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‘There is No Status Quo Option for Libra,’ Says Facebook’s David Marcus

Some of the most important personas in FinTech and banking spoke on Wednesday at the IMF’s ‘Big Tech and the Future of Finance’ seminar, part of its annual meeting.Among them was Calibra’s CEO David Marcus, Bank of England governor Mark Carney, Infosys founder Nandan Nilekani, and Havard economic professor Jason Furman. They spoke about digital payments, stablecoins, and of, course, Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency.The role of big technological companies as is Facebook itself breaking into the...

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Libra Exec Is Confident Association Will Hit 100 Members before Official Launch

Facebook’s Libra has faced its fair share of roadblocks since it was first announced a few months ago. Regardless, the company seems to slowly be rising out of its problems and has said that its initial plan to have at least 100 members as part of the Libra Association, would be achieved before the asset officially launches.Speaking during a phone interview with CNBC, the Libra Association’s Chief Operating Officer and provisional Managing Director, Bertrand Perez, has said the that...

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South Korean Government Is Determined to Move Its Trade Finance on Blockchain by 2021

A local news report in South Korea has recently confirmed that the Korean government is planning to move trade finance completely on a blockchain network in the next two years by 2021.The announcement was made by the South Korean Trade Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki who introduced the developmental plan for digital trade on Monday, October 14. According to Nam-Ki, the South Korean government will apply the next-generation technologies like Big data, AI and blockchain. The government has plans...

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Bringing in Blockchain to Third World: the Pattern and Ambition of Distributed E-Commerce BitCherry

Photo: BitCherryThe Black Panther movies produced by Marvel Studios shows us an African country that has never been colonized and raid. As shown in the film, they are using the rare mineral called “Vibranium” to modernize and prosper the growth of their countries under a self-supporting condition. Such scenarios are leading the audience to have full delusions towards another possibility in Africa. But, is it possible for African countries, in reality, to use their natural resources to...

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After PayPal, Mastercard, Visa, Stripe and eBay Abandoned Facebook’s Libra

Recently we reported about how PayPal, one of the founding members of the Libra Association abandoned the whole project. However, it seems it wasn’t the only one. Just for a reminder, there were previously 28 members of the association, but it seems that they couldn’t handle the issues Libra is currently facing, most especially the problems surrounding regulatory support from relevant authorities. Now Mastercard, Visa, eBay, and payments firm Stripe have decided not to participate in...

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Samsung Joins Forces with Ripple’s Partner Finablr to Introduce International Payments

Samsung Electronics America has officially announced that it will collaborate with the fintech firm, Finablr. The partnership aims to launch an international money transfer service that will operate through the Samsung Pay app. The service currently targets US users and Finablr’s subsidiary Travelex powers it.Official information shows that Finablr is a listed partner of Ripple in London. Nonetheless, this deal with Samsung has no involvement from Ripple or XRP. An official announcement...

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Bitcoin Payments in Alipay Banned as the Payments Giant Takes an Anti-Crypto Stance

Alipay has indicated that it will ban Bitcoin transactions and all others related to cryptocurrency payments. In what seems like an extension on the cryptocurrency war that the Chinese government is waging, the electronic payments giant said in a tweet thread that it would terminate all cryptocurrency-related transactions.If any transactions are identified as being related to bitcoin or other virtual currencies, @Alipay immediately stops the relevant payment services.— Alipay (@Alipay)...

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Libra’s Future in Question as Mark Zuckerberg is Set to Testify Before the U.S. Congress

Things do not seem to be going as planned for Facebook’s Libra as Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify before the US Congress later in the month. This was revealed by the Chairwoman of the United States House Committee on Financial Services Maxine Waters (D) in a press statement yesterday. The Chairwoman indicated that a letter had been sent to the Social media giant in July “requesting an immediate moratorium on the implementation of Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency, Libra, and digital...

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Binance Will Support WeChat And Alipay For Bitcoin Purchases

Photo: CoinspeakerRecently, Binance has announced that they will add two more fiat-to-crypto gateways, hence WeChat and Alipay. With this move, citizens of China now will be able to purchase Bitcoin, with these two payment options. Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance, confirmed this news on his Twitter account:YES https://t.co/dnHKQSLvS4— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) October 9, 2019Currently, this initiative is only in the testing phase for Android users, but will eventually come out on iOS as...

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Robinhood Announces Revamped Cash Management Feature With 2.05% APY

Robinhood, the financial services and stock-trading company based in California, has just announced its launch of a new feature called Cash Management. According to the announcement, the new feature which will come with a Mastercard debit card will allow its users to earn an annual percentage yield (APY) of 2.05% on all unused funds left in brokerage accounts. Users can now visit Robinhood and join a growing waitlist, to take advantage of Cash Management and reserve a debit card.In December...

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