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Collecting and verifying information about corporate customers is a long, often painful process for banks and clients. Now a number of organizations are aiming to solve the problem with registries that do the low-level grunt work on banks' behalf. But skeptics wonder whether regulators will bless the idea—and if banks are willing to put aside their rivalry for a common purpose.

Small banks and credit unions are looking to a lab hosted by NCR's Digital Insight to try out new tech like biometrics and beacons in an effort to keep up with their larger competitors.

Before its IPO this week, online lending platform OnDeck was operating "with the discipline of a public business," holding simulated earnings calls among other exercises, says Noah Breslow.

One big question in the debate over regulating cryptocurrencies is whether to apply existing rules to these new technologies or craft new ones. A state regulators' trade group recognizes that there may be no one right answer.

As bank executives continue to debate, hesitate and worry over the security issues related to using applications that connect to the cloud, their employees are using cloud-based apps by the hundreds — often without banks' knowledge.

BBVA's purchase this week of Madiva Soluciones will help it solve customer analytics problems. But more importantly, it brings the bank a stable of experienced data scientists.

Marketplace lender Social Finance may pursue a larger initial public offering than expected, CEO Mike Cagney said. Progress in its mortgage business and a new lending app will be pivotal to the company's future, he said.

Some banks offer better mobile apps than others, although there is time to recover because most consumers are not quite ready to switch banks yet based on app quality.

Tangerine, Simple, American Express and Discover are some of the financial institutions that use Apple's Touch ID fingerprint-authentication technology to let consumers replace passwords or to add security.
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Renaud Laplanche is a happy if somewhat tired man. The company he founded, Lending Club, exceeded most expectations by closing its first day of public trading at $23.43 after starting at $15.
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