‘Facebook Coin’ Will Be More Like Bitcoin Than Starbucks Rewards, Says Analyst

Speculations about the purpose of Facebook’s planned digital coin are getting wilder. Ignoring key features like independence and decentralization, one analyst predicts that ‘Facebook Coin’ would look more like Bitcoin or Ethereum than your Starbucks reward points. Facebook Coin Might Encourage Viewing Ads With growing interest, many are trying to envision Facebook’s planned ‘FaceCoin.’ Lacking […]

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Visa Hiring Blockchain Expert for ‘Visa Crypto’

Visa is hiring a Technical Product Manager for its Fintech division, according to a recent job listing on SmartRecruiters.  Visa Crypto American multinational financial services giant Visa is taking the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” strategy when it comes to cryptocurrencies. In order to not be left behind by the promise of high-tps […]

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Major US Retailer Ditches Visa – Now Considering Bitcoin’s Lightning Network

US retail giant, Kroger, is no longer accepting Visa credit cards at its chain of Smith’s food and drug stores. So Anthony Pompliano tweeted an offer to hook them up with Bitcoin’s Lightning Network nationwide. Fees-a Not Accepted Here It all started on Friday when Kroger announced the move to no longer accept Visa credit […]

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Visa, Mastercard Plan To Increase Transaction Fees; Cryptocurrencies Don’t

Visa and Mastercard are planning to increase transaction fees for US merchants who accept card payments, Reuters reports. The hikes, which come into effect in April 2019, are likely to further damage already the fragile relationship between payment providers and merchants. Fees-Us Christ According to sources, the increases will firstly affect interchange fees, which merchants pay their banks when accepting a […]

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My Bank App is Better Than Bitcoin for Payments (And That’s Fine)

The cryptocurrencies are faster and cheaper narrative has fizzled out as banks have embraced digital payments in recent years, improving customer experience and usability. Sure, buying a beer with a QR-code may give you a warm and fuzzy feeling, but it isn’t the problem Bitcoin solves. It is much more than that. Banks Go Digital […]

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Satoshi’s Vision ‘Not a New VISA’ But An Alternative to Banks, Says Dan Held

Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto wanted it to be an “alternative to banks,” not a “new VISA,” cryptocurrency veteran and former Blockchain executive Dan Held has said. What’s In A ‘Vision’? In a series of tweets January 14, Held became the latest well-known figure to take issue with pundits who claim Bitcoin’s intended purpose is primarily […]

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