AmEx Sponsors Tribeca Film Festival Again

American Express returns as a sponsor of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
to be held April 22-May 3
Cardmember events and activities at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
include advance tickets; the Cardmember-Only premiere of
Spike Lee’s film interpretation of the hit theatrical production of
Passing Strange that will debut on Saturday, May 2. Cardmembers will
join Spike Lee and members of the cast and crew for a post-movie
discussion; the Golden Ticket to the Movies for Gold Card, Platinum
Card and
Centurion Card members to choose from three unique film screening
packages to enjoy a day, afternoon or evening of two or three films, a
discussion with the filmmakers and catered food and beverage service;
and By Invitation Only for Platinum Card and Centurion Card members to
mingle with well-known filmmakers and other industry insiders, with
an all-access pass that provides entry to all screenings, private
events, the Family Festival and red carpet premieres, including Woody
Allen’s Whatever Works on opening-night. American Express is offering
the ultimate guide to the Tribeca Film
Festival, including listings of all screenings, Cardmember benefits and
unique insights from the film industry. Complimentary copies of the
guide are available throughout Manhattan for all to experience the best
of the Festival.

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Apriva Certifies Hypercom’s SPOS32 on M4230

Wireless solution provider Apriva has “Class A”-certified Hypercom’s “SPOS32” payment software on the Optimum M4230 mobile payment
terminal for the retail and restaurant markets.
The certification enables credit, debit, gift, loyalty and check
transactions on the “Optimum M4230” to be conducted from virtually
anywhere in North America using Apriva’s Intelligent Gateway, which is
certified with all major merchant processors in North America. Apriva
will offer a number of value-added services for the Hypercom terminals,
including online reporting, order processing, terminal real-time
provisioning and comprehensive customer management.

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WU Tests Overnight Prepaid Card Delivery

A new pilot is testing the overnight delivery of prepaid cards from
Western Union. The new “Overnight Home Delivery” service pilot features
the “MoneyWise Visa” prepaid card. St. Louis and Kansas City consumers
will be the first to use the new service to send money throughout most
of the U.S. The “MoneyWise” card will be sent overnight via FedEx so
that it arrives at the recipient’s door the next day and can be
activated by the receiver with the Western Union “Money Transfer Control
Number.” The card is protected by the Visa zero liability policy. The
“Overnight Home Delivery” money transfer transaction fees start at $9.99
plus a one-time express delivery fee of $9.95. The Western Union
“MoneyWise Visa” prepaid card is issued by MetaBank.

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EASYREWARDS MC

STAPLES Canada has partnered with Citi Cards Canada to create the Citi STAPLES easyRewards Business MasterCard. The new card provides small
business owners with a unique set of practical, business-focused rewards and
features. Some of the unique key features of the Citi STAPLES easyRewards
Business MasterCard include: 1% easyRewards on every dollar you spend on your business; DOUBLE points on key business expenses including gas, car
washes and convenience purchases from Petro-Canada; TRIPLE rewards on all STAPLES/Bureau en Gros purchases in Canada everyday; an extra 60-days to pay on large ticket items (to help cash flow)
reward points redeemable for STAPLES merchandise or services;Sobeys or Petro-Canada gift cards or towards WestJet travel;
the ability to set spending limits by individual employee and optional Health and Dental insurance.

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Checking Relationships Study is Released

The results of a new SYNERGISTICS study, “Competing for Checking
Relationships”, examines the consumer experience with the checking
accounts, rewards, mobile banking, and remote deposit capture. Nearly
four in ten Internet households with checking accounts currently have a
relationship with an Internet-based financial institution. This is a
significant increase from an earlier 2007 SYNERGISTICS survey in which
one-fifth of Internet households with checking accounts were shown to be
using an Internet-based financial institution. The current generation of
online providers generally have a more limited focus – that of being
only a savings or investment institution and the strategies and tactics
of the current wave of Internet-based providers would seem to suggest
that most are only – at the current time – making a “niche play” for a
piece of customer relationships.

