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TerraPay Group Expands Business Operations in Italy and Sets Sights on European Union

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MILAN, Aug. 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — TerraPay, a leading global payments infrastructure company, today announced that it has secured authorization as an Electronic Money Institute (EMI) in Italy. Having obtained approval from the Bank of Italy, TerraPay is set to expand its operations within the country and subsequently, throughout the European Union.

Under Article 114-quinquies Consolidated Banking Act (TUB), the Bank of Italy authorized TerraPay Italy as an electronic money institution. This holds great significance not only for TerraPay but also for the thriving Italian fintech sector, marking a notable step forward in their respective trajectories. Leveraging its extensive expertise and innovative approach in the digital payments sector, TerraPay aims to positively impact and contribute to the European market.

“The commitment of the TerraPay team, supported by the international firm Orrick, was crucial in reaching this historic milestone,” stated Ambar Sur, Founder and CEO, TerraPay. “We are excited about what the future holds for us in Italy, and we will continue to work towards providing innovative and secure digital financial services.”

Commenting on this announcement, Ram Sundaram, Co-Founder, and COO, TerraPay, said, “Securing this authorization firmly establishes TerraPay as a trailblazer in the realm of electronic money within Italy, while also paving the way for exciting avenues of expansion and growth across both the Italian and European markets.”

TerraPay has established itself as a global partner to leading banks, money transfer operators, mobile wallet operators, and financial institutions to facilitate digital transactions without borders. As a B2B company, TerraPay partners with other businesses and helps them leverage its agile, secure, and scalable technology platform to enhance their customer proposition for remittances, payments, and cross-border spending. The company has an expansive network across 121 receive countries and 208 send countries and is regulated in over 28 countries, globally. The company’s key markets include; GCC; North, South, and Central Africa; Europe and SE Asia; Central, North, and South Americas.

TerraPay’s vision is aligned with achieving the SDG 2030 goal of fostering economic growth and equality, by reducing the cost of transactions across diverse payment channels such as mobile wallets and bank accounts, to name a few.

Congratulating the team, Akbar Hussain, Co-Founder, General Counsel & CCO, TerraPay, said “I want to highlight the utmost significance of fostering a resilient regulatory culture within our company. Our collaboration with the Orrick law firm has once again underscored the pivotal role that robust legal support plays in the dynamic landscape of the financial industry.”

This noteworthy accomplishment was made possible through the concerted efforts of the TerraPay team, which plans to strengthen its presence in Italy and beyond, and the invaluable legal guidance provided by Marco Boldini, a partner at the Orrick law firm, along with his accomplished team consisting of Teresa Mattioni, Niccolò Martinoli, and Niccolo Matteo Bonaldo. Furthermore, on the corporate front, the pivotal contributions of partner Marco dell’Antonia and senior associate Jacopo Taddei were also instrumental in enabling this. TerraPay expresses sincere gratitude for this momentous achievement, as navigating the complex authorization procedures would have been challenging without the support of this team. The company remains optimistic about the outstanding partnership established with the Bank of Italy and the path ahead.

About TerraPay

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, TerraPay believes that the smallest payment deserves a borderless journey as safe as the largest. The group has been building an ever-expanding payments highway that empowers businesses to create transparent customer experiences with an uninterrupted, secure, and real-time global passage for every payment, however small or large. Registered and regulated across 29 global markets, TerraPay is one of the leading global partners to banks, mobile wallets, money transfer operators, merchants, and financial institutions, creating a more expansive and inclusive international financial ecosystem. With access to an extensive network of 7.5Bn+ bank accounts, 2.1Bn+ mobile wallets, across 121 receive countries and 208 send countries, TerraPay enables its partners to become beacons of the promise of global financial inclusion.

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Juveria Samrin 
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Aperture Finance Secures Series A Funding at a $250M Fully Diluted Valuation to Build Intent-based Architecture for DeFi

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 $APTR native platform token set for release on May 31, 2024

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Aperture Finance, a decentralized finance (DeFi) platform pioneering AI-powered intents, has raised a Series A funding round, bringing the total across all rounds to $12 million and valuing the project at $250 million. The round was led by top-tier venture capital firms including Skyland Ventures, Blockchain Founders Fund, and Krypital Group, with participation from notable investors like Alchemy, SNZ, Stratified Capital, Tide, Cipholio, ViaBTC, CatcherVC, and Double Peak. Previous rounds included participation from ParaFi Capital, Arrington Capital, Divergence, Blockchain Founders Fund, Laser Digital (Nomura Group), Skyland Ventures, Costanoa, Rarestone, Krypital Group, Big Brain Holdings, LD Capital, ViaBTC, Cipholio, Double Peak, Athena Ventures, Coinseeker, Artemis Capital, and AWS.

Aperture Finance is innovating the use of Intents, a novel approach designed to streamline complex DeFi operations. Unlike traditional transactional methods, Intents allow users to specify their desired outcomes, simplifying interactions with DeFi protocols and enhancing accessibility. This innovative system leverages Uniswap V3, enabling users to declare end goals, such as liquidity rebalancing at specific price points, with transactions executed only when these conditions are met. The platform is already live on 9 EVM-compatible chains, processing a transaction volume exceeding $2.7 billion with 280,000+ unique users and 15k+ daily active users.

“Intents architecture bridges the gap between sophisticated financial strategies and everyday DeFi users,” said Yonkuro, Head of Crypto at Skyland Ventures. “By enabling users to articulate their financial goals in natural language, Aperture is  making advanced DeFi tools accessible to a broader audience, from retail investors to institutional players.”

