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    Small banks, fintechs ask CFPB for more time to phase out screen scraping

    A CFPB proposal aims to eliminate screen scraping by requiring banks to establish APIs, standardized software widely regarded as a more secure way to connect consumers’ accounts to financial apps.

    By Feb. 1, 2023
  • PPP, EIDL borrowers with ‘questionable’ Social Security numbers got $5.4B: panel

    The SBA disbursed loans to 69,323 applicants with SSNs that either didn’t exist or didn’t match name or birth date information, the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee found.

    By Jan. 31, 2023
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    Fraud and AML in banking

    Crypto platforms, Zelle and COVID-era government relief programs continue to serve as flashpoints in the discussion around fraud. Fortunately, it appears banks are listening to concerns.

    By Banking Dive staff
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    Varo slows burn rate, shifts marketing strategy

    The bank cut its marketing budget and shifted its focus from maximizing user numbers to growing the segment that uses Varo as its primary bank.

    By Jan. 31, 2023
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    The crypto world is sending mixed signals

    Nearly 2,000 crypto workers have been laid off in 2023, but the value of Bitcoin climbed enough in January for Goldman Sachs to take note.

    By Jan. 27, 2023
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    Mexico’s largest department store now offers banking services to Mexican Americans

    Customers can use their government-issued Mexican ID to set up a Coppel Access account, which provides access to a digital and physical debit card and convenient remittance services.

    By Jan. 25, 2023
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    Paymentus to accept payments via Green Dot Network

    Paymentus is tapping Green Dot’s network to extend the number of locations where it accepts cash bill payments from consumers.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Jan. 23, 2023
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    Big banks to launch digital wallet operated by Zelle parent: report

    The wallet, which is expected to launch in the second half of the year, aims to compete with PayPal and Apple, sources told The Wall Street Journal. But serious competition may take a while, an analyst said.

    By Jan. 23, 2023
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    Fintech wreckage spells opportunity for bargain-hunting banks

    Following a challenging year for the fintech sector, enterprising banks may be able to acquire startups whose previous valuations put them out of reach in prior years, said Klaros Group’s Jonah Crane.

    By Jan. 18, 2023
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    Affirm users jolted by multiple charges

    The buy now, pay later provider said it encountered a “technical issue” that has now been resolved, with user transactions to be corrected at banks within a week.

    By Lynne Marek • Jan. 13, 2023
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    Will PayPal get a new CEO?

    CEO Dan Schulman faces speculation about his exit. “We think he could move on from PayPal, legacy intact,” one analyst team wrote.

    By Lynne Marek • Jan. 9, 2023
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    Payments deals may climb in 2023

    While the number of deals in the payments industry declined 14% last year, and even more by value, there are reasons to believe 2023 will be more active.

    By Lynne Marek • Jan. 4, 2023
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    2 FTX executives plead guilty; Ellison faces 110 years in prison

    The SEC announced separate charges Wednesday, accusing both executives of defrauding investors.

    By Dec. 22, 2022
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    Toomey bill would put stablecoin oversight in OCC’s hands

    The outgoing senator said he wanted to shield stablecoin activity from the Fed, which is still debating whether to issue a central bank digital currency. Toomey noted the Fed’s “significant skepticism” of stablecoins.

    By Dec. 22, 2022
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    Investors press FIS, Fiserv for divestitures

    The big processors mushroomed in 2019 acquisitions, with promises that scale would pay off, but shareholders now urge them to consider divestitures.

    By Lynne Marek , Caitlin Mullen • Dec. 22, 2022
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    Fiserv hired ‘thousands’ of workers this year, CEO says

    Even as the payments and fintech company cut employees this year, it hired “thousands” of workers, Fiserv CEO Frank Bisignano said in an interview. 

    By Caitlin Mullen • Dec. 19, 2022
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    Citi settles with Revlon creditors over $500M piece of payments blunder

    The legal action ends a two-year battle over $900 million the bank wired to creditors years ahead of schedule. But fallout from the error remains, in the form of regulatory legwork.

    By Dec. 19, 2022
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    Wise, VizyPay target US hiring

    Some payments companies have plans for extensive hiring next year, despite the economic headwinds that led other players to contract this year.

    By Lynne Marek • Dec. 19, 2022
  • Chime made two offers up to $2B to buy DailyPay: report

    DailyPay, which was founded in 2015 by Jason Lee, may be content to wait for a better offer, or perhaps lean on its track record of successful fundraising going forward.

    By Dec. 16, 2022
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    CFPB to face reckoning in next Congress, Republicans warn Chopra

    “Next month there will be a new majority in the House of Representatives. I think you'll wish you tried harder to play by the rules,” Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-NC, told the CFPB director.

    By Dec. 15, 2022
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    How Current pivoted to free

    "We had a lever that other people didn't have, which was we can actually cut costs sufficiently that we don't need to fill that hole with a subscription fee,” said Trevor Marshall, the company's CTO.

    By Dec. 14, 2022
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    Discover pulls back on checking account over fraud concerns

    The card company expects to resume taking applications early next year for the product, which offers cash-back and debit features, CEO Roger Hochschild said this week.

    By Caitlin Mullen • Dec. 8, 2022
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    BlockFi files for bankruptcy amid FTX contagion

    The crypto lender has initiated a cost-cutting plan that involves “major layoffs,” according to Decrypt. Monday’s announcement follows earlier rumors that the company had been mulling bankruptcy.

    By Nov. 28, 2022
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    Banks discuss refund rule for Zelle customer fraud: report

    Under measures being discussed, banks would share liability inside Zelle’s system and guarantee to reimburse one another, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

    By Nov. 28, 2022
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    PayPal counts on its digital app for gains

    The digital payments pioneer is scouting for new ways to increase customer use of its digital wallet, including plans to add a new Venmo teen account.

    By Lynne Marek • Nov. 28, 2022
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    Regulatory challenges more prominent in eyes of fintech industry leaders this year

    Private firms are adopting a more defensive posture, delaying new funding rounds, planning for modest growth and addressing regulatory risks, according to a report.

    By Nov. 23, 2022