Medical Marijuana App Solves Industry’s Cash-Only Payments Problem

Medical Marijuana App Solves Industry’s Cash-Only Payments Problem

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It is no secret that the medical marijuana industry in the United States faces an uphill struggle, indeed our readers will remember that we covered the issue in detail recently and discussed how dependence on cash is putting both medical marijuana businesses as well as consumers at a great deal of risk. It is interesting to note that there have been developments in this field and there is now a payments solution at hand for regulated medical marijuana businesses as well as customers. CanPay has recently announced a solution for the legal marijuana industry that has become available to users as well as businesses in the states of Washington, Oregon and Colorado. If this solution does indeed get adopted en-masse, it promises to solve the industry’s cash-only problem. Why no banking love for marijuana The problem in the United States arises from the dichotomy in laws. While in many states the use of medical marijuana is now allowed, federal law still acts as a spanner in the wheel. The banking industry is thus wary of being on the wrong side of federal law and the industry is largely unorganized. Consumers who want to access medical marijuana in states where it …

Blockchain Proven to be Faster Than Wire Transfers in Banking Payment Test

Blockchain Proven to be Faster Than Wire Transfers in Banking Payment Test

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Bitcoin and its revolutionary Blockchain technology have many advantages over the status quo. This ranges from better security, lower costs and superior inclusion. Another advantage is the speed of transactions, as the legacy banking system has been using the wire transfer method for generations. Now, results from a test run by a group of banking interests in Japan have revealed that Bitcoin’s Blockchain technology is more than ready to drag the current monetary transfer system into the 21st century. According to the Asian Nikkei Review, the unnamed “megabanks,” the Deloitte Tohmatsu accounting group and the Bitcoin exchange bitFlyer have been running Blockchain tests for a considerable part of 2016, with the final tests concluding in September. The goal was to see if Bitcoin’s Blockchain technology could hold up to the rigors and speed requirements of the current currency transfer systems. You could say that these tests were successful. “Blockchain’s low processing speed was seen as a major drawback of the technology,” said the Asian Nikkei Times. “But researchers were able to conduct 1,500 transactions per second using Blockchain, on par with the nearly 1,400 transactions the current interbank wire system is capable of handling at peak times.” The banks again were …

Blockchain-based BitLendingClub Shuts Down, Cites Regulatory Pressure

Blockchain-based BitLendingClub Shuts Down, Cites Regulatory Pressure

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The world’s largest Blockchain lending marketplace, BitLendingClub, has announced its sudden shutdown due to what it describes as regulatory pressure. The Bulgarian-registered startup has operated since 2014 and has funded almost 10 thousand loans worth in excess of $7 mln. Now, its operations are ceasing, with existing users retaining minimal functionality in order to move funds out. “We’ve worked extremely hard to build a platform and a community which is uniquely positioned to provide the Bitcoin ecosystem with a greatly needed service,” a blog post released today states. The company adds: “However, over the last year or so, the regulatory pressures has been increasing to the point that it is no longer feasible to maintain the operation of the platform. We are regretfully announcing that we will have to begin (sic) terminating the services effective immediately.” The functionality will begin to be reduced from next week. The burden of compliance The move reflects the continued difficulties faced by cryptocurrency-based finance startups with regards to legislation. While the EU has been fairly accommodating to disruptive finance overall, as witnessed in activity in the Netherlands, ensuring businesses conform to the requirements can overbearingly restrict functionality. BitLendingClub said the shutdown was part of the …

DEA Warns Public of Extortion Scam by DEA Special Agent Impersonators

ALERT – Extortion Scam : DEA Warns Public of Extortion Scam by DEA Special Agent Impersonators

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ALERT – Extortion Scam The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as DEA Special Agents or other law enforcement personnel as part of an international extortion scheme. The criminals call the victims (who in most cases previously purchased drugs over the internet or by telephone) and identify themselves as DEA agents or law enforcement officials from other agencies. The impersonators inform their victims that purchasing drugs over the internet or by telephone is illegal, and that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine. In most cases, the impersonators instruct their victims to pay the “fine” via wire transfer to a designated location, usually overseas. If victims refuse to send money, the impersonators often threaten to arrest them or search their property. Some victims who purchased their drugs using a credit card also reported fraudulent use of their credit cards. Impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law. The public should be aware that no DEA agent will ever contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. The DEA reminds the public to use caution when purchasing controlled substance pharmaceuticals by telephone …

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San Francisco Subway Is Free To Use After Ransomware Attack, Hackers Sought Bitcoins

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The holiday season is a time for shopping for gifts, spending time with family and for some, hacking into the San Francisco subway system. In fact, many, many computer systems in San Francisco were hacked this past weekend. So many, in fact, that the entire subway system has been left free to use until the computer problem is resolved. The answer will come in the form of Bitcoin, as this is what the culprits have demanded in return for putting the computer system back online. Over 2000 local computer systems affected A strain of a computer malware, known as HDDCryptor, hit 2,112 computers within the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, according to correspondence with the ransomware’s masters. This has affected the railway system starting on Friday evening, continuing throughout Saturday, and as of Sunday night, there has been no news of a resolution. CBS affiliate KPIX in San Francisco, says sources inside of the city’s transit agency told them on Saturday that the system was hacked days ago. Payment kiosks are out of service and cards can not be purchased. “There’s no impact to the transit service, but we have opened the fare gates as a precaution to minimize customer …

Bitcoin Debit Cards, Bitcoin Visa Debit Cards

Uquid Allows 40 Different Altcoins to Use Visa’s Global Network

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As we have discussed previously at Cointelegraph, there are multiple Bitcoin debit card options on the market, some better than others, depending upon your location and economic needs. However, the altcoin market, whose combined value reaches into the blns of USD worth, has not reached this level of mainstream sophistication. That is until now. Altcoin fans can now use their favorite cryptocurrencies to load a virtual VISA card, thanks to Uquid. In a world first, users can spend using over 40 different cryptocurrencies on mobile top-ups, bill payments, pharmacy and food vouchers, transportation tickets, wi-fi recharges and PIN-less calls. Uquid’s Visa debit card is also the first in the world to offer unlimited loading and spending without ID verification. On top of that, users can load cards with a huge selection of the most popular altcoins, including Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, Monero, Dash, Augur, MaidSafeCoin, Steem, Dogecoin and more. The main benefits of the Uquid card includes no identification or credit check required, instant issuance and free worldwide delivery, unlimited card support and zero percent point-of-sale fees. Customers can also get virtual cards denominated in GBP, EUR or USD. Debit cards come with AVS matching and the Uquid card can also be …