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Published on October 16th, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version iframe: On this episode of the Unhashed Podcast, we talk to guest Joe Looney about his creation, Rare Pepe, one of the first Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) in the space. We talk early days of Counterparty, why Ethereum took over the token game, the value of NFTs, and much more. Views: 962 Source
Nordic challenger Lunar has raised $40 million in funding as it prepares to extend its roster of products into the buy now, pay later and account aggregation and payment initiation space. In the coming months, Lunar is set to activate multi-banking features and enable payments across Denmark, Sweden and Norway for its more than 170,000 users. Customers will be able to not only view but also move money between accounts, as well as pay bills from accounts from other banks, in one app.It also has its sets sights on the booming buy now, pay later market, with a product that...
CoinGecko will be hosting our Virtual Meetup #6 this coming today, September 22 @ 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 the rise of social token and one of our featured guests is Cooper Turley, Community Lead of Audius. Read on to learn more about him. 1. Tell us a bit about yourself. I am a prolific member of the Ethereum community. I have an active role as a journalist specializing in the DeFi...
Published on October 16th, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version Chain Reaction Host Tom Shaughnessy hosts Tor Bair, the Founder of Secret Foundation. The two discuss building private applications using secret contracts at scale, why this goes well beyond privacy coins and privacy as a human right. Views: 1,101 Source
Barclays Bank is looking at further cuts to its office space, despite reporting better-than-expected third quarter results and lowered provisions for bad debt. The UK bank posted profit before tax of £1.1 billion, almost double the £507 million analysts had forecast. Provisions for bad loans at £607 million were also way below analyst expectation and 63% down on the previous quarter.However, the UK bank intends to keep a tight rein on costs as it looks to the lessons learned from the Covid pandemic about the economic benefits of staff working from home. Currently, 55,000 of its 80,000 roster are working...
Hello, Geckos! Our Q3 2020 Quarterly Cryptocurrency Report is here! Q3 2020 was the quintessential summer for Decentralized Finance (DeFi). Other than the minor dip in mid-September, we have seen a continuous uptrend in the total crypto market cap since the March crash. Bitcoin’s volatility continues to show a strong correlation with the traditional S&P 500 (SPX) index. In Q3, we also saw several new decentralized exchanges springing up and gaining popularity, fueled by the much-hyped yield farming trend kick-started by Compound in June. Decentralized exchanges continue to grow at a much faster rate than its centralized counterparts and it...
Click to download audio version On this very special episode of Proof of Love, Tatiana & Lauren talk about patrons vs. "sugar daddies" and share some of their own stories about older men who have given them their financial and emotional support over the years. Tatiana opens up about a recent, deeply negative experience that has affected her business, emotional health and personal relationships. She talks candidly about exactly what happened and the toll it's taken on her personally and professionally, and she & Lauren talk about how to avoid such situations in the future. Do you have a burning...
UK Open Banking startup TrueLayer has hired Brenton Charnley to lead its push into the Australian market. Founded in 2016, TrueLayer is one of a number of ventures that have been launched as a result of the UK's open banking initiative, providing a platform for fintechs, developers and retailers to access bank APIs and to securely share customers banking details.With Australia following the UK's lead, the company is now looking to expand down under. In July, the Consumer Data Right Act made it possible for Aussies to share their banking data with third party providers.Then, this month the rules were...
CoinGecko will be hosting our Virtual Meetup #6 this coming today, September 22 @ 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 the rise of social token and one of our featured guests is Alex Masmej, creator of his own token, $ALEX. To learn more about him, read on! 1. Tell us a bit about yourself I’m Alex, founder in crypto, have been part of the Ethereum community for a year now, and built a few...
Published on October 22nd, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version Todays guest is Gloria Zhao, she is a Bitcoin Core developer, former president of "Blockchain at Berkeley" and will finish her Computer Science studies at the end of 2020. We discuss how Bitcoin and blockchain technologies are seen by her fellow college students, why she chose to work on Bitcoin only instead of all the other Silicon Valley stuff and blockchain projects that are around. "Privacy and censorship resistance should be the default. We can't keep measuring technologies or applications based on how convenient they are or how...
Ripple could move its headquarters from San Francisco to London, where its XRP cryptocurrency would not be deemed by regulators as a security. In an interview with CNBC, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse says that the UK's Financial Conduct Authority has made it clear that it does not consider XRP a security, meaning that "it would be advantageous for Ripple to operate in the UK".This is because, while the US Securities and Exchange Commission has said that bitcoin and ethereum are not securities, the status of XRP is less clear.Ripple is in a legal battle with investors who say it is...
