UK Parliament Member Suggests Making Bitcoin a Payment Option for Local Taxation System

A conservative member (MP) of the United Kingdom’s (U.K.) Parliament has said that making payments to local authorities and utility providers with Bitcoin (BTC) should be possible. The MP’s statements were reported by local news outlet Express.co.uk on Dec. 10. The article notes that Eddie Hughes, a member of the U.K. Parliament for the Walsall North constituency, described himself as a “crypto enthusiast with amateur knowledge.” He notes that blockchain gets a lot of attention and members of the parliament “have a duty to understand it.” Hughes further explained that…

Fintech Startup Launches Bitcoin Payment Feature

Canada-based mobile payments company Glance Technologies Inc. has added support for Bitcoin (BTC) as a payment method, according a press release published Nov. 29. The firm’s release states that the new feature, dubbed “Pay With Bitcoin,” enables users “to pair their cryptocurrency wallet with their Glance Pay account, and then purchase Glance Dollars with Bitcoin.” The in-house currency can then reportedly be spent at merchants, which use Glance’s system to accept payments. As the release claims, using their in-house token as a go-between currency for payments “enabl[es] lightning-fast payments.” Desmond…

DLT payment netting service; developed alongside LedgerConnect

It has been almost two years since IBM and CLS embarked on an initiative to exploit blockchain technology. However, in August, the initiative went into production. A recent news release indicates that the DLT payment netting service is now available for clients to utilize. CLS bank is a major player in the global foreign exchange market. It mainly acts as the clearing bank for foreign exchange for banks and other major players. Particularly, the bank handles approximately $5 trillion a day in 18 currencies. LedgerConnect The DLT payment netting service…

A Site Enabling Anyone to Buy Bitcoin Using 300 Payment Methods Says the Demand is Growing

A company that enables visitors to buy Bitcoin using more than 300 payment methods has reported growth in the number of transactions being completed using US dollars – and says it is determined to dismantle the issues people have in earning and transferring their money freely. Paxful was launched in 2015, and has the goal of making it simple to buy cryptocurrency – a boon for people who haven’t done so before. Cash deposits and bank transfers can be used on its platform – with the company promising to deliver…

SBI Ripple Asia, Japan Payment Card Consortium Partner on Blockchain System to Fight Fraud

SBI Ripple Asia and the Japan Payment Card Consortium have announced a joint proof of concept (PoC) to combat fraud with blockchain technology, according to an official release published Nov. 16. According to the news release, the PoC will be conducted on R3‘s blockchain platform, Corda, and will aim to prevent damage wrought by fraudulent transactions by enabling the real-time sharing of data between parties using blockchain.   The Japan Payment Card Consortium counts nine major credit card issuers – including American Express (Amex), Credit Saison and Toyota Finance –…

BitPay Integrates PAX Stablecoin Into Cryptocurrency Payment Platform

Bitcoin payment platform BitPay is now going to allow payments with the Paxos Standard token (PAX), which it calls “the fastest growing stablecoin and the highest trading volume of any U.S. dollar-backed stablecoin.” Although BitPay has previously integrated a number of different cryptocurrencies in its platform, such a widely trafficked stablecoin (the first of its kind to see support from the payment platform) holds certain distinct advantages, namely regulatory compliance and a stable value. Seeing as each PAX token represents $1, merchants and customers might feel more comfortable transacting the…

Bitcoin Usage Shrinks 80% Across Payment Processors as Interest Wanes

As investor confidence in the long-term validity of Bitcoin being adopted by the mainstream as a means of payment and exchange fades, so has its real-world usage as such. Bitcoin’s Real-World Usage as Means of Payment in Decline Bitcoin was created by the mysterious person or group known as Satoshi Nakamoto 10 years ago in the wake of the global financial crisis, as a “peer-to-peer electronic cash system.” Such a system has the potential to disrupt the current fiat-based economy, become a widely used means of exchange and form of…

Singapore’s Central Bank Finalizes Regulatory Framework for Crypto Payment Services

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the country’s central bank, has broadened its regulatory regime for payment providers to bring certain cryptocurrencies under its jurisdiction. The development was reported by English-language local broadsheet The Straits Times Nov. 19. The new Payment Services Bill (PSB), submitted by MAS board member and education minister Ong Ye Kung before parliament, is set to replace two existing pieces of legislation, the Payment Systems (Oversight) Act (PS(O)A) and the Money-Changing and Remittance Businesses Act (MCRBA). The new bill, which has passed through two public consultations…

Malaysian Lending Giant CIMB Joins Ripple’s Cross-Border Payment Network

Malaysian lending giant CIMB Group Holdings Bhd has joined Ripple’s (XRP) cross-border payments network RippleNet, Bloomberg reports Nov. 15. The $53.5 billion market cap CIMB will integrate Ripple’s XCurrent product, a software solution for expediting cross-border payments, for its “SpeedSend” remittance product. As Bloomberg reports, CIMB’s product serves multiple Southeast Asian markets, including the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. As Bloomberg notes, Ripple is vying to outstrip incumbent money transfer giant SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) in the global cross-border payments industry. The latter’s website claims SWIFT currently serves…

Interest in Crypto as Payment Method Makes Small Inroads Among Moscow Residents

Five percent of Moscow residents who use non-cash methods of payment are open to using cryptocurrencies, according to a recently conducted survey, Forbes Russia reported Nov. 13. The investigation into the e-payment market in Moscow was carried out by Russian payment service Yandex.Money and the Moscow Information Technology Department (ITD). The experts purportedly surveyed 1,000 Moscow residents of various age categories by way of a phone survey. The experts found that among those Moscow residents who use non-cash forms of payment, one percent also use digital currency, while 5 percent…