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Top 20 mobile payments stories of 2016: 10 to 1

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2016 was another landmark year for the mobile payments space. In the second part of our annual review of the market, MEF reveals the 10 biggest stories of the last 12 months…

How would you like to type a message to a chat bot to make a payment? Or smile? Or nod? All of these new ways of making and authenticating transactions are possible because of the smartphone.

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Global mobile news round-up 22 December

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.

This week… Facebook under fire from EU for WhatsApp data sharing, consumers happy with brand interaction on chat apps, mobile payments to hit $410.5 billion by 2020 and much more.

EU says Facebook misled it over its WhatsApp data-sharing policy

The social network faces a fine of up to $179 million

The European Commission has accused Facebook of providing “incorrect or misleading information” in the run-up to its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014. Information requested by the Commission is used to vet large mergers and takeovers, aiming to find out if the resulting business would be anti-competitive. If Facebook cannot provide a decent excuse for misleading the Commission before January 31st it could be fined up to $179 million.

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MEF member news – December 19

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What’s happening among the MEF membership? Here’s your weekly round up of all the latest announcements from MEF Members including product launches, partnerships, research insights and more…

Wirecard has joined the payment providers backing Vocalink’s Pay by Banking app mobile scheme.

Vocalink manages the UK’s faster payments backbone. And as part of this, it has created a scheme to link bank accounts to phone numbers (under the Paym brand) and also backed Zapp, a service that lets people push a payment to a merchant direct from their banking app.

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Global mobile news round-up 16th December

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.
This week.. UK banks closing as customers go mobile, data security tops mobile concerns for enterprises, Brazilian Government advances IoT plans and Twitter’s aborted messaging app for emerging markets..

More than 1,000 bank branches have closed in the UK during the past two years as pressure mounts on lenders to cut costs and as more customers turn to mobile banking.

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Global mobile news round-up 9th December

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.

This week.. Facebook lets brands use dynamic ads to drive app installs, Microsoft gets Windows 10 running on mobile, leaks reveal security services have been intercepting in-flight phone calls for years, people opt for mobile banking during cash crunch and much more.

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Global mobile news round-up, 25th November

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.
This week.. Trump threatens net neutrality, mobile ad targeting improves, Chinese smartphone vendors invest in India, the used smartphone market is booming, iPhone owners tend to be more superficial than Android owners and much more.

President-elect Trump formally named two advisers to help oversee his telecom policy agenda at the Federal Communications Commission today: Jeff Eisenach and Mark Jamison.

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Global mobile news round-up 18th November

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.

This week.. cheap android phones are secretly texting China, India tops Asia in new mobile customers, UK more smartphone shopper savvy than US counterparts, Mobile cash may not take off for decades, IoT to spur mobile growth and much more.

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Global mobile news round-up 11th November

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.

This week.. Google tells EC Android is key to mobile competition, Americans abandoned news apps in election fatigue, Google Daydream Review, security concerns for Chinese mobile payments and much more.

Google has dismissed the European commission’s charges that it abuses the market dominance of its Android operating system to prevent rivals from competing with alternative software and services.

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Global mobile news round-up, 4th November

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.

This week.. Facebook blocks UK insurer from mining user data with its app, why Vine was a bad match for Twitter, European millennials still waiting for mobile money’s “uber” moment, how talking to your apps became the next big thing and much more.

When you’re a first-time driver, getting a reasonable car insurance quote can be a tricky affair. Age and inexperience on the road result in higher premiums, which only come down after you’ve proven you’re not a danger to yourself or others for a number of years.

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Global mobile news round up: 28th October

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.

This week.. True cost of Samsung Galaxy Note recall comes to light, WhatsApp trumps Facebook Messenger, India nears 1 billion mobile subscribers, Mastercard unveils a chatbot, Android Pay enables services across more sites and much more.

The costly and damaging recall of millions of flammable Galaxy Note 7 smartphones wiped 98 per cent off the profits of Samsung’s mobile division, it announced today. Smartphones are Samsung’s core business and the slump dragged total company profits down by 30 per cent to their lowest level in two years.

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