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Samsung has launched a new version of its web connected Family Hub refrigerator line that uses machine learning to scan products inside the refrigerator to send alerts for automatic reordering.

The AI also combines with recipe and meal-planning features in an attempt to streamline embedded shopping and purchases, reports VentureBeat, adding the refrigerators also have improved synergies with Samsung's smartphones, TVs and other mobile devices.

The Family Hub has served as an ordering and payment portal for FreshDirect and Mastercard.

Not open

Australia is pushing back its open banking initiative because of worries over securing data as it moves among parties.

The government's new target date for the Consumer Data Right Act is July 2020 instead February for payment cards, deposit and transaction data, reports Finextra. The deadline for data sharing for mortgages and personal loans will be November.

While open banking is expected to boost digital transactions such as P2P transfers, delays aren't unusual. Europe's PSD2 standards have been delayed, partly due to a lack of compliance with new authentication guidance.

FX target

Travelex suffered a malware attack, causing it to temporarily shut some digital services to contain the damage.

The attack caused stores to manually process currency exchanges, reports TechCrunch, adding Tesco Bank and other partners suffered related outages.

Travelex contends no data was compromised during the attack, though it did not release details on the type of malware, citing an ongoing investigation.

Libra pressure

Jens Weidmann, a policy maker for the European Central Bank, is pressuring banks to improve payment technology as a counter to Facebook's Libra and other non-bank initiatives.

Weidmann did not call for a central bank digital currency, reports German newspaper Handelsblatt. The EU is in the early stages of a possible central bank digital currency project.

Wiedmann's warning comes shortly after Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, suggested Facebook may use its social network to promote Libra over other currencies.

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