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India Payments Roundup: Paytm, Amazon and Flipkart

The battle for e-commerce and payments domination is on in India. Paytm, an e-payment/e-commerce brand and payments bank, is bringing the QR code scanning habit to the Indian masses, while rival Flipkart has raised $2.5 billion from Japan’s SoftBank and Amazon has launched its digital wallet.


Plaintiff Appeals U.K. Competition Appeal Tribunal Decision in £14 Billion Suit

Former financial ombudsman Walter Merricks is appealing the U.K.’s Competition Appeal Tribunal’s decision not to certify his claim in a proposed £14 billion (US$18.2 billion) class action lawsuit against Mastercard over interchange.


Abu Dhabi Launches its First Fintech Innovation Challenge for Startups

Abu Dhabi Global Market and KPMG are launching the first Fintech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge—a five-week program for “innovative and mature startups across the globe,” with a chance to win $15,000 in prize money.


NCR Tackles Omnichannel Issues for Restaurants, Food Delivery

NCR Corp. on July 24 announced partnerships with Grubhub and DoorDash that it says will improve payments, order-ahead and delivery services for restaurants.


Karmic Secures $17.2 Million in Series B Financing, Adds Board Members

Pay Award-winning Karmic, which offers an integrated payment and expense management solution, has raised $17.2 million in a Series B round of financing. Wei Hopeman and Jim Whims have joined its board of directors.


Congressman Calls for Hearing on Amazon’s Whole Foods Bid

On this heels of its record-breaking Prime Day, during which sales were up more than 60 percent over last year, Amazon is facing antitrust concerns from the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee. U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (R.I.) is calling for a hearing on the e-commerce giant’s $13.7 billion bid to acquire brick-and-mortar specialty grocery chain Whole Foods.


mVisa Takes on M-PESA with Free Domestic Mobile Money Transfers

Move over M-PESA, customers of a Visa-led bank partnership in Kenya will be able to send money to each other domestically without paying transaction fees using mVisa, and the payments network has added additional in-store merchant acceptance for the QR-code-based payment method.


Debit Cards Knock off Cash as No. 1 Payment Method in U.K.

Cash is no longer king in the U.K., according to the British Retail Consortium’s annual Payments Survey, which found that debit card transactions accounted for almost 43 percent of all retail transactions in 2016, overtaking cash, which accounted for 42 percent of all retail transactions, for the first time.


CFPB Snapshot: California Leads Nation in Complaints to Agency

The CFPB receives more than 20,000 complaints every month, according to Director Richard Cordray, and the bureau’s latest installment of its Monthly Complaint Report highlights consumer complaints at the state level. As of June 1, the CFPB has received more than 1.2 million complaints across the country since it began accepting them in 2011. The top three states with the most complaints are California, Florida and Texas with 159,158, 111,559 and 93,472 complaints, respectively.


On the Wire: The Bancorp Inc. Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

The Bancorp Inc., a financial holding company, has reported financial results for first quarter 2017.