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TransferWise launches international money transfers via Facebook #australia,canada,united #kingdom,united #states,max #r. #levchin,peter #a #thiel,richard


TransferWise launches international money transfers via Facebook

The Facebook logo is displayed on their website in an illustration photo taken in Bordeaux, France, February 1, 2017. Regis Duvignau

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Money transfer company TransferWise has launched a new service that allows users to send money internationally through Facebook Inc’s chat application, as competition in the digital payments landscape intensifies.

The London-based startup said on Tuesday that it had developed a Facebook Messenger “chatbot”, or an automated program that can help users communicate with businesses and carry out tasks such as online purchases.

TransferWise’s chatbot enables customers to send money to friends and family to and from the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and Europe from Facebook Messenger. It can also be used to set up exchange rate alerts.

Facebook already allows its users to send money domestically in the United States via its Messenger app, but has not yet launched similar services internationally. TransferWise said its service will be the first to enable international money transfers entirely within Messenger.

Facebook opened up its Messenger app to developers to create chatbots in April in a bid to expand its reach in customer service and enterprise transactions.

Chatbots have become a hot topic in enterprise technology over the past year because recent advances in artificial intelligence have made them better at interacting. Businesses, including banks, are hoping that they can be used to improve and reduce the cost of their customer service operations.

One of Europe’s most well-known fintech companies, TransferWise was launched in 2011 by Estonian friends Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Käärmann out of frustration with the high fees they were being charged by banks for international money transfers.

The company, which is valued at more than $1 billion, is backed by several high profile investors including Silicon Valley venture fund Andreessen Horowitz, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, and PayPal co-founders Max Levchin and Peter Thiel, through his fund Valar Ventures.

Customers in more than 50 countries send roughly $1 billion through its website every month.

While the TransferWise chatbot is now only available in Facebook Messenger it can be adapted to work with other popular chat services, Scott Miller, head of global partnerships for TransferWise said. He said the service would eventually be extended to work in other countries and money transfer routes that the company operates in.

The launch comes as competition in the mobile payments and international money transfer sectors intensifies. Earlier this month PayPal Holdings Inc announced its U.S. payments application Venmo would be available within popular chat service Slack.

While in January. Ant Financial Services, an affiliate of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, said it would acquire U.S. money-transfer company MoneyGram, in a deal that is expected to shake up the international payments landscape.

Reporting by Anna Irrera; Editing by Sandra Maler

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Enrollment Opens for Income Tax Course, H ?>


Enrollment Opens for H R Block s Income Tax Course is now open. The course is conducted at multiple locations at different times throughout the day. There is no tuition fee, but students may need to buy their printed course materials.

The H R Block Income Tax Course, which started in 1978, gives students the opportunity to learn new skills from an industry leader. Not only will they better understand their own taxes, students also can learn to prepare taxes like a professional.

The tax code at 3.7 million words is complex. No wonder so many taxpayers have anxiety around the tax process or leave money on the table, said Karen Orosco, senior vice president for U.S. retail. H R Block s Income Tax Course is a simple, convenient way to learn to master the annual tax return. And it could even lead to a job. *

H R Block is not only the expert in tax return preparation, but also makes taxes easy to understand and applicable to the needs of individual taxpayers. The Income Tax Course curriculum includes:

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  • Retirement More

The classes offer a unique blended-learning approach for students. It combines face-to-face classroom instruction from experienced tax professionals with self-study learning and activities. The self-paced study experience combines guided study with online learning. This innovative approach provides students with the best features of both classroom and online instruction in a flexible and convenient learning environment.

About H R Block

H R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) is a global consumer tax services provider. Tax return preparation services are provided by professional tax preparers in approximately 12,000 company-owned and franchise retail tax offices worldwide, and through H R Block tax software products for the DIY consumer. H R Block also offers adjacent Tax Plus products and services. In fiscal 2017, H R Block had annual revenues of over $3 billion with 23 million tax returns prepared worldwide. For more information, visit the H R Block Newsroom.

