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Embedded finance is heating up. Rapyd’s fintech-as-a-service platform has raised another $300 million, and payments firms are now faced with stronger competition from non-financial players including Google, WooCommerce, and even Starbucks. — Ismail Umar
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WHAT WE’RE READING
Quiznos launches bitcoin payment pilot program (CoinDesk)
Embedded finance player Rapyd raises $300 million on $8.75 billion valuation (TechCrunch)
SEC needs more power from Congress to fully regulate crypto, Chair Gensler says (CNBC)
Why Square acquired Afterpay: Merchant and CashApp user acquisition (Forbes)
- Square to buy BNPL giant Afterpay in $29 billion deal (TechCrunch)
PayPal reports record year with $311 billion in total payments volume, 400 million active accounts (Crowdfund Insider)
- A pre-launch look at PayPal’s new ‘super app’ (TechCrunch)
Zelle transaction volumes soar (Finextra)
Visa rolls out BNPL APIs for clients (Finextra)
Card issuer Lithic valued at $800 million after latest fundraising (Bloomberg)
M1 Finance launches new credit card earning consumers cash back with companies they own stock in (CNBC)
Shopify allows merchants to sell NFTs directly through their storefronts (TechCrunch)
SWIFT intros Go, its new fast cross-border payment service (PYMNTS)
Mastercard teams with Lloyds to launch PayFrom Bank, enabling people to pay from their bank accounts. (PYMNTS)
Solarisbank raises $224 million, acquires Contis to boost embedded banking tech in Europe (TechCrunch)
Big tech, Amazon job postings point to crypto’s future in retail (PYMNTS)