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Coinsquare Partners with FlexaHQ to Bring Crypto Payments to Canada

One of Canada’s top crypto exchanges, Coinsquare, has partnered with United States cryptocurrency payments startup Flexa to bring in-store digital currency payments to Canada. In-store crypto payments in Canada The official Twitter account of Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Coinsquare announced on August 13 that the firm partnered with U.S.-based crypto payments startup Flexa. The partnership will reportedly allow the latter company to expand its in-store crypto payment processing services to Canada. Coinsquare noted: “One of the biggest hurdles in mass adoption for crypto is finding a way to let users spend…

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Blockchain 

US CFTC Chair Says Interest in Crypto Could Bring About More Clearinghouses

The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman Christopher Giancarlo said that the “explosion in interest” in cryptocurrencies will likely lead to new applications for clearinghouses. Giancarlo delivered his comments in a speech published on May 1. In his testimony to the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit in Washington, D.C., Giancarlo said: “The Commission anticipates new applications for clearinghouse registration resulting from the explosion of interest in cryptocurrencies; an area in which protection of the cryptocurrencies will be one of the…

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“We Need to Bring the Capital Back Into the Valley”

It was rumbling in the beginning of February in Swiss Zug. The Crypto Valley Association (CVA) was undergoing a major reorganization. On Thursday, Jan. 31, the General Assembly of the Association elected former Swisscom manager Daniel Haudenschild as president of the CVA and the successor to Oliver Bussmann. The former CVA’s president, Oliver Bussmann, had announced last November — together with the members Vasily Suvorov, René Hüsler and Nicolas Schobinger — not to run for reelection at the General Assembly. The former SAP and UBS manager, who runs a consulting…

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Lucid Sight Raises $6 Million to Bring Its DLT-Powered Games to Traditional Platforms

Blockchain games developer Lucid Sight has raised $6 million to expand its digital scarcity-powered games to traditional game platforms, tech news website VentureBeat reports April 2. Los Angeles-based Lucid Sight now has $11 million in funding to expand offerings of its digital ownership games company by bridging the gap between blockchain and traditional gaming. Leading investment bank and wealth management firm Salem Partners participated in the new funding round, as well as crypto and blockchain venture capital funds such as Digital Currency Group and the Galaxy EOS VC Fund. According…

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No Solution Yet Found to Bring Public Blockchains Under EU Privacy Laws

Sam Palmisano — retired IBM chairman and current chairman of United States nonprofit The Center for Global Enterprise — says he doesn’t know of a solution that has been found to make public blockchain networks compatible with European data privacy laws. Palmisano made his remarks during a joint interview for Bloomberg Markets with David Kappos, partner at U.S. law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, which was broadcast on the Bloomberg Technology channel on March 4. Palmisano and Kappos focused on the interaction between blockchain innovation and the General Data Protection…

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Fundstrat Expects 2019 to Bring Incremental Improvements Supporting Higher Crypto Prices

New York-based research company Fundstrat Global Advisors has released its 2019 crypto outlook on Friday, Feb. 8. The analysts describe incremental improvements that will purportedly support higher prices for cryptocurrencies. Tom Lee, Fundstrat’s co-founder and pro-crypto Wall Street analyst, commented on the study in his Twitter. He posted an introduction to the study and infographics that trace key market tendencies from 2017 to now. “We see 9 incremental improvements in the landscape that ultimately support higher prices,” Lee’s tweet states. The preview of the introduction chapter provides a brief assessment…

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Irish Red Cross Partners on Blockchain-Powered App to Bring Transparency to Donations

A Dublin-headquartered startup has teamed up with the Irish Red Cross to use blockchain technology in a new app that improves transparency for charitable donations. The partnership was reported by local daily broadsheet The Irish Times on Dec. 19. The startup, dubbed AID:Tech, is partnering with the Red Cross for use of its consumer-oriented mobile app “TraceDonate,” which has been designed so that donors know exactly how their contributions to charitable causes are being spent. By improving transparency around the distribution of charity, the app aims to boost trust and…

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