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The vendor says it's in the running for several core banking contracts in the U.S., including one where it is competing against multiple packages from the market leader, FIS.

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Though lukewarm about Bitcoin itself, bankers see promise in the technology it runs on, specifically the distributed ledger, for efficiency and security improvements in areas like payments and securities handling.
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A specialized Wells Fargo branch in Des Moines and the nonprofit Digital Finance Institute are part of a small but growing movement to improve access to financial services for emigres who have escaped war or persecution.

Recognizing that twice as many customers use online banking as mobile banking, the San Francisco bank has invested in a redesign of its website, an area many banks have neglected of late.

Namu is trying to solve a problem facing all banks that vie for millennials' attention: how to make the mobile banking experience more appealing. Its app refreshes users' memories of transactions with images illustrating what they bought.

New software aims to help prevent wireless network hijacking, or "commjacking." But there are also steps banks can take on their own to protect employees and customers from this seldom-discussed but ever-present threat.

Carolina Bank's growth, and a corresponding increase in remote workers, drove the CEO and IT department to seek technology tightening access to its systems without making it harder for employees to log in.
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In the wake of recent court rulings upholding homeowners associations' "super lien" status in foreclosures, mortgage vendors have flooded the market with products to help servicers and investors manage this long-standing threat.

Quants are still around, and their computer, math and statistical modeling skills are still sorely needed in banking. But they're more likely to apply their brainpower to stress tests than to pricing complex derivatives or exotic products.

A handful of banks are upgrading their apps with Siri-like "virtual assistants" that understand spoken questions at a time when most institutions don't even let digital customers do typed keyword searches of their transaction data.
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VidVerify, a new company started by a co-founder of Lenders One, produces online videos that educate borrowers on the milestones of the mortgage process, while helping lenders ensure regulatory compliance.
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California officials briefly raised hopes among digital currency proponents Friday by releasing a statement that they would drop plans to regulate digital currency businesses and instead defer to the legislature.  read more »
8 Things Apple Pay Left Out

Apple's long-anticipated move into mobile payments seemed to cover all the bases -- Apple Pay will launch with the support of major banks, card networks and retailers. But there were several things that didn't make it into the first version of its mobile wallet.

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