Blockchain 

Crypto Debit Card Firm Cryptopay Launches UK Bank Transfers With British Pound

Crypto wallet and debit card service company Cryptopay now offers transfers with the British Pound (GBP) through the Faster Payments Scheme. Cryptopay revealed the development in a press release with Cointelegraph on Oct. 9, specifying that its United Kingdom-based users can now fund their accounts and make withdrawals with GBP, avoiding GBP to euro conversion charges. The release further explains: “Upon activation users will get their own sort code and account number, which means that the transfers will bear the account holder’s name, not Cryptopay. This is especially important as…

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Bitcoin 

Venezuelan Exchange Rolls Out Crypto Debit Card with Petro Support

Two Venezuelan companies have partnered to release a cryptocurrency debit card and point-of-sale (PoS) system. “Crypto transfer device” supports four currencies According to a social media release by state-sanctioned exchange CriptoLAGO on Oct. 1, the joint offering with so-called “investment cryptobank” Glufco is already taking orders. Translated part of the announcement states:  “What we were waiting for, our alliance with Glufco, puts us at the forefront.”  The system will provide support for Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Dash (DASH) and Petro, the Venezuelan government’s state-backed digital currency.  Neither offering, it appears,…

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Bitcoin 

Telx Technologies Launches First Crypto-Facilitating SIM Card

Cryptocurrency and telecommunications company Telx Technologies announced the launch of the first crypto SIM card wallet that enables transactions via SMS. According to the company’s Medium post published on Aug. 22, the card allows its users to send cryptocurrencies via SMS with their dedicated crypto phone number. Notably, these transactions do not require a smartphone or an active Internet connection. On the other hand, the system also offers no control over a user’s crypto wallet. Crypto transactions on ‘dumbphones’ As the crypto community tried to teach those new to the…

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Blockchain 

Japan’s Largest Gift Card Marketplace Launching Blockchain Gift Cards

Japan’s largest gift card platform Amaten will issue tokenized gift cards in partnership with blockchain network provider Aelf. United Kingdom news outlet Verdict reported on Aug. 20 that Amaten partnered with Aelf — one of the 30 blockchain providers certified by the China Electronics Technology Standardization Institute — to issue gift cards on the blockchain. Amaten plans to build its framework on top of Aelf’s platform to tokenize its gift cards, enabling them to be exchanged and managed on the blockchain. Gift cards and blockchain: “a completely natural fit” This initiative…

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Blockchain 

Digix and MakerDAO Tokens Now Loadable Onto Monolith Visa Debit Card

London-based banking alternative Monolith announced its partnership with decentralized finance companies Digix and MakerDAO, Aug. 15. As part of its drive for digital payment adoption in e-commerce, DGX, DGD and DAI tokens will now be loadable onto the Monolith Visa debit card. A critical bridge between the worlds of decentralized finance and retail Effective immediately, users who sign up for a Monolith Visa debit card will be able to load it up with MakerDAO and Digix’s digital currencies through the Monolith mobile app. The currencies can then be used for…

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Blockchain 

Buying Crypto With The Apple Card Violates Its Customer Agreement

According to the Apple Card Customer agreement, users will not be permitted to buy cryptocurrencies using the company’s upcoming credit card service. Goldman Sachs published the agreement on July 2, according to a report by Reuters on the same day. As per the report, American tech giant Apple is releasing the Apple Card in partnership with investment banking company Goldman Sachs as part of a broader business plan to bring in more revenue through service offerings.  According to the card’s customer agreement, cryptocurrency purchases fall under the heading of cash…

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Bitcoin 

Cash, Card or Crypto? — Platform Helps Stores Accept Digital Payments

A mobile crypto payment platform says its technology is transforming the retail business — and giving merchants an unprecedented opportunity to accept digital currencies as a method of payment. Eligma says Elipay, its flagship product, removes the hurdles that have been stopping brick-and-mortar stores from embracing cryptocurrencies. All too often, independent retailers have been dissuaded from accepting the likes of Bitcoin because it would take too much technical know-how. Volatility has been another concern, with small shops fearful that sudden price fluctuations could erase their razor-thin profit margins. However, the…

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Ethereum 

South Korea’s Biggest Credit Card Patents Blockchain Payments System

South Korea’s leading credit card firm Shinhan Card has been granted a patent for a blockchain payments system, English-language local media The Korea Times reports on July 15. Per the report, with the newly patented technology the company has established a blockchain-powered credit transaction process allowing for setting spending limits, paying in monthly installments and carrying out payments. The outlet quotes an anonymous Shinhan Card official commenting on the development: “Services using those key functions of credit cards will be extended to the blockchain-based system, a notable advancement from the…

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Bitcoin 

Litecoin Foundation to Release Physical Cryptocurrency Debit Card

The Litecoin Foundation has announced a partnership with Bibox Exchange and blockchain firm Ternio to release a physical cryptocurrency debit card, in a blog post on June 18. Per the post, the companies will jointly roll out a cryptocurrency debit card dubbed “BlockCard” that will purportedly let users spend their cryptocurrency funds both online and in physical store locations around the world. Customers will be able to keep cryptocurrencies such as litecoin (LTC) and Bibox Exchange’s and Ternio’s native tokens bibox token (BIX) and ternio (TERN) respectively. Within the project,…

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Bitcoin 

US FTC Sues Startup for Allegedly Misusing Raised Funds on Bitcoins and Credit Card Bills

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is suing a startup for spending its raised funds on bitcoins (BTC) and credit card bills, rather than the stated products, the court filing revealed on May 6. The FTC brought a lawsuit before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas alleging that the startup dubbed iBackPack and its officer and authorized signatory Douglas Monahan misused a “large share” of $800,000 raised during four crowdfunding campaigns from consumers. Specifically, the defendants allegedly did not use the funds for development, production…

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