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    APR 30, 2021

    Mastercard also announced plans to integrate crypto into its network and will launch its first crypto credit card through a partnership with crypto exchange Gemini. All of these moves should help Mastercard further increase volume and continue its recovery.

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    APR 29, 2021

    The network is also diving deeper into cryptocurrencies, positioning it for growth as the sector continues to develop. The card network has been planning its foray into the crypto space and will soon launch its first crypto rewards credit card with BlockFi. And last month, it announced plans to settle transactions in USD Coin, a stablecoin pegged to the US dollar.

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    APR 21, 2021

    PayPal is also expanding into the crypto space with new Venmo capabilities to meet growing crypto demand. Venmo announced users can buy and sell crypto directly within its app. Consumers can buy as little as $1 worth of Bitcoin and other cryptos using funds from the app or a linked bank account or debit card. This launch comes after PayPal debuted its own crypto service in the US in November 2020.

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    MAY 4, 2021

    The company’s emerging banking play is similar to measures taken by US-based Venmo, which has evolved beyond P2P mobile payments into products such as cryptocurrency trading, mobile check cashing, and a credit card. Revolut is also straddling the fintech and neobank areas, with a lineup that includes investing, checking and savings accounts, and insurance.

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    JUN 9, 2021

    The fintech, which provides digital ID solutions, operates across industries, but it focuses on financial services, including banking, cryptocurrencies, foreign exchange, and wealth management. Trulioo can currently verify 5 billion consumers and 330 million businesses in real time—and it’s working to reach everyone around the globe.

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    MAY 26, 2021

    Some of Kaszek’s notable investments include neobank Nubank, alt lender Creditas, and crypto company Bitso. And given that its existing investments in the segment are doing well—Nubank is the largest neobank globally, with 34 million customers—Kaszek will likely try to replicate this success with further investments in fintechs.

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    MAY 17, 2021

    Happy Returns is PayPal’s second major purchase this year—in March, the payments giant bought cryptocurrency storage and transfer service Curv. The Happy Returns acquisition is set to fortify PayPal’s business in two key ways:. Strengthens merchant relationships: Returns are a major hassle for customers and can strain merchant logistics and cash flows.

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    APR 19, 2021

    As of the end of December 2020, Cash App had stored balances of approximately $2 billion from its customers, with much of the revenues for Square coming from Bitcoin revenues—an indication that the platform continues to shift into cryptocurrency.

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    MAY 10, 2021

    New initiatives like Bitcoin rewards on Cash Card purchases and the integration of Square Loyalty—Square’s point-of-sale rewards program—into Cash App most likely led users to open the app more often. Cash App users drummed up higher transaction inflows. Dorsey also noted that Cash App inflows in March increased 55% month-over-month.

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    MAY 21, 2021

    Cryptocurrency allowed Cash App to diversify its business, providing capital that can fund ongoing innovation, and offering flexibility so that its competitors might not have to explore new growth tactics.

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    MAY 3, 2021

    Venmo parent company PayPal said in its Q4 2020 earnings that the mobile payments app will get a slew of upgrades, including support for buying and selling cryptocurrencies, a savings feature, and budgeting tools, per TechCrunch.

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    APR 28, 2021

    The company also has plans to include cryptocurrency in its offerings lineup, per TechCrunch. The neobank has significantly expanded its products since branching out from its teen-focused roots; they now run the gamut from early wage access to free overdraft protection of up to $100.

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    JUN 24, 2019

    After a year of rumors, Facebook confirmed its plans to create a financial system based off a new cryptocurrency called Libra. While the company derives a majority of its revenues from advertising, it’s clear that it’s been trying to diversify its income, and this new digital currency—along with its new digital wallet feature Calibra—is the next step in executing this strategy.

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    MAY 5, 2021

    They will also tie in new features like peer-to-peer payments and cryptocurrency purchasing, which should also hasten engagement.”.

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    APR 26, 2021

    Bux offers a host of products, including Bux Zero, its commission-free share trading app; Bux Crypto; and Bux X, which lets users trade contracts for difference (CFDs). Bux is currently available in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France, and Belgium and plans to use the funding to expand to Ireland in the coming weeks and eventually to the UK.

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    MAY 5, 2020

    eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson and forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom discuss Facebook's earnings, $6 billion Jio investment, changes to Messenger Kids and what's happening with its digital currency Libra.

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    JUN 21, 2019

    Our weekly review of the most intriguing stories covers Facebook’s cryptocurrency project, Spotify’s plan to target ads based on podcast listening and viewership metrics of the NBA Finals. We also delve into the digital ad industry’s latest steps to promote brand safety, and we bring you the game of the week, useless dinner party data and more! Host Marcus Johnson leads the conversation with eMarketer principal analyst Nicole Perrin and vice president of multimedia Paul Verna.

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    MAR 18, 2021

    To top it all off, eToro enjoyed an influx of investors seeking to capitalize on cryptocurrencies’ soar in value, stating that it hosted 61% more unique Bitcoin holders on its platform in January than on the same date in 2020.

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    MAR 19, 2021

    PayPal is already moving beyond its existing offerings and inching toward other financial services, such as crypto, which it noted as a key growth area in 2021: Schulman recently said that PayPal’s new dedicated crypto unit will focus on helping increase the utility of digital currencies. PayPal has also expressed interest in expanding into banking and stock trading.

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    MAR 3, 2020

    eMarketer principal analyst Andrew Lipsman discusses Amazon Prime competitor Walmart+, and Amazon's first cashierless supermarket. He also talks about why Shopify joined Facebook's cryptocurrency efforts, and Etsy's automatic advertising idea.

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    OCT 18, 2019

    eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin join vice president of content studio Paul Verna to discuss why companies are abandoning Facebook's cryptocurrency, AMC Theaters' recent foray into the streaming wars, younger viewers' preference for Netflix vs. YouTube and more.

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    MAR 10, 2020

    eMarketer sales executive Michael Bruckenthal, principal analyst Mark Dolliver and junior analyst Blake Droesch discuss how traditional sports are taking lessons from esports to create a more engaging viewing experience. Then Mark and Blake talk about Apple allowing push notification ads, the details of the KIDS Act bill, how Facebook is changing its digital currency ambitions and how the popularity of streaming services influence its ads.

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    MAR 26, 2021

    And as digital currencies continue to soar, MoneyGram also opened the platform up to G-Coin, a digital asset backed by gold. MoneyGram’s launch comes as cross-border payments begin to recover. In April 2020, the World Bank projected that remittances would drop 20% annually in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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    JUL 31, 2019

    eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson and senior analyst Jasmine Engberg discuss key takeaways from Facebook’s and Twitter’s Q2 earnings. They also chat about the new Facebook antitrust probe, what impact hiding likes will have for Instagram and what people think of Facebook’s new Libra cryptocurrency.

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    NOV 6, 2019

    Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat through a congressional hearing over the company’s Libra cryptocurrency efforts, Instagram launched a standalone messaging app for users, and Twitter banned political advertising on its platform—and that was just a tiny portion of what made the news.

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