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Sticky payments
Donations are a key gateway to digital commerce, and Instagram is bolstering its donor tools in a way that could boost other shopping and payment activities.

Instagram plans to launch a Fundraiser sticker, which would allow Instagram's 1 billion users to add a Donate button to their Instagram "Story," TechCrunch reports, adding Instagram could offer instant checkout following the donation via the same payment details.

Instagram has enhanced its shopping and payment features over the past year, adding new markets and making it easier for users to buy items without leaving the app.
Brexit clinic
Barclays will host more than 100 "clinics," or events that are designed to help businesses support payments and other transactions for their clients following Brexit.

The events will be in bank branches, and will have co-working spaces for developers with a focus on supply chain transactions, cash-flow management, invoicing, and fraud prevention. The needs of specific business lines, such as health care, hospitality and construction, will also be included.

Barclays is among a growing number of companies that are adjusting their strategy as the Brexit deadline approaches. Other banks and fintechs are building workarounds to respond to how payment and transaction processing and licensing requirements may change.

Blockchain thinkers
Coinbase has acquired Neutrino, a blockchain intelligence platform, in an effort to combat cryptocurrency theft and other crimes.

Neutrino is a London-based firm that was among the companies that studied the impacts of the WannaCry malware. It will operate as an independent unit after the acquisition, and will be used to locate and combat malware and ransomware; and identify parties that are misusing cryptocurrencies and related assets.

It will also work in compliance, an increasingly important task as cryptocurrency regulations expand globally.

Banking on Google
Much like Apple Pay, Google Pay is also picking up steam, adding more than 40 new banks in February, according to 9to5Google.

Google Pay's running list of banks has gotten large enough to broken down by region, and follows other advancements for the app such as improved merchant acceptance and a collaboration with Square.

It's also a sign Google Pay has turned a corner after years of strategic shifts. Google's mobile wallet has undergone several iterations.

From the Web

Mexico pushes mobile payments to help unbanked consumers ditch cash
Reuters | Tue February 19, 2019 - The administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is planning a digital payments system run and built by the central bank that will allow Mexicans to make and receive payments through their smartphones free of charge. A pilot roll-out for the platform, known as CoDi, is expected by March.

PayPal CEO predicts digital payments industry will mature into a $100 trillion market
CNBC | Tue February 19, 2019 - PayPal CEO Dan Schulman said that the digital payments industry may become a $100 trillion market as the financial technology sector continues to grow rapidly. And as Venmo, PayPal's popular mobile payments service, continues to partner with more merchants, he said there are no signs that disappointing holiday sales and a potential global slowdown will negatively affect the sector.

The battle between cash and mobile payments in Africa
BBC | Tue February 19, 2019 - Nigeria might be Africa's largest economy, but when it comes to financial matters, people typically favour cash payments over technology. Despite high mobile penetration, only 6% of the population uses mobile phones to make financial transactions.

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Google, Salesforce invest in U.K. payments startup GoCardless
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