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
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
Livestream platform Mandolin adds custom artist pages and a fan data analytics hub
Mandolin, the digital fan engagement platform, launched two new products today with the aim of assisting artists with turning fans into superfans and maximizing revenue. Fan Navigator helps artists co
Apple enters the BNPL market as regulation, competition intensify
How will all of these BNPL-focused providers fare with Apple pounding its way into their market?
IROKO co-founder Bastian Gotter raises $3.2M seed for new venture, Bamba
In 2010, Bastian Gotter invested up to $200,000 into IROKOtv, an African video-on-demand company Jason Njoku, his friend and co-founder, launched in Lagos, Nigeria. For the next couple of years, Gotte
Forma raises new funding to make employee benefits more flexible
Companies across the board are fighting to recruit and retain employees as the war for talent rages on. Employee benefits are no longer viewed as a cookie-cutter, standard set of offerings — rat
Block’s Cash App adopts Lightning Network for free bitcoin payments
Late last year, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey stepped down from his position in order to give his full attention to his other company, Square (now called Block), which had become increasingly invested in bl
NFT kingpin OpenSea lands monster $13.3B valuation in new raise
The NFT auction marketplace OpenSea had a blockbuster 2021 and as a result is seeing its private valuation grow more quickly than almost any other startup. The crypto firm announced late Tuesday that
Jack Dorsey dials in on his dream job — bitcoin missionary
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Square’s Better.com 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 &
Afterpay unveils BNPL subscription offering for US customers
The service will launch in both the U.S. and Australia beginning early in 2022 and will be free for customers who pay on time.
UNest raises $26M Series B to help parents save for their kids’ expenses
UNest, a fintech startup that provides financial planning tools for parents saving on behalf of their children, announced today that it raised $26 million in Series B funding led by The Artemis Fund.
Neuro-ID takes in fresh capital to combat fraud from all of our taps, types and swipes
The company captures real-time customer behavior so companies can see who is genuine, and who is fraudulent, and identify the root cause of customer friction.
Square’s Cash App opens up to teens ages 13 to 17 with parental oversight
Amid a growing number of banking apps aimed at teens, Square Inc.’s Cash App today is broadening its reach by making its payments app available to younger teens between the ages of 13 and 17. Pr
European point of sale provider SumUp acquires customer loyalty startup Fivestars for $317M
SumUp, a European-based competitor to Square, PayPal/iZettle and others that provide mobile-powered card readers and other sales technology to merchants and small businesses, has made an acquisition i
Really, this market isn’t good enough?
Klarna's CEO says he's 'nervous' to take the company public. But the public market for BNPL companies actually feels pretty strong at the moment.
Here’s what your BNPL startup could be worth
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Square to launch a new paid subscription, Invoices Plus
Square’s popular free invoicing software is becoming the company’s next big subscription service. The company is poised to announce a paid subscription offering called Invoices Plus, which
The next generation of global payments: Afterpay + Square
Sunday was a big day in fintech: Afterpay has agreed to merge with Square. This agreement sets two of the most admired financial technology companies in recent history on a path to becoming one.