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Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year

Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year Google is the latest big tech company to make a move into banking and personal financial services: The company is gearing up to offer checking accounts to consumers, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal, starting as early as […]

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China Roundup: facial recognition lawsuit and cashless payments for foreigners

China Roundup: facial recognition lawsuit and cashless payments for foreigners Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, a lawsuit sparked a debate over the deployment of China’s […]

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Apple brings contactless student IDs to a dozen more universities

Apple brings contactless student IDs to a dozen more universities Ahead of the upcoming school year, Apple this morning announced it’s bringing contactless student IDs in Apple Wallet to several more U.S. universities. The expansion will allow over 100,000 college students to carry their student ID on their iPhone or Apple Watch, […]

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Apple rolls out Apple Card Preview to select users

Apple rolls out Apple Card Preview to select users Apple Card is getting its first group of public test users today. A limited amount of customers that signed up to be notified about the release of Apple Card are getting the ability to apply for the card in their Wallet app today […]

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China’s Alipay adds sought-after beauty filters to face-scan payments

China’s Alipay adds sought-after beauty filters to face-scan payments In China, striving for accuracy in a piece of facial recognition software isn’t enough. As Alibaba’s e-wallet affiliate Alipay has recently demonstrated, the way software presents a user’s look is also crucial to its success. On Tuesday, Alipay announced on social media platform […]

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Razer goes big on payments with Visa prepaid card

Razer goes big on payments with Visa prepaid card The latest pairing between a tech upstart and a financial titan is a digital prepaid card targeted at Southeast Asia’s 430 million-plus unbanked and underserved population. On Monday, Razer, the Singapore-based company best known for its gaming laptops and peripherals, announced a partnership […]

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Google Pay expands its integration with PayPal to online merchants

Google Pay expands its integration with PayPal to online merchants Google and PayPal have been strategic partners for some time. The companies in 2017 announced that PayPal would become a payment method in Android Pay, the service that later rebranded as Google Pay. Last year, users who added PayPal as a payment […]

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Millions of Venmo transactions scraped in warning over privacy settings

Millions of Venmo transactions scraped in warning over privacy settings A computer science student has scraped seven million Venmo transactions to prove that users’ public activity can still be easily obtained, a year after a privacy researcher downloaded hundreds of millions of Venmo transactions in a similar feat. Dan Salmon said he […]

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Revolut adds Apple Pay support in 16 markets

Revolut adds Apple Pay support in 16 markets Fintech startup Revolut has expanded its support for Apple Pay, confirming that from today the payment option is available for users in 16 European markets. The list of supported markets is: UK, France, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, […]

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Alibaba hits the gas on mobility as its bike sharing service adds carpooling

Alibaba hits the gas on mobility as its bike sharing service adds carpooling Carpooling is heralded to be environmentally friendly and money-saving, but in smog-stricken China, the transportation option became a source of public concerns after two female passengers got murdered during their lifts with Didi Chuxing drivers. The ride-hailing app has […]

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