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Solana Pay Integrates with Shopify
Solana Pay, a decentralized payment protocol by Solana Labs, has teamed up with global commerce leader, Shopify. This integration offers real-time access to funds for merchants, eliminating bank fees, chargebacks, and holding times. Also it enables millions of Shopify merchants to accept payments in stablecoins, enhancing the shopping experience for consumers.
FedNow Showcases Hedera-Based Dropp Platform
The U.S. Federal Reserve's instant payment system, FedNow, has highlighted Dropp, a micropayments platform built on Hedera Hashgraph, in its Service Provider Showcase. This section connects financial institutions with providers that can assist in implementing instant payment products using FedNow. Dropp offers a digital solution for merchants to accept payments at reduced costs, leveraging DLT and banking tech. While this suggests the Federal Reserve's growing interest in DLTs, FedNow clarifies that the showcase is merely for convenience and doesn't imply endorsement.
Monobank Takes a Stand: No BTC Payments!
"Simply put, no. Bitcoin raises concerns among both local and European regulators. Our primary business demands our focus, and it wouldn't be rational to jeopardize it by engaging with a high-risk asset like Bitcoin," says Mykhailo Rohalskyi. He believes that cryptocurrency lacks advantages over fiat money, apart from the potential to sidestep local currency regulations. Speaking on Ukraine's crypto landscape, the Monobank co-founder added: "I'm skeptical about the widespread acceptance of cryptocurrencies in our country. The approach of the National Bank of Ukraine to crypto regulation remains uncertain."
Cryptocurrency Transactions Face Block by Chase UK
Citing potential fraud risks, British banking titan Chase has chosen to halt cryptocurrency-related payments from October 16th. "If we think you're making a payment related to crypto assets, we'll decline it," was the message relayed to clients via email. The bank also emphasized that those intent on investing in cryptocurrencies have the liberty to switch to other banks or providers.
X (Twitter) Secures Crypto License
X, previously known as Twitter, has successfully obtained the Rhode Island Currency Transmitter License, enabling it to offer cryptocurrency payments and trading services in the U.S. This acquisition, confirmed on August 28 via NMLS data, aligns with X's ambition to be a "cryptocurrency-friendly" platform. Earlier, X had integrated features like Bitcoin tipping and NFT profile picture support. With this license, users might soon be able to send, receive, and store crypto directly on X, further mainstreaming cryptocurrency use.
Coin Center Advocates for Easier Crypto Tax Rules
Coin Center, a crypto-focused policy nonprofit, has reached out to Congress members, urging for more transparent crypto tax regulations. In a letter to Senate Finance Committee's Ron Wyden and Mike Crapo, Coin Center emphasized the need for guidance on cryptocurrency taxation, especially concerning capital gains. They suggested a threshold for gains below which no tax would be due. Coin Center also stressed the importance of a "de minimis" exemption, without which, every small crypto transaction could become a taxable event. This exemption would simplify the use of cryptocurrencies for daily payments, especially for micropayments.
Ripple joins BIS initiative to enhance global payments
Following the Bank for International Settlements' official announcement on August 9th, Ripple has been included in a task force targeting the enhancement and facilitation of cross-border payments. The core task is to fine-tune international payments by increasing the accessibility of payment systems and nurturing the links between them, encompassing API consolidation.
Tether Teasing a New Mobile App?
Company’s CTO Paolo Ardoino has shared his excitement about a mobile app designed to facilitate international purchases settlements B2B, B2C and C2C based on USDT and XAUT payments. Notably, the app will also incorporate support for Bitcoin Lightning. Paolo stated that he envisions this app as the future of trade finance. Having personally reviewed the code, his experience as a developer has left him genuinely impressed. Currently, the app is in its testing stages, with more specifics yet to be unveiled.