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Click to download audio version With the ever changing climate in the country, one cannot help but consider what other options are out there in the world for someone to live and practice liberty. Guest, Mark Edge of FreeTalkLive.com, explains to Tatiana and Joshua what it takes to split away from the U.S. both logistically and literally. After describing three different criteria to consider when filing ‘paperwork’ and paying dues, different countries are described with their pros and cons weighed. A larger conversation about urban living versus country living is debated along with the acknowledgement of indigenous Americans demonstrating how...
Leading payments company Wirex, announced today that it has received its first money transmission license in the US, from the State of Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. This license will allow them to engage in the business of money transmission serving the population of the state, and marks an important milestone in Wirex’s drive to offer their industry-leading services to the US population. The announcement comes after Wirex revealed that it would be launching its next-gen cryptocurrency platform linked to a spending card in the US.Wirex already serves 3 million customers across 130 countries. The company’s platform offers users...
In the first part of our cryptocurrency report, we saw that total cryptocurrency market capitalization grew by 44.5%. Ethereum led the growth and its market dominance increased by 1.6%.  We hope that you’re sitting comfortably with your cup of tea as we’re now going to look at the trading volume on the different exchanges and find out which exchange tokens generated the highest return. Binance Brought Down Trading Volume Even though market capitalization grew significantly, users were trading less with total spot trading volume going down by 7% ($324m). Binance accounted for 53% ($183m) of the total gross decline in...
Click to download audio version Obi Nwosu is co-founder and CEO of Coinfloor - a UK based Bitcoin exchange. Coinfloor was founded in early 2013, so Obi has been on the scene for a long time. In this episode we talk about Obi’s background, the founding and growth of Coinfloor, get some Bitcoin history stories and dive into a bit of tech at the end - Obi has an engineering background. Obi is one of the good ones, it was a real treat to get to spend some time with him - I think you’ll agree. Citizen Bitcoin Podcast Citizen...
Customers Bank has agreed to sell its BankMobile Technologies unit to investment vehicle Megalith Financial Acquisition in a transaction that reflects an enterprise value of $140 million. The plan is for the combined company to operate as BM Technologies and list on the Nyse.The brainchild of Customers Bank CEO Jay Sidhu and his daughter Luvleen Sidhu, BankMobile launched in beta at the end of 2014, following a path first trod by Simple by offering traditional services through a mobile platform.However, unlike Simple and other neo-banks, BankMobile had the advantage of Customers Bank's relationship with Higher One, a firm that distributes...
Tomorrow (Wednesday, July 15 @ 10AM EST), CoinGecko will be hosting our Virtual Meetup # 4. CoinGecko Virtual Meetup is our live online community event where we explore different key topics in the crypto sphere and invite industry leaders to share their two satoshis. This time, we will be exploring cybersecurity and its importance for both users and crypto exchanges. With that, we will be talking to the key leader Dyma Budorin, CEO of Hacken Group. Hacken is a leading cybersecurity group working on corporate, individual, and crypto exchanges’ cybersecurity. Established in 2017, Hacken has since become the global security...
Published on August 7th, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version On this episode of the Unhashed Podcast: The Brazilian Waxer himself @NVK joins us to talk shitty hardware wallets, FUD vs responsible disclosure, copy-catting in the crypto space, fighting intellectual property battles, Ledger’s derivation path bug and email leak, the business of hardware wallets, the dangers of USB, and much more. Find NVK on twitter. Check out his products on Coinkite Price Analysis: Number go WAY up One Final Note: Firstly, Support us on Patreon. Make sure you are storing your crypto on something secure like a Ledger...
AnyDay, the world’s first vertically integrated provider of end-to-end on-demand wage pay and other financial wellness solutions, was recently launched. AnyDay puts cash in people’s pockets by enabling employees to access their wages whenever they want. Unlike its competitors, AnyDay has built its own payments infrastructure. With no middleman in the way, AnyDay delivers on-demand pay cheaper than anyone else and will be able to deliver other financial wellness solutions, such as cashback on purchases, budgeting and savings accounts, faster and better than anyone else.AnyDay will get to work immediately on its mission to help employers support their employees. It...
