Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has established a $100 million fintech fund to invest in disruptive early to mid-stage startups in Europe and North America.
Jiffy, the real-time mobile P2P payment system run by SIA on behalf of 50 Italian banks, has set up a mechanism for making charitable donations through the app.
The forthcoming publication of an innovation agenda by the Australian government has galvanised the national fintech community to push for reforms that will help establish the country as a leading Asian hub for startups in the sector.
BBVA is to launch its mobile payment app in Turkey as the Spanish bank reveals more than one million downloads of the Wallet application in the two years since its launch.
Students at Southwestern College in Kansas can now pay by selfie on campus thanks to a new app developed by mobile commerce outfit Lucova.
Apple is in talks with some of America's biggest banks about launching a Venmo-style mobile person-to-person payments service, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has vowed to help make London the world's fintech capital, promising to oversee a regulatory environment that encourages innovation in areas such as mobile payments and bitcoin.
US bank BNY Mellon has opened a European Innovation Centre in London, reinforcing the UK capital's status as a global crossroads connecting the world of high finance with the fintech startup community.
Using technology from UK-based biometric startup Sthaler, hundreds of Worldpay employees are trying out a new way to pay - with a scan of their finger.
Barclaycard has collaborated with retail fashion chain TopShop to develop a range of wearable accessories incorporating its bPay contactless technology.
© Finextra Research 2015