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Twitter and Amazon announce crypto plans July 27

While Facebook’s digital currency remains MIA, Twitter and Amazon are making their own headway in cryptos—all in a bid to simplify payments on their global platforms.

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A job posting suggests the etailer wants to dive into the growing crypto payments space—and perhaps develop a proprietary digital currency—before it falls behind other Big Tech firms.

Starling’s maiden tie-up takes it deeper into lending: The challenger’s £50 million ($64.1 million) deal for specialty lender Fleet Mortgages lets Starling put its deposits to work and takes it into a space that’s not crowded with UK neobanks.

On today's episode, we discuss how Netflix got on in Q2 of this year, why it's getting into gaming, and what to expect from the streaming giant for the rest of 2021. We then talk about people's perceptions of ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD), what to make of ESPN+ raising its prices, and whether a Peacock and Paramount partnership makes sense. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna.

Spotify earnings: Following some rocky times due to the pandemic, we expect Spotify to see strong advertising and user growth in Q2, plus an update on its podcast ventures.

Fintechs raised $30.79 billion, accounting for $1 out of every $5 raised for startups across industries—and newly raised, multibillion-dollar fintech funds will keep up the momentum in the coming quarters.

On today's episode, we discuss what cryptocurrency is, why it's popular, what it's used for, and which coins will lead the charge and why. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer vice president of content and head of financial services Daniel Van Dyke and financial technology analyst at Insider Intelligence Victor Chatenay.

JPMorgan gives in: ‘Yes, you can have your crypto funds’: In a first from a big US bank, JPMorgan is offering some of its retail clients a choice of five funds. This could help the banking giant dissuade customers from moving funds to fintechs—and spur other incumbents to make similar rollouts.

Spending on travel and entertainment and goods and services saw strong growth driven by Amex’s rewards revamp—and the issuer can keep riding this wave by gearing rewards and solutions to younger consumers.

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