Affinity Internet Offers ScanAlert PCI

FL-based Affinity Internet is now offering “ScanAlert PCI Certification” and “ScanAlert HACKER SAFE” for online credit card usage. HACKER SAFE is the world’s most widely adopted eCommerce security standard. ScanAlert only allows the certification mark to appear on sites that pass comprehensive daily security audits of eCommerce infrastructure. As long as a site remains secure, ScanAlert continually serves a HACKER SAFE certification mark directly to the retailer’s Web site from ScanAlert’s network. Affinity Internet is committed to empowering its customers to write their own Internet success stories.

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Atlanta Deploys Bill Payment Kiosks

The City of Atlanta last week deployed the first of a series of self-service bill payment kiosks to pay monthly water and sewer bills. The City of Atlanta Watershed Department, which already accepts online bill payments, selected MontegoNet’s NeoPay kiosks to handle the demand for in-person check and credit card payments, eliminating the need for employee involvement. In addition to delivering cost savings and allowing employees to focus on other tasks, the NeoPay kiosks expand residents’ payment options.

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AmEx to Tweak its Rewards Programs

American Express is reportedly gearing-up to make some changes in its “Membership Rewards” program. Effective October 1st, AmEx will drop double points on everyday purchases on the “Green,” “Gold” and “Platinum” charge cards but will continue the bonus points on its credit cards. To replace the bonus points AmEx will announce the “Bonus Point Mall” offering two points for each dollar spent at the more than 100 online retailers. The Wall Street Journal says AmEx will also limit its free “Membership Rewards Options” program to credit card users. Additionally, AmEx will introduce a new insurance feature to reimburse “Gold,” “Platinum” and “Centurion” cardholders if they unexpectedly miss an entertainment or sports event.

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U.S. Bank to Top 15MM VISA Gift Cards

U.S. Bank reports that it has issued 10 million “VISA Gift Cards” since 2003 and will likely top 15 million during the 2006 holiday shopping season. The issuer says it sold 334,781 “VISA Gift Cards” during the first two weeks of June leading up to Father’s Day. U.S. Bank issues “VISA Gift Cards” in 41 states through its 2,430 retail branches and mall partners, including Simon Property Group, Macerich Malls and Crocker Park. U.S. Bank also offers payroll cards for employers, “VISA Buxx” for teenagers, and the “ReliaCard” for government disbursements.

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United Choices Off to a Flying Start

United Airlines says its recently launched “Choices” enhancement to its “Mileage Plus” credit card program has generated strong cardholder acquisitions and spending. UAL reported net income of $119 million, an increase of $145 million excluding reorganization and special items over the comparable second quarter of 2005. Basic earnings per share was $1.01 and diluted earnings per share was $0.93. United Airlines (Nasdaq: UAUA) operates more than 3,700* flights a day on United, United Express and Ted to more than 210 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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Older Consumers Struggling with Debt

A new study suggests that older consumers have been increasing their debt loads, including credit card debt, and filing bankruptcy in record numbers. The report from the National Consumer Law Center says elders are increasingly using credit to pay for necessities like groceries, prescription drugs, and urgent house repairs. The NCLC says many fall victim to abusive creditor practices such as punitive interest rates and fees as well as credit line changes. The non-profit group says there is little margin for error with older populations as some are sacrificing their security to service debt.

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Dexit Explores a Possible Exit

Toronto-based Dexit, a pioneer in contactless small transactions, has hired Kirchner and Company to review its strategic options. KCI is a boutique, U.S. based investment bank specializing in advising small to mid sized technology based companies on M&A and turnarounds. Dexit Inc., based in Toronto, has pioneered an “instead of cash” electronic payment facilitation service for small transactions (generally under $25).

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Pemco Technologies Signs a MO CU

MO-based River Region CU has selected Pemco Technologies for processing of its VISA “Platinum,” “Classic,” and “Affinity” cards. River Region Credit Union has been proudly serving its members since 1954. Pemco Technologies provides innovative payment solutions to the financial industry including credit and debit card processing, ATM acquiring and switching, cardholder award programs, fraud management, and gift card programs.

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Pay By Touch is Rated a Top Company

San Francisco-based Pay By Touch has been named to the “AlwaysOn AO100 List” as one of the top privately-held companies. The AO100 List recognizes the 100 most innovative and successful private firms in the United States based on market potential, customer adoption and investor value. Pay By Touch is the global leader of biometric authentication, personalized rewards, and payment solutions. The company’s patented biometric products and services enable shoppers to conveniently and securely access personal accounts using a finger scan to identify themselves, make purchases, cash checks, and earn rewards.

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ORCC and Corillian Ink a Reseller Deal

VA-based Online Resources and OR-based Corillian have expanded their referral arrangement to a multi-year reseller agreement wherein Corillian will offer ORCC’s bill payment and customer care services, providing its clients an integrated source for online banking and bill payment services. Corillian software enables online banking to an estimated 30 million consumers through its more than 120 bank and credit union customers. Online Resources provides bill payment and other web-based financial services to over 3800 clients through a variety of direct and distribution partnerships. Corillian is a market leader of online banking, bill payment and fraud prevention applications to the financial services industry.

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