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Payment companies generally act as gateways between users of blockchain value-transfer systems and the broader economy, bridging national currencies and cryptocurrencies.

NetCents launching settlements to protect cryptocurrency transactions

NetCents Technology today announced the launch of Instant Settlements, to provide merchants guaranteed protection against market-volatility and liquidity issues associated with processing cryptocurrency transactions. NetCents will initially offer instant settlement for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, with additional cryptocurrencies to be added over time.

Santander launches first Ripple mobile app for global payments

Santander One Pay FX — the first Ripple-enabled mobile app for cross-border payments using xCurrent — is now available to Santander’s retail customers in the U.K.

TenX adds LTC to wallet, partners with Litecoin Foundation

TenX, a blockchain pioneer that makes multiple cryptocurrencies instantly spendable in everyday life, today announced that it has added Litecoin (LTC) to TenX Mobile Wallet for both iOS and Android.

Coinbase Commerce API launches for merchants to accept cryptocurrency

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange company Coinbase has announced the live launch of the Coinbase Commerce API for accepting cryptocurrencies. The Commerce API makes it accessible for merchants to integrate cryptocurrency payments straight into their e-commerce solution.

Crypterium joins with World Capacity Builders to grow crypto payment reach

Crypterium, a cryptocurrency enabled application has announced a new partnership with World Capacity Builders (WCB). This new alliance aims to drive several core objectives in Crypterium’s post-ICO phase.

Blockchain payment system Choice secures NZ$1 million through NEM

Choice, a new blockchain based payments system in New Zealand, has today announced it has successfully raised 2.6 million XEMS (NZD$1 million) through the NEM blockchain community fund. 

BitPay merchants can now accept Bitcoin Cash (BCH) payments

Today, bitcoin and blockchain payment company BitPay announced that merchants can now accept payments in Bitcoin Cash (BCH). Adding support for Bitcoin Cash is another step in BitPay’s vision for multiple blockchain payments.

CoinGate partners with PrestaShop for crypto e-commerce payments

CoinGate, a leading payment gateway for blockchain payments in the European market, and PrestaShop, one of the largest open-source e-commerce platforms globally, announced a cooperation to enable tens of thousands of online merchants to start accepting cryptocurrencies as a payment method.

Contis partnership with Wirex reactivates Europe prepaid bitcoin card

Contis, a payment processing platform announced its official partnership with bitcoin wallet application Wirex this week that will power Europe’s only card provider of cryptocurrency payments and bitcoin-based financial products.

Dash expands reach integrating with global e-wallet Payza

Today, the Dash core team announced a new integration and partnership with Payza, a UK based online payment provider. Having recently added multiple ways to support transactions in crypto, Payza users will now have the ability to send and receive Dash to and from other Payza users, spend it at over 100,000 e-commerce retailers, and exchange Dash to 25 different fiat currencies or Bitcoin.

BitPay and Bithumb enable crypto payments between Korea, US, and EU

BitPay, a  leading blockchain payments provider today announced a partnership with Bithumb, one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges. BitPay and Bithumb will launch a blockchain based cross-border payment solution to help South Korean businesses pay or receive international payments faster and more economically than traditional bank wires.

Wirex brings back integrated bitcoin card for UK, Europe

Wirex, the bitcoin wallet and banking app announced the return of prepaid cryptocurrency spending to the UK and Europe, with the launch of new hybrid accounts.

Bithumb partners with South Korea’s largest accommodation app, Good Choice

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb, the largest in the country, announced today it has formed a strategic partnership with South Korea’s largest accommodation app, Good Choice (여기어때), to make it possible to book accommodations and make payments with cryptocurrencies through Bithumb.

Epay opens Ether (ETH) deposit and withdrawal

China’s Epay, a global online payment platform now today enabled Ether (ETH) deposit and withdrawal. Transfer fees for deposit is a free, withdraw costs 1% + 0.003 ETH.

CoinGate now provides payment collection solution for token sales

Cryptocurrency payments company CoinGate recently announced its service is now suitable to be used for token crowdsales and ICO applications. Blockchain projects can now use CoinGate to accept Bitcoin, Ethereum and 50 other cryptocurrencies for their token sale with the ability to convert crypto to euros in real-time.

OPEN Platform and ZenSoft partner on blockchain payments technology

ZenSoft, a software building platform that allows companies to rent development expertise from a curated, in-house pool of top talent and which fuels the backends of some of Silicon Valley’s most notable startups, has entered into a strategic partnership with the OPEN Platform to facilitate the acceptance of cryptocurrencies in its enterprise software development projects.

