Virgin America Visa Signature

Virgin America announced it will partner with Alliance Data Retail Services, which manages more than 120 private label and co-brand credit programs and is an Alliance Data Systems Corporation business, to launch a new Virgin America Visa Signature® Credit Card and a first-ever Virgin America Premium Visa Signature® Card. Both co-brand cards offer Virgin America guests and Elevate® frequent flyer program members a host of perks to make their travel experience more convenient, flexible and rewarding. Under terms of the multiyear agreement, Alliance Data will partner with Virgin America to provide a full suite of credit and marketing services for the Virgin America Visa Signature Card and will leverage its full suite of acquisition tools along with its marketing and analytics expertise to drive cardholder spend and further support one-to-one customer engagement.

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FuturePay Integrates With 30,000 Online Retailers

FuturePay is now integrated with Drupal Commerce, a leading open source eCommerce platform. The FuturePay module is available for free and provides shoppers with a new payment method that is secure and convenient. Instead of entering multiple fields and credit card information, FuturePay shoppers can check out in one step, putting purchases on their FuturePay Tab with just their username and password.

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Japan CLI Projection

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Japan’s economy is picking up real steam. The OECD Composite Leading Indicator (CLI) has moved from 0.7% in January to 1.9% at mid-year and now hitting 2.6% at year-end. RAM Research projects the CLI will hit 2.8% at year-end. The world’s third biggest economy has been dogged by deflation for almost…

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Jack Henry Offers American Express FX Service

Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. announced that it will provide its financial institution clients with the ability to send and receive international payments via American Express’ FX International Payments service. The DirectLine International™ solution from Jack Henry & Associates now includes access to FX International Payments’ competitive foreign exchange (FX) rates and fees, dedicated customer service, and straight through processing of payments. With the expansion of global trade among businesses of all sizes, financial institutions are facing increased pressure to offer efficient and reliable cross-border payment services. In response, Jack Henry & Associates elected to collaborate with American Express and provide its financial institution clients with access to this automated global payments service.

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INSIDE Secure Element IP Solution

INSIDE Secure introduced a new approach to embedding a robust security platform in mobile devices to fortify and protect them against system integrity attacks. The first of its kind, the power-optimized INSIDE Secure VaultIP solution provides a set of certification-ready hardware IP modules that chip makers can use to quickly and cost effectively embed hardware secure elements in their mobile designs, either stand-alone or for use in an ARM TrustZone® architecture. With VaultIP security, mobile devices are better able to protect data in banking, payment and ticketing applications, secure identity and communications in enterprise, health care and government applications, and support content protection and DRM systems in media and entertainment applications, among other use

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Mobile Wallet SEQR Signs Agreement with Visita

Seamless has signed a frame agreement with Swedish hospitality industry- and employers’ organization Visita regarding the mobile payment solution SEQR. The agreement means that approximately 6400 hotels, restaurants, amusements parks, camp sites, hostels and ski-and spa resorts in Sweden can benefit from significant savings in transaction costs. Offering SEQR as a payment method is very easy. The technology is integrated with the cash register system and requires no hardware installation. The only thing members of Visita need to do is apply a sticker with a QR-code at the cash register. Compared to other mobile payment solutions, SEQR offers a number of value-added features for users such as digital receipts and coupons and connection to loyalty programs within the app.

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EVO Finalize Purchase of eService

PKO Bank Polski and EVO Payments International successfully completed EVO’s acquisition of a 66 percent interest in eService, PKO’s existing merchant acquiring business. In addition, the parties also entered into a 20 year strategic alliance under which the parties will continue to develop eService as a leading merchant acquirer in the region. The strategic alliance entered into between PKO Bank Polski and EVO will allow further development of eService’s business in Poland, as well as support the expansion of eService’s business into foreign markets, in particular Central and Eastern Europe.

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Sionic Mobile Add Board Member

Sionic Mobile, an mCommerce company providing mobile gifting, payments and rewards, named William “Bill” Lamar, Jr., to its board of directors. Lamar brings more than 32 years of executive expertise in the quick service restaurant (QSR), package goods and transportation industries to the Sionic Mobile board. Prior to McDonald’s USA, Lamar was vice president of Burrell Advertising, brand manager at the Quaker Oats Company, and also managed the Hawaii business for United Airlines. Additionally, Lamar was named one of the most powerful African Americans in corporate America by Black Enterprise magazine, and is a sought-after speaker and industry panelist.

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Consumer Debt

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The latest figures from the Federal Reserve show consumer revolving debt is now rising more than than 6% year-on-year, for the first time since the “Great Recession.” The latest monthly figures indicate total consumer credit card grew 6.1% in October, compared to -0.3% in September and 1.4% in August. However, RAM…

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Infinea BluePad mPay Solution Launced

Infinite Peripherals, Inc. (IPC) today introduced the Infinea BluePad, a mobile payment solution that includes PIN entry, a contact chip smart card reader and a magnetic stripe reader with Bluetooth connectivity. Compatible with iOS and Android (OS 2.1 or higher), the Infinea BluePad can operate either as a stand-alone mobile device or as a companion to IPC’s mobile peripheral devices, including the Linea Pro® and Infinea Tab,® which work with Apple®’s iPod touch®, iPhone® and iPad®. The Infinea BluePad features a tactile keypad with 10 numeric and six functional keys, as well as smart card and magnetic stripe readers with three-track hi-coercivity bi-directional reading capabilities. One of the key differentiators that makes the Infinea BluePad product line versatile yet affordable is that IPC does not require a transaction or fee-based contract in order to acquire the device.

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Gemalto Launces Next Gen M2M at CES

Gemalto today announced at CES, the addition of next generation Oracle Java™ ME Embedded version 8 solutions based on Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI) chipsets to its Cinterion® portfolio of cellular modules and devices. With support for Java and for the SensorLogic cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) platform, the new products enable Gemalto to launch next generation embedded solutions and services that simplify Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology and speed up application development to expand the growing Internet of Things (IoT). The new products(1) will target applications from medical devices, automobiles and smart meters to shipping containers, home appliances and alarm systems. Gemalto’s new Java enabled products join an existing portfolio of QTI-based modules that span the full range of cellular technologies, from CDMA to LTE.

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M&T Bank Executive Changes

M&T Bank Corporation announced today that Vice Chairman Michael P. Pinto, 57, has resigned from M&T’s board of directors due to a serious medical condition. However, Mr. Pinto will continue as Vice Chairman of M&T Bank, M&T’s primary banking subsidiary, on a part-time basis in an advisory role. In addition to this change President Mark J. Czarnecki has also been named Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Furthermore, M&T announced that Chief Financial Officer Rene F. Jones and Executive Vice President Kevin J. Pearson have been named Vice Chairmen of M&T Bank, and with expanded roles, will now report to Mr. Wilmers as well.

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