28 January 2015

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Alibaba's Ant Financial takes credit scoring to a new level

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Ant Financial, the financial services arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is leveraging Big Data technology and all of its considerable customer assets to launch a powerful new credit scoring agency.

Level39 and Nest open startup trade route between London and Hong Kong

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Canary Wharf accelerator space Level39 has opened a tech trade route to Hong Kong, through a partnership with Asian startup incubator Nest.

Apple takes lion's share of US contactless payments

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has declared 2015 'the year of Apple Pay' as the consumer tech firm reported the biggest quarterly profit ever made by a public company on the back of record iPhone and iMac sales.

Banking apps failing user experience test

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The functionality of mobile banking apps developed by five of the UK's top banks has been criticised after they racked up so-so scores in user experience testing conducted by Adaptive Lab.

Swyp bids to replace wallets with a single card

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Swyp has become the latest startup to promise to replace the credit, debit, gift and loyalty cards in customers' wallets with a single card and app combo.

Former ING Direct chief launches Canadian mobile banking service

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Former ING Direct CEO Arkadi Kuhlmann has launched a mobile banking service in Canada that promises to cater to "citizens of the world" through a multi-currency savings account.

Citi global head of digital strategy voices bitcoin scepticism

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Speaking today at Citi's annual Digital Money Symposium event, Greg Baxter, global head of digital strategy at the US money centre bank, questioned the long-term economic viability of bitcoin as a global currency.

Halifax launches bespoke online service for youth segment

27 January 2015  |  2113 views  |  0 comments | 11 tweets | 3 linkedin

Halifax has launched a tailored online banking service for young customers aged between 11 and 15 in an effort to promote better money management skills.

Banks set blockchain/Internet of Things challenges for SBC hackathon

27 January 2015  |  3861 views  |  0 comments | 22 tweets | 13 linkedin

The future of the blockchain and the use of the Internet of Things in financial markets are among the challenges set out by banks participating in the next Startupbootcamp hackathon in London.

Fed sets out faster payments options

26 January 2015  |  4171 views  |  0 comments | 16 tweets | 14 linkedin

The US Federal Reserve has set out a series of options for speeding up the country's antiquated payments system.

Bitcoin price soars on Coinbase exchange launch

26 January 2015  |  3815 views  |  0 comments | 7 tweets | 5 linkedin

Coinbase has launched America's first regulated bitcoin exchange, helping to push the crypto currency's price past the $280 mark.

Google Wallet gets first payment platform partner for Instant Buy API

26 January 2015  |  3850 views  |  0 comments | 6 tweets | 6 linkedin

E-commerce payment processor WePay has integrated with Google's Instant Buy API, a service that lets Google Wallet users check out in just two clicks on mobile and web without exposing their sensitive information to third parties.

Andreessen Horowitz leads $58 million investment in TransferWise

26 January 2015  |  3388 views  |  1 comments | 13 tweets | 9 linkedin

Andreessen Horowitz, the investment firm which rose to prominence thanks to big bets on Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, and Pinterest among other, has led a $58 million funding round in UK money transfer startup TransferWise.

Number26, a smartphone-only banking service, launches in Germany

26 January 2015  |  6448 views  |  1 comments | 23 tweets | 29 linkedin

Dubbed 'the Simple for Europe', after the US-based banking startup now owned by Spanish Bank BBVA, online-only bank Number26 has begun taking deposits from pre-invited customers in Germany and Austria.

UK silver surfers topping banks' online and mobile growth charts

26 January 2015  |  3960 views  |  2 comments | 13 tweets | 23 linkedin

UK banks are experiencing faster growth rates for digital services by customers in the 70s and 80s, according to the latest data from the British Bankers Association.

PayPal cuts off Crimea; MasterCard opens up to Cuba

23 January 2015  |  8779 views  |  0 comments | 5 tweets | 2 linkedin

PayPal is cutting off services to customers in Crimea in response to western sanctions related to Russia's annexation of the region last year.

Financial sector must improve cyber defences - BofE

23 January 2015  |  6596 views  |  0 comments | 15 tweets | 6 linkedin

Britain's banks must do more to protect themselves from cyber attacks, says the Bank of England, following an analysis of the perimeter defences and operational resilience of 36 of the nation's top financial service providers.

Citi and American Express join $21 million Persado funding round

23 January 2015  |  4324 views  |  0 comments | 11 tweets | 2 linkedin

The venture capital arms of Citibank and American Express have joined a $21 million funding round for digital marketing communications company Persado.

Half of US retailers unprepared for EMV migration deadline - survey

23 January 2015  |  7794 views  |  0 comments | 15 tweets | 20 linkedin

With only nine months to go until the US EMV migration deadline, more than half of retailers are not ready for the switch, according to a survey from ACI Worldwide.

MasterCard invites European startups to join Start Path programme

23 January 2015  |  4592 views  |  0 comments | 4 tweets | 2 linkedin

MasterCard is inviting innovative startups from across Europe to apply for the second edition of its Start Path Europe accelerator.

Gates makes mobile banking bet

22 January 2015  |  10524 views  |  4 comments | 49 tweets | 37 linkedin

By 2030, two billion people who don't have a bank account today will be storing money and making payment with their mobile phones, predicts Bill Gates.

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