Paying the Price: WeChat Merchants Banned From Crypto Payments

On May 7, Dovey Wan, founding partner of crypto investment firm Primitive Ventures tweeted that the Chinese social media behemoth and payment service provider WeChat is set to ban merchants from making cryptocurrency payments. This ban marks the latest effort to stymie cryptocurrency usage in China, with the government also mulling over ways of greatly decreasing the presence of crypto mining on its soil.

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Coinbase Expands Into Cross-Border Payments

American major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has expanded into cross-border payments. Coinbase revealed the development in an announcement on March 28.

Coinbase customers can now transfer funds to any user with a Coinbase account around the world using Ripple (XRP) and the exchange’s stablecoin USDCoin (USDC) with no fee. The development reportedly enables users to send and receive money instantly,

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Crypto-Fiat Payments Firm Wirex Launches Major Update, Adds 10 New Fiat Currencies

Digital payments firm Wirex has released a major platform update, Wirex 3.0, adding ten new fiat currencies, according to an official press release on Feb. 27.

From now, Wirex users in the European Economic Area (EEA) can access “unconditional access” to over-the-counter rates for cryptocurrency exchanges, as well as interbank rates for traditional currency exchanges.

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R3 Adds Ripple as First Crypto for Its Universal Payments DApp

Enterprise blockchain software firm R3 has announced that ‘rival’ Ripple’s XRP token will be the first crypto supported on its new universal payment settlement platform, Finextra reports today, Dec. 5.

Dubbed “Corda Settler,” the new open source Corda-based decentralized application (CorDapp) reportedly allows payment obligations raised on the Corda blockchain to be settled via any parallel payment rail that supports cryptocurrencies or assets,

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Uber’s Largest Shareholder to Launch Cross-Carrier Mobile Payments Service Based on Blockchain and RCS

Japanese tech giant SoftBank is developing a blockchain-powered cross-carrier mobile payments service, the company reported in an official press release published September 12.

SoftBank’s new proof-of-concept (PoC) development was announced in partnership with telecoms-focused blockchain firm TBCASoft and Synchronoss Technologies, provider of cloud, messaging, digital, and Internet of Things (IoT) services and platforms.

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Flow and Cryptomkt Enable Crypto Payments at 5000+ Stores

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Cryptocurrency exchange Cryptomkt has partnered with Chilean payment platform Flow to allow customers to pay with three cryptocurrencies at over 5,000 stores. The announcement follows two Chilean courts ruling that banks must reopen the accounts of crypto exchanges they previously closed.

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Hitachi Trials Blockchain to Settle Retail Payments Using Just Fingerprints

Japan-based tech conglomerate Hitachi and telecommunication giant KDDI are testing a blockchain-based system that can settle retail payments validated using shoppers’ fingerprints.

According to a release on Wednesday, a group of staff from the two partners are this week experimenting with a coupon settlement system deployed in a KDDI store in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district,

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Bitcoin’s Killer App is Ransomware, Not Payments: Stripe COO


Stripe, a digital payments provider, took a pioneering role with bitcoin in 2015 when it introduced a tool that allowed merchants to accept bitcoin. This past April, the company discontinued the service.

The company’s COO, Claire Hughes Johnson, told Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference Tuesday that the reason behind the firm’s abandonment of BTC is that blockchain-based payment services are slow and not practical.

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Japanese Internet Giant GMO’s New Web Bank Will Use Blockchain for Payments


Multi-billion-dollar Japanese tech conglomerate GMO has launched a new internet banking business that will use blockchain technology for faster and cheaper payments and financial services.

In an announcement [PDF] on Tuesday, the GMO Internet Group confirmed the launch of the GMO Aozora Net Bank in partnership with Aozora Bank Group,

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