Edentify Lands Lisker as an Adviser

Joel Lisker, former SVP for Security and Risk Management for MasterCard, has joined the Board of Advisors for Pennsylvania-based Edentify. Lisker was most recently the Senior Vice President for Security and Risk Management for MasterCard International. In this capacity, he served as the company’s worldwide senior security representative for matters relating to the fraudulent use of its numerous card products, and was instrumental in developing technical solutions and strategies to thwart the efforts of organized crime. Edentify is dedicated to developing and deploying technology solutions utilized in preventing identity theft and fraud.

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BNP Paribas to Deploy Opteva ATM

BNP Paribas Group will deploy 265 Diebold “Opteva” automated teller
machines that are accessible to all of its customers, including those who
are visually impaired. The ATMs will be deployed in the bank’s branches
through the second quarter of 2006. BNP Paribas is the first French
financial institution to launch a large-scale deployment of the Diebold
voice-guidance system with its Opteva terminals. Diebold provides
text-to-speech technology through its partnership with Nuance
Communications, a global provider of speech and imaging solutions.
RealSpeak guides visually impaired users through transactions and
simulates a natural voice that’s easy to understand, enabling quick and
complete transactions such as cash withdrawals, deposits and account
balances with increased ease and fewer errors.

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Pay By Touch Acquires Loyalty Specialists

San Francisco-based Pay By Touch is on a roll with its fourth and fifth acquisition of the month. The biometric payment pioneer and leader has picked up two loyalty technology providers. PBT acquired the assets and intellectual property of 7th Street Software and Convena for an undisclosed price. The company says the acquisitions will bolster its brand promise to make shopping more convenient by allowing shoppers access to customized rewards and discounts with the touch of a finger right in the store. 7th Street Software is the developer of “LoyaltySuite.” Last week, Pay By Touch inked a deal to acquire rival VA-based BioPay for $82 million in stock and cash. PBT also last week acquired Capture Resource, a supplier of integrated reward programs and business process outsourcing solutions. Earlier this week, PBT closed its acquisition of Atlanta-based CardSystems Solutions for $47 million in stock and cash. In October, Pay By Touch raised $130 million in new financing from two major hedge funds. (CF Library 10/7/05; 12/5/05; 12/7/05; 12/12/05)

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Matrix Automation Joins OneLynk Alliance

Ohio-based Matrix Automation has joined RBS Lynk’s “OneLynk Alliance” VAR program. RBS Lynk’s electronic payment processing, integrates seamlessly with Aloha software, providing exceptionally fast, easy transaction processing, while eliminating the expense of separate restaurant management equipment and payment terminals. RBS Lynk is the preferred processor for Radiant System’s Aloha suite of point-of-sale (POS) applications for restaurant operators, installed at over 30,000 locations. Matrix Automation,is a technology solutions company providing hardware, software and point-of-sale hospitality solutions to restaurants and hospitality businesses.

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Purdue Employees FCU Goes Full CO-OP Net

Indiana-based Purdue Employees FCU has signed an agreement to use the CO-OP Network for all of its switching needs. With more than $420 million in assets, Purdue Employees FCU is Indiana’s 10th largest credit union. Founded by a small group of Purdue University employees in 1969, Purdue Federal now serves students, employees and alumni of the university in addition to several business partners in and around Lafayette. CO-OP Network members have access to over 800,000 ATMs worldwide through links to NYCE, STAR, Cirrus, Pulse and Plus.

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U.S. Bank Launches Taekwondo VISA Cards

The American Taekwondo Association has signed a VISA affinity card deal with U.S. Bank. The card generates support for the association each time a new card is activated and repeatedly thereafter each time the card is used. The American Taekwondo Association credit card depicts the colors of the ATA and a taekwondo silhouette. The card features no annual fee, a low introductory rate (APR) and a choice of rewards including cash back or points redeemable for merchandise, travel, gift certificates or virtually any reward with the Choose Your Own Reward option. The American Taekwondo Association (ATA) is the premier North American organization dedicated to the martial arts discipline of taekwondo.

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Lawsuit Claims Insider Trading at Diebold

The executive shake-up at Diebold has taken on a new dimension following a class action lawsuit alleging that the ATM and voting machine maker concealed internal problems from investors and engaged in insider trading. NY-based Stull, Stull & Brody filed the lawsuit covering activities between October 2003 and September 2005. According to the complaint, Diebold lacked a credible state of internal controls and corporate compliance and remained unable to assure the quality and working order of its voting machine products. The complaint also alleges over $2.7 million of insider trading proceeds were obtained by individual defendants during the 2003-2005 period. This week Diebold’s chairman and CEO Wally O’Dell left and was replaced by Thomas Swidarski. In August, SVP/CFO Gregory Geswein resigned and in September Eric Evans, President/COO and board member, departed. (CF Library 8/8/05; 9/21/05; 12/14/05)

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TSYS Takes an Interest in China UnionPay

The payments-processing subsidiary of China UnionPay has signed a deal to give TSYS a 34% equity interest that may increase to 45% by early next year. The two-year old China UnionPay Data. Co, Ltd. currently provides transaction processing, disaster recovery and other services for banks and bankcard issuers in China, according to this week’s issue of CardFlash International. CUP is sanctioned by the country’s central bank, has 166 members banks and is responsible for operating the only national bankcard network to enable and promote the acceptance of bankcards in China. More than 875 million general purpose bankcards carry the CUP brand.

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TNS FusionPoint Becomes Cisco Powered

VA-based Transaction Network Services has earned the “Cisco Powered Network” designation for its “FusionPoint” solution, targeted to the c-store and QSR industries. FusionPoint by TNS is a data communications solution that enables all technical applications in a store to flow through one broadband pipe, simplifying the connectivity and delivering significant savings in time and maintenance costs. TNS provides data communications services for transaction-oriented applications in multiple vertical markets and trading communities.

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Small Business Owners Optimistic for 2006

A new global survey from MasterCard reveals that 60% of small business owners worldwide say the future outlook of their business is promising and over half are confident that they will meet their financial goals in 2006. The “Global Small Business Survey” also shows that 90% of small business owners around the world overwhelmingly believe technology is important to their business’s future. About 80% agree that technology creates financial opportunities for businesses. When asked to forecast for next year, small business owners said payroll expenses (40%) will be their business’s greatest expense, followed by technology upgrades (19%) and capital expenditures (17%).

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