By Alex Rampell for Techcrunch.com
The “wallet” in the modern sense of “flat case for holding paper currency” dates back almost 200 years. The word itself goes back 700 years, and the concept (minus paper currency) for millennia. (more…)
By Daniel Roberts for Yahoo News
Ant is a misnomer for one Chinese fintech company. (more…)
By Killian Bell for Technobuffalo
PayPal Credit, the service that lets you buy items online and pay for them later, is now available in the United Kingdom. It takes just a minute to apply, and shoppers pay zero interest for four months on purchases over £150 (approx. $212). (more…)
By Times of India
Plans to diversify revenue streams by offering financial products like loans and mutual funds
By 2019, eMarketer estimates that the total value of transactions made by tapping a phone on an in-store terminal will reach $210 billion, up from $8.7 billion in 2015. For banks and retailers, that presents an opportunity to take on Apple Pay and Google’s Android Pay – and maybe save on transaction fees to boot.
By C.Custer for TechinAsia,
The battle over the Chinese epayment market is raging fiercely now that Apple Pay and Samsung Pay have taken to the field in China. But WeChat Pay is heading in the opposite direction: the service announced yesterday that it’s launching support for overseas vendors. (more…)
By Erick Crouch for techinAsia.com
Apple Pay rolled out in China last week to a mixed response. Domestic players WeChat Wallet and Alipay have had years to figure out how the Chinese epayments market works, and a new player – especially one that doesn’t offer staple services like discounts, online purchases, and savings accounts – is facing an uphill battle. (more…)
By Philip Ryan for Bank Innovation,
You might be using a blockchain to order detergent within the next few years. (more…)
By Meghna Rao for TechinAsia.com
Paytm has had a unique approach to ecommerce in India. Originally launched as a site for mobile phone top-ups in 2010, the name is an abbreviation for “pay through mobile”. It soon pivoted to become an online wallet and, four years later, it launched an ecommerce site. (more…)
By Pankaj Mishra for techcrunch.com
Alibaba-backed Paytm, one of the bigger e-commerce startups competing against Amazon in India, is raising money again, just months after a reported $680 million round. Sources close to the company say that Paytm is now looking to raise $400 million by June to help with the launch of Paytm’s new payments business, Paytm Payment Bank. (more…)
By Katie Roof for Techcrunch.com,
PayPal reported earnings after the bell Wednesday, and the stock quickly ticked up 6% in after hours trading. (more…)
We knew that Alibaba was having a big year for mobile when sales via mobile made up nearly 70 percent of the company’s Singles Day haul. But now with the year over, Alibaba’s finance arm Ant Financial has released a bunch of interesting data on Alipay, Alibaba’s online payment platform, throughout 2015. The biggest headline: a full 65 percent of the money exchanged on Alipay in 2015 was sent via mobile. That’s up significantly from 2014, when mobile accounted for just under 50 percent of Alipay’s total business. (more…)
By Laura Noonan for Financial times
Mobile payment apps are soaring in popularity in the UK and US, but the world’s least developed countries are making almost no progress in the move to eliminate cash and cheque transactions that cost them billions of dollars annually. (more…)
By Trey Williams for Market watch,
Since rolling out to the public in 2012, Venmo has been a peer-to-peer payment app. Millennials have taken to it as a way to send money and emoji to friends for meals, event tickets, bills, etc.
By Nashuman Ghandi
“Buy this through XYZ digital wallet and get Rs. 50 (US$0.75) cashback on every ticket booked,” read a recent email you received from PVR Cinema. You usually receive this a few times a week and it keeps you informed about the latest movies. (more…)
EU-STARTUPS: In the last decade, there were a bunch of really successful fintech companies that started in Europe. Companies like Klarna, Adyen or Transferwise (to name just a few) changed the way we do payments or the way we transfer money overseas. By pursuing radical new concepts, these fintech startups became some of Europe’s most valuable companies within just a few years.
TECHINASIA: Alibaba’s spin-off finance subsidiary, Ant Financial, today put out a major new update to its Alipay mobile wallet app. For the first time, the mobile wallet now has ecommerce merchants and shopping baked right into the app. It means that within Alipay, which is China’s top mobile wallet service with over 400 million annual active users, people can now find local services like fresh flowers or food delivery – and then pay for it all in the same app. As in Alibaba’s other marketplaces, all the things are from third-party sellers.
FORBES: Apple has quietly filed for a new patent which details a person-to-person money transmission method which could potentially grab market share from PayPal and Square, and hit the already beleaguered banking sector struggling to keep up with FinTech. Apple is already banking on consumers using the wallet in Apple Pay as their central source for general payments, (more…)
ENGADGET: The money in your bank account is typically covered by federal insurance, but your internet payment services typically aren’t. If PayPal or Venmo went belly-up, you’d probably lose your existing balance. That won’t be a problem if you’re using Google Wallet, though. Google is now holding your Wallet funds in banks with FDIC insurance, so your digital credit is now that much safer. This isn’t to say that rivals leave you completely vulnerable — PayPal has fraud protection, for instance. However, the Wallet move means that you won’t have to go to court to get your cash back if Google goes bankrupt, no matter how unlikely that is.
TECHCRUNCH: The Coin (promising to let you combine all your credit/debit/loyalty cards into a single piece of tech) has delayed for so long that you might have forgotten that you ordered one. In November of 2013, the YC-backed company blew past its $50,000 pre-order goal in forty minutes, but despite a promise of summer 2014 shipping, the company has yet to ship a product that wasn’t in beta. Until today. After a six-month beta program, Coin is finally ready to ship a finished product to the 350,000 people who have pre-ordered in the first two months of pre-order. (more…)
TECHCRUNCH: Google has been stepping up its game in mobile payments the last several months, buying Softcard’s point-of-sale tech and making some international advances for its money transfer service. Today it’s adding another crucial piece to mix: some key integrations with merchants and merchant platforms. Customers that use Android apps from Dunkin’ Donuts and Seamless, and merchants that build online stores through Shopify, will now all be able to access Google Wallet to make and accept quick payments. (more…)
TECHCRUNCH: The rise of e-commerce in India has triggered a wave of startups that are leveraging the increasing adoption of smartphones to provide mobile payment solutions. Alibaba invested in Paytm at an apparent billion dollar valuation earlier this year, and now MobiKwik is the latest to be flushed with new cash. New Delhi-based MobiKwik has pulled $25 million in funding, led by Singapore-based hedge fund Tree Line Asia. The deal included participation from a couple of interesting strategic investors — Cisco and American Express. (more…)