Ripple pushes XRP for central bank digital currencies; Revolut’s bank expands



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Central block

Ripple is testing a version of its distributed ledger for central bank digital currencies, contending its technology can add scale and speed for mass issuance.

The blockchain company says XRP can be a bridge asset between CDBCs and other digital currencies, reports Finextra. The claim is a potential source of controversy because the Securities and Exchange Commission is suing Ripple and pushing for XRP to be regulated as an investment.

Other companies such as Visa and BNY Mellon are working to provide private sector support for CDBCs, which are expected to be introduced in multiple countries over the next several years.

Bit button

Bitfinex is offering a gateway that’s designed to reduce navigation by connecting directly to the company’s cryptocurrency exchange.

Merchants create a widget on their sites to accept payments in Ethereum and bitcoin, explains TechCrunch. Consumers click on a Bitfinex Pay button, then are redirected to Bitfinex’s site. After the payment is approved, the consumer is directed back to the merchant’s site. Bitfinex additionally accepts Tether, a stablecoin designed to offset crypto’s volatility.

Consumers pay fees to send crypto tokens and merchants pay a fee to convert crypto to traditional currency on Bitfinex’s exchange.

Doge’s palace

BitPay has debuted Dogecoin payments for merchants and has picked up the Dallas Mavericks as an early adopter.

The NBA franchise, which also supports bitcoin and several other cryptocurrencies, will allow Dogecoin to be used to pay for tickets and merchandise. The Mavericks and BitPay see the deployment as a way to extend the basketball team’s brand to international markets where card payments are not as prevalent.

Dogecoin has its roots in internet memes, but has rallied to a market cap of more than $10 billion following several high profile investments.

To the bank

Revolut has introduced its bank in 10 new markets, mostly in Eastern Europe, following earlier rollouts in Poland and Lithuania.

The London fintech has its roots as a mobile payment company but gradually added financial services and markets in recent years, using partnerships like a collaboration with Visa to build a merchant base and support faster transaction processing in Europe, Asia and North America.

More recently, Revolut has obtained banking licenses in several jurisdictions as a hedge against Brexit.

From the web

Blockchain firm Ripple sees no fallout in Asia Pacific from SEC lawsuit
REUTERS | Friday, March 5, 2021
Blockchain payments firm Ripple has not experienced any fallout in its Asia Pacific business after being sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the company’s chief executive officer said on Friday.

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AfriBlocks is a global pan-African marketplace of vetted African freelance professionals. The startup was founded by Tongayi Choto and Roger Roman in July 2020 and has offices in Harare and Los Angeles.

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