Cash Systems Signs Two cashclub Deployments

Las Vegas-based Cash Systems announced the Agua Caliente Casino and The Spa Resort Casino will be the first casino properties in Southern California to install Cash Systems’ “cashclub” product. The cashclub installation is part of an enhanced contract renewal with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of Southern California. Cash Systems previously provided Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage and Spa Resort Casino, Palm Springs with credit and debit card cash advance services and will now provide a complete line of cash access services including all-in-1 and check cashing. Cash Systems, Inc., located in Las Vegas, with additional offices in San Diego and Minneapolis, is a provider of cash-access and related services to the retail and gaming industries.

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Hypercom Intros First Universal Contactless PIN Pad

Hypercom has introduced the first PIN entry device that includes a choice of contactless, EMV smart card or magnetic stripe payments, a touchscreen display, and a vendor-agnostic architecture enabling integration with Hypercom, VeriFone or Ingenico card payment terminals as well as leading electronic cash register systems. The new “P4100 PIN Pad” also offers a WiFi option. Other features include a contactless ISO 14443-compliant RF reader that supports “ExpressPay” from American Express, MasterCard “PayPass” and “VISA Contactless” payment programs. Plus, multi-application support for multiple smart card-enabled payment and value-added applications and high security designed to meet PCI PED standards for secure PIN entry.

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Ingenico Introduces the i6780 Touch Screen Terminal

Ingenico has introduced the first color touch screen payment terminal with integrated tactile keypad to meet requirements for the visually impaired. The new “i6780” meets California Legislation and proposed ECBS guidelines for PIN entry devices for use by the visually impaired. The “i6780” enables retailers to reduce their cost of payment with online debit while streamlining credit card payment and contract finalization with electronic signature capture. With a TFT color screen, vivid and bright colors are easily produced to enhance the interaction with customers. Additional features of the i6780 are its tempered glass capacitive screen to reduce scratches and damage, electronic pen for signature accuracy and EMV levels I and II approved smart card capabilities.

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CreditCards.com Hires the Former Bankrate CEO

TX-based Austin Ventures announced the recapitalization of CreditCards.com and hiring of a new CEO. Elisabeth DeMarse, former CEO of Bankrate, was named the Company’s top executive. Founder Dan Smith is stepping down as CEO. During DeMarse’s tenure at Bankrate, she quintupled unique visitors and page views; increased revenue 560%; significantly expanded operating margins to 32%; and delivered 11 quarters of consecutive EPS. Her accomplishments led to a market cap increase from $12 million at her hiring to $300 million, representing an increase in stock price of 1200% in three years. CreditCards.com was founded in 2003.

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SpareBank 1 Inks a Deal with EnterCard Norge

SpareBank 1 has signed a seven-year strategic partnership agreement with EnterCard Norge, a subsidiary of EnterCard International, the top Nordic credit-card issuer. The agreement involves developing new
concepts and issuing credit cards for the independent banks within the
SpareBank 1 Group, with the ambition of becoming a major player in the
Norwegian credit-card market. When EnterCard International was founded more than a year ago by the two owners, Barclays Bank and Swedbank, the Norwegian company gained market leading credit-card expertise derived from Barclaycard, Europe’s leading credit- card issuer. Earlier this year EnterCard signed new partnership agreements with LO in Norway and FDB/Coop in Denmark. In December last year, EnterCard signed an agreement with Coop in Norway.

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Planet Payment Acquires a Card Platform

NY-based Planet Payment has acquired the credit card processing platform and related Bermuda assets of TransWorld Payment Solutions. As a result of the acquisition, Planet Payment’s processing agreement with TransWorld will be terminated, thus saving the substantial processing fees otherwise payable by Planet Payment. Under the new agreement, Planet Payment will assume the running costs of the processing platform. TransWorld will continue to operate the assets during a transitional period, to allow Planet Payment to secure the necessary approvals and regulatory consents from third parties, including Visa and MasterCard. Planet Payment is a multi-currency payment and data processor, enabling processors, acquiring banks and their merchants to accept, process and reconcile credit card transactions in multiple currencies, allowing cardholders to view prices and settle transactions in their native currency.

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Global Cash Access Expands into Asia Pacific

Global Cash Access has entered the Macau and Asia Pacific region with its signing of a sponsorship agreement with Banco Weng Hang. The deal GCA to offer Macau operators its full suite of technology, products and services, including the processing of both PIN and signature-based bank card transactions. GCA will offer Macau casinos a number of products and services, including ATM technology, cashless gaming products and marketing services.

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Ingenico Unveils a Terminal for the Visually Impaired

Ingenico has introduced the first color touch screen payment terminal with integrated tactile keypad to meet requirements for the visually impaired. The new “i6780” meets California Legislation and proposed ECBS guidelines for PIN entry devices for use by the visually impaired. The “i6780” enables retailers to reduce their cost of payment with online debit while streamlining credit card payment and contract finalization with electronic signature capture. With a TFT color screen, vivid and bright colors are easily produced to enhance the interaction with customers. Additional features of the i6780 are its tempered glass capacitive screen to reduce scratches and damage, electronic pen for signature accuracy and EMV levels I and II approved smart card capabilities.

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FDC International Inks a Deal with Societe Generale

First Data International has signed an agreement with Societe Generale Consumer Finance to provide card processing services to the bank’s international consumer finance division. Societe Generale Consumer Finance has selected FDI as its partner to roll-out a comprehensive suite of new card and loan products to consumers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa over the next 12-to-18 months.
Under the terms of the agreement, FDI will provide Societe Generale Consumer Finance credit card management and transaction processing together with a wide-range of back-office and value-added services. First Data’s Central European regional hub based in Bratislava, Slovakia, will provide the core processing.

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Online Resources Revenue Rises 85% in Q3

VA-based Online Resources posted third quarter revenue of $28.3 million, up 85% from 3Q/05. The growth was fueled by high user growth and the acquisition of Princeton eCom. The Company serves over 8 million end-users and processes $100 billion in bill payments annually. For complete details on ORCC’s latest performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

[1]: http://www.carddata.com

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G&D Opens Smart Card Subsidiary in France

Smart card supplier, Giesecke & Devrient, has opened a subsidiary in Paris. G&D says with a market penetration of almost 80% each on average, nearly every citizen of France carries one smart card in his or her cell phone and one in his or her wallet. When it comes to
electronic payment and mobile communications, the country has enormous
potential for high-end products and innovative card solutions, such as
contactless payment cards or large memory SIM cards.

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PayPal Launches a Major Holiday Promotion

PayPal has launched promotional incentive programs valued at up to $100 million giving customers cash rebates up to $20 when paying with PayPal on qualifying merchant Web sites in North America, including eBay.com. Additionally, consumers will find free shipping from some of the Web’s most popular brand names when they pay with PayPal this holiday season. Cash rebate programs will be available to consumers from November 23, 2006, through May 15, 2007. PayPal, an eBay company, enables any individual or business with an email address to send and receive payments online securely and easily using a bank account, credit card or stored balance.

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