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Google Launches Newest Android, New Payments Products

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Massive Industry Hitters Join Xapo Board

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John Hancock Acquires Guide Financial

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TruMid and Electronifie look to bury archaic phone trading

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Mary Meeker's 2015 Internet Trends

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Cash ceases to be king in UK

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The Death of Bitcoin

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Old-school NYSE creates a new bitcoin index

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Credit Sesame raises $16m

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Changing of the guard at Innovate Finance

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Japanese Paidy raises $5m

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Smartphone maker Xiaomi launches money market fund

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Envestnet buys Finance Logix

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Visa launches fintech accelerator in Europe

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BitInstant founder begins 2-year prison sentence

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Data project to prevent another 'Flash Crash' lags behind schedule

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Openfolio infuses investing with social networking

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Robinhood raises $50m Series B round

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Portfolio company Artivest raises $15m

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What Ripple's FinCEN $0.7M Fine means for Digital Currency

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itBit Begins Taking Retail Financial Customers, Closes $25M Series A, & Announces New Board Members

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Web Payments Use Cases Document

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Digit, your personal piggy bank, raises $11.3 million

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Guest Post: Artificial Intelligence in Fintech

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EMV security may be slow despite approaching deadline

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Abaris empowers individuals when planning for retirement

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What do robo-advisors need from their custodian?

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MCX gets new CEO after Apple Pay scores Best Buy

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Silicon Valley drama as Secret App shuts down

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Are you ready for Google’s mobile algorithm change?

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