16 September 2014

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The US telco-backed Softcard consortium has received a welcome boost with news that the giant fast food chain Subway is to deploy its Card Rewards Program as part of a national roll-out of the SmartTap payment app.

Commuters using the London tube network can now tap their contactless bank cards on the ticket barriers to pay for their journeys, further displacing cash on the capital's transit system.

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ING adds voice controls to mobile app

15 September 2014  |  2

Holland's ING has become the first bank in Europe to add a voice control mode to its mobile app, enabling customers to issue commands by speaking.

American Express is inviting academics and non-profit groups dealing with financial inclusion to submit ideas for commercial testing at a new 'Financial Innovation Lab'.

French banking group Banque Populaire Caisse d'Epargne (BPCE) has teamed up with Twitter to let customers tweet money to each other.

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Weve abandons mobile NFC payments plans

15 September 2014  |  3

UK mobile commerce joint venture Weve is abandoning plans to launch an NFC payments service because its telco owners failed to agree on an approach, according to the Telegraph.

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