500 Startups invests US$200K in Khmerload, the Buzzfeed of Cambodia

by Yon Heong Tung for

Khmerload has also set up a sister site in Myanmar called Myanmarload, which has over three million Facebook followers (more…)

Deals, Hotnews, news

March 27, 2017



McDonald’s Mobile Ordering Across U.S. By 2018


news, Pre-order services

March 3, 2017



Domino’s Gets Its Own Virtual Assistant

Amazon and Google aren’t the only ones who own the AI virtual assistant space. Domino’s Pizza Enterprises has just made a move to up their digital ordering game, starting in Australia and New Zealand. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, news, Pre-order services

March 3, 2017



New fintech degree course aims to churn out next generation of entrepreneurs

By Finextra

Budding entrepreneurs looking for a career in the fast-growing financial technology industry can now sign up to the UK’s first fintech undergraduate degree course at Wrexham Glyndwr University. (more…)


February 23, 2017



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

Blockchain (1)


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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The U.S. Is Suing its Largest Student Loan Servicer Because It ‘Failed’ Borrowers

By Peter Dazeley for Fortune

The largest U.S. student loan servicer, Navient (NAVI, -1.18%), cheated borrowers out of billions of dollars, often by deceiving them about repayment options and their legal rights, the U.S. consumer financial watchdog said on Wednesday as it announced a lawsuit against the company. (more…)

About, news, p2p/online lending

January 20, 2017



Fintech Steemit Migrating Servers To Amazon Unveils Ambitious Blockchain Roadmap

By Roger Aitken for Forbes

Steemit, creators of the world’s fastest growing decentralized social media platform, has unveiled today what it describes as a “comprehensive roadmap” detailing improvements to its blockchain, company structure and website. (more…)

About, Blockchain, news

January 18, 2017



Coinbase To IRS On Efforts To ID Bitcoin Customers: We Have A Suggestion

By Kelly Phillips Erb for Forbes

As the legal maneuverings over the rights of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to gain access to Coinbase customer accounts continue to wind through the courts, Brian Armstrong, Co-Founder, and CEO at Coinbase, has taken to the publishing platform, Medium, to explain his side of the story. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Government activities, news

January 15, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - DECEMBER 9: President-elect Donald Trump speaks at the DeltaPlex Arena, December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. President-elect Donald Trump is continuing his victory tour across the country. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


This App Wants to Help You Trade Stocks Based on Trump Tweets

By Jeremy Quittner for Fortune

Professional traders and hedge fund managers apparently have algorithms and models to account for market turbulence from President-elect Donald Trump’s t weets. Now you can too. (more…)

About, Financial Markets / Trading, news

January 14, 2017

Online Security Technology background


Insurers tap cyber security ratings to limit liabilities

By  for Financial Times

New breed of start-ups aims to assess strength of companies’ defences against hackers. (more…)

Insurance, news, Security

January 8, 2017

DAVOS 2016; World Economic Forum -- Pictured: Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates Founder, President and CIO, in an interview at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 20, 2016 -- (Photo by: David A.Grogan/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)


The World’s Biggest Hedge Fund is Embedding Its Founder’s Brain in an Algorithm

By David Z. Morris for Fortune

The Wall Street Journal reports that Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund with $160 billion under management, is developing a system to automate the management philosophy of its founder, Ray Dalio. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, news

December 25, 2016



Myanmar Expands Access to Financial Services with World Bank Support


The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a $100 million credit to support Myanmar in improving the access of families and small and medium-sized businesses to financial services. (more…)

Government activities, Myanmar, news

December 24, 2016



UK online trading school raises $2 million

By  for

UK-based online trading school and education platform Investoo has raised $2 million in funding from Optimizer Invest, Kinetic Investments and Right Casino’s Sam Miranda.


About, Deals, Financial Markets / Trading, news

December 15, 2016



Electron is trying to sell a blockchain makeover to the UK’s energy sector

By  for TechCrunch

UK startup Electron is hoping to convince the energy sector to buy into the transformative potential of blockchain technology — and, down the line, unlock commercialization opportunities for over the top services running on a decentralized infrastructure platform. (more…)

Blockchain, news

December 15, 2016



How blockchain can help fight cyberattacks

By  for TechCrunch

Imagine a computing platform that would have no single point of failure and would be resilient to the cyberattacks that are making the headlines these days. This is the promise behind blockchain, the distributed ledger that underlies cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum and challenges the traditional server/client paradigm. (more…)

About, Blockchain, news, Security

December 6, 2016

A padlock is displayed at the Alert Logic booth during the 2016 Black Hat cyber-security conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. August 3, 2016.  REUTERS/David Becker


Russian central bank loses $31 million in cyber attack

By Reuters

Hackers stole more than 2 billion rubles ($31 million) from correspondent accounts at the Russian central bank, the bank said on Friday, the latest example of an escalation of cyber attacks on financial institutions around the globe. (more…)

