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    Venezuela Airport to Accept Crypto for Flights

    Simón Bolivar International Airport, which is Venezuela’s largest airport and also known as Maiquetía, will add bitcoin, Dash and Petro as payment options for clients buying tickets, CryptoPotato reported. Petro is a Venezuelan government-issued digital asset.

    Airport Director Freddy Borges said in the report that the idea is to make payments more modern and universal.

    “We will activate a button that is for payment of cryptocurrencies in the airport platforms and commercial activities, in coordination with Sunacrip,” he said, referring to the company’s crypto watchdog, per the report. “Just as Russian passengers arrived in Margarita, they will also come to La Guaira, through Conviasa so we must advance in these new economic and technological systems that can be accessed.”

    In other news, Constellation, a distributed infrastructure working with big data and blockchain connections, has bought Dor, a startup helping retail brands grow their business via improved customer outcomes, according to a press release.

    Constellation is looking to codify the foot traffic data from Dor, linking it with other consumer datasets, the release stated. It plans to use that information to give more insights into consumers’ spending data without compromising privacy.

    The combination of Constellation’s mobile node infrastructure and Dor’s hardware will make for the biggest mesh network in blockchain, according to the release.

    “With this acquisition, and the data we can obtain with Dor’s battery-operated and cellular-powered thermal sensors, we can put millions of monthly data points into our network,” said Constellation CEO Ben Jorgensen in the release.

    Meanwhile, blockchain payment service provider BitPay and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform Wix will add a crypto payment option on Wix’s eCommerce platform, according to a press release.

    The integration will add cryptocurrency payments to the website maker’s platform, letting Wix merchants accept 12 different cryptocurrencies currently supported by BitPay, the release stated.

    BitPay CEO Stephen Pair said in the release that the size of Wix’s platform would help to expand the use of crypto.

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