bitcoin & cryptocurrencY In the news

Below are major news and mentions of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in the media .

 

Bakkt Starbucks Microsoft ICE
Starbucks, Microsoft & NYSE Parent Company Launching Crypto Exchange Bakkt

Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE), a leading operator of global exchanges, clearing houses, data and listings services, announced today that it plans to form a new company, Bakkt, which intends to leverage Microsoft cloud solutions to create an open and regulated, global ecosystem for digital assets. The new company is working with a marquee group of organizations including BCG, Microsoft, Starbucks, and others, to create an integrated platform that enables consumers and institutions to buy, sell, store and spend digital assets on a seamless global network. - more info here

Ripple Western Union Partnership
Ripple Announces Partnership with Western Union

Ripple has confirmed its partnership with money transfer company Western Union which is currently testing Ripple's xRapid protocol. Western Union joins MoneyGram in testing XRP.

Mark Cuban says you can buy Dallas Mavericks Game Tickets with Bitcoin and Ethereum next season

Billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said fans will be able to buy tickets with Bitcoin and Ethereum starting next NBA season.

Ripple announces it has a partnership with MoneyGram

MoneyGram will use Ripple XRP for faster international payments. Ripple mentioned they are working with 3 of the top 5 money transfer companies, the other two companiescould potentially be Western Union and PayPal.

Ripple CEO Brand Garlinghouse States That 3 of the Top 5 Money Transfer companies are partnered with Ripple.

On January 5th, 2018 Brad Garlinghouse was interviewed on the Fox Business TV Show where he states that 3 of the top 5 money transfer companies, potentially Wester Union, MoneyGram and PayPal, are partnered with Ripple. However, he could not disclose the names at this time.

Bitcoin Futures Trading Approved for CME Group & Cantor Fitzgerald

On Friday December 1st, 2017, it was announced that the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved Bitcoin Futures Trading for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange aka CME Group and Canter Fitzgerald. The CME Group stated that their Bitcoin Futures contract will launch on December 18th, 2017.

Bitcoin on The Big Bang Theory TV Show - "The Bitcoin Entanglement"

The characters on The Big Bang Theory mined Bitcoin years ago only to find that they lost it because of Sheldon's revenge prank. This episode aired on November 20th, 2017 on CBS. The video to the leftis the TV promo for the episode. The full episode can be viewed on CBS.com.

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