The platform’s decentralized network of solvers calculates optimal transaction flows, which are then simulated and ranked by Aperture’s smart contracts. Initially launching with a centralized solver, the network has expanded to third-party solvers including Propeller Heads and Enso Finance with other solvers like Tokka Labs set to join in Q3 2024.

Aperture plans to further leverage its Large Language Model (LLM) interface that will convert user intents expressed in natural language into a domain-specific language (DSL) that can be codified on-chain. This feature aims to ensure clarity and precision in user instructions, further democratizing access to complex financial instruments.

“Aperture Finance is committed to reducing the learning curve in DeFi and providing more strategic options for our users,” said Peter Tan, Head of Product at Aperture Finance. “Our goal is to offer the same level of execution and pricing typically reserved for large institutions, making DeFi more inclusive and effective.”

The new funding will support the development of Aperture’s Intents infrastructure, expand its solver network, and enhance the user experience with the forthcoming LLM integration. This investment underscores the growing confidence in Aperture Finance’s potential to transform the DeFi landscape.

Following a successful airdrop campaign with participation from over 300,000 users, Aperture Finance will launch its $APTR token on Bybit on May 31, 2024.

About Aperture Finance
Aperture Finance is a pioneer in AI-powered intents to enhance the DeFi experience. Featuring an IntentsGPT interface and an AI-driven smart solver simulation, Aperture’s native solver network provides any DeFi user with institutional-grade intelligence. Combining the brightest minds in technology and finance, the founding team includes alumni from Amazon Web Services and Google, Stanford, Cornell, and UC Berkeley, and Citadel, JPMorgan Chase, and AIG. Aperture was a cohort member of Most Valuable Builder V by Binance Labs and participated in CoinMarketCap (CMC) Accelerator and HK Cyberport Incubation Programs.

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Vitalik Buterin claws back crypto community’s right to redefine ‘inflation’

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Ethereum’s co-founder argues for the crypto community’s authority to redefine “inflation” as the expansion of currency supply, challenging conventional economic definitions and tackling misinformation.

Vitalik Buterin, one of the creators of Ethereum, has emphasized that the crypto community has already staked its claim to redefine the term “inflation.”

Buterin’s remarks were prompted by a post from digital media outlet Axios, which humorously suggested that “inflation” now refers to high prices rather than the traditional concept of rising costs.

Although the Axios post was presented in a lighthearted manner, Community Notes (CN) clarified that the definition of inflation remains unchanged.

Buterin’s response, posted on Farcaster, contested Axios’ interpretation of inflation by asserting that the crypto community has already reshaped the meaning of the term.

“[…] we already decided that it now just means ‘increase in the total supply of a currency’.”

Buterin’s rebuttal garnered support from other users on Farcaster, including former Coinbase employee Binji.eth.

Traditionally, inflation refers to the general increase in the price level of goods and services, resulting in decreased purchasing power as currency value diminishes.

However, Buterin’s argument suggests a cultural shift in the definition of inflation, proposing that ongoing global inflation arises from an essentially unlimited increase in the total supply of currency.

Tech investor Lee Edwards criticized Axios’ initial post for perpetuating misconceptions rather than educating readers.

Buterin has recently been active on Farcaster, advocating for community-driven solutions and initiatives focused on preserving privacy and addressing exploitation issues.

While Buterin has not commented on the concerns surrounding Ethereum Foundation researchers Dankrad Feist and Justin Drake’s involvement with EigenLayer, their decision to become advisors at EigenLayer in exchange for significant compensation in EIGEN tokens has sparked debate within the crypto community.

While some members support the transparency of the disclosures, others have criticized the decision, suggesting that the substantial compensation could influence decision-making.

Source: cointelegraph.com

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Blockchain dev Sphere introduces bank-to-wallet Telegram extension

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Sphere Labs, a blockchain developer dedicated to facilitating stablecoin services for corporate clients, has unveiled a new fiat on-ramp and off-ramp tailored to operate within Telegram.

The bank-to-wallet extension enables Telegram users to seamlessly transfer funds between their bank accounts and wallets directly within the Telegram app, with an advertised fee of 0.1% per transaction for early adopters.

This service will be available to early adopters starting the week of May 27, with a full rollout expected later this year.

While users from any unsanctioned country can utilize the Telegram extension, they are required to link the service with a bank account denominated in United States dollars or euros.

Telegram remains a hotbed of crypto innovation and development, boasting a plethora of bots and applications such as Unibet and the CoinGecko bot, fostering a robust blockchain ecosystem within the platform.

At the heart of Telegram’s appeal to crypto investors, speculators, and enthusiasts lies the Telegram Open Network (TON), which integrates various components including the TON Blockchain, TON DNS, TON storage, and TON Sites, offering users a comprehensive solution for all their Web3 requirements.

According to DemandSage, Telegram boasts an impressive 800 million monthly active users, with over 52 million users engaging with the platform on a daily basis. DemandSage also reports that a staggering 15 billion messages are exchanged on Telegram daily, with the app being downloaded more than 1 billion times. Telegram is projected to reach 1 billion users by the end of 2024.

Furthermore, India ranks as the country with the highest number of Telegram users, estimated at 104 million users, making the platform an ideal environment for delivering fintech services to emerging markets.

The expansion of financial services to developing countries remains a central focus of the blockchain industry, with companies like Ripple Labs and Standard Diamond Co. striving to develop innovative solutions for those lacking adequate financial services in the modern era.

Source: tradingview.com

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