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A leftist Italian fugitive has been detained in Bolivia and will be sent to Italy as “a little gift” from far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to Italy’s hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
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Gift cards remain among the top gifts each holiday season — 56% of consumers said they planned to give them this year, according to a National Retail Federation survey — making them excellent (and frequent) targets for fraudsters. Here’s what card givers and recipients need to do to protect their…
For Iraqi Christians, it’s a moment to enjoy: The government has made Christmas a national holiday, CNN reports. “Happy Christmas to our Christian citizens, all Iraqis and to all who are celebrating around the world,” the government tweeted . The move marks an apparent respite for Iraqi Christians, whose numbers have…
In Tuesday’s edition of The Daily we cover stories about an electronic gift card program that Coinbase is extending to the U.S. market, new job offerings from Facebook that hint at the company’s blockchain plans, and an investment in the field from Unicef.
Coinbase Extends Wegift Partnership to the US
Coinbase has announced that its trading platform now offers e-gift cards for its customers in the U.S. This means that American users will be able to instantly spend their cryptocurrency balances from the exchange with dozens of new retailers. The development has been achieved by expanding its partnership with the London-based startup Wegift, which supports many well-known brands such as Nike, Tesco, Uber, Google Play, Ticketmaster and Zalando.
Coinbase informed its users that purchasing e-gift cards incurs no withdrawal fees and that bonuses of up to 10 percent make it “smoother than ever to use crypto. Now, you’re just a few clicks away from spending your balance on e-gifts cards for Adidas shoes or your next vacation. Better yet, use some on the holidays — you’re just in time.”
Facebook to Develop Equitable Financial Services?
At the start of 2018, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg set a goal for himself to take back power from centralized systems using “encryption and cryptocurrency.” While the year is nearly over and this resolution remains unfulfilled, his company appears to still be focused on the subject. Recently surfaced ads show that Facebook is looking for data scientists and software engineers to help develop new blockchain solutions, possibly including financial services.
The company explains to potential candidates that: “At Facebook, we have established a new team building blockchain technologies. It’s a small, fast-growing, but talented group of people who are passionate about changing the world. Our leadership is experienced and are some of the best people working today in their respective fields.”
“The blockchain team is a startup within Facebook, with a vision to make blockchain technology work at Facebook scale. We’re exploring areas of interest across all facets of blockchain technology. Our ultimate goal is to help billions of people with access to things they don’t have now – that could be things like equitable financial services, new ways to save, or new ways to share information.”
Unicef Invests in Six Blockchain Startups
The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has announced that it will provide backing to six blockchain startups from emerging economies trying to solve global challenges using the technology. The Unicef Innovation Fund will invest up to $ 100,000 in Atix Labs from Argentina, Onesmart and Prescrypto from Mexico, India’s Statwig, Utopixar from Tunisia and W3 Engineers from Bangladesh. The financial support is meant to help the companies deliver open-source prototypes of blockchain applications within 12 months.
“Blockchain technology is still at an early stage — and there is a great deal of experimentation, failure, and learning ahead of us as we see how, and where, we can use this technology to create a better world,” said Chris Fabian, Principal Adviser at the fund. “That’s exactly the stage when UNICEF Innovation Fund invests: when our financing, technical support, and focus on vulnerable populations can help a technology grow and mature in the most fair and equitable way possible.”
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Jacquees gave his mom one hell of a wedding gift in the form of a hundred grand — and by give, we mean drop … as in he dropped it all over the place. The Cash Money crooner was celebrating his mother’s nuptials Sunday at the Chateau Elan…
Body camera footage shows an intense rescue of a family of eight in Weatherford, Texas by neighbors and law enforcement as their house went up in flames early Thursday morning.
The Internal Revenue Service is proposing a potential benefit for wealthy taxpayers, saying that individuals who give lots of gifts to their heirs under a generous but temporary provision of the 2017 Republican tax overhaul won’t later owe taxes on those gifts.
Last year’s tax law doubled the value…
Nearly 50 years after the fact, a Canada man will finally learn what his ex-girlfriend gave him for Christmas. Adrian Pearce became semi-famous after revealing last year that back in 1970, when he was 17, his girlfriend gave him a Christmas present just before dumping him and that, in all…
A commercial that ran on Fox News Monday night for “Trumpy Bear” had some wondering if it was a joke, but the teddy bear featuring President Trump’s distinctive hairdo and signature red power tie is in fact a real thing. You can order it at GetTrumpyBear.com for just two…
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eGifter and Bitcoin.com announce partnership that will allow cryptocurrency users to buy gift cards with Bitcoin Cash
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) just became more usable with the launch of a partnership between Bitcoin.com and eGifter, a gift card marketplace offering 300+ top-branded eGift cards to US and global brands. Customers will be able to shop for eGift cards directly from the Bitcoin.com store at launch, and in the coming weeks, straight from the Bitcoin.com wallet.
The partnership between eGifter and Bitcoin.com will allow existing BCH users to use cryptocurrency in a new way. The seamless user experience will give users many new options on how to spend their BCH, buying eGift cards for themselves or giving them as gifts. The choices include premium food, entertainment and retail brands, all with the security and freedom of cryptocurrency.
The solution is an extension of the eGifter Marketplace, where eGifter serves as the merchant of record and provides level-one support for all users. “Bitcoin.com has a large and growing user base, so eGifter is excited about this new partnership as we are always looking for ways to drive more traffic to the eGifter platform, and more business for our brand partners,” said Tyler Roye, eGifter CEO. The eGifter platform is designed to meet all of the brand partners’ requirements, ensuring the consumer is presented with the proper terms, redemption instruction, seasonal faceplates, and both printable and mobile gift certs.
“Creating new ways for our users to spend their Bitcoin Cash on goods and services has been a top priority for us at Bitcoin.com,” says Blake Moore, Bitcoin.com eCommerce Manager. “By partnering with eGifter, we have made 300+ eGift cards from leading brands available to our valued users. Our development team has created some real magic in the wallet integration, where it will be possible to spend your existing Bitcoin Cash balance on eGift cards in just a few clicks.”
The eGifter/Bitcoin.com collaboration is all about streamlining the consumer experience. Users will be able to go into their Bitcoin.com wallet and use the balance to choose from a wide variety of eGift cards. eGift cards from top global retailers, as well as premium region-specific brands and favorite dining spots, can be sent virtually by email or text–or even printed right away at home.
Just as eGifter aims to revolutionize gift cards with easier transactions, a smoother customer experience, and the simplest gifting process possible, BCH is poised to revolutionize the way we think about money. With no network fees and virtually immediate transactions, BCH is a fast, secure form of digital peer-to-peer electronic cash. And with an increasing number of partnerships with innovative brands like eGifter, it can easily be used by anyone, anywhere, across the globe.
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eGifter, the eGifting Company, revolutionizes gift giving with a social and mobile gifting platform designed to create a fun experience for consumers, while helping retailers and service providers grow their gifting businesses. To learn more about eGifter and their social, mobile and gifting platform, visit eGifter.com, or download the eGifter Mobile app available for iOS and Android.
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