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Welcome to Five at Five, your late look at the day’s payments and commerce news. Today’s coverage includes the latest move by Apple on privacy, and a new “walking” car. WeChat makes vocal progress, mobile food ordering attracts new investments and biometrics spreads to new devices.

Apple Hires Facebook Critic As Part of Privacy Team

Apple has reportedly hired Sandy Parakilas, an ex-Facebook employee who became a prominent critic of the company, as part of its privacy team.

Hyundai Unveils Walking Car Concept at CES

Hyundai said the concept vehicle, dubbed Elevate, is the first Ultimate Mobility Vehicle that blends technology found in electric cars and robots, enabling it to traverse terrain that is beyond what most off-road vehicles are able to achieve.

Tencent to Roll out Voice-Activated Assistant for WeChat

The digital assistant, which is being called Xiaowei, will work with Tencent services, including its music streaming.

Olo Receives $18 Million from Tiger Global Management

Olo, a mobile and online food ordering platform, announced the investment by New York investment firm Tiger Global Management on Wednesday (Jan. 9).

WhatsApp to Include Fingerprint Scanning for Android Devices

The launch of the new feature, which is aimed at boosting privacy for users, reportedly will require users to authenticate their identity to unlock the device.



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