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Casting call
JPMorgan Chase is hiring a blockchain delivery manager, signaling an acceleration in the bank's work with distributed ledger technology.

According to JPMorgan Chase's LinkedIn posting, the bank is looking for someone with experience in payments, trade finance, fund services, loans and securities, and the person will drive the development of use cases for distributed ledgers.

The new executive will work out of the bank's blockchain development unit in Brooklyn, which built Quorum, the private blockchain JPMorgan Chase uses to support transactions within a dedicated group of parties.
Larger and faster
Elavon has directly connected to the U.K.'s Faster Payments Service, joining a group of about two dozen fintechs, banks and mortgage lenders that have passed muster with the U.K.'s security and regulatory standards for the service.

Elavon, which is a subsidiary of U.S. Bank, will enable merchants to receive funds in their U.K. accounts in real time, as opposed to the traditional three-day processing period.

The company will be able to support transactions of about $300,000, a move that could further improve its cash flow.

Another year, another...
Abine, which manages the Blur password manager and online privacy service DeleteMe, reports a data breach has impacted about 2.4 million Blur users.

ZDNet reports the breach was discovered when a researcher found a file that contained sensitive information about Blur users.

Abine told ZDNet the breach did not expose credit card autofill information and passwords for stored accounts.

Door to door
As Uber seeks to add merchant support by tapping the expanding demand for food delivery, an emerging rival is adding self-driving cars to the mix.

Cruise, GM's self-driving car subsidiary, is partnering with DoorDash to offer deliveries in San Francisco via driverless cars. The companies may also add grocery delivery, reports TechCrunch.

The food delivery program comes as Cruise plans to debut a ride hailing app for self-driving cars during 2019.

From the Web

Challenger bank Monzo has quietly begun working on a U.S. launch
TechCrunch | Fri January 4, 2018 - Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank with more than a million customers and a unicorn valuation to boot, has quietly began working on a U.S. launch. According to multiple sources, the fintech startup has set up a small team to begin laying the ground work to bring a version of Monzo to North America, which will initially be powered by a U.S. banking partner while Monzo works on the necessarily regulatory licenses to go it alone.

Paying Taxes in Bitcoin: Retailer Overstock Says It Will Pay Ohio Using Digital Money
Fortune | Thu January 3, 2018 - On Thursday, the online retailer Overstock announced it would pay a part of its Ohio state business tax using the famous digital currency. The move comes after the state last fall unveiled a first-of-its-kind payment portal called OhioCrypto, which lets companies remit taxes using cryptocurrency.

Waiting time for payments to businesses lengthens
The Irish Times | Thu January 3, 2018 - Businesses in Ulster are the slowest to get paid across Ireland, according to a new survey that shows it can take up to 70 days for companies there to receive payment. The ISME study shows payment time for Irish companies generally has widened from 55 to 59 days on average since last August with businesses working in manufacturing and construction waiting the longest on payment.

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