Gemalto NFC SIM Gains MasterCard, Visa and AmEx Approval

Gemalto digital security announced its UpTeq NFC high-end SIM has obtained certifications from American Express (AMEX), MasterCard and Visa. This supports contactless payment and other secure services via AMEX ExpressPay, MasterCard PayPass and Visa payWave, providing unmatched flexibility to service providers and end users. The UpTeq NFC secure service platform can be tailored to fit the needs of each individual NFC deployment and is now being deployed by Singapore’s three mobile operators. The high end SIM will also be customized for the local requirements of KDDI in Japan, Rogers in Canada and Orange in France, amongst others.

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PayAnywhere mApp and Card Reader Available from Amazon.com

PayAnywhere mPOS solutions announced Amazon.com online retailer will be selling both its mobile app and the award-winning PayAnywhere credit card reader. These will be fulfilled and shipped directly from Amazon while the PayAnywhere app is available for instant download from the Amazon Appstore. PayAnywhere is the payment industry’s only enterprise grade, mobile point of sale solution suited for any size business and is designed specifically to meet the mobile point of sale needs of real businesses, available for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android and BlackBerry devices. PayAnywhere includes a $10 rebate as reimbursement for a suggested retail price of $9.99. As a special offer for those who buy PayAnywhere from Amazon.com, PayAnywhere is offering $1,000 in free processing within the first 30-days of account activation.

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Global Payments and Casio Partner on ePos package

Global Payments and Casio Electronics have been working together on a new Electronic PoS package for small high-street retailers, whom have been traditionally challenged with sourcing the separate components of their PoS solution from a variety of suppliers with hardware, software, PoS installation and support. This partnership allows the smaller merchant to install the EPoS hardware and PIN Entry Devices (PED) all from one source, making installation and training much easier to deliver and monitor on the Casio Android platform VX-100 EPoS terminal. This provides the customer-facing PoS solution, complete with stock control, appointment booking and business management tools within the core software. The Casio VX-100 takes less space on the countertop; create a typical saving of 85% against traditional Windows based EPoS solutions; and provides a built-in easy loading printer, customer display and large 10.4″ touch-screen LCD for the operator.

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VeriFone Initiates Play at the Pump Lottery Sales

VeriFone Systems announced that the first U.S. lottery ticket sale at the fuel pump was printed at a Greater Minneapolis area convenience store and gas station in November. That’s because VeriFone and partner Linq3 have implemented “play at the pump” at 9 locations in Minneapolis under auspices of the Minnesota State Lottery. At gas pumps equipped with VeriFone’s payment enabled media solution, PAYMEDIA, consumers can buy quick pick numbers for Powerball and Mega Millions drawings utilizing debit card payments at the same time they fill up their tanks. The terminals secure, PCI- and EMV-compliant payments. Winnings under $600 are automatically deposited to the debit card-linked account and consumers can check purchases on the web and sign up for mobile text notifications.

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Capital One Bank Launches mDeposit for Commercial clients

Capital One Bank has launched Mobile Deposit Capture, allowing customers to make check deposits right from their iPhone or Android smartphones. The new Mobile Deposit Capture tool is seamlessly integrated with Capital One’s existing Remote Deposit service, providing the same level of security, scalability, and functionality, now in a mobile platform. Users just download the Capital One Business Deposits app from the Apple App Store or Google Play, Log in, endorse the check, photograph the front and back of the check and submit the deposit. Checks can be deposited as late as 9:00 PM ET, Monday-Friday, for credit that same day.

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Virtual Piggy Names New CFO

Virtual Piggy appointed Joseph Dwyer its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Dwyer is an experienced software industry executive with over twenty years of experience at the CFO and CAO level for both public and private companies, including OpenLink Financial, Energy Solutions International, Capstone Advisory Group, AXS-One, Synergen and Caminus Corp. Mr. Dwyer brings a high-level of financial and analytical experience as he has helped his companies grow both organically and through M&A activity. He is a CPA and holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame.

