FSV Payment Systems Lands New Funding

TX-based stored value provider FSV Payment Systems has received $6
million from Ballast Point Ventures and
North Hill Ventures. Ballast Point Ventures is a later stage venture
capital fund established
to provide expansion capital for rapidly growing, privately owned
companies in diverse industries. North Hill Ventures, LP, a private equity
firm established in 1999, manages $120 million in venture capital
funding. FSV, a privately-held
company, is an industry leader in providing open loop prepaid card
processing and program management services. The Company provides payroll
cards, general purpose reloadable, rebate, incentive, gift and
healthcare card solutions to corporations, financial institutions and
government agencies.

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MoneyGram to Offer Visa ReadyLink

MoneyGram and Visa have teamed to introduce “Visa ReadyLink” – Visa’s
prepaid load network – in MoneyGram’s 40,000 agent locations across the
USA. MoneyGram enables consumers with any “Visa ReadyLink”-enabled
prepaid card to add funds anywhere “MoneyGram Money Transfer” and
“ExpressPayment” are offered. MoneyGram joins more than 8,000
participating “Visa ReadyLink” locations. MoneyGram has 176,000 agent
locations in 190 countries and territories.

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Pegasystems Revenues Rise 11% in 2008

Pegasystems reports that total revenue for the year increased 31% to
$211.6 million. License revenue for the year increased 50% to $76.6
million and net income for 2008 was $11 million, compared to $6.6
million in 2007. The Company says financials were impacted by
significant client matters across many business operations including
banking, credit cards, lending, property and casualty insurance, life
insurance, health payers, care providers, telecom, manufacturing,
hospitality, government, and business process outsourcing. Pegasystems’
expects revenue in 2009 to surpass $250 million,estimated to result in
net income that may exceed $17 million on a GAAP basis. For complete
details on Pegasystems’ latest results visit CardData ([www.carddata.com](http://www.carddata.com)).

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Prepaid Card Carrier Personalization Takes-Off

CO-based Springbok Services now enables corporate clients to package branded prepaid cards inside a greeting card personalized with text and graphics for each individual recipient. Springbok Prepaid Greetings includes three options: extend “congratulations” or “thank you” with one of Springbok’s pre-printed greeting card/prepaid card selections; match your corporate prepaid card design with your greeting card cover design; and create a greeting card/prepaid card that is truly unique. Use each card surface (front, inside and back) as your palette for the graphical images you choose. This option also enables clients to customize the text on the greeting card and include a personalized message to each recipient to reinforce program goals. The company is SAS 70 Type II and PCI certified and supports more than 6,000 clients.

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PX450 Color Printer is Unveiled

MN-based specialty color printer manufacturer Primera Technology has
introduced its new “PX450 Color Printer”. The “PX450” is a compact,
full-color printer designed for use at retail
point-of-sale and point-of-issue. It is ideal for printing coupons,
receipts. Full-color printing can add significant impact to printed
output. A
recent study indicated that consumer redemption rates of coupons printed
in color were up to 25% higher than coupons printed in black and white.
In addition to retail POS, “PX450” is expected to also be used in
hospitals, banking, hospitality and more.

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U.S. Bank Rolls-Out a Rewards Business Card

U.S. Bank has rolled out the “U.S. Bank Cash Rewards Business
Platinum Card” that offers 3% cash back on cellular, gas and
office supply purchases. “The U.S. Bank Cash
Rewards Business Platinum Card” has no annual fee, rewards never expire,
and there is no limit to the cash rewards earned. Cardholders earn
an additional 25% annual bonus based on their prior year’s cash
rewards total. New cardholders can also maximize their savings with a
zero percent introductory APR. In addition, businesses can accelerate
their annual bonuses by expanding
their banking relationships with a U.S. Bank Five Star Business Package.
The package allows business customers to enjoy special savings on a
suite of U.S. Bank checking, savings and credit products tailored
specifically for their needs.

