GE Money to Issue the eBay MasterCard

GE Money and eBay announced plans to launch an “eBay MasterCard” this month. The new card is an expansion of a relationship originally created in June 2004 for GE to offer PayPal Buyer Credit, a private label, revolving credit line available to registered PayPal customers. A “PayPal Plus MasterCard” was introduced in May 2006. The “eBay MasterCard” will offer one reward point for every $1 spent in purchases. Cardholders will be able to choose from three card designs, and the option to add their eBay User ID to the card. The card also features “Safe Shipping,” which protects them if their item never arrives. The new card will also offer instant approval.

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Wesabe Database Tracks Real Transactions

Berkeley, CA-based Wesabe this week reported that its member-owned financial transaction database has logged more than $500 million in transactions. Wesabe aggregates and analyzes financial transaction data from bank and credit card accounts, and uses that data to help guide consumers to the best merchants. For example, in the seven months since Wesabe’s launch, members have paid more than $200,000 in overdraft fees alone. The data show that Wachovia charged the lowest average overdraft fee, but they made up for it by charging fees much more often, putting them at the top of the Wesabeour list in total overdraft fees paid its members. The Wesabe database includes member ratings for more than 75,000 merchants, has 1.5 million tags applied to merchants by members and supports banks in 30 countries and provides automatic currency conversion for 36 currencies.

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HPS Expands its Parcxmart Investment

Heartland Payment Systems has increased its strategic investment in Parcxmart Technologies and signed an exclusive to sell Parcxmart’s payment system to merchants nationally. The Parcxmart Card is a fully functional parking and local merchant smart card payment system. The platform uses smart card technology that offers a convenient one-card alternative to coins and cash for small dollar transactions. The Parcxmart Card can be used at on-street and off-street parking locations as well as for retail purchases at participating merchants. Heartland Payment Systems provides credit/debit/prepaid card processing, payroll and payment solutions to more than 150,000 small and mid-sized businesses nationwide.

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AmEx Women Entrepreneur Prog Grows

American Express Open has returned to Atlanta to select eight high-potential women entrepreneurs for the “The Make Mine a Million $ Business program”. More than 200 women applied to compete in Atlanta and 15 finalists were chosen to vie for the eight awards packages. A panel of judges, women entrepreneurs and an audience at the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Annual Conference selected the awardees based on elevator pitches explaining why their business plans had million-dollar potential. Currently, 3% of the 10.4 million women-owned businesses in the US generate $1 million in revenues annually. In Georgia alone, there are 260,865 women-owned firms with 6,883 operating over one million dollars in annual revenues. The following eight women were Atlanta awardees: Charisa Antigua is CEO of Oscar Newman, LLC; Kathryn Arbour is co-president of Capabilities; Sharon Brown is CEO of Selona; Lynn Do is president of RenovoData, Inc.; Ashleigh Hansberger is a principal of Motto Agency; Shaparak Kamarei, M.D. is co-founder Solaris Laser Institute; Jen Lyles is co-founder of FireSign, Inc. Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence is the leading national not-for-profit provider of on-line business loans and resources for women to grow their micro businesses into $million enterprises.

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BV Financeira to Use the New EDS Card Platform

EDS has launched a card platform that allows introduction of new products
in a shortened time frame and offers lower costs than a mainframe
platform.
The solution is also different in that it links traditional credit and
installment
loan products enabling a single view of customer account balances. The
first to launch the credit card product on the new platform is BV
Financeira,
who has signed a 6 year processing agreement with EDS. As a result,
BV Financeira projects a growth rate of 3 million cards over the next 6
years.
EDS processes 4.5 million cards in Brazil annually, totaling 2.1 billion
transactions for its financial services clients and operates in 18
countries
internationally.

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Dunbar to Keynote Foreword Financial Expo

Foreword Financial has announced the speaker line-up for Foreword Financial Expo, scheduled for September in Chicago. Eighty-eight sessions are scheduled, each featuring senior-level executives from industry-leading companies including David Nelms, Chairman & CEO, Discover Financial Services; Timothy J. Theriault, President-Corporate and Institutional Services, Northern Trust; Omer Simeon, EVP for strategic initiatives, Countrywide Financial and Ed Kadletz, Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo. Keynote presenters include Roy Dunbar, Mastercard Worldwide’s President of Global Technology and Operations; John Swainson, CEO for CA and Glen Salow, EVP of Ameriprise. In addition to the eight targeted conferences, the Expo will provide attendees a comprehensive venue for analyzing strategies and evaluating solutions from 100 exhibitors across the payment and financial services security, operations and technology industries. Foreword Financial produces executive-level programs.

