6.11.18 Your morning briefing
The information you need to start your day, from PaymentsSource and around the Web:
National Australia Bank and Commonwealth Bank of Australia have shut their career pages after a breach at job site PageUp compromised authentication details and personal information.
It's a particularly dangerous breach, since authentication details often overlap from one relationship to another, so the crooks could gain access to other user accounts. The breach also impacted myriad Australian companies and the nation's central bank, with most clients shutting their job portals as a result, reports IBSintelligence.
PageUp said it's responding to and investigating the breach, adding that its job site is still safe to use and employment contracts signed through the job site are handled separately.
By the sea
American Express is collaborating with Parley for the Oceans to develop a payment card that's made entirely out of recycled plastic that has been harvested from the ocean.
The card is a prototype that will be tested and made available over the next 12 months. The card is part of a "green" initiative for card products, though Amex also plans to use the initiative as part of a marketing campaign.
Amex also plans to reduce the amount of "virgin plastic" it uses in all of its card products as part of the campaign.
That creates a market opportunity for Kamba, an Angolan startup that has launched a mobile wallet that allows people to send funds to each other, or to make online payments through a QR code.
Further Africa reports about 29% of Angolans have access to banking services, so the startup is working through local carriers, similar to other early mobile money systems in parts of Africa.
While blockchain is advancing in Italy for interbank transfers, the government's not ready to go all the way to digital currency.
Fabio Panetta, the deputy governor of the Bank of Italy, said central banks at this time are not equipped to handle government-issued virtual currencies, reports Coindesk.
Panetta based his view on the lack of a tangible asset to back the virtual currency.
From the Web
PayPal's Power Play to Capture Payment Processing Industry
The Motley Fool | Fri June 8, 2018 - PayPal Holdings Inc. went to market and made another merchant-related acquisition. That's right, within weeks of acquiring iZettle, the European-based payment processing company that caters to small merchants, PayPal made another acquisition that augments the overall package it can offer merchants looking for its services.
Africa Roundup: African startup investments turn to fintech this winter season
TechCrunch | Sun June 10, 2018 - Forty-seven and a half million dollars is a big commitment to African technology companies — even with the recent uptick in VC investment on the continent. But for the Kenyan-based fintech firm Cellulant, whose digital payments platform processed 7 million transactions worth $350 million across 33 African countries in the last month alone, raising that amount in a series C round led by TPG Growth’s Rise Fund just makes sense.
China’s fintech companies are exporting AI and big data to Asia’s ‘laggard’ banking markets
South China Morning Post | Sat June 9, 2018 - In the past decade “going global” often described the ambition of Chinese bricks-and-mortar enterprises to expand overseas. Today, Chinese fintech companies say “going global” has also become their top priority.
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