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Visa's tech 'boot camp' in Africa: Visa is partnering with Nest, a Hong Kong-based venture capital firm, to operate a financial technology boot camp in Nairobi, according to Disrupt Africa. The partners are on the lookout for developers with programs that can boost financial inclusion, P-to-P or merchant payments — all key elements of building a financial services ecosystem in a developing market. The top firms will have access to APIs and will be able to pitch Nest for funding and resources. Like a lot of established financial services companies, Visa has been gradually opening its technology over the past year to external sources to diversify and speed innovation.
Pebble shuts down: Wearable technology pioneer Pebble is shutting down as Fitbit absorbs the company, Pebble announced, confirming a deal that had been rumoured for weeks. Pebble did not disclose terms of the Fitbit deal, and it did not provide details on staffing, though it did say many of its staff would be going Fitbit. Supported mostly by crowdfunding, Pebble was considered a lower-cost alternative to Apple Watch. Fitbit has been accumulating technology to position it to accept payments, most notably acquiring Coin's Near Field Communications technology as part of Coin's diversification beyond its original strategy of selling cards that store multiple payment accounts.
Discount Brazilian card draws VC funding: Brazil's in the midst of an economic crisis, but alternative financial technology startup Nubank has drawn $80 million in new funding, according to TechCrunch. DST Global led the round, putting Nubank in the company of Klarna, Lending Club, Slack and Alibaba, which are also in DST's portfolio.Nubank's primary product is a discount (the company calls it "no fee") credit card that is managed only through a mobile app. The startup told TechCrunch it would use the new funds to hire more staff and diversify its product range.
EU falls behind on payment specs: The European Banking Authority may not meet its timetable for standards designed to protect new retail payment technology. Finextra reports the authority has been overwhelmed with comment on the Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) for the Payments Services Directive (PSD2). The authority is supposed to have 11 of these new standards ready, and thus far has completed only four. The challenge should sound familiar; the authority reports it's having a hard time reconciling the need to improve authentication specifications while encouraging open communication between payment companies, merchants and banks to drive mobile commerce and other payment innovation.
From the Web (powered by Wiser)
Android Pay FAQ: Everything you need to know about Google's mobile payment system
CIO • Derek Walter
The promise of mobile payments is that you’ll never need your wallet again. Just a tap on the payment terminal with your smartphone will get you everything from movie tickets to groceries. In reality, we’re nowhere near ubiquity when it comes to.
The Bumpy Road To Mobile Payments
MediaPost • Chuck Martin
Mobile payments just can't catch a break. At first, a long lag was created when Apple held off adopting near field communication technology until its later models, when it finally introduced Apple Pay. Then the market had to wait for retailers to.
Should your business adopt mobile payments?
www.techrepublic.com • Alison Denisco
One-third of consumers expect mobile money will dominate payments within a decade, yet merchants have been slow to catch up. Here's why you should consider mobile payments, and how to get started.
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