Google Is Looking to Help Build Web3, Blockchain Products: Alphabet CEO

In brief Alphabet Inc. yesterday said it was actively looking into Web3 tech. The company, which owns Google, has already started to embrace cryptocurrency. Alphabet Inc., the tech conglomerate that owns Google, today said it was actively looking at how it can apply Web3 and blockchain networks to its business.  In its Q4 earnings call yesterday, CEO Sundar Pichai said that the company was “definitely looking at blockchain and such an interesting and powerful technology with broad applications.” Google earlier this month hired former PayPal senior vice president and chief…

Q&A: Finicity CEO talks open banking regulation, the US’s innovative edge, and web3

The UK pioneered open-banking regulations (and popularized the term), but Finicity CEO Steve Smith contends that the US has long been the engine of innovation driving the space forward. In an interview with Insider Intelligence, Smith unpacks why open banking is a valuable tool for consumers, fintechs, and incumbents alike—and where it’s headed next. He breaks down the regulatory landscape and identifies where regulators can take the baton from the industry to keep consumers safe. He also gives his take on why consumers have a hard time trusting fintechs with…

Tobias Lütke, CEO of Shopify, to join Coinbase Board of Directors | by Coinbase | Jan, 2022

By Brian Armstrong, CEO and Co-Founder Commerce pioneer and respected open-source programmer, Lütke will bring his global experience and perspective to bear as Coinbase seeks to expand its international footprint and build new products I’m excited to share that Tobias “Tobi” Lütke, CEO and founder of Shopify, will join Coinbase’s Board of Directors*. Tobi brings a wide variety of skills and expertise to the Coinbase board. First and foremost, he is a tremendous entrepreneur, building Shopify from the ground up into a global commerce leader. He also deeply believes in…

Apple stock jumps after CEO reveals it’s investing in the Metaverse

Apple’s stock price jumped in after hours trading after CEO Tim Cook said during the company’s Q1 2022 earnings call that he sees considerable potential in the Metaverse space. When asked on Jan. 27 during the call about Apple’s opportunities within the Metaverse, Cook responded “we see a lot of potential in this space and are investing accordingly.” “We’re always exploring new and emerging technologies and I’ve spoken at length about how it’s very interesting to us right now.” The Metaverse is an interoperable virtual universe created in part by…

Ripple Scores $15 Billion Valuation — CEO Says Financial Position Is Strongest Ever Despite SEC Lawsuit Over XRP – Altcoins Bitcoin News

Ripple has bought back shares from its Series C funding round, which raised the company’s valuation to $15 billion, according to CEO Brad Garlinghouse. He added that despite the lawsuit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the status of XRP cryptocurrency, Ripple had the best year on record. Ripple’s $15 Billion Valuation and ‘Best Year on Record’ Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse announced via Twitter Wednesday that Ripple has bought back its Series C shares at a $15 billion valuation. The CEO described that “Even with 2021’s headwinds,…

YouTube head of gaming Ryan Wyatt to resign and join Polygon Studios as CEO

On Tuesday, Ryan Wyatt, head of gaming at YouTube, announced he would be leaving the video-sharing platform in February. Partly due to his leadership, YouTube Gaming sees over 250 million daily logged users per day with hundreds of billions of watch time each year. Wyatt cited his passion for blockchain and Web3 development in explaining his resignation. He will soon join Polygon Studios as its CEO. Polygon Studios is the gaming and non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, arm of the namesake layer-two Ethereum scaling network. Polygon (MATIC) plans to commit $100 million to…

YouTube CEO hints that NFTs could be added to creator platform

YouTube’s Chief Executive Officer, Susan Wojcicki, addressed YouTube’s priorities for 2022 in a letter published Tuesday on the company blog. Among those priorities included the possibility of adding nonfungible token, or NFT, features for the platform’s video creators. there’s *so much* to in 2022: @SusanWojcicki shares the future of YouTube → https://t.co/uL2WIbLwXK pic.twitter.com/JEW8yzqh7e — YouTube (@YouTube) January 25, 2022 What this could look like is yet to be determined, however. No additional details were provided in Wojcicki’s statement besides the claim that the YouTube team will use developments in the Web3…

YouTube CEO Wojcicki says video site has plans to capitalize on Web3

Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube speaking at #VidCon, July 23, 2015. Harriet Taylor | CNBC YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said on Tuesday that the video site will be expanding in ways that can “help creators capitalize” on new technologies like NFTs.  In her annual letter laying out the Google-owned company’s priorities, Wojcicki wasn’t specific about YouTube’s plans, but she made clear the popular video site will be playing in areas that have been heavily hyped of late. “The past year in the world of crypto, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and even decentralized…

Amex CEO hints at exploring ways to allow credit card holders to redeem points for crypto

American Express credit card holders may one day be able to redeem points for cryptocurrencies, but the company has no immediate plans to issue a crypto-linked credit card. In a Tuesday interview with Yahoo! Finance, Amex chief executive officer Stephen Squeri said credit card holders were “probably not gonna see a Amex crypto-linked card anytime soon” but the company was already involved in using cards for stablecoins, and monitored for central bank digital currency developments from the U.S. government. The CEO said he considered major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) as…

Orange-pilled by Michael Saylor, NorthmanTrader CEO now a Bitcoin supporter

There is still room for humility and humor amidst a gloomy January for Bitcoin (BTC). A former outspoken Bitcoin critic has flipped bullish on Bitcoin after conversations with Michael Saylor, CEO of Microstrategy. What’s more, Sven Henrich, the CEO of market analysis firm NorthManTrader, made light of his change of heart retweeting a jibe from Twitter account Documenting Bitcoin. Excellent https://t.co/tAIwLWJfKv — Sven Henrich (@NorthmanTrader) January 24, 2022 Despite his previous comments that Bitcoin “fixes nothing”, Henrich has followed the crypto markets for three years. He tweeted regularly about Bitcoin…