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Finastra advances its instant payments strategy with FedNow(SM) Service certification

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Finastra is among the first in the industry to complete testing and certification for the Federal Reserve’s new instant payment service

LAKE MARY, Fla., June 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Finastra, a global provider of financial software applications and marketplaces, today announced it has completed testing and certification for the FedNow Service, becoming one of the first vendors in the industry to complete the process. The Federal Reserve’s new instant payments service, launching in July 2023, will be integrated into Finastra’s Payments To Go and will later be added to its Global PAYplus solution, providing financial institutions across the United States with instant payments capabilities on the cloud.

Finastra’s cloud-based payments processing solution Payments To Go, together with its Total Messaging gateway, provides the connectivity, availability, agility, and scale needed for banks to deliver instant payments services around the clock. With Finastra’s certified connection to the FedNow Service, financial institutions can easily and rapidly offer instant payments. Delivered via an open API, business customers can access the FedNow Service through an intuitive portal, enabling them to seamlessly initiate payments and submit pay requests.

Among the first financial institutions using Finastra’s Payments To Go for FedNow services is Texas-based Amarillo National Bank. Ross Kerns, Senior Vice President and CFO at Amarillo National Bank said, “We are excited that we’ll soon be able to offer the benefits of FedNow to our customers. We selected Finastra’s Payments To Go solution because we found it to be the right tool to help us enhance our customer experience and advance our innovation strategy. We’re thankful that our partners at Finastra are enabling us to meet and exceed our business objectives.”

“It has always been important to Finastra that we empower financial institutions to stay ahead of market developments as consumers and businesses now expect instant payments to the norm. The FedNow Service enables new avenues for elevated customer experiences and unlocks revenue-generating opportunities that are critical to the success of institutions across the country,” said Barry Rodrigues, EVP of Finastra’s Payments Business Unit. “With our many years of experience innovating in the instant payments space across the globe, we are pleased to be a FedNow certified provider and look forward to equipping our customers with this new tool so they can be successful for years to come.”

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Finastra’s participation in the FedNow pilot program, which supports the development, testing and adoption of the service, allows its customers to be among the first financial institutions to go live quickly and efficiently as soon as the service launches this summer.

Joseph T. Baptista Jr., President and CEO of Mechanics Cooperative Bank said, “Finastra’s inclusion in the FedNow pilot, and now its early certification, is helping us stay a step ahead of the competition, giving us an edge as we await the official launch of the new payment rail. Adopting an agile and cloud-based payments hub was important to our team, so we turned to our long-time partners at Finastra to help us achieve our goals in the payments space. We look forward to working closely with Finastra over the coming months as we ensure our readiness to adopt the service.”

Recent Research from Aite-Novarica Group, supported by Finastra, indicates that instant payments is an important area of growth and innovation within the commercial banking space, however, 76% of respondents indicated that legacy payments systems are an obstacle to rolling out these services. Cloud implementations, and Payments-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions in particular, level the playing field of accessibility to new payment technology, with 91% of banks already completing a transition of payments processing to the cloud or having plans to do so.

“Payments as a Service solutions and payments hubs, being much more accessible than ever before, are key to the success of community banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions as they work to remain competitive against the larger banks and fintechs,” said Erika Baumann, Director, Commercial Banking and Payments at Aite-Novarica Group. “It is important that financial institutions modernize their payments systems to meet customer demand for access to faster payments, accelerate their time to market, and to help reduce their risks and overall operational costs.” 

About Finastra
Finastra is a global provider of financial software applications and marketplaces, and launched the leading open platform for innovation, FusionFabric.cloud, in 2017. It serves institutions of all sizes, providing award-winning software solutions and services across Lending, Payments, Treasury & Capital Markets and Universal Banking (Retail, Digital and Commercial Banking) for banks to support direct banking relationships and grow through indirect channels, such as embedded finance and Banking as a Service. Its pioneering approach and commitment to open finance and collaboration is why it is trusted by ~8,600 institutions, including 90 of the world’s top 100 banks. For more information, visit finastra.com

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Animoca-backed Upland’s SPARKLET Token Lists Exclusively on Bitget Launchpool

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VICTORIA, Seychelles, July 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bitget, the leading cryptocurrency exchange and Web3 company, announced the exclusive listing of Upland’s first-ever tradable token SPARKLET on the Bitget Launchpool.

The one-of-its-kind metaverse project will launch its token generation event (TGE) in collaboration with Bitget, allowing the platform’s users to have priority access for the awaited token. The farming for SPARKLET will start at 13:00 (UTC), on 24th July and end on 1st August 2024. With this, users can stake Bitget Token (BGB) to earn a total prize pool of 7,000,000 SPARKLET tokens. The SPARKLET/USDT pair will be listed on Bitget Spot market, with trading service starting at the same time as Launchpool.

