The Truth About Starbucks and Crypto Payments

  Since the announcement about Bakkt by Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) on 3 August 2018, many reports have suggested that Starbucks is getting ready to accept Bitcoin payments. But are these claims valid? This article takes a closer look at this announcement to discover the truth about Starbucks and crypto payments. The press release by ICE (...
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Russia Will Buy $10 Billion in Bitcoin, Ditch US Dollar and Become Huge Crypto Whale: Russian Economist

  According to a new claim from a Russian economist, the world's 12th largest economy is about to pour $10 billion into Bitcoin. Vladislav Ginko, a lecturer at Moscow's Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, says US sanctions are forcing Russia to diversify. Chris, I believe sitting here in Moscow, Russia, ...
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Lite.IM Brings Bitcoin to Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and SMS

We're pleased to announce that Bitcoin (BTC) support has finally arrived on Lite.IM! Now you can send, receive, and manage your Bitcoin easily and securely right from the convenience of popular messaging platforms like Telegram, Facebook Messenger, and SMS (in the US and Canada). Bitcoin is the fourth currency to arrive on Lite.IM after Litecoin (L...
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German Adoption Of Bitcoin Growing

A recent survey shows that more than one-third of big companies in Germany see blockchain technology as revolutionary as the internet was back in its day. On top of the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, blockchain technology one of the current three areas of development with massive potential. The survey was administered by the German...
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Why Bitcoin Matters for Freedom

In the border city of Cúcuta, Venezuelan refugees stream into Colombia , searching for food to feed their families. Years of high inflation, projected to top 1 million percent , has turned bolivares into scrap paper . More than 3 million Venezuelans have fled since 2014, and 5,500 exit for good each day. According to the United Nations , the exodus...
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10 Reasons To Buy Bitcoins

Bitcoin, in recent years, has become a household name and is probably the most widely accepted Cryptocurrency. You might have doubts about investing in bitcoins, you might need a guide to buy bitcoins or you may wonder why the price of bitcoins moves so much, but here are a few reasons why you should invest in them even in 2018. 1. Bitcoin is relia...
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Why Bitcoin, Ethereum and the Entire Crypto Market Are Down in Value

The way I see it, investors in 2017 — and specifically in Q4 — wanted to buy Bitcoin ( BTC) and Ethereum ( ETH ) for the sole purpose of exchanging it for specific ICO tokens they wanted to invest in. The buyers of Bitcoin and Ethereum did not want to own Bitcoin or Ethereum. They wanted to buy the newly issued initial coin offering ( ICO ) tokens,...
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Crypto-lawyer tweetstorm pours cold water on VanEck/SolidX bitcoin ETF hopes

A noted crypto-commentator has given a gloomy outlook on the chances of VanEck/SolidX's ETF proposal getting the thumbs up in February. One of the big cryptocurrency narratives of 2018 has been the initial expectation, and eventual disappointment, surrounding the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) approval of a bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund. Su...
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Eight Reasons to Use Cryptocurrency Payments in 2019

  This article on cryptocurrency payments was written by Thomas Highwater, who is an avid fan of all things crypto-related. Mr. Highwater teaches high-school level robotics and programming. *** While there is a growing number of fiat based-payment processors with a variety of practical tools and methods of payment, adding cryptocurrency paymen...
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Why bitcoin — by design — won’t become worthless, according to this crypto heavyweight

Bitcoin protocol is set up to be adjusted as mining conditions worsen, says teaching fellow Andreas Antonopoulos As bitcoin flounders to its lowest level in 14 months, concerns over mining profitability have some wondering if the best-known cryptocurrency is headed for a hard landing as those solving the complicated puzzles hit the off-switch on th...
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The Week: Nasdaq BTC Futures, Hashrate Falls, Bitcoin ETF Discussions

