02 March 2015

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Samsung has fired its latest riposte to rival Apple with the launch of a new generation of smartphones and a budding mobile payments ecosystem under the Samsung Pay banner.

A new non-profit programme offering fintech startups free access to data feeds and APIs from providers such as Thomson Reuters and Xignite is gearing up for launch later this month.

Ingenico has released an audio jack-based point-of-sale dongle that can accept payments made by mobile phone.

Visa is to work with Bharti Airtel to extend its mobile money service to seven markets in Africa, including Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles and Tanzania.

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Visa to buy offers specialist TrialPay

27 February 2015  | 0 comments | 10 tweets | 5 linkedin

Visa has struck an agreement to acquire American transactional advertising outfit TrialPay. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

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CaixaBank adds voice command option to mobile app

27 February 2015  | 1 comments | 8 tweets | 5 linkedin

In what it claims is a European first, Spain's CaixaBank has launched a mobile app that responds to voice commands.

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Softcard confirms shut down

27 February 2015  | 0 comments | 10 tweets | 5 linkedin

US telco-owned mobile payments venture Softcard has confirmed that is shutting down after selling off technology and intellectual property to Google.

In our continuing series, in association with the Breaking Banks radio show, looking at accomplished and interesting women working and changing the FinTech sector, Liz Lumley sits down with Level 39 co-founder and Innovate Finance CEO Claire Cockerton.

The Corporate and Investment Banking arm of JPMorgan Chase is on the hunt for new product developers who "care about disruption" and have "an opinion on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies".

Banco do Brazil, PNC Bank and US Bank are set to join the growing band of finacial services firms working with Visa to offer their customers HCE-based contactless mobile payments.

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