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Austrian Telecom A1 Accepting Crypto in Select Shops Using Salamantex

News Major Austrian telecom operator A1 has started accepting cryptocurrencies as payment in seven selected shops in Austria. Six cryptos acceptedStarting from Aug. 19, A1 customers can pay for network services in selected A1 branches using six major cryptos: Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), XRP, Litec..

Facebook-owned WhatsApp Looks to Launch Digital Payments in Indonesia

News Facebook-owned messaging service, WhatsApp, is purportedly in preliminary talks with multiple digital payments firms as well as a state-owned bank to launch digital payment services in Indonesia. Reuters reported that they had learned of this development from anonymous sources on Aug. 20. Ac..

Crypto Payment Firm Everex Obtains License From New Jersey Regulators

News Stablecoin-based settlement platform Everex has obtained a full Money Transmitter License from a New Jersey regulator, allowing the company to test services in the United States. In a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Aug. 19, Everex revealed that the New Jersey Department of Banking..

Square Crypto Hires Blockstream Co-Founder, Open Source Bitcoin Dev

News Square Crypto, the cryptocurrency-focused branch of mobile payment company Square, has hired Blockstream co-founder and Bitcoin (BTC) developer Matt Corallo. Square Crypto announced the news in an official Twitter post on Aug. 20. Matt Corallo also commented on the announcement, saying: “So e..

The European Commission Concerned About Libra’s Potential Monopoly

News Antitrust regulators at the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, have sent out a questionnaire to determine whether Facebook’s proposed stablecoin Libra is an anti-competitive project. Bloomberg learned of the news via a private document, per a report on Aug. 20. A..

New Booking CEO: Crypto Will Continue to Grow Mainly Outside the US

News CEO of online travel giant Booking Holdings believes that blockchain-based currencies will continue to grow and gain more popularity. Glenn Fogel, recently appointed CEO of Booking, expressed his support of cryptocurrencies in an interview with New York-based travel publication Skift on Aug. ..

Bitcoin’s Youngest Millionaire Launches Crypto-Based ‘Libra Killer’

News Cryptocurrency payment app Metal has launched as a full version in what creators say will dominate the market over Facebook’s Libra. In a social media post Aug. 19, Erik Finman, who co-founded Metal together with former QuickCoin co-founder, Marshall Hayner, confirmed users could now send and..

Israeli Financial Authority to Accelerate Blockchain, Fintech Licensure

News The Capital Market, Insurance and Saving Authority, a division of Israel’s Ministry of Finance (MoF), is looking to accelerate the process of procuring licenses for blockchain and fintech companies in the country. Israeli business news outlet Calcalist reported the development on Aug. 19. Acc..

Santander Expanding Ripple-Powered Payments After Volume Triples

News Spanish banking giant Santander plans to expand Ripple-powered global payment solution to Latin America, a Santander spokesperson told Cointelegraph on Aug. 19. Citing rising transaction volume, Santander wants to expand Ripple’s xCurrent technology to a number of Latin American countries aft..

Chainzilla and Pundi X to Enable Retail Bitcoin Payments in Panama

News Cryptocurrency startup Pundi X announced that its point-of-sale payment gateway (XPOS) will soon be launched in Panama and its surrounding regions. Blockchain development company Chainzilla joined the initiative as a local distributor. Combining cryptocurrency and traditional payments in one ..

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