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Click to download audio version Jeff Nischwitz joins Tatiana & Laura to talk about his “shaking up the snowglobe” philosophy, the idea that human beings must keep themselves from “settling,” letting their lives become stagnant, boring, and inflexible. He talks about how such a life can be among the most disrupted in times of trouble, how communications and expressing emotions affects our interpersonal relationships, why society is critical of women who feel anger but also of men who ever feel anything else, and his own journey to enlightenment.About the Guest:Jeff Nischwitz is known as a Snow Globe Shaker (shaking things...
Close to 80 percent of the world’s central banks are either not allowed to issue a digital currency under their existing laws, or the legal framework is not clear, according to research conducted by the International Monetary Fund. The IMF paper reviewed the central bank laws of 174 IMF members, and found out that only about 40 are legally allowed to issue digital currencies. At 104 central banks, the law only authorises the issuance of banknotes and coins."Any money issuance is a form of debt for the central bank, so it must have a solid basis to avoid legal, financial...
eToro is a publishing partner of CoinGecko Have you ever imagined a decentralized entertainment platform where content creators are paid in full with no middleman? Meet TRON. TRON is a blockchain-based decentralized operating system that aims to bridge the gap between content creators and content consumers. CEO Justin Sun established the TRON Foundation in 2017 to provide a free, global, digital content entertainment system that allows easy and cost-effective content sharing. Decentralizing entertainment with blockchain Take Netflix, a single organization that controls what, when, and how content is put out. To host a movie, it takes a big cut out...
Shares in ACI Worldwide have risen following reports that the payments technology company has hired Goldman Sachs to find potential bidders. ACI Worldwide stock jumped 4.3% in trading Thursday, reaching a 52-week high near $41.The stock has been actively watched following an intervention by activity investor Starboard, which in December urged the firm to sell itself, noting that some potential buyers haad already expressed an interest in picking it up. Starboard currently holds a nine percent stake in the firm.According to a report in Barrons, ACI Worldwide has tapped Goldman Sachs to weigh its options. Bloomberg estimates the current value...
eToro is a publishing partner of CoinGecko In continuation of eToro’s series of introductions to cryptocurrencies, we are now covering another popular cryptocurrency: IOTA. We will be going through the basics of IOTA and reviewing its features, purposes, and utilities. Launched in 2015, IOTA is a distributed ledger built to track and conduct transactions between devices within the emerging economy of the Internet of Things (IoT). IOTA is  widely known within the crypto space for its primary technology, Tangle.  In this article, we’ll explore the basics of IOTA, its main technology, how its offline transaction works, and future plans for...
Swedish payments firm Trustly is reportedly plotting a second quarter IPO that could value the company at €9 billion. Trustly’s owner, buyout group Nordic Capital, is working with Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Carnegie and is in the process of hiring more banks with a view to launching the IPO in late April or early May, according to unidentified sources cited by Reuters.Like other payments processors in Europe, Trustly is riding a wave of investor interest as the Coronavirus pandemic pushes more transactions online. Founded in 2008 and with offices in Sweden, Spain, Malta, Germany and Britain, Trsutly processes more...
Hey there, Geckos! Our November Monthly Report is here! It’s been quite a roller coaster ride this past month with so much going on in the crypto space. To name a few, Bitcoin (BTC) successfully hit a new All-Time High at $19,725, DeFi protocol hacks that cost nearly $70 million in losses, as well as a new yearly high in open interest for the Bitcoin Derivatives market. In addition to that, we saw large financial corporations such as Square, PayPal, and DBS Bank continue their efforts in adopting it as part of their hedging strategies. Here are our 5 key...
Monzo will be the first major UK challenger to face the same fate as defunct Australian neo bank Xinja, unless it changes its approach towards a more sustainable future, says GlobalData banking analyst Ketherine Long. Australian neobank Xinja pulled the plug on its banking operations in December, after failing to develop any revenue-generating products to offset its spiralling cost-base.Long says that Monzo, having woken up last year to this predicament, is struggling hard to get out.“For Monzo, the problems are only slightly different - though not much better. By creating a leading current account product that generates practically no revenue,...
