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MasterCard says banks and merchants can now offer crypto perks

MasterCard says banks and merchants can now offer crypto perks

MasterCard has announced a big change that allows banks, merchants, and others on its network to offer cryptocurrency perks. The change underscores the rapidly growing mainstream appeal of crypto and the rollout of platforms that make digital currency easier for the average person to acquire.

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Square Bitcoin mining system teased by CEO and enthusiast Jack Dorsey

Square Bitcoin mining system teased by CEO and enthusiast Jack Dorsey

It's no secret that Jack Dorsey is a big fan of Bitcoin (his Twitter bio only contains a bitcoin hashtag, for example), and so it's likewise no surprise that his companies have started dabbling with the popular cryptocurrency. In his latest statement about the crypto, Dorsey said it is possible Square may make its own "Bitcoin mining system" that utilizes open-source software.

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Coinbase NFT platform teases social features, showcases, and simplicity

Coinbase NFT platform teases social features, showcases, and simplicity

Coinbase has announced plans to make NFTs more approachable for the general public. Though the new NFT platform isn't available right now, Coinbase has launched a waitlist for those who are interested in trying it out for themselves. Among other things, Coinbase says its NFT platform will include social features, centralized showcases, and discovery features.

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NASA astronaut Sally Ride will get her own limited edition US quarter

NASA astronaut Sally Ride will get her own limited edition US quarter

The United States Mint has announced the limited edition quarters to be released under the American Women Quarters Program, including the five notable figures who will be featured on each quarter. The coins will be released yearly through 2025 with US Mint orders for those who want to collect them. Among others, NASA astronaut Sally Ride will get her own coin.

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Robinhood crypto wallets inbound: Testing, release date, and details

Robinhood crypto wallets inbound: Testing, release date, and details

Trading platform Robinhood plans to test cryptocurrency wallets starting next month, the company has revealed, though only some users will get access to the product initially. The company promises a variety of features that may lure in casual crypto enthusiasts, including the ability to receive, send, and hold supported digital coins, track one's portfolio, and more.

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Comcast offers ultra-cheap Internet to Federal Pell Grant recipients

Comcast offers ultra-cheap Internet to Federal Pell Grant recipients

Comcast offers a low-cost Internet plan for eligible subscribers called Internet Essentials. In an announcement about the plan today, the service provider revealed that it will open the Internet Essentials plan to undergraduate college and university students who received the Federal Pell Grant, enabling them to get online for ten bucks a month.

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HBO Max lures in new subscribers by cutting its premium price in half

HBO Max lures in new subscribers by cutting its premium price in half

HBO Max, one of the largest streaming services on the market, is luring in new and returning subscribers by slashing the cost of its premium plan for up to half a year. The price decrease makes the premium plan cheaper than the ad-based plan, at least during the promotion, giving subscribers access to new theatrical movies from Warner Bros., HBO originals, and more.

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AMC Theatres’ crypto rollout will include more than just Bitcoin

AMC Theatres’ crypto rollout will include more than just Bitcoin

AMC Theatres CEO Adam Aron has announced a plan to support more cryptocurrencies than just Bitcoin, highlighting the growing role these digital coins play in society. The company previously said that its customers would be able to pay for concessions and buy tickets online using Bitcoin, the most popular crypto, but it turns out that Litecoin and others will also be options.

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Humble Bundle gets Stephen King story exclusive to raise ACLU funds

Humble Bundle gets Stephen King story exclusive to raise ACLU funds

Humble Bundle is currently the exclusive source for a new Stephen King short story called Red Screen. The story is offered on a pay-what-you-want basis, meaning the price starts at $5 but you can optionally enter other amounts to pay. The funds for the story will go entirely to charity -- in this case, to the American Civil Liberties Fund (ACLU).

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Amazon reveals new college tuition benefit for its US warehouse workers

Amazon reveals new college tuition benefit for its US warehouse workers

Amazon has announced a new plan to cover its warehouse workers' college tuition costs, among other educational options, as part of its Career Choice program. Though some details are lacking at this time, the company says that some of its workers can qualify for the tuition coverage after only three months spent working for the company.

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Hulu price increase arrives in October: All the details

Hulu price increase arrives in October: All the details

Hulu has sent out an email alerting its subscribers to an upcoming price increase, giving them a chance to decide whether they want to renew their plan next month or cancel before the higher rate takes effect. According to the company, consumers will pay a dollar more per month for the cheaper plan with ads, as well as for the more expensive plan that doesn't include ads.

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Study claims getting rid of cash could benefit society, but there’s a catch

Study claims getting rid of cash could benefit society, but there’s a catch

A new study from the University of Georgia claims that getting rid of cash could ultimately benefit the average US family, but only if a certain change is made alongside it: lowered taxes. Though some experts have predicted that society will eventually get rid of fiat currency, the idea is controversial -- physical cash, after all, is completely anonymous and private, unlike digital transactions.

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