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Alphabet’s Next Big Thing: Building a ‘Smart’ City

Unit of Google parent explores project to ‘create a city from scratch’<p>Google parent Alphabet Inc. has legions of Web developers. Soon it might be in need of real-estate developers.<p>In coming weeks, top executives at the Mountain View, Calif., technology giant are set to weigh a pitch from Alphabet’s …

Alphabet Inc.

Finance leaders call for collaboration on fintech development | Financial Times

A group of global finance leaders is calling on regulators, start-ups and industry incumbents to embark on landmark collaborations that they say will …

World Economic Forum

ISDA AGM: CCP leaders disagree over merits of blockchain

Leaders of the world’s leading clearing houses appearing on a panel at ISDA’s 31st AGM agreed that new technologies such as blockchain will play an …

Barclays backs UK launch of Circle money transfer app

Customers will be able to send currency with messages and emojis using the blockchain technology behind bitcoin<p>An app that uses the technology behind bitcoin, the digital currency, is launching in the UK with the support of Barclays.<p>The Circle app will allow customers to transfer money with …

Big Banks Balance FinTech Startup Partnerships With Internal Innovation

By<p>Kim S. Nash<p>Big banks are covering their innovation bases by working with FinTech startups individually and through business accelerators, hoping to spread risk and see rewards fast.<p>One accelerator, Startupbootcamp FinTech, recently chose 10 startups from 400 that applied to its first program in …

WSJ City

Nasdaq joins race to sell blockchain tech

Nasdaq is participating in bids to provide distributed ledger services and solutions to capital market firms, as the blockchain arms race heats …

WSJ City

‘Fintech’ Will Mostly End in Tears, Christopher Flowers Says

Renowned investor says most fintech startups will fail<p>The “fintech” revolution will end badly for most startups, according to veteran financial-services investor J. Christopher Flowers.<p>While a few new technology companies seeking to win business from established banks and financial-services firms …

Emerging Technology

Uber Rolls Out Motorcycle-Booking Service in Bangkok

Uber’s offering comes amid growing popularity of rivals’ motorbike-booking services in Southeast Asia<p>BANGKOK—Uber Technologies Inc. is breaking into motorcycle bookings, taking its battle to win over users in Southeast Asia to the traffic-clogged streets of Bangkok.<p>Beginning Wednesday, users in …

South-east Asia

JPMorgan Quietly Tests ‘Blockchain’ With 2,200 Clients

Bank is rejiggering its budget to allocate more money to application development, cybersecurity<p>By<p>Emily Glazer<p>Emily Glazer<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@EmilyGlazerWSJ<p>Google+<p>Emily.Glazer@wsj.com<p>J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is quietly testing technology that underpins the digital currency bitcoin on …

J.P. Morgan

Africa’s big banks are betting on fintech startups and bitcoin to beat disruption

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>African banks have been late to the fintech party, but after leaving huge swaths of the population to get their financial services from telcos (most famously Safaricom’s M-Pesa in Kenya), banks here are increasingly seeing the continent as a testing ground for new …

Financial Services

Fiserv Partners To Launch Accelerator That Helps Global Fintech Startups Commercialize

You can’t swing a stick and not hit an accelerator these days. That’s good and bad for entrepreneurs and business. For startups competing for attention and resources, it may be difficult to tell where they’ll get the most lift.<p>And lift isn’t defined strictly in dollars. Increasingly the emphasis on …

Nine myths about startups they’ll let you live with

To say that working at a startup or running one is the best thing to do these days wouldn't be a blinding insight. A friend of mine in a recent …

Startups

7 podcasts you should listen to if you want to start a business

While you know that reading up on how to start a company, taking night classes, and meeting with entrepreneurs to ask them how they did it is helpful, you just don't have the time or energy.<p>That's where podcasts come into play.<p>On your way to and from work, at the gym, or whenever you have some …

Norway's 2 biggest banks have stopped handling cash

Note the ominous implication of this absurd statement: any large or even moderate-sized financial transaction that people manage to keep private must involve criminal activity. Indeed, in 2013, a Norwegian man had his home ransacked by police after he purchased a PC, TVs and a washing machine for …

Smart Africa: Mobile payments race spawns entrepreneurs | Financial Times

The race to develop mobile payment systems across Africa is spawning a new generation of tech entrepreneurs, searching for innovative ways to reach …

Africa

Why Small Businesses Are Getting LinkedIn Wrong

The social network can be a great place to promote a startup. Here’s how to do it right.<p>How can a small company make the most of LinkedIn?<p>The social network is an inescapable part of online life for working professionals. But much of the advice on how to leverage it is targeted at big names. Over …

Social Media

​Smartphone accessory 3D-scans your food to count calories

Visual calorie-counting apps have appeared on smartphones before, but typically involved object identification through the camera (or barcode scanning, which isn't quite the same). Other apps, with more expensive subscription costs, would direct your photos to people hired to work out what you were …

University of Washington

The start-up challengers on the cutting edge of a shave | Financial Times

In early 2006, I happened to go into a US drugstore the day Gillette released the first five-blade razor, the now ubiquitous Fusion. Ever the mug, or …

Warby Parker

Former Wall St titans shake-up banking with fintech investments | Financial Times

They made their name on Wall Street. Now, they are trying to disrupt it.<p>Some of the world’s highest-profile bankers have poured millions of dollars …

Financial Services

JPMorgan plans lending venture with OnDeck Capital | Financial Times

JPMorgan Chase is tying up with OnDeck Capital, one of the biggest of the specialist online lenders, in a blurring of the boundaries between the old …

Financial Services

Chinese Online Lending Startup Dianrong To Expand Into South Korea

<i>(This has been cross-posted from WSJ’s Digits blog.)</i><p>While China’s Internet finance market is still in the early stages of its expansion, one of the country’s startups is already expanding its business overseas.<p>Shanghai-based Dianrong.com, one of China’s biggest online peer-to-peer lending startups, …

A pivot back to corporate life | Financial Times

Holidays are a revelation for Barnaby Voss. In his current job at Google, the US technology group, he is able to switch off when he takes a break. …

Startups

Deutsche Bank tests password-free mobile security | Financial Times

Deutsche Bank is experimenting with new antifraud technology that uses the way you handle and hold your phone to work out if you are really you.<p>The …

Deutsche Bank

All change in Nigeria

In 2014, before the election that saw the first change of power in Nigeria by peaceful democratic means in our history, the then government rebased …

Elon Musk Powers Up: Inside Tesla’s $5 Billion Gigafactory

Elon Musk is venturing headfirst into the battery business. Here’s why it might be his boldest bet yet.<p>Elon Musk walks briskly onto the stage as hard rock blasts in the background. The guitar riff, which sounds like entrance music suitable for a professional wrestler or a minor-league cleanup …

Tesla

Rescheduling television’s future | Financial Times

A few years ago Jean-David Blanc stopped watching live television. Then he realised what he was missing. “I was looking at the TV guide, and I …

Tim Cook