Google is expanding its push into financial services amid a nationwide shift toward online banking.
The search giant has partnered with half a dozen banks and will offer Google Pay users in the U.S. access to checking accounts as early as 2021, according to BBVA USA, one of its banking partners that announced the news on Monday.
Other banks that have partnerships with Google include Bank Mobile, BMO Harris, Coastal Community Bank, First Independence Bank and SEFCU.
“Collaborations with companies like Google represent the future of banking. Consumers end up the true winners when finance and big tech work together for their benefit,” said Javier Rodríguez Soler, president and CEO at BBVA, in a statement.
The move also gives the search giant more data about its users as people flock toward digital banking during the pandemic.
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Charter Spectrum, best known for its broadband and pay TV services, is championing local news with a new mobile app.
The Spectrum News App officially launched this week for Android and iOS devices. It features video and text-based stories, as well as live linear video feeds from its 30-plus TV news networks in states including California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.
Additional local news comes from the growing number of multimedia journalists hired in nearly all of its local news markets, including Columbus, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Los Angeles; Milwaukee; New York; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Tampa Bay, Florida; as well as its Washington, D.C., bureau, which produces stories with local impact.
All of Charter Spectrum’s 28 million internet, TV and mobile customers get free access to the app. Within the app, users put in their ZIP code to get news and weather based on
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