Digimarc Adds Barcode Reading to Digimarc Discover mPlatform

Digimarc Corporation further enhanced its Digimarc Discover mobile “seeing/hearing” application to include support for reading of barcodes used in consumer packaging (UPC and EAN) and books (ISBN). The latest version of the platform’s free downloadable mobile application demonstrates the company’s ongoing progress to enable smartphones to efficiently and reliably “see and hear” through the use of multiple content identification technologies. The Digimarc Discover mobile application allows consumers to automatically access online content and services from printed materials and music through simple selection of “look” or “listen” options within the application.

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Core Innovation Capital Launches Underbanked Innovators Challenge

Core Innovation Capital (Core) announced the launch of the second annual “Core Underbanked Innovators Challenge,” seeking nominations for the best new product or service for the financial underserved in America. The four best nominations will be invited to demonstrate their products and answer audience questions on the main stage at the Center for Financial Services Innovation’s (CFSI) 7th Annual Underbanked Financial Services Forum on June 15th, 2012, in San Francisco, CA. Core’s Managing Partners Arjan Schütte and Mike Harris will moderate and provide perspectives on underbanked innovation trends. The Underbanked Financial Services Forum is the nation’s premier event on the underbanked, drawing executives and entrepreneurs from across the financial services landscape.

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FIS Announces Private Offering of $500mm of Senior Notes

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] FIS™ (NYSE: FIS), the world’s largest provider of banking and payments technology, today announced that it plans to offer $500 million of aggregate principal amount senior notes due 2022 (the “Notes”) in a private placement to eligible purchasers, subject to market conditions. FIS intends to use the net proceeds of the…

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FIS Announces Pricing of $700 Million of Senior Notes

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] FIS, the world’s largest provider of banking and payments technology, today announced that it has agreed to sell $700 million of 5.0% senior notes due 2022 (the “Notes”). The Notes will be guaranteed by certain subsidiaries of FIS. The offering of the Notes is expected to close on March 19, 2012.…

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CHARGE Anywhere to Deliver mPayment on First Data Platform

CHARGE Anywhere mobile payment applications and payment gateway solutions completed its “ComsGate Payment Gateway” certification to the First Data South Processing Platform for South America, Central America, Caribbean and Mexico. CHARGE Anywhere’s certification to the First Data South Platform extends their reach into Latin America, Caribbean and Mexico markets. This certification will provide these regions with CHARGE Anywhere’s extensive suite of PCI PA DSS payment applications for smartphones, tablets, POS terminals and e-commerce solutions, as well as their PCI DSS Level 1 validated Payment Gateway.

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“HIRING SALES SUPER STARS” – A Sales Aptitude Appraisal System

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Nothing is more basic to American banking and credit card divisions than to get the process right for hiring sales staff, high-performing sales staff, those who have the potential to become sales super stars for the organization. Having a proven quantitative method of separating those who have the key traits and…

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MasterCard and Vincento Reinforce Partnership

MasterCard and Vincento Payment Solutions extended their five-year strategic partnership agreement and will continue collaboration to bring innovative prepaid solutions. The deal will enable all new cardholders to benefit from MasterCard PayPass ‘Tap & Go’ technology on their Kalixa prepaid cards. This after the partnership enlisted LAKS to launch ” Watch2pay” prepaid contactless wristwatch, which enables consumers to make fast, secure payments for up to GBP15 within seconds with a simple tap of their wrist.

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Western Union Partners Mercer Outsourcing

Western Union Business Solutions partnered Mercer Outsourcing pension administrator, to handle payments to retirees living in 80 countries. Mercer Outsourcing will now pay their overseas pensioners through Western Union Business Solutions, allowing retirees who receive pension payments through Mercer directly into a bank account in more than 44 currencies or direct payments, typically within 2 days. Western Union Business Solutions enables companies of all sizes to send and receive cross-border payments and manage foreign exchange, creating unique solutions tailored to suit their FX needs.

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Payfone Recruits Top Management Team

Payfone remote payment processing service backed by American Express, Verizon and Roger Communications appointed four payment industry executives to its management team for on-going growth and expertise in remote payments. They include Prakash Hariramani as Vice President, Head of Product; William Murray VP, Financial Institution Sales; Scott Shepherd VP, Mobile Operator Management; and Amy Masters, Director of Marketing. Prior to joining Payfone, Hariramani was a Senior Business Leader and Head of Emerging Consumer Products at Visa. Murray comes to Payfone with 16 years of credit card experience at MasterCard Worldwide, where he was most recently responsible for initiating MasterCard’s merchant-focused eCommerce strategy. Shepard previously led Verizon Wireless product strategy and management for mobile commerce including mobile operator billing and mobile banking. Masters is responsible for the company’s marketing strategies, channel marketing, market research, public relations, and communications and was most recently VP, Marketing at American Express.

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Liaison Hosts Securosis Analyst, Offers Tokenization Guidance

The PCI Council released its “Information Supplement: PCI DSS Tokenization Guidelines” last August as an introduction to the technology for. Adrian Lane elaborated on the topic with his own white paper, “Tokenization Guidance: How to Reduce PCI Compliance Costs,” and answer questions via Liaison Technologies. The Securosis paper fills in the gaps left by the PCI Council’s Information Supplement by explaining exactly how to implement tokenization to meet PCI DSS compliance, reduce scope and lower compliance costs. The paper is the product of hundreds of hours of research and interviews with nearly a hundred merchants, payment processors, tokenization vendors and QSAs.

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ARM DS-5 v5.9 Toolchain Provides Software Optimization Platform

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] ARM released the latest edition of the ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5™ v5.9) toolchain with additional support for graphics analysis on ARM Mali Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). The toolchain can be downloaded by developers today, enabling them to achieve integrated optimization across the whole system, including both the applications processor and…

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ExxonMobil Ups Ante on Speedpass Rewards

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Speedpass customer appreciation days are back! To express appreciation to customers, ExxonMobil is repeating a favorite promotion of 15 cents per gallon rebate of gas purchased with a registered Speedpass account. Beginning today, customers may register their Speedpass accounts at Speedpass.com/save to earn discounts for a 60-day period when they use…

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