Hypercom Corp. of Phoenix, the payment terminal vendor fond of contrasting its "focus" with competitor Verifone Inc.'s more diversified strategy, has taken in some Verifone talent.

In recent weeks, Hypercom hired two relatively high-ranking Verifone executives: William H. Smiers as head of a new software development center in Dallas, and Mark McMurtrie as director of marketing for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

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