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London Mayor warns of Hard Brexit threat to London tech hub status
Brexit

London Mayor warns of Hard Brexit threat to London tech hub status

16 February 2018  |  6070 views  |  0 comments | 14 tweets | 10 linkedin

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is repeating his call for the UK to remain a part of the EU Single Market and Customs Union as new data demonstrates the UK capital's continued appeal as a magnet for international tech talent.

KBC opens WhatsApp channel for customer questions
Retail banking

KBC opens WhatsApp channel for customer questions

16 February 2018  |  6341 views  |  0 comments | 7 tweets | 14 linkedin

Belgium's KBC Bank is offering customers the opportunity to chat with staff via a dedicated WhatsApp channel.

Natwest warns love-seeking Brits about the 'romance scam'
Security

Natwest warns love-seeking Brits about the 'romance scam'

16 February 2018  |  5669 views  |  0 comments | 3 tweets | 2 linkedin

The romantic marketing suits at UK bank Natwest have chosen to mark Valentine's Day by carrying out a psychological experiment that demonstrates how easily crooks can extract valuable personal information by exploiting our amorous desires.

Santander InnoVentures joins $25m Roostify funding round
Open APIs

Santander InnoVentures joins $25m Roostify funding round

15 February 2018  |  5824 views  |  0 comments | 6 tweets | 2 linkedin

San Francisco-based digital lending platform provider Roostify has closed a $25 million Series B financing round joined by Santander InnoVentures, Cota Capital and Point72 Ventures.

BBVA-backed digital banking startup targets gig economy workers
Retail banking

BBVA-backed digital banking startup targets gig economy workers

15 February 2018  |  7568 views  |  0 comments | 8 tweets | 12 linkedin

Azlo, a BBVA-backed digital banking platform targeting the fast-growing army of freelancers and self-employed Americans who make up the gig economy, has opened its virtual doors.

Citi and PNC invest in B2B payments outfit HighRadius
Payments

Citi and PNC invest in B2B payments outfit HighRadius

15 February 2018  |  7062 views  |  0 comments | 4 tweets | 3 linkedin

Citi Ventures and PNC have made strategic investments in business-to-business payments and receivables software provider HighRadius. Terms were not disclosed.

ABN Amro moves escrow accounts to the blockchain
Blockchain

ABN Amro moves escrow accounts to the blockchain

15 February 2018  |  11325 views  |  2 comments | 15 tweets | 13 linkedin

ABN Amro Clearing services is to offer a blockchain-based alternative to escrow accounts for money-management organisations that need to segregate and lock up client funds during the course of a transaction.

Earthport looks to DLT as first half losses double
Transaction banking

Earthport looks to DLT as first half losses double

15 February 2018  |  6472 views  |  4 comments | 4 tweets | 3 linkedin

Cross-border payments network Earthport is betting on a market upturn driven by distributed ledger technology after reporting a doubling of losses for the six month period ended 31 December 2017.

ECB launches staunch defence of cash
Payments

ECB launches staunch defence of cash

15 February 2018  |  10310 views  |  10 comments | 24 tweets | 26 linkedin

European Central Bank executive board member Yves Mersch has given a spirited defence of cash, praising its ability to facilitate privacy, equality and security, insisting there is "no viable alternative" to the humble euro banknote.

Monzo eyes Ireland as first stop for international expansion
Retail banking

Monzo eyes Ireland as first stop for international expansion

14 February 2018  |  5145 views  |  0 comments | 7 tweets | 15 linkedin

Monzo is to take advantage of EU-wide passporting arrangements and follow fellow challenger Starling to launch its app-only current account in Ireland.

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