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Facebook's Libra has staggering potential - state control of money could end

The UN recognises 180 currencies worldwide as legal tender, all of them issued by nation states. It does not recognise cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin in this way, even if communities of enthusiasts have been treating them as a means of exchange for over a decade now...

By Gavin Brown 27 Jun 2019

SPAIN

Orange seeks to buy Spain's Jazztel for $4.4bn

MADRID, SPAIN: French group Orange launched on Tueday, 16 September, a bid to extend its reach in a Europe-wide telecom turf war with an offer for Spanish fixed-line operator Jazztel.

17 Sep 2014

SPAIN

Telefonica concludes sale of Irish business

MADRID, SPAIN: Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica says it has completed the sale of its Irish subsidiary to Hong Kong's Hutchison Whampoa for €850.

17 Jul 2014

SPAIN

Wave a phone and your bill's paid

BARCELONA, SPAIN: Credit card giant Visa announced a global alliance with Samsung to let shoppers make payments by waving their smartphones near a special reader.

27 Feb 2013

SPAIN

MasterPass opens many payment doors

BARCELONA, SPAIN: Credit card giant MasterCard launched a new digital payment system that lets people use a wide variety of devices including smartphones to spend their money.

26 Feb 2013

SPAIN

MasterCard sets sights on the next billion consumers

BARCELONA, SPAIN: MasterCard has continued its mobile payment leadership and outlined its vision on how to reach the next billion consumers through mobile innovation and partnerships. At a press conference at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona led by its global head of mobile Mung Ki Woo, MasterCard and leading mobile partners Comviva, Intel, iZettle, Santander and Turkcell unveiled a vision for the future of mobile payments.

8 Mar 2012

GERMANY

Escalating crisis having an impact on Europe

NUREMBERG, GERMANY: Faced with the ongoing debate about a Greek bailout and the worsening debt crisis in France and Italy, European consumers are noticeably unsettled once again.

25 Oct 2011

UNITED KINGDOM

Europe sees 40% growth in mobile banking through smartphones

LONDON, UK: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service which showed that 20 million mobile users across the five leading European markets (UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy), representing 8.5% of mobile subscribers in these markets, accessed their bank account via a mobile phone in March 2011.

27 May 2011

GERMANY

Mobile payments: Trust and familiarity are crucial in driving adoption

NUREMBERG, GERMANY: Trust and familiarity are the key drivers in consumer preference for mobile payment services, according to a new study. The survey by GfK NOP, a global market research agency, covered nine countries (US, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, South Korea, Brazil and China) and included 8603 online interviews, with each country's sample designed to represent their online population.

23 May 2011