Post Tagged with: "Circle"

Circle Cedes Bitcoin Trading to Coinbase, Expands Messaging Functions

Circle Cedes Bitcoin Trading to Coinbase, Expands Messaging Functions

by December 7, 2016 at 11:33 am 0 comments

Still want to buy some bitcoin? It’ll currently cost you about $764, and your options for places to do so are dwindling. The currency exchange service Circle will no longer facilitate the buying and selling of bitcoins, the company announced in a blogpost yesterday. Instead, those functions will be handled byRead More

PayPal Adds Ability to Pay with Siri — But Not iMessage [VIDEO]

PayPal Adds Ability to Pay with Siri — But Not iMessage [VIDEO]

by November 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm 1 comment

PayPal is joining the platform party on iOS. In September, Venmo — along with Circle, neobank Monzo, and Square Cash — took advantage of the platformization of Siri and iMessage and tied their services into the voice and text-based mediums. Today, PayPal added the ability to send and receive moneyRead More

Blockchain, Bitcoin Venture Funding Set to Drop for First Time

Blockchain, Bitcoin Venture Funding Set to Drop for First Time

by October 20, 2016 at 10:50 am 2 comments

Financing for blockchain and bitcoin startups slid 16% in the first nine months of 2016 to $429 million, putting the sector on pace for its first annual drop since 2012, CB Insights reported. Deal activity fell 7% to 92 equity financings. CB Insights first began reporting on blockchain and bitcoinRead More

Circle, Square, and Venmo Tie Into Siri & iMessage

Circle, Square, and Venmo Tie Into Siri & iMessage

by September 20, 2016 at 11:44 am 1 comment

With the launch of iOS 10 on Sept. 13, new payment functionality was enabled for Siri, iOS’s voice-activated virtual assistant, and iMessage, Apple’s text-based messaging platform. The first wave of payments apps on Apple’s newly platformized apps are: Venmo, the P2P payments platform from PayPal; Square Cash, from mobile payments serviceRead More

Putting Bitcoin Where It Belongs, Circle Partners with Barclays in U.K.

Putting Bitcoin Where It Belongs, Circle Partners with Barclays in U.K.

by April 6, 2016 at 11:18 am 0 comments

It seems like Circle has cryptocurrency all figured out. The point of Bitcoin isn’t just to use Bitcoin, despite what anarchists might think — it’s about using the digital currency to enable smoother, easier financial transactions. Circle has always gotten this, and that’s why it is moving from success to success inRead More

MIT Rides to the Rescue of Bitcoin with $900,000 Developer Fund

MIT Rides to the Rescue of Bitcoin with $900,000 Developer Fund

by March 29, 2016 at 10:56 am 0 comments

While private initiatives seek to capitalize on distributed ledger technology, academics are turning their attention to bitcoins. It’s been an open secret for some time that as blockchain has soared to ever greater heights, bitcoin’s reputation has suffered (though its value as a commodity has held fairly steady this year.)Read More

Breaking Banks: Is Blockchain Essential to the Fintech Revolution? [AUDIO]

Breaking Banks: Is Blockchain Essential to the Fintech Revolution? [AUDIO]

by March 4, 2016 at 9:07 am 0 comments

This week, “Breaking Banks” recounts the history of Bitcoin, and how, despite ambivalent public opinion over the past seven years, fintech professionals and pundits have given it their silent support. After this introduction, the current status of blockchain is discussed by guests Michael J. Casey from the MIT Media Lab; ChrisRead More

Circle Forges Ahead with BitLicense, Non-Bitcoin Functionality [VIDEO]

Circle Forges Ahead with BitLicense, Non-Bitcoin Functionality [VIDEO]

by September 30, 2015 at 11:37 am 0 comments

Where is Circle going? Last week, consumer bitcoin app Circle revealed it was the first company to be granted a BitLicense by New York State (license number BL 000001), and also noted that it will enable peer-to-peer transactions in dollars, without involving bitcoins in any way. This amounts to investing a largeRead More

Antiquated, hand-stamped bank receipts still abound in China.

Circle Misses the Mark on China

by April 30, 2015 at 10:53 am 2 comments

In announcing that it had raised $50 million of venture funding, Circle extolled China’s status as a font of innovation. “China is today the center of innovation in mobile apps and digital finance,” Circle wrote in its press release. Well, not exactly. I returned yesterday from my second trip in asRead More

Circle Bets on the Blockchain with Latest Funding

Circle Bets on the Blockchain with Latest Funding

by April 30, 2015 at 10:45 am 2 comments

Circle just raised $50 million, but we’re guessing it didn’t rush to convert those dollars to bitcoins. Circle has perhaps the slickest user experience of the many bitcoin-related startups that blossomed in the last few years. As a consumer play for using bitcoins, Circle is as good as it gets.Read More