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AMERICAN AND BRITISH spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of

The hack in the largest SIM card producer in the world, based out of the Netherlands...assume your data is never safe...welcome back to...

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GuardVest Aims to Shine a Light on Investment Fees

Like Banking disruption is not so much attacking volume but more margins of the established industry. Guard vest and FeeX are doing...

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Samsung's LoopPay: What it is, and why you should care

If you have never played with the Kickstarter funded LoopPay, the following article does a good job of explaining how it works

LoopPay is a mobile-payment system that could power Samsung's smartphone transactions in the future. Here's what we know so far. by...…

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Samsung's LoopPay: What it is, and why you should care

If you have never played with the Kickstarter funded LoopPay, the following article does a good job of explaining how it works -...

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Marketplace Lending Is Doing What Banks Can’t

A perspective what is unique on marketplace lending

Lending Club’s IPO was massively successful. Up 56% on the first day of trading. $1B of additional cash raised. That it was the first...…

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A SIMPLE MODEL FOR SMART CONTRACTS

Another great article intro into smart contracts

Everybody I ask has a different definition of a “smart contract”; Here’s mine. I hear more and more people talking about “smart...…

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Insurers prove laggards in technology race

The article makes the case of the big disruption opportunity in insurance

At a time the financial sector is racing to embrace digital technology to boost sales and drive profits, the traditionally staid...…

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Is Bitcoin Stalling?

Analysis of bitcoin accounts show that mainly used as investment and not for payments...see chart....Stellar and Ripple seem to more...

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Credible, a ‘Kayak for student loans,’ lands $2.7M for itself

10 seconds to check and get insights...fast faster!

One wonders if anything can fix the U.S. student loan system, in which many students carry massive borrowing for a credential that is...…

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FinTech Acquisition Corp. Closes $100,000,000 Initial Public Offering

The Dot com crazy-ness

A blank-check company formed for the purpose of acquiring or merging with one or more businesses or entities in the financial technology...…

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Smart contracts tutorial

Great set of tutorials on Eris on Smart contracts

Solidity tutorial part 1

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Betterment Raises Another $60 Million for Smarter Investing

With several raising significant amounts while having still 40 mln in cash in the bank you wonder whether they feel this is the perfect...

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Facebook AI Director Yann LeCun on His Quest to Unleash Deep Learning and Make Machines Smarter

Great interview on Deep Learning

IEEE Spectrum contributor Lee Gomes spoke with LeCun at his Facebook office in New York City. The following has been edited and condensed...…

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Microsoft Officially Launches Azure Machine Learning Platform

Machine Learning made available to more

You know all that big data that’s streaming into your company from sensors, customers, social media, Excel spreadsheets, and data sources...…

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The On-Demand Stack

The on demand stack...implications for Financial Service disruption can be significant...as the risk appetite for on demand are low. We...

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WorldRemit Raises $100 million – VCs Drawn to Growing Online Remittance Business

The fight for the customer in remittance: Price, Convenience and pay out flexibility!

The $580 billion remittance market is poised for greater competition, as London based WorldRemit raises $100 million from a leading...…

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A Russian cyber-security company is impressing the skeptics

Found Kaspersky Lab when it was asked by a bank to investigate why its cash machines had taken on a life of their own...now close to 1...

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Beacons are moving out of the pilot phase and helping retailers and marketers revolutionize in-store

Combining Beacons, Payments history, and geo location via phone should create massive opportunities for new sources of marketing and...

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Arming for battle against Apple Pay, Samsung buys LoopPay

The battle intensifies, question whether start-ups in domestic mobile payments have a chance of beating Samsung and Apple?

Apple Pay may have a new competitor in the mobile wallet space. LoopPay’s payment solution is essentially a souped-up phone case with...…

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Visa begins ‘aggressive’ rollout of PayPal competitor Visa Checkout, launching in 7 new markets toda

The seven new markets are: Argentina, Chile, China, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, and South Africa. And the remaining six territories are:...

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Lending Club, Small U.S. Banks Plan New Consumer-Loan Program

2015 the year we will see explosion of Lending platform partnerships to make the next "s" curve in growth

A group of small banks is teaming up with Lending Club Corp. in a joint effort to wrest a larger share of the consumer-loan market from...…

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A Rare Look Inside A Massive Bitcoin Mine

Interesting video that gives a bit more colour into the (chinese) bitcoin mining industry

Bitcoin mining is not a pretty business. It requires lots of specialized servers that are essentially unusable for normal computing and...…

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Rumors Of Robo Advisors’ Deaths Are Greatly Exaggerated

Great article showing the challenges established players have in making structural changes. On the surface it is very easy to replicate...

