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Another Venezuelan Bitcoin Spike as Banks Struggle + More News

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  • Peer-to-peer (P2P) bitcoin (BTC) trading appears to be on the rise in Venezuela after the country’s president Nicolás Maduro imposed strict coronavirus quarantine measures on the nation, with banks struggling to cope under the weight of financial pressure – already high in the country due to United States-led sanctions. Per CoinDance data, trading volumes at P2P platforms like LocalBitcoins is spiking, with banks foundering, according to Expansion – and the International Monetary Fund refusing to meet the country’s request for an emergency loan.

  • [size=undefined]Days after revealing it has co-developed a blockchain-powered vehicle and personal ID platform, motoring and financial giant Toyota’s Blockchain Lab has released a video extolling the virtues of blockchain technology. The 5+ minute video, shared to the company’s YouTube channel, sees Toyota claim that blockchain technology will transform the automotive industry, and will allow automakers, traders and owners to prove the reliability of their cars, use blockchain-powered platforms for the sale and purchase of vehicles, as well as manage vehicle data, run car rental operations and car-sharing program. Toyota also claims that parts suppliers and auto dealers will soon be making widespread use of blockchain technology.[/size]
  • [size=undefined]The South Korean city of Daegu has been awarded a public grant to fund a blockchain e-mobility platform that will help it boost the rate of electric vehicle (EV) distribution in the city. Per Shina Ilbo, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the government-run Korea Information Society Agency have agreed to co-fund the platform, with some USD 2.3 million worth of central government money already pledged. The move is expected to help the city boost its digitization efforts.[/size]
  • [size=undefined]Tether, the issuer of the most popular stablecoin tether (USDT), announced it has launched on the Bitcoin Cash network via the Simple Ledger Protocol (SLP), thus providing users with access to a chain.[/size]
  • [size=undefined]Modulus, a U.S.-based developer of trading and surveillance technology that offers white-label exchange solutions for cryptocurrencies, securities, global equities, futures/derivatives, etc., has announced that it has received c. USD 1 million in payments in a year of accepting bitcoin. Per the emailed press release, Modulus determined that they've seen success in accepting blockchain payments in Bitcoin, in partnership with BitPay, from clients for services provided surrounding the licensing and servicing of its proprietary white-label digital asset exchange.[/size]
  • [size=undefined]Ripple, an American blockchain company focusing on payments technologies, has partnered with DeeMoney, a Thailand-based fintech company specializing in digital cross-border money transfers, with a goal to enable faster and cheaper money transfers, making DeeMoney the first non-bank institution in Thailand to use Ripple’s global blockchain payments network, RippleNetAccording to the press release, DeeMoney is currently using RippleNet to process inbound payments into Thailand, between the remittance corridors from South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Israel, and the Middle East and Gulf regions.[/size]
  • [size=undefined]The Board of Directors of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has conditionally approved the deposit insurance application submitted by Square, a payment startup founded by Twitter CEO and prominent Bitcoin supporter Jack Dorsey, related to its Industrial Loan Company (ILC) bank charter, to create a de novo industrial bank, thus enabling it to launch Square Financial Servicessays FDIC press release. Per Square's announcement, Square Financial Services is expected to launch in 2021, operating independently, as a direct subsidiary of Square, Inc. Its primary purpose will be to offer small business loans for Square Capital’s commercial lending business, and to offer deposit products. Finally, Square has also received charter approval from the Utah Department of Financial Institutions, the company says.[/size]
    Tuur Demeester@TuurDemeesterWonder how long until Square accepts BTC as collateral for loans... …FDIC Gov✔✔@FDICgovFDICproved the deposit insurance application submitted by Square, Inc., to create a de novo industrial bank. Square Financial Services will originate commercial loans to merchants that process card transactions through Square’s payments system. 2006:59 AM - Mar 19, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy

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