Fintech Select enables Selectcoin for instant bitcoin purchases

Fintech Select, a prepaid card, and mobile banking company today provided an update on their proprietary Selectcoin platform, a Point of Sale (POS) cryptocurrency solution providing easy and hassle-free buying and/or selling of cryptocurrencies through its retail partners.

STACK announces i2c as Agile Processing Platform

STACK, a digital wallet powered by native cryptocurrency STK for instant payments at the point of sale today announced its selection of i2c, a global provider of smarter payments and integrated commerce solutions, as its official payments processor to enable secure payments through the STACK app and the STACK Prepaid Mastercard card.

Ardorgate and the new AEUR token are now live

Blockchain software company Jelurida and blockchain platform Ardor, which have partnered to deliver an Ardor-based Euro pegged child chain token through Ardorgate named AEUR has announced the official launch of that child chain service.

Bitcoin wallet app Wirex soon to introduce bank account features

Wirex, the UK based bitcoin wallet application is almost ready to roll out their bank account feature to users. The company said the full capabilities of its new crypto-friendly banking platform will be added slowly over the course of weeks and months.

ACINQ releases Strike API for Bitcoin Lightning payments

ACINQ, the French Bitcoin technology company announced today Strike, a handy API for Bitcoin Lightning network payments for businesses. Receiving Lightning payments with Strike is handled by making a simple API call and listening to a webhook event.

Glance to license payment tech including Glance Coin platform to Fobi Pay

Glance Technologies Inc. today announced that it has agreed to grant Fobi Pay Technologies Inc., a non-exclusive license to use the Glance Pay mobile payment, security, anti-fraud and Glance Coin blockchain technology for a $5 million fee for a one-year initial term, renewable annually for $10,000 per year.

Aliant merchant payments now includes Ether and Litecoin

Aliant Payment Systems, an international merchant service provider today announced that it is now offering merchants the ability to accept Ether payments, with a Litecoin solution in its final testing phase. 

Blockchain payments app Nocks reduces ID verification time by 98% with Mitek

Mitek, a mobile capture and identity verification software company today reported that its Mobile Verify has improved leading European blockchain provider Nocks’ customer onboarding time by 98%, from 12 hours to five minutes.

Bitcoin VISA debit card vendors of WaveCrest shut down access

European bitcoin wallet providers using the WaveCrest company which includes those such as Xapo, Shakepay, TenX, Wirex, Bitwala, BitPay (European users) and others have now shut off access to user’s prepaid VISA debit cards with bitcoin account capabilities. 

SBI Ripple Asia announces XRP integration within credit card consortium

The Asia-Pacific partnership of Ripple and SBI Holdings, known as SBI Ripple Asia Co., Ltd. (SBI Ripple), JCB, Credit Saison Co., Ltd., and Mitsui Sumitomo Card Co., Ltd announced today they will lead and establish a “Consortium of Payment Card Industries utilizing Blockchain Technology.” The new credit card consortium has already developed a new payments app powered by Ripple’s blockchain technology that enables real-time payments using a phone number or QR code.

Pareteum adds blockchain settlement for cryptocurrency to its global cloud platform

Pareteum Corporation, a mobile cloud communications platform company today announced that it has completed development enabling it to add support of blockchain technology to its billing and settlement services.

BitPay adjusts invoice minimum payment amount to $100

BitPay, the bitcoin, and blockchain specialist payments company today said that due to Bitcoin miner fees averaging now more than $30 per transaction, the company is now requiring a new invoice minimum payment amount of $100 on all BitPay invoices.

CENTRE raises $20 million to build crypto consumer payment network

CENTRE has announced it has successfully closed $20 million in initial funding through a SAFT sale to bootstrap the creation of a non-profit foundation to oversee development of the CENTRE open protocol, services, network, and partnerships.

Bitstamp partners with Revolut for in-app crypto conversion

Bitstamp, a leading EU based bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange today announced that it will facilitate transactions of three cryptocurrencies – bitcoin (BTC), litecoin (LTC) and ethereum (ETH) – among customers of Revolut, the London-based “global banking alternative.” Revolut customers will now be able to use the app for instant purchases of cryptocurrencies via Bitstamp or transfer their bitcoin, litecoin, and ethereum to other Revolut customers instantly and for free.
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