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South African fintech hub opens
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South African fintech hub opens

26 January 2016  |  4716 views  |  0 comments | 18 tweets | 6 linkedin

A South African investment giant is building a fintech hub modelled on London's Level39, offering office space and support to entrepreneurs bidding to build digital financial services.

Mobile payments fuelling data security fears
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Mobile payments fuelling data security fears

26 January 2016  |  5781 views  |  0 comments | 17 tweets | 19 linkedin

A global study of 3700 IT security practitioners conducted by the Ponemon Institute shows increasing risks to payment data and a lack of confidence in securing mobile transactions.

UK becomes 'cash-second' nation as contactless payments soar
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UK becomes 'cash-second' nation as contactless payments soar

26 January 2016  |  10308 views  |  11 comments | 49 tweets | 56 linkedin

Britain has become a "cash-second" nation, claims Visa Europe, which saw an explosion in contactless payments drive an 11.5% rise in the number of transactions it recorded in the country last year.

Finnish fintech fund launches
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Finnish fintech fund launches

25 January 2016  |  3393 views  |  0 comments | 13 tweets | 6 linkedin

Swedish fintech investor NFT Ventures is launching a second fund targeting startups in Finland through a partnership with local broadcaster MTV.

DTCC calls for industry coordination on distributed ledger tech
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DTCC calls for industry coordination on distributed ledger tech

25 January 2016  |  3812 views  |  0 comments | 10 tweets | 13 linkedin

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) has pitched itself as the coordinator of an industry-wide investigation into whether distributed ledger technology is the answer to "certain limitations" in the post-trade process.

Australian bank boycott of Apple Pay continues as NAB rolls out Android rival
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Australian bank boycott of Apple Pay continues as NAB rolls out Android rival

25 January 2016  |  6448 views  |  3 comments | 13 tweets | 15 linkedin

National Australia Bank has launched a new mobile payment service for Android smartphones, NAB Pay, as the country's biggest banks continue their boycott of iOS rival Apple Pay.

MPs round on banks following IT failures
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MPs round on banks following IT failures

25 January 2016  |  4037 views  |  3 comments | 17 tweets | 13 linkedin

Following a string of high profile technical blackouts, Britain's biggest banks have been urged by the UK's influential Treasury Select Committee to invest more resources to improve their technology infrastructure and to appoint board directors with knowledge of IT.

Make way for the banks: Barclays welcomes inhouse team to accelerator programme
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Make way for the banks: Barclays welcomes inhouse team to accelerator programme

25 January 2016  |  6327 views  |  0 comments | 23 tweets | 15 linkedin

An internal blockchain-focused unit of Barclays Bank has made the cut to participate in the bank's 2016 accelerator programme, a space usually reserved for innovative startups that threaten the banking status quo.

JC Flowers snaps up Chi-X Asia Pacific units
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JC Flowers snaps up Chi-X Asia Pacific units

25 January 2016  |  2490 views  |  0 comments | 1 tweets | 3 linkedin

Private equity group JC Flowers is to buy the Australian and Japanese trading platforms of Chi-X Global and its Hong Kong IT unit Chi-Tec. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

HSBC invests in cognitive computing firm CustomerMatrix
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HSBC invests in cognitive computing firm CustomerMatrix

25 January 2016  |  5349 views  |  0 comments | 12 tweets | 9 linkedin

HSBC has led a $10.5 million Series B funding round for New York-headquartered cognitive computing startup CustomerMatrix.

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