Square re-filed its ILC charter application; New York established a digital currency task force; Ant is considering acquiring WorldFirst; Google gained an EU e-money license; Robinhood is apparently preparing to expand to the U.K.; and the WSJ profiles the SEC’s Hester Peirce.
The U.S. Supreme Court backed American Express in an antitrust case; California passed a stringent new privacy law; Andreessen Horowitz launched a cryptocurrency fund; JP Morgan took its mobile-only bank, Finn, nationwide; Facebook reversed its decision to ban all cryptocurrency ads; and Ant Financial launched a cross-border remittance service.
What’s The Big Idea with Circle, Coinbase, and Revolut all making moves to expand their capabilities? Also: The CFTC subpoenaed several crypto exchanges; Ant raised $14B in the largest fundraising round in history; Google published its AI “code of ethics”; Facebook took another privacy hit; and the CFSI unveiled its 2018 FinLab cohort.
The CFPB restructured Project Catalyst; Coinbase is making moves; PayPal is buying iZettle for $2.2B; the WSJ found hundreds of fraudulent cryptocurrency offerings; California is considering a new data protection bill; and Circle gained unicorn status after raising $110M in new funding.
The U.S. House heard testimony on fintech and regulation; Zelle is adding 100,000 new customers per day; Lightning Network could mean much more efficient crypto transactions; S. Korea is not banning crypto exchanges; and Alibaba is taking a 33% stake in Ant. Also: what’s the Big Idea with the SEC and CFTC stepping up crypto scrutiny?
Happy New Year! The U.S. denied Ant’s bid for MoneyGram; the CFTC discussed regulating cryptocurrency derivatives markets; Goldman plans to set up a crypto trading desk; Coinbase is looking into possible insider trading; and China is quickly moving towar toward a “cashless society.”