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MoneyGram to Stop Using Ripple’s XRP based Fund Transfer Service due to “Uncertainty” Surrounding Ongoing Litigation with SEC

MoneyGram International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGI), a major cross-border P2P payments and money transfers service, has confirmed that it will no longer be using American Fintech Ripple Labs’ XRP-powered liquidity product. MoneyGram stated that it decided to stop using the technology due to the “uncertainty” surrounding… Read More

Sunayna Tuteja, the Former TD Ameritrade Head of Digital Assets, Hired by US Fed as Chief Innovation Officer

Sunayna Tuteja, the former Managing Director, Head of Digital Assets & DLT (Blockchain, Crypto) at TD Ameritrade, has now been hired by the US Federal Reserve System as its Chief Innovation Officer. Tuteja has been a vocal supporter of Bitcoin. She claims to have gotten… Read More

Banking Challengers Starling and Branch Provide Reasons to Break Up with Your Old Bank

UK-based digital banking challenger Starling notes that bad relationships can be a lot of hard work. The Fintech firm has provided several reasons why it may be a good idea to “cut the ties” with your regular bank and “fall in love with easy, responsible… Read More

Bitcoin Is “Extremely Inefficient” when Used to Settle Financial Transactions, US Treasury Sec Janet Yellen Argues

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated on Monday (February 22, 2021) that Bitcoin is an “extremely inefficient” way to settle financial transactions. Yellen commented on how the digital currency’s price fell sharply (as usual) during morning trading hours, but then stayed above the $53,000 mark… Read More

Tesla Inc has Already Made $1 Billion off its $1.5 Billion Bitcoin (BTC) Purchase, Outperforming Car Sales in 2020

Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has already made a billion dollars in profits from its fairly recent $1.5 billion Bitcoin (BTC) purchase. Notably, these dramatic gains could be substantially more than what Tesla may have made off of its car sales during 2020, according to… Read More

Former SEC Chair Mary Jo White, who’s Now Representing Ripple in SEC Lawsuit, Shares Views on XRP Sale and Court Case

When the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a lawsuit against blockchain-focused Fintech firm Ripple Labs in December 2020, the crypto industry and larger community had reacted with alarm and many were surprised. The SEC’s lawsuit also led to Ripple hiring high-profile legal experts… Read More

Startups Raised Record Dollar Amounts in Q4 2020 with Most Growth in Rounds Valued at $25 Million+, Carta Report Reveals

San Francisco-based Carta, a firm that helps private and public companies, investors, and employees manage equity and ownership, has published its private markets report for Q4 2020. Carta’s report, which was posted on February 17, 2021, notes that venture capital managed to close out 2020… Read More

OnDeck Explains how Small Businesses in the US May Apply for First or Second Draw PPP Loans Now through March 31, 2021

OnDeck notes that the Small Business Administration (SBA) and US Treasury Department have resumed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw Loans (on the week of January 11, 2021, and on January 13, 2021). OnDeck, which was acquired by Enova (NYSE:ENVA) last year, has… Read More

Nearly 50% of US Consumers Think it’s Now “Safe” to Invest in Bitcoin (BTC) and Other Cryptocurrencies: Survey

Piplsay research reveals that 27% of US consumers are planning to make investments in cryptocurrency during 2021. Around 50% of Americans think that it’s now “safe” to invest in decentralized digital currencies, the survey revealed. About 57% of US-based consumers said they think major brands… Read More

Fintech and Marketing Services Provider Kasasa Partners NYDIG to Bring Bitcoin Offerings to Diverse Network of Community Institutions

Kasasa, an financial technology and marketing services provider, has teamed up with NYDIG in order to bring Bitcoin (BTC) offerings to its diverse network of community institutions and their clients. Patrick Sells, Head of Bank Solutions at NYDIG, noted that since Kasasa‘s inception, the company… Read More

With Only 2 Weeks In, BlockFi Bitcoin Trust Just Slightly Under $100M, as Second BTC ETF Goes Live on Toronto Stock Exchange

