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RBS applies for German banking licence ahead of Brexit

Royal Bank of Scotland has applied for a German banking licence to help it retain clients in the European Union in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The Global Blockchain Summit Slovenia to take place 29-30 April 2019

European Blockchain HUB and Nispana are inviting and welcoming experts on blockchain from different stakeholder groups, entities, and individuals from all around the globe.

Coinbase launches in more markets and plans 'aggressive' 2019 expansion

Coinbase has launched its cryptocurrency trading platform in more markets as the firm plans an "aggressive" international push next year.

U.K. to use facial recognition on Christmas shoppers in London

After the deadly terrorist shooting in France’s famous Strasbourg Christmas market, the U.K.’s Metropolitan Police are testing facial recognition on Christmas shoppers.

Google receives e-money license from Bank of Lithuania

Google Payment Lithuania UAB has just received an Electronic Money Institution license from the Bank of Lithuania.

UAE, Saudi Arabia start work on fintech for cross-border settlements

The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have started developing fintech for cross-border settlements, including a digital currency project, according to the UAE’s central bank governor.

Shieldpay agrees partnership with Visa to enable secure use of payment cards on P2P marketplaces

London based fintech Shieldpay has agreed a partnership with Visa to deliver secure card payments across peer to peer marketplaces and classified ad sites.

Major German stock exchange to launch crypto trading platform

Germany’s second-largest stock exchange, Boerse Stuttgart Group, is set to launch a cryptocurrency trading platform in the first half of 2019.

US intelligence community says quantum computing and AI pose an 'emerging threat’ to national security

U.S. government believes quantum computing, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things pose an “emerging threat” to its national security.

Canadian city Calgary launches a digital currency to boost local economic activity

Calgary has announced to become the first Canadian city to launch a digital version of its local currency.

Finger payments to go campus-wide at Copenhagen Business School

Finger vein payments technology is to be introduced campus-wide at Copenhangen Business School by Nordic payments processor Nets and UK biometrics company Sthaler.

More U.S. financial firms are increasing their spending on cybersecurity amid bigger threats

U.S. banks and other financial firms are projecting higher spending on cybersecurity as they face bigger threats and more attacks.

Google and Microsoft researchers call for facial recognition regulation

Google and Microsoft researchers have recently called for regulation of “oppressive” facial recognition technology.

UK peer-to-peer lender Zopa gets banking license as it looks to compete with industry giants

British peer-to-peer lender Zopa has obtained a U.K. banking license, clearing a key hurdle in its bid to launch a digital bank and compete with industry giants.

The Big Issue trials contactless payments for magazine sellers amid decline in people carrying cash

The Big Issue, in collaboration with iZettle is launching trials to allow its magazine sellers to accept payments with contactless technology.

Ohio is set to accept bitcoin for tax payments

Ohio has a message for blockchain enthusiasts: The Buckeye State wants your business.

Lloyds' customers can now keep track of spending with Google Maps

Mobile banking customers at Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland will now be able to track their spending on Google Maps thanks to a new app integration.

Why the future of Chinese e-commerce is in its rural areas

Why has e-commerce in China continued to grow despite an overall economic slowdown in conjunction with urban market saturation?

Amazon aims to take digital wallets to brick-and-mortar stores

The firm is looking to make Amazon Pay to the real world, according to the Wall Street Journal.

4 key banking trends to watch

With new technological developments, the growing demand for digital banking is an opportunity for both incumbent banks and fintech companies.