Square is strengthening its presence in online commerce through a deal with Eventbrite which will see Jack Dorsey's firm process payments for, and make a $25 million investment in, the event ticketing outfit.
Mastercard has teamed up with crystal seller Swarovski on a virtual reality app that immerses shoppers in a "home" where they can browse and purchase items using Masterpass.
European banks under siege from digital challengers and sophisticated cyber attackers could face some relief from a possible change in accounting rules that will enable them to spend more on new software.
JPMorgan Chase, the biggest bank in the US, has been awarded a patent for the technology that allows mobile applications that talk to each other, attracting criticism from the tech and intellectual property community that believe the process is so commonplace in today's smartphones that no single company, least of all a bank, can lay claim to the patent.
Russia has stepped up its plans to exploit the potential of distributed ledger technology (DLT) with the announcement that state-owned bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) is to open a blockchain research centre in Moscow.