This news comes right after the partnership announcement between Bitget and Upland, which includes building the exchange’s virtual headquarters in the metaverse. As part of this initiative, Bitget has purchased Treasure Island, the last unminted neighborhood in Upland’s San Francisco which houses 888 properties.

Built in 2019, Upland stands as one of the most widely-used web3 platforms, with 30,000+ daily active players, 300,000 unique land owners, and over 6,000,000 NFT sales. Upland has transformed into a Layer 1 metaverse, delivering the foundational infrastructure of an open, immersive web, including identity, liquidity, currency, land, no-code NFT creation, fiat on/off ramps, and governance.

“The initiative directs Upland’s strong stance towards decentralization, allowing Spark holders to trade Sparklet in liquid markets. It also aims to boost Upland’s presence and credibility in the Web3 industry by listing on top-tier exchanges such as Bitget, attracting more users and enhancing the platform’s network effects,” says Dirk Lueth, CEO at Upland.

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Spark as the native utility token, fueled all value creation in Upland. It is the resource required for world-building, joint community projects, no-code NFT minting, and “manufacturing” of 3D map NFTs such as cars or decor items and more. The SPARKLET token is one-thousandth of a SPARK. In May 2024, Upland users were airdropped Sparks, which now has been migrated to SPARKLET tokens on Ethereum.

“At Bitget, our support for crypto gems goes beyond a simple listing. We are dedicated to helping promising projects gain more visibility, users, and partners through our Launchpool, Launchpad, and various educational and reward initiatives. Our collaboration with Upland to create a Bitget-themed metaverse is a mutually beneficial and exciting endeavor. We aim to become the top choice for more emerging projects in the future, aiding them in creating a greater real-life impact,” says Gracy Chen, CEO at Bitget.

The exclusive listing of SPARKLET on Bitget’s launchpool provides its users with early access to Upland’s first-ever tradable token. This also allows Upland’s current users to use their SPARKLET airdrops for further trading on a sophisticated platform such as Bitget. Previously, Bitget’s launchpool listed high potential projects such as Merlin Chain (MERL), Ethena (ENA), ZetaChain (ZETA) and more.

To participate, users can visit SPARKLET launchpool on Bitget, enter preferred staking amount and earn tokens within a few clicks.

For more information on getting exclusive access to SPARKLET tokens, please visit here.

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About Bitget

Established in 2018, Bitget is the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange and Web3 company. Serving over 25 million users in 100+ countries and regions, the Bitget exchange is committed to helping users trade smarter with its pioneering copy trading feature and other trading solutions. Formerly known as BitKeep, Bitget Wallet is a world-class multi-chain crypto wallet that offers an array of comprehensive Web3 solutions and features including wallet functionality, swap, NFT Marketplace, DApp browser, and more. Bitget inspires individuals to embrace crypto through collaborations with credible partners, including legendary Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi and Turkish National athletes Buse Tosun Çavuşoğlu (Wrestling world champion), Samet Gümüş (Boxing gold medalist) and İlkin Aydın (Volleyball national team).

For more information, visit: Website | Twitter | Telegram | LinkedIn | Discord | Bitget Wallet

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YOM expands its cloud gaming DePIN from Solana to peaq to run its NFT node sale

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peaq, the layer-1 blockchain for DePIN and Machine RWAs, announces the expansion of its ecosystem as YOM, the cloud gaming and interactive experience DePIN, unveils its plan to expand to peaq from Solana. YOM enables gamers to earn crypto from their advanced rigs by lending their idle computational power to its DePIN. As the first step toward integrating peaq, YOM will launch its recently-unveiled Genesis Series as the first NFT Node Mint on the peaq blockchain. It will also explore further venues for more collaborations and integrations in the future.

Projected to grow to $312 billion in total revenue by 2027, the video game industry is a powerhouse in the wider entertainment segment, leaving both Hollywood and the music industry far behind. Cloud gaming services, which stream games to the user’s devices such as a smart TV or even a smartphone, are a promising sector in this industry, as they deliver AAA-tier gaming experiences without having to purchase a high-end PC or a console. However, in Web2, such services have to rely on massive data centers, which invokes environmental concerns and further strains the GPU market amid soaring demand from the AI industry. Besides, such data centers are costly to build and operate and often struggle to deliver the content at a comfortable latency.

YOM changes the game by ditching Web2 data centers. Instead, it taps idle personal gaming rigs, leveraging their powerful hardware to remotely run games and interactive experiences and stream them to any devices via their web browsers. The rigs’ owners earn rewards in crypto for every game hour they stream. YOM’s platform currently supports Unreal Engine 5 — one of the industry’s most popular options both among AAA studios and indie developers. The DePIN makes for a more sustainable approach to cloud gaming, with lower hosting costs and low latency, all while enabling gamers to earn revenue from their advanced hardware.

