Despite the hype, the vast majority of Brits have no interest in using bitcoin to shop online, with a lack of trust cited as the main barrier to uptake.
Swedish financial management start-up Qapital is preparing to launch in the US with a service that enables users to track their spending, set savings goals, and transfer cash to a savings account held by an FDIC-insured banking partner.
Forget watches and glasses, Aussie bank Heritage thinks it has found the cutting edge of wearable tech - a suit that lets customers make contactless payments through the flick of a sleeve.
ANZ chief executive Mike Smith has committed to making social media engagement and digital services a "key business priority" for the Australian bank over the next three years.
Twitter has acquired Gnip a provider of aggregated social media content which is used by hedge funds, banks and signal providers to assess market sentiment and conduct analytics.
Citi has become the first broker to use the Bloomberg App Portal to deploy an application to clients around the world.
Atom Bank, the UK-based digital financial services start-up, has hired a chief innovation officer and a deputy director from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.
Westpac New Zealand customers will soon be able to log into their mobile banking app using fingerprint scanning.
The UK must do more to encourage investment in the start-up community if London is to maintain its dominance as a global hub for financial services, according to panelists at an event organised by fintech accelerator Startupbootcamp.
Fundbox, a San Francisco-based start-up that helps business owners fix their cash flow by transferring the amount of outstanding invoices to their bank accounts, has secured a $17.5 million funding round led by Khosla Ventures and featuring an all-star team of private investors, including former Citigroup chief Vikram Pandit, ex-Reuters head Tom Glocer, ISE chairman David Krell, and Jay Mandelbaum, one-time head of strategy and e-commerce at JPMorgan Chase.
Fifteen fintech start-ups will pitch their business ideas to an audience of bankers and VCs at the European semi-final of Swift's Innotribe Start-up Challenge, which is taking place at the Finextra Future Money show in Canary Wharf later this month.
UK start-up Birdback says hundreds of UK retailers can now link discounts, cashback and loyalty programmes directly to customers' payment cards for offline spending on the high street.
Metro Bank founder Anthony Thomson has recruited first direct chief Mark Mullen to head a new UK digital bank.
The Royal Canadian Mint has pulled the plug on its MintChip cloud-based digital currency and is looking to offload the business.
The UK is in the midst of a technology-led banking revolution as Brits shun branches in favour of their mobile phones, figures from the British Bankers Association show.
BBVA and Google are calling on developers to enter a competition to develop business productivity applications for SMEs and entrepreneurs in Spain and Latin America.
Jumio has signed up several bitcoin-related businesses to a scheme which lets users validate their identities by holding up paper ID to the cameras of Web-connected devices.
New Zealand's ASB has unveiled a 3D augmented reality app aimed at job candidates looking for positions in its corporate banking team.
Financial services veteran and former Visa president Hans Morris has set up a fintech-focused venture capital and advisory firm.
Estimize, a US start-up that pools members' forecasts for earnings results at listed companies, has raised $1.2 million in funding and launched a crowdsourced mergers and acquisitions predictions platform.
Digital currency start-up Circle Internet Financial has closed a $17 million funding round, including an investment from former Swift chief executive Leonard Schrank.
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