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Building collapses in Nigerian city leaving school children trapped

March 15, 2019 |

A three-story building housing school collapsed Wednesday morning in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, officials and eyewitnesses told CNN.
CNN.com – RSS Channel – World

Canada grounds Boeing 737 Max, leaving U.S. isolated as FAA refuses to follow suit

March 13, 2019 |

Canada joined much of the world in grounding Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jetliner Wednesday, leaving the United States virtually alone in allowing the aircraft to keep flying.

The announcement by Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau came after aviation authorities in Europe, India, China and elsewhere…


L.A. Times – Business

Air Force Secretary Is Leaving

March 9, 2019 |

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, once seen as a candidate to succeed Jim Mattis as defense secretary, said Friday she’s resigning to become president of the University of Texas at El Paso. A former US House Republican member from New Mexico and graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Wilson…
Newser

Shift Card Sunsets, Leaving US Crypto Card Users With Few Options

February 17, 2019 |

Crypto Card Users in the U.S. Left With Scarce Options as Shift Card Sunsets Services

U.S.-based Shift Card, a Visa debit card service that allows people to spend cryptocurrencies held on Coinbase in real-time, will be ceasing operations this April. Shift’s email to customers explains the company hopes to relaunch in the near future, but for now there are few crypto debit card options left for U.S. residents.

Also Read: More Than 30% of BTC Traffic Stems from the Veriblock Project

Shift Financial’s Crypto-to-Debit Services to End This Spring

Shift Card customers have received an email that explains the company has plans to close its debit card operations this spring. According to the email, the company will temporarily shut down on April 11, 2019, but the firm hopes to relaunch again. The Shift Card launched in the fourth quarter of 2015, allowing people to spend cryptocurrencies tethered to their Coinbase account on the go wherever Visa is accepted.

Shift Card Sunsets, Leaving US Crypto Card Users With Few Options
Shift Card has emailed customers letting them know the card program will be sunsetting for an unknown period of time.

Unlike the Atlanta based Bitpay Card, which essentially allows people to sell BTC and BCH for loaded U.S. dollars, the Shift Card deducts the funds directly from the Coinbase user’s account based on the spot price of the cryptocurrency in real time. The service existed for four years, but now users will have less than two months to use the Visa card before operations go on hiatus.

“We hope you enjoyed using the Shift Card and truly thank you for your loyalty,” runs the email from Shift Financial. “We, unfortunately, will be retiring the program in April of this year — All Shift Cards will officially be deactivated on April 11, 2019.”

The email continues:

Don’t worry, your Shift Card will continue to work until that date. Feel free to email Shift support if you have any questions we’d be happy to answer — We hope to re-launch the program and issue new cards in the near future. Thank you for your patience.

Little Choice Left for US Residents Seeking a Reliable Crypto Debit Card

The email doesn’t give any details as to why the crypto card service program is coming to an end. News.Bitcoin.com reached out to Shift support but has yet to receive a reply concerning the matter. Shift was partnered with Metropolitan Commercial Bank, a financial provider known for its partnerships with other cryptocurrency service providers. The move leaves the U.S. Shift customers in 46 states with only one reliable option, the Bitpay Visa card. Although there are other lesser known card operations in the works, none of them are worth discussing because some of the projects lack a physical card right now and others haven’t been around long enough to be reviewed.

Shift Card Sunsets, Leaving US Crypto Card Users With Few Options
U.S. residents have very little options for crypto-to-debit cards.

Other well-known cryptocurrency debit card service providers like Wirex, Uquid, Cryptopay, and Spectrocoin only cover the EU region and various non-U.S. countries. Customers from Europe have also had issues with crypto card operators in the past when Wavecrest Holdings, another known crypto banking provider, stopped offering crypto-to-debit services to EU residents. Some card operations have never returned while other companies quickly found replacement banking partners.

What do you think about the Shift Card ending its service this April? Do you think more crypto-to-debit services will be offered in the U.S.? Let us know in the comments section below.


Image credits: Shutterstock, Shift Card Visa, and Pixabay. 


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Bitcoin News

Court Bans Guaido From Leaving Venezuela

January 30, 2019 |

Venezuela’s Supreme Court barred opposition leader Juan Guaido from leaving the country Tuesday, a move certain to heighten tensions as the man challenging President Nicolas Maduro’s claim to the presidency presses forward with establishing a transitional government and the US warns of “serious consequences” if he is harmed. The government-stacked…
Newser

GameStop fails to find a buyer, leaving future murky for video-game seller

January 29, 2019 |

GameStop Corp. plummeted 27%, the most in 16 years, after ending an effort to sell itself. It leaves the world’s largest independent video-game retailer with fewer options to recover in an industry that has moved to digital streaming.

The decision caps months of turmoil during which the company’s…


L.A. Times – Business

After Brexit Defeat, May Offers Little New on Leaving EU

January 23, 2019 |

Theresa May told the House of Commons that she wants to go back to the European Union and again seek tweaks to the Brexit agreement she spent months negotiating with the EU. Last week that deal was rejected by a historic margin by British lawmakers.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

‘Rowdy’ tourists served deportation notice for threatening locals, leaving hotel room ‘smelling of poo’

January 20, 2019 |

A cleaner at a hotel in Wellington claims it took staff ‘hours’ to clean the filthy room which was covered with rubbish.
FOX News

CNN

$1 trillion is leaving Britain because of Brexit

January 7, 2019 |

Brexit hasn’t happened yet but it’s already shrinking the United Kingdom’s financial services industry.
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TMZ

Lil Xan Kicked Out of Airbnb in Palm Springs, After Leaving Rehab Facility

December 18, 2018 |

Lil Xan is having a terrible go after leaving a rehab facility to continue treatment at home … but his issues have nothing to do with a relapse.  We’ve learned Xan is having tons of house trouble … because he got kicked out of…

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