The UK government has set out its approach to digital currencies, vowing to start applying anti-money laundering regulation to exchanges but also promising to put cash behind research into the potential of blockchain technology.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is moving into the financial services world with an interest-bearing mobile wallet account.
Northern Ireland's banks have been urged by MPs to plough their profits into updating "antiquated" IT systems.
American Facebook users will soon be able to send money to each other through the social network giant's Messenger app.
Some of the biggest names on Wall Street, including John Mack and Vikram Pandit, have joined a $130 million funding round for Dataminr, a startup that trawls through tweets and other data sources to create alerts for clients such as banks.
Turkey's Akbank is experimenting with NCR's Interactive Teller video banking technology in branches and at a shopping mall.
On a single day last week travellers on London's public transport network made more than a million taps with their contactless bank cards to get around the capital.
The Paris-based Curie Institute is enlisting the power of contactless payments, letting people tap their card or phone to donate to its Daffodil for Curie cancer research campaign.
Chip maker Intel is the latest tech giant to investigate the potential of blockchain technology, advertising for a cryptographic researcher to work on decentralised ledgers.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is developing facial recognition technology that enables mobile shoppers to replace their passwords with selfies.
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