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SENATOR REWARDS MC

The Ottawa Senators hockey club has signed a
multi-year extension to its agreement to endorse MBNA Canada Bank (MBNA)
as the provider of the “Sens Rewards MasterCard” program.
The first of its kind for a National Hockey League team, the “Sens
Rewards MasterCard” offers cardholders the opportunity to earn points to
redeem for Senators merchandise, collectibles or exclusive experiences
such as travel with the team. Additionally, the “Sens Rewards MasterCard”
program features premium MasterCard Platinum card benefits and
world-class customer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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IRS Extends OPC Payments Contract to 2013

VA-based Tier Technologies announced that its Official Payments
subsidiary has been awarded a multi-year contract extension by the IRS
to provide electronic payment solutions for personal and business taxes.
The contract has four one-year option periods running until December 31,
2013.Since 1999, when OPC began processing federal tax payments for the
IRS, the company has processed over $9 billion in federal taxes.
Official Payments was selected by the IRS to pilot federal electronic
tax payments and is the only company that has provided these services
continuously since 1999. Payments may be made with an American Express,
Discover Network, MasterCard card or Visa card. The IRS has determined
that convenience fees incurred by qualifying individuals and business
taxpayers may be deductible. Tier Technologies serves over 3,300
electronic payment clients throughout the USA.

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GEMALTO SEALYS

Gemalto announced the commercial launch of its “Sealys” e-health terminal for the German market and approved by Gematik. The product is fully and immediately operational with the current healthcare system. It also has all the necessary features to operate in online mode in connection with the future “Telematik” infrastructure, due to be implemented in 2010, and will offer health professionals all the services provided by this new healthcare system. Gematik is the authority in charge of defining and approving the healthcare infrastructure in Germany.

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National Breast Cancer Gift Card Introduced

SD-based Meta Payment Systems has launched a new gift card for the
National Breast Cancer Foundation. The Gift Card
features the NBCF logo and “pink ribbon” image commonly associated with
the fight against breast cancer and will be made available to more than
900 and credit unions that participate in Meta’s Gift Card program.
Meta Payment Systems is also providing
free merchandising materials to the financial institutions that choose
to feature the new Gift Card design. These materials include Gift Card
packaging that provides information about NBCF and their website and
tells Gift Card recipients how they can get involved. Meta Payment
Systems is a provider of prepaid, credit, debit and emerging payments
solutions.

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MOBILELINK

Paris-based Wavecom announced that its client MobileLink, which provides
24/7 outdoor support and care service to senior citizens, won four
titles in the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2008. “MobileLink Service” is
supported by a one-button MobileLink Device which is equipped
with a Wavecom “Q24 Wireless CPU” providing GSM/GPRS communication. By
using the CSL Limited GSM mobile network, the MobileLink Device can
provide 24 hours a day connection to a Senior Citizen Home Safety
Association (SCHSA) call centre. Users can easily seek assistance by
simply pressing the one and only button and contact the call centre. In
case they are lost or have an accident, their approximate locations and
whereabouts can be tracked to provide a good reference for finding them.

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Phishing Attack Damage Declines by 60% in 2008

New research as found that more than 5 million U.S. consumers lost
money to phishing attacks in the 12 months ending in September 2008, a
39.8% increase over the number of victims a year earlier. The latest
Gartner survey also found that the average consumer loss in 2008 per
phishing incident was $351, a 60% decrease from the year before.
Phishing attacks continue to exact financial damage on consumers and
financial institutions. Consumers recovered 56% of their losses, meaning
that most fraud costs were borne by consumer banks, PayPal and other
financial service providers. Gartner says enterprises providing e-mail
services should investigate “secure” e-mail gateways that can block
phishing e-mails from reaching customer in-boxes using a variety of
methods from e-mail analysis to accepting only properly signed digital
e-mail. End users can also increase their own protection by using
safe-browsing tools that can provide a warning when accessing a known or
suspected phishing site.

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