching young people about personal finance. Corporate Insight studied
the techniques used by industry leaders – like interactive online tools,
microsites targeting specific demographic groups, social media, and
webinars – and identified several best practices for each tactic. The
report provides detailed recommendations to help financial services
firms improve their existing educational content.

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Direct Mail Solicitations Slowly Picking Up

Direct mail credit card offers declined 67% year-on-year during the
second quarter, but only 6% sequentially. The Q2 drop follows a 67%
decline in the prior quarter, a 55% decrease in the fourth quarter and a
20% decline in the third quarter. For the full year of 2008 there were
3.8 billion solicitations mailed, compared to 5.2 billion in 2007.
According to Synovate’s “Mail Monitor,” U.S. households received 349.1
million offers during the second quarter, compared to 1060.0 million
offers received during 2Q/08. The market tracker found that some top 25
card mailers ramped up their mail volumes in the second quarter. The
biggest increases were seen by Bank of America (up 77% over 1Q/09) and
Citibank (up 65% over 1Q/09). Synovate noted that every single offer
mailed during the second quarter had a variable APR associated with it,
compared to 60% of the offers in the year ago quarter.

CREDIT CARD SOLICITATIONS
2Q/07: 1275 million
3Q/07: 1290 million
4Q/07: 1286 million
1Q/08: 1132 million
2Q/08: 1060 million
3Q/08: 1032 million
4Q/08: 576 million
1Q/09: 372 million
2Q/09: 349 million
Source: Synovate Mail Monitor

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