Weekend FinTech Reading, January 17 – 19, 2014

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

Google Buying Nest for $3.2 Billion Is Cozy Deal for Backers

A Nest Labs Inc. smoke and carbon monoxide alarm is displayed at a Home Depot Inc. store in Emeryville, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. Google Inc., after struggling to catch Apple Inc. in consumer gadgets, is buying Nest Labs Inc., the digital thermostat maker for $3.2 billion in cash. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

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

Finnovation: Seven new companies have been selected to join London-based FinTech Lab. (WSJ Market Watch)

Paying Taxes with Bitcoin? The third-party payment start-up allows for just that. (Forbes)

The Future, Google-fied: Robots, Nest and Google’s domination of the tech landscape. (New York Times)

RoboEarth: A World Wide Web just for robots? European lab tests cloud-based operating system for personal robots. (BBC)


$10 a Bitcoin? Why Bitcoin will become synonymous with digital currency. (Forbes)

Controlling the Coin: Some companies are attempting to launch a bitcoin-based derivatives market. (Wired)

Google and Amazon Battle to Host Data in the Cloud: Google increases cloud storage capability for data analytics platform Hadoop, while Amazon Cloud competitor GoGrid launches new data hosting service. (TechCrunch and Venturebeat)

Twitter meets E-Commerce: Twitter nearing deal with online payments start-up Stripe. (Re/Code)

The Future of Financial Services: What PayPal is up to in its New York City-based Innovation Center. (American Banker)

Wearable Technology and Big Data Moneyball: A digital coach perched right in your pocket. (New York Times)

Sacramento Kings Crowned First Pro Sports Team to Accept Bitcoin. (Wired)