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1. VMware completes $2.7 billion Pivotal acquisition

VMware is closing the year with a significant new weapon in its arsenal. (I restrained myself from using a “pivotal” pun here. You’re welcome.)

The acquisition — first announced in August — helps the company in its transformation from a pure virtual machine supplier into a cloud native vendor that can manage infrastructure wherever it lives. It fits alongside the acquisitions of Heptio and Bitnami, two other deals that closed this year.

2. Spotify to ‘pause’ running political ads, citing lack of proper review

The company told us that starting early next year, it will stop selling political ads: “At this point in time, we do not yet have the necessary level of robustness in our processes, systems and tools to responsibly validate and review this content.”

3. ‘The Mandalorian’ returns for Season 2 on Disney+ in fall 2020

The last episode of the first season of “The Mandalorian” went live on Disney+ on Friday, and showrunner Jon Favreau wasted very little time confirming when we can expect season two of the smash hit to land: next fall.

4. 2019 Africa Roundup: Jumia IPOs, China goes digital, Nigeria becomes fintech capital

The last 12 months served as a grande finale to 10 years that saw triple-digit increases in startup formation and VC on the continent. Here’s an overview of the 2019 market events that capped off a decade in African tech.

5. Maxar is selling space robotics company MDA for around $765 million

Maxar’s goal in selling the business is to help alleviate some of its considerable debt. The purchasing entity is a consortium of companies led by private investment firm Northern Private Capital, which will acquire the entirety of MDA’s Canadian operations — responsible for the development of the Canadarm and Canadarm2 robotic manipulators used on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station, respectively.

6. Cloud gaming is the future of game monetization, not gameplay

Lucas Matney argues that as is so often the case with the next big thing in tech, cloud streaming is much more likely to become the next big feature of a more traditional platform, rather than the entire platform itself. (Extra Crunch membership required.)

7. This week’s TechCrunch podcasts

Equity took the week off, but we kept Original Content going with a review of Netflix’s new fantasy show “The Witcher.”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2019/12/30/daily-crunch-vmware-pivotal/

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The Spanish fintech Pecunpay strengthens its position as a leader in the issuance of corporate programs

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The Spanish fintech Pecunpay strengthens its position as a leader in the issuance of corporate programs

The entity, regulated by the Bank of Spain (BdE), adds 7 payment method programs aimed at social benefits and managing corporate expenses.

After the end of the confinement, the consumption of payment methods, through physical cards and virtual cards of corporate programs issued by Pecunpay reached 8 million Euro per month.

The company will end 2021 with more than one and a half million cards issued, of which 300,000 belong to corporate programs.

Pecunpay issues cards under the VISA and Mastercard brands.

 

 The Spanish fintech Pecunpay, the trade name for the electronic money institution Pecunia Cards EDE, specialised in groundbreaking electronic money processing and payment solutions, consolidates its position as a leader in the issuance of payment method programs based on social benefits and corporate expense management.

Seven clients have put their trust in Pecunpay to issue their corporate programs through both physical and virtual debit cards. The latest program that has been launched is Coverflex, for the Portuguese market, which joins the rest of the programs, such as Cobee, Tickelia and Fuell.

Jaime Rentero, the Chief Commercial Officer of Pecunpay, explains the main reasons why clients of corporate programs decide to issue their corporate programs with Pecunpay. ‘We bring years of experience with this type of program, and we consider that our value offer is focused on the flexibility of our Banking Core, which we have been adapting to offer different rules, restrictions, parameterisations, etc.”

Some of the rules that Pecunpay’s platform allows to adjust in real time maximum daily or weekly amounts, limit payments by type of businesses, block payment methods on weekends or outside business hours, block the use of the card outside of identified geographical areas, etc.

In 2020, Pecunpay reached one million cards issued. In 2021, it will issue one and a half million, which places the company as the leading Spanish electronic money institution. 300,000 of these cards belong to corporate programs.

After the situation we have been through due to the COVID-19 confinement, where all these programs suffered a regression in consumption, the situation is returning to the path experienced before the pandemic, and 8 million Euro of monthly consumption have been reached.

The fintech has been very active during last year, where they have communicated their direct processing connection agreement with VISA, the launch of Xpays (Mobile Payment) for their payment method programs and the launch of the first virtual card issuance platform for marketing, loyalty and promotion agencies, inter alia.

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Crypto.com Now Enabling Cosmos’ Inter-Blockchain Communication Functionality for Cross-Chain Transfers

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Hong Kong-based Crypto.com announced on Thursday it is now enabling Cosmos’ Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) functionality for cross-chain transfers. According to Crypto.com, According to the duo, this integration creates new capabilities for future cross-chain implementations of the Crypto.org Chain and other IBC-enabled chains. 

The integration allows for the transferring and receiving of assets (tokens) and data using the ICS20 standard on the Crypto.org Chain Mainnet.  IBC assets will be available in the Bank module of the Crypto.org Chain, and CRO on other IBC-enabled chains.”

Cosmos and Crypto.com further revealed as part of its development on IBC, the project will create a bridge between Crypto.org Chain to Ethereum protocols, bringing on board Ethereum developers as innovative projects to the Crypto.org Chain ecosystem. Sharing more details about the integration, Eric Anziani, COO of Crypto.com, stated:

“The Inter-Blockchain Communication Protocol (IBC) enables self-sovereign networks to connect, which will lead to building a strong ecosystem of networks thanks to the flexibility and open nature of IBC. The IBC launch marks the end of “network tribalism”. It also aligns with one of Crypto.org Chain’s goals of building  an open ecosystem — one that is welcoming to and supported by innovative projects, including Payments, DeFi and NFT initiatives.”

Founded in 2016, Crypto.com serves over 10 million customers today with its crypto app, along with the Crypto.com Visa Card, the Crypto.com Exchange, and Crypto.com DeFi Wallet.

“Crypto.com is built on a solid foundation of security, privacy and compliance and is the first cryptocurrency company in the world to have ISO/IEC 27701:2019, CCSS Level 3, ISO27001:2013 and PCI:DSS 3.2.1, Level 1 compliance, and independently assessed at Tier 4, the highest level for both NIST Cybersecurity and Privacy Frameworks.”

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/05/175098-crypto-com-now-enabling-cosmos-inter-blockchain-communication-functionality-for-cross-chain-transfers/

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Community bank taps Neocova to ramp up data-driven insights

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The Bank of St. Elizabeth, has tapped technology provider Neocova to help it derive business insights from its data in a partnership announced Thursday that will help the $180 million community bank unify its data on a single platform to run atop the bank’s core technology. Like other community banks and credit unions, the St. […]

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5 Questions with Citizen Bank VP of Innovation RJ Sherman

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RJ Sherman, the chief innovation vice president at Citizens Bank, isn’t a believer in using technology for technology’s sake. Sometimes, he noted, older technology can be a better solution than trendy technology. Sherman spoke with Bank Automation News about the role automation plays at the Providence, R.I.-based bank, the emerging technology he’s most excited about, […]

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