Q2 2020 Quarterly Cryptocurrency Report: Full Report We’re ending with a bang so brace yourself and grab a cup of coffee - a strong one - because we’re DeFinitely diving deeper! In case you need reminding, we saw in the second part of our cryptocurrency report how cryptocurrency trading volume went down in Q2 and users are shifting towards decentralized exchanges. (Download the full report here) Derivatives Trading Volume On A Downward Trend For Bitcoin’s perpetual swap, both BitMEX and Binance saw heavy declines  (11.3% and 4.3% loss respectively) in terms of volume dominance. Meanwhile, Huobi ended with an 18.7% volume...
Published on August 6th, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version Lyn Alden wrote a longform article about the 3 reasons why she is investing in Bitcoin. Lyn Alden is an investment strategist with a background in engineering and finance. She focusses on value investing with a global macro overlay. When I first heard Lyn Alden speaking I immediately knew, that I wanted to have her on my show, because her insights are smart, concise and I learned a lot about the global and US specific economical situation. I think it is one of the best interviews so far...
BCB Group, the global digital asset financial services group, and Circle, a leading global financial technology firm, today announced a partnership that will see BCB implementing the full range of Circle platform functionality to improve the speed, efficiency and cost of client payments and settlement across select parts of BCB Group. This furthers BCB’s commitment to being the leading and quickest fiat on/off ramp for rapid USDC entry/exit in Europe, augmented and enabled by the BCB Business Accounts service.The partnership announced today will enable BCB’s institutional clients to use USDC for payments, clearing and custody, helping to mitigate negative rate...
Where do interesting crypto conversations take place? Twitter. Yes, Crypto Twitter is a thing and decentralized finance (DeFi) is a hot topic. Between dank memes and debates, Crypto Twitter is eager to get the ball rolling on transforming old financial products into "trustless" and "transparent" programs. DeFi is a future that puts people in control as it may provide a more just financial system without the interference of middlemen.And until this future is fully materialized, people who want to make it work will keep building on the technology while venting out frustrations and revelations on Twitter. So here are 10...
Click to download audio version "It clearly involves moral, political and ethical aspects, like the importance of privacy as a human right. I will use the term “darkness” to address this attribute." - Giacomo Zucco Continuing the series from Giacomo and Bitcoin Magazine on Discovering Bitcoin: From Cavemen to the Lightning Network. An excellent series with Part 2 working into the concept of specialization and finding those goods that can securely hold value and enable exchange at a new level. If you are new to Bitcoin, this series is a great place to start! Part 1: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_422---Discovering-Bitcoin---From-Cavemen-to-Lightning--Part-1-Giacomo-Zucco-ehdkrb I, Pencil -...
The Federal Reserve is working hard to get its FedNow real-time payment and settlement service up and running as quickly as possible, according to governor Lael Brainard, who says the Covid-19 fallout has highlighted the importance of ensuring people have immediate access to funds. A year on from committing to build the Fed's first major new payment system in four decades, Brainard offered an update on the "substantial strides" made so far by a team of more than 100 people.While the launch date is still likely to be in 2023 or 2024, the Fed has decided to take a phased...
[embedded content] Cryptocurrency is a fast-growing industry and has been attracting lots of attention lately. However, not all is rosy; cryptocurrency exchanges have experienced multiple hacks in the past, most of which resulted in the loss of large sums of funds. This is due to the fact that cybersecurity isn’t given the priority it deserves.  So we invited Dyma Budorin, the CEO of Hacken Group in our Virtual Meetup #4 on Wednesday, July 22 @ 10AM EST to discuss the state of cybersecurity in crypto.  Held monthly, CoinGecko’s Virtual Meetup is our live online community event where we explore different...
Paystand today released the Zero Card, an entirely touchless, prepaid alternative to corporate expense cards designed for mid-market businesses that need more flexibility and control over budgets and spending. With robust functionality to support several use cases across expense management, fund disbursement, and bulk card creation, the Zero Card is the most versatile ePayable ever made.Using the Zero Card streamlines invoice processing, expense reporting, and payment execution, and allows businesses to manage, track, and control company spending in real-time. But unlike any corporate card on the market, the Zero Card leverages Paystand's zero-fee payment network to give businesses a fast,...
  Hello, Geckos!We are pleased to present our first monthly crypto report!   We want to bring you up to speed to what is happening in the market and CoinGecko's Research Team will provide you with the latest market updates and trends.   For the month of July, we analyzed 3 datasets: Overview of the crypto markets Decentralized Exchanges (DEX), Decentralized Finance (DeFi) tokens.  (Download the full report here)  Below are the 5 key highlights of our report:    Market capitalization hit 2020-high, nears $320B Top-30 cryptocurrencies market capitalization hit 2020-high at $319 billion, which broke the previous high of $292...