[embedded content] We've seen a rise in Ethereum-based social tokens this year whereby creators can use the power of blockchain and decentralized finance to own, control and monetize the value of their social interactions across all platforms. To understand this new phenomenon better, we talked to pioneers of social tokens in our Virtual Meetup #6 on September 22, 2020 @ 10AM EST. 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 to share their two satoshis. In this meetup, we talked to Alex Masmej...
Published on October 22nd, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version <iframe style="border: none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/16290287/height/360/theme/legacy/thumbnail/yes/direction/backward/"; height="360" width="100%" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen> Belarus is in the midst of massive protests, sparked in August by an election win for the long time leader of the country, Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko has been in power since the first presidential election in Belarus in 1994 when the country gained independence from the Soviet Union. The constitution following independence limited presidents to two terms but Lukashenko fought to change this and has remained in power since. Following the disputed election on August 9th...
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased challenges for financial institutions who had to react quickly to the situation, with employees working remotely and increased communication taking place digitally. This presents increased vulnerability to cybercrime and fraud due to massive increase in potential points of failure across an institutions’ defences. Seventy-seven per cent of responses to a new report by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners say they have observed an increase in the level of fraud, with one third noting a significant increase.This underlines the ever-moving target of fraud mitigation and cybersecurity in financial services and beyond. Much as...
Have you ever had one of those days where you just don’t have time to keep up with the market and all you need is to have a real time alert for when a cryptocurrency hits your price target? We understand the frustration which is why we have a price alert feature. This way you’ll never miss your target price again!  In this article, we will show you how to use the price alert function on both the CoinGecko website and mobile app. CoinGecko Web 1. Sign Up! If you don’t already have an account, now is the time to...
Published on October 22nd, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version On this week’s episode of the Unhashed Podcast: Square purchases $50M worth of bitcoin, File Coin accidentally allows the sale of testnet coins, Bitmex changes leadership, why brainwallets are bad, taproot gets merged, Justin Sun ruins Bittorrent, and Coinbase starts paying Core developers. Views: 90 Source
Deutsche bank is reportedly in talks with Tats Consultancy Services over the sale of its Postbank IT systems unit and the transfer of 1400 staff to the Indian conglomerate. Citing people with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg says a deal with TCS could be wrapped up by the end of the year.The offloading of PBS would go some way to reaching Deutsche Bank's goal of cutting 18,000 jobs under a mammoth restructuring programme currently underway at the German lender.Deutsche Bank is currently merging Postbank's IT systems with its own as part of an integration effort that it expected to contribute...
CoinGecko will be hosting our Virtual Meetup #6 this coming today, September 22 @ 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 the rise of social token and one of our featured guests is Brian Flynn, creator of his own token, $JAMM. To learn more about him, read on! 1. Tell us a bit about yourself. My first job in crypto was a product manager at Dapper Labs. I was fascinated about the potential for crypto...
Italy's SIA has combined with digital asset custody platform Hex Trust to deliver a blockchain-based service for financial institutions to manage and safekeep crypto investments on behalf of their clients. The platform addresses a range of digital assets, from security and utility tokens to central bank digital currencies and stablecoins and operates across a number of different blockchain protocols.It also acts as a conduit to digital asset intermediaries, including exchanges and brokers, within a custody framework that complys with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regulatory requirements.Daniele Savarè, innovation & business solutions director of SIA, states: "We aim to create an...
CoinGecko will be hosting our Virtual Meetup #5 this coming Wednesday, August 26 @ 10PM 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 the field of Yield Farming and one of our featured guests is Kerman Kohli, founder of ARCx.  1. Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m Kerman, the founder of ARCx - a synthetic asset protocol. I’ve started multiple companies, of which my first venture was an app called...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PezYeCFsNmM INSIDE THE ETHEREUM ECONOMY: CoinDesk markets reporter Zack Voell discusses the yield farming phenomenon with Matt Luongo of Thesis, Jeff Garzik of Bloq, Loong Wang of Ren Project and Kiarash Mosayeri of BitGo during CoinDesk Live ahead of invest: ethereum economy on Oct. 14. Source
UniCredit has become the latest firm to rethink its long-term attitude towards where staffers work in the wake of Covid-19, agreeing a deal to give all employees the chance to spend a part of their week working from home. The Italian bank has struck a deal with the UniCredit European Works Council that will see staff at headquarters and central offices given the option to spend 40% of their time working remotely. Employees working in the broader network will be able to work remotely 20% of their time.UniCredit says technological advances have made it easier to work from home and...
