Payleven, the Square equivalent for the world outside of the US, has launched an API to complement its mobile payment device. Prior to the API, use of Payleven's mobile payment device required downloading the Payleven app (similar to Square's current model). However, the API allows developers to integrate Payleven's functionality within third party apps.
A recent report by the Aite Group entitled "The Case for Mashups in Capital Markets" projected that despite the current financial climate, capital market firms will spend $35 million in mashup technology this year. According to the report, which surveyed 13 major capital market firms around the world, these companies will be willing to invest in mashups in order to address a variety of business processes: