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Citigroup and other banks are increasingly looking to startups to help them compete in a world in which Google, Apple and other tech firms are rapidly becoming potential threats.

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As Facebook and Google increasingly become de facto managers of consumers' online identities, some wonder if another, more trusted party, such as banks or the government, should step up and take on this role.

Many banks will need to invest in making their websites render nicely on smartphones after Google started to favor "mobile-friendly" pages in determining what content comes up first on its search pages.

For more than a decade, U.S. regulators have been advising bankers to know more about their customers than who they are. In the next five years that may become the global norm as technology allows more granular transaction monitoring.

TD Bank's efforts to be responsive and natural on Twitter and Facebook have earned it a top ranking among its peers.

The McLean, Va., credit card lender is offering steep discounts to Uber riders, even though the promotion stands to hurt some of the bank's commercial borrowers.
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Cybercriminals' distributed denial of service exploits are getting more targeted and sophisticated.

The ubiquitous coffee chain is making new inroads with its mobile payments app, and its success underscores how nonbanks can outdo banks at their own game and should be watched closely by banking industry participants.

Millions of dollars spent on software upgrades are worth the hit to short-term profits, executives at the Buffalo bank said, because it will be able to run deeper credit profiles of borrowers.

House lawmakers approved two bills this week to foster greater information sharing between the private sector and government about cyber threats — and all eyes now turn to the Senate to see if legislation can finally be enacted.

The San Francisco bank has added three more young technology firms to its accelerator program, which is aimed at adapting products from outside the financial services world for creative uses in banking.
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