Banks, news, Security

December 4, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25:  People ride an escalator inside an H&M retail store during Black Friday events on November 25, 2016 in New York City.  The day after Thanksgiving, called Black Friday, is typically the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)


Mobile Has Been Huge For PayPal On Big Holiday Shopping Days

By  for Fortune

With more people using smartphones, mobile shopping is seeing strong growth this holiday season. Digital wallet giant PayPal said that the value of transactions through mobile devices grew 50% on Cyber Monday, highlighting the increasing importance of mobile for online and brick and mortar retailers. (more…)

Mobile payments/banking, news

November 30, 2016



UK Black Friday Growth Predicted to Surpass United States, Reveals Global Online Retail Analysis


Ingenico ePayments global data anticipates a Black Friday rise in UK ecommerce spending, while US shoppers migrate to Cyber Monday (more…)

Analytics, Marketing Report, news, Payment processors/providers/gateways

November 26, 2016

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21:  Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal,  delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


Peter Thiel taps a principal at Founders Fund for Trump’s transition team

By   for TechCrunch

Peter Thiel is famously loyal to his employees and vice versa. Many of the dozens of people employed by his venture firm, Founders Fund, once worked for Thiel at his hedge fund, Clarium Capital. He even cofounded a late-stage venture firm, Mithril Capital, with one former Clarium managing director, Ajay Royan. (more…)

Government activities, Influences FinTech, news

November 26, 2016

Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., speaks during the New York Times DealBook conference in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. The event brings together CEOs, leading figures in finance, and experts from diverse industries to assess the challenges and opportunities that will define the deal world of tomorrow. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images


Why Goldman Sachs and Santander Are Bailing on R3’s Blockchain Group

By  for Fortune

Banks are dropping out.

Goldman Sachs has pulled out of R3 CEV, a blockchain group that counts more than 70 financial firms among its members. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Deals, news

November 22, 2016



Singapore sees Brexit as chance to recruit London’s FinTech talent

By The Business Times

[SINGAPORE] Britain leaving the European Union is opening up an opportunity for Singapore to recruit talent for its ambitious plans to become a leading financial technology hub, said the chief FinTech officer of the city-state’s central bank. (more…)

About, Government activities, news, Singapore

November 16, 2016



Australian Travel Firm Trials Blockchain Bookings with Partner Microsoft

By Samburaj Das for CryptocoinsNews

Australian hotel and online travel firm Webjet has built a blockchain proof-of-concept (PoC) with tech giant Microsoft as its partner, the company revealed. Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform was used to host the blockchain to put it through the tests. (more…)

Blockchain, news

November 14, 2016



The mad sprint to banking chatbots has begun

By  for VentureBeat

Apple announcements are like holidays in our office and the new iOS release in September was no exception. Since then, AI assistant news has moved at warp speed. Every Alexa update is a new opportunity for fintech integration. With their latest releases, Google also is now in the running. (more…)

About, Banks, Bots, Mobile payments/banking, news

November 14, 2016



Silicon Valley was worried about the wrong bubble

By  for Business Insider

For the last year, the tech industry has been fretting about a bubble. Investors on all sides argued over whether valuations were too high or whether the tech sector as a whole was still undervalued.

Yet while Silicon Valley was obsessing over the startup bubble, it collectively failed to realize it was living in a completely different kind of bubble: a political bubble. (more…)

About, news

November 13, 2016

The logo of Alfa-Bank AO sits on display above a building in Minsk, Belarus, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. European Union governments scrapped sanctions on leaders of Belarus in an effort to pry the former Soviet republic out of the shadow of the Kremlin. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images


Two of Russia’s Largest Banks Say They’ve Been Hacked


At least five of the country’s largest banks were targeted. (more…)

Banks, news, Security

November 12, 2016



Cryptocurrencies rise on Trump victory

By  for TechCrunch

Donald Trump’s historic victory in the 2016 US presidential elections predictably and immediately hammered the value of the dollar on foreign currency exchange markets. But, for cryptocurrencies, the news had an equal and opposite effect. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, news

November 9, 2016



Blockchain Advertising Platform Sees Micro-Payments Made Possible By Bitcoin

By Justin OConnell for CryptocoinsNews

Mass Network wants to transform internet advertising. The startup is now under the new leadership of Alexander Kuzmin, Bitcoin advocate and CEO of Mycelium. The software will be released in March of 2017. (more…)

Blockchain, news

November 7, 2016



Top 10 startup ecosystems in the world 2016

By  for VentureBeat

Last year was the first time SparkLabs revealed our rankings for the top 10 startup ecosystems in the world here on VentureBeat. Now I’m excited to present our update for 2016. (more…)

About, Global trends, news

November 6, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., speaks during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Zuckerberg plans to unveil tools that let application makers reach the social network's audience while helping the company boost revenue. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images


Mark Zuckerberg just explained how close Messenger and WhatsApp are to making money

By  for Business Insider

A big questions investors have for Facebook is when it will start making money from its collection of standalone apps. (more…)

About, Bots, news

November 6, 2016