Published on August 5th, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version Synthetix came out of nowhere in 2019 and became one of the largest DeFi projects today. Founder Kain Warwick (@kaiynne @synthetix_io) joins us in discussing some of your burning questions: What triggered Synthetix's growth? Moat against dYdX and upcoming DeFi exchanges Kain's thoughts on Serum - the Solana based dex Thoughts on using layer 2 vs. building on another chain The next phase of Synthetix Host: Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi). If you enjoyed the show, consider tipping! This show is not financial advice; show host and guest may hold...
Splitit, the ASX-listed outfit that enables shoppers to pay in instalments via their credit cards, has raised US$71.5 million in a private placement and share purchase plan. The buy now, pay later firm says the raise comes after record second quarter growth, where it processed over $65 million in merchant sales, up 260% year over year. Splitit is now used by over 1000 e-commerce merchants and in the last year has inked deals with Mastercard, Visa and Stripe to help propel global growth.The new funds, which come from institutional investors including Woodson Capital Management, will be used to accelerate sales...
Bitcoin’s halving took place yesterday at block 630,000. The price hasn’t moved much since it did, but some of the cryptocurrency’s fundamental characteristics are already changed dramatically. The daily supply is slashed in half and the inflation rate is also expected to decrease to 1.8% from 3.7% where it currently stands.  Historically, the halving happens once every four years on average and so far it has been a major bullish catalyst. Hence, the majority of experts and most of the community believes that this time will be no different. However, several reports and some well-known experts have voiced their merits that...
Published on August 5th, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version The reasons to hold either gold or Bitcoin are similar, yet the two assets possess different tradeoffs and risks. Bitcoiners often refer to Bitcoin as digital gold or gold 2.0, as they consider it a store of wealth like gold. Whether you prefer one asset or are a proponent of both, these assets help protect individuals against the broken fiat monetary system, inflation and a debt-based economy. While the assets have many similarities, for some, it isn’t gold and Bitcoin; instead, it is gold vs Bitcoin. Peter Schiff...
Leading global payroll provider CloudPay today announced it has raised $35 million in growth capital. New investor Runway Growth Capital joined existing investors Rho Ventures and Pinnacle Investment Partners to support scaling the business as the company prepares to bring new products to market. This funding comes shortly after CloudPay achieved over 30 percent growth in 2019 and expects a similar growth rate in 2020.As critical core infrastructure, CloudPay helps organizations ensure multinational payroll compliance, data security and accuracy. CloudPay currently supports multinational customers in 130+ countries. Through its proprietary unified platform, the company processes payroll in line with often...
Decentralized Finance (DeFi) is an ecosystem of decentralized applications that provide financial services built on top of distributed networks with no governing authority. Currently, most DeFi applications are built on top of the Ethereum blockchain. Examples of DeFi decentralized applications (dApps) include Kyber Network, Maker, Nexus Mutual, Compound, and PoolTogether.  DeFi has seen strong growth and in March 2020, DeFi hit the $1 billion mark in total value locked in smart contracts. With the fast-growth in DeFi, we at CoinGecko wanted to have some of our questions answered such as, who are the users of DeFi, the overall health of the...
More than two thirds of small and micro businesses have tried a new approach to accepting payments during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a global Visa survey. Rethinking the checkout or point-of-sale experience has proved essential for small firms that have seen their businesses upended by the virus. Of 250 small firms in the US, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Singapore and UAE questioned by Visa, 67% have tried something like launching an e-commerce site or changing POS technology in order to keep business going.More than a quarter of SMBs have tried targeted advertising on social media or sold...
Tweet May 22 marks the anniversary of the first-ever IRL purchase made with Bitcoin.  Back in 2010, Laszlo Hanyecz made history when he bought two Papa John’s pizza (worth USD 25) for 10,000 BTC. At the time, the world’s first cryptocurrency was only a year old and the hungry ‘Bitcoin Pizza Guy’ thought it was a bargain.  It was only 9 months later that Bitcoin hit parity with the US dollar and well… the rest still history in the making. Let’s all raise a slice in celebration of #BitCoinPizzaDay!  Tag @coingecko and share with us how you’re celebrating this momentous occasion....