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Credit Card Delinquencies Rise 11% in Q4

Average bank card borrower debt (defined as the aggregate balance on
all bank-issued credit cards for an individual bankcard borrower) inched
upward nationally 33 basis points to $5,729. The highest state average
bankcard debt was in Alaska at $7,466, followed by Nevada at $6,638 and
Tennessee at $6,560. The lowest average bankcard debt was found in Iowa
($4,267), followed by North Dakota
($4,414) and West Virginia ($4,555). TransUnion.com also says its
findings found that nationally, the bankcard delinquency rate (the ratio
of bankcard borrowers 90 days or more delinquent on one or more of their
bankcards) increased to 1.21% in the fourth quarter of 2008, up 11% over
the previous quarter. This is in line with seasonal trends in the fourth
quarter historically.

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APWG Offers a Phishing Guide for Webmasters

The APWG has released, “What To Do If Your Web Site Has Been
Hacked by Phishers,” a comprehensive reference guide that helps webmasters
as well as website owners and operators who suspect or discover that
their web site is being used to host a phishing site. This APWG advisory
explains the most important incident response
measures that can be taken to remediate website hacking by phisher in
the areas of identification, notification, containment, recovery,
restoration, and follow-up when an attack is suspected or confirmed.
The APWG, founded as the Anti-Phishing Working Group in 2003, is an
industry, law enforcement and government coalition focused on
eliminating the identity theft and fraud that result from the growing
problem of phishing, email spoofing, and crimeware. Membership is open
to qualified financial institutions, online retailers, ISPs, the law
enforcement community, researchers and solutions providers.

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ACORN MASTERCARD

credEcard and Lloyds TSB have launched the “Acorn Prepaid MasterCard.” The new card enables agencies to pay their temporary unbanked staff in the same way as banked staff. Acorn offers the cardholder a range of benefits including the ability to instantly accept payment of funds without the need for a bank account. CredEcard’s MasterCard prepaid programs allow funds to be loaded directly onto the Acorn prepaid card via the unique BACS sort code, facilitating the loading of funds directly onto each card account, allowing unbanked staff to be paid in exactly the same way as those with regular bank accounts. In addition the cardholder can set up standing orders, load additional funds via any 19,000 “PayPoint” outlets and have access to a comprehensive range of online and SMS services.

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Heartland Breach Draws Another Lawsuit

NJ-based Heartland Payment Systems has a class action lawsuit pending
charging the company violated federal securities laws.
The complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period defendants made
false and/or misleading statements, and failed to disclose material
adverse facts about the company’s business, operations and prospects.
Specifically, defendants misrepresented or failed to disclose: (1) that
the Company’s safety and security measures designed to protect
consumers’ financial records and data from security breaches were
inadequate and ineffective; (2) that the Company’s payment processing
system had been infected with malware as early as May 2008; (3) that
defendants were made aware of a potential breach of Heartland’s payment
processing network; (4) that, as a result of the above, the Company
faced liabilities associated with the breach and increasing costs
associated with implementing appropriate security measures; (5) that, as
a result of the foregoing, the Company was at risk of losing customers;
and (6) that the Company lacked adequate internal controls.
On January 20, 2009, Heartland revealed that the Company’s payment
processing network had been breached by malicious software, exposing
tens of millions of debit cardholders to fraud. Shares of Heartland
declined $1.26 per share, or 8.16%, to
close on January 20, 2009, at $14.18 per share and over the next two
days, shares of Heartland further declined
$6.00 per share, or an additional 42.31%, to close on January 22, 2009
at $8.18 per share. On February 24, 2009, Heartland posted
a lower-than-expected quarterly profit and disclosed that it might incur
losses from the recent security breach of its system and that the
Company could not estimate the amount of losses that might be incurred
in connection with the security breach. Shares of Heartland declined
$2.31 per share, or 30.12%,
to close on February 24, 2009, at $5.34 per share, on unusually heavy
volume. During the Class Period, shares of Heartland’s common stock
declined $21.84 per share, or approximately 80%, from its Class Period
high of $27.19 per share on September 19, 2008.

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