New Shakepay Feature Turns Your Spare Change Into Bitcoin

Mobile cryptocurrency exchange and peer-to-peer wallet Shakepay has announced a new product that allows its Canadian customers to buy bitcoin with spare change. Dubbed “ShakePay Change,” the pre-launch of the service was announced in a Medium post. The new service connects to a user’s bank credit and debit card, rounds up every purchase made to ...

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BTCPayServer Expands Lightning Operability, Integrates Spark Wallet

Decentralized payment processor BTCPayServer now offers wallet support for c-lightning users. Following its most recent update, the BitPay alternative announced support for Spark Wallet, a client for the Lightning Network’s c-lightning implementation created by Bitrated founder and Blockstream employee Nadav Ivgi. With the implementation into BTCPayServer’s dock, users can now receive c-lightning payments in a Spark Wallet that is connected ...

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Blockstream Satellites Now Cover Asia Pacific, Send Messages With Lightning

While most crypto investors are shooting for the moon, Blockstream is focused on things a bit closer to Earth: in the outermost layer of its atmosphere, to be exact. Blockstream’s full node Bitcoin satellites are something out of science fiction. Orbiting in our planet’s exosphere, the spacecrafts broadcast the Bitcoin blockchain across the globe. Anyone can access the node with ...

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Op Ed: Bitcoin Is a Declaration of Our Monetary Independence

Nick Spanos is an early adopter and innovator in the blockchain space. He is best known for launching Bitcoin Center NYC, the world’s first live cryptocurrency exchange, in 2013, right next to the New York Stock Exchange — as immortalized in the Netflix documentary “Banking on Bitcoin.” As part of Bitcoin Magazine’s series of interviews and op eds leading up ...

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Finland Hands Over Info for 2,700 Danish Traders to Denmark’s Tax Agency

Finnish tax authorities have handed over information on 2,700 bitcoin traders to its Danish counterpart, Skattestyrelsen (SKAT). According to a press release, the traders used an undisclosed Finnish exchange to collectively purchase and sell some $15.65 million worth of bitcoin (102.7 million kronor) between 2015 and 2017. A handful of these investors traded amounts between $1,105 and $110,450 (10,000 to ...

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After $4M Funding Round, BlockFi Eyes Savings Account, Crypto Credit Cards

BlockFi https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/blockfi-gives-hodlers-another-option-borrow-against-crypto-assets/ , the New York-based startup that provides crypto collateralized loans, has raised additional funds to expand its services. The startup announced that it has received an additional $4 million in its recent funding round in a company blog post. The recently revealed funding round comes some months after the company raised $52.5 million in a round led by ...

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Bitwala Is Offering German Citizens Joint Crypto and Fiat Banking Accounts

German blockchain startup Bitwala has launched crypto banking in Germany. After securing €4 million (roughly $4.5 million) from VC firms Earlybird and Coparion in September of 2018 to develop a crypto banking solution, the company has allegedly amassed a waiting list of 30,000 potential users. Bitwala’s new banking solution, which it claims was built to “close the gap between crypto ...

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This New Lightning Wallet Allows You to Receive Tips Without Running a Node

A new program to set up Lightning Network micropayments, tippin.me, has recently entered beta testing. The developer for this project described some of its details on a Reddit thread to the r/Bitcoin subreddit. The dev says that it “allows you to receive tips (micro-payments) over the Lightning Network, anytime, anywhere, without needing a LN node,” by means of “a simple ...

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The World’s First ERC-20 and Bitcoin Atomic Swap Has Taken Place

At the December 7, 2018, TenX Summit, a group of developers showcased an industry first: an atomic swap between a non-native asset, TenX’s PAY token, and a native asset, bitcoin. By non-native, the team is referring to an asset/coin that is not the base currency for the network. For Ethereum, for example, the native asset is ether, while any token ...

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Prosecutors Seek 10-Year Jail Sentence for Karpeles Over Mt. Gox Embezzlement

Former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles has run into trouble in the Japanese legal system, and prosecutors are pursuing a 10-year jail sentence for alleged embezzlement during his tenure at Mt. Gox. According to a local Japanese news outlet, Karpeles is under indictment for embezzling 341 million yen ($3 million USD) of customer funds into his own personal account. The ...

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