F|T: The FinTech Times – Apple is launching a credit card

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BetaKit

Kik’s Kin Foundation announces plans to build its own blockchain

Eventually, the plan is for Kin tokens running on Ethereum or Stellar to create a unified token over both networks.


wsj

Goldman Sachs, Apple team up on new credit card

The planned card would carry the Apple Pay brand and could launch early next year, people familiar with the matter said.


techcrunch

Free stock trading app Robinhood rockets to a $5.6B valuation with new funding round

Robinhood started off as a simple stock trading application with no transaction fees — but as it starts to dive into cryptocurrency, investors are getting pretty excited and are pouring a ton of new funding into it.


finsmes

Trussle raises £13.6m in Series B financing

Trussle, which leverages proprietary automation and mortgage monitoring software to compare and track thousands of mortgage products, raised the funding from Goldman Sachs and BBVA-backed Propel Venture Partners.


betakit

Smooth Commerce powering Basil Box mobile order ahead and loyalty app

Smooth Commerce builds mobile apps for retailers that include payments, loyalty rewards, and discount programs.


independent

Is Facebook about to launch its own cryptocurrency?

The biggest management reshuffle in Facebook’s history has revealed the social network’s intentions to develop blockchain technology, though it is not yet clear for what purpose.


finextra

HSBC launches Connected Money app

The app will enable customers to see account information from all their providers in one place.


bk

Visa, PayPal bring mobile payment partnership to Canada

The two companies have already collaborated in the US, Asia, and Europe.


techcrunch

Google Pay’s app adds boarding passes, tickets, p2p payments and more

Google said users can send and request money, manage payment info linked to their Google accounts, and see their transaction history on the web with the Google Pay iOS app.


finextra

Athena raises $15 million to disrupt Australian mortgage market

Athena, which provides online approvals for loans, raised the funding from Macquarie Bank and Square peg Capital.


techcrunch

iZettle, the ‘Square of Europe’, plans IPO to raise around $227M, valuing it at $1.1B

iZettle’s plan is to use the proceeds to “execute on our ambitious growth strategy” both by continuing to serve small and medium businesses but also by turning its focus to larger merchants and other companies in Europe and Latin America.


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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.