Monthly Archives: March 2019

Crypto Gift Cards Can Now Be Used For Reservations on Airbnb

Digital gift card provider Bitrefill has added an option to make Airbnb reservations with cryptocurrency. Digital gift cards and mobile phone refill provider Bitrefill has added an option to make Airbnb reservations with cryptocurrency, Bitrefill announced in al tweet on March 27. Per the announcement, customers can now pay for their bookings with Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Dash (DASH), Litecoin (LTC), and Dogecoin (DOGE). The card is technically a voucher product, meaning that customers purchase a U.S. dollar equivalent for Airbnb with cryptocurrencies and subsequently receive a […]

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New Bitcoinpython Node Is 100X Faster Than Previous Python Libraries

On March 27, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) fans were introduced to a new BCH full node written in the Python programming language. The project, known as Bitcoinpython, is a modern BCH library whose creator claims it to be the fastest available Python implementation with 100X the speed of its closest competitor. Also read: Menu.cash Allows Diners to Create Table-Specific Orders and Pay With BCH Bitcoinpython: A Fast Bitcoin Cash Full Node Written in Python Over the last year, there’s been an assortment of alternative BCH full node clients […]

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India to Use Blockchain to Improve Coffee Supply Chain

India has launched a pilot blockchain e-marketplace aimed at improving transparency and traceability of coffee produced in India. The Coffee Board of India has launched a pilot blockchain-based e-marketplace in order to integrate coffee farmers with markets. The development was announced by Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) on March 28. The Coffee Board — an organization backed by the MCI to promote coffee production in India —  has rolled out an e-marketplace for coffee producers in order to reduce the number of intermediaries between coffee […]

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Study: 14% of Major Crypto Exchanges Are Licensed by Regulators

Regtech firm Coinfirm found that 69 percent out of 216 global crypto exchanges do not have “complete and transparent” KYC procedures. Only 14 percent of 216 global crypto exchanges were confirmed as being licensed by regulators, regulatory technology (regtech) startup Coinfirm found in its crypto exchange risk report released on March 27. Coinfirm, а London–based regulatory tech firm for digital currencies and blockchain, studied 216 global cryptocurrency exchanges to outline the key risks that can be associated with each platform, as well as to assist monitors in […]

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Cannabis, Cryptocurrency and Compliance: One Man’s Quest to Support Unbanked Businesses

Ernesto Huerto is the very embodiment of Bitcoin. As the operator of Crypto Space, a physical bitcoin exchange in Los Angeles’ San Pedro neighborhood, Huerto knows more than most about the challenges of running a cryptocurrency business while maintaining banking access and compliance. In a wide-ranging interview, the Crypto Space owner has disclosed the realities of straddling the line that separates centralized and decentralized finance, and the underhand tactics big banks deploy to crush crypto startups. Also read: Japan Approves 2 New Crypto Exchanges – 140 More […]

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Digital Asset Trader AlphaPoint Upgrades Security Token Services for Institutions

Digital asset exchange AlphaPoint has upgraded its security token service designed for institutional clients. Digital asset exchange AlphaPoint has upgraded its security token service designed for institutional clients, according to a press release obtained by Cointelegraph Thursday, March 28. The company that provides services to private equity, real estate, funds, and other institutional investors is now offering to issue asset-backed security tokens for its clients. AlphaPoint believes that tokenization will increase liquidity for high value asset classes. As per the announcement, the updated service will allow institutions […]

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Crypto’s Merger Problem and What Can Be Done When M&As Go Wrong

Mergers are becoming more common in crypto, but what happens when things go wrong? Mergers. They’re a tricky business at the best of times, but when conducted in a nascent industry in which regulations, guidelines and best practice haven’t been firmly established, they can be absolutely perilous. Just ask Coinbase, which acquired blockchain analytics startup Neutrino in February for what turned out to be a fee of $13.5 million. This seemed all fine and dandy at the time, but it soon emerged that founding members of Neutrino’s […]

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Europol Launches Global Campaign Against Dark Web Vendors, Buyers

The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, better known as Europol, announced on March 26, 2019, that it has made an ongoing partnership with law enforcement from Canada, the United States and the member states of the European Union to target buyers and sellers of illegal items on the dark web. This announcement was made on Europol’s website, describing the progress of the crackdown to date, including 61 arrests made and over €6.2 million ($6.9 million USD) worth of crypto assets, fiat currency and gold seized. […]

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Bitcoin Pushes $4,100 as Oil Futures See Losses

Most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting slight to moderate gains, as Bitcoin stays over $4,000. Thursday, March 28 — most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting slight to moderate gains on the day by press time, as Bitcoin (BTC) stays over $4,000. Market Visualization Courtesy of Coin360 Bitcoin is up nearly half a percent on the day, trading at around $4,087, according to CoinMarketCap. Looking at its weekly chart, the current price is over 1 percent higher than $4,060, the price at which Bitcoin […]

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Innisfil Becomes First City in Canada to Accept Bitcoin for Municipal Taxes

Ohio might have made history as the first city to accept cryptocurrency for corporate taxes, but one Canadian town is adding its name to the books by becoming the first in North America to permit its citizens to pay their personal taxes in bitcoin. The tiny town of Innisfil (with a population of 36,500), situated about 45 minutes north of Toronto, just approved an initiative that will allow its residents to satisfy their municipal taxes (income taxes and property taxes) in bitcoin, beginning in April 2019. Andrei […]

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