MC Beijing Online

Xianzai Ltd. ([http://www.xianzai.com][1]), a leading provider of lifestyle and entertainment information to users and businesses across China, announced a strategic collaboration with MasterCard to provide a wireless “engine” of MasterCard Beijing businesses to mobile users. Wireless devices hooked up to Xianzai.com information are able to search MasterCard’s Beijing database of restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment venues.

According to Blair Burns, CEO of Xianzai Ltd., the new collaboration expands Xianzai.com’s offerings. “As Xianzai.com has grown over three years, so has our user base. Our relationship with MasterCard in Mainland China will expand on the wireless front and we’re pleased to have them as a partner.”

Burns added, “Xianzai.com’s capabilities allow Beijing users to search the MasterCard database to find entertainment prices, locations and discounts. They can immediately react to the information to make purchases.” Xianzai.com is a first mover in the wireless China market and provides information and sought after services for the business-to-business and consumer markets.”

Mr. Weiquiang Han, the Country Manager for MasterCard, comments that the Xianzai.com cooperation has opened another channel for MasterCard cardholders to fulfill their needs and interests and to enjoy benefits while staying in Beijing and using the latest technology.

About Xianzai.com

Xianzai Ltd. was one of China’s first Internet companies, beginning Beijing operations in 1997. With email newsletters as one of its core models, it has grown to include over 40,000 English-language users and 185,000 Chinese-language users for its daily and weekly information offerings. It currently produces 10 email newsletters and is set to add eight more by the end of Q3 2000. internet.com’s Venture Fund II, part of internet.com’s (NASDAQ: INTM) affiliated venture capital arm, is an investor in Xianzai Ltd.

About MasterCard International

MasterCard International has the most comprehensive portfolio of payment brands in the world. More than 1 billion MasterCard, Cirrus and Maestro logos are present on credit, charge and debit cards in circulation today. An association comprised of 22,000 member financial institutions, MasterCard is the leader in quality and innovation, offering a wide range of payment solutions in the virtual and traditional worlds. With more than 18 million acceptance locations, no card is accepted in more places and by more merchants than the MasterCard Card is. In 1999, gross dollar volume exceeded U.S. $727 billion.

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

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Paymentplus & i3

Paymentplus, a fast-growth company offering high capacity payment processing for online merchants, and i3 Solutions, a company that develops scalable applications specifically customized for individual businesses, are forming a strategic partnership to offer Web companies a direct, efficient way of processing online payments.

Paymentplus’ LiveProcessor provides fast, reliable, and real-time interface to payment services offered by Paymentech, First Data, NDC, and a direct connection to American Express Merchant Services. “We are very excited to offer Paymentplus’ robust, high-volume online payment processing solution to our clients. LiveProcessor provides both a turnkey payment solution, as well as a flexible application programming interfaces (APIs) for customizing and integrating with our customers’ legacy systems,” said Steve DeVoir, Partner Channels Manager at i3 Solutions. LiveProcessor is located on the merchant’s server, so there is no middleman, allowing the merchant real-time access to customer’s data for transactions and support.

“Paymentplus provides our enterprise and dot.com clients a high-end, real- time means of facilitating their payment processing needs,” added Randal Dewey, Director of Business Development at i3 Solutions. “Their ability to manage high volume, mission critical payment processing separates them from other Web-based solutions that have limited, concurrent transaction processing capabilities.”

“Paymentplus has been the choice for direct marketers and dot.coms for over five years now and our client list speaks for itself,” said Jeff Foster, Vice President of Business Development, “but to have an integrator like i3 single out our product is a terrific boost. i3 has been working for years with top name clients across many industries and the chance to help them integrate payment processing into their current solutions is a great privilege.”

About Paymentplus

Paymentplus creates electronic payment processing software for the enterprise, combining online, call center, retail and IVR transactions in a central server. The company’s software, LiveProcessor, can complete over 100,000 credit card and electronic check transactions per hour on a single server. LiveProcessor is the only payment processing application in the world to support Visa CVV2 and i3 Solutions partnership Amex CID security codes, procurement level 2 and 3 cards, electronic check processing and foreign currency support in single product.

The company currently has over 90 installations and is completing transactions in 40 countries and 23 currencies on a daily basis. Among the company’s clients are Real Networks, Research in Motion, Nextel Communications, AT&T, Tupperware, Rexall and Prudential Insurance. These companies are completing transactions valued at some $2 billion per month. LiveProcessor completes all of these transactions from a client-side server that avoids the fees charged by transaction service bureaus like Cybercash, Verisign and CyberSource.