The cryptospace has been evolving at an incredible speed, and one of the new growth cycles in the past 90 days is Yield Farming. Yield farming refers to the process of putting your assets to work across various Decentralized Finance (DeFi) protocols for the best possible returns. Yield farmers could earn returns upwards of 1,000% Annual Percentage Yield (APY) by deploying different strategies of varying risk levels. Yield farming really took off after Compound kick-started its COMP yield farming incentives for both lenders and borrowers on the Compound platform. Shortly after the launch of Compound’s yield farming programme, many other...
Click to download audio version New Jersey gym owner Ian Smith has become something of a folk hero after publicly defying Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order to stay closed during the pandemic. Despite arrests, tens of thousands of dollars in daily fines and being dragged over the coals in the media, he remains dedicated to keeping his business open. He joins the program to talk about why he made the decision to open his doors, the precautions they have taken to make sure his customers stay healthy, why staying fit is so important during the crisis, and his thoughts on...
Islamic digital bank Insha has secured €2.5 million in seed funding from Turkish payments provider Param, as it embarks on a European expansion programme. Founded in 2018 as an offshoot of Albaraka Turk, the mobile bank offers 'accounts with princicples' to customers in Germany and Turkey. The company's mission statement reads: "As a digital banking service based on strong moral principles, we offer tools that help its customers achieve their saving goals, gain insights into spending behavior, transfer money abroad for little cost, and donate easily to charities of their choice."Yakup Sezer, founder and managing director of Insha, says that...
[embedded content] Yield farming in DeFi has been a hot topic in the cryptocurrency industry for the past few months. However, not many understand how it works. So, we decided to invite Michael Gu and Kerman Kohli to our Virtual Meetup #5 on Wednesday, August 26 @ 10PM EST to explain the intricacies of yield farming.  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 to share their two satoshis.  In our discussion, we touched on the current yield farming hype — the incentives,...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_-Q7OtyfSc Corey Hoffstein is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Newfound Research LLC, a quantitative research and investment fund. He is also the host of the “Flirting with Models” podcast. His most recent research is “Liquidity Cascades: The Coordinated Risk of Uncoordinated Market Participants.” In it, he examines three popular narratives about what is driving radical swings in markets, including: The increased role of the Fed The rise of passive and index investing The growth of volatility-correlated strategies He finds that, individually, none could explain the radical market shifts we’ve seen. However, when combined, they create a market incentive...
Published on October 12th, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version Chain Reaction Host Tom Shaughnessy hosts SBF, the CEO of FTX and Alameda Research. The two cover SBF’s journey in creating Alameda Research, engaging in arbitrage, and why @ProjectSerum on @solana goes way beyond being a DEX. Views: 1,128 Source
Financial analytics vendor FactSet has agreed to buy AI-driven environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data outfit Truvalue Labs. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. San Francisco-based TruValue applies AI-driven technology to over 100,000 unstructured text sources in 13 languages, including news, trade journals, and nongovernmental organisations and industry reports, to provide daily signals that identify positive and negative ESG behaviour. The firm's coverage spans over 19,000 public and private companies and generates short-term, long-term, and momentum scores derived from hundreds of signals. These are mapped against the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board standards and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,...
Published on October 19th, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version Chain Reaction Host Tom Shaughnessy hosts Eric Chen, the co-founder of Injective Protocol. The two discuss Eric's journey creating a fully decentralized derivatives exchange, competition, scaling and much more. Views: 289 Source
ING-backed account aggregation app Yolt has launched a new account and contactless card to help people save while they spend. Launched in 2017, Yolt has since garnered 1.5 million registered users who are currently able to see their various bank accounts in one place, enabling them to track their spending, set budgets and identify where they can make savings.Most recently, functionality was added for users to switch and save on household bills, combine their pensions, invest their money and grow their savings via in-app partners such as MoneySuperMarket, PensionBee, Raisin and Wealthify.The latest release now includes a Yolt account and...
Hello, Geckos! How was your month of August?  It has been a crazy month not just for us but for the whole crypto industry itself. So many things are happening that we could barely catch a breath! Bitcoin’s price crossed the $12,000 mark from $11,200 while Ethereum moved above $400 from $340.   The DeFi space is definitely all the rage now with new protocols involving yield farming, liquidity mining, or governance announced by various teams at least once a day (or more). Some are bunch of copycats while some are truly innovative - exciting times ahead of us so...
