Morning Brief 6.26.20: Revolut adds Amex in its open banking march

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Open connection

As London payments firm Revolut moves deeper into financial services, it's trying to tie data together through an open banking integration with American Express.

Revolut's retail customers can connect Amex accounts to Revolut, which will display balances, payments and other fund transfers. Revolut hopes to keep users on its own site by avoiding navigation to track payments and match that information to budgets, a key feature in its competition with European challenger banks.

Revolut in January added TrueLayer's API to gather information from banks and other financial institutions for financial management features.

Bit of deregulation

New York is making it easier to establish a cryptocurrency business, finishing an update to its BitLicense that provides a provisional green light to help firms launch faster.

The BitLicense was one of the first government licensing programs for bitcoin, though approvals often took years, explains Finextra.

The state financial regulators will also work with SUNY to launch a virtual currency program, which startups will use to apply for the provisional license. SUNY will also establish SUNY Block to support local virtual currency projects, as well as initiatives from students and alumni.

UAE wallet

MoneyGram and Digital Financial Services will link to form a P2P feature that will enable UAE consumers to reach a network of 200 countries and territories.

DFS is a joint venture of telco Etisalat and Dubai Islamic Bank, and the transfer app covers mobile wallets, bank deposit services and walk-in agents.

DFS accesses eWallet, a UAE-licensed digital payment service that allows transfers via mobile number or Emirates ID.

AML double play

FIS and FICO will collaborate on an anti-money laundering product for North American financial institutions that will be designed to manage fraud and other payment-related crimes.

Called FIS AML Compliance Manager, it will use machine learning to spot suspicious transactions and provide intelligence for payment and financial fraud inspectors.

The two companies are interested in reducing false positives, or alerts that are later cleared.

Automat comeback

As part of its coronavirus recovery strategy, The Brooklyn Dumpling Shop is adding new menu items such as cheeseburger dumplings and peanut butter and jelly dumplings. It's also taking a page from both new checkout-free retail and New York's distant past.

The dumpling shop, which is actually in Manhattan despite its name, will accept orders and payments through a mobile app that will also check the consumer into the store, reports NY1, a local news channel. The consumer will then retrieve the order through a glass "locker" in the store, then walk out without engaging a point of sale device or staff.

It's similar to an Amazon Go store, but it also borrows from automats, or a cross between a fast food restaurant and vending machine. Automats were ubiquitous in New York in the early 20th century but had mostly closed by the end of the 1980s.

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