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Everything you need to know to take advantage of the cryptocurrency revolution

The recent roller coaster bitcoin price has moved the topic of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain from geeky chat rooms to boardrooms and dining room tables. The cryptocurrency revolution is here and can’t be ignored by businesses around the world. But with something so new, that fundamentally disrupts so much about what we think we know about currencies and trust, where do you start?

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How Google Plans To Power Up Mobile Shopping For The Holidays

Just in time for the holiday season, Google is expanding its mobile shopping experience, including showing buying guides for broad categories and adding more information for specific product searches.

“When you search for a specific product, now shows you other helpful information, like related items, and allows you to compare reviews, prices and other specs, side by side,” wrote Google product management director for Google Shopping, Jennifer Liu, on Google’s The Keyword blog.

Makro Boosts Delivery Performance of WumDrop

Makro, retailer owned by Massmart, has acquired a majority stake in delivery startup WumDrop.

With the acquisition, the company plans to reduce the delivery time from three days to three hours for clients located within 20 kilometres of Makro store.

The value of the deal has not been disclosed. WumDrop, which was founded in 2014, will continue to work with other clients, including The Foschini Group, Standard Bank and Zando.

Yandex.Checkout integrates New Payments Platform

Yandex.Checkout has launched a new technological platform to help companies accept online payments in a faster way.

Ecobank Renews Partnership With Apo Group

APO Group, the leading media relations consultancy for Africa and the Middle East, is delighted to announce a new contract with the biggest independent Pan-African banking group Ecobank.

FNB Pays Customers to Go Digital With Cash Back Rewards

FNB Namibia yesterday launched another first for the Namibian market, namely FNB Rewards, which enables customers to earn cash back for doing everyday things like purchasing airtime on cellphone banking, online banking or using the banking app; filling up with fuel with an FNB credit card, and spending with a debit or credit card. Cash backs will be paid into a linked savings pocket for customers to use whenever, and on whatever they please. "This means you are rewarded each time you perform one of the qualifying transactions," says Tracy Eagles, chief marketing officer at FNB Namibia.

Yoyo Wallet Integrates with Starling Bank

Starling Bank has signed an agreement with Yoyo Wallet, a UK-based mobile payment and loyalty platform, as it prepares for the PSD2 and Open Banking.

As a part of the agreement, Yoyo will use Starling’s Open Banking-compliant API to allow customers link the Starling bank account to the Yoyo Wallet. Whenever paying at one of Yoyo’s retail partners using the Starling Bank card, users automatically collect any loyalty points on offer.