MoneyGram and Western Union have both launched bots that lets customers in the US send money transfers to tens of thousands of locations around the world through Facebook Messenger.
Ant Financial has increased its bid to buy MoneyGram by 36%, to around $1.2 billion, in an effort to fight off competition from Euronet.
Consumers in the US will soon be able to use PayPal in Android Pay to make purchases at retailers in-store, in-app and online.
The American bank-backed Zelle network processed 170 million person-to-person payments last year boasting an aggregate transaction volume of $55 billion, more than double that of PayPal-owned rival Venmo.
Both Swift and EastNets have denied reports that the US National Security Agency accessed a backdoor to the bank network to plant spyware and monitor data traffic from a number of Middle East banks.
Ripple has stepped up its rivalry with Swift, poaching Marjan Delatinne, who had been business director at the messaging network's new gpi programme - an offering Ripple has loudly trashed.
Google has teamed up with several banks - including BofA - to let customers add cards to Android Pay from within their apps.
At a government-backed conference designed to trumpet the UK as a post-Brexit fintech powerhouse, the CEO of Transferwise went off-message, suggesting startups should avoid London and confirming that his own firm will move its European headquarters to the mainland.
In its latest foray outside of China, Ant Financial has teamed up with Indonesia's Emtek Group on a mobile payments and financial services joint venture.
Swift has unveiled a real-time payment controls service designed to help banks spot fraudulent messages and avoid a repeat of the infamous Bangladesh Bank attack.
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