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USAePay named to Inc. 500 (8/24/2011)
Los Angeles, Aug. 24, 2011 -- USAePay announced today that it has been selected as one of America’s fastest growing, privately held companies. Listed with other companies including Ideeli and Pandora, USAePay is thrilled to be classified among the top performers that are largely responsible for boosting net job growth in the U.S.

American Express OPEN ‘doubles down’ on membership rewards points (8/24/2011)
New York, Aug. 23, 2011 -- American Express OPEN, the small business division of the financial services company, today announced a new Business Gold Rewards Card which includes double points for all spending on online marketing. With small businesses rapidly moving marketing dollars online, American Express is offering richer and more innovative ways to help them get more out of their investments. Examples include Membership Rewards redemption on Facebook ads, and YourBuzz, a new online reputation management tool.

Alpha Card taps SparkBase for gift and loyalty (8/24/2011)
Cleveland, Aug. 22, 2011 -- SparkBase (sparkbase.com ), a leading loyalty and gift card network for financial services providers, announced today that Alpha Card Services selected SparkBase to power the loyalty and gift card programs they make available to their merchant clients.

SHAZAM dual-message PIN transactions (8/24/2011)
Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 22, 2011 -? The SHAZAM Network today announced the creation of a dual-message PIN product, a first for the EFT industry, and plans to expand its support of EMV. The product will use a dual-message transaction with separate authorization and settlement messages for PIN-based transactions, a capability previously only available on signature-based transactions.

IRS says no merchant fees for 1099-K reporting: Who's listening? (8/24/2011)
Some of the biggest payment processors in the United States are assessing new merchant fees related to compliance with section 6050W of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). However, the Internal Revenue Service indicated charging merchants for production or verification of taxpayer identification numbers (TINs) and business names, or for processing and filing 1099-K forms, is not allowed.

Wells Fargo tries debit card fee (8/24/2011)
Wells Fargo Bank N.A. confirmed to The Green Sheet it is testing debit card fees charged to customers' business and personal checking accounts. The trial will be held in five states beginning Oct. 14, 2011.

PaymentOne surpasses $5 Billion milestone (8/23/2011)
San Jose, Calif., Aug. 22, 2011 –- PaymentOne, the pioneer in frictionless payment and carrier billing solutions, today announced the company surpassed $5 billion in micro-payment transactions and incremental revenue generation for its digital clients

American Express and Mercedes-Benz co-brand cards (8/23/2011)
New York and Farmington Hills, Mich., Aug. 22, 2011 -- American Express, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC and Mercedes-Benz USA have teamed up to offer two co-brand Cards designed for Mercedes-Benz drivers and enthusiasts: the Mercedes-Benz Credit Card from American Express and the Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz.

Janssen named managing director of prepaid at MasterCard (8/23/2011)
Purchase, N.Y., Aug. 11, 2011 -- MasterCard Worldwide today announced that Debra Janssen has been appointed managing director of MasterCard's Access Prepaid Worldwide subsidiary, effective immediately.

Global Payout, Mi Adelanto team for prepaid debit card (8/23/2011)
San Diego, Aug. 17, 2011 -- Global Payout, Inc. (OTC Pink: GOHE) has signed a memorandum agreement with Mi Adelanto, Mexico City, Mexico to begin offering prepaid debit cards in Mexico.

Thales offers new 'crypto' support for m-payment issuers (8/23/2011)
Long Crendon, U.K., and Weston, Fla., Aug. 16, 2011 -- Thales, leader in information systems and communications security, announces the world’s first software for Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) that enables mobile payment issuers to deliver their mobile payment applications to mobile handsets Over-The-Air (OTA) in a simple, efficient and secure manner.

Wells Fargo tries debit card fee (8/23/2011)
Wells Fargo Bank N.A. confirmed to The Green Sheet it is testing debit card fees charged to customers' business and personal checking accounts. The trial will be held in five states beginning Oct. 14, 2011. According to Wells Fargo Assistant Vice President Lisa Westermann, the fee will allow customers to continue to receive such services as zero liability fraud protection, fraud monitoring, My Spending Report and card personalization from the bank's Card Design Studio.

Citi introduces rewards app (8/22/2011)
New York, Aug. 19, 2011 -– Citi, in collaboration with Best Buy®, is introducing the first mobile rewards app to provide a new and convenient way to redeem points from Citi ThankYou(SM) Rewards on your iPhone, iPod touch or Android device. Citi ThankYou members can opt to shop and redeem ThankYou® Points and pick up products within minutes at any Best Buy store, or have products shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. Citi ThankYou members can download the app for free from the App Store(SM) or Android Market.

Customer satisfaction with credit cards increases (8/22/2011)
Westlake Village, Calif., Aug. 18, 2011 -- After a considerable decline in 2009, credit card customer satisfaction has increased for a second year, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Study(SM) released today.

PayTrace partners with Global East (8/22/2011)
Vancouver, Wash., Aug. 12, 2011 -- PayTrace, a leading payment gateway provider, announces the roll-out of transaction processing capabilities on the Global East processing network. Integration and Certification has been completed on Global East for all of PayTrace’s functionality, including: Moto, E-Commerce, Retail, Recurring Billing, and Level II and III data processing.

Credit Trends Report: Year-Over-Year Growth Since 2009 (8/22/2011)
Atlanta, Aug. 19, 2011 -- While measured in its pace, bankcard origination levels continue to grow steadily, according to Equifax's July National Credit Trends Report. The year-over-year (YOY) total number of new bankcards issued has increased by 27 percent (May 2011 vs. May 2010). During January-May 2011, almost 15 million new bankcards have been issued. This represents a 3-year high, but is still roughly half of the 28.5 million bankcards originated pre-recession during the January-May 2007 timeframe.

PCI tokenization guidelines draw much comment (8/22/2011)
Guidelines for tokenization – which allows for hiding payment card primary account numbers (PANs) by replacing them with randomly generated numbers – were recently released by the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC). The guidelines immediately drew words of praise, caution and criticism from the security industry.

Lower Invoice Processing Costs Through Automated Workflows (8/19/2011)

PayStream Advisors survey shows Increasing Adoption of Automated Workflows in Invoice Processing



Debit Interchange Regulation Fallout (8/19/2011)

ABC News reports that Wells Fargo to Test $3 Debit Card Fee. Major banks have already begun to change qualifications on free checking accounts and end debit rewards programs.



Datacap AutoLoad(tm) Technology Awarded Patent (8/19/2011)
Chalfont, PA - Datacap Systems Inc. has been awarded U.S. Patent 7,814,013 pertaining to AutoLoad technology used in Datacap’s Tran™ (DialTran™, IPTran™, TwinTran™) product line.

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