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FirstNews Briefs for May 21, 2010

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 8:11am

Wells Fargo and Visa announced the rollout of Rapid Alerts for Wells Fargo Visa credit cardholders. The free service allows consumers to better manage and track their spending while providing them with near real-time detection of potentially fraudulent activity. The service will send alerts to a customer's mobile via text message when any of the following criteria are met for any given transaction: the transaction exceeds a dollar amount chosen by the cardholder, transactions initiated internationally, card-not-present transactions, cash withdrawals from an ATM machine, declined transactions and gasoline transactions.

• According to a new report from Analysys Mason, the service assurance market generated $2.287 billion in revenue in 2009, up 1 percent from $2.275 billion in 2008. The top six suppliers accounted for 47 percent of the market. IBM is the largest commercial supplier of service assurance solutions, with 13 percent market penetration. Tektronix, Hewlett-Packard (HP), CA, Agilent Technologies and Telcordia Technologies follow with 11 percent, 8 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

• The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) announced that Alcatel-Lucent and Isobar, a global digital communications agency, are new members of its North America Board of Directors. The MMA also announced that Jack Philbin, co-founder and president of Vibes Media, is now vice chair of the MMA North America Board of Directors Executive Committee.

Samsung Electronics announced the Samsung Champ designed for mobile users in developing regions who want an immersive touch screen phone with value-added features. The device will be launched globally in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Europe starting in June.

Gemalto announced the continuation of its long-term partnership with Orange France as part of the "Nice, mobile contactless city" commercial project. Orange has selected Gemalto as partner for its near field communication (NFC) solution, enabling the interconnection with any service provider, such as banks and transport operators. The "Nice, mobile contactless city" project is the first commercial launch of contactless mobile services in Europe. With the support of the French government, it is being developed in conjunction with mobile operators, banks, transport operators and the retail sector. It allows citizens and visitors in Nice to use their NFC-enabled mobile phones to pay at restaurants, supermarkets and local stores, as well as riding the city's buses and tramways.

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