Morning Brief 6.24.20: 7-Eleven adds perks for voice and contactless payments

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7-Eleven has launched a fuel loyalty program that uses contactless payments and Siri voice commands with pilots in Dallas, Orlando and Virginia.

The feature is available on Siri shortcuts on the iPhone or the 7Rewards app. The chain is trying to encourage a contactless customer experience and is offering discounts for using the app and voice technology.

Gas stations are ramping up use of voice-enabled payments, with Exxon and Mobil adding Alexa voice transactions at stations starting earlier this year.

Phishing fight

Telcos Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio are blaming Paytm for phishing attacks, escalating the legal battle between the firms over payment fraud.

The telcos contend the scammers used victims' names, emails, transaction history and data, meaning the crooks had access to Paytm's platform, reports Economic Times in India.

Paytm sued the telcos over the payment attacks earlier this year, contending some consumers lost more than the equivalent of $13,000.

Signature move

Signature Bank has launched its blockchain-based digital payments platform on the Fireblocks Network in an effort to improve management for digital assets.

The Fireblocks integration is designed to improve security and speed processing during settlements of cryptocurrency and traditional currency transactions. Fireblocks is a platform that powers moving, storing and issuing digital assets.

Signature recently added an API to help businesses and developers to connect with Signet, a tokenized representation of U.S. dollars that facilitates instant settlement.

ID prescription

Pharmacy ID and mobile biometric firm Ipsidy are partnering to build a digital ID for a network of more than 2,500 pharmacies in Australia that will also be interoperable for other purposes.

PharmacyID will combine its in-person verification with Ipsidy's facial "selfie" biometric and digital onboarding system to create an authentication method that will be available to ride-sharing apps and other merchants.

The combination could help advance digital ID in Australia by creating a way for different businesses to share the same authentication method.

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