Contactless payment technology is migrating from the plastic card to high street jewellery and watch brands under deals agreed by Barclays with DCK Group and Tappy Technologies.
Japan's Mizuho says it has successfully completed trials that used distributed ledger technology for cross-border document sharing and a custom digital currency.
Indian telco Bharti Airtel has acquired a stake in fintech loan startup Seynse Technologies.
Bank of America has become the first member of the US bank-backed Zelle network to roll out its P2P payments functionality.
UK challenger bank Starling has been experimenting with Google Home, integrating its API with the smart speaker to enable users to carry out balance queries and payments through voice commands.
BNY Mellon is looking to staff up a new team with a mandate to investigate business disruptive emerging technologies such as blockchain, AI and robotics.
The European Banking Authority is to relax proposed rules on a requirement for strong customer authentication for all payments under EUR10, after being on the receiving end of a volley of complaints from industry participants who claimed that the mandate would lead to more declined transactions and abandoned purchases at the checkout.
Ant Financial's bid to create a globe-straddling payments behemoth continues with a $200 million investment in Kakao Pay, a soon-to-be launched mobile finance subsidiary from South Korean m-commerce platform Kakao.
Money transmission scheme TransferWise is joining the chatbot revolution, creating an interface to Facebook Messenger to help users set up transfers from the US, UK, Canada, Australia or Europe.
Visa has opened its largest innovation centre to date in London, with the aim of hosting partners and clients from across Europe to collaborate on new ways to pay.
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