Micropayments: Bringing Cryptocurrencies Into Everyday Life

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The following post about micropayments was written by Dmytro Spilka. He is the CEO at Solvid and founder of Pridicto, a web analytics startup that uses AI and Machine Learning to forecast web traffic, monitor vital metrics, and set visual traffic aims. Cryptocurrencies may have assumed the role of the quintessential water cooler topic over recent…

Singapore Hosts New Fiat-Crypto Exchange, Welcomes Crypto Bank Accounts

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It has been a busy week for Singapore as it relates to cryptocurrency. The city-state is set open the first fiat-crypto exchange in Southeast Asia, while the financial regulator has vowed to help crypto companies set up local bank accounts, according to media reports.  Also read: Salt to Offer Crypto-Backed Loans in 7 Global Markets,…

Deep Web Roundup: 20 Years for ‘Oxymonster,’ New Darknet Monitoring Tool

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Two stories stand out in our latest trawl of the deep web for news that filters through to the cryptosphere. One concerns the sentencing of Dream vendor “Oxymonster,” whose controversial prosecution on U.S. soil is part of a wider trend. We also take a look at Blocktag, a new tool for monitoring darknet sales. Also…

Bitcoin Core Developer Advocates Credit Card Payments Over BTC

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Bitcoin Core developer Jimmy Song has caused controversy by suggesting that bitcoin enthusiasts would be better off using credit cards as a means of payment. He described this strategy as being “more rational and convenient” than making multiple onchain transactions. His advice flies in the face of the rationale behind Bitcoin and has provoked a…

Northern Bitcoin, Rawpool Sign Wallet and Mining Deal

Northern Bitcoin, Rawpool Sign Wallet and Mining Deal

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Germany’s Northern Bitcoin AG (MUN:NB2) has agreed to offer Bpal Wallet, a wallet and payments app created by China-based Rawpool Group, in the European market. The agreement between the Munich-listed company and the bitcoin cash (BCH) miner, effective from today, also covers mining operations and cryptocurrency exchanges. Shares of Frankfurt-based Northern Bitcoin AG rose 2.8 percent…

Tax Evasion Spotlighted as Swiss Banks Start Sharing Client Data

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Switzerland has started sharing financial account information with tax authorities in dozens of countries as a way of fighting tax evasion, but Africa, which loses about $60 billion in illicit flows each year, mostly into European banks, is conspicuous by its absence from the deal. Swiss bank accounts have long been stereotyped as enablers of…

Bitcoin Trading Flourishes on Whatsapp Following African Exchange Closures

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Governments in Africa simply cannot stop an idea whose time has come. In Zimbabwe, financial regulators banned cryptocurrency trading, and shut down two exchanges, thinking to have killed the ecosystem, only for Bitcoin to find a new life on Whatsapp. Kenyan authorities have sounded tough on virtual currency, warning banks and individuals against trading such,…

Under the Tent: A Look at the Latest Openbazaar Marketplace Software

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Back in April of 2016 news.Bitcoin.com reviewed the Openbazaar platform the first day the marketplace launched. Since then the application has come a long way with many updates, new features, and the platform most definitely has more users. This week we decided to give the Openbazaar 2.2.5 client a test run and see how much…

Shapeshift CEO Responds to Wall Street Journal Laundering Claims

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Reporters at the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) tied innovative ecosystem cryptocurrency exchange Shapeshift to money laundering. “How Dirty Money Disappears Into the Black Hole of Cryptocurrency,” was its published product from months of investigative journalism. The company’s CEO, Erik Voorhees, claims cooperation with the WSJ was obtained “under false pretenses.” He also charges the WSJ…

China’s Oldest Science and Tech Publication Accepts BTC for Subscriptions

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On Sunday China’s oldest tech media publication, Beijing Sci-Tech Report (BSTR) also known as ‘Technology life,’ has announced the business is accepting bitcoin core (BTC) for the magazine’s 2019 subscriptions. Also read: Launching a Website on the Bitcoin Cash Network Is Now a Reality  The Publication Beijing Sci-Tech Report Now Accepts BTC for 2019 Subscriptions  …