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A senior executive at the European Central Bank has spoken out about the potential damage to financial market integration from the haphazard uptake of distributed ledger technologies by the Bloc's banks.

Square has moved to address merchant and consumer frustration with sluggish EMV transactions in the US by slashing the speed of its chip card reader by a quarter. Meanwhile, Jack Dorsey's firm has launched the latest version of its hardware - which accepts contactless payments - in Australia.

Idea Bank, a Polish lender focussed on small businesses, is boasting that the free office facilities that it provides entrepreneurs have proved so popular that it is being forced to close them to non-customers.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has fined Merrill Lynch $12.5 million for ineffective trading controls which led to a series of "mini-flash crashes".

Working under the R3 banner, a gang of eight banks have successfully tested a distributed ledger prototype for bond transactions using Intel technology.

The Chicago Board Options Exchange has agreed a blockbuster deal to acquire Bats Global Markets for $3.2 billion using a mixture of cash and stocks.

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Led by former Deutsche and Barclays, Swift, Barclaycard and Gain Capital Payments seniors, Form3 Financial Cloud is promising full payments and banking functionality through a single API platform on a pay-as-you-go basis.

PayPal and Lenovo team on biometric authentication for laptops
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PayPal and Lenovo team on biometric authentication for laptops

26 September 2016  | 0 comments | 12 tweets | 14 linkedin

PayPal is teaming up with electronics manufacturer Lenovo and chip maker Intel to let users authenticate payments on their PCs with a fingerprint.

BNP Paribas is working with clients on blockchain deployment
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BNP Paribas is working with clients on blockchain deployment

26 September 2016  | 0 comments | 11 tweets | 26 linkedin

BNP Paribas says it has entered 'co-development mode' with clients to pilot a number of blockchain applications for transaction banking, after embarking on a collaborative process during its ‘Blockchain Bizhackathon’ earlier this year.

US gets same day ACH
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US gets same day ACH

23 September 2016  | 0 comments | 22 tweets | 18 linkedin

America is finally getting faster payments, with Nacha launching the first phase of same day ACH, speeding up credit transactions to all bank accounts.

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