payments network

Merge Founder Kebbie Sebastian (Merge)
Crypto Payments Firm Merge Raises $9.5M From Coinbase Ventures, Alameda Research and Others
Merge plans to bridge the gap between crypto and traditional finance companies with its API payments integration.
Merge Founder Kebbie Sebastian (Merge)

Yuval Rooz (left), Jennifer Lassiter, Michael Miebach, David Treat and Jon Frost (Sandali Handagama/CoinDesk)
Mastercard CEO Teases CBDC Panel: SWIFT May Not Exist in 5 Years
Michael Miebach joined a panel on central bank digital currencies during the World Economic Forum's annual meeting.
Yuval Rooz (left), Jennifer Lassiter, Michael Miebach, David Treat and Jon Frost (Sandali Handagama/CoinDesk)

Young woman using credit card reader at coffee shop counter
Stripe, OpenNode Team Up to Allow Instant Fiat-to-Bitcoin Conversions for Businesses
The new OpenNode app will launch on the Stripe App Marketplace in coming weeks.
Young woman using credit card reader at coffee shop counter

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The Importance of Politically Neutral Money
The problem with the current payment system.
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The Solana conference's closing gala in Lisbon, Portugal. (Zack Seward/CoinDesk archives)
Solana Pay Adds Customized Transaction Requests for Merchants
Pay previously allowed only one-way transfers of Solana-supported assets between users.
The Solana conference's closing gala in Lisbon, Portugal. (Zack Seward/CoinDesk archives)

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Gucci to Accept Crypto in Some US Retail Stores: Report
The Italian luxury brand plans to expand the payment mechanism across North America.
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Bored & Hungry in Crypto: Why This Burger Joint Wants to Use ApeCoin
The owner of the first Bored Ape-themed restaurant explains himself.
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Crypto News Roundup for May 3, 2022
With bitcoin showing signs of fear of a deeper price drop, plus a look at why crypto could become a force in retail payments, CoinDesk’s Markets Daily is back with the latest news roundup.
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Markets Daily Podcast Cover
Crypto News Roundup for May 2, 2022
With bitcoin losing key support as Ethereum transaction costs skyrocket, plus a look at why competitive crypto payments are more important than you’d think, CoinDesk’s Markets Daily is back with the latest news roundup.
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Singapore Marina Bay area. (Unsplash)
First Mover Asia: Singapore’s Distaste for Retail Crypto Spooks Institutional Money
Three Arrows Capital's decision last week to move its headquarters to Dubai reflects growing concerns about the city-state's increasing regulatory scrutiny of crypto; bitcoin returns to where it started the weekend.
Singapore Marina Bay area. (Unsplash)