About i3 Solutions, Inc.

i3 Solutions provides value-added e-Business consulting services that automate business processes using Internet technologies. The company specializes in the development of portal Web sites, business-to-business applications, Web-enabling databases, custom application development and Web site design. i3 Solutions maintains an open-book reference policy and encourages prospective customers to speak directly with any of its customers. For more information, please email i3 Solutions at sales@i3solutions.com, visit the Web site at [http://www.i3solutions.com][1].

[1]: http://www.i3solutions.com/

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USTT Resellers

USA Technologies, Inc. announced that after the first 90 days of its new Authorized Reseller Program, multiple office equipment dealers across the country have signed on with USA Technologies. Additionally, in excess of 100 other independent and national office products dealers and distributors have responded to USA Technologies new TransAct Authorized Reseller Program.

The most prominent new additions to USA Technologies’ TransAct Authorized Reseller Program include Nevill Business Solutions of Dallas, TX, one of Mita’s top dealers and five year recipient of their Gold Medallion Award, Connected Office Products of Philadelphia, PA, one of Philadelphia’s top office products dealers, with 18 branches located throughout Pennsylvania and Advanced Office System of Cincinnati, OH, a leading dealer of Minolta, Panasonic and Hitachi.

Jeff Zupcic of Connected Office Products of Philadelphia commented, “TransAct had an immediate impact on our business. We incorporated TransAct devices with our Konica copier and fax machine to secure the business of a prominent hotel at the Philadelphia International Airport, and met the hotel’s need of providing their guests with 24/7 business services.”

TransAct(R), which was recently launched at the Business Technology Association Convention, provides industry leaders such as Xerox, Canon, Konica, Minolta, Ricoh, Mita and Sharp the capability to incorporate the TransAct device into their own office equipment solutions. TransAct is a networked solution, when integrated with office equipment, allows for self-service usage, with a secured credit card transaction. USA Technologies’ patented credit card payment system allows for micro-credit card transactions, as low as $1.00, to occur in connection with the use of the office equipment.

“The new TransAct Authorized Reseller Program was a result of significant, positive feedback from the major office equipment manufacturers and distributors who wanted to use TransAct and incorporate it into their own products and solutions,” said Michael Lawlor, Sr. VP of Sales & Marketing for USA Technologies. For manufacturers and distributors of office equipment it means the ability to locate and operate their equipment in public environments and high traffic areas such as hotels, convenience stores, travel & transportation facilities and other public buildings.

TransAct could also bring significant operational benefits to the manufacturers and distributors. TransAct allows for all sales and usage of the office equipment to be remotely monitored, which in turn would allow them to more cost efficiently provide equipment maintenance services and ensure that customers would not run out of equipment supplies. Additionally, because TransAct is activated by a credit card, it provides greater security against vandalism and theft in comparison to coin boxes.

For USA Technologies, the Authorized Reseller Program means greater distribution of its technology, new marketplace opportunities and expanded distribution channels worldwide. USA Technologies will provide the technology and integration expertise to allow manufacturers and distributors of office equipment and services to easily attach the TransAct device to any brand of product, whether a fax, copier or PC. Mr. Lawlor added that his company was in negotiations with many of the major manufacturers and distributors in the office equipment and services industry, working to finalize distribution agreements.

TransAct is presently being used across the USA and Canada, with over 1,500 devices in place, primarily as a component of USA Technologies’ Business Express(R) and MBE Business Express. Business Express and MBE Business Express are the world’s first 24-hour, credit card-activated business centers. More than 400 hotels throughout the United States currently offer Business Express and MBE Business Express services to the traveling public.

About USA Technologies

With patented technology, new distribution partners and channels and a rapidly expanding product line, USA Technologies is a leader in providing credit card-activated business services for professionals and consumers needing to communicate or conduct business outside the home or workplace. Visit the USA Technologies home page at [http://www.usatech.com][1].

