EU-US Privacy Shield faces its moment of truth

EU-US Privacy Shield

While you were tucking into your ham sarnie European Commission Věra Jourová touched down in the US to start the first annual review of the EU-US Privacy Shield, reports (Banking Technology’s sister publication). It’s the reason why the internet giants of Silicon Valley can do business in the European bloc, or at least the reason […]

Viber brings good vibes to Addiko Bank’s chat banking payments

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Austrian banking group Addiko has unveiled chat banking for its customers – the “first ever” Viber-based financial transaction service available in Croatia. Called “Addiko Chat Banking”, it’s a digital banking service that, in partnership with Comtrade Digital Services and communication platform Viber, enables customers to directly communicate with the bank and make payments. Mario Žižek, […]

Bank of Baroda teams with Amazon for SME lending


India’s second largest bank, Bank of Baroda, has got itself an “exclusive” micro lending partnership with Amazon. The bank says through this partnership it is running a process for underwriting Amazon sellers “who would traditionally not be able to procure a line at formal financial institutions”. The deal is part of the bank’s ambitions to […]

Zambian start-up Zazu plans to be digitally true

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Zambia-based Zazu is readying for launch – as it targets being “Africa’s first digital-only bank” and offering a “more personalised solution” than a traditional bank. In November, it will launch with 1,500 prepaid debit cards. It wants to give these out to people who regularly use cards to make payments, so it can improve and develop […]

Fintech alliance round-up: 15 September 2017

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The power of love, a force from above, cleaning my soul – flame on burn desire, love with tongues of fire, purge the soul, make fintech alliances your goal. Our latest cuddly round-up features the Securities Commission Malaysia, Dubai Financial Services Authority, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Taiwan Stock Exchange and Nasdaq. The Securities Commission Malaysia […]

BitFlyer competes for Japanese Bankers Association’s blockchain experiment attention

QuantHouse hopes to capitalise on demand for algo trading in Japan

Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange BitFlyer has been selected as a partner vendor to provide an experimental environment for the Japanese Bankers Association’s “collaborative blockchain platform”. BitFlyer’s proprietary blockchain technology – Miyabi – will be used and the platform is scheduled to begin operation in October. Miyabi is a private blockchain “exclusively” for enterprise users. The experiment […]

Google gets into digital payments fray in India

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Google is expected to launch a mobile payments app in India next week. Google Tez, which means “fast” in Hindi is the anticipated name of the payments service, which is “largely fashioned on the company’s global product – Android Pay”.

OCC isn’t ready for fintech charter applications just yet

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Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika told FinovateFall attendees in New York this week that the agency is still in the exploratory phase of its fintech charter, according to news reports. Paybefore (Banking Technology‘s sister publication) reports that the controversial fintech charter has been welcomed by some in the industry, although there is some […]

Royal Bank of Canada pilots AI-powered finance guide

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Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), with the help of Personetics Cognitive Banking’s applications, will deliver two new services this autumn that provide AI-powered financial guidance and an automated savings programme through the bank’s mobile app. The development follows on from last month, when RBC unveiled these two digital services – called NOMI Insights and NOMI […]

Blockchain and Bitcoin round-up: 14 September 2017

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Arguments, exchanges and something getting launched. It’s our blockchain and Bitcoin round-up. Features JP Morgan Chase, the Financial Services Agency of Japan and Wish Finance. There will be blood. Sort of. JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon got plenty of attention with his scepticism and criticism of Bitcoin – calling it a “fraud”. Using the […]