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The EU's second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) took effect on Saturday 13 January, bringing with it the start of Open Banking, however the prospect of a sudden revolution is likely to be thwarted by unresolved technical and regulatory issues and a lukewarm reception from consumers.

Just in time for the holiday season, U.S. Bank has added location services to the U.S. Bank Mobile App, offering U.S. Bank Visa credit and debit card customers technology that uses their phones’ location to help verify whether their mobile devices and credit or debit card are in the same location.

High street bank HSBC was forced to apologise to UK customers after its online banking service went down for a chunk of Friday.

Global digital payments volumes are predicted to increase by an average 10.9 percent through to 2020, reaching nearly 726 billion transactions, according to the World Payments Report 2017 (WPR 2017).

Silicon Valley analytic software firm FICO today announced that its new Falcon consortium models for payment card fraud detection include machine learning innovations that improve card-not-present (CNP) fraud detection by 30% without increasing the false positive rate, a standard metric for fraud model performance.

The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) has set out a plan to improve the security of wholesale payments that involve financial institutions in a bid to prevent a repeat of last year's $81 million Bangladesh Bank hack.

Interest in enterprise blockchains and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) has grown significantly in the past few years, with at least 115 DLT startups now employing more than two thousand people and many large corporations and public sector institutions focusing on DLT, says the first Global Blockchain Benchmarking Study by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), supported by VISA and professional services firm Ernst and Young (EY).

Despite the wave of costly data breaches over the last few years, nearly half of global firms that accept plastic are still failing to meet Payment Cards Industry (PCI) security standards, according to a report from Verizon.

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