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Report: Blockchain Patents ‘Skyrocket’ in 2020, Alibaba Owns the Most Crypto Patents

A study from the team at Kisspatent shows that Alibaba Group is the largest blockchain patent holder in 2020 capturing 10x the number of patents held by IBM. The report notes that blockchain patents “are skyrocketing” this year and so far in 2020, there’s been more distributed ledger technology and cryptocurrency patents published than all …

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US Consumers Flock To the First Mastercard Branded BitPay Card

New data from BitPay shows that American consumers are flocking to load the first Mastercard branded BitPay card with top digital assets. The popular cryptocurrency payment services provider debuted the new card in June 2020 and the company’s transactions reached a new high in July. The data also shows how crypto cards usage is changing, …

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Stablecoins, Ceilings and Digital Currencies: Bad Crypto News of the Week

Stability? What stability? Bitcoin has burst through its ceiling, leapt 15% and is now tickling a new ceiling of $11,000. The new move has put Bitcoin’s actual price at around double the realized price. On Black Thursday, the realized price was higher than the actual price. So how much higher will Bitcoin go? Max Keiser …

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Regulatory Attention and Fraudsters: Bad Crypto News of the Week

It’s been a good week for Bitcoin. The dollar price is up more than 3 percent to around $9,500. That $10,000 ceiling is looking more fragile than ever. One sign that the ceiling may be about to break is the decline in Google searches for “Bitcoin.” According to Google Trends, search interest is the lowest since …

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Wirex Approved to Issue Mastercard-Backed Bitcoin Debit Cards

Bitcoin.com Wallet Launches New Portfolio Breakdown and Stablecoin Swap Features With over 11 Million Bitcoin.com Wallets created, we’re building new features our users need most in order to enjoy the best possible cryptocurrency experience. Our wallet’s latest features now provide seamless swaps between bitcoin (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), and the … read more. Renters Threaten …

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Mastercard Now Allows Crypto Firm Wirex to Issue Payment Cards

Mastercard, one of the world’s largest payments processors, says Wirex has become the first native crypto company to be able to directly issue payment cards to its customers. Disclosure The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. …

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Online Data Analysis Points to Venezuela Accepting BTC for Passports

Wilshire Phoenix Files Publicly-Traded Bitcoin Trust to Challenge Grayscale’s $3.4 Billion Dominance Wilshire Phoenix has filed to launch a publicly-traded trust called Bitcoin Commodity Trust (BCT) – putting the firm in direct competition with Grayscale Investments’ $3.4 billion bitcoin trust (GBTC). According to the June 12 filing with the U.S. Securities and … read more. …

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WhatsApp Payments Suspended by Brazil’s Central Bank

Brazil’s central bank has ordered Mastercard and Visa to suspend processing money transfers on behalf of Facebook’s WhatsApp. According to official information shared with Cointelegraph Brazil, the Central Bank of Brazil (BC) took action against WhatsApp Pay “to preserve an adequate competitive environment” and allow the central bank to assess the risks posed by the …

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BitPay Launches Prepaid Crypto Mastercard for US Customers

Blockchain payments provider Bitpay has launched a prepaid debit card enabling U.S. customers to spend their crypto holdings as fiat currency. Known as BitPay Card and provided through Mastercard, the offering enables U.S. users to spend bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies in stores accepting Mastercard debit cards globally, according to a June 11 announcement. Claimed as …

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Bitpay Reveals Crypto-to-Fiat Prepaid Mastercard, Firm’s Flagship Visa Card Ends in December

On June 11, 2020, the cryptocurrency payment services provider, Bitpay announced the firm is launching a prepaid Mastercard that can be loaded with a variety of digital assets. The Atlanta-based company says the card can be spent anywhere Mastercard is accepted and users can “instantly convert cryptocurrency into fiat currency.” For quite some time now, …

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