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National Digital Currencies: Not Yet Too Big to Fail

Opinion Over 30 years ago, in a January 1988 cover story emblazoned with a phoenix hovering over a paper-money inferno, The Economist offered this semi-prophetic vision of currency: “Thirty years from now, Americans, Japanese, Europeans, and people in many other rich countries, and some relativel..

Tron Partnered With Metal Pay to Allow Instant Buying of TRX in the U.S.

News Tron (TRX) partnered with cryptocurrency service provider, Metal Pay, to enable instant purchase of TRX in the United States. According to an announcement shared with Cointelegraph on March 25, TRX will now be available for purchase with fiat currency in the Metal Pay mobile application. User..

Intermex Is Not Using Ripple for Its Mexican Remittances

Intermex’s announcement directly contradicts the press release issued by Ripple announcing the partnership

Less Than 1% of Australians Used Crypto to Pay for Services in 2019

News While some Australian authorities recognize cryptocurrencies as a form of investment, digital assets like Bitcoin (BTC) are apparently not very popular as means of payment in the country. Australia’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), says that less than 1% of Australians used..

Ripple Expands Presence in Asia With DeeMoney Partnership

Ripple has announced a partnership with Thai financial service provider DeeMoney. The deal is geared towards bolstering Ripple’s presence across Asia. Thai-based Fintech Firm Leveraging Blockchain for Remittance According to a press release published on Wednesday (March 18, 2020), blockchain-based ..

Report: Top Blockchain Use Cases Are in Payments, Security and Settlements

News In its recent blockchain in banking report, Business Insider Intelligence indicated that financial institutions have mostly deployed the tech to improve payments, securities settlement, fraud detection security and trade finance. Published on March 19, the report analyzed a number of financia..

Bakkt Raises $300 Million & Starts Starbucks App Payments Beta

Bakkt, the bitcoin custody, derivatives, and digital assets platform backed by NYSE-operator Intcontinental Exchange (ICE), just raised a new war chest. On Monday, March 16th, Bakkt announced in a Medium post that it had completed a $300 million USD Series B fundraising round with participation fro..

Sweden’s Central Bank Wants to Host Innovation Hub for Digital Currencies

News The Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank that started testing its own central bank digital currency (CBDC) in February, wants to host the digital currency innovation hub by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Officially announcing the news on March 6, the Riksbank noted that in order for..

Opera Browser Enables Apple Pay and Debit Card Crypto Purchases in the US

News Opera’s mobile and desktop browsers are expanding cryptocurrency purchases to U.S. users, as the Norwegian company looks to continue building its Web 3.0 credentials. Through a partnership with Wyre, a U.S.-licensed money transmitter in the cryptocurrency sector, Opera will enable U.S.-based ..

Bakkt Announces New Direct Payment Integration with Starbucks

News A major digital asset platform is making it even easier to order that double espresso with an extra shot. Starbucks mobile app users will soon be given the option to pay for their drinks with “Bakkt Cash.” Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), parent company of the Bitcoin derivatives provider, ha..

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