  Last week saw numerous important and positive institutional and regulatory announcements. Ohio announced it will allow companies to pay taxes with bitcoin, VanEck and Nasdaq partner to launch bitcoin futures and two bitcoin addresses were sanctioned by OFAC. Bitcoin's dominance fell from 53.9% where it was a week ago, to 53.5%. The total cry...
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The Trade Of The Decade: Betting On Bitcoin

  Despite this year's bloodbath in the crypto-asset space, the industry will likely still generate considerable investor surplus in the long-run. In fact, an investment in a basket of the top crypto-assets (largely Bitcoin) has the best chance to deliver the most attractive risk-adjusted returns over the next 10-years, compared to less controv...
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Bitcoin ETF Seekers Met With SEC Monday In Latest Pitch for Approval

  Members of VanEck, SolidX and the Cboe BZX Exchange met with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff earlier this week to present a new argument on why the bitcoin market is ready for an exchange-traded fund (ETF). In the latest push to convince the regulator to approve a rule change which would open the door for the country's fi...
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BITCOIN WILL BE THE AMAZON OF CRYPTOCURRENCY, SAYS VC ADVISOR

If the present cryptocurrency price drop is akin to the dot-com crash of 2000, then Lou Kerner believes Bitcoin will be the Amazon of the cryptocurrency era. The top-ranked virtual currency is currently down 77 percent from its mid-December all-time high. 'HODLERS' GAIN REWARDS EVERY COUPLE OF YEARS Speaking recently to CNBC , the CryptoOracle part...
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Bakkt Puts Bitcoin Plans “on Ice” – Bitcoin Futures Launch on ICE Futures Exchange Delayed Til January

  Bakkt, a company owned by the NYSE, has delayed the Bitoin Futures Contracts launch on ICE Futures U.S. exchange until January 24, 2019. During that time Bakkt will be able to test every process and ensure investors will find a healthy environment to trade Bitcoin Futures. ICE Futures U.S., Inc. , a derivatives exchange, announced on Novembe...
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World’s first crypto ETF approved in Switzerland

  Exciting news! The world's first crypto Exchange Traded Product (ETP) will start trading next week on SIX Swiss Exchange, which is Europe's 4th biggest exchange, with a market capitalization of $1.6 trillion. According to Trustnodes , Hany Rashwan, co-founder and chief executive of Amun AG, the crypto startup, which was given the green-light...
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Lighting Network That Enables Electric Bike To Run On Bitcoin Micropayments

Matthias Steinig, a German developer has created two projects which are notable and lighting related. The focus of Matthias Steinig is on the development of Lighting Network enabled technologies in order to serve customers. The two projects – e-commerce solution supports Lighting transactions in the web store, whereas the second one is the most int...
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GOLDMAN SACHS ONBOARDING CLIENTS FOR BITCOIN DERIVATIVES, INSIDERS SAY

Inside sources say Goldman Sachs is already onboarding some of its clients to trade on its Bitcoin derivatives, non-deliverable forward (NDF) contracts platform. However, the bank reportedly has no plans to launch trading support for other cryptocurrency derivatives but is serious about providing custodial services. GOLDMAN TRADING BITCOIN DERIVATI...
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Microsoft Excel Plugin to Allow Users to Make Bitcoin Payments via Lightning Network

Pierre Rochard, a software engineer, recently said his Neutrino program lets users make bitcoin (BTC) payments from Excel. Rochard's program also reportedly uses the Lightning Network (LN) to allow users to send and receive BTC from Excel. Pierre Rochard , an independent Bitcoin ( BTC ) advisor for institutional investors, took to Twitter recently ...
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Partnership Could See up to 100,000 Regular ATMs in U.S. Turned into Bitcoin-Vending Machines

  A deal between a traditional ATM manufacturer and a cryptocurrency vending machine firm will make it possible to buy bitcoin at tens of thousands of locations in the United States using a debit card. Bitcoin ATM firm LibertyX and regular ATM manufacturer Genmega have forged a partnership which will make it possible to purchase bitcoin using ...
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