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The banks of Google, Facebook and Amazon

By Matthew Hussey for the Verge

Does that headline excite you? Well, according to a recent study, there are a lot of you that would happily hand over the responsibility of keeping your money safe to either Google, Facebook or Amazon. But weirdly, not Apple? (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 6, 2016

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Why Amazon and Google are bound to enter finance

By  for Disruptive finance

“Do you think that Google and Facebook will enter financial services ?”

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Fintech news, Global trends

March 23, 2016

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Google and Accel see huge potential for Indian SaaS startups

By Malavika Velayanikal for TechinAsia.com

Cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) products are seeing hyper growth as small and medium businesses (SMBs) take to them in a big way. And Indian SaaS startups are well-placed to capitalize on it, says a joint report by Google and Accel Partners released today. (more…)

Fintech news, India, SME

March 6, 2016

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Google pilots hands free payments app

By Nick Statt for the Verge.com

Google today released an experimental payments app called Hands Free, a service that lets you pay for items in stores without taking your phone out. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news

March 3, 2016

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Google Tests “Tap 10,” A Rewards Program For Android Pay Users

By Sarah Perez for Techcrunch.com,

Google confirmed it’s now running a limited promotion in the U.S. dubbed “Tap 10,” which is aimed at increasing usage of its Android Pay mobile payments service, a rival to Apple Pay and others. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news

January 19, 2016

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22 Business Books That Blew My Mind And Changed Me

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC:

I am often asked for tips on good books to read. Recently I have posted an article in Russian listing my favourite business books, which got over 70 thousand views. I hope that the English-speaking folks will also find it useful. (more…)

Columns, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

August 10, 2015

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Slack Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg For Enterprise Tech

TECHCRUNCHSlack’s valuation soared to $2.8 billion in less than two years, and has doubled in the past six months alone — all without any big marketing campaigns. The startup’s adoption curve and rave reviews are something many founders and investors dream about, but few actually achieve. (more…)

Influences FinTech

June 24, 2015

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Docker, CoreOS, Google, Microsoft, Amazon And Others Come Together To Develop Common Container Standard

TECHCRUNCH:  Docker, CoreOS, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are now working on a new standard for software containers with the help of the Linux Foundation. Other members of this coalition include Apcera, Cisco, EMC, Fujitsu Limited, Goldman Sachs, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Mesosphere, Pivotal, Rancher Labs, Red Hat and VMware — that is, virtually everybody who has a stake in building a thriving container ecosystem. (more…)

Influences FinTech

June 22, 2015

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Inside Obama’s Stealth Startup

Fast Company: President Obama has quietly recruited top tech talent from the likes of Google and Facebook. Their mission: to reboot how government works. (more…)

Influences FinTech

June 15, 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 Takes Another Shot At Mobile Payments With Android Pay

TECHCRUNCH:  At its I/O developer conference today, Google announced Android Pay, a new payments solution native to its mobile operating system. In addition to making it easier to pay at a merchant’s point of sale via NFC, the new system lets merchants integrate payments directly into their apps for selling physical goods and services using an Android Pay API rather than integrating a third-party provider like Venmo or PayPal. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, news

May 28, 2015

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SoftBank’s New President Is Former Google Head Of Business Nikesh Arora

TECHCRUNCHSoftBank, the Japanese telecom giant that is also one of Asia’s most prolific startup investors, has named Google’s former chief business officer, Nikesh Arora, as its new president and potential future chief executive officer. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, Japan, news

May 12, 2015

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What it’s like to run Google’s $2 billion venture capital fund

QuartzWhen Google’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, decided to set up a venture-capital fund back in 2009, they chose a relatively little-known neuroscience graduate, entrepreneur, and biotechnology investor to run it. His name is Bill Maris, and over the past five years, he’s become one of the most important and powerful men in Silicon Valley. (more…)