What is Eth2? Eth2 refers to the latest infrastructure upgrade of the current Ethereum blockchain (Eth1), which would improve the network’s scalability, efficiency, and sustainability by ironing out the existing bottlenecks and enabling the network to process more transactions. How does Eth2 differ from Eth1? Eth2 aims to solve three issues that have been haunting Ethereum:  ScalabilityThe Ethereum network currently processes about 14 transactions per second (TPS). When demand surges, network users outbid each other in an attempt to have their transactions processed first.The increase in the network’s activity would cause the ecosystem to become congested and result in a...
Click to download audio version What’s the big deal about masks, anyway? Are they actually effective? Are they nothing more than a fashion statement? Or are they actively harmful to us? Allan Stevo joins Tatiana and Josh to talk about why he thinks we’d be better off without those little patches of cloth or paper that we’ve all been told are essential to help stop the spread of COVID-19.About the Guest:Allan Stevo is a founding member of the New York Bitcoin Center where he served as the head market maker during its early open outcry operations. In that capacity Stevo...
Ireland's competition watchdog has rejected a plan by four of the country's biggest banks to create a joint payments app, but says it is willing to "further engage" on the issue. Earlier this month Bank of Ireland, AIB, Permanent TSB and the Irish arm of Belgian bank KBC outlined plans to set up Syntech Payments, a joint venture company to oversee the project, which is designed to take on the likes of Revolut.The partners sent a notification letter on the issue to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), which has now been rejected.Explaining its decision, the CCPC says the...
Bitcoin is a digital currency introduced by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009. Unlike fiat currencies such as Malaysian Ringgit, bitcoin is decentralized where it is not controlled by any entity and does not rely on governments or banks for issuance and oversight.  Bitcoin allows you to stay pseudonymous while making transaction. Rather than using your name, only your sending/receiving addresses will be revealed. Bitcoin transactions are also relatively faster and cheaper when compared to traditional remittance. It takes around 10 minutes for someone on the other side of the world to receive bitcoin, rather than traditional remittance which takes a few days. A...
Published on January 20th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version "In a world in which governments and companies continually encroach on personal liberties via surveillance and outright control, Bitcoin shines like a beacon of freedom." - Andy Edstrom & Peter McCormack The anti-bitcoin narratives are going to flood in and have already started. We need to be ready for it, and that’s why this piece by Andy Edstrom & Peter McCormack is a required listen/read. How do we answer the Fed, how do we respond to the propaganda and the ignorance? Find out in another of Bitcoin Magazine’s...
Santander has invested €2 million in Connecting Visions, a Spanish startup that helps SMEs gain access to consulting services. Connecting Vision acts as a bridge between small firms and experts that can help them with specific challenges. SMEs outline their issue and consultants prepare a series of options that the company can choose between.The firm has built up an ecosystem of more than 172 service and technology companies, with over 350 experts and advisers with experience in a host of key fields that can help SMEs grow, increase customer loyalty, digitise, become more efficient, and attract talent.The startup was one...
Hey there, Geckos! The time has come for us to look back on the exhilarating time we had in 2020 with our Cryptocurrency Yearly Report! It was certainly an adventurous journey for the crypto space as we began to see more institutional investors trickling in. Companies such as Square, and Microstrategy have begun to adopt Bitcoin as part of their hedging strategies. In fact, institutional investors now hold a cumulative approximate of 1,172,065 Bitcoins (That's 6% of the current circulating supply!) in their treasuries according to bitcointreasuries.org at the time of writing.  We experienced the rise of Decentralized Finance (DeFi)...
Published on January 21st, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version My guest is Fereshteh Forough, she is the founder of "Code to Inspire", which is the first coding school for women in Afghanistan. We will be talking about her journey and her learning's from being a refugee, the general situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, which is one of the least developed nations in the world and of course about Bitcoin in Afghanistan and how it is used to support the female students of "Code to Inspire". Fereshteh's learning's as a refugee Situation of women in Afghanistan...