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A ring of cyber-crooks used an unusual trick to steal up to $1 billion from banks around the world

New style bank robberies in the digital world....at larger scale than what would fit in any bank vault

A multinational gang of cyber criminals has stolen as much as $1 billion from as many as 100 financial institutions around the world in...…

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Plato - Here’s What Google’s Doing to Counter Apple Pay

Hazzle free payments using voice avoiding tapping, typing or swiping

In order to compete with Apple Pay, it appears that Google is going back to an idea that didn’t work for Square: allowing consumers to...…

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Capital Float, An Online Lending Platform For Indian Entrepreneurs, Scoops Up $13M From Sequoia and

The next wave of P2P in emerging markets!

Capital Float, a financial tech startup that wants to make it easier for small businesses in India to get loans, has raised a $13 million...…

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Alipay users complain about red envelope promotion as battle with Tencent rages

Chinese battle among the giants!

Tencent and Alibaba, two of China’s largest internet companies, are once again locked in a battle for the hearts and minds of China’s...…

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Unbundling of Financial Services

Interesting article on the unbundling of Financial Services in distribution, manufacturing, etc. Very much believe that this will...

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Exclusive: Startup backed by Goldman, other banks may offer new research, data platform

a new Multex?

A startup backed by Wall Street banks plans to create a digital marketplace for research and data products in a potentially ambitious...…

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Student loan startup SoFi raises $200 million in Series D round

Another 1 Bn lending platform

Social Finance Inc., better known as SoFi, raised $200 million in a Series D funding round on Tuesday that values the peer-to-peer (P2P)...…

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Alibaba And Lending Club Launch Financing Program For U.S. Businesses

Interesting multiyear and exclusive partnership

Alibaba.com and peer-to-peer financing site Lending Club have inked a strategic partnership designed to get more U.S. businesses to buy...…

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Fidelity to acquire eMoney Advisor in major adviser-tech deal The Boston fund giant will acquire eM

Fidelity keeps on moving on FinTech investments, following partnership with Betterment, launched an initiative with Google Glass,...

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Millennials Are 10x More Likely to Use P2P Lenders Than the +50 Set

Nice Statistics on millenials, think this differentiation not only applies to Lending

Banks are worried about the millennial generation, and rightly so. The generation born between 1980 and 1994 is the largest of any...…

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Adviser technology is now all about the client Concentration on costs and on tech's impact on profit

Some nice examples how tech is used to enhance customer experience in advisory

Financial advisers are addressing how best to invest in technology from a fresh perspective Mr. Phillips clicked “start” as soon as...…

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Battle for mobile wallet

Good video/Slide deck on the landscape and the ongoing battle

We also cover Apple Pay, big retail, NFC, in-app payments, beacons, wearables, and much more. A brief Q&A follows the presentation, to...…

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The 'Internet of Things' Will Be The World's Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions

Bold views on IoT

The Internet of Things will be the largest device market in the world. We estimate that by 2019 it will be more than double the size of...…

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Moving deeper into the Internet of Things, Intel has acquired smart home startup Lantiq for an undis

Intel estimates that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet of Things by 2020. Samsung, which bought SmartThings for $200...

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Connected car device aims to help drivers avoid becoming a statistic

Opportunities to do smarter pricing for car insurance, either for attackers or for incumbents

Buy an expensive ride these days, and it’s no doubt packed with an array of sensors, screens, cameras, and other built-in technology. But...…

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Google now has a built-in mortgage calculator

Google expanding different elements of comparison of high value services and goods (insurance, Travel) and now mortgage comparison....

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How a Swedish soup experiment points to a better use of iBeacons

Nice use case for on and offline retargeting with use cases by linking to payments or for loyalty

Above: The soup samples. Next to them on the counter sits a small, white iBeacon. Mobile executive? VB is hosting our 5th annual...…

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'Bad Blood' Between Ripple and Stellar Aired in Tell-All Report

Interesting background read on what happened

The New York Observer has published a near 15,000-word story that takes a detailed look at the alleged historical "bad blood" between...…

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19 Crypto 2.0 Projects to Watch in 2015

As part of our 2014 recap, CoinDesk conducted a broad survey of the crypto 2.0 ecosystem to determine how the sector’s emerging...…

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Will Google Slash Allstate’s Revenue?

