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Malaysia's Mobile Money, Bangladesh's bKash Team With Ripple On eWallet Remittances

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Blockchain-based global payments provider Ripple announced it has entered into an arrangement under which Malaysian mobile wallet provider Mobile Money, and bKash , a provider of mobile financial services to more than 45 million people in Bangladesh, will conduct transactions through the RippleNet network.

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Payments in 2021: What's coming, what's going, and what's poised for a comeback?

Payments Source

The question is not whether things will magically return to the 2019 status quo. The question is: Where is there still pent-up demand among consumers and merchants? Contactless payments Mobile payments Digital payments Loyalty and rewards

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FAA OKs American Robotics Drones To Fly Without Human Operators

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The Federal Aviation Administration is letting commercial drone-maker American Robotics operate drones without on-site pilots — but with a number of caveats, according to a decision recently posted on the agency’s website.

Bitcoin is the first true religion of the 21st century?

Daily Fintech

After hitting an all-time high of nearly $42,000, Bitcoin fell all the way to around $30,000 and now its back to around $35,000. The drastic shifts illustrate bitcoin’s volatility and suggest that investors should hold on tight for what could be a a turbulent ride.

Realizing the Benefits of Automated Machine Learning

How are organizations using machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to derive business value? Renowned author and professor Tom Davenport explains the rise of automated machine learning, its benefits, and success stories from businesses that are already using it.

Car Subscriptions Hit Pause As BMW, Audi Suspend Programs

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It was supposed to be a compelling option for consumers in the connected economy, but the subscription model for automobiles is hitting some speed bumps as BMW and Audi are pulling back on their programs.

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New Everpeaks Logistics Platform Uses Malaysian Free Trade Zone

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Malaysian eCommerce logistics firm Everpeaks has launched a logistics platform called Fulfilment [sic] by Everpeaks that the company said will reduce costs for manufacturer-to-consumer shipping as well as bulk B2B transactions in part by operating from a free trade zone, according to a press release.

Real-time CX Measurement Helps Financial Institutions Shift on the Fly

The Financial Brand

Keeping banking consumers happy and serviced increasingly demands the ability to shift staff and resources in the moment. The post Real-time CX Measurement Helps Financial Institutions Shift on the Fly appeared first on The Financial Brand. Customer Experience CX Forrester

Home COVID Test Startup Everlywell Nets $75 Million For Investor Liquidity

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Everlywell , an Austin, Texas-based producer of home tests for COVID-19 and other diseases and health conditions, has raised $75 million on top of a recent $175 million Series D round, according to published reports.

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Habits That Stifle UX Innovation in Banking (and How to Change Them)

The Financial Brand

Hiring creative user experience pros won't help if they don't have the right support and culture. Three actions can help turn things around. The post Habits That Stifle UX Innovation in Banking (and How to Change Them) appeared first on The Financial Brand.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Bookkeeper360 Gets $1 Million For SMB FinTech Solutions

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Bookkeeper360 , a FinTech working with accounting solutions, has raised $1 million in seed funding, according to a press release. The round comes with a new confidence in small- to medium-sized business (SMB) FinTech solutions, as Bookkeeper360’s total capital funding hits $2.1

COVID Customer Service May Drive 1 in 4 Customers Out the Door

The Financial Brand

Long waits for call center responses (and unhelpful answers) are leaving a lasting bad impression that financial institutions need to fix. The post COVID Customer Service May Drive 1 in 4 Customers Out the Door appeared first on The Financial Brand.

UBS Eyes $400 Million Investment In India's Paytm

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UBS Group might be investing $400 million in India’s Paytm , which is owned by Ant Group , according to a report from Tech in Asia. Paytm is the most valuable Asian startup, and UBS Group is taking a chance on the burgeoning digital payments market, the report stated.

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Deliveroo Valued At $7 Billion-Plus Ahead Of Potential IPO

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British delivery power-house Deliveroo said Sunday (Jan. 17) in an announcement that it has raised $180 million in new investments, which push its valuation to $7 billion and come in advance of what the company stated is a “potential initial public offering” (IPO).

How to Choose an AI Vendor

This report explores why it is so challenging to choose an AI vendor and what you should consider as you seek a partner in AI.

JPMorgan Provides $100 Million Financing Facility To Figure For Mortgage Lending

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Figure Technologies , which works in blockchain-based finance tech transformations, has worked with J.P. Morgan and closed a $100 million financing facility to help with conforming and jumbo mortgages, according to a press release.

Bitcoin Daily: UK Financial Adviser Seeks Ban On Crypto Transactions; Crypto Network Founder Says Developing Countries Will Embrace DeFi

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Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson says there could be a surge in DeFi usage in Africa, a report from CoinTelgraph says. Hoskinson said he thought around 100 million users would join the Decentralized Finance sector within the next three years. Who's actually going to do peer-to-peer loans?

Two Obama Officials Are Frontrunners For Biden's Top Antitrust Job

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President-elect Joe Biden is looking at two ex-President Barack Obama officials to run the top antitrust job at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Reuters reported.

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Delivery Delays Of 3 Months Or More Hamper Peloton

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B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

AlignBooks, ICICI Bank Team For Streamlined SMB Banking

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Cloud-based accounting software solution provider AlignBooks will be working with ICICI Bank , a private-sector bank, to deliver a new, simple digital banking experience for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), CRN India reported.