Block releases Bitkey hardware wallet to 95 countries… kinda

Jack Dorsey’s Block (the company formerly known as Square) announced today that it is releasing its hardware Bitcoin wallet, Bitkey, in 95 countries. However, users can only preorder the device

Block acquires music financial services startup Hifi

Block, the Jack Dorsey-founded fintech company previously known as Square, has acquired Hifi, a music-focused fintech startup. The company declined to share deal terms. Hifi founder and CEO Damian Man

Tidal’s new Live feature will let you host a live DJing session

Tidal is rolling out a new feature that lets you act as a DJ and allow your friends to listen to your choices. The feature called Live is available for both HiFi ($9.99 per month) and HiFi Plus ($19.9

TIDAL will cut ‘direct artist payout’ program to invest more in emerging artists

The Block-owned music streaming service TIDAL is shifting the way it pays artists after an experimental program failed to generate results. Unlike Spotify and other market leaders, which pay musicians

Jack Dorsey’s Bitcoin project TBD kills its plan to trademark ‘Web5’

A plan which would see a corporate entity trademark the term “Web5” has been put to rest after much backlash. Late Tuesday night, TBD, the Bitcoin-focused division of Jack Dorsey’s p

Egyptian consumer money app Telda raises $20M from GFC, Sequoia Capital and Block 

Telda, an Egyptian consumer money app founded by ex-Swvl executive Ahmed Sabbah last April, has raised $20 million in seed funding. The fintech, in a statement, said it wants to “revolutionize fina

Square now supports Apple’s Tap to Pay on iPhones

Block, the company behind Square and Cash App, now supports Apple’s Tap to Pay for iPhone feature for merchants. Existing Square users or new businesses wanting to use Square can now use their iPhon

Tencent, Block back Indonesian fintech platform Flip with $55M Series B extension

Flip, an Indonesia-based consumer payment platform, has closed a $55 million Series B extension round led by Tencent with participation from Block (formerly known as Square) and existing backer Insigh

OK, this one is for the crypto-curious

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Block Head Jack Dorsey tells us what we already knew

Jack Dorsey, the Twitter co-founder and current Block CEO, is no longer the payments firm’s “chief executive officer.” Instead, the executive is choosing to call himself “Block

Block backs Japanese fintech startup Kyash in $41.2M round

Kyash, a Tokyo-based mobile financial app, has raised $41.2 million (4.9 billion JPY) in Series D funding.  The round comes from a number of investors, including Japan Post Investment Corporation, Bl

Cash App now lets users ‘gift’ stock and bitcoin using their USD balance or a debit card

There are already a number of ways to gift cryptocurrencies, but today Cash App will make doing so simpler with a new feature rolling out to its peer-to-peer payments app. The app, owned by Block (the

Square’s name Block is Butter-y smooth

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Square is changing its name to Block

The fintech giant Square is changing its name to Block, effective December 10. The name change, which has been in the works for over a year, is intended to house the company’s various products &

Twitter will now let you remove followers without blocking them

After testing last month, Twitter is rolling out a feature to all web users that will let them remove followers without blocking them. This safety feature can be helpful if you want to avoid the reper

Twitter tests a safety feature on web to remove followers without blocking them

Twitter announced yesterday that it’s testing a feature on the web that makes it possible to remove followers without blocking them. Sometimes, users want to stop a follower from seeing their tw

Crunch Report | Tesla Acquisition of SolarCity Approved

LinkedIn now blocked in Russia, Tesla acquisition of SolarCity is approved, SpaceX wants to bring internet access to everyone, AOL lays off 7 percent of workforce, Zesty replaces CEO and restructures.

Block is a fancy Faraday cage to take your dinner party offline

A group of Dutch entrepreneurs is hoping to build a business out of helping smartphone users manage their device addiction -- via a Faraday cage housed inside a fancy looking hexagonal aluminum case d

Brazilian judge denies WhatsApp’s appeal against 72-hour block

A Brazilian judge has denied an injunction against a countrywide ban filed by messaging app WhatsApp, according to local media reports.

The Block Album

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