Circle Internet Financial, a blockchain-based payments startup company which is backed by banking giant Goldman Sachs (GS) , on Thursday launched a no-fee international online money transfer service, Reuters reports.
The service allows people in the U.S. and Europe to instantly send money at no cost.
"The idea of cross-border payments is going to completely go away. ... Our vision is for there to be no distinction between international and domestic payments," Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire told Reuters.
Circle processed over $1 billion in transactions in 2016, but does not make any money from its payments service, and intends to keep it that way.
"We don't think there is any money to be made in payments anymore," Allaire said. "The entire business model of extracting a toll or having time delays around the movement of value is going away completely."
Circle makes its money by trading Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies.
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Beware Tesla fanboys: Tesla (TSLA) burning money, but shareholders are the likely ones to blister and feel the pain. The standard 90-day corporate equity lockup period for Tesla, following its $402.5 million stock sale of March 16, ends Thursday TheStreet reports. As a result, Tesla will be free to conduct another stock offering as soon as Thursday, which is a real possibility given the electric car company's debt situation, partly due to its Solar City investment, and need for additional cash. Any new issuance the company may seek would likely need to take place before July, which is when Tesla issues its quarterly report on car sales. Alternatively, an offering could come in late August after Tesla issues its quarterly financial report.
Shares could start to come under pressure.
Mining stocks get whipped: Global mining stocks found themselves in a hole Thursday TheStreet reports, after South Africa's government said that at least 30% of domestic mining assets should be black-owned even if previous black owners sell their stakes. South African-exposed mining companies fell sharply in the wake of the announcement. London-listed Anglo American plc (AAUKF) tumbled 4.4% to 1,013 pence ($23.87) a share, South32 Ltd fell 4% to 158 pence, BHP Billiton plc (BHP) was down 2% to 1,155 pence, Rio Tinto (RIO) fell 2% to 3,079 pence and Glencore plc (GLNCY) fell 2.6% to 279.2 pence. South African gold producers were hit even harder. Sibanye Gold Ltd. (SBGLF) plummeted 6.7% to 1,562 South African rand ($121.38) and AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (AU) fell 4.8% to 14,015 rand.
Amazon eyes a new prize: Amazon (AMZN) may be preparing a deal to buy Slack Technologies in a deal that could value the messaging startup group at more than $9 billion, TheStreet points out. With Microsoft's (MSFT) deal for LinkedIn being well-received, this deal seems logical for an Amazon that is aggressively expanding into the cloud.
One has to wonder though: why isn't Apple (AAPL) considering Slack or for that matter, Twitter (TWTR) . Each service would provide valuable insight into human behavior from which to build new products and services.
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