UniCredit Joins European Banks In Launching Live Blockchain-Run Trading Platform

Forbes - Tech

Pan-European banking services firm UniCredit has been involved in the launch of the first live trading platform run on blockchain technology. We.trade - which is built on the IBM Blockchain Platform and powered by Hyperledger Fabric – aims to provide a more cost-efficient way for companies and banks to trade internationally. The platform is a joint-venture, with banks including Deutsche Bank and Rabobank joining UniCredit to provide access in eleven European countries. Currently, we.trade is available in Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom to clients of the banks involved. However, UniCredit told Forbes that they are committed to expanding the scope of the platform, aiming to on-board new banks in the near future and also add non-financial banking services to we.trade, from industries like shipping and insurance.


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Coinbase users can convert crypto into gift cards

Engadget

Coinbase announced today that it has teamed up with WeGift and customers in Europe and Australia will now be able to convert their cryptocurrency into e-gift cards. Gift cards are available for companies like Nike, Uber, Google Play, Ticketmaster and Tesco and Coinbase won't collect any withdrawal fees when users buy the gift cards with their cryptocurrency balances. Customers will also get bonus credit on some of their e-gift card purchases. In 2015, Coinbase launched the Shift debit card, which allows US customers to spend their bitcoin in stores and online via a Visa-backed card. The gift card service is currently available in the UK, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Australia.


Facebook will scrap Messenger payments in the UK and France

Engadget

Facebook will discontinue peer-to-peer Messenger payments in France and the UK on June 15th, the company told Engadget. "After evaluating how we give people the best experiences in Messenger, we made the decision to focus our efforts on experiences that people find most useful," Facebook said, adding that active users will be notified ahead of the changes. The news, first spotted and posted on Twitter by James Whatley, means that Facebook might shift to its own crypto-currency, a type of stablecoin, for money transfers. Reportedly in development for WhatsApp, the blockchain-based currency is tied to the US dollar and supposed to be more resistant to the extreme volatility that has rocked Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. The service, introduced in 2015, made it relatively easy to pay back friends for dinner via a credit or debit card.


Transfer news: Is the 'tokenisation' of players the future of football deals?

The Independent - Tech

Transfer news: Is the'tokenisation' of players the future of football deals? Everything from bitcoin to art can be traded using blockchain technology – but what about players? Real Madrid will want a marquee signing to replace Ronaldo: but who? The French forward is admired by the Real hierarchy but his complicated transfer to PSG could prevent an immediate move. A big favourite of Florentino Perez and reportedly ready to leave Paris, after just one season in France.