Ant Financial's global expansion plan bounces back with WorldFirst buyout

(Image credit: Monito) Alibaba affiliate and Alipay parent Ant Financial's acquisition of London-based payments and…


Briefing: Ant Financial acquires UK payments company Worldfirst

Ant Financial Agrees to Buy U.K. Payments Firm WorldFirst - Bloomberg  What happened: Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial…


Briefing: Former Taobao exec named CEO of Lazada Malaysia

阿里投资的 Lazada 任命了新 CEO,原淘宝全球购总监周南上任 - Sohu What happened: Alibaba-backed e-commerce platform Lazada has named former…


Briefing: Alipay to reach 7,000 Walgreens stores in the US by April

Walgreens adding Alipay to 7,000 stores - Alizila What happened: Alibaba-backed mobile payment tool Alipay is expected…


Briefing: Canadian food delivery startup partners with Alipay to launch food ordering mini-program

ClickDishes Teams With Alipay For Mobile Orders – Pymnts What happened: Canadian on-demand food tech startup…


Briefing: China releases new guidance for blockchain in agriculture finance

China: New Guidance to Implement Blockchain in Agriculture Finance Sector – Cointelegraph What happened: China released…


Briefing: US warns Eastern European countries of Huawei's growing influence

Pompeo sounds alarm on Huawei's Eastern Europe stronghold – Nikkei Asian Review What happened: US Secretary of State…


Briefing: UnionPay says mobile transaction volume increased 4.4 times during Spring Festival

2019年春节银联网络交易达1.16万亿元 同比增长71.4% – TechWeb What happened: The world’s largest payment card issuer, China UnionPay, said…


Briefing: Alipay's facial recognition payment system expands to China's lower-tier cities

刷脸支付进入五线城市 三巨头加持物联网“飞”到百姓身边 - Securities Daily What happened: Facial recognition payment systems can now be found…


2019 is the year of blockchain-boosted privacy

From left: Gideon Lichfield (editor-in-chief at MIT Technology Review), Brian Behlendorf (executive director of…