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Systems

Cash May Not Be King, but It’s Still Royalty

“Yet digital’s gain isn’t necessarily coming at the expense of cash. The overall pie still appears to be growing. Only two countries, Russia and Sweden, had a net substitution of cards for cash from 2007 to 2016, with cash in circulation shrinking as card payments grew, according to the Bank for International Settlements. In other […]

On The Web

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Systems

U.S. seizes over $1 billion in bitcoin tied to ‘Silk Road’

“The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday it had seized over $1 billion worth of bitcoin associated with the underground online marketplace Silk Road. The Justice Department said it was seeking the forfeiture of the cryptocurrency, which had been in the possession of an unnamed hacker who stole them from the “notorious” website. It is the […]
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Global

How Bitcoin Met the Real World in Africa

“Four months ago, Abolaji Odunjo made a fundamental change to his business selling mobile phones in a bustling street market in Lagos: He started paying his suppliers in bitcoin. Odunjo sources handsets and accessories from China and the United Arab Emirates. His Chinese suppliers asked to be paid in the cryptocurrency, he said, for speed […]
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Companies

Square Unveils Bitcoin Auto Payments Tool

“Dorsey said on Twitter – that other company he runs – that Cash App had, from Monday, enabled automatic purchases of bitcoin at regular intervals, such as daily, weekly or fortnightly. Although there’s a minimum $10 purchase, the new feature provides users with the ability to gradually gain exposure to the original cryptocurrency without exposing […]
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Systems

Bitcoin Sinks Below $5K Despite Fed Reserve’s Slashing of Interest Rates

“The cryptocurrency slumped below $5,000 as the European trading day got underway, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index . After breaching the psychological milestone at just before 07:00 UTC, the largest cryptocurrency by market cap was coming close to falling past $4,500 at 08:00 at press time, down 16 percent over 24 hours. Other cryptocurrencies […]
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Systems

Bitcoin Hits 10-Month Low Below $6K As Stocks Plunge in Massive Sell-Off

“The top cryptocurrency by market value plunged to as low as $5,678 – the lowest level since May 2019 – soon before press time. That represents a 25 percent drop on a 24-hour basis, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index . However, just as quickly, prices rebounded to over $6,550. Meanwhile, major European equity market indices […]
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Systems

Twitter Planning Bitcoin Payments As Tips on Its Platform

“Twitter is considering a feature that would allow users to tip one another – in Bitcoins though. The Information reports that the micro-blogging platform is working on implementing a new payment feature to let people send money to each other. It is not yet clear whether the Twitter tipping feature would integrate with Jack Dorsey’s […]

On The Wires

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Payment Alliance International Adds Bitcoin to Cash Capabilities

“Payment Alliance International ( PAI ), the U.S. leader in ATM portfolio management tools and services, today announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with B4U Financial to better serve liquidity needs of the fast-growing cryptocurrency market. PAI’s nationwide fleet of ATMs will be equipped with BitLoad4U (B4U) capabilities, including the ability to redeem […]
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Systems

Square, Inc. Invests $50 Million in Bitcoin

“Square, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) announced today that it has purchased approximately 4,709 bitcoins at an aggregate purchase price of $50 million. Square believes that cryptocurrency is an instrument of economic empowerment and provides a way for the world to participate in a global monetary system, which aligns with the company’s purpose. The investment represents approximately […]