November, 2018

Cannabis Cos’ $4.7B In Cash-Based Taxes Overwhelm IRS

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is paying $1.7 million to a Virginia company to handle “large cash payments for processing cannabis federal taxes.”. According to Quartz , the U.S. government collected approximately $4.7

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Teach children the things that machines cannot learn

Chris Skinner

I often talk about teaching children to learn what machines cannot learn. Our system of education was created in the Industrial Revolution, and is based upon kids being stuffed with facts, stats and dates. They learn to parrot-fashion repeat things, and are tested to see if they can remember.

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Thinking Forward: Financial Services and the AI Revolution

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Artificial intelligence is changing the game. According to Stanford professor Andrew Ng , AI is the “new electricity,” already generating billions in value as it transforms industries such as IT, health care — and now financial services.

Banks team with technology firms: panel cites challenges

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A session at the recent Money20/20 conference in Las Vegas attempted to clarify the roles that technology companies are playing in financial services and how traditional financial institutions are working with them

The Bitcoin Bust And Its Ripple Effects

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It has not been a great week for the price of bitcoin, or really any cryptocurrency for that matter. The price of bitcoin has fallen and stayed below $6,000 for the last four days and no one’s predicting a rally anytime soon.

US Bans Chinese Facial Recognition Tech

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A Chinese company that develops facial recognition technology could be facing a ban in the U.S. According to the Financial Times , the facial recognition cameras are created by Hikvision , one of the world’s biggest CCTV companies, selling video surveillance throughout China and across the globe.

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Mastercard Leads Investment In Mobile FinTech Mobeewave

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Contactless payment company Mobeewave announced the closing of a $16.5 million Series B funding round, led by NewAlpha Asset Management, Mastercard and Forestay Capital.

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Where is the Financial Services Industry in the digital transformation journey?

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At last month’s Money20/20 conference, the event brought over 10,000 people together and hosted speakers from start-up disruptors to incumbent financial institutions, and everything in between. IBM was there in full force. And I had the pleasure of hosting a panel of CEOs three mornings in a row.

Cyber crime seen as major risk to mobile shopping during holiday season

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As cyber attackers develop more sophisticated methods of attacking online sites, security experts and retailers are increasingly focused on protecting mobile shopping and payment platforms to ensure a safe holiday season

Real-Time Payments Driving Real-Time Liquidity: Deutsche Bank

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Corporate finance executives seem to be readying for real-time payments, preparing to adopt faster payment capabilities and bracing for changes to their cash flow management strategies as a result.

SWIFT Disconnects From Iran’s Banks

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Months of geopolitical spats that spanned Europe, the Middle East and the United States have seen payments infrastructure at the center of it all.

Microsoft CEO: Data Privacy Is A ‘Human Right’

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently called data privacy a “human right,” urging tech companies to do all they could to protect users from cyber threats.

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Clash of clans … or new bank versus old bank (Fidor, BPCE) 

Chris Skinner

I was talking with some friends at the most innovative bank in Europe that has stopped getting on my radar for the past few years. I first blogged about them back in 2012, when I met the founder at an event. That bank is called Fidor.

IBM Open Banking Platform launch: Key takeaways

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In today’s financial services industry, issues ranging from new regulations to unforeseen competitive pressures are placing ever-growing pressure on traditional banking institutions to move toward open banking models. To address this need, IBM introduced the IBM Open Banking Platform.

Retailers, payment platforms unveil mobile technologies to raise omnichannel game

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Retailers, payment technology providers and others are rolling out new services to make it easier to complete transactions on mobile platforms

FLEETCOR May Be Nearing Western Union Business Payments Buy

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Western Union and FLEETCOR are nearing an agreement to sell WU’s business payments operations to the fleet payments firm, according to reports in PE Hub on Wednesday (Nov.

Robotics Process Automation Rakes In The VC Cash

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In a week of multiple nine-figure venture capital funding rounds, B2B FinTech has proved it plans to end the year on a high note.