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Cara to Deploy VeriFone’s ON THE SPOT

Cara has become the largest restaurant operator and the first in Canada to provide its customers with payment at the table. Cara will use VeriFone’s “ON THE SPOT” pay at the table system under a multi-million dollar deal. At Cara, “ON THE SPOT” is integrating with MICROS Systems point-of-sale solutions. Cara owns over 800 locations, including the Swill Chalet, Harvey’s, Kelsey’s, Montana’s Cookhouse and Milestone’s Grill & Bar brands. “ON THE SPOT” has two main platforms — one that allows at-the-table, curb or point of delivery payment for full-service family, casual and fine dining restaurants (Vx 670); and the other designed for use at drive-thru windows (QX720).

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Top Canadian Restaurant Goes ON THE SPOT

Cara has become the largest restaurant operator and the first in Canada to provide its customers with payment at the table. Cara will use VeriFone’s “ON THE SPOT” pay at the table system under a multi-million deal. At Cara, “ON THE SPOT” is integrating with MICROS Systems point-of-sale solutions. Cara owns over 800 locations, including the Swill Chalet, Harvey’s, Kelsey’s, Montana’s Cookhouse and Milestone’s Grill & Bar brands. “ON THE SPOT” has two main platforms — one that allows at-the-table, curb or point of delivery payment for full-service family, casual and fine dining restaurants (Vx 670); and the other designed for use at drive-thru windows (QX720).

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TransUnion Opens a Central America Data Center

In an effort to expand operations in Guatemala, TransUnion has opened a
data center in Guatemala City to serve as a Central American Hub. This data
center reflects the credit bureau’s efforts with the financial, credit
granting and
lending community for the creation of a system of information sharing. As a
result of TransUnion’s presence in Guatemala, the country has seen a 34%
increase since last year of those with a credit history. However, more than
half reflect negative credit marks. TransUnion employs more than 4,000
employees in more than 30 countries.

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Target Wins Hawk Best Gift Card Award

Blackhawk Network announced the winners of the prestigious “Hawk Awards”, which honor excellence in the gift card industry. The awards recognize quality and merit in card design, package design, promotions, marketing and an overall outstanding achievement in the gift card industry. The Hawk Awards were distributed to industry leaders in five key areas; Card Design, Promotion, Product Innovation, Industry Achievement and Best Overall Gift Card Program. The Best Card Design award went to Southwest Airlines; Best Promotional Program to Universal Orlando Resort; Most Innovative Product or Service – NetSpend Corporation; Industry Achievement – iTunes and Best Gift Card Program to Target. Blackhawk Network is a prepaid and payments network.

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Rahaxi Inks Referral Agreement With SKJ

FreeStar’s Rahaxi Processing has signed referral agreements with
Suomen Kassajarjestelmat Oy (“SKJ”) POS vendor. SKJ is a vendor
of point-of-sale software and hardware with a client portfolio of over
1500 merchants in the Finnish market. FreeStar works with merchants
in over twenty countries and implements a partnership strategy for growth.
Partners include industry leaders such as IKEA, Finnair and Stockmann,
Rahaxi Processing Oy Finland, FreeStar Technologies Ireland Limited
and FreeStar Dominicana S.A. Dominican Republic. These partners
develop and implement products and solutions to enhance service
through FreeStar.

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VeriFone Lands an Exclusive Chinese Deal

The China Postal Savings Bank has selected VeriFone as the sole provider of its electronic payment systems. CPSB will use the “VeriFone Vx 510” and the wireless “NURIT 8000.” CPSB chartered as a lending institution last year and opened for business earlier this year. It succeeded the depository-only postal savings service making it China’s fifth largest bank. The bank operates 36,000 branch offices throughout the country. VeriFone’s “Vx 510” countertop system, with dual dial and IP connectivity, provides payment and value-added applications, including data-intensive, EMV smart card transactions. The “NURIT 8000,” with GPRS connectivity, is a handheld system and supports credit, debit, EBT, smart cards, prepaid, loyalty, gift and proprietary cards.

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