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Amazon invades India

By Vivienne Walt for Fortune magazine,

How Jeff Bezos aims to conquer the next “trillion-dollar market.” The inside story. (more…)

Fintech news, India, Mobile payments/banking, SME

February 26, 2016

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Payments Players Move on Blockchain Tech

By Bailey Reutzel for Coindesk.com

Amid a steady stream of positive news, incumbent payment companies are quickly launching products and services incorporating blockchain technology. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, Fintech news

February 26, 2016

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Big Industries Where Blockchain Could Be Used

Blockchain is widely known for its usage within Bitcoin, and now, people  and enterprises are starting to understand the blockchain as a phenomenon different from Bitcoin specifically and other digital currencies in general. Banking and payments are not the only sectors that could be disrupted by blockchain tech, moreover, the promising sectors include Music, Voting and NGOs.  (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

February 22, 2016

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How Stripe can win the payments war in Asia

By Karen Mok for TechinAsia.com
Stripe is one of the most beloved startups in Silicon Valley. Stripe has been a definitive success in the US, but it’s looking beyond those borders in its next phase of growth. Asia is a clear contender – it has about half of the world’s smartphone users and is predicted to see the fastest e-commerce growth in the world in the years to come.

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Analytics, Fintech news, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking

February 19, 2016

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India: an ambitious move toward a cashless society

By Meghna Rao, article first appeared in Tech in Asia news

TIA: The dream of a cashless society for India is not too far off.

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Banks, Cashless, Global trends, India, Mobile payments/banking

February 16, 2016

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India: Moving a Billion People into Digital Finance

By Elliot Maras, article first appeared in CCN: Bitcoin, Blockchain, FinTech, & Cryptocurrency News

CCN: Digital finance has great potential to improve life for consumers and merchants in India. But the lack of familiarity has impeded digital money’s growth in the country. This lack of awareness exists despite India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s national mission for financial inclusion. (more…)

Analytics, Cashless, Global trends, Government activities, India, Mobile payments/banking, SME

February 15, 2016

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Who will be the WeChat of India? And what will it do to Flipkart and Snapdeal?

By Meghna Rao for TechinAsia,

The trend of buying things through chat has taken off in such a big way in China that some wonder if it’s a sign that chat commerce will pose a threat to conventional ecommerce around the world. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends

January 31, 2016

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Apple Pay Is Coming To ATMs From Bank Of America And Wells Fargo

By Josh Constine for techcrunch.com

Both Bank Of America and Wells Fargo are working on integrating Apple Pay into their ATMs, according to a source familiar with the teams on the projects. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news

January 28, 2016

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NextGenVest Uses Snapchat To Send Money Tips To Millennial Students

By Mike Butcher for techCrunch.com

NextGenVest, a startup out of New York, is setting out to become a new kind of trustworthy financial entity. And to do that, it’s tackling a big problem. (more…)

Cashless, Deals, Fintech news

January 27, 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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Lydia Becomes A Serious Alternative To Cash To Pay Back Your Friends In France

By Romain Dillet for techcrunch.com

French startup Lydia has come a long way. When I first covered it two years ago, it wanted to become a sort of Venmo for France. Now, Lydia tries to cover a wide array of use cases when it comes to sending or requesting money. Today’s update goes one step further. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, p2p-payments, Remittances

January 25, 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.

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eWallets, Fintech news, news, SME

January 24, 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

Lufax Completes Fundraising, Valuing Company at $18.5 Billion

By Bloomberg News,

Lufax, a Chinese peer-to-peer lender and broker, has secured its position as the world’s most valuable financial technology startup by completing a fundraising that it said values the company at $18.5 billion. (more…)

Cashless, China, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

January 18, 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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Snapchat wants to manage your money

The social media service known for disappearing photos wants to manage your finances. (more…)

Fintech news

January 15, 2016

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2016: A pivotal year for the future of fintech

By finextra

We asked Bruce Wallace, chief digital officer of Silicon Valley Bank, whether a fintech bubble is brewing. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

January 10, 2016

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TransferWise did less than £6.5 million in sales last year despite being worth $1 billion

By Business Insider,

Hot British online money transfer startup TransferWise is officially a “small company.” (more…)

Cashless, Deals, Fintech news

January 4, 2016

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WhatsWeFaceTelKaLiVibeSnap Pay: comparison of messengers’ payment functions

