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EU To End Geoblocking For Digital Currency Users, Blockchain, Bitcoin Wallets Affected

By William Suberg for The CoinTelegraph

The European Union is seeking to end geoblocking of citizens in member states who use digital currencies.

A draft outline by the European Union Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection “aims to lift any unjustified barriers in e-commerce and to be a decisive step towards the completion of the Digital Single Market.” (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Government activities, news

February 22, 2017

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Ayannah launches an AI-powered Credit Scoring Service for the Unbanked

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Ayannah, a provider of affordable and accessible digital financial services for emerging markets, has partnered with Bayad Center, the bills payment subsidiary of Meralco, the Philippines’ largest electric utility to launch Juan Credit™, the first artificial intelligence-powered credit scoring system for the unbanked in emerging markets. (more…)

Credit scoring, Deals, Fintech news, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking, Philippines, Remittances

February 21, 2017

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TransferWise launches Facebook Messenger bot for easy global money transfers

By  for VentureBeat

International money transfer service TransferWise has introduced a new Facebook Messenger bot, letting customers send money and create rate alerts directly from within Facebook Messenger. (more…)

Bots, Deals, Fintech news, p2p-payments, Remittances

February 21, 2017

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Alibaba’s Ant Financial expands to Korea with $200M investment in Kakao Pay

By  for TechCrunch

Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial is making yet another M&A deal. The firm is investing $200 million into a fintech project belonging to Kakao, the $5 billion firm that runs Korea’s dominant messaging service. (more…)

China, Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments

February 21, 2017

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Global fintech funding plunges in 2016 but expected to regain momentum in 2017

By Finextra

Funding for fintech companies around the world plummeted in 2016, with American and European firms experiencing a particularly sharp drop in investment, according to a report from KPMG and CB Insights which nevertheless predicts a bumper 2017. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Marketing Report

February 21, 2017

Tread Carefully, JD Finance

By  for Bloomberg

A week after lauding JD.com Inc.’s finance affiliate for moving into new and growing businesses (auto insurance), I should probably pause to add a caveat: tread carefully. (more…)

About, China, Credit scoring, Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Government activities, p2p/online lending

February 21, 2017

Capital Float to disburse $746.5m in SME loans in FY18

By DealStreetAsia

SME lending platform, Capital Float, disbursed Rs1,000 crore in loans during the 10 months ended January 2017, and it expects to disburse Rs5,000 crore in the next one year, said top executives of the company. (more…)

Fintech news, India, p2p/online lending, SME

February 21, 2017

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The March Of Financial Services Giants Into Bitcoin And Blockchain Startups In One Chart

By CB Insights

From American Express to Goldman Sachs to Deloitte, major firms across the financial services landscape have made investments in bitcoin and blockchain startups. And the financial services investments have continued into 2017. (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain, Deals, Fintech news, Marketing Report

February 20, 2017

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30 Companies Providing Enterprise-Grade Blockchain Solutions

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

The LTP Team has been following the blockchain-focused ecosystem for quite a while now and have seen very interesting a promising players providing solutions for authentication, blockchain-as-a-service, open-source blockchain, application development, mobile wallets, compliance, trading and investment, etc. (more…)

About, Blockchain, Fintech news

February 19, 2017

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Is Paytm merging with Snapdeal?

By Sainul Abudheen K for e27

Paytm and Snapdeal, two behemoths in the online retail segment, reportedly had merger talks in January this year (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, India

February 19, 2017

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World Government Not Ready For Blockchain: Deloitte Report

By William Suberg for The CoinTelegraph

The latest report by accounts giant Deloitte suggests world governments are underprepared for disruptive technologies including Blockchain. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Government activities, Marketing Report

February 19, 2017

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38 FinTech Companies in Kenya to Look out for in 2017

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

While being the largest unserved market that has dropped out of sight of the global financial system, Africa as a market has all the prerequisites promising to serve as a firm foundation for FinTech growth and development. (more…)

About, Fintech news, Global trends

February 19, 2017

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Here’s Why This Top VC Says Amazon Is Set to Rule the Fintech Game

By Jeff John Roberts for Fortune

If any technology company makes a major move into payments and banking, the most obvious candidates are Apple (AAPL, +0.36%) and Google (GOOG, -0.18%). After all, both have a lot of experience thanks to the Apple Pay and Google Wallet functions, and both have already persuaded hundreds of millions of customers to share their credit card information. (more…)

About, Fintech news, Influences FinTech, Mobile payments/banking

February 16, 2017

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Artificial Intelligence Is Becoming A Major Disruptive Force In Banks’ Finance Departments

By Steve Culp for Forbes

A combination of elements including massive distributed computing power, the decreasing cost of data storage, and the rise of open source frameworks is helping to accelerate the application of artificial intelligence (AI).  Our own research indicates that, by 2035, AI could double economic growth rates in 20 countries, and boost labor productivity by up to 40 percent. (more…)

About, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

February 16, 2017

We Shouldn’t “Kill” Bitcoin But Regulate: Former Bank of China Governor to CCTV

By Joseph Young for CoinTelegraph

During an interview with China Central Television (CCTV), a predominant state television broadcaster, L H Li, the former governor of Bank of China, one of the largest banks owned by the Chinese government, and member of the People’s Congress, stated that the Chinese central bank should try to regulate Bitcoin companies and users rather than attempting to stop the adoption of Bitcoin.

