Blockchain 

Blockchain Wallet Adds Support for Crypto Payments Processor BitPay

Crypto wallet service Blockchain Wallet has integrated cryptocurrency payment processor BitPay. Payments conducted through Blockchain Wallet Blockchain announced the news on Aug. 23, stating that it now allows its users to copy or scan invoices, allowing them to make a Bitcoin (BTC) payment entirely through its wallet app.  The new functionality reportedly allows users to purchase products and services available via BitPay’s online network while retaining ownership of their private keys through Blockchain Wallet.  BitPay is one of the largest crypto payments processors and is offered in a multitude of…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Payments 6x Cheaper for Municipalities, Says Canadian Exchange

Evan Kuhn, Toronto-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinberry’s co-founder, stated that accepting Bitcoin (BTC) for taxes is more efficient than using bank card payments. As real estate news outlet Mansion Global reported on Aug. 22, Kuhn claims that his company takes much lower fees than the ones that card institutions impose on their clients, noting:  “A credit card company charges a 3% fee. […] Our fee is .5%, so that’s a lot more beneficial for the municipalities.” Bitcoin transaction fees six times lower than credit cards Coinberry acts as an intermediary because…

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Ethereum 

Pundi X Expands Crypto Payments to Venezuelan Department Store Chain

Cryptocurrency startup Pundi X has partnered with major Venezuelan chain Traki, who will now offer Pundi X’s blockchain-based point-of-sale devices for crypto payments. Pundi X announced the expansion in an official blog post on Aug. 20. The device, called XPOS, will reportedly allow Traki’s customers to pay with top cryptocurrencies Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH), as well as a number of other cryptocurrencies and Pundi X’s native tokens. Traki’s progressive use of crypto With 49 outlets in total, Traki is one of Venezuela’s largest department store chains, per the report.…

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Blockchain 

Facebook-owned WhatsApp Looks to Launch Digital Payments in Indonesia

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. According to the report, WhatsApp is currently negotiating with transportation booking service Go-Jek, mobile payments provider DANA, fintech startup OVO and state-owned Bank Mandiri. Bank Mindri operates a digital wallet service, per the report.  WhatsApp’s plan for Indonesia is to support payments through digital wallets in the region,…

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Bitcoin 

Chainzilla and Pundi X to Enable Retail Bitcoin Payments in Panama

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 terminal On Aug. 14, Cointelegraph in Spanish spoke with Chainzilla CEO, Charles Gonzales, to find out more details. According to Gonzales:  “Recently, Pundi X integrated its module into the Verifone X990. This is an important development because this payment processor is compatible with both cryptocurrency and traditional payments. […] That means…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Is Bad for Payments, But Lightning Solves This: Samson Mow

Blockstream Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) Samson Mow says Bitcoin (BTC) is bad for payments but the Lightning Network solves this. Mow — who is also a co-founder of formerly top cryptocurrency exchange BTCC — made his remarks in an interview for SFOX blog on Aug. 15. Lightning changes the whole equation Mow conceded that he doesn’t yet have an everyday use case for Bitcoin (BTC), quipping that in daily life, he still uses credit cards, not cryptocurrency. The top coin, he argued, is designed in such a way that has…

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Bitcoin 

Bitex Partners With Bantotal For More Cross-Border Payments in Latin America

Bitcoin (BTC) exchange Bitex has partnered with Uruguay-based financial software company Bantotal in order to expand it cross-border payments system on the Bitcoin blockchain to Latin America. CoinDesk announced the companies’ new partnership in a report on Aug. 13. According to the report, the upshot of this partnership is that Bantotal’s clients will have access to Bitex’s exchange services via a marketplace that hosts traditional financial services in its BDevelopers program. Per the report, Bitex will act as a middleman service for cross-border payments. The exchange’s role is to convert…

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Bitcoin 

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 

Commerzbank Tests Blockchain Machine to Machine Payments with Daimler

Frankfurt bank and financial services firm Commerzbank tested blockchain-based machine to machine payments with trucks produced by the firm behind the Mercedes-Benz auto brand, Daimler. Automated, human-free, payments According to a Commerzbank press release published on Aug. 8, the bank tested the exchange and settlement of payments between an electronic charging point and a Daimler truck system without any human intervention. To allow the transaction, the bank reportedly tokenized euros on the blockchain used in the pilot and provided the funds to the automaker to process the payments. Towards a…

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Bitcoin 

BitPay Says It Has ‘Paused’ Processing Bitcoin Payments in Germany

Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) payment processor BitPay confirmed that it suspended its operations in Germany in an email sent to Cointelegraph on Aug. 1. BitPay: “We have paused operations in Germany” In the aforementioned email, a BitPay PR rep. Jan Jahosky cited regulation coming into force next year in Germany as the reason why the company decided to suspend its services in the country.  The firm added that it is currently evaluating adding support for Germany again in the future. BitPay spokesperson told Cointelegraph:  “Germany has publicly stated…

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