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Merchant Grab
Asian ride sharing app Grab has been even more aggressive than its American rival Uber in adding merchant services, marketing and financial products to its flagship ride-hailing service.

In a new move, Grab has entered a strategic partnership with Fave, payment and marketing company, to accelerate the onboarding of merchants for GrabFood and GrabPay in Singapore and Malaysia, linking these Grab features to Fave's merchant network.

Later in October, Fave plans to expand its platform by adding support for GrabPay's complete digital wallet. These integrations will enable marketing and point-based reward systems for these merchants through Grab.
Russian interference
Russian intelligence officers used cryptocurrencies to hide payments for a disinformation campaign, the U.S. government alleges.

The U.S. Department of Justice alleges the conspirators purchased hacking equipment, using fake names and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. The hackers were allegedly using this equipment to disrupt investigations into athletic doping.

The DoJ says it was able to track the payments because of some overlap in the devices used to make payments and the computer equipment used for hacking.

Philippine fintech picks up VC support
KKR and Tencent have taken a $175 million stake in Voyager Innovations, a Philippine-based technology company that sells a variety of products for mobile money, digital payments and remittances.

It's one of the largest technology deals in the history of the Philippines, reports DealStreetAsia, and it positions KKR and Tencent to expand in the region.

The investment adds to existing VC that's flowing into the Filipino payment technology market, including Ant Financial's investment in Mynt in 2017.

Light bill
Mobile payments and mobile technology in general are expanding in South Africa and Mastercard is trying to take advantage by pushing mobile billing payments.

The card brand is introducing a Masterpass-connected app that supports prepaid utility, traffic costs, television bills, and other recurring payments, reports Africa Business Communities Tech.

The service covers about 450 bill issuers, more than 40 traffic agencies and 80 municipalities.

From the Web

Global payments firms to urge finance minister Arun Jaitley to ease data storage norm
The Economic Times | Fri October 5, 2018 - Global payments firms including Visa, MasterCard and PayPal are expected to meet finance minister Arun Jaitley on Friday, seeking more time to comply with the norms laid down by the banking regulator, according to four executives from payments companies aware of the development. The companies are also seeking a relaxation in the Reserve Bank order that mandates storage of data within the country.

Crypto Adoption Gains Ground Between Bricks And Clicks
Forbes | Thu October 4, 2018 - After a brutal beat down of bitcoin's price this year, digital currencies might be poised for a rebound with two milestone projects coming online in November. One has the backing of the owner of a major stock bourse, while the other is stacked with crypto's biggest virtual currency exchanges.

Alibaba Seeks Patent for Blockchain that Allows ‘Administrator Intervention’
CCN | Thu October 4, 2018 - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has applied to patent a blockchain system that allows a third-party administrator to execute “special transactions” such as halting a smart contract or freezing an account linked to illegal activity. According to documents made public on Thursday by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), the Hangzhou-based firm submitted the application through Alibaba Group Holding Limited, a holding company located in Grand Cayman, in March.

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