Eighteen months ago, Mark Zuckerberg announced an unofficial messengers’ race for better and faster monetization of a customer base by integrating remittances and payments. How have the players succeeded so far?
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Columns, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Remittances

October 12, 2015

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Paypal Co-founder New Lending Startup Affirm Gets Into Student Loans For Coding Bootcamps

TechCrunch: Affirm, the lending startup co-founded by Max Levchin, is breaking into student loans for coding, design and business bootcamps from General Assembly, Bloc, Kaplan’s Dev Bootcamp and Metis. The company, which raised $275M this past spring, is branching out from its initial market in online retail. They were originally financing purchases at the point-of-sale online with e-commerce companies like mattress retailer Casper. (more…)

Fintech news, news, p2p/online lending

July 14, 2015

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PayPal’s One Touch Instant Web Checkout Service & Stripe’s New iPhone App

TECHCRUNCH: As PayPal moves closer to its spinoff from parent eBay, the company continues to expand the services it will have to generate revenue as a standalone business. In the latest development, today PayPal is expanding One Touch on the web — a widget that lets people use PayPal to pay for goods on third-party websites without needing to re-enter passwords or their user IDs — outside of the U.S. The first markets for its international rollout will be the Canada and the UK. (more…)

Fintech news, news, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

June 9, 2015

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PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, “We Have A Lot Of Work Ahead Of Us”

TECHCRUNCH: Digital commerce company PayPal is moving to establish itself as “more than just a button” to a global payments platform as it readies a split from parent company eBay later this year. “We’re coming into the market at a time when the financial services industry is going through some fundamental shifts,” new PayPal CEO Dan Schulman said at PayPal’s Commerce: Rewind event today. “We’re really thinking how do we re-imagine PayPal almost as a service. PayPal as a SaaS platform.” (more…)

Fintech news, news, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

May 21, 2015

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BBVA Compass Goes Live With Real-Time Payments

Ben Milne in The Dwolla Blog: Real-time is here for everyone and there’s no turning back. It’s not just an idea. FiSync allows money to move like you’d expect it to: instantly. Dwolla’s FiSync protocol facilitates secure real-time payments that bypass traditional networks. Transactions initiated via FiSync are fast, secure, and available now through BBVA Compass. (more…)

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

April 8, 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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Stripe Launches Major API Update To Help On-Demand Startups Go Global

THE NEXT WEB: Stripe, the payment company that’s quietly building the best way to pay people online, hastoday launched a major API update to its Connect API. The new API builds on what the company learnt from modern “platform” companies such as Instacart, Shyp and Lyft, that employ many ‘sellers’ to get their work done. (more…)

Fintech news, news

March 24, 2015

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ChargeBee takes the pain out of subscription billing, raises $5M from Tiger Global, Accel

TECHINASIA:  Cloud-based billing platform ChargeBee has just announced its series B funding round of US$5 million led by Tiger Global. Its existing investor Accel Partners participated in the latest round. ChargeBee provides its clients with an easy plug-and-play interface to accept payments through a choice of 30 gateways, such as Authorize.Net, Braintree, Stripe, PayPal, eWay, Pin Payments, AmazonPayments, and WorldPay.

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Deals, India, InspirAsia

March 11, 2015

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PayPal Buys Paydiant, The Mobile Wallet Behind CurrentC, To Raise Its Game v. Google + Apple

TECHCRUNCH:  PayPal, the payments service with 162 million users preparing to separate from e-commerce giant eBay later this year, is announcing an acquisition today to help build out its mobile business targeting physical merchants, and sharpen its focus in competition with other tech payment hopefuls like Apple and Google. It is buying Paydiant, a startup out of Boston that makes mobile wallet technology. That technology, in turn, powers payment apps for large business like Subway, Harris Teeter supermarkets, Capital One bank, and — perhaps most notably — MCX, a merchant-owned network that is developing a payment app called CurrentC.

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

March 2, 2015

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The Payments Industry Explained: The Trends Creating New Winners And Losers In The Card-Processing Ecosystem

Business Insider: The payments industry had a huge year in 2014 and it’s showing no sign of slowing down. On the one hand tech giants like Amazon and Apple released new products that affirmed their long-term payments ambitions (Apple Pay and Amazon Local Register). On the other hand startups such as Stripe and ShopKeep continued to carve out market share, challenging older players like PayPal and VeriFone. (more…)

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

January 27, 2015