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History and Mission

Our Mission and Values

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.

For more than six decades, RAND has used rigorous, fact-based research and analysis to help individuals, families, and communities throughout the world be safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. Our research spans the issues that matter most, such as energy, education, health, justice, the environment, and international and military affairs.

As a nonpartisan organization, RAND is widely respected for operating independent of political and commercial pressures. Quality and objectivity are our two core values.

RAND’s research is commissioned by a global clientele that includes government agencies, foundations, and private-sector firms. Philanthropic contributions, combined with earnings from RAND’s endowment and operations, make possible the RAND-Initiated Research program, which supports innovative research on issues that are crucial to the policy debate but that reach beyond the boundaries of traditional client funding.

Our Commitment to Dissemination and Education

RAND disseminates its research findings as widely as possible to benefit the public good. More than 20,000 RAND publications and commentary are available for free at www.rand.org.

RAND also operates the Pardee RAND Graduate School, the largest public policy analysis Ph.D. program in the United States and the only program based at an independent public policy research organization.

Our History

On May 14, 1948, Project RAND an organization formed immediately after World War II to connect military planning with research and development decisions separated from the Douglas Aircraft Company of Santa Monica, California, and became an independent, nonprofit organization. Adopting its name from a contraction of the term research and development. the newly formed entity was dedicated to furthering and promoting scientific, educational, and charitable purposes for the public welfare and security of the United States.

How RAND Invented the Postwar World

Almost all of the defining features of the Information Age were shaped in part at the RAND Corporation.

Researching RAND: Access to the Corporate Archives

RAND has a proud tradition of making its research and analyses widely available to the public. More than 20,000 RAND publications are already accessible at no cost on our external website. The publications provide a rich resource for scholars and others interested in learning and writing about RAND’s contributions to public policy.

Many more materials relevant to our mission, research, and history, and the work of current and former members of the RAND staff, are contained in the RAND archives. Research scholars and qualified journalists who are interested in learning more about RAND’s archives can request access.

The Nobel Prize and RAND

RAND’s unique intellectual environment and reputation for empirical, nonpartisan, independent analysis have attracted an impressive corps of researchers over the years. Many Nobel Laureates have been affiliated with RAND. Some have been employees, others served as consultants, while others served in an advisory capacity.

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Music from 1866-1899 #freelyrics, #lyricweb, #d. #ross, #john #clarke-whitfeld, #j. #chadwick, #thomas #moore, #james


Music from 1866-1899

Mother, Oh! Sing Me to Rest (Op. 10, No. 3) (No. 12 from 2nd Series — Flower of Germany: A Collection of Popular Songs with English & German Words )

[original German words by] Robert Franz (Knauth), 1815-1892; English words by Dr. William J. Wetmore

Musical Hash on Old Tunes: Medley for the Piano, Book 1

  1. Bonnie Doon,
  2. What is Home Without a Mother,
  3. Maryland My Maryland,
  4. Pop Goes the Weasel,
  5. Hand Organ Polka,
  6. Bold Soldier [Soger] Boy,
  7. Oh Susanna,
  8. America,
  9. Rejoice,
  10. Rainer Family March,
  11. Stop Dat Knocking,
  12. Ben Bolt,
  13. Old Rosin the Beau,
  14. The Fairy Boy,
  15. Auld Lang Syne,
  16. Come O Come With Me,
  17. Come With the Gypsy Bride,
  18. Flow Gently Sweet Afron,
  19. Sing Darkies Sing,
  20. Lucy Long,
  21. There Is a Happy Land,
  22. [and] Life Let Us Cherish

various; Arranged by Edward Mack. 1826-1882

One Good Term Deserves Another (Song and Chorus)

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Win On Our Vodacom Millionaires Game Show #a #r #insurance, #vodacom #millionaires


Vodacom Millionaires

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