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Brexit's fintech fallout: Venture capital being put into the U.K.'s financial technology sector dropped sharply in 2016, falling to $783 million from $1.2 billion in 2015, Finextra reports. The wire service attributes the dip largely to the summer's Brexit vote, citing the Pitch Book for Innovate Finance, which compiled the numbers. Innovate Finance noted global financial technology investment increased 11% year over year, reaching $17.4 billion. China was the top country, with $7.7 billion, while the U.S. was third at $6.2 billion.The U.K. has scheduled an international financial technology conference in April to attract more investment in London's financial technology hub.
Caixa goes to the bots: One of the first banks to use the mobile phone agnostic payment technology Host Card Emulation, CaixaBank is now diving headlong into bots to power rewards, special offers and other merchant services. The bank's mobile-only unit, ImaginBank, has launched a chatbot, focusing on special offers to users of Facebook Messenger. Finextra reports the service includes more than 100 offers, primarily loyalty deals for restaurants, leisure activities, travel, hotels and cultural events, and consumers can ask the chatbot directly to find offers in a specific area, or make a request via a written message. Consumers can also sign up for notifications and can access ATM locator maps.
Polish regulators score an own goal: A group of banks in Poland have been infected with malware that reportedly came from the country's own government. According to the U.K. Register, local banks recently noticed suspicious activity and unauthorized files on their computers. The problem stems from the servers at the Polish Financial Supervision Authority, where a local file was compromised and malware was installed. The Register reports malicious information was shared among 20 banks in Poland, making it the largest web attack ever executed on the Polish financial system. No personal account information has been found to be compromised, according to the Polish government, which is continuing its investigation.
Have funding, will travel: Finnish Business-to-Business e-commerce startup Enterpay has drawn funding from NFT Ventures to fuel an international expansion, reports Good News from Finland. Terms of the funding were not disclosed, and Enterpay intends to use the funding to expand to other countries, hoping to bring automation to a market that often still relies on manual payment processing. The Finland-based company provides merchant services that more closely resemble a consumer e-commerce platform, including real-time purchases with no preregistration required, relying instead on digital invoicing. Its strategy also involves collaborating with banks to build a market presence.
From the Web (powered by Wiser)
How Are Mobile Owners Making Purchases Using Their Devices?
Marketing Charts, Stats, Facts & Trends • Marketingcharts Staff
Some 78% of mobile media users surveyed last year across 9 countries reported having made a purchase using their mobile phone during the prior 6 months, according a Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) study.
Bill Clerico's WePay Out To Build Category Defining Payment Platform
Forbes • Bruce Rogers, Forbes Staff
Bill Clerico and a buddy, then in their early 20s, created a digital system to make it easy for friends to collect money from each other when splitting the dinner check, collecting rent, or dispersing payments from a ski trip. They would...
MTN Ghana Introduces ‘MTN Yello Save’ with Fidelity Bank
Mobile World • Akin Naphtal
MTN Ghana has partnered Fidelity Bank to introduce another mobile money innovation that allows customers to send money directly from their MTN mobile wallets into a Fidelity account for savings. The innovative product dubbed “MTN Yello Save.".
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