Facebook Brings Subscription Service To Groups

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Facebook announced that it is testing out subscriptions with a small number of groups to support group admins who lead the communities. Group admins build safe and supportive communities that people come back to every day,” wrote Alex Deve, Product Director, Groups, at Facebook. “We The groups will then share input and feedback with the social media giant. With this new subscription service, reports say that the group admins will be allowed charge $4.99

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Airbnb Rolls Out Group Payments

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Booking a group trip on Airbnb just got easier: Users now have the ability to split payments with their fellow travelers. A recent poll from Airbnb found that 43 percent of users have lost $1,000 or more in repayments from group trips, 18 percent say they’ve lost $10,000 or more from not getting repaid after group trips and 29 percent have fought with a friend over group trip repayment.

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Taking The Pain Out Of Group Outings

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Every group of friends has a social director, Fevo CEO Ari Daie told Karen Webster in this week’s Matchmakers conversation – that one person who organizes the cats and gets a group of otherwise passive adults organized for a game, concert or weekend trip. They have to organize the group, figure out when everyone is free, what they want to pay for tickets and then how to purchase that block of tickets for the group. [link].

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North Korean Hacking Group Lazarus Takes In $571M

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The group also noted that it expects digital currency exchange attacks to increase across the board – not just those by Lazarus. In addition, groups that typically attack banks may decide to target crypto exchanges because they realize those heists can be fruitful.

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Facebook Adds Group Stories

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Separately, Facebook said it is also rolling out Stories for Groups and Events , which will enable users to add posts that the rest of the group can view. Users will see Stories on their Event and Group pages, as well as at the top of their News Feeds, and will also be able to post while inside Events and Groups. Facebook’s Groups are focused on specific topics, such as hobbies, professions and locations.

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Tapping Into The Group Travel Market With Apart-Hotels

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In an effort to further take on the group travel market, Domio is teaming up with Upper90 for a $50 million joint venture to exclusively fund up to 25 apartment-style hotels for group travelers.

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Arcadia Group Brings ‘Choice’ Brand To Amazon

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To offer a new brand of medical devices to consumers, Arcadia Group is working with Amazon to sell products like glucose monitors and blood pressure cuffs under the Amazon-exclusive Choice name. Arcadia Group CEO Bob Guest told CNBC, “I approached Amazon last year as they began to expand their healthcare footprint. Arcadia Group has also created brands for other retailers, such as Walmart.

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Citizens Financial Group Launches Neobank Citizens Access

Bank Innovation

Citizens Financial Group joins the latest band of established FIs in launching its version of a digital-first bank called Citizens Access.

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Citi, HSBC Join Bank Group In Global Trade Finance Effort

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Citi , HSBC and Banco Santander are among seven major global banks that are banding together to form a cross-border trade finance network, Reuters reported Thursday (Oct.

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CFPB Fines Debt Collector Security Group $5 Million

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined Security Group, the debt collector, $5 million in the first fine against a company since it hit Wells Fargo with a $1 billion penalty in April. The Wall Street Journal , citing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, reported that the CFPB charged Security Group with making “improper in-person and telephonic collection attempts” and “physically preventing consumers from leaving their homes and visiting and calling consumers’ places of work.”

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Ripple Heads Up New Crypto Lobbying Group; Pays In XRP

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Ripple , the blockchain startup, is heading up a new cryptocurrency lobbying group called Securing America’s Internet of Value Coalition. Coindesk , citing a Business Standard report late last week, reported the companies behind the lobbying group also include the RippleWorks Foundation ; Coil , a company developing a solution for digital payments; Hard Yaka , an investment firm focusing on digital assets; and PolySign , a company seeking to be a crypto custodian.

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Access Group Education Leaks Data On Student Loan Borrowers

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Access Group Education Lending, the student loan servicing company, has been the subject of a data breach. The data breach occurred on March 23 when Nelnet, a vendor that processes student loans for Access Group, sent out the files. Access Group said it learned of the incident on March 28, and that the receiving vendor said they deleted the files and did not keep copies. Access Group told Associated Press that the exposure was limited and has ended.

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NACHA Report: Inaugural Meeting Of API Standardization Industry Group

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Created in 2017, the API Standardization Industry Group has begun developing an application program interface (API) standardization “playbook” to help enhance support for payments and the business needs of financial institutions, companies, FinTechs and other industry stakeholders and participants. NACHA and the Industry Group believe one of the biggest challenges is a lack of standardization.

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BlueVine, Fundbox Grow AltFin Group ILPA

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The aim of the group is to “support fair, responsible and transparent lending practices for small businesses,” the ILPA noted, adding that the three new members are joining the group to further that initiative. The Innovative Lending Platform Association (ILPA) has added three members, according to an announcement made on Monday (Sept.