Zac Prince, CEO and Co-founder at BlockFi, a fast-growing digital assets platform, notes that with just two weeks in, the company’s Bitcoin trust is just ”a pinch” under the $100 million mark (in total BTC holdings). 2 weeks in, BlockFi’s Bitcoin trust is just a… Read More

30% of Americans Say COVID-19 has Negatively Affected their Financial Wellbeing, About the Same Number Blaming 2008 Housing Crisis: Survey

A recent SWNS research study has revealed that 40% of US-based consumers under the age of 40 are not optimistic that they’ll be able to succeed in achieving their financial goals. The study of 2,000 Americans (between the ages of 18–40) found that around 58%… Read More

IOTA Foundation Teams Up with Curv Custody to Expand the IOTA Digital Token Ecosystem

The IOTA Foundation has teamed up with Curv Custody in order to expand the IOTA Token Ecosystem. The IOTA developers noted that they’re pleased to confirm that the IOTA token will “soon be available” on Curv’s “industrial-grade” digital asset custody platform. With IOTA’s planned Chrysalis… Read More

Bitcoin ETF: Ontario Securities Commission Approves Second BTC Exchange Traded Fund or ETF from Evolve Funds

As digital assets investing continues to become more widely adopted by institutional clients, Canada is introducing its second cryptocurrency exchange-traded-fund (ETF). The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has reportedly approved the second Bitcoin ETF from Evolve Funds, which has come only a few days after the… Read More

California based Fintech Firm Wealthfront Announces that Cash Account Investments May be Invested in Market within Minutes

California-based Fintech firm Wealthfront has announced that clients who use their Cash Account to invest in a Wealthfront Investment Account may have their funds invested in the market “within minutes.” Wealthfront customers who choose to direct deposit their paycheck into the Wealthfront Cash Account may… Read More

Blockchain Infrastructure Dev Bison Trails, which will be Acquired by Coinbase, Rolls Out New Features to Improve DLT Network Performance

Bison Trails, an established blockchain infrastructure platform-as-a-service firm that will be acquired by Coinbase, has announced the launch of its Global Blockchain Sync (GBS) feature. The Global Blockchain Sync aims to expand the functionality of the Bison Trails platform by making it faster and a… Read More

Coinbase Recommends Using CoinTracker, a Free Tool for Calculating Taxes on Cryptocurrency Transactions

San Francisco-based crypto exchange Coinbase says it’s focused on helping its customers during tax season (in the United States) Lawrence Zlatkin, Vice President, Tax, Coinbase, notes that for the second consecutive year, taxpayers will be asked on their tax return forms questions regarding digital currencies…. Read More

Small Business Owners Reveal how they’ve Leveraged Digital Payments and Funding Platforms to Maintain Operations during COVID

Payments platform Adyen (AMS:ADYEN) notes that the COVID-19 outbreak has accelerated consumers’ adoption of digital platforms and services. Technically “timid” grandparents have also become a lot more comfortable with video conferencing in a post COVID world, the Adyen team writes in a blog post. People… Read More

Digital Banking: Revolut Keeps Rolling out New Features for Business Payments, CEO Storonsky Says Firm to Eventually Conduct US IPO

Digital bank Revolut notes that if you’ve set up a WooCommerce store and are accepting payments with mainstream payment gateways, then you might not be happy with the extra transaction fees. Revolut reveals that it has been working on improving this for users by offering… Read More

NBA’s Lebron James Slam Dunk Highlight, Captured via NFTs, Sells for Over $71K, as NBA Top Shots Creator Dapper Labs to Acquire More Funding

Dapper Labs, which is the company behind highly-popular digital collectibles like NBA Top Shots and CryptoKitties, has finalized an initial tranche of bridge financing. Dapper Labs confirmed that it plans to secure as much as $50 million in capital. Last year,  Dapper Labs had acquired… Read More

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