American payment services giant Visa Inc. is acquiring Ripple partner Earthport Plc, a payment network for cross-border transactions, Reuters U.K. reported Dec. 27. Founded in 1997, London-based Earthport is a financial services firm that offers cross-border payments service to banks and financial institutions. Earthport is a partner of tech company Ripple, where the partnership is aimed at integrating the Ripple protocol into the firm’s existing payment network to improve international transactions. Source: Cointelegraph

The cryptocurrency economy has seen some improvement over the last 48 hours as many of the top digital assets are seeing gains between 5-15% this Saturday. The entire ecosystem of all the coins in existence has gained about $5 billion since the small correction on Christmas day. Furthermore, global trade volume has also increased indicating that the bulls may be rested after experiencing some exhaustion last week. Source: News.Bitcoin.com

Back in the latter half of 2017 many of the cryptocurrencies experienced wild price swings with double digit pump and dumps several times a week. This volatility was seen to be the detractor of wider spread adoption, though easy to make, or loose, a quick buck for day traders and speculators. Then the bears got hold of markets and smashed them for the duration of 2018 before things started to level out at what many thought was the bottom. Another big dump occurred in November sending crypto markets further back to a yearly low of $100 billion total market capitalization. Source: Newsbtc.com

Mizuho Bank, Japan’s second largest financial institution, is readying the infrastructure for a stablecoin launch in March 2019, as reported by Asia Nikkei Review. The coin is aimed at increasing low-cost cross-border transfers and remittances. Source: Cryptoslate.com

An American bitcoin trader has been arrested in the Philippines for allegedly killing his girlfriend and dumping her body in a river. Well-known bitcoin trader and Californian native Troy Woody Jr. was arrested together with Brooklyn native Mir Islam over the murder of Tomi Michelle Masters, according to the Daily Mail. The two are accused of suffocating Tomi, who hailed from Indiana, with a plastic bag before stuffing her body in a box and dumping it in Manila’s Pasig River. Source: CCN.com