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Klarna Launches Open Banking Platform

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Today, Klarna, one of Europe’s leading payment providers and the global market leader in payment initiation services, announces the launch of its own Open Banking Platform. This platform will enable access to more than 4,300 European banks through a single Access to Account (XS2A) API in line with Payment Services Directive (PSD2). Klarna’s XS2A API is the most established and proven solution that has been developed at scale across markets for almost 15 years through the Klarna Group company Sofort.

This platform provides a fully proven and mature infrastructure, superior market coverage and connectivity, with access to 99% of online banking consumers currently across 14 European markets. By opening up its own advanced technology and capabilities, Klarna is simplifying and democratising access to APIs securely. Both established and newer banks and fintechs as well as other licensed businesses, will be able to build smart and personalised offerings that meet the evolving needs of consumers across Europe. Klarna has been one of the leading proponents of the PSD2 legislation and believes high-quality APIs will drive innovation and competition but most importantly will empower consumers across Europe with increased choice, control and clarity on their finances, and ability to access better products.

Koen Köppen, Chief Technology Officer at Klarna, says: “At Klarna, we have an unparalleled depth of experience and capabilities in XS2A, and for over 15 years, we have succeeded in the midst of huge complexity. Now in the midst of further change and transformation from the PSD2 legislation and steps towards European Open Banking, we can enable other fintechs, banks and others to develop, test and bring new services and products to the market at a faster pace, through our Platform and by integrating with our single API. Our technology allows us to offer an ecosystem of services not only to consumers but also to businesses – whether that’s in retail, financial services or technology. We look forward to seeing all new solutions and products that will grow out of this, creating a consumer centric financial services industry in Europe.”

With Klarna’s platform, other fintechs, banks and businesses, will be able to develop offerings to enable consumers to have a complete overview of their financial lives and help people understand and engage with their finances in a more meaningful way. This could include payment initiation, different personal financial management tools which help consumers to budget, save and switch more easily between providers e.g. mortgage offerings or cheaper energy offers. It could also extend to new credit and insurance products or advisory services and wealth management. By taking advantage of Klarna’s Open Banking Platform these businesses will be able to offer their consumers the possibility to manage their finances on their own terms.

Klarna’s Open Banking Platform will offer a combination of both account information services (AIS) providing consolidated information on payment accounts, and payment initiation services (PIS) enabling account to account direct bank transfers as licensed under PSD2. Klarna’s XS2A PIS solution transferred over 10 billion Euros in volumes and completed over 100 million transactions for 2018 alone across markets. Klarna has had an unrelenting focus on providing a great user experience and high performance of the service, which is continually optimised. Across its markets, Klarna has a superior PIS conversion rate from the login to successful completion of the flow. The Klarna Open Banking Platform also provides developer friendly tools and technical solutions to help solve both the compliance and UX aspects of managing credentials and to overall help drive an accelerated time to market for products while minimizing costs and technological investments required.

George Parks Davie, Manager Open Banking Platform at Klarna, says: “We can offer the leading technology, quality, knowledge and market presence to help other players develop even better services and products for their consumers. Klarna’s XS2A API opens up a range of opportunities and through developer-friendly infrastructure it also empowers innovators. This is just another way of how Klarna aims to continually enhance the value we offer to consumers, helping them shop, save and manage their money as smoothly as possible.”

For more information, please visit: https://www.klarna.com/uk/business/products/klarna-open-banking/

 

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Penta Security and R3 Announce Strategic Partnership for Digital Asset Management and MPC Technology

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Amit Ghosh, COO of R3 APAC (left) and Dr. Sim, CTO of Penta Security (right)

 

Penta Security and blockchain software firm R3 today announced that they have entered into a global strategic partnership for digital asset management and MPC (Multi-Party Computation) technology, combining Penta Security’s technologies and R3’s extensive enterprise blockchain platform, Corda.

With technology and services playing a critical role in digital asset payment and management aspects, the demand for a safer digital asset and private key management solution is dramatically increasing. The partnership brings together deep skills in MPC, blockchain key management solutions, technology development, and deployment in the finance sector via R3’s enterprise blockchain platform Corda.