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

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NextCard Up 843%

NextCard reported last night that operating revenue exploded by 843%, receivables by 408%, and accounts by 421% over the past twelve months. During the second quarter NextCard added more than 100,000 accounts and nearly $200 million in receivables. Operating revenue for the second quarter increased to $33.0 million, compared to $3.5 million for 2Q/99. Total managed loans as of June 30 rose to $829.7 million, compared to $163.4 million as of June 30, 1999. Total customer accounts at the end of 2Q/00 stood at 443,000, compared to approximately 85,000 customer accounts at the end of 2Q/99. Meanwhile the net charge-off rate for managed loans increased to 2.2% compared to 1.9% in the first quarter 2000. The delinquency rate (30+ days) on total managed loans increased to 2.7% as of June 30 compared to 1.7% as of March 31. Total yield on the managed loan portfolio for the second quarter 2000 increased to 15.93% from 15.06% in the first quarter of 2000. While NextCard reported a net loss of $24.5 million for the second quarter, the Internet-centric card issuer says it expects to achieve profitability by late 2001. For complete current and historical data on NextCard visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

NEXTCARD TRACK RECORD
2Q/00 1Q/00 4Q/99 3Q/99 2Q/99
Recv: $829.7m $638.8m $416.3m $268.0m $163.4m
Accts: 443k 337k 220k 134k 85k
IC Inc: $2.9m $2.2m $1.5m $0.7m $0.3m
C-O: 2.21% 1.93% 1.88% 1.72% 1.34%
Del: 2.68% 1.71% 1.48% 1.16% 1.20%

Recv- receivables; Accts- accounts; IC Inc.- interchange income;
C-O-chargeoffs; Del- 30+ day delinquency
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

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

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Blue Smarts

American Express has added its second application to the translucent ‘Blue’ smart credit card. Using the smart chip, ‘Blue’ cardholders purchasing “Summer Concerts in Blue” tickets with ‘Blue’ at ticketmaster.com will pick up the tickets the night of the show at a special ‘Blue Will Call’ window.” These box office windows will be equipped with the ‘AmEx Blue’ smart card reader which verifies the cardholder’s order. Upon confirmation, the concert tickets are printed and handed to the cardholder by the box office attendant. The first application introduced with the card’s launch in Sept. 1999 involves online security. The smart chip application on ‘Blue’ is used to provide extra security while shopping online by using AmEx’s smart card reader that plugs into the user’s PC. The personal card readers are available free to new cardholders through August. Yesterday American Express, SFX, and Ticketmaster, jointly launched the “Summer Concerts in Blue” program. Under the special program, participating cardholders receive a free compact disc featuring the artists who perform the concerts they are attending. The promotion, which runs until October 15th, is valid for concerts at SFX amphitheaters in 12 markets nationwide.

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Fargo’s Flat 2Q

Fargo Electronics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of systems for the personalization of plastic identification cards, reported net sales of $14,060,000 for the second quarter ended June 30, 2000, vs. net sales of $13,873,000 for the second quarter of 1999. Net income available to common stockholders for the second quarter of 2000 was $598,000, or 5 cents per diluted share, compared to $651,000, or 9 cents per diluted share, in the second quarter of last year.

Gary R. Holland, president and chief executive officer, said, “Results in the second quarter were in line with the expectations we reported in mid-June. As previously announced, our new line of High Definition Printer(TM) (HDP) systems had not yet come up to desired production levels, and therefore held back our sales growth in the second quarter of 2000. We are currently shipping HDP systems against a solid order backlog, and are continuing our process of ramping up production levels. Our distribution partners and customers continue to be excited about the capabilities of the HDP line which is further strengthening Fargo’s competitive positioning in the plastic card personalization industry.”

For the six months ended June 30, 2000, net sales were $28,677,000, vs. net sales of $25,940,000 for the comparable six-month period of 1999. Net income available to common stockholders for the six-month period of 2000, including an after-tax extraordinary loss of $206,000 for the write-off of deferred financing costs, was $1,148,000, or 11 cents per diluted share, compared to $902,000, or 13 cents per diluted share, in last year’s six-month period. Excluding the extraordinary loss, net income available to common stockholders per diluted share was 13 cents in this year’s six-month period, equal to the 13 cents per share reported for the same period last year.

About Fargo

Fargo Electronics, Inc., founded in 1974, is the world’s leading manufacturer of desktop systems for on-site, instant issuance of personalized plastic identification cards. Personalized identification cards — produced by end users of the more than 35,000 Fargo systems currently installed throughout the U.S. and in 86 countries — provide physical, information and transaction security for a wide variety of applications including retail stores, e-commerce, government installations, schools, sports and recreation facilities, clubs and associations, and correctional facilities. More than 350 million personalized cards have been produced by Fargo systems, utilizing Fargo’s proprietary line of consumable supplies. For more information, visit Fargo’s website at

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New PULSE VP

PULSE EFT Association announced the appointment of Carrie Brown to the post of vice president of information systems.

Brown will coordinate transaction research and will be involved in the integration and implementation of new technologies. Brown has an extensive background in PULSE operations, having served for more than 10 years as manager of switch technical services at Chase Bank of Texas, operator of the PULSE switch.

