Category: Cryptocurrencies

BlockFi Latest Crypto Platform to Halt Withdrawals

With cryptocurrency exchange FTX filing for bankruptcy (after an acquisition deal with rival Binance fell through), the company's fall is impacting other crypto FinTechs as well. That now includes BlockFi. Last night, BlockFi announced that it was pausing withdrawals for customers and also requested that users not deposit funds at this time. In a statement posted to their Twitter account, BlockFi noted that the move was necessary due to news...

MoneyGram Adds Support for Buying, Selling, and Holding Crypto

Before the days of digital peer-to-peer money transfer, consumers relied on such services as MoneyGram to send money to loved ones. As technology as shifted, however, MoneyGram itself has had to evolve beyond its core product. Now, the company is once again expanding its reach by getting into the world of crypto. Recently, MoneyGram joined the ranks of P2P apps such as PayPal, Venmo, and Cash App by adding the...

Current Banking App Adds Cryptocurrency Trading

It wasn't that long ago that buying and selling cryptocurrencies required consumers to navigate a number of unfamiliar platforms and systems. However, that has long since changed with the advent of Coinbase and, later, the integration of crypto trading into other popular FinTech offerings. The latest example of the latter comes from Current, which will now allow customers to buy and sell select cryptocurrency assets. This week, Current debuted its...

Crypto Checking Account Juno Closes $18 Million Series A

Despite the so-called "Crypto Winter" continuing, a FinTech that bills itself as a checking account for crypto natives has just secured a significant investment. This week, Juno announced that it had raised $18 million in funding. The Series A was led by ParaFi Capital’s Growth Fund with additional participation from Hashed, Jump Crypto, Uncorrelated Fund, Greycroft, Mithril, Antler Global, 6th Man Ventures and Abstract Ventures. Previously, the company closed a...

Chipotle Launches "Buy the Dip" Game, Adds Crypto Payments

So far, 2022 has proven to be a tumultuous year for cryptocurrencies. Not only have individual investors felt some pain as prices for numerous assets have taken some tumbles but some crypto-centric firms have even had to lay off staff or file for bankruptcy. But, despite so-called "crypto winter" in effect, one popular restaurant is taking the opporunity to further embrace cyrpto — while also poking a bit of fun...

Crypto Lender Celsius Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Following a turbulent month, the crypto lender Celsius has announced that it's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. According to CNBC, the company has more than 100,000 creditors, including individual customers. The filing also notes that the company has $167 million in cash on hand as it continues to operate. In a statement, Celsius co-founder and CEO Alex Mashinsky said of the filing, “This is the right decision for our...

Abra Announces Crypto Card to Operate on American Express Network

Despite a recent rash of bad news, crypto-centric startups are continuing to press forward. Among them, the trading platform Abra just announced plans to launch a crypto rewards credit card. What's more, in a twist from other offerings, this product will be an American Express card. According to Abra, their upcoming card will earn crypto back on any purchase category. These crypto rewards will then be tradable, allowing users to...

PayPal Adds Support for External Cryptocurrency Wallet Transfers

Back in October 2020, PayPal made headlines by adding cryptocurrency trading to its immensely popular platform. Then, in March of last year, the company expanded its efforts by introducing Checkout with Crypto — a feature that allowed PayPal users to easily pay for purchases using supported crypto assets. Now, the service is doubling down once again, adding the ability for customers to send and receive coins using external wallets. In...