Influences FinTech

May 7, 2015

Xiaomi’s Smart Strategy to Design Phones for Everyone

WIREDHugo Barra had  a pretty good job—I mean, assuming you consider building the most popular mobile platform in the world to be a pretty good job. As global product lead at Google Mobile and then at Android, Barra served near the top of a division that essentially built an industry-defining business from scratch. A prominent spokesperson, he came to be personally identified with Android’s global domination. So when he left Google in September 2013 for Xiaomi, a scrappy Chinese phone manufacturer that was best known for its CEO’s slavishly Steve Jobs–aping  keynotes, the popular reaction fell somewhere between bemused and befuddled. Some wondered if a widely reported love triangle involving Barra’s girlfriend and Sergey Brin was to blame. The phrase “little known outside of China” seemed to come up a lot. (more…)

China, InspirAsia

April 21, 2015

Google’s Smartwatches Now Let You Leave Your Phone at Home

WIRED: As he speaks, Jeff Chang surveys his kingdom. Android Wear’s product manager, the man most directly responsible for the progress of Google’s wearable platform, is seated at a large conference-room table in Google’s San Francisco office that is fully half-filled with Android Wear devices. No two are alike: seven different models, countless colors and bands. Every color of Sony Smartwatch 3 here, a dozen Moto 360s there. He’s wearing an LG Watch Urbane, and there are two others on the table. There’s a particularly gaudy Huawei Watch, which I can’t stop touching during our meeting. And all this, he says, gesturing around, is just the beginning. (more…)

Influences FinTech

April 20, 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

11 Super Successful Tech Leaders Who Struggled When They First Arrived In America

Business Insider: More than a third of the top tech companies in the US were founded by people born outside of the country. Their success stories drive many immigrants to come to the US in hopes of realizing the American Dream. But just looking at their success makes it easy to overlook the fact that a lot of the immigrant founders had to overcome other problems – from language barriers to financial constraints – to achieve their extraordinary success. (more…)

Influences FinTech

April 17, 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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Google Must Fight A Lawsuit Claiming Google Wallet Breached User Privacy

THE NEXT WEB: Google has failed to get a lawsuit dismissed which accuses it of invading the privacy of Google Wallet users, reports Reuters. (more…)

Fintech news, news

April 3, 2015

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Google Will Reportedly Let You Pay Bills In Gmail Later This Year

THE NEXT WEB: Pretty much everyone gets their bills by email nowadays, but what if you could pay right from your inbox too? Google is apparently working on that, according to a report by Recode. The tool is currently dubbed Pony Express. It’s likely that won’t end up being the final name, but we can hope. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, news

March 25, 2015

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Google Working on Project to Let You Receive and Pay Bills Directly Inside Gmail

RE/CODE: Google’s mission to organize the world’s information is now targeting your physical mailbox. The company is currently working on a project that will allow Gmail users to more easily receive bills in their email inbox instead of their mailbox. Called Pony Express, the service also is designed to let people pay their bills within Gmail, rather than having to go to a telecom or utility company’s website to complete a payment. (more…)

Fintech news, news

March 24, 2015

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Tesla Basically Just Ignited The Driverless Car Era

MASHABLE: Elon Musk offered a classic example of what journalists call “burying the lede.” He had called a press conference on the subject of a Tesla software update designed to eliminate “range anxiety,” or the fear that your electric car will run out of power before it reaches the next charging station on a long road trip. After he’d dispensed with that subject, Musk dropped in a casual addendum: all Teslas will get an over-the-air update this summer, probably around June, allowing them to drive in “Autopilot” mode. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 20, 2015

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Google Opening ‘Digital Garage’ To Help Businesses In Leeds

WIRED: Google is opening a pop-up workshop in Leeds in a bid to help local businesses improve their digital skills. The Digital Garage project will see Google give advice on how companies can use the internet to reach more customers and grow faster. The six-month trial in Leeds will open on 30 March and include a digital “tune-up” service for small businesses. Aspiring entrepreneurs are also encouraged to attend events organised by local partners and book one-to-one mentoring sessions on digital business skills.

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Influences FinTech, news

March 13, 2015