“The vast firsthand experience that Carrie Brown has in our core business, the switching and settling of millions of transactions each day, combined with her insights into innovative ways to use electronic payment technology to anticipate and meet consumer demand, will be of great benefit to the network and its members,” said Stan Paur, PULSE president and CEO.

PULSE EFT Association serves more than 2,000 banks, credit unions and savings and loans in a nine-state primary service area including Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. The network processes in excess of 45 million transactions monthly and features more than 46,500 ATMs and 260,000 point-of-sale (POS) terminals across the country.

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New Viad CFO

Viad Corp announced that Kimbra A. Fracalossi, 40, has been appointed chief financial officer. Fracalossi will take over the responsibilities of Ronald Nelson, 59, vice president of finance and treasurer, who is retiring on September 1, 2000, after 32 years of service.

Fracalossi was previously vice president of strategic planning and investor relations at Viad and will continue having responsibility for those functions. “Kim, with her financial background and depth of experience with the financial community, will be a great asset in helping Viad continue its aggressive growth and profit plans,” Bohannon said. “She has already made tremendous contributions to the company in her previous positions,” he added.

Prior to Viad, Fracalossi had been a partner at Harrell/Wright Management Consultants in Newport Beach, Calif. Before that, she was director of corporate development for The Dial Corp, the predecessor of Viad. She also spent three years in strategic planning at Marriott International in Bethesda, Md. Fracalossi graduated with a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the University of Michigan, where she also earned her MBA from the graduate school of business with a concentration in finance.

Nelson was appointed vice president-finance and treasurer of Viad in July 1994 with responsibility for corporate finance and treasury. Prior to that, he was assistant treasurer and vice president-treasurer. He assumed additional duties for corporate accounting, information systems and tax in 1999. “Ron’s talents have been a major factor in the success of Viad and its predecessor companies. He will be missed, and we wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement,” Bohannon said. Nelson graduated from Beloit College with a bachelor of arts degree and served four years as a naval officer before joining Greyhound Capital Corporation in 1968.

He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Treasurers, member of the Board of Directors of Gompers Rehabilitation Centers and the Crisis Nursery Foundation. Viad Corp is a $1.6 billion S&P MidCap 400 company. Its major subsidiaries include Travelers Express/MoneyGram of Minneapolis, GES Exposition Services of Las Vegas and Exhibitgroup/Giltspur of Chicago. More information on the company can be found on the Web at [www.viad.com][1].

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

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Online Biz Credit

A new study released this morning shows that small businesses rarely use the Internet to search for or obtain credit or business credit cards. In contrast, the number of businesses that cite relationships with loan officers as the primary reason for doing business with a provider doubled over the last year according to the research conducted by PSI Global. The study showed that 44% of small businesses get information about credit rates and fees in person; 22% do so by telephone. Only 2% research credit options online. Sixty-six percent of small businesses apply for credit in person; 9% said they use the telephone. Less than 1% of small businesses apply for credit online. The PSI Global telephone survey included 876 small businesses with annual sales between $500,000 and $9.9 million.

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Process Patents

With an explosion of process patents annoying the payments industry, NACHA is coordinating an educational effort between the financial services industry and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. NACHA will work with USPTO to develop a curriculum for educating patent examiners responsible for applications in automated business data processing technologies (Class 705), focusing first on innovations and technology in payments. NACHA will also develop industry resources for patent examiners to call upon when reviewing applications, and coordinate education for the financial services and payments industries on the patent examination process. The education curriculum will likely include attendance by patent examiners at industry conferences and workshops, site visits to financial institutions, and presentations by payments experts to patent examiners.

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ACEC Credibility

With a recess in the U.S. Government’s antitrust trial of VISA/MasterCard, the Americans for Consumer Education and Competition is endeavoring to create some credibility through the financial literacy bandwagon. Yesterday the head of ACEC and former legislator, Susan Molinari, met with lawmakers and business leaders to advocate more personal financial education in the classroom. Molinari cited a recent survey, conducted on behalf of the Jump$tart coalition, that showed students are failing in financial literacy. ACEC, funded heavily by VISA and founded in May, has been most active in linking the government’s antitrust trial of the card associations to American Express and warning consumers that if “American Express prevails” in the courtroom then consumers could be spending more for credit card transactions. The group has run full page ads in The Wall Street Journal to ” explain the facts of this case to consumers and public opinion leaders”.

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IVI Checkmate’s Off Quarter

IVI Checkmate Corp. announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2000.

