Qatar-based Commercial Bank has carried out a pilot using blockchain technology to complete international fund transfers with partner banks and now plans to extend its testing to trade finance.
Having lost its bitter Apple Pay battle, Australia's Westpac has signed up to support a rival NFC mobile payments service from Samsung.
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared Mastercard's £700 million acquisition of Vocalink after the card giant promised to take steps to address the watchdog's concerns.
Visa is bringing its Everywhere Initiative to Europe, dangling a EUR50,000 prize in front of fintech startups, inviting them to pitch ideas that link digital payments with local communities and travel.
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has teamed up with local banks and the R3 consortium to explore the creation of a central bank digital currency.
Minecraft, the hugely popular sandbox video game owned by Microsoft, is introducing its own currency for a new marketplace of add-ons built by third-party developers.
Facebook has revamped its AI assistant for Messenger, M, letting it butt into conversations about payments to offer help with sending and requesting money.
A strong line-up of challenger banks, established banks and fintech startups will take to the podium at Finextra's forthcoming NextGen banking event in London on 9 May to debate the disruptive forces reshaping the banking sector.
Payments processor Stripe is inviting US firms to take advantage of Atlas, its service which helps entrepreneurs get incorporated, open a bank account and start accepting payments.
International standards body ISO has rolled out a new set of specifications for mobile banking aimed at promoting financial inclusion.
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