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How Southeast Asia became a blockchain hub

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05-Jul-18 A mix of social and economic factors have combined to make Southeast Asia a rapidly developing blockchain technology hub, including the region’s under-subscription to its banking network, with only 27% of the 655 million population holding a bank account. [image: iStock / Asia Times]

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Facial payment for Android models is coming

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30-Jun-18 Consumers will complete mobile payment using upgraded facial recognition technologies on China-branded Android phones as early as Jul-18. Oppo will partner with Alibaba to kick off facial recognition authorization on AliPay using its new technology called FaceKey 3D. [image: Shine]

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American Asian supermarket chain adopts Alipay

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29-Jun-18 One of the largest Asian supermarket chains in the United States, New York-based 99 Ranch Market, will soon begin accepting mobile payments via Alipay, a third-party mobile and online payment platform developed and owned by China-based Ant Financial. [image: Progressive Grocer]

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Japan's Line Pay throws down gauntlet to Alipay

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28-Jun-18 Japanese chat app operator Line unveiled a new service aimed at spreading mobile payment across Japan, in the most potent challenge yet by a Japanese operator to the dominant Chinese mobile payment platform, Alipay. [image: Keiichiro Sato / Nikkei Asian Review]

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