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Deutsche Bank backs blockchain potential

31 July 2015  | 0 comments | 19 tweets | 12 linkedin

Deutsche Bank is the latest major financial institution to laud the potential of the blockchain, confirming that it is exploring the use of distributed ledger technology for everything from securities clearing and settlement to anti-money laundering registries.

Nasdaq OMX, Markit and private equity firms are all eyeing up a potential acquisition of Interactive Data in a deal that could be worth more than $5 million, including debt, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Shares in Fidelity National Information Services have climbed on speculation that the payment services group is in talks to buy financial technology conglomerate SunGard.

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NatWest blames online outage on DDoS attack

31 July 2015  | 0 comments | 13 tweets | 5 linkedin

NatWest says that a Distributed Denial of Service attack knocked out its site on Friday, leaving customers unable to access online banking services.

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CSC and HCL to form core banking joint venture

31 July 2015  | 0 comments | 3 tweets | 4 linkedin

CSC and India's HCL Technologies have signed a definitive joint venture agreement to form a banking software and services company addressing the multi-billion-dollar, global core banking software market.

MasterCard has shelled out $61 million to UK supermarket chain Tesco in the first of an expected wave of settlements by card schemes over interchange fee lawsuits lodged by British retailers.

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London traders have been urged to start using contactless payments as part of a £20 million fund established by City Hall to regenerate the capital's high streets.

Radical anti-establishment politician and prospective London mayoral candidate George Galloway is proposing to use the blockchain to track the capital's $17 billion budget in real time.

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Will Uber be the Uber of banking?

30 July 2015  | 2 comments | 40 tweets | 31 linkedin

The Uber of banking might well turn out to be....Uber, as the darling of the startup scene ditches banking partner Santander to set up its own car financing arm.

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MasterCard to connect Europe to Samsung Pay

30 July 2015  | 2 comments | 19 tweets | 13 linkedin

Samsung has struck a deal with MasterCard to connect European card issuers to the handset manufacturer's forthcoming mobile payments service.

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