Fiserv and the Money Management Institute Partner

Fiserv financial services technology solutions will be providing exclusive data on the managed investment solutions industry to the Money Management Institute (MMI) and Dover Financial Research. The release of this data represents an industry first and enables industry participants to track key trends within the Separately Managed Account (SMA) and Unified Managed Account (UMA) market segments. The data will help provide insight on product trends that will help wealth management firms better service their clients and grow their wealth advisory businesses. MMI will include the Fiserv data in the 4Q issue of Central, an MMI quarterly publication, and subsequent issues of Central. Through industry advocacy, educational initiatives, regulatory affairs, data reporting and professional networking, MMI supports and advances the growth of advisory solutions.

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Foursquare Implements Cirrus Insight Through Salesforce.com

Foursquare has deployed Cirrus Insight on its AppExchange business apps marketplace, a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that instantly displays contextual Salesforce information alongside emails in Gmail. This allows Foursquare’s sales team to ultimately view Salesforce contacts, create new leads, and save emails to Salesforce from their Gmail app. Available now, Cirrus Insight enables Foursquare employees to more efficiently focus on their members and partners. Cirrus Insight brings together two leading cloud business apps, Salesforce and Gmail, to boost productivity and results.

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USA Technologies and Isis Expand mCommerce to Vending Machines

USA Technologies wireless, cashless payment and M2M telemetry solutions for small-ticket, self-serve retailing industries, announced it’s expanding mobile payment acceptance to 7,500 vending machines with its NFC-enabled “ePort” technology and “ePort” Connect service. The Isis Mobile Wallet is expected to simplify the shopping and paying experience as consumers make vending machine purchases with a simple tap of their phone. Vending operators just need to install USAT’s NFC-enabled technology and display the type of signage typical for other payment networks.

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American Express Expands Payment Gateway

American Express and Transaction Network Services announced American Express Payment Gateway is now be available in France. This allows businesses to quickly and easily set up online payment functionality through custom implementation and in-country solutions and help manage e-commerce and other card-not-present transactions. It supports all major card brands and payment types; allows payment acceptance globally with multi-currency enablement in over 120 global currencies and major local acquirer connectivity ; meets unique business needs through hosted solutions, standard or custom implementation and in-country solutions; delivers value-added services, such as cardholder authentication capabilities, and TNS’ tokenization solution; and provides product support by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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MasterCard Announces mShopping Application Awards

MasterCard launches a new competition recognizing the best available mobile shopping applications in nine countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Turkey. Participating countries include Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Russia and Turkey. The MasterCard Mobile Shopping Application Awards will recognise the best mobile applications that allow users to browse and optionally purchase products or services. Applicants will be judged and selected by an independent, international jury of renowned technology experts from the participating countries.

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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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