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Bitcoin Daily: WallStreetBets Launches NFTs; Bhutan to Test CBDC

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WallStreetBets (WSB) is rolling out a nonfungible token (NFT) collection, a press release says. The release notes that it will be called Diamond Hands, and will contain 15,000 handcrafted genesis NFTs. They’ll each have “unique qualities” and some will have “desirable rarities,” the release says.

Biden to Name CBDC Advocate Saule Omarova to Lead OCC

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President Joe Biden has announced that he plans to nominate Saule Omarova for Comptroller of the Currency and Claudia Slacik as Member of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, according to a White House press release.

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Twitter Adds Strike API for Tips Paid in Bitcoin

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Digital wallet Strike announced the debut of the Strike API platform for marketplace and merchant businesses, according to a Thursday (Sept. 23) press release.

New Data: Almost 25% of US Cross-Border Remittance Senders Use Crypto

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Cross-border remittances are a lifeline for many developing economies, but high fees and long processing times can make timely payments difficult for those who may be the least able to afford delays.

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The Importance of PCI Compliance and Data Ownership When Issuing Payment Cards

This eBook provides a practical explanation of the different PCI compliance approaches that payment card issuers can adopt, as well as the importance of both protecting user PII and gaining ownership and portability of their sensitive data.

China Seeks Gold Medal for Digital Yuan Rollout Ahead of Winter Olympics

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Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) are in various stages of development, launch and use around the globe — but one might argue that in Europe and the United States, it’s all a case of playing catch-up with China. February looms as a red-letter month, then, for the CBDC landscape.

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Bitcoin Daily: El Salvador Now Third in Global Bitcoin ATM Count; Central Bank of Russia to Delay Digital Asset Exchange Payments; Magnum Real Estate Accepts Payment in Bitcoin; Christie’s to Auction NFTs

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El Salvador now has the third-largest network of cryptocurrency ATMs, which amounts to 70% of all South American crypto ATMs, Cointelegraph reported, citing data from Coin ATM Radar. The country is third only compared to the U.S. and Canada, according to the report.

'The B2B Payments Disruption Has Started,' Plastiq CTO Tells PYMNTS

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For hundreds of years, a traditional karate association in Japan had been delivering its lessons in person, Plastiq Chief Product and Technology Officer Stoyan Kenderov explained. But then COVID-19 hit, and it had to retool overnight and deliver its services online.

US Bank: Request-For-Pay Features Help Billers Tackle Payments Visibility Issues

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Request-to-pay features have emerged with promises to benefit merchants, financial institutions and billers. The message exchange service allows payees or creditors to collect a payment from a debtor or payer.

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Payoneer CEO Says Amazon Created Its Own Competition By Teaching SMBs How to Sell Online

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Looking across the eCommerce landscape, it’s easy to see how Amazon has influenced merchants — first by teaching them the benefits of being in a marketplace, and then by giving them the tools to promote themselves and compete for business.

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Make Payment Optimization a Part of Your Core Payment Strategy

Everything you need to know about payment optimization – an easy-to-integrate, PCI-compliant solution that enables companies to take control of their PSPs, minimize processing costs, maximize approval rates, and keep control over their payments data.

US Investigation of Binance Widens to Include Alleged Market Manipulation

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The U.S. investigation into crypto exchange Binance has expanded to include possible insider trading and market manipulation, Bloomberg writes. The inquiry has included the officials looking into whether Binance or its staff made money by taking advantage of its customers.

Cash Flow Needs Have Made B2B Automation ‘Top Priority’ for CFOs

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B2B payments are complex and costly, and overhauling them to automate back-office functions takes time and money.

Apple Pay at 7: Big Fish in a Small and Shrinking In-Store Mobile Wallet Pond

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Apple Pay’s seven-year anniversary happens Oct. 20, but there is little to celebrate. In some ways, the mobile wallet has come a long way. Apple Pay accounts for nearly half of all mobile wallet transactions in the United States, signaling a strong command over the U.S. mobile wallet market.

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Capital One Eyes Testing BNPL Waters With POS Offering

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Capital One will be testing out a buy now, pay later (BNPL) product as consumer loans see rising competition, Reuters reported. FinTech firms have been enabling merchants to offer cheap financing for purchases, the report stated.

Reaching Unreachable Candidates

Speaker: Patrick Dempsey and Andrew Erpelding of ZoomInfo

What is ZoomInfo for Recruiters? Find and connect with the right talent to fill roles fast with more data, basic search, advanced search, candidate and company profiles, and export results. Watch this On-Demand Webinar today to see how ZoomInfo for Recruiters can work to get your talented candidates results.

UK FinTech MarketFinance Raises $382M in Debt, Equity

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MarketFinance , the FinTech business lender, has announced a debt and equity fundraising round for £280 million, a press release says, which it will be using to lend to companies in need because of the pandemic’s effects. It has also now been accredited under the Recovery Loan Scheme.

School Systems Find Digital Payments’ Visibility, Cost Effectiveness Make the Grade

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Digital payments are not mutually exclusive with the pandemic, but global concern over health issues and subsequent closures of businesses made their adoption necessary. As life returns to normal, the digitization of the payments space during the pandemic has staying power.