Jobber, the leading provider of home service management software, today announced an expanded partnership with technology platform Stripe to offer flexible financing and instant payouts to its customers in North America. Jobber is deploying Stripe Capital to make it easier for home service providers to access the capital they need to invest in their businesses and grow. In addition, Jobber’s customers have access to instant payouts, powered by Stripe and Visa Direct, Visa’s real-time push payments platform1, to receive the funds they’ve earned within seconds."Cash flow is critical for small businesses as they respond to changing circumstances," says Sam Pillar,...
CoinGecko will be hosting our Virtual Meetup #3 this coming Wednesday, June 10 @ 10AM EST.  Held monthly, CoinGecko Virtual Meetup is our live online community event where we explore different key topics in the crypto sphere and invite industry leaders to share their two satoshis.   This month, we will be exploring developments in blockchain games and one of our featured guests is Aleksander Leonard Larson, co-founder of  Axie Infinity and Sky Mavis. Axie Infinity is a digital game universe centred around collecting, training, raising, and battling fantasy creatures called Axie. The game combines collectable NFT assets with card and skill...
Published on August 3rd, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version Host Tom Shaughnessy sits down with CZ, Founder and CEO at Binance Exchange. The early days of Binance, and how CZ overcame specific barriers and struggles. What scares CZ most about the space and his biggest mistakes that he had to overcome. Competing against centralized exchanges and decentralized versions (AMMs, DEXs, etc). Managing a decentralized team of 1,500 (up from 500) and plans to decentralize even further over time. Scaling Binance to be able to handle trillions in annual trade volume with goals of handling $100T in annual...
NAB is adjusting its regional branch model, cutting operating hours for over-the-counter services to mornings only and redeploying staff to online and video chat in the afternoons. The new model is to be rolled out across all of the Australian bank's 114 regional branches, with branch staff to be retrained and equipped with new tools to support customers across phone and online chat after-hours.NAB group executive personal banking Rachel Slade says: “Our branches continue to be a really important part of many local communities, especially for local businesses. On average a quarter of transactions take place between 9.30am and 10.30am...
CoinGecko will be hosting our Virtual Meetup #3 this coming Wednesday, June 10 @ 10AM EST.  Held monthly, CoinGecko Virtual Meetup is our live online community event where we explore different key topics in the crypto sphere and invite industry leaders to share their two satoshis.   This month, we will be exploring developments in blockchain games and one of our featured guests is Sandeep Nailwal, co-founder of Matic Network. Matic Network brings massive scale to Ethereum using an adapted version of Plasma framework that provides a solution for faster and extremely low-cost transactions with finality on the main chain.  Their...
Published on July 24th, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version Host Piers Kicks sits down with Ryan Gill the Founder and CEO of Crucible for Episode 02 of Metaverse Musings. Both Ryan and his Co-Founder Toby Tremayne have been hard at work laying the foundations for an exciting chapter in the evolution metaverse. Keep an eye on Crucible as more information comes online in the coming weeks as the company officially moves out of stealth. We talk through Ryan's White Mirror philosophy, their blueprints for the open metaverse, and the worlds of tomorrow. Stay tuned for Part 2...
UK based fintech Wiserfunding announced its entry into India, launching its Artificial Intelligence (AI) backed cloud-based credit risk assessment tool targeted for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Wiserfunding arrives at a time when SMEs across India are struggling due to the COVID-19 impact and the available models in the lending sector are not specific to SMEs, are largely non-technology based and have low prediction accuracy. The London headquartered fintech aims to invest USD 3 - 5 million over the next three years to tailor credit risk models specifically towards Indian SMEs to reach an accuracy level above 80 percent. The...
[embedded content] The gaming industry has the potential to build on blockchain and allow players to earn money. This is attractive to developers as they could increase their fanbase and broaden the community. However, there are challenges in terms of scalability and functionality. So we invited 3 key industry leaders in our Virtual Meetup #3 on Wednesday, June 10 @ 10AM EST to discuss how blockchain can be applied and developed in the gaming industry. Held monthly, CoinGecko’s Virtual Meetup is our live online community event where we explore different key topics in the crypto sphere and invite industry leaders...