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The Future of Fintech Video Series: Intuit Consumer Group

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This interview is part of a video series, “The Future of Fintech,” produced by Mobile Payments Today and powered by Galileo Processing

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Australian Finance Group Teases SMB Loan Platform

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Australian Finance Group said Monday (Aug. Announced during Australian Finance Group’s financial earnings report, the solution will initially roll out in the second quarter of 2018 to help companies access commercial mortgages. “We’ll be building an initial panel of up to 10 lenders aimed at the core [SMB] market,” said Australian Finance Group chief executive officer David Bailey in a statement.

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CME Group Announces Plans for Bitcoin Futures, Causing Price Surge

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Exchange operator CME Group has announced plans to launch bitcoin futures in the fourth quarter. Cryptocurrency Exclusive Online Payments Bitcoin bitcoin futures CME Group cryptocurrency futures

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Facebook Messenger Launches Group Payment Service

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Facebook just made splitting the check at dinner easier with the announcement that Messenger can now support group payments. According to TechCrunch , the free service, which for now is only available on Android and desktop, will allow users to pay either everyone in the group or individual members through a simple click of the payments icon (aka the dollar sign). A message will appear in the group chat to show who has paid.

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Govt. Cyberattacks May Be Linked To Lazarus Group

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The attack could be linked to the Lazarus Group , a collective of cybercriminals that’s been associated with North Korea, as the source code of the attack drew from the group’s 2015 hack of South Korea.

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UK Accounting Trade Group Weighs In On Late Payments

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It’s no surprise that late payments continue to dominate the corporate landscape in the U.K., in the aftermath of the Carillion collapse at the beginning of this year. To that end, U.K.

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Lloyds Banking Group Joins BofA, Chase, and Citi in Banning Bitcoin Purchases on Cards

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Today Lloyds Banking Group confirmed it has banned customers from buying bitcoin with their credit cards. EXCLUSIVE – Add one more to the mix. The move comes only days after U.S. banks including Bank of America, Citi, and JPMorgan Chase have done the same.

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Mastercard, DPO Group team up for pan-African merchant payments

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(The Paypers) Mastercard and DPO Group , a Kenya-based payment service provider, have collaborated to help over 40,000 African merchants to accept Mastercard payments

Google’s Next Commerce Play: Group Dining

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Planning to eat out with a group of friends and family, on the other hand, often turns into a friction-filled experience when one realizes that it is almost impossible to find a restaurant that everyone likes. ” Along with the newly added feature for better planned group dining, Maps now offers a news feed that offers users recommendations and gives them the ability to “follow” certain locations, including neighborhoods and cities.

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Visa Europe, BTL Group Partner To Test Blockchain Settlement

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It was announced today that Visa Europe Collab, part of Visa Inc, will be partnering with the world’s first publicly listed blockchain company, the BTL Group, in order to test out a proof of concept on running interbank settlements through blockchain.

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Priceline Acquiring Momondo Group For $550M

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In an effort to capture a younger audience of travelers, Priceline has announced it will acquire Momondo Group for $550 million. Meta-search site Momondo Group’s core focus is a two-brand strategy to help attract a younger travel demographic. In Priceline’s press release, the Priceline Group’s CEO, Glenn Fogel, said, “Meta-search is appealing to consumers, and we’re keen to expand our global footprint. Retail Acquisition Momondo Group Priceline

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Verint Systems Invests In Military-Grade Cybersecurity Firm NSO Group

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is looking to buy NSO Group, an Israeli company that sells military-grade technology, for around $1 billion. In 2016, researchers at Citizen Lab — a group that investigates surveillance technology — revealed that they discovered NSO software in a link sent to the phone of a human-rights activist in the United Arab Emirates, and that the software was being used by foreign governments to spy on citizens. software company Verint Systems, Inc.

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Bank Innovation Launches a Meetup Group

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Bank Innovation is launching a Meetup group, where we plan to organize networking events, with insightful panels and (of course) happy hours. Are you a tech enthusiast? A banking professional? A developer, or a blockchain champion? We want to meet you!

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A Hacker Group Has A List Of 35,000 CFOs To Target

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Chief financial officers at some of the world’s biggest banks and mortgage companies are in the crosshairs of a hacker group that compiled a list of 35,000 CFOs that they can target with requests to transfer money.

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zSpace Joins OpenXR Group To Define Standards For VR Devices

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zSpace, an education company that brings mixed reality experiences to computing, announced Wednesday (March 1) that it is joining the Khronos Group’s OpenXR working group to define a cross-vendor, royalty-free open standard for access to modern virtual reality (VR) devices. Payment Methods The Khronos Group’s OpenXR virtual reality VR devices What's Hot zSpace

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Trade Group Demands Alibaba Blacklisting

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According to reports , the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) — a trade group representing a host of global brands — has sent an appeal to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) formally requesting that Alibaba and its eCommerce platforms be returned to the agency’s list of Notorious Markets. Counterfeiting has been a contentious topic in 2016, especially as it relates to China’s most powerful e-Commerce player, Alibaba.

