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A pilot with no pilot
Google is expanding drone deliveries with a test starting in the next few weeks in Helsinki, following a previous test in Canberra, Australia.

The deployment is limited to a few neighborhoods and items from a pair of supermarkets with a focus on a densely populated part of Helsinki, reports TechCrunch.

Amazon, Worldpay and JD.com have also tested drone delivery, which is considered in the early stages, tough with enough demand and "last mile" need to draw investment. There have also been drone delivery services in China.
Spend with Pays Spend has launched a digital wallet that's designed to support cryptocurrency payments via Apple Pay, with Google Pay soon to follow.

Users can add a physical Spend Visa card to the Apple Wallet app, or can add a virtual card by pressing the Add to Apple Wallet icon.

Like most cryptocurrency payment plays, Spend converts the crypto to traditional currency before the merchant accepts the transaction.

Subscription funds
Minna's subscription management technology has drawn about $8 million in Series A funding from the Zenith Group, Visa and Swedbank.

The Swedish fintech will use the funding to expand to new countries, with a focus on banks that are looking for third-party integrations for subscription management as open banking takes hold in the PSD2 era.

Subscription payments have increased in popularity over the past couple of years, leading e-commerce companies and fintechs to pour funds into the market.

Recruiting
Tokyo's government is soliciting non-Japanese fintechs to apply for an accelerator program that will provide access to Japanese financial services and transaction processors.

The accelerator is part of Tokyo's effort to draw more fintechs that do not have a presence in Japan, reports Finextra.

The startups that are accepted will get office space, mentoring sessions with Japanese banks and networking with IT companies, small businesses and technology investors.

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Lack of Banking Options a Big Problem for Crypto Businesses
The Wall Street Journal | Fri May 17, 2019 - Banks, wary of the drug dealers and scammers attracted to the anonymity of cryptocurrency, shun many of the firms behind the electronic money, leaving them to turn to shadowy middlemen for payment processing and other financial services.

After breach, Stack Overflow says some user data exposed
TechCrunch | Fri May 17, 2019 - After disclosing a breach, Stack Overflow has confirmed some user data was accessed. The developer knowledge sharing site confirmed a breach of its systems, resulting in unauthorized access to production systems — the front-facing servers that actively power the site.

Money transfers in seconds. A start-up that is trying to usurp Western Union and shake up the $689 billion money transfer market
CNBC | Sat May 18, 2019 - London-based TransferWise handles $5 billion a month in money remittances across 71 countries. The flow of money between individuals across national boundaries totaled $689 billion last year and has benefited companies like Western Union and Moneygram.

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