Stripe Says Farewell to Bitcoin, May Add New Digital

Discoin ICO

In order to help us grow the Discoin project, the ICO perspective has been considered.
The main goal of the ICO will be to support the launch of the Discoin as a cryptocurrency asset and help Discodery grow around the Discoin by integrating it in its ecosystem and by opening public APIs. The funds are planned to be used this way:
Last but not least, the minimum investment amount has been fixed to €100 and two investment options will be offered from the official Discoin dashboard:

The ICO takes place in two steps:

The following ICO rules have been established:
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Why Snowden said he would buy Bitcoin NOW! 😕

The market crashed, investors panicked. Cryptocurrencies sold. Value decreased

(disclaimer: I am not a financial or trade expert. If you want to invest in crypto, seek the advice of an expert. I am just always eager to speak my mind)
You probably all heard the news about the recent huge market crash. The fear of corona virus becoming pandemic lead to the market crash. Investors and holders panicked and sold their shares which lead to a huge decrease in the market’s value. Sure enough, cryptocurrencies also depend on the current economy’s situation so they also got the hit. Bitcoin has lost 30% of its value this week. This is also due crypto investors panicking and bailing out without reasoning. An expected behaviour in the time of crisis. However, is this really that bad for the crypto market?

It is all about supply and demand

The former CIA agent and whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted yesterday that this is the first time he really felt the urge to buy Bitcoin. WAIT a sec, I thought everybody panicked and bailed out!
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Snowden did not yet elaborate more about that, but for me it seemed intuitive. The covid-19 outbreak hit first and strong in China. China has 81% of Bitcoin mining firms. Some of these firms had to shut down due to some lockdowns and health advice. Which resulted in a shorter supply in Bitcoin. On the other hand, A LOT (sorry I dont have the numbers - google it) of crypto owners wanted to get their money out before it gets worse, which lead to even a bigger crash in the value of Bitcoin (same applies for other cryptocurrencies, their values are also correlated with Bitcoin’s). This sure is bad news for BTC owners, however, it opens a window for you to have the chance of buying cryptocurrencies at much lower rate. I know the situation currently seems down, but at some point, the market is going to recover and you do not want to miss the opportunity.
The money that is now being frozen for a further notice, is eventually going to find its way into investment. After the current crash of the stocks, maybe crypto might seem a safer option for the future. IF this happens, most currencies values will jump up again. They will be more demand and greater value.

But is that all we gamble on?

Blockchains development back cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies are a product of blockchain development. Believe it or not, Ethereum is not just the currency you read about in your newspaper. Ethereum has a lot of products built on top of it now (and some other blockchains and cryptocurrencies). This type of development is aiming to form a totally new system in which we transfer data and money. The new internet (Web 3.0 is it is called now) is going to be completely based on decentralized systems that protect and secure your data and transactions online. How do we know this is really gonna happen though?

Blockchain development is radically increasing. Libra supporters bailed out.

The nature of blockchain scares the core of the financial industry. Companies and banks will be useless if this system is in place. Big financial companies realize that now and they are trying to take part of it before it is too late. Facebook has been working on a decentralized coin called Libra. Which allows users to transfer money online in seconds and with zero cost (Basically another monitored cryptocurrencies). Companies like PayPal, MasterCard, Vis, eBay, Stripe and many others supported Libra hoping they would have a cut if it succeeds in the future. But guess what, After the current crisis, most of Libra backers bailed out to support other blockchain financial solutions. Some of which are open source. If you follow up and monitor the situation closely, you will get the feeling that this is a real battle for dominating the new market and industry that will be based on blockchain development and will use cryptocurrencies to manage finances. It is now that all these firms have to make future changing decisions. Either die or get the glory.

It is time we support blockchain for the ethics of it

I am no financial expert nor experienced trader. The reason I am writing this article is not to help you double or triple your today’s investment in few years. I am advocating blockchains because I believe in the better future it will provide us. This is the one thing I am always ready to gamble on, even if it means I will be losing money for a while. I know in the heart that in a few years I will be happy with today’s decision of supporting cryptocurrencies and the development of decentralized internet. Great success do not come from safe decisions. Risk is always involved. So please, if you are looking to gain money, find a trader and consult with them.

