Weekend FinTech Reading, March 1 – 2, 2014

The week’s fintech news, research and innovations for your reading enjoyment.

Icahn Enterprises L.P. To Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell

Carl Icahn, billionaire investor and chairman of Icahn Enterprises Holdings LP, left, walks outside of the Nasdaq MarketSite with Robert Greifeld, chief executive officer and president of Nasdaq OMX Group Inc., in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Icahn announced his intention last month to offer $30 a share and give CVR Energy Inc. holders a right to as much as an additional $7 a share, a proposal that values the company at at least $2.6 billion, according to Bloomberg calculations. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Carl Icahn; Robert Greifeld

Scott Eells/Bloomberg

It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to catch up on recent FinTech news and reading:

Yellen: Fed Doesn’t Have Authority to Regulate Bitcoin (American Banker)

Big Data Comes to the Farm, Sowing Mistrust (WSJ)

The Bank and the Anti-Bank (New Yorker)

Tech Accessories: How to make wearables fashionable, desirable, and usable (WIRED)


Bitcoin After the Mt. Gox Meltdown (New Yorker)

Credible Launches A Kayak-Style Marketplace to Simplify Student Loan Refinancing (TechCrunch)

How Apple is using its new Touch ID feature to creep into the mobile payments sphere (Business Insider)

Bitcoin businesses subpoenaed in wake of Mt. Gox breach (Reuters)

PayPal Wars: Billionaire investor Carl Icahn throws another punch at eBay board of investors (Forbes)

The Future of Payments: Fed considers changes favoring tech companies while banks defend status quo (Forbes)

MasterCard partners with mobile technology company to increase security using geolocation capabilities (CNet)

New Player in the Payments Game: Mobile payments app Dash secures $1.2M in seed funding (TechCrunch)

Mobile Wallets: MasterCard and Visa breathe new life into mobile tap-to-pay apps (ReCode)

Bitcoin wallet startup Coinbase reaches 1 million users (TechCrunch)

New mobile payment solutions on display at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress (Washington Post)

Bump in the Road: Why the Mt. Gox boondoggle won’t kill Bitcoin (The Verge)