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Why your wallet is becoming the next platform

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…)

Cashless, eWallets, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking

April 25, 2016

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The fall of the unicorns brings a new dawn for water bears

By Alex Chuang for Techcrunch

Last year was a big year for unicorns. According to Venture Beat, there are now 229 unicorn startups, with $175 billion in funding and $1.3 trillion in valuation. In 2015 alone there were 81new entrants crowned as the legendary beast. (more…)

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

April 24, 2016

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A card-carrying fan of contactless, I’m now contactless-less – and it’s not fun

By  for the Guardian

Here is my problem. I have lost my debit card. This might seem like a minor hindrance. I haven’t, say, lost a limb. But I have lost the means to go about my everyday life as I usually would. (more…)

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

April 23, 2016

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A Chinese fintech behemoth is getting ready to go public

By Daniel Roberts for Yahoo News

Ant is a misnomer for one Chinese fintech company. (more…)

Deals, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 22, 2016

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PayPal Credit comes to the U.K. to let you buy now, pay later

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…)

Cashless, Deals, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends

April 17, 2016

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MobiKwik to increase fintech play, aims profits by 2017

By Times of India

Plans to diversify revenue streams by offering financial products like loans and mutual funds

(more…)

Deals, eWallets, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 17, 2016

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E-Wallets: Game of giants

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.

Read our full research “Money of the Future”. Download PDF (20MB) (more…)

Banks, Cashless, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

March 28, 2016

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Deals: Fintech startup Momo raises $28m from Standard Chartered’s VC arm, Goldman Sachs

By Judith Balea for Techinasia.com

Vietnam-based fintech startup Momo today announced it obtained US$28 million in series B funding from Standard Chartered Private Equity and global investment bank Goldman Sachs, which is an existing backer. (more…)

Cashless, Deals, eWallets, InspirAsia, p2p-payments, Vietnam

March 18, 2016

Visa shows vein recognition payment concept

 

With Visa’s new vein recognition payment concept you can literally wave your money goodbye. The company demonstrated their vision of future payment methods at the 2016 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The video first appeared in wsj.com

Cashless, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends

February 27, 2016

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WeChat Pay goes global in search of Chinese tourist dollars

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…)

China, eWallets, Fintech news, Remittances

February 25, 2016

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Samsung Pay to enter China tomorrow, is probably screwed

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…)

Cashless, eWallets, Fintech news

February 23, 2016

Blockchains Predicted to Power the Internet of Things

By Philip Ryan for Bank Innovation,

You might be using a blockchain to order detergent within the next few years. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, eWallets, Global trends, SME

February 17, 2016

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How Alibaba is helping Paytm think differently about ecommerce in India

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…)

Cashless, China, eWallets, Fintech news, InspirAsia, SME

February 11, 2016

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Deals: India’s Paytm Is Raising Another $400M To Build Out Its New Payment Bank

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…)

Cashless, Deals, eWallets, Fintech news

February 8, 2016

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PayPal Shares Up 6% On Earnings; Revenue Rises 17%

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…)

Cashless, eWallets, Fintech news, news, p2p-payments

January 27, 2016

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Alipay data reveals why Shanghai is China’s greediest city

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…)

Analytics, Cashless, eWallets, Fintech news

January 26, 2016

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Mobile payment transactions soar in US and UK

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…)

Cashless, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends

January 26, 2016

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PayPal hopes to cash in on millennials’ love of Venmo

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.

(more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, news, SME

January 24, 2016

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What you need to know about the mobile wallet war in India

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…)

Analytics, Cashless, eWallets, Fintech news, India

January 23, 2016

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How John And Patrick Collison Built Stripe Into The PayPal Of The Mobile Era

By Miguel Helft for Forbes,

THE FIRST SIGNAL YOU PICK UP that John and Patrick Collison, who cofounded mobile payment phenomenon Stripe, are not big on the trappings of corporate status is a North Face backpack. (more…)

Banks, eWallets, Fintech news

January 18, 2016

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The hottest European fintech startups in 2015

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.

(more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, news, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, Remittances

July 10, 2015

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Magic Caves of Alibaba

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.

(more…)

China, eWallets, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news

July 8, 2015

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Bank of Apple Moves Closer With New Patent To Kill PayPal, Square

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…)

eWallets, Fintech news, news, p2p-payments

July 4, 2015

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Mobile wallet Xendit targets Indonesia’s P2P payment market

E27.CO: Currently in beta, the launched version will allow users to connect their debit cards, send funds to friends and  withdraw wallet funds to a bank accounts (more…)

eWallets, Indonesia, InspirAsia

July 1, 2015

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Apple Pay To Land In The UK In July & Why Android Pay Will Succeed Where Google Wallet Failed

WIRED: Apple Pay, the payments service that allows for contactless payments in stores and one-touch payments in apps, is finally launching in the UK. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, news

June 8, 2015

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Google Wallet funds are now FDIC-insured

YAHOO FINANCE: Google is making a big change to its mobile payment service, Google Wallet, Yahoo Finance has learned. Funds that are left in Google Wallet will now be FDIC-insured, which means Google users’ money is now a whole lot safer — and they probably never even knew it. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, news

April 20, 2015

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Your Google Wallet Funds Are Now Insured

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.

eWallets, Fintech news, news

April 19, 2015

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Coin, The One Credit Card To Rule Them All, Is Finally Shipping

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…)

eWallets, Fintech news, news

April 18, 2015

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Google Wallet Adds New Integrations With Shopify, Seamless, Dunkin’ Donuts And 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…)

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

April 9, 2015

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Indian Payments Startup MobiKwik Nabs $25M From Tree Line, Cisco, AmEx And Sequoia

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…)

Deals, eWallets, Fintech news, India, InspirAsia

April 8, 2015