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BIS Official Urges Central Banks to Adopt Digital Currency

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The head of the Bank for International Settlements’ Innovation Hub has a message for the world’s central banks: get on the digital currency train or get left behind. According to Reuters, Benoit Coeure, a former European Central Bank official, made the remarks Friday (Sept.

FinTech Finclusion Buys S. African Payroll Startup HelloHR

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Finclusion , a financial technology firm, has acquired a strategic stake in South African payroll software startup HelloHR for an undisclosed amount, a report says.

Going to Market Smarter in the New Economy

In 2021, as companies continue to move more functions online, employees will take a more virtual -- and flexible -- mindset and lifestyle in parallel to the digitization of businesses. To succeed, you must change the way you conceive and build new products as a digital business. Download the report today to discover more!

Merchants Must Mind Fraud and Honor Consumer Needs Amid Rising RTP

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Merchant payments are racing toward a digital paradise. It’ll be a world in which most financial transactions are not only cashless, but also increasingly cardless as payment innovations that accelerated during the pandemic continue to pick up steam as we enter the post-pandemic era.

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PayPal Finalizes UK Crypto Trading With Litecoin, Ethereum Addition

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PayPal in the U.K. has completed its launch of cryptocurrency trading on the platform to include Litecoin and Ethereum, adding to bitcoin and BitcoinCash, which were rolled out last month, PayPal tweeted on Friday (Sept. Eligible U.K.

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Visa to Accept Crypto as Payment in Brazil

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Visa is looking at plans to accept crypto payments in Brazil, an interview with Brazilian news outlet Seu Dinheiro says.

UK FinTech Monneo to Accept Crypto for Invoice Payments

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European FinTech startup Monneo has partnered with cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase to enable payment of invoices in cryptocurrencies, UK Tech News reported on Wednesday (Sept.

The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors — Data Axle, Dun & Bradstreet, Enlyft, Global Database, InsideView, Leadspace, Oracle, SMARTe, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, TechTarget, and ZoomInfo Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

Walmart Links Grocery Ordering to Cross-Category eCommerce Experience

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Walmart is integrating the grocery shopping experience with its overall eCommerce journey. The company sent out an email to consumers on Tuesday (Sept. 21) announcing its new website, noting that this “redesigned Walmart.com” allows customers to shop multiple fulfillment methods in one order.

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London FinTech Curve Launches BNPL Alternative

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London FinTech and super app startup Curve is introducing a new installment product to compete against the buy now pay later (BNPL) market, according to a Thursday (Sept. 16) press release. The U.K.

Delaware North, Mastercard Bring AI Checkout to Jacksonville Stadium

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The food and beverage stand operator Delaware North is working with Mastercard to bring its Shop Anywhere platform to a checkout-free convenience store at the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars’ TIAA Bank Field.

Robinhood Tries Out Crypto Wallet, Transfer Features

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Robinhood is testing a new cryptocurrency wallet and transfer features on its app, Bloomberg reported. The move is designed to help Robinhood customers send and receive digital currencies, including bitcoin, without having to convert them to dollars, according to the report.

4 AI Hacks to Make Sales Teams More Efficient

Over the last two years, there’s been a 76 percent increase in AI adoption across sales organizations. For sales teams, AI opens up a world of new possibilities, including automating outreach, identifying best-fit buyers, and keeping CRMs flush with fresh data. Read on to learn the four AI hacks sales teams need to improve their performance. Download the eBook today!

Delivery Hero Pours $200M Into German Grocery Firm Gorillas Technologies

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Delivery Hero has plans to invest in Germany’s Gorillas Technologies , a grocery startup, as part of a $1 billion funding round, according to Bloomberg Thursday (Sept. The new financing, per unnamed sourced quoted by Bloomberg, will value Gorillas at around $3 billion after the end of the deal.

Alchemy Integrates Chainlink for Enhanced DEX Trading, DeFi Borrowing

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Alchemy Pay is integrating Chainlink data feeds to give its users the ability to buy cryptocurrency on decentralized exchanges (DEXs) as well as get loans on decentralized finance (DeFi) lending platforms, according to a press release on Wednesday (Sept.

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Beyond T&E, New Corporate Card Tracks Utilization, Compliance Of SaaS and Cloud Subscription Spend

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Let’s say you were the chief financial officer of a company that has 200 employees, each with 5 different subscriptions and licenses to things like Outlook, Zoom and other software or cloud-based service that require a monthly payment. .

Apple Software Patch is an Indication of an Intensifying Cybersecurity Arms Race 

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Apple released an emergency software patch on Monday (Sept. 13) after researchers at University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab uncovered a security flaw that could allow hackers to secretly install spyware on Apple devices through iMessage without users’ knowledge.

How to Overcome the Pain Points of Your CRM

CRM software is a powerful tool when used correctly, yet another obstacle to a sales team’s efficiency when it’s not. Leveraging research and commentary from industry analysts, this eBook explores how your sales team can get back valuable time by overcoming some pain points with your CRM, such as low adoption rates, integrations, and data quality.