MasterCard says the new startups comprising the first global Start Path class, include British AI business, Rainbird. During the six-month program, participants will obtain mentoring from MasterCard experts, access to the company’s commercial partners and the opportunity to integrate with MasterCard products and tools.
PayPal and Braintree named the $100,000 USD grand-prize winner of its 2015 BattleHack Series. The 24-hour BattleHack World Finals took place at PayPal Headquarters in Silicon Valley and hosted 14 teams of developers from across the globe, all winners of their regional BattleHack competitions.
MasterCard has launched a unique six-month partnership program for startups including Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, as well as in Canada. Start Path Global builds on Start Path’s efforts over the past 18 months having provided a variety of operational support, partnership, or investment for over 40 startups developing the next generation of commerce solutions, including Nymi, ZenCard, BillHop and Gone.
Acer announced its new Predator 8 GT-810 gaming tablet, one of several new gaming devices in Acer’s high-octane Predator gaming series. The sleek brushed aluminum GT-810 is powered by the Intel® Atom™ x7 processor, Android 5.1 and the latest 2×2 MIMO wireless technology, taking portable gaming to a new level of fun and immersion.
The first Bitcoin book delving into cryptocurrency law in four jurisdictions: the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany has been released.
Moneris Solutions Corporation announced it will be entering into a relationship with Powa Technologies to be the preferred Canadian provider of PowaTag, a unique mobile solution that extends the world of online commerce to traditionally offline environments.
Men’s fashion brand 2(X)IST via “Virtual Stores” has partnered with innovative mobile platform PowaTag to transform the way people shop.
Millions of passersby in December will be able to browse and purchase the latest 2(X)IST underwear ranges by using their phone to scan tags on virtual storefronts across key locations in the heart of the city making ordinary street corners a virtual marketplace for 2(X)IST.
V.me by Visa is now in pilot with major banks in Norway, Sweden, Italy and Germany, taking the number of markets live or in pilot across Europe to eight.
Los Angeles-based Mandalay Digital Group has purchased Xyo’s app search engine and contextual advertising technologies. Xyo co-founders Zoe Adamovicz and Marcin Rudolf will join the Digital Turbine team.
Amsterdam-based Adyen has nabbed a former Ingenico top executive to head its POS business. Jean-Marc Thienpont will serve as Managing Director, Point-of-Sale Solutions, in a newly created Adyen role.
Paypal now lets Samsung Galaxy S5 and Tab S users swipe their fingerprint to log in to pay with PayPal at millions of businesses. We also made it really easy for people to pay at local stores right from their Gear 2 and Gear Fit smart watches. Instead of pulling out a wallet (or a phone for that matter), shoppers pay right from their wrist. By giving more people the option to login with their fingerprint to pay with PayPal, they expand efforts with the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance to move more of the industry beyond passwords. You’ll find these experiences globally across the latest smartphones and a new generation of wearables.
Bitbond bitcoin P2P lending announced its seed funding round led by prominent European early-stage VC Point Nine Capital. Bitbond’s peer-to-peer bitcoin lending platform lowers the barriers for small businesses to receive financing. Bitbond will use the seed funding round to build a team of programmers, enhance the functionality of its platform and intensify its marketing activities. The funding round marks Point Nine Capital’s first investment in a bitcoin startup and its confidence in the world’s largest crypto-currency. The Berlin-based VC specialises in investing in SaaS startups and digital marketplaces. By connecting borrowers and lenders directly, borrowers receive loans at affordable interest rates, while lenders gain higher interest rates compared to other fixed income asset classes.