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Advocacy Group Says EU’s Tax Haven Blacklist Is Failing

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Now, a new report from advocacy group the Tax Justice Network (TJN) is also shedding light against misconceptions about tax havens, warning that the biggest source of “financial secrecy” services for European Union firms can be found within the U.S. The group published its Bilateral Financial Secrecy Index on Sunday (Sept. Failure to exchange data across jurisdictions is at the heart of the issue, the advocacy group said, particularly when it comes to the U.S.

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UK Bank Industry Trade Group Launches Review Of SMB Mistreatment

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The group appointed Simon Walker to lead the review, which will specifically look at the way banks handle complaints filed by small business borrowers. Reports said the group aims to develop alternative solutions to dispute resolution and to address the needs of both banks and small businesses when mitigating.

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UK SMB, Bank Groups Spar Over Low Lending Rates

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Small business group SME Alliance spoke to the House of Commons select committee to discuss small firms’ ongoing challenges in seeking bank loans. Traditional banks remain reluctant to lend to small firms, the group said, using their size to gain a legal advantage over SMBs that file complaints with FIs. small businesses continue to struggle with access to bank funding, according to reports in Financial Times on Friday (March 30).

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Building Bridges To Emerging Consumer Groups

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Demographic groupings make sense. They offer insight into what consumers are buying so pitches can be customized, helping to avoid unnecessarily selling apparel and accessories to demographic groups that don’t buy them. Millennials are branching off into two groups: younger consumers just starting out, and “bridge” consumers who have entered their prime spending years.

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Progressive Advocacy Groups Want Facebook Broken Up

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A group of progressive advocacy groups, including MoveOn and Demand Progress, is calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to break up Facebook in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The groups contend that by doing so, they will gain the ability to communicate across social networks while also having strong privacy rules in place to protect consumers.

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Sageworks user groups: Why attend?

Sageworks

Sageworks User Groups provide an increasingly rare opportunity to be in a room full of peers, industry experts and staff from a critical vendor. The intersection of these groups allows for three distinct and valuable learning experiences. A group conversation specific to Sageworks usage is a powerful way to provide feedback and enhancement requests (and is greatly appreciated by the Sageworks staff!).

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Mastercard Selects Diverse Group For Latest Start Path Program

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Mastercard has announced the list of startup companies chosen to participate in its Mastercard Start Path program, a group the company is calling its “most diverse class” ever. Mastercard revealed the list in a recent announcement, including startups that span a range of verticals. Those partaking in the program, which aims to support later-stage FinTech and technology startups, total 11 firms selected from five countries.

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ING Group Fined For Money Laundering, Due Diligence Lapses

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To that end, ING Group said it has agreed to pay 775 million euros — about US$900 million — to settle investigations by Dutch authorities over money laundering and other illicit activities. Financial crime is drawing scrutiny — and fines — at large financial institutions. Drilling down a bit, Bloomberg noted that the settlement is comprised of a 675 million fine. The remaining 100 million is a disgorgement.

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Debuting In Japan: The World’s First Cryptocurrency Pop Group

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The J-pop group contains eight girls, each of whom represents one of the larger digital monetary formats. The group’s first single, “The Moon and Virtual Currencies and Me,” is about the importance of proper online security and the risks of fraud. Further evidence that bitcoin and all associated digital currencies are entirely serious competitors to fiat currency: Japan’s latest pop sensation is Kasotsuka Shojo, a band whose name translates to Virtual Currency Girls.

Q&A on Networking Groups (mp3)

MZ Bierly Consulting, Inc.

Question: I am currently considering joining a networking group. This group limits members to one from each industry, however, when I attended the first introductory meeting there were three other bankers who wanted to join. Q&A on Networking Groups.

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Q&A on Networking Groups (mp3)

MZ Bierly Consulting, Inc.

Question: I am currently considering joining a networking group. This group limits members to one from each industry, however, when I attended the first introductory meeting there were three other bankers who wanted to join. Q&A on Networking Groups.

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Belfrics Group launches its KYC blockchain, Belrium

The Paypers

(The Paypers) Belfrics Group has announced the global launch of Belrium Mainnet, a KYC compliant blockchain, offering companies a secure, and decentralised ecosystem

ING Buys Majority Stake in Payments Group, Payvision

Bank Innovation

ING Bank will acquire a majority stake in Amsterdam-based Payvision, a payments processor company that powers more than 80 separate payment methods for clients, the companies announced today.

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