Stripe adds Mindbody; Huawei's new phones support digital yuan

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Stripe has partnered with Mindbody, a technology platform that serves gyms, spas and other wellness businesses, adding a digital payment option for both in-person and remote sessions.

Companies in this category have been hard hit during the pandemic, and are often among the businesses subject to closures. As a result many have turned to online classes, with consumers participating at home with instructors in-studio, or a hybrid, according to Stripe.

The Mindbody integration will go live in Canada and Europe initially, with the U.S. and other markets to follow. Stripe has been using new investment in 2020 to expand to different business categories that typically have not operated online.

Aqua man

BBVA's marketing campaign to sell the safety of its "blank" credit card includes an executive showing his own card on a billboard in Madrid.

Jaime Bisbal, the bank's marketing director, is featuring the bank's Aqua card in his outdoor display ad, reports Finextra. The rewards-based card does not have numbers, expiration dates or CVV on the card, but hides those details in a mobile app. The card is available in Turkey and is scheduled to be released in Spain within the next few weeks.

Banks have tried several options to replace the static CVV code to improve security, such as testing dynamic codes that automatically change periodically.

Digital phone

Huawei plans to support China's central bank digital currency on new phones by adding hardware security and privacy protections.

The upgrades will cover the Mate 40 line of devices and signal China's CBDC is approaching launch, reports Coindesk. The government also recently gave away 10 million digital yuan in Shenzhen.

China's central bank digital currency will be among the first to launch. The Bahamas' Sand Dollar was the first to launch in October.

Payday glitch

TSB has suffered an outage that left consumers and business clients temporarily unable to execute payroll transactions in line with the end-of-the-month biweekly cycle for most companies.

Customers also could not access payment details, reports The Mirror, which reported hundreds of customers had lodged complaints on social media.

It's the second major outage for the U.K. bank in a year. It suffered an outage simultaneous with Barclays and HSBC in 2019 that also resulted in millions of consumers being unable to access their salaries.

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