2021 will see further clarity offered on the development of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) but deployment is still some way off, according to Ville Sointu, head of emerging technology at Nordea. From the conversations around whether CBDCs could be developed and what the risks and opportunities are, this year will see the actual practicalities around technical deployment begin to be addressed. Many of these will centre around the extent of decentralisation in digital currencies and the role that blockchain technology will play. “There’s been a lot of conversation around CBDCs over the last couple of years. It's become almost...
eToro is a publishing partner of CoinGecko Tezos (XTZ) is a blockchain-based cryptocurrency and smart contracts platform for decentralized applications (dApps). Since its launch in 2018, it has made a considerable amount of buzz within the crypto community.  Brief History of Tezos Arthur and Kathleen Breitman founded Swiss-based Tezos in 2014. Three years later, the Tezos Foundation raised $232 million in an uncapped initial coin offering (ICO) in just two weeks, accepting donations of both bitcoin and ether. Contrary to most new blockchains at that time, the blockchain is not based on Proof-of-Work. In the next section, we will discuss...
Published on January 20th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version In Part 2 of our discussion about algorithmic stablecoins, we are joined once again by Mechanism Capital analyst Ben Simon(@benjaminsimon97) to break down: Why some current algo stablecoins do not work Projects in the vertical that Ben is bullish onThe investment opportunity for algo coins Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi). This show is not financial advice; show host and guest may hold some of the assets discussed. Views: 199 Source
The Bank of England will for the first time provide the UK's Office for National Statistic (ONS) with credit and debit card transaction data to better inform decison-makers about how people have been spending their money. The ONS says the new data wil act as "experimental faster indicators" for monitoring UK purchases. They track the daily Chaps payments made by credit and debit card payment processors to around 100 major UK retailers, whether it be online, over the phone or in a store. The Bank of England anonymises and aggregates the data before sharing with the UK's national statistical institute...
eToro is a publishing partner of CoinGecko Today we’ll be looking at Binance Coin (BNB), which is the fuel that powers the Binance Ecosystem. For those who don’t know, Binance is one of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges ranked by CoinGecko’s Trust Score. This article focuses more on the basics of Binance Coins, its features, purposes and use cases. What is Binance Coin (BNB)? Binance Exchange issued the Binance Coin (BNB) back in 2017 through an Initial Coin Offering, 100 million BNB was offered from the total supply of 200 million BNB. It was offered at the price of $0.15. Here’s...
Published on January 20th, 2021 by BTCMedia Click to download audio version 2020 has been a year like no other. With the outbreak of the coronavirus, large parts of the world went into lockdown in an attempt to contain its spread. The virus has been hugely politicised, and government responses have been polarising. Amid the outbreak, the death of George Floyd while in police custody sparked one of the most massive protests in history. What started as a peaceful protest escalated and caused looting and violence. Cities across America implemented curfews, and President Trump threatened to use the military to...
The European Commission and European Central Bank are working together to investigate the policy, legal and technical questions emerging from a possible introduction of a digital euro. Having just closed a public consultation on the subject, the ECB says it will now consider whether to start a digital euro project towards the middle of the year as it looks to answer design and technical questions ahead of any decision to actually issue the CBDC.Now, the ECB and the EC have created a joint technical group to look at the policy, legal and technical aspects of the possible introduction of a...
CoinGecko will be hosting our Virtual Meetup #9 on January 20 @ 8AM 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 discussing the State of Crypto 2021 and one of our featured guests is Larry Cermak, Director of Research at The Block. The Block is the leading research, analysis and news brand in the digital asset space. Founded in 2018 and based in NYC, The Block's team is spread across 7 time...