(more…)

About, China, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities

February 16, 2017

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Indonesia authority to allow on-balance-sheet lending for fintech startups

By Anisa Menur A. Maulani for e27

The proposal came about two months after the authority banned fintech startups from lending money directly to their customers. (more…)

Fintech news, Government activities, Indonesia, p2p/online lending

February 16, 2017

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PayPal moves into bill payments with TIO acquisition

By Finextra

PayPal is looking to steal a march on financial services firms in the underbanked bill payment space by acquiring North American processor TIO for $233 million. (more…)

Deals, eWallets, Fintech news, Payment processors/providers/gateways

February 16, 2017

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Payments software for businesses gets funding from VC arm of Indonesia’s largest bank

By  for TechInAsia

Indonesian startup Moka announced today it’s raised a $2m round of financing led by Mandiri Capital. Existing investors Convergence Ventures, East Ventures, Fenox, and Northstar Group also participated. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Indonesia, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

February 16, 2017

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Top Fintech Vietnam News from January 2017

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Read here all the important fintech news around Fintech in Vietnam from January. You can subscribe to the monthly Fintech Vietnam Newsletter here. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, Vietnam

February 16, 2017

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Digital Currency – The Rise And Rise Of Bitcoin

By David Midgley for Total Processing Blog

With digital payments and currency becoming more common and increasingly popular in the business world, it’s no wonder that the rise of Bitcoin is now more evident than ever. The digital world is booming and the idea of a digital wallet is no longer just an idea, it’s here and has been around for a while now. (more…)

About, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

February 16, 2017

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Hong Kong Financial Markets Authority Joins R3 to Test Blockchain Transactions

By Samburaj Das for CryptoCoins News

The Securities and Futures Commission, an independent statutory authority that regulates the securities and futures markets in one of the world’s major financial hubs in Hong Kong is joining the R3-led financial blockchain consortium. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Government activities, Hong Kong

February 14, 2017

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Grab is buying Indonesian payment firm Kudo in its first major acquisition

By  for TechCrunch

Uber’s Southeast Asia rival Grab is in the process of buying up Indonesia-based online payment startup Kudo in its first major acquisition. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Indonesia, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

February 14, 2017

Australian banks fight back over Apple Pay ‘fantasy’ claims

By Finextra

The group of Australian banks fighting it out with Apple over the introduction of the consumer electronics giant’s mobile payment system have narrowed down their complaint to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to focus solely on open access to the NFC function on iPhones. (more…)

Banks, eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking

February 14, 2017

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Banking Is Only The Start: 27 Big Industries Where Blockchain Could Be Used

By CB Insights

Banking and payments aren’t the only industries that could be affected by blockchain tech. Law enforcement, ride hailing, and charity also could be transformed. (more…)

About, Blockchain, news

February 14, 2017

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Zenefits went from a $4.5 billion valuation to massive layoffs in less than two years

By Sarah Kessler for Quartz

Two years ago, Zenefits was being called one of the fastest growing startups in Silicon Valley history. It was raising $500 million at a clip, and had a staggering $4.5 billion valuation.

This week, the company laid off 45% of its staff—about 430 people. (more…)

Fintech news, Insurance

February 12, 2017

BNP Paribas and Plug and Play Launches Fintech /Insurtech Accelerator in Paris

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Banking group BNP Paribas and global innovation platform Plug and Play have launched a Fintech and Insurtech acceleration program in Paris, France. (more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, Banks, Fintech news

February 12, 2017

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First Dedicated ‘Bitcoin Bank’ Opens In Vienna, Austria

By William Suberg for CoinTelegraph

 What is likely the world’s first dedicated Bitcoin bank has opened in the heart of the Austrian capital Vienna.

Named simply ‘Bitcoin-Bank,’ the dedicated physical outlet is owned and managed by a local Blockchain startup Bit Trust. (more…)

Banks, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

February 12, 2017

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Revolut is the latest fintech startup trying to convince you it is better than a bank

By  for Business Insider

Fast-growing fintech firm Revolut has become the latest company to get into the crowded “neobanking” market — apps that are either banks or offer services so close to banking that they may as well be. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, Remittances

February 12, 2017

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3 Steps Fintech Companies Need To Take In Order To Survive

By Chris Myers for Forbes

I’m of the belief that the financial technology sector is failing to live up to its considerable hype due to the fundamental disconnect between the finance and technology industries. (more…)

About, Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends

February 11, 2017

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Apple Pay in Australia Picks Up Support From Macquarie And ING

In the latest bit of Apple Pay expansion news, Macquarie Group and ING Direct have announced that they will start using Apple Pay in Australia this month. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking

February 11, 2017