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Deals

Gojek Acquires Payments Startup Moka for $130 Million

“Indonesia’s ride-hailing and food-delivery giant Gojek has acquired a mobile point-of-sale startup called Moka for about $130 million, according to people familiar with the deal. Jakarta-based Moka, present in more than 100 cities across Indonesia, provides point-of-sale and payments services to owners of more than 35,000 restaurants, coffee shops and retail outlets.”
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Companies

Paytm Cuts Losses 20% As E-pays Fall

“Paytm has started curbing expenditure amid the pandemic to extend its runway. The e-payments major — India’s most valued startup at $16 billion — has been cutting costs at a rate of 15-20% in the last two months, founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma told TOI in an exclusive interview earlier this month. The development […]
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Global

China Rolls Out Pilot Test of Digital Currency

“China’s central bank has introduced a homegrown digital currency across four cities as part of a pilot program, marking a milestone on the path toward the first electronic payment system by a major central bank. Internal tests of the digital currency are being conducted in four large cities around China—Shenzhen, Suzhou, Chengdu and Xiong’an, a […]
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Companies

Paytm Builds ‘Contactless In-store Ordering’ Solution for Restaurants After Lockdown

“Paytm on Monday said it has developed a ‘contactless in-store ordering’ solution to help restaurants and eateries minimise physical contacts for menu, billing and cash transactions after these businesses open after the lockdown. The digital payments major aims to onboard over one lakh restaurants for the solution. It is looking at tapping into top-30 cities […]
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Global

African fintech firm Flutterwave launches SME e-commerce portal

“San Francisco and Lagos-based fintech startup Flutterwave has launched Flutterwave Store, a portal for African merchants to create digital shops to sell online. The product is less Amazon and more eBay — with no inventory or warehouse requirements. Flutterwave insists the move doesn’t represent any shift away from its core payments business. The company accelerated the […]
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Global

Opera’s OPay still plans Africa expansion on Nigerian super app

“Opera’s Africa fintech startup OPay remains committed to building a multi-service super app in Nigeria as the foundation to expand on the continent. OPay also continues to operate ORide for limited passenger service — though the company is shifting the motorcycle ride-hail operation toward logistics businesses. Opera launched the OPay mobile money platform in Lagos […]

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MoneyGram Partners With Federal Bank to Expand Account Deposit Capabilities to Millions of Consumers in India

“MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of MoneyGram International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGI ), a global leader in cross-border P2P payments and money transfers, today announced that it has entered into a partnership with The Federal Bank Limited, a leading private sector Bank in India,  for a strategic  partnership to offer a cost-effective direct […]
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Companies

Facebook Invests $5.7 Billion in India’s Jio Platforms

“One focus of our collaboration with Jio will be creating new ways for people and businesses to operate more effectively in the growing digital economy. For instance, by bringing together JioMart, Jio’s small business initiative, with the power of WhatsApp, we can enable people to connect with businesses, shop and ultimately purchase products in a […]
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Domains

PPRO Launches Leading Japanese Payment Methods, Propels APAC Expansion

“PPRO , the world’s leading local payments platform-as-a-service, has entered the Japanese e-commerce market. Two popular Japanese payment methods – Konbini and Pay-easy – join over 150 local payment methods on PPRO’s platform, a portfolio that already includes APAC heavyweights like Alipay, WeChat Pay, UnionPay, and GrabPay.  The Japanese e-commerce market – boasting a healthy growth […]
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Domains

PayU Launches Initiative to Support Residential Societies Collect Dues Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

“PayU, India’s leading payment gateway, has launched an initiative to help residential societies and its residents to collect and transfer their dues online amidst COVID-19 pandemic. Through PayU’s offering, a resident welfare association (RWA) will be able to build a free customized website for its society with a built-in payment gateway and give residents a seamless checkout experience. The […]