As a result, Penta Security is devoted to expanding in the finance industry with its MPC technology which is based on the secret-sharing algorithm, and PALLET, an advanced key management solution for blockchain. Both parties will be heading to achieve goals through various new projects by forming a software enterprise firm, in addition to deploying Penta Security’s MPC technology on R3’s major projects.

Dr. Sim, Chief Technology Officer at Penta Security, said: “There’s no doubt that the private key to successful blockchain deployment is the most important asset. We believe Penta Security’s MPC and digital asset management technology can provide an ideal key protection solution for both blockchain and digital asset key protection. By diversifying our offerings through strategic partnerships, we’re excited to be devoting our expertise in the evolving blockchain scene.”

Cathy Minter, Chief Revenue Officer at R3, said: “The creation of a new market, powered by digital assets, is one of the most exciting promises of blockchain technology. Coupling our Corda platform with Penta Security’s MPC technology will be one step closer to addressing the industry demand for secure digital asset management. We are proud to be partnering with Penta Security to deliver an industry-leading solution and look forward to them achieving continued success in the future.”

 

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FiO Fixes Wine, Gaming and Fitness Industry Pain Points

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Innovative SaaS platform FiO is expected to release details on how its blockchain-onboarding service solves long-existing problems in wine provenance, online gaming and fitness tracking next week.

FiO merges the latest blockchain technology and GPG encryption with existing ledger software to create easy-to-use decentralized solutions for conventional businesses.

The company’s FiO software boasts a conventional form factor and simple templates to create a painless experience for non-technical users. Only 3 simple onboarding steps are required: user registration, service selection and finally, a connection to their API.

FiO’s “plug & play” technology aims to fix inherent issues that have long plagued traditional industries. For example, with counterfeit wines a multi-billion dollar problem, FiO enables a reliable and immutable traceability platform for wine products as they make their way from the vineyard to the consumer.

Through FiO’s simple blockchain tool, users can create a robust decentralized ledger and shareable digital certification pertaining to a wine’s appellation, winemaker, vintage year and shipping and storage. This enhanced ability to record the production, obtaining and selling of wine should foster greater trust between producers, distributors, resellers and collectors.

In recent years the fitness industry has seen a boom in wearable, biometric devices that track the end-user’s fitness regime and health vitals. FiO allows fitness gyms to integrate AI-enhanced features without compromising customer privacy. Gym users can consolidate their health and fitness training data from wearables, equipment and even medical service providers in one location, import token economy items and connect with social fitness influencers and networks.

The gaming industry, currently worth $150 billion per year, is predicted to double in value by 2022, with an increasing demand for B2B game development solutions that build and manage in-game item economies.

Until now, players could only trade and sell their virtual items directly or on third-party websites, with little protection against fraud, hacking and theft.

With FiO, game developers can now facilitate the easy and secure transfer of in-game items and rewards between players through their existing wallets. This increased functionality and fungibility of gaming rewards through blockchain will likely attract new players to the industry.

FiO made it clear that its platform is highly flexible and its benefits can be applied to nearly any conventional businesses. The company, currently in its final fundraising round, welcomes interested parties to get in touch.

 

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Crypto Earn: Now Earn 8% p.a. on EOS Deposits

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Crypto Earn: Now Earn 8% p.a. on EOS deposits

 

Crypto.com, the pioneering payments and cryptocurrency platform, announced today that it has added EOS to Crypto Earn, allowing users to enjoy up to 8% p.a. on their deposits.

In addition to having EOS available in Crypto Earn, deposit and withdrawal of EOS is also enabled on the Crypto.com App.

EOS.IO is a free, open-source blockchain software protocol that provides developers and entrepreneurs with a platform on which to build, deploy and run high-performing blockchain applications. It is currently supporting over 260 projects.

Crypto Earn now supports 16 coins including BTC, ETH, LTC, XRP, BNB, TUSD, PAX, USDC, MCO, BAT, LINK, CRO, MKR, DAI, PAXG with the addition of EOS. Interest is paid out weekly in the coin deposited with flexible, 1-month or 3-month terms available. Users earn more by staking at least 500 MCO.

Note: For the U.S. users, both deposit and withdrawal of EOS and Crypto Earn deposit in EOS are initially available in 38 states: AlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoDelawareFloridaIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNorth DakotaOhio, Oklahoma,  PennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVirginiaWest VirginiaWisconsin, and Wyoming.

 

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