1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Google will soon offer checking accounts to consumers, becoming the latest Silicon Valley heavyweight to push into finance.The project, code-named Cache, is expected to launch next year with accounts run by Citigroup Inc. C -1.32% and a credit union at Stanford University, a tiny lender in Google’s backyard.Big tech companies see financial services as a way to get closer to users and glean valuable data. Apple Inc. introduced a credit card this summer. Amazon.com Inc. has talked to banks about offering checking accounts. Facebook Inc. is working on a digital currency it hopes will upend global payments.Their ambitions could challenge incumbent financial-services firms, which fear losing their primacy and customers. They are also likely to stoke a reaction in Washington, where regulators are already investigating whether large technology companies have too much clout.