Cashaa Hopes to Bridge Crypto and Traditional Finance

Cashaa is on a mission to bank the unbanked and wants to leverage Bitcoin to accomplish it.Bitcoin has long been touted as a way that anyone can “be your own bank.” But such promises can be misleading: Although bitcoin itself provides some opportunities for individuals and businesses to manage their own money in ways that ...

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Sparkswap, World’s First Lightning Atomic Swap Exchange, Now in Beta

Bitcoin’s first decentralized exchange to make use of the Lightning Network’s Atomic Swaps is now in beta.Sparkswap, an exchange with backing from Pantera Capital (which announced its ambitious mission to become the most decentralized bitcoin exchange on the market in August 2018), has now opened its beta to users. Leveraging the Lightning Network, the exchange is non-custodial and trading is ...

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Bitcoin Billionaire Zhao Dong: Bitcoin Is Likely to Fluctuate Between $4,000 and $6,000 for Half a Year

With bitcoin’s recent surge to a five-month high, Zhao Dong, a bitcoin billionaire and one of China’s biggest over-the-counter (OTC) traders, recently claimed on Weibo that the sudden jump in bitcoin price does not mark the end of the bear market and that the original cryptocurrency will continue trading in a range likely between $4,000 and $6,000 for a few ...

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Bitmain Reveals Specifications for Its ‘Profitable’ Antminer 17 Series

This article was originally published by 8btc and written by Chloe Jiang.Bitmain, the world’s largest bitcoin miner manufacturer, has announced specifications for its Antminer 17 series machines, which will be globally available on April 9, 2019.The new mining equipment in the 17 series will include the Antminer S17, Antminer S17 Pro and Antminer T17. According to Bitmain, these are the ...

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Breez Wants to Make the Lightning Network More User Friendly

New announcements around Bitcoin’s Lightning Network have been coming almost nonstop lately, with new exchanges, wallets and other services popping up seemingly every day.Two weeks ago, Zebpay announced its Lightning integration. Last week, Lightning Power Users officially launched and Bitrefill released an improvement to its Thor service. Just this morning, Sparkswap announced the public beta of its Lightning-powered exchange platform.Now, ...

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Infographic: A Map of Bitcoin Forks

This infographic provides a schematic overview of the main Bitcoin-related “forks” that can happen and shows the most important forks that have happened. It does not provide an overview of all forks that have happened.What Are Bitcoin Forks?The word “fork” is somewhat confusing because there are different kinds of “forks” that mean very different things.Codebase ForkA codebase fork is a ...

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: Sideways Consolidation Paves the Way for Macro Uptrend

Summary:Buying pressure continues as the bitcoin market holds above the macro, bearish trendline and the monthly resistance level.There was a small amount of selling pressure but it was absorbed by eager bulls. The selling pressure seems to be profit taking as we continue to establish a low time frame uptrend of higher lows and higher highs.On a macro scale, we ...

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Canadian Drug Dealer Ordered to Forfeit $1.4 Million in Bitcoin

As part of an ongoing criminal case, a judge in Canada has ordered that a local online drug dealer must forfeit about 281.41 bitcoin (worth about $1.4 million) after it was found that he used the cryptocurrency to fund his illegal activities. It’s been reported as Canada’s largest-ever bitcoin forfeiture.In 2015, local authorities seized the dealer’s laptop and the BTC ...

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Bitrefill Adds Thor Turbo to Speed Lightning Connections

The crypto payment platform Bitrefill has announced an upgrade to its Thor service.The upgrade is dubbed “Thor Turbo,” and its expected to speed up the process of connecting to Bitrefill's Lightning node, according to a press release sent to Bitcoin Magazine.Bitrefill launched the Thor service in January 2019 as an on-demand Lightning channel service that allows users to receive payments ...

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Bolt-A-Thon, a Virtual Lightning Network Event, Invites Borderless Progress

Bolt-A-Thon, a unique kind of Lightning Network hackathon and conference kicks off today, April 5, 2019, to help gather contributors from all over the world and propel Bitcoin’s vital Layer 2 solution. But rather than host the event in person, the organizers adopted a core tenet of the Lightning Network itself into the very fabric of Bolt-A-Thon.“The Lightning Network was ...

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