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Alipay Provides Digital Yuan Boost as COVID-19 Deals PBoC Blow

The e-payments giant Alipay, part of the Alibaba business empire, has added an advanced search function for users wishing to use its platform to make payments using the digital yuan within the fast-expanding pilot zone.

7 MAY 2022


European Commission opens new consultation on digital euro

The commission will consult with industry specialists on issues concerning the digital euro including international payments, privacy and the impact on financial stability.

7 APRIL 2022


Crypto Helps Ukraine Defend Itself Against Russia's Invasion, Here’s How You Can Contribute

Cryptoassets continue to prove their case in Ukraine, as well over USD 100m in crypto was raised during the first five weeks of the Russian invasion.

4 APRIL 2022


Binance Launches Binance Bridge 2.0, Fusing CeFi With DeFi

Binance has just unveiled Binance Bridge 2.0, which will allow for the connection of traditional crypto-based centralized finance products (CeFi) with decentralized finance (DeFi) products. The tool will enable users to securely bridge assets from any blockchain to its on BNB Chain (formerly known as the Binance Smart Chain).

31 MARCH 2022


MetaMask rolls out Apple Pay integration and other iOS updates

Starting with iPhone users, MetaMask is adding integrations with payment gateways on its mobile wallet to increase options for buying crypto.

30 MARCH 2022


Thailand Adopts Rules Restricting Cryptocurrency Payments From April

Regulators in Thailand have decided to limit the use of cryptocurrencies as a means of payment. The authorities consider the country’s current payment system efficient and insist cryptos would only bring risks for the financial system, economy, people and businesses.

24 MARCH 2022


Why Top International Banks Partnered to Use Ripple Network

An international banking alliance is using the Ripple blockchain network technology for cross-border payments efficiency. Banks from Canada and Israel signed an agreement with National Australia Bank (NAB), Australia’s largest business bank, to improve the security and efficiency of their payment systems, share innovation strategies, and more.

22 MARCH 2022


HSBC plunges into the metaverse via Sandbox partnership

HSBC has become the first traditional global financial institution to purchase virtual land in the metaverse.

17 MARCH 2022


Visa Is Expanding Its Crypto Strategy And Is Hiring Graduates To Help With This

Visa has a number of crypto products and services that it now offers to its customers. A new job posting by the payments platform indicates that Visa is now seeking to further grow this area of their business.

16 MARCH 2022


Citi’s digital asset co-heads resign with plans to create crypto startup

This move follows various other banking veterans making the change from Wall Street to crypto ventures. Alex Kriete, co-head of digital assets at Citi, announced his resignation from the banking giant after 11 years at the firm on Thursday via LinkedIn. He stated in his post that he intends to devote himself full-time to developing a new cryptocurrency company but provided no additional details at the time.

12 MARCH 2022


No credit for crypto — users react to Russia-issued credit card ban

"Visa and Mastercard dig their own graves by politicizing their products and pushing people all over the world toward Bitcoin," said Marty Bent.

9 MARCH 2022


Russian Banks Look to China’s UnionPay after Visa, Mastercard Freezout

The American payments heavyweights Visa and Mastercard, as well as the card issuer American Express, have suspended their operations in Russia – joining an increasingly lengthy list of firms severing their trade links with the country. But Russian banks have indicated that they may look to domestic and Chinese alternatives to Western platforms.

8 MARCH 2022


Centralised finance cripples Russia as Visa and Mastercard withdraw from country

Have SWIFT, PayPal, Mastercard and Visa finally exposed the vulnerabilities of centralised finance? Crypto may soon be the only transaction method left in Russia.

7 MARCH 2022


Upcoming Apple iPhone feature to give merchants a way to accept crypto payments

Apple Pay users will technically be able to use iPhone’s Tap to Pay feature to make crypto payments across mainstream merchants and businesses.



Move to ban cryptocurrency payments aimed at safeguarding financial stability

A move by the Bank of Thailand (BOT), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Finance Ministry to ban the use of cryptocurrencies for purchasing products and services is aimed at preventing negative impacts on financial stability and the economy.



UAE Based Money Transfer Firm Announces Partnership With Ripplenet

Al Fardan Exchange, a money transfer firm, has joined up with Ripplenet in a deal that will see the company use the Ripplenet blockchain when sending funds across national borders.

28 JANUARY 2022


Is this the end of Facebook’s Diem?

Rumors are that Diem is looking to find a buyer after failing to secure regulatory approval.

27 JANUARY 2022


McDonald’s Dumb Joke With Elon Musk About A Meme Coin Has Led To Possible Crypto Scams

Grimace, the purple blob character in McDonald’s advertising, is a complicated guy. When he first appeared in 1971, he played the villain, a stolen milkshake often clutched in each of his four—four!—arms. The company called him “Evil Grimace.” But as Grimace found, it’s hard to make crime pay forever. A decade or so later, McDonald’s rethought him rather significantly, reduced his arms by two, dropped the epithet from his name and turned him into Ronald McDonald’s dopey sidekick.

27 JANUARY 2022


Google Reportedly Exploring Options To Enable Crypto On Digital Cards

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), a multinational technology corporation known for its suite of internet services, is reportedly taking strategic inroads to the crypto space, through its recent partnerships formed with Coinbase and BitPay that would enable new functionalities for Google Pay, its consumer payments division.

20 JANUARY 2022


Moneygram invests in crypto atm operator, buys 4% stake

Moneygram has revealed that it has bought 4% stake in crypto ATM operator, Coinme.

7 JANUARY 2022


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