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Claire’s Stores Now a Virtual Piggy Category Leader

Virtual Piggy will provide its youth-friendly payment system to Claire’s Stores, Inc. Virtual Piggy allows parents to set up a monthly allowance for their children and promotes financial management while empowering youth under 21 to make purchasing, saving and other money management decisions for themselves, within the boundaries setup by parents. Claire’s is a world-leading retailer of jewelry and accessories for young women, teens, tweens and girls.

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Mobeam Appoints New Senior VP, Business Development

mobeam has hired John Hennessy Senior VP, business development, most recently former Senior VP, Sales and Marketing for Locus Traxx. Here he managed sales and marketing teams for produce, perishable foods and shipping industries. Hennessy was also VP, Sales and Marketing for Concept Shopping, where he helped companies sell their items more efficiently by selecting offers for shoppers based on their prior purchases and Senior VP, Sales at Information Resources for eight years.

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Yodlee Announces Companies for its Incubator Program

Yodlee Interactive announced the second group of companies selected for the Yodlee Interactive Incubator Program: Matchfund and Sociogramics. Matchfund and Sociogramics were chosen in this round because they represent such high innovation potential and fill significant needs in the financial solutions market. The Yodlee Interactive Incubator Program represents a unique approach to helping young start-up companies, based on the idea that every business, every idea, and every entrepreneur is different and no one-size-fits-all program is sufficient. Selected winners Sociogramics & Matchfund are bringing powerful new ideas to the unbanked/under-banked, and the growing Gen Y/teenage population.

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Absa Launches Mobile Terminal for Merchants

Absa of Barclays is focusing on its payments strategy to make its customers lives easier with plans to launch a mobile payment acceptance service for businesses that works using a mobile phone. Absa entered into an agreement with a local payment innovations company thumbzup, to enable businesses and entrepreneurs on-the-go to accept debit or credit card payments using their smartphones or tablets through a world first, plug-in device called ‘The Absa Payment Pebble.’ Absa is set to provide the Absa Payment Pebble as a value added service to all small business owners and merchants on-the-go with availability scheduled for early 2013. The Absa Payment Pebble is a small card-reader device that plugs into a 3.5mm audio input on any mobile smartphone or tablet and includes a mobile app.

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MoneyGram Hits 20,000 Agent Milestone

MoneyGram global money transferhas crossed the 20,000 agent location milestone in Africa and is opening a new office in Casablanca, which will initially house ten MoneyGram employees. MoneyGram has been in Morocco since 1998. In June 2011, the company opened its Casablanca office dedicated to taking care of its nine agents in Morocco and those in North Africa and West Francophone Africa to provide MoneyGram products and services for customers across the region. MoneyGram announced the addition of First National Bank in South Africa, an addition that doubled the company’s agent network in South Africa to 1,000 locations, before adding 600 locations in Nigeria.

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GlobalPlatform Announces 2013 Board of Directors

GlobalPlatform announced its Board of Directors for fiscal year 2013, following annual elections for six of the eleven Board seats. Marc Kekicheff – Senior Business Leader of Chip Innovation at Visa Inc. retains his position as Chairman for the third consecutive year. GlobalPlatform Vice-Chairman, Uwe Wittig – Group Vice President, Head of Business Line Payment, Transit and Authentication at Giesecke & Devrient, and GlobalPlatform’s Secretary / Treasurer, Yves Moulart – Director of Development and Innovation within STMicroelectronics’ Secure MCUs Division, Secure Software Solutions have also been re-appointed to their respective roles at GlobalPlatform. Elected to serve a two year term were Janne Uusilehto – Director / Head of Product Security – Nokia; Eikazu Niwano – Producer in the R&D Planning Department – NTT Corporation; Andreas Muehlberger – Senior Director Engineering – NXP Semiconductors Business Unit Identification; and Jeppe Dorff – Head of Transaction Services – Rogers Communication.

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