Morning Brief 4.23.20: Facebook's $5.7B Reliance bet could help its Indian payments goals

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E-commerce kicker

Facebook has agreed to pay $5.7 billion to acquire about 10% of Reliance Industry's digital arm in India, a move designed to boost Facebook's local presence. It could also advance the social network's payment and merchant activities.

The deal will give Facebook a stake in Jio Platforms, which includes Reliance's news, movie and music apps, reports Reuters. It also includes a yet-to-be-launched retail venture, JioMart, which will be integrated with Facebook's WhatsApp messenger. WhatsApp has about 400 million users in India

Facebook could use WhatsApp to boost JioMart's retail and transaction technology, helping Facebook compete with Amazon and Walmart, two U.S. retail giants which are investing billions of dollars to build a presence in India. WhatsApp is also part of Facebook's mobile payments strategy in India and other markets.

PPP's growing suppliers

The Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program is drawing fintechs eager to serve as a rail to push funds quickly to small businesses shut during the coronavirus pandemic.

Merchant acquirers are also jumping in. Fattmerchant, for example, has partnered with small-business software company Womply to streamline lending. The collaboration gives Fattmerchant a license to facilitate PPP applications, connecting businesses with SBA-certified lending.

The partnership also includes help for businesses in putting together applications.


Ripple claims YouTube failed to disable scams that impersonated CEO Brad Garlinghouse offering to give out XRP cryptocurrency.

The blockchain company claims the fake offers harmed its brand and YouTube did not prevent the fraud from occurring on its platform, reports Finextra.

The promotions didn't even appear to offer "free" crypto, but instead offered XRP in exchange for an initial payment. One part of the scam resulted in $15,000 in stolen funds, Ripple alleges, while claiming total losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

CU Apple

Apple Pay has added The Federal Association of Volksbank and Raiffeisenbank in Germany, a substantial addition since it adds a consortium of more than 1,000 credit unions and other financial institutions.

These institutions will boost Apple Pay's addressable market in Germany by more than 30 million, reports 9to5mac.

Apple earlier made a deal with Worldline to supply most of Germany's point of sale terminals with NFC technology. The news comes as Germany starts to reopen some of its businesses following a coronavirus lockdown.

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New York payments startup exposed millions of credit card numbers
TECHCRUNCH | Wed April 22, 2020
A massive database, which belongs to Paay, storing millions of credit card transactions has been secured after spending close to three weeks exposed publicly to the internet.

Fintech firms race to plug gaps in UK’s coronavirus relief measures
CNBC | Thu April 23, 2020
U.K. fintech firms have been pushing for approvals to provide emergency business loans introduced by the government.

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