Payments

Visa Works on Blockchain System for Joint Computation of Large-Scale Private Data

International payment network Visa is working on a blockchain-based system for joint policy-compliant computation of large-scale private data. Visa Research — the research and development arm of Visa that focuses on data analytics, security and payment innovation — released a paper describing a blockchain-powered system for policy-compliant computing. The system is dubbed LucidiTEE, where TEE …

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Opera-Backed Fintech OPay Seals $120M Investment to Grow Across Africa

Lagos-headquartered fintech Opay has sealed $120 million in a series B financing round from a host of high-profile Chinese investors. Founded in 2018 by web browser developer Opera, OPay — which focuses on developing digital payments solutions to promote financial inclusion — had previously raised $50 million in June of this year, according to what …

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Paypal’s Pornhub Snub Pumps Verge (XVG) by 33% on 168% Volume Surge

Verge (XVG) has seen a 33% pump in the 24 hours following Paypal’s move to pull the plug on the adult entertainment website Pornhub. XVG — whose creators struck a deal with Pornub back in April 2018 — has skyrocketed in value since the PayPal news broke on Nov. 14, as Coin360 data shows. XVG …

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PayPal’s Axing of PornHub Model Payments May Boost Verge Crypto

Top online adult entertainment site Pornhub has revealed that PayPal has abruptly cut its payments service to the large numbers of live performers using its platform. In a blog post Thursday, PornHub wrote: “We are all devastated by PayPal’s decision to stop payouts to over a hundred thousand performers who rely on them for their …

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BitGo Says Now Processing 20% of Bitcoin Transactions

BitGo is processing more than 20 percent of bitcoin transactions, the company said at CoinDesk’s Invest: NYC conference today. The announcement by the crypto custodian and issuer of hot and cold storage wallets means that a sizable share of on-chain transactions pass through its services, a sign of consolidation, and power, in the crypto space. …

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Airbnb Now Bookable With Bitcoin and Lightning Network via Fold App

Bitcoin payments app Fold now supports home-sharing giant Airbnb, the firm announced on Nov. 11. Now Fold users can get 3% back in Bitcoin (BTC) on every stay and experience booked on Airbnb. $25 and $100 Airbnb gift cards for Bitcoin Airbnb is now listed on its rewards program called Fold Kickbacks. The program supports …

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HCM Capital Expects China’s Digital Currency to Launch in 2-3 Months

Founding managing partner of HCM Capital, the private equity arm of electronics manufacturer Foxconn, Jack Lee, says China’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is ready and expects it to launch in two to three months.  During an interview with CNBC published on Nov. 11, Lee also suggested that the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) will …

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Ember Fund Seeking to Raise $1 Million in SEC-Registered Offering

Ember Fund, makers of an AI-managed cryptocurrency portfolio app, is seeking to raise up to $1 million through a Securities and Exchange Commission-registered securities sale. The year-old company revealed their intention in today’s filing with the SEC, detailing their sale of “Crowd SAFE” securities that will occur through the end of January 2020 on Republic, …

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‘Clicks and Bricks’ Strategy to Drive Korean Users to Terra’s Blockchain

A South Korean mobile payments dapp is rolling out a back-to-basics “clicks and bricks” growth strategy to boost retail adoption. Rather than an advertising blitz or sending an army of bots to make their case on social media, Terra Blockchain’s CHAI dapp is focusing on where customers actually transact to buy stuff. Founder David Shin …

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Calibra Head David Marcus Touts Libra’s Money Laundering Standards

Calibra CEO David Marcus recently claimed that the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) standards of Libra — Facebook’s proposed stablecoin project — will be better than other payments networks. Citing statements from Marcus’ speech at the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas, finance publication Finextra reports on Oct. 29 that he explained the nuances of the project …

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