ByteDance has launched its own payments service for Douyin, the Chinese version of its video app TikTok. Douyin's 600 million daily active users can already buy virtual gifts for streamers or from stores on the site through Alipay and WeChat Pay.However, now ByteDance is also offering a Douyin Pay option, taking advantage of the third-party payment license it acquired when it bought Wuhan Hezhong Yibao Technology last year.Unlike TikTok, Douyin has been selling merchandice since 2017 and is now used by millions of people to shop everyday, according to Reuters. Source
CoinGecko will be hosting our Virtual Meetup #9 on January 20 @ 8AM 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 discussing the State of Crypto 2021 and one of our featured guests is Alex Svanevik, co-founder & CEO of Nansen. Nansen is an analytics platform for blockchain, which combines on-chain data with a massive and constantly growing database containing millions of wallet labels. Customers use Nansen to access this data via...
After a 144-year run, the London Metal Exchange (LME) open outcry trading ring looks set to permanently shut after a Covid-19-inspired temporary closure demonstrated the benefits of electronic pricing. In a discussion paper, the exchange says it believes it is the right time to consider the permanent closure of the Ring and a move to an electronic pricing structure.The Ring - the last open outcry trading venue in Europe - has been closed since the first UK Covid-19 lockdown in March when the LME switched to an electronic system for establishing pricing for metals such as copper, zinc and aluminium.Matthew...
CoinGecko will be hosting our Virtual Meetup #9 on January 20 @ 8AM 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 discussing the State of Crypto 2021 and one of our featured guests is Arthur Cheong, founder of DeFiance Capital. DeFiance Capital is a Decentralized Finance (DeFi) focused cryptoasset fund that combines fundamental research with an activist investment approach.  Read on to get to know Arthur better! 1. Can you share a...
X1, the startup behind a "smart" credit card, has raised $12 million in a funding round led by Spark Capital. The round was joined by film star Jared Leto, Box CEO Aaron Levie, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, Affirm CEO and PayPal co-founder Max Levchin and Y Combinator Continuity CEO Ali Rowghani.The stainless steel X1 Card uses current and future income instead of credit scores to set smart credit limits. This can lead to limits of up to five times higher than traditional credit cards. The startup's proprietary technology also lets cardholders cancel subscription payments in one click, end free trials...
Hey there Geckos! As the world’s leading independent cryptocurrency data aggregator, CoinGecko has always examined the global cryptocurrency market. However, this time around we decided to point the magnifying glass at our home country, Malaysia, to gauge an understanding of the local market.  There is growing interest in “mata wang kripto” (cryptocurrency) in Malaysia - especially with Bitcoin’s price now nearing its All-Time-High of RM80,244 (US$19,665) and Year-to-Date return of 145% (as of 17th November 2020).  We saw this as a great opportunity to understand the cryptocurrency awareness and usage amongst Malaysians, including their holdings, preferred exchange platforms, and their...
Happy Thanksgiving, Geckos! Despite a challenging 2020 there is still much to be thankful for in the crypto space. We’ve seen some bullish runs, institutional adoption of cryptocurrencies, and a boom of interest in DeFi.  What better way to celebrate than to treat yourself to some awesome Black Friday deals. Make sure to read until the end for a sweet surprise! It’s time to upgrade your crypto experience with some deals you just can’t resist. 1. Ledger If you’re looking to increase your security and protection with a hardware wallet, now is the time to invest in one of Ledger’s...
A third of Indian households use digital payments, with usage spread across income groups, according to a survey. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and People Research on India's Consumer Economy (Price) surveyed more than 5000 households across 25 states on their use of digital payments.Around half of the country's richest 20% of households use digital payments. Although the figure is lower for the poorest 40% of households, even among this group a quarter use the likes of mobile money.In addition, the NPCI says that there is supressed demand from people who say they want to use digital payments...
CoinGecko will be hosting our Virtual Meetup #8 on November 25 @ 8AM 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 discussing the state of the crypto market and one of our featured guests is Jason Choi, head of research at Spartan Capital. Spartan Capital Securities, LLC is a full-service, integrated financial services firm that provides sound investment guidance for high net worth individuals and institutions. Read on to get to know...

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