Published on October 19th, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version <iframe style="border: none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/16246127/height/360/theme/legacy/thumbnail/yes/direction/backward/"; height="360" width="100%" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen> If you ask 100 people what Bitcoin is, you will likely get 100 different answers. Whether it is a medium of exchange, gold 2.0, a hedge against inflation or purely as a speculative asset, all of these answers are valid. The decentralised nature of Bitcoin means that it has no owner and no single leader who decides what it is or how to use it. Bitcoin is an entirely personal experience based on the needs of...
Citi has teamed up with Mastercard to begin offering transgender and non-binary people the ability to use their chosen name on eligible credit cards. Eligible existing customers can now request a new credit card, which displays their chosen name. In addition, within weeks customers will be able to be addressed by their chosen name when they call the bank and also across online and mobile access points.Mastercard first released 'True Name' cards in the US last year, giving people - particularly those from LGBTQ+ community - the opportunity to reflect their preferred identity on their cards.Carla Hassan, chief marketing officer,...
What does your house, your car, banks and safe sex have in common? Security and protection. Before you go into your house or car, you need a key. Banks have their tight security measures. Medical doctors recommend the use of a condom to reduce the risk of sexually transmissible infections. So, do you pay as much attention to your internet security or cybersecurity to prevent cybercrimes? Even though the internet is not as tangible as a car, the possible crimes on the internet have tangible risks. You may lose your data, money and reputation. Basic Cybersecurity Measures If you use the internet...
Click to download audio version Adam Williams got into fitness, nutrition and natural healing as a way to rehab injuries he got playing college football, and joins the program to talk about how to get your body healed and fit without using pharmaceuticals and lab-manufactured chemicals. He talks about how chiropractic treatment has helped him and why he feels many holistic and homeopathic treatments are shunned by the mainstream. He discusses his life as a bodybuilder, and what it’s like being in a relationship with someone who is also into the competitive fitness lifestyle. He goes into specifics about his...
Visa has invested in Global Processing Services, the payment processor behind a host of challenger bank startups, including Revolut and Starling. UK growth private equity firm, Dunedin, joined Visa in the round, which will be used by GPS to extend its geographical reach.GPS successfully expanded into the Apac region last year, delivering payments services for Xinja, the second Australian neobank to be made an authorised deposit-taking institution, and WeLab Bank, the first homegrown virtual bank in Hong Kong.Having been selected as one of the preferred issuer processors for Visa’s Apac Fintech Fastrack programme, GPS has worked with the card scheme...
Keeping your cryptocurrencies safe has never been more important. The go-to method for securing cryptocurrencies has been hardware wallets, which are undoubtedly secure if used right. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of the more unique hardware wallets out there - the Cobo Vault Pro.  About Cobo The company was founded by Discus Fish, which happens to also be the founder of F2 Pool - one of the largest mining pools to date. Back in 2018, Cobo built their first generation Cobo Vault hardware wallet and it was made out of aerospace aluminium, rated IP68 waterproof, IK9 drop...
Published on October 15th, 2020 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version Elyse Petersen is a food scientist and the founder of Tealet, a wholesale tea supply chain network. Tealet's business model is based on cutting out unnecessary middlemen between tea growers and buyers, same like in Bitcoin. Since 2013 Tealet is using Bitcoin for payments, which eliminates the inefficiencies of global financial systems and saves a lot of transaction costs. Tealet was one of the first companies worldwide to use Bitcoin. Topics: History of tea as an international commodity Traditional tea supply chain absorbs 85% of the growers profit...
Crypto payments firm Wirex has raised over £3.7 million in a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube, beating its initial target by 370%. The London-based firm raised £1 million in just 90 minutes and closed its crowdfunding 15 days early after securing funds from nearly 7000 investors.Founded in 2014 in an effort to open up the esoteric world of cryptocurrencies, Wirex has developed a contactless card that lets users seamlessly spend crypto and fiat currencies in real life.With the new funding in place, the firm is prepping a multicurrency Mastercard card and an upgrade of its rewards scheme, as well as launches...
Have you ever used the Uniswap DEX in the past 2 years before September 1st 2020, Congratulations! You are eligible for the most rewarding airdrop event in the history of crypto thus far. Uniswap has recently announced the launch of Uniswap Governance Token (UNI) and has set aside a whopping 150 Million tokens to all users whose accounts have interacted with the Uniswap DEX smart contract before. Each Ethereum Address you've used Uniswap with is eligible to claim at least 400 UNI tokens, more if you were a historical or current Liquidity Provider (LP) on the DEX. Meaning, if you've used...

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