A business incubation programme run by a consortium of UK universities has been pitching promising startup companies to Barclays Bank.
PayPal is bringing its working capital programme for small business customers to the UK, offering firms cash advances against future sales.
Fintech vendor Iress is promising to bring market data to the masses through a tool that allows people to request share process information through Twitter.
Amazon has taken another tentative step into the world of offline commerce through the launch of a mobile wallet app where customers can store loyalty and gift cards.
Interbank messaging network Swift has signed up another six major banks to its KYC Registry initiative as it gears up for a launch at the end of this year.
Former Google Wallet chief Osama Bedier has turned up as a director at PayRange, a startup that builds dongles that can be attached to vending machines to enable them to accept mobile payments.
Westpac has become the first bank in New Zealand to trial a host card emulation-based mobile NFC payments service.
The British Bankers' Association (BBA) is investigating a merger with the Payments Council and the UK Card Association, according to Sky News.
A collection of 10 fintech startups from around the world have battled their way onto an accelerator programme run by Startupbootcamp.
ACI Worldwide is to acquire UK-based payment fraud prevention outfit Retail Decisions (ReD) for $205 million in cash.
Monitise and IBM have strengthened their alliance, working together to push mobile banking, payments and commerce technology to financial institutions around the world.
European authorities say they have dismantled a Romanian-dominated cybercrime network that used a host of tactics to steal more than EUR2 million.
Britain's competition watchdog is preparing an in-depth investigation into the retail banking sector in a move which could eventually see the country's high street giants broken up.
Venture capital interest in payment industry startups appears to be on the wane as investors wise up to the difficulties of achieving scale in a complex, competitive market.
Facebook has begun testing a 'buy' button which lets users purchase products advertised on the social network. Meanwhile, Twitter is also stepping up its commerce game, acquiring payments outfit CardSpring.
A startup competition organised by Spanish bank BBVA has attracted entrepreneurs from 56 countries, showcasing 850 technology projects.
Turkish Economy Bank (TEB) has deployed NCR Interactive Teller video technology in the lobby of one of its Istanbul branches, enabling customers to talk to off-site employees.
New York state's financial services regulator has set out the details of its planned 'Bitlicense' framework for firms dealing with virtual currencies.
A top US Treasury official has called on the financial services sector to step up its efforts to protect consumer privacy and critical infrastructures from the threat of cyber attacks.
Australia's Bank of Queensland has unveiled the first of a new generation of bank branches, ripping out the counter and staid furniture in favour of a funky new design aesthetic.
Photo sharing app Snapchat could be preparing a move into the payments arena, two recently filed trademarks suggest.
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