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High street Amazon
Amazon's aggressive moves to use its technology to disrupt traditional retail have reached the U.K., where the e-commerce giant plans to open a series of pop-up stores to sell products such as housewares, electronics and food.

The stores will also include Amazon Lockers to receive e-commerce orders, reports The Guardian, adding the pop-up stores are also designed to give Amazon's online sellers easier access to physical retail.

Amazon's other U.K. retail moves include opening cashierless Amazon Go locations as other retailers such as Sainsburys deploy their own versions of the concept.
SMB credit
eBay and fintech app Asto are collaborating on small-business loans in the U.K., picking up on a trend among technology firms to use payment data to support lending.

eBay sales, payment and cash flow data will support lending decisions, reports the Financial Times.

PayPal and Square also offer lending for small businesses as an alternative to banks, using payment data as a way to vet borrowers.

Medical breach

An issue with a billing vendor has caused a breach at Quest Diagnostics, one of the largest blood-testing services in the U.S., potentially exposing the records of up to 12 million consumers.

The breach affects personal, financial and medical information, reports NBC, adding the breach took place between August 1, 2018 and March 30, 2019. A person had unauthorized access to AMCA, a bill collection vendor, reports NBC, citing Quest's filing with regulators.

While the information included credit card numbers, bank account numbers and general medical information, lab test results were not exposed.

Utility coin
Barclays, Nasdaq and UBS have invested about $75 million in a venture that's building a asset-based digital cash instrument on a distributed ledger.

Called Fnality International, it will issue a Utility Settlement Coin, completing work that began in 2015 when UBS pitched a Utility Settlement Coin to streamline cross-border payments, reports Finextra.

The venture will create digital versions of Canadian dollars, U.S. dollars, euros, Pounds and Yen. These currencies will be backed by traditional currencies. Other banks such as BNY Mellon, ING, Sumitomo, MUFG Bank, Lloyds and State Street are also backing Fnality.

From the Web

Square Sends Millions of Digital Receipts, Sometimes to the Wrong Person
The Wall Street Journal | Tue June 4, 2019 - Square has forwarded receipts documenting transactions as mundane as a cup of coffee and as sensitive as an obstetrician’s visit to people who were uninvolved in the purchases. In some cases, neither the purchaser nor the recipient could say why Square sent receipts to the people it did.

Tink, the European open banking platform, announces PayPal as a strategic investor
TechCrunch | Mon June 3, 2019 - Tink, the European open banking platform that recently raised €56 million in new funding, is disclosing that PayPal has become a strategic investor. The online payments giant joins a long list of existing backers that includes U.S.-based Insight Venture Partners, Sunstone, SEB, Nordea Ventures and ABN AMRO Digital Impact Fund.

How Mastercard Is Trying to Put Cash Out of Business
Fortune | Mon June 3, 2019 - Mastercard wants the world to stop paying with paper money—but that doesn’t necessarily mean paying with a plastic credit card. While swiping a card or scanning a mobile app are more popular payment methods in the United States, cash still accounts for 30% of U.S. transactions.

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