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The big 30
Apple Pay is set to launch in Saudi Arabia, the app's 30th market, with a launch following in Germany shortly, according to MacRumors.

After a slow start relative to its buzz, Apple Pay has been expanding quickly over the past few months, adding markets and winning over long-time merchant holdouts.
Great outdoors
NCR has received EMV contactless certification for its NCR OPTIC terminal, which is designed for outdoor deployment at gas stations and convenience stores.

The move will help NCR push EMV technology for U.S. gas stations, which face a 2020 liability shift date that's similar to the 2015 deadline for other companies.

While gas stations have more complex payment systems than most other retailers, many merchants and processors predict the gas EMV migration will be smoother due to new payment technology introduced since 2015.

Smart city card
ICICI Bank has entered a partnership with the Bhubaneswar and Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd. to offer a card that will support various payments.

The card will cover property taxes, water bills, parking and license fees for businesses in Bhubaneswar, the largest city in the Indian state of Odisha. The card can also support retail and e-commerce payments.

Other cities, such as Chicago, have also adopted digital payments as a gateway to broader automation for building access and authentication.

California outlaws dumb passwords
California has passed a law banning a range of obvious default passwords, such as 1234, or "password," or "admin," on new connected devices starting in 2020.

The state will mandate all devices have a means to require users to generate distinct authentication, reports TechCrunch.

That will make it harder to spread malware and DDoS attacks, which often hurt financial institutions and payment companies and rely on basic insecure passwords to gain access to devices.

From the Web

Can Blockchain Really Bust Through Its Barriers In The Payment Space?
Forbes | Mon October 8, 2018 - Many of the pioneering cryptocurrencies leave much to be desired in payments. Transactions can take minutes and even hours to confirm. Most cryptocurrencies are also too volatile to use by businesses.

Klarna raises $20M from H&M, will build financing and payment services for the fashion retailer
TechCrunch | Mon October 8, 2018 - As more traditional brick-and-mortar retailers look to capitalise on the growth of e-commerce and mobile to compete against the likes of Amazon, fintech startups are reaping the rewards. In the latest development, Klarna, the payments startup out of Sweden that helps online shoppers arrange for financing at the point of sale, has picked up $20 million from H&M, the fashion retailer with 4,800 stores in 70 markets.

Dubai to Launch Blockchain Payments with State Digital Currency ‘emCash’
CCN | Mon October 8, 2018 - Dubai residents will soon have the means to make payments for school fees, bills and other retail purchases with emCash, a state-developed blockchain-based digital currency. The UAE’s first official credit bureau – emCredit – under the Dubai Department of Economic Development is pushing its official blockchain-encrypted state digital currency emCash for wider adoption by rolling out point-of-sale (PoS) devices at government storefronts across Dubai.

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How migrant markets are paying off for U.K. fintechs
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Singtel launches cross-border mobile payments alliance to rival Alipay
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Circle to buy SeedInvest to help startups raise cash with crypto
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