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India wants to make credit and debit cards obsolete for payments

By Mashable

Ever since India invalidated much of its cash, it has been encouraging its citizens to switch to mobile wallets and other epayment solutions. Today, it took another step in pushing its citizens to embark on the cashless payment solutions — but early boomers aren’t going to like it.  (more…)

Cashless, eWallets, Government activities, Mobile payments/banking

February 23, 2017

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Alibaba’s Ant Financial extends global reach with first investment in the Philippines

By TechCrunch

Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial has again extended its global reach after it completed its maiden investment in the Philippines. (more…)

China, Deals, eWallets, Fintech news, Philippines

February 20, 2017

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Paytm wants to pull an Alipay, will spend $90m on expanding QR code network

By TechInAsia

Paytm, India’s largest digital wallet, is going to spend US$89.6 million to help merchants across India accept digital payments using QR codes. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, India

February 20, 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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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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From Asia to Africa: Why Wechat is a threat to Safaricom’s M-Pesa

By fabian lima for e27

M-Pesa changed the lives of underbanked Africans decades ago; Will Wechat Wallet drastically change the fintech landscape anew? (more…)

Analytics, eWallets, Fintech news, p2p-payments

February 9, 2017

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Amazon Payments nearly doubled transaction volume in 2016, added 10 million more customers

By  for TechCrunch

Shortly after a Bloomberg report indicating that PayPal and Amazon have been discussing ways to work together on payments, Amazon unveiled a new milestone for its own payments business. The retailer said this morning that over 33 million customers have now used Amazon Payments to make a purchase – a figure that’s up 10 million from the 23 million it had in April of last year. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news

February 8, 2017

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PayPal launches Slack bot for peer-to-peer payments

By  for VentureBeat

PayPal today launched its first bot for users of team messaging app Slack. The bot lets people send peer-to-peer (P2P) payments with the shortcode /paypal and a user’s Slack handle. Watch those keystrokes though: $10,000 can be sent in a single transaction, a PayPal spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments

February 8, 2017

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Square boosts Apple Pay with free processing for small merchants

By Finextra

Beginning today, small businesses across the U.S. will be able to process more than $12,000 worth of Apple Pay payments for free ($350 worth of savings in Square processing costs) by encouraging their customers to pay with Apple Pay.  (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news

January 31, 2017

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PayPal outlook muted on mobile competition, currency trends

By The Business Times

PayPal Holdings Inc offered a subdued outlook on Thursday, as it faced unpredictable currency fluctuations and an increasingly competitive digital payments market. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, p2p-payments

January 29, 2017

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Five Reasons Why PayTM Is Miles Ahead Of Its Rivals

By Ketharaman Swaminathan for Finextra

With over 100 million users a year ago, PayTM was already ahead of its digital payment competitors before the Nov. 2016 demonetization of high value currency notes in India. (more…)

Analytics, Cashless, eWallets, India

January 21, 2017

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BMO Harris Bank goes all in on mobile payments

By Finextra

BMO Harris Bank today announced the release of BMO Harris Bank Masterpass, Android Pay and Samsung Pay digital wallets for select BMO Harris Bank credit and debit cards.  (more…)

Banks, eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking

January 20, 2017

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New Spanish Exchange Converts Bitcoin and Fiat Currencies at 7,000 ATMs

By Rebecca Campbell for CryptocoinsNews

HolyTransaction Trade is a new universal cryptocurrency wallet in Spain that enables bitcoin and Euro instant conversions. Within Spain’s 7,000 ATMs, a person can convert their bitcoin into fiat currencies and vice versa, helping to push the country into the digital world. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, eWallets, Fintech news, Remittances

January 16, 2017

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Hottest FinTech Trends for 2017

By YapStone for LTP

When the media talks about FinTech, more often than not, the leading headline is a bold statement, like “the FinTech revolution,” or “the big bank disruption,” and it’s easy to see why. Dubbed by the Economist as a “magical combination of geeks in T-shirts and venture capital,” the growth and influence of FinTech have been rapid. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking, Security

January 14, 2017

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PhonePe digital wallet has big goals beyond parent Flipkart

By  for TechInAsia

Mobile payments startup PhonePe, which Flipkart bought last year, has set its sights high this year.