Published on July 28th, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version The global economy is in a precarious position. With the coronavirus enforced lockdowns closing down businesses around the world, central banks have been printing money at unprecedented levels to prevent economies from collapsing. While this has eased the pressure in Western nations, some smaller countries are starting to experience the impact. The currency in Lebanon has all but collapsed, and inflation in Zimbabwe has nearly reached 800%. Could high inflation be coming to the UK, Europe and the US? While the implication of a global economic meltdown may...
China's antitrust agency is pondering an investigation into Alipay and WeChat Pay after the country's central bank raised concerns about the mobile payment behemoths, according to Reuters. The State Council’s antitrust committee has been collecting information on Ant's Alipay and Tencent's WeChat Pay for a month, says Reuters, citing sources, although a decision on whether to open an investigation has yet to be made.The People's Bank of China recommended that the committee look into non-bank payment companies earlier this year amidst concerns that Alipay and WeChat Pay use their huge muscle in the market to kill off competition.Alipay has more...
[embedded content] Having a hardware wallet is crucial for any crypto coin and token holders as it helps ensure the safekeeping of private keys. We’ve got the chance to have our hands on the Ledger Nano X, the latest technology from Ledger. You can purchase the Ledger Nano X for the price of $119 on Ledger Website and Amazon. In this article, we will be discussing our first-impressions, features, and security of the Ledger Nano X.  The people at Ledger were kind enough to send us a device for review purposes. Without further ado, let’s dive right in!  What does...
Click to download audio version After discussing some important information regarding purchasing Bitcoin, CoinDesk editor, Adam B. Levine discusses the advent of the Tatiana Coin and intention behind tokens in modern commerce. Referencing many projects Adam and Tatiana Moroz participated in, the discussion leads to real world examples of where token technology and blockchain technologies can improve the quality of life and commerce… when used correctly. Adam also discussed the many use cases explored at Tokenly.com including e-commerce, NFTs, and the advantages of various blockchains.About the Guest(s):Adam B. Levine joined CoinDesk in 2019 as editor of their new audio and...
No one has been spared the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted the jobs of millions of people across the world, prompting all businesses to rethink and adapt its strategy, ways of working and business models to a “new normal.”  Travel is one example of a sector feeling the effects of the pandemic.  However, now in July, as we begin to see some conditions improve, travel companies are on the rebound, and should be firmly in the middle of phase two – recovery. With recovery in mind, we still can’t avoid the fact that we are heading into...
Hello, Geckos! We have officially survived the first half of the year 2020! Many things have happened, and we are euphoric to announce the release of our Q2 2020 Quarterly Cryptocurrency Report!  We are doing things slightly differently this time 😉. There will be a three-part release to our Q2 2020 Quarterly Cryptocurrency Report. You’re looking at the very first release of our Q2 2020 Quarterly Cryptocurrency Report, which provides an overview of Top-30 Market Dynamics, Bitcoin, and Top-5 Stablecoins. Stay tuned for the other parts! Cryptocurrency Market Overview The start of the Q2 has been turbulent but nevertheless ended...
Published on July 28th, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version With the DeFi yield farming craze in full swing, Balancer Labs founder Fernando Martinelli (@fcmartinelli) joins us in discussing one of the hottest projects in the crypto space. We discuss: Balancer's origins What are "automated market makers"? How does Balancer differ from Uniswap? Will aggregators destroy value capture for decentralized exchanges? Do new AMMs like Thorchain & Bancor work? Host: Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi). If you enjoyed the show, consider tipping! This show is not financial advice; show host and guest may hold some of the assets discussed. BTC:...
EDM Council, the leading trade association for data management, has launched the Cloud Data Management Capabilities (CDMC) Best Practices Work Group. This new group includes participation from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Microsoft Azure, as well as over 20 leading financial industry firms. The Work Group has been formed to develop an open source CDMC Best Practice Framework to accelerate Cloud adoption and automate the associated controls. The EDM Council Work Group is being co-chaired by Morgan Stanley and Refinitiv, with project management provided by Capco.Cloud implementations typically face a common series of complex data, technology,...
What's stopping most people from earning cryptocurrency is the outdated idea that they need to invest their existing money. Looking at the very high price points of cryptocurrencies, it's no wonder that many don't even consider it as an option. But guess what? You can now earn cryptocurrency without having to invest a single dollar. Essentially, you can earn cryptocurrency for FREE.   1. Earn Cryptocurrency with BAT by Giving Your Attention Wouldn't it be nice if you could earn money just by surfing the web or viewing ads? Imagine the money you may earn from the ad that pops...

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