FinTech

Afterpay

Australia’s Afterpay to launch banking app in October

Afterpay Ltd will launch its banking app in October to widen its offerings beyond buy now, pay later (BNPL) services for its 3.5 million-plus Australian users as competition intens...

Platform Industry: Bitcoin and digital currencies

News short: Square to create new bitcoin-focused business unit

FinTech company Square Inc is creating a new business focused on bitcoin, Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey said in a tweet on Thursday.

Platform industry news: Oracle Corp

Oracle unit partners with Everest to bring blockchain to banks worldwide

Oracle Financial Services Software, a unit of Oracle Corp, has teamed up with financial technology provider Everest to bring blockchain to banks worldwide to enhance their product ...

PayPal

PayPal Australia takes on Afterpay with no-late fee ‘buy now, pay later’ offer

PayPal’s new “buy now, pay later” offering in Australia will not charge late payment fees, the US payments giant has said, as it attempts to edge past main indust...

Platform Economy: Stripe US FinTech powers e-commerce

Online payments firm Stripe takes first step toward blockbuster listing

Digital payments processor Stripe Inc, the most valuable US platform start-up, has taken its first major step toward a stock market debut by hiring a law firm to help with preparat...

Robinhood Markets

Robinhood IPO faces threat of retail snub on Reddit

Robinhood Markets, which helped enable the “meme stock” frenzy earlier this year and later attracted flak for its handling of the trading mania, is facing pushback on s...

Platform News: China's Didi

What is driving China’s clampdown on Didi and data security?

China’s cyberspace regulator has launched a probe into ride-hailing giant Didi Global, calling for it to stop adding new users and for app stores to remove it, days after it ...

Platform News: Mortgage start-up Blend

Mortgage-focused start-up Blend seeks $4 billion valuation in IPO

Blend Labs Inc, a digital banking platform focused on mortgage lending, is targeting a valuation of nearly $4 billion in its IPO in the US, seeking to cash in on the boom in demand...

Platform News: FinTech trading app Robinhood

The regulatory and legal headwinds facing Robinhood

Robinhood Markets, the online brokerage at the centre of this year’s retail trading frenzy, has disclosed previously unreported regulatory risks in its long-awaited initial p...

Platform News: FinTech trading app Robinhood

Robinhood fined $70 million for harming ‘millions’ via misleading info, outages

Wall Street’s industry regulator fined Robinhood Financial LLC $70 million for “systemic” failures, including systems outages, providing “false or misleadin...

UK Diplomacy

UK and Singapore launch talks on digital trade agreement

This coming week, the United Kingdom and Singapore are due to start negotiations on a new digital trade agreement that could remove barriers, part of London’s push to become ...

Platform News: FinTech trading app Robinhood

Robinhood CEO calls for changes to exchange pricing rules

US securities rules should be changed to allow stock exchanges to quote bids and offers in price increments of less than a penny so they can better compete with wholesale brokerage...

Platform News: Visa and Tink

Visa to buy Swedish FinTech Tink for $2.2 billion

Visa Inc said it had agreed a 1.8 billion euro (approximately $2.2 billion) takeover of European open banking platform Tink, months after it ditched a planned acquisition of the st...

Platform News: Bitcoin and the rise of cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin slumps further as China tightens crypto crackdown

Bitcoin has tumbled to a two-week low on China’s expanding crackdown on bitcoin mining, as investors grew more uncertain about the future of the leading cryptocurrency.

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