So why is Snowden buying now again?

Remember a couple of years ago when a guy talked about how he bought pizza for 3 bitcoins? Few years later, he realized that the pizza cost him around 60,000$. At this point though Bitcoin will never be as cheap as that, but it will surely become way more expensive than it used to be. It might be a stretch or a wild guess, but experts predict BTC to reach 150,000$ by 2025. No one really knows what is going to happen. It is time you read and reason why you should take part of crypto owning before it is too late.
I personally set aside a portion of my monthly income and buy some Litecoin or Ethereum with it. I know that I want to save this money for my future and I want to be by the side of the new industry while it evolves.
There are a lot of ways you could get cryptocurrencies. There are mainstream platforms that you can just google, visit, buy some, store it for later. Different platforms offer different fees. I live in Canada so I mostly use a platform called Newton.co. It is completely free to deposit money, buy crypto, then withdraw your money. It is just slower than other platforms (works for me for the long term investment!). If you deposit X$ today, you can immediately buy crypto worth X$, but you just cannot withdraw until four days or so (just so they actually process the transfer from your bank account). For faster monthly investments, I use the famous Coinbase platform. They have some annoying fees but it is instantaneous. Both platforms have a verification process just to make sure you are who you are, so it is safe for everybody.
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Fortnight Tech Roundup & Discourse - IRNSS NavIC

Fortnight Tech Roundup & Discourse - IRNSS NavIC

Welcome to this week's tech round up and discourse post.

