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Visa Approves Australian Startup CryptoSpend to Issue Debit Cards in Cryptos

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The world’s leading payment giant, Visa, approved the Australian startup CryptoSpend to issue debit cards for its customers to consume through cryptocurrencies.

According to the Australian Financial Review on July 14, the debit card will allow CryptoSpend customers to spend their cryptocurrency profits in stores, bars, and other places to pay for daily necessities through its app and support cryptocurrencies transactions, including Bitcoin(BTC), Ethereum(ETH), Ripple(XRP), Bitcoin Cash(BCH), and Litecoin(LTC).

This is the first time that payment cards have been allowed to operate in Australia and use cryptocurrency to pay on existing retail payment terminals. The payment card runs on the network of one of the international card schemes.

CryptoSpend is a start-up company co-founded by Andrew Grech and Richard Voice, two partners from the University of Technology Sydney.

One of the co-founders, Andrew Grech, revealed that direct consumption is a more convenient way of selling, stating that:

“More crypto investors would look to cash out their trading gains in shops.”

It is reported that the card will be officially issued in September by Novatti, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. The encrypted assets will be hosted by BitGo, a digital asset trust company and security company headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

As reported by Blockchain.News on July 8, Visa announced more than $1 billion worth of crypto has spent in the first six months this year by consumers globally. Attributed to cryptocurrency adoption continues to scale the heights, the payment giant believes that the amount would mainly spend on goods and services with its crypto-linked cards.

CryptoSpend revealed that:

“For the tens of millions of people using those platforms, one of the simplest ways to spend crypto is through a Visa card. We’re seeing digital wallets and crypto platforms build payment products entirely with digital currency.”

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World-Renowned Photographer Christina Jansen to Release First Muhammad Ali Digital Collectibles with dMerch.io

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Never Before Seen Photos of “The Greatest” Available for Digital Collection on the WAX Blockchain

The Worldwide Asset eXchange (WAX) is partnering with world-renowned photographer Christina Jansen and Dublin-based NFT agency, dMerch.io to bring to life the Muhammad Ali Series 1 digital collection. The collection contains 136 unique digital collectables, all showcasing the vibrant personality of Ali himself and will be available on WAX blockchain starting on August 10, 2021 at 1pm EST / 10 am PST.

Throughout his iconic 21-year professional career, Ali was unconventional and incredible for the world to watch. He was an Olympic gold medalist, accumulated 56 victories, and was the first boxer in history to claim the heavyweight championship belt three times.

In 1986, Jansen and Ali met for the first time at a commercial shoot at Fulham Studios. Instantaneously, the duo connected, and Jansen admired Ali’s humble nature. Since her encounter with Ali, Jansen has gone on to photograph celebrities, athletes, and fashion icons.

“Photographing Muhammad Ali was one of the most inspiring jobs I have ever had. Over a period of two weeks on and off the set I witnessed how he treated everyone who approached him the same. It didn’t matter to Ali where you came from or what you did. I felt so blessed to have the chance to talk to him and get to know this great man like a close friend.  Ali told me his Philosophy in life – If you reach for the moon you might end up next door, but if you reach for the stars you will get to the moon. He encouraged me and others to reach for their goals and not be afraid to take risks in life,” said Jansen.

Adam Bouktila, COO for dMerch, praised Christina’s photographs which have not been seen by a wider audience:

“This collection is amazing for the close connection between Ali and his photographer. These are not paparazzi shots taken at random. These are beautifully crafted images taken over a two-week period where subject and artist forged a close and powerful connection. The connection makes the images come alive.

“And with NFT technology we can now share these images with the world. As a Mohammed Ali fan this is a huge privilege for me to be involved in this project.”

Since his passing in 2016, Ali’s life and love for mentoring others will be revealed through Jansen’s intimate, never-before-seen photographs for fans to collect and enjoy as digital collectibles on the WAX Blockchain. In her very first WAX collection, Jansen will offer the proceeds of an extremely special “Boxing Futures” pack featuring a single, ultra-rare Muhamad Ali digital photograph to aid Boxing Futures, an organization that aims to help disadvantaged youth by providing a safe space for them to improve their physical and mental health through boxing all while learning to build relationships and find motivation.

“This collection is both a personal and professional triumph that allows us to give back to a deserving group and pay homage to Muhammad Ali’s legacy,” says Jansen.

The intimate photos of the boxing superstar will be available in six (6) ring-worthy rarities, including:

  • Classic
  • Negative
  • Gallery
  • Photographer
  • Championship
  • Behind the scenes

As a special thank you for their support of the collection, Championship card buyers will be automatically entered into a randomized drawing for a chance to claim one (1) of (3) unique physical prints.

The Muhammad Ali Series 1 digital collection will feature 5,000 Classic Packs, 3,000 Photographer Packs, and 1,000 Boxing Futures Packs and are available in the following sizes:

  • Classic Packs containing 5 digital collectibles for $19.99
  • Photographer Packs containing 25 digital collectibles for $49.99
  • Boxing Futures containing 1 digital collectible for $9.99

There will be a “stress test” prior to the official launch day on August 9 at 1pm EST / 10 am PST. Fans can sign-up through the official WAX Discord and will receive a free promo-pack as a “thank you” for participating.

About WAX
The Worldwide Asset eXchange™ (WAX), is the world’s #1 blockchain, as measured by number of users and transactions, according to Dappradar.com. WAX’s mission is to bring digital collectibles to the mass market in the safest, most secure, environmentally friendly, and easy-to-use marketplace in the world. WAX is also the leading entertainment digital collectibles network — in 2018, WAX introduced vIRLs®, giving consumer product companies the ability to directly link digital collectibles to physical consumer products. Co-founded in 2017 by William E. Quigley and Jonathan Yantis, WAX has facilitated the trade of more than 100 million digital collectables including Major League Baseball (via Topps MLB collectables), Capcom’s “Street Fighter,” and world-renowned entertainers Deadmau5 and Weezer. For more information, please visit https://wax.io and follow along on Twitter and Discord.

About Boxing Futures
Boxing Futures is a dynamic charity which works to improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of disadvantaged young people. We empower young people by building positive relationships, developing core soft skills and increasing confidence and motivation.

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Meat Food Production Giant Oscar Mayer Auctions Disposable Packaging “Hot DOGE” Wiener

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An American meat and cold cut production company Oscar Mayer, owned by the American food giant Kraft Heinz, used the eBay e-commerce platform to auction a single package of “Hot Doge Wieners” worth 10,000 Dogecoins. (Read More)
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NFT Trading Platform Giant MakersPlace Completes $30M in Series A Financing

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Non-Fungible Token (NFT) trading platform MakersPlace announced the completion of a $30 million Series A financing jointly led by Bessemer Venture Partners and Pantera Captial. (Read More)
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Burberry Cooperates with Mythical Games to Launch the First NFT in Blankos Block Party Game

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The famous British luxury brand Burberry cooperated with Mythical Games to launch its first non-fungible token (NFT) series that provide players with the verification of ownership and real rights. (Read More)
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