In the process of launching the country’s first Unified Payments Interface-supported wallet for iOS, the startup is already aiming for a 100 million downloads by the end of 2017. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, India, Mobile payments/banking

January 11, 2017

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Two former bankers just built an app for migrant workers

By  for TechInAsia

Of the millions of expats in oil-rich United Arab Emirates, the majority are blue-collar workers from countries like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. They work in shipping, construction, and retail, making significant contributions to the property and housing boom in the wealthy Gulf emirate. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Remittances

January 9, 2017

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Payment companies eye Africa’s regional pain points

By Cheryl Winokur Munk for Payments Source
Though cash remains the most prevalent form of payment in Africa, some companies are setting the wheels in motion for a much-anticipated e-commerce revolution.

(more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking

December 28, 2016

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India: Fintech is no more the new kid on the block

By Vivina Vishwanathan for Deal Street Asia

Year 2016 was not as glamourous as 2015 was for fintech in terms of interest from investors. According to start-up data analytics provider Tracxn, investments in 2016 were $484.79 million, compared with $1.18 billion in 2015. One of the reasons is that the 2015 numbers include money raised by Paytm in 2015. (more…)

Analytics, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, eWallets, India, Payment processors/providers/gateways

December 28, 2016

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Atom Tickets app to add Chase Pay

By Kate Fitzgerald for Payments Source

Atom Tickets, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based mobile movie ticket app maker, will enable users to pay via Chase Pay early next year, as JPMorgan Chase & Co. spreads its digital payments solution beyond brick-and-mortar merchants. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking

December 26, 2016

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Non-Blockchain Crypto Platform To Give Away Tokens With Christmas Day Launch

By Lester Coleman for CryptocoinsNews

Byteball, a cryptocurrency platform for storage and value transfer that is not built on a blockchain, will launch on December 25 and is offering bitcoin users the chance to claim free tokens. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, eWallets, Fintech news

December 24, 2016

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iPayYou Enables Bitcoin Payments to Starbucks’ Official App

By Rebecca Campbell for CryptocoinsNews

Seattle-based bitcoin wallet iPayYou has announced the launch of Bitcoin Direct to Starbucks, giving users and coffee lovers a new and easy way to pay with the digital currency. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking

December 24, 2016

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The 7 Hottest Fintech Startups and Solutions in Vietnam

By

Vietnam is a very Internet-connected country, and with the increasing penetration of smartphones there is a wealth of opportunity for online businesses, digital agencies and application developers. (more…)

About, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Cryptocurrencies, eWallets, Marketing Report, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, PFM/PFP services, Remittances, Vietnam

December 22, 2016

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Mobile is a ‘lifestyle,’ and other lessons from Alipay

By Casey Bullock for PaymentsSource

Alipay has grown to become the most widely-used online payment method in the world.

(more…)

About, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking

December 20, 2016

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Does PayTM’s logo look similar to PayPal? PayPal thinks YES!

By Rahul Dev for e27

Is this a strategy by PayPal to hamper PayTM’s efforts to cash in on demonetisation in India? (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, India

December 20, 2016

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6 fintech startups from Asia that excited us in 2016

By  for TechInAsia

Fintech is going strong in Asia as the year draws to a close. According to the Pulse of Fintech Q3 2016 report by global audit and advisory firm KPMG, venture capital funding in Asian financial technology companies increased, reaching US$1.2 billion – outpacing even the US, where VC investment totaled US$0.9 billion. (more…)

About, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, China, eWallets, Fintech news, India, Japan, p2p/online lending, Payment processors/providers/gateways, Philippines, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, Remittances, Singapore

December 17, 2016

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London fintech startup Curve brings mobile wallet and all-your-cards-in-one app to Android

By  for TechCrunch

After launching on iOS, all the way back in February, London fintech startup Curve has finally brought its wares to Android. (more…)

Credit/Debit/Prepaid cards, eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking

December 17, 2016

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When sexting meets social payments

By Bailey Reutzel for PaymentsSource

Payments are inevitably merging with social media, but the mix comes with a clear and very public risk if not handled correctly.

(more…)

Analytics, China, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments

December 17, 2016

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Why Samsung Pay needs partners to go forward

By Kate Fitzgerald for Payments Source

Samsung Pay users had the advantage over Apple Pay and Android Pay when it launched last year with a technology enabling mobile payments through virtually any merchant terminal—contactless or not—but that advantage quickly diminished. (more…)

Cashless, eWallets, Mobile payments/banking

December 15, 2016