YOM’s strategic integration of peaq will begin with a node sale, where the community will be able to buy YOM’s Genesis Node Licenses as NFTs minted on peaq. The NFTs will be necessary to join YOM’s DePIN as a node. Full details, including the dates and the eligibility criteria, can be found on the YOM site. The mechanism for the node sale will-be open-sourced, enabling other DePINs building on peaq to conduct similar events. After the node sale, YOM is excited to explore more prospective directions for the integration into the peaq ecosystem.

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“We are very excited to be working with a Layer-1 chain that has the ability to support us and other DePIN projects on both the ecosystem and technical front,” remarks Jeff Outlaw, CXO at YOM. “Their support frees up the time for our tech team to work on the cloud gaming network. We are working to bring AAA games and immersive experiences to a wider top-of-funnel market as fast as possible, and building with peaq means we can skip a few crucial steps by leveraging its Modular DePIN Functions. All of our focus is now on bringing games to gamers!”

“The gaming industry is a staple of today’s digital entertainment market,” says Leonard Dorlöchter, co-founder of peaq. “Web3 has already tried to take it on with play-to-earn games, but YOM’s approach is a lot more creative — and it truly gives gamers ownership over something they’re so passionate about while earning rewards from their expensive rigs. We are thrilled to see YOM join the peaq ecosystem and look forward to the change it brings about in the gaming world, working as the true Web3 gateway for the mainstream gaming community.”

YOM is the second DePIN to expand to peaq from Solana even before the former’s mainnet launch, which is slated to take place in the coming months. In April this year, MapMetrics, another project originally based on Solana, unveiled its plan to migrate to peaq after the initial announcement of a more limited integration. Also in April, dTelecom, originally building on Arbitrum, announced joining peaq as well.

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Buy and Sell Crypto on X! Bybit Web3 Supports Solana Blinks

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DUBAI, UAE, July 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bybit, the world’s second-largest web3 platform by trading volume, continues to enhance user convenience and accessibility by integrating Solana Blinks into its Web3 ecosystem. This integration reflects Bybit Web3’s commitment to simplifying user access and enhancing the convenience of engaging with cryptocurrencies.

Bridging the Gap Between Web2 and Web3

Bybit Web3’s support for Blinks eliminates the friction between their Web2 environments and the exciting possibilities of Web3. Users can now seamlessly interact with the decentralized world, purchasing tokens or NFTs directly on X and effortlessly confirming transactions with their Bybit Web3 Wallet extension. This integration simplifies crypto engagement and opens the doors for a wider audience to participate in the future of finance.

“We are thrilled to support Blinks, bringing a new level of simplicity and convenience to our users. This integration allows us to bridge the gap between Web2 social platforms and the burgeoning Web3 ecosystem, empowering users to engage with crypto assets seamlessly,” said MK Chin, Bybit Web3 Evangelist.

Key Highlights of the Integration:

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  • Seamless Web3 Access: Users can now perform crypto transactions directly on X, bridging the gap between Web2 and Web3 environments.
  • Enhanced User Convenience: Bybit Web3’s support for BLINKS ensures a smooth and intuitive experience, allowing users to trade and manage crypto assets effortlessly.
  • Expanded Web3 Possibilities: This integration empowers users to share token purchases, airdrop campaigns, and more on social media, as well as complete trades and participate in campaigns directly within social media platforms like X.

A Shared Vision for a User-Friendly Web3 Future

We are excited to collaborate with Bybit Web3, who shares our vision of making Web3 accessible to end users. By supporting seamless access through popular social platforms such as X and across the internet, we are breaking down barriers and simplifying the entry into the Web3 ecosystem. This partnership exemplifies our commitment to innovation and inclusivity, ensuring that users can effortlessly engage with the future of finance and digital interactions,” added  Lily Liu, the President of Solana Foundation

For more information, please visit: https://www.bybit.com/en/web3/home

#Bybit / #TheCryptoArk / #BybitWeb3

About Bybit Web3

Bybit Web3 is redefining openness in the decentralized world, creating a simpler, open, and equal ecosystem for everyone. We are committed to welcoming builders, creators, and partners in the blockchain space, extending an invitation to both crypto enthusiasts and the curious, with a community of over 10 million wallet users, over 20 major ecosystem partners, and counting. 

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Bybit Web3 provides a comprehensive suite of Web3 products designed to make accessing, swapping, collecting and growing Web3 assets as open and simple as possible. Our wallets, marketplaces and platforms are all backed by the security and expertise that define Bybit as a top 3 global crypto exchange, trusted by 33 million users globally.

Join the revolution now and open the door to your Web3 future with Bybit.

For more details about Bybit, please visit Bybit Web3.

About Bybit

Bybit is the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, serving over 37 million users. Established in 2018, Bybit provides a professional platform where crypto investors and traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, 24/7 customer service, and multilingual community support. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One’s reigning Constructors’ and Drivers’ champions: the Oracle Red Bull Racing team.

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For more details about Bybit, please visit Bybit Press.
For media inquiries, please contact: [email protected]
For more information, please visit: https://www.bybit.com
For updates, please follow: Bybit’s Communities and Social Media

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