Revenue for the second quarter of 2000 declined 13% to $24.9 million, compared with $28.6 million in the second quarter of 1999. Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2000 of $48.2 million still remained 10% higher than the $43.7 million recorded in the same period a year ago.

The decline in quarter-to-quarter revenue was attributed to component supply issues, a transition to outsourced manufacturing and strong order levels during the same period a year ago.

During the second quarter of 2000, the Company incurred supply problems of available component parts used in the manufacturing of products. As a result, several orders that were to have been filled during the second quarter, were instead deferred until the third quarter. The Company continues to monitor the supply of these component parts and is assessing the feasibility of other supply alternatives. In late June 2000, IVI Checkmate also completed the outsourcing of its entire manufacturing operations. Due to this transition, several product orders that were to have been shipped during the quarter, did not ship until early in the third quarter. Additionally, the Company experienced higher than normal revenue during the second quarter of 1999, as a result of a large point-of-sale terminal rollout by Bank of America.

Net losses for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2000 were $426,000, or $0.04 per share, and $1.3 million, or $0.09 per share, respectively. These losses are a significant reduction from 1999 losses of $3.2 million or $0.19 per share for the second quarter and $5.5 million or $0.32 per share for the six months.

Barry Thomson, President and CEO of IVI Checkmate, said, “We are disappointed that limited supply of component parts and the manufacturing transition have hampered our ability to fulfill several sizeable sales orders in the second quarter. However, these sales will be realized in our third quarter results.” Thomson continued, “Notwithstanding the effect of these deferred sales, we are nevertheless pleased with our second quarter financial results, which reflected positively the effect of strategic initiatives previously implemented.”

Financial results for the second quarter of 2000 reflected (1) significant sales of our e(N)-Touch 1000(TM) touch screen terminal; (2) a 25% increase in professional services revenues to $3.0 million in 2000 from $2.4 million in 1999; and (3) a $1 million reduction in selling, general and administrative expenses.

The Company’s second quarter activities centered on promoting wireless telecommunications and the Internet, while expanding distribution channels and strengthening retail market penetration.

Wireless

Development of a new wireless terminal, utilizing short-range radio frequency, has been completed and is currently in beta testing. This new terminal is anticipated to be available in the third quarter.

Internet

IVI Checkmate continues to adapt its point-of-sale solutions to help retailers utilize the power of the Internet to drive incremental sales and reduce transaction costs.

In the second quarter, the Company introduced the e(N)-Touch 3000(TM), a new touch screen-based internet-capable point-of-sale terminal. The e(N)-Touch 3000 is designed to deliver Internet-based applications such as advertising, loyalty, coupon issuance, e-mail and merchant home pages, while still providing the traditional credit, debit, EBT and smart card payment transactions.

The Company also unveiled its Application Services Provider (ASP) initiative, which will bring together premier Internet-based applications and tools that will guide retailers in the design and implementation of interactive campaigns and services targeted to individual consumers. This ASP initiative will solve three issues faced by retailers that are looking to grow their Internet presence — reduced up-front cost of software licenses, reduced need for in-house IT resources to implement and support the software, and reduced cost of building and maintaining an IT infrastructure to support these applications.

Furthermore, this ASP initiative will be instrumental in allowing IVI Checkmate to strategically partner with many Internet-based content suppliers such as the recently announced partnership with Ten Square, to provide a secure Internet broadcasting system or “digital neighborhood” for consumer promotions, messaging, advertising and other services in retail stores.

Expanding Distribution Channels

IVI Checkmate continued to enhance its ability to deliver point-of-sale solutions to retailers in the most effective and efficient way. Market penetration into the small retail business segment increased significantly in 1999 with the acquisition of the Financial Systems division of DataCard Corporation. In the second quarter of 2000, the Company continues to strengthen its market penetration with significant sales to Concord EFS and TASQ, a large value-added reseller. In addition, IVI Checkmate was named exclusive supplier of point-of-sale terminals to Royal Consumer Business Products, a division of Olivetti Office USA — a worldwide leader in consumer electronics and office automation solutions, for resale to office supply superstores nationwide.

About IVI Checkmate

IVI Checkmate is the third largest electronic transaction solutions provider in North America. The Company designs, develops and markets innovative payment and value-added solutions that optimize transaction management at the point-of-service in the retail, financial, hospitality, healthcare and transportation industries. IVI Checkmate’s software, hardware and professional services minimize transaction costs, reduce operational complexity and improve profitability for its customers in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. For more information on IVI Checkmate, please visit our web site at .

For more details on IVI Checkmate’s 2Q and prior quarter results visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

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

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