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Criminals turn their attention to online fraud in the US

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Criminals have deepened their focus on US online transactions since the country’s October 2015 EMV liability shift, with card-not-present (CNP) fraud expected to hit $6.4 billion in 2018, according to a new report from the US Payments Forum.

Accenture to acquire payments consulting firm First Annapolis

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Accenture will acquire First Annapolis, a privately held payments consulting and advisory firm. Alan McIntyre, senior managing director, and head of Accenture’s Banking practice, says the acquisition “will enhance our capabilities in the payments sector”. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close […]

SEC says “no” to Winklevoss Bitcoin exchange-traded fund

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has dashed the hopes of internet entrepreneurs and venture capitalists Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who were hoping to create an exchange-traded fund (ETF) for the virtual currency Bitcoin.

District of Columbia takes top US tech innovation spot

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The District of Columbia (DC) can claim bragging rights as it has been deemed the most innovative part of the US, according to a study by personal finance website WalletHub. WalletHub says innovation is a principal driver of US economic growth. In 2016, the country spent an estimated $514 billion on R&D – “more than […]

United States of happiness for two-day settlement rule

Two US credit unions outsource core processing to Symitar

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is being vigorously back slapped and group hugged by the finserv industry for finalising rule changes to help achieve a two-day settlement cycle (T+2). With an avalanche of acronyms, the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), Investment Company Institute (ICI) and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), […]

Faster loans for consumers with little credit history? Experian and Finicity think so

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New underwriting technology developed by Experian and financial data aggregator Finicity could speed up borrowing and enable millennials and other consumers with thin or no credit files to receive money. The product emerges amid a federal call for more work on helping those potential borrowers build credit scores.

MoneyGram board to further consider Euronet proposal

Euronet and Ant Financial sweet on MoneyGram

Money transfer giant MoneyGram can give further consideration to Euronet’s surprise bid to acquire the company from under the nose of Ant Financial.

Jury convicts two in Bitcoin laundering scheme

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In a case with connections to the massive 2014 JPMorgan Chase data breach, a New Jersey pastor and a Florida software programmer were found guilty of helping launder virtual currency that was obtained from drug sales and ransomware hacks.

Illinois regulator joins global distributed ledger consortium R3

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The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has become the first US regulatory agency to join the R3 Consortium, a global partnership of banks and other parties working to develop distributed ledger-based applications for financial services.

Walmart pushes omnichannel shopping with new tech incubator

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Walmart recently announced another step toward further developing its e-commerce business with the creation of a technology incubator called Store No. 8 to create new retail online businesses as well as help the retail giant better compete against Amazon.

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