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Why Haven't Crypto Payments Taken Off?
Examining everything from bitcoin's life cycle to the instability of stablecoins.
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Introducing CoinDesk's Payments Week
Can crypto fulfill its original promise? From Bitcoin’s Lightning Network to stablecoins to gaming and rewards, innovations give hope for the payments use case.
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How to Send Money to the Wrong Side of the War
A Russian emigre is teaching friends and family how to use crypto amid economic sanction. This piece is part of CoinDesk's Payments week.
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Illustration by Melody Wang
Crypto Becomes Lifeline for Russian Emigrés Opposing Putin’s War in Ukraine
Financial censorship has gone from an abstract idea to a harsh reality for Russians who suddenly found themselves unbanked by the West and their own government. This piece is part of CoinDesk’s Payments Week.
Illustration by Melody Wang

TradFi version of ledgers (Chris Pastrick/Pixabay)
Crypto Payments: When the Tech Fades to the Background
The evolution in interest among TradFi, which was once dominated by diehard crypto skeptics, from crypto curiosity to crypto commitment is perhaps the industry’s most important move yet.
TradFi version of ledgers (Chris Pastrick/Pixabay)

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Drugs, Drugs and More Drugs: Crypto on the Dark Web
Down the Silk Road: Where crypto has always been used for payments.
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“We would usually advise our clients to steer clear of a lot of these things," says one consultant. "Whether it's financial, reputational or regulatory [risk], who needs this headache?” (Illustration: Yunha Lee)
Why Banks and Payment Processors Shun Perfectly Legal Businesses
Porn, gambling and even furniture sales are deemed “high-risk” merchant categories. Sometimes the risk is financial; other times it’s just bad publicity.
“We would usually advise our clients to steer clear of a lot of these things," says one consultant. "Whether it's financial, reputational or regulatory [risk], who needs this headache?” (Illustration: Yunha Lee)

Jose Fernandez da Ponte
PayPal’s Blockchain Chief on the Future of Crypto in Payments
Blockchains offer unique advantages, but these must be combined with a user experience that feels similar to the one consumers know today, writes Senior Vice President Jose Fernandez da Ponte. This piece is part of CoinDesk’s Payments Week.
Jose Fernandez da Ponte

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The History of Cash-Like Digital Payment Instruments
How and why those original digital payments projects are no longer with us today can give us an idea of what needs to be done to do it right. This piece is part of CoinDesk's Payments Week.
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