Bitcoin Daily: Hublot Unveils Bitcoin Watches; Swiss Regulator Throttles Bank Crypto Trading

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Blockchain , the crypto wallet provider, plans to have an airdrop worth $125 million, Fortune reported. Through the cryptocurrency giveaway, each recipient would receive around the equivalent of around $25 in Stellar.

Run the bank or change the bank

Chris Skinner

I was surprised to see that JPMorgan Chase is now hiring people as bankers and, as a mandatory part of their induction programme, they are taught to code.

Nine Questions to ask an Enterprise Fraud Management Vendor

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When observing the waves, you may miss the shifting tides. Enterprise Fraud Management is being reinvented. Assessing revolutionary risk and compliance management solutions with outdated factors and antiquated perspectives may prevent you from seeing the bigger picture.

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QR Payments Coming To Hong Kong Subways

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The subway system in Hong Kong will allow commuters to scan a QR code as a payment method after announcing a deal with Alibaba’s payment affiliate Ant Financial last week.

Blockchain Believers Remain Bullish On B2B Payments Disruption: PayPie

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As the peaks and valleys of blockchain hype continue to rise and fall, more doubt has surfaced over the future of distributed ledger technology, particularly in the area of B2B payments.

Branson isn’t in it for the money; entrepreneurs need to improve the world

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Sir Richard Branson, the British billionaire entrepreneur, philanthropist and visionary, never outgrew his passion to change the world

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Bitcoin Price Continues To Fall — How Low Can It Go?

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The bitcoin bust continued Monday (Nov. 19), with the price of the cryptocurrency falling to $4,905 by mid-afternoon, a decline of at least 12 percent. Over the past week, the price of bitcoin has declined some 20 percent — and at least 60 percent since January.

Banks and Telcos? Two become one!

Chris Skinner

Twenty years ago, I worked on a strategy for the future of banking. My conclusion was that banks would merge with telecommunications firms and become hybrid institutions. Twenty years later, it hasn’t happened. But will it?

Uncovering hidden risks behind mirror trades

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Recently, financial institutions have come under fire for a not illegal, but potentially suspicious form of investing.

Third-Party Data Breaches On The Rise In The U.S.

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Opus, the provider of global compliance and risk management solutions, announced Thursday (Nov.

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Nordstrom Breach Exposes Data On 76K Employees

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Nordstrom has suffered a data breach that exposed employee names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, checking account and routing numbers, salaries and more.

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Payment Players Launch U.S. Faster Payments Council To Speed Up Payments

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A group of payment players announced Tuesday (Nov. 13) that they created a new organization, dubbed U.S.

PayPal Working Capital Steps Into Germany

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PayPal is broadening its small business financing offering into the German market, a press release announced on Wednesday (Nov.

Will Ripple replace SWIFT?

Chris Skinner

It’s a big week of FinTech in Asia with Money 2020 China and the Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF) all taking place in the same week. One of the headlines emerging from SFF was an interview with Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple.

How next-generation technologies are transforming governance, risk and compliance

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TRENDING: Call Centers Push With Biometrics As Fraud Soars

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The rate of contact center fraud has skyrocketed recently, growing by 350 percent during the past four years. For call centers, dealing with this growing issue requires a multi-pronged approached, complete with defense to beat attacks coming from both outside and inside the company.

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Bank Of England Plans Panel To Standardize Payments Messaging

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As the U.K. continues its move to adopt the ISO 20022 payments messaging standard, the Bank of England is reportedly planning to create a panel aimed at streamlining the adoption of the standard for more efficient payments in the country.

First Data’s Frank Bisignano On Giving Back To Veterans Today — And Every Day

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Veterans Day is Nov.11 in the U.S. — a day set aside each year since 1954 to honor all those who have served in the military. There are roughly 26 million veterans in the U.S. today and, each year, about 1 percent of those eligible for service enlist.

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Billtrust And Visa Launch B2B Payments Platform For Buyers And Suppliers

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Visa and Billtrust today (Nov.

How online gaming created a challenger bank

Chris Skinner

I was chairing a panel with a number of different players, one of which was Monzo. Simon Vans-Colina, Monzo’s lead engineer for Open APIs, was talking about their approach to partnering with others in an API ecosystem, including TransferWise and Investec Bank.

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