Produced by the editors of PaymentsSource, American Banker and Bank Technology News, Disruptors is a news and analysis feed focused on ideas, people and companies that have the potential to transform banking and financial services.
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11 Noteworthy Uses of Biometrics in Payments
Biometric technology could eliminate the need to carry a payment card or even a smartphone by allowing users to authorize payments with a fingerprint, handprint, face or retina scan. But the technology has had a rocky past, and each new product comes with new quirks.
11 Noteworthy Uses of Biometrics in Payments
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Walmart Launches Money Transfer Service, with Limits
PaymentsSource
Walmart's new "Walmart-2-Walmart" transfer service will enable consumers to send money to each other by using the retail chain's store network. more »
In Pictures: Mobile's War on Interchange
PaymentsSource
Mobile wallets and mobile point of sale systems have tried many tactics to win over merchants by cutting costs. Some vendors have been extremely inventive in how they push cheaper payment options. more »
Why a Currency Based on an Internet Joke Should Be Taken Seriously
PaymentsSource
More companies are accepting "altcoins" such as Litecoin and Dogecoin in addition to the more common Bitcoin, showing that even silly currencies based on Internet memes can open merchants to new markets of consumers. more »
Bank Technology News
Online small business lender Kabbage has received $270 million in financing from institutional investors. more »
In Pictures: Walmart's Aggressive Moves in Payments
PaymentsSource
Walmart has long been as much a force in financial services as it has been in retail. Here are some of ways Walmart and its executives have shaped - and challenged - the payments industry. more »
Square Adds Bitcoin Support for Online Marketplace
PaymentsSource
Square merchants who sell in the online Square Market can now accept payments in Bitcoin. more »
6 Major Course Corrections of Mobile Wallets
PaymentsSource
Even the biggest success stories in mobile payments have skeletons in their closets. But each company learned from its mistakes and was quick to adapt. more »
Ex-Walmart Finance Exec Jane Thompson Joins VeriFone Board
PaymentsSource
Retail and consumer financial services veteran Jane J. Thompson has become a member of the VeriFone Systems Inc. board of directors, the terminal manufacturer announced March 26. more »
As Bitcoin Companies Mature, More Take Talent from the Mainstream
PaymentsSource
Bitcoin companies are getting more recognition as serious contenders, and as they grow they are filling their ranks with people who established their careers in the mainstream payments industry. more »
Bitcoin Startup Raises Another $17M, Debuts Consumer Service
Bank Technology News
Circle Internet Financial, a startup aiming to make the digital currency Bitcoin more user-friendly for merchants and consumers, has raised another $17 million, bringing its total funding to $26 million. more »
7 Big Payment Ideas from Small Businesses
PaymentsSource
Innovation can come from unlikely places. Five years ago, few would have guessed that the most widely available mobile wallets would be developed by companies like Starbucks and Google, which built their names in completely different fields. Several more disruptors are joining the scene, with even weirder origins. more »
Starbucks: Mobile App Now Used in 14% of U.S. Payments
PaymentsSource
Starbucks now gets 14% of its in-store U.S. payments from its mobile app, the company reported at its annual shareholder meeting today. This indicates a steady increase since June 2013, when it received 10% of U.S. payments through its mobile app. more »
The Most Influential Women in Payments, 2014
PaymentsSource
These 20 women have reached impressive heights in a traditionally male dominated industry and have played a vital role in helping their organizations stay ahead of the curve. more »
An Obsession with Strategy Is Killing Bank Innovation
Bank Technology News
Innovation requires the ability to tinker, test, break and repeat. Strategy and its close derivatives increase and delay the cost of failure. Business cases, focus groups, market analysis and roadshows, among other things, divert resources and defer action. more »

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