Fed Chair Jerome Powell joined the growing chorus of regulators raising flags about the Facebook-backed Libra cryptocurrency; German digital bank N26 launched operations in the U.S. market; payments processor Stripe suffered downtime issues that halted online sales for many businesses; British Airways and Marriott were both fined over $100 million by the U.K. ICO for data breaches, while Facebook faces a $5 billion fine from the FTC; and the EU and U.K. are looking for ways to stem the use of cryptocurrency services to launder money.
Kik is expected to challenge the SEC over an ICO enforcement action; Coinbase rolled out crypto institutional services in Asia; Alipay was granted an EU e-money license; Bitcoin ATM startups reported growth; the EU and Japan finalized a data flow agreement; and IBM landed a $260m IT infrastructure deal with the Bank of the Philippine Islands.
The DOJ filed charges for an alleged SEC hack which generated $4.1M in profits; HSBC has used distributed ledger technology to settle over $250B in FX transactions; Square has launched a debit card for businesses; SWIFT has published ‘Pay Later’ API standards for instant loans at point of sale; VC funding for cybersecurity firms topped $5B in 2018; the Canadian government has opened a consultation on open banking; and Fiserv is to acquire First Data for $22B.
The SEC settled with DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather for improperly promoting ICOs; CLS launched its blockchain-based CLSNet payments netting service; the ECB launched its TIPS platform; Marriott disclosed a data breach affecting up to 500 million customers; Monzo wants to raise £20M through crowdfunding; and SEC Chair Jay Clayton commented on the possibility of an approved crypto ETF.
The SEC plans to release “plain English” guidance on ICOs; American Express became the first foreign card provider to be approved to enter the Chinese card market; Credit Karma acquired Noddle and entered the U.K. market; HSBC disclosed a data breach affecting some of its U.S. retail customers; and Vox profiled Initiative Q, a new cryptocurrency and payments network.
The CSBS refiled suit against the OCC; the FDIC is creating an office of innovation; Coinbase was approved to be a NY qualified custodian; Apple CEO Tim Cook decried the “data-industrial complex”; Cathay Pacific and British Airways both disclosed new data breach details; and IBM is acquiring Red Hat for a reported $33B.