2015, the year Insurance disruption seems to take off...USD 50 Bn in commissions p.a

In 2013 in the U.S., agent commissions on auto, home and commercial insurance totaled $50 billion, and that could go to zero. Photo...…

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Young, Broke And Creditworthy

Like their branding towards millennials " Earnest - Loans for living lives"

After graduating from Princeton in 2003, Louis Beryl took a job in New York City trading energy derivatives. While his new employer,...…

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Cyber Insurance Demand Said Rising in Europe

Growing new market! Just wondering whether traditional insurance underwriting models make this work as different concentration risks...

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Metromile aims to fill UberX’s insurance gap

The Metronome getting more traction!

Metromile’s device in conjunction with a smartphone app can also give drivers insights into their fuel usage, engine diagnostics and even...…

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Tech firms dealing with Chinese banks face tough new rules

Security will have growing importance and "commodity tech" can be an easy access

New Chinese regulations mean that tech firms hoping to sign up the country's banks as customers will have to turn over their code, agree...…

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The Top 10 FinTech Milestones of 2014

Some nice overview of 2014 key events

2014 was the biggest year in FinTech by far with billions being invested globally, which is to be expected in a global growth sector. But...…

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Standardised APIs could aid data accessibility in UK banking within two years

Commoditization of the Banking sector continues. Expect in the next 5-10 years few utility banks and than many more specialists

UK banks could be forced to make more of the data they store accessible to consumers, rivals and new entrants to the market via...…

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Surprise! How Banks compare to #FinTech startups based on lag time for updating banking

No surprise but still shocking delta's....and than imagine if you add the real young Start-ups

Surprise! How Banks compare to #FinTech startups based on lag time for updating banking apps: http://bit.ly/1Cx3GKQ  More

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How we’re delivering on our commitments to our customers and powering the future of commerce_

.@braintree's first year w/ @PayPal: $22.8B in volume 2.8x YoY tran growth 4x mobile growth in Q4 $2.4B @venmo trans

Having completed our first full year as part of PayPal, I wanted to share an update with our customers on the progress we’ve made toward...…

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Investment banks pile into big data analytics

Goldman invests in big data analytics platform; Deutsche makes key hires in analytics and data.

Investment banks have been laggards with big data and analytics, but there are signs they are throwing more resources and capital at a...…

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ICICI Twitter banking puts all customers at risk

Interesting overview of the security risks

ICICI Bank’s new Twitter based service is poorly thought through because it really does not require two-factor authentication, as the...…

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Facebook Payments Continues to Plod Along

Some good facts on Facebook payments

Facebook turned in ho-hum payments performance last quarter, even as it was the first quarter with payments wonk David Marcus under...…

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Post Office launches offensive on banking industry Post Office Money aims to exploit 11,500-strong b

This might actually help some of their banks to radically become more profitable if others pick up the "face to face" customers. With...

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The FinTech 50

The FinTech 50 of 2015:

Adyen

Algomi

BehavioSec

Blockchain

BUX

Byhiras

Calastone

Commuter Club

Credit...

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The biggest banking challenge is leadership

And the challenge will only continue with pressure on compensation, ongoing cost cutting focus, etc.

Those three barriers are regulations, legacy and culture. The three barriers are intertwined in a vicious circle.  Regulations stop...…

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Strategic choices for banks in the digital age Consumers around the world are quickly adopting digit

Seems cutting cost and using digital as a way to radically simplify is not a choice but a must each bank needs to have.

If the last epoch in retail banking was defined by a boom-to-bust expansion of consumer credit, the current one will be defined by...…

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Google Ventures introduces a site and book to help make your startup’s product better in 5 days

AI replacing accelerators and incubators?

Are you putting together a startup based on a weird idea you had while drinking with friends? Well if you are, you should check out...…

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Google brings e-mail money transfer system to Europe

Following mixed results in the US curious what will happen in Uk with Google Wallet

Google is rolling out its e-mail-based money transfer system in the UK, almost two years after the feature was first released in the US....…

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