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EBay, Stripe and Mastercard drop out of Facebook’s Libra Association techcrunch
Club Factory raises $100M to expand its lifestyle e-commerce platform in India economictimes
Donald Trump joins Amazon's video game streaming platform Twitch cnn
Bill McDermott steps down as SAP’s CEO wsj
Elon Musk says that NASA is free to share all SpaceX IP with ‘anyone it wants’ gizmodo
NASA’s new Moon-bound spacesuit is safer, smarter and much more comfortable nasa.gov
Steam will soon let you play local-only multiplayer games with far off friends pcgamer
Dyson kills its electric car project and turns to solid-state batteries guardian
Amazon Music arrives on Apple TV pocket-lint
Google takes AMP to the OpenJS Foundation openjsf
Russia’s Yandex introduces an Echo Dot-style smart speaker techcrunch
Cisco hit by an internal network outage cbronline
Xage now supports hierarchical blockchains for complex implementations globenewswire
NASCAR could debut hybrids as early as 2022 thedrive
Apple pulls HKmap from App Store, the day after Chinese state media criticized its ‘unwise and reckless decision’ to approve it cnbc
Virgin Orbit plans to send cubesats to Mars as early as 2022 cnet
Call of Duty is the biggest mobile game launch ever, with 100 million downloads independent
Pinterest launches a new ‘Lite’ app for emerging markets androidpolice
Microsoft’s Your Phone app can now route calls from your Android phone to your PC blog.windows
European risk report flags 5G security challenges techcrunch
Toyota, GM, Nvidia, Bosch, Arm and others form new autonomous driving tech consortium theiet
China attacks Apple for allowing Hong Kong crowdsourced police activity app nyt
AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 is its new entry-level competitor to Nvidia’s GTX 1650 pcworld
Amazon, Walmart confront India’s slowing economy as holiday season growth stalls techcrunch
Essential reveals Project Gem smartphone with very long, unusual design engadget
Twitter admits it used two-factor phone numbers and emails for serving targeted ads help.twitter
Arm brings custom instructions to its embedded CPUs developer.arm
Sony’s next console is the PlayStation 5, arriving holidays 2020 theverge
Chinese firms Tencent, Vivo and CCTV suspend ties with the NBA over Hong Kong tweet edition.cnn
Eight Chinese tech firms placed on US Entity List for their role in human rights violations against Muslim minority groups techcrunch
Mars Curiosity Rover finds evidence of an ancient oasis on Mars earthsky
Instagram is killing its creepy stalking feature, the Following tab androidpolice
Ex-Tinder CEO files lawsuit saying sexual assault allegations against him are defamation theverge
Fire TV might not get Disney+ as Amazon and Disney clash over ads variety
Amazon introduces a Kindle for kids indiatoday
Apple’s MacOS Catalina is now available 9to5mac
Spotify gains Siri support on iOS 13, arrives on Apple TV forbes
Disney is reportedly banning Netflix ads across its entertainment TV networks theverge
Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PC in November rockpapershotgun
NASA shares 3D Moon data for CG artists and creators space
PayPal is the first company to drop out of the Facebook-led Libra Association economictimes
Iranian hackers targeted US 2020 campaign, says Microsoft bbc
Apple CEO Tim Cook slams Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency as a power grab forbes
Google-backed Dunzo raises $45M to expand its hyperlocal delivery startup in India fortuneindia
NASA’s first all-electric experimental X-plane is ready for testing nasa.gov
Facebook is being leaned on by US, UK, Australia to ditch its end-to-end encryption expansion plan macrumorsInstagram launches Threads, a Close Friends chat app with auto-status wired
India’s Fyle bags $4.5M to expand its expense management platform in the US, other international markets techcrunch
Uber launches a shift-work finder app, Uber Works, starting in Chicago tnw
Redesigned Google Shopping goes live, with price tracking, Google Lens for outfits and more pcmag
Zuckerberg Plans to Sue if Elizabeth Warren Tries to Break Up Facebook gizmodo
Samsung pulls the plug on Chinese smartphone production techcrunch
Microsoft showcases an Android Surface 'phone' and dual-screen Windows Variant cnet
Microsoft’s latest Surface Laptop arrives in 13- and 15-inch models theverge
India’s NoBroker raises $50M to help people buy and rent without real estate brokers business-standard
Cybersecurity giant Comodo can’t even keep its own website secure forums.comodo
NASA awards $43.2M to Blue Origin, SpaceX and others for tech to take us to the Moon and Mars techcrunch
NASA launches a new planet-hunting telescope using a giant balloon phys.org
UPS gets FAA approval to operate an entire drone delivery airline nyt
Streamlit launches open-source machine learning application development framework techcrunch
WhatsApp tests self-destructing messages theverge
Europe’s top court says active consent is needed for tracking cookies techcrunch
SpaceX details Starship and Super Heavy in new website techcrunch
Hyundai is getting into the flying car business newatlas
Microsoft makes Windows Virtual Desktop generally available globally zdnet
Google's Project Jacquard is available on new Levi's jackets youtube
PayPal to enter China through GoPay acquisition venturebeat

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The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) recently become fully-operational and has been provided with the operational name of NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation). Developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) with the objective of offering positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) to the users on a variety of platforms with a 24 hour x 7 day service availability under all weather conditions - in its service area with a position accuracy of < 20 m throughout India and within the region of coverage extending about 1500 km beyond. nih.gov
Having an autonomous regional satellite navigation system of one’s own offers strategic autonomy in military operations. The GPS that we have known and used all along is the satellite-based radio navigation system owned by the US government and operated by the American Air Force. During the Kargil War 20 years ago, the US refused to provide India critical information on the movement and precise location of Paki enemy troops. toi A need for an indigenous satellite navigation was felt earlier, but Kargil experience made the nation realize it's inevitability. Geopolitical needs teaches us that some countries can deny us the service in times of conflict, a way of arm twisting.
With an accuracy of <10 m on Restricted and Encrypted Service (RES) while an accuracy of <20 m on Standard Positioning Service (SPS), IRNSS will offer 2 level of services for very differing purposes. isro.gov.in \PDF]) Almost all Military and Reconnaissance applications will utilize RES while SPS will be available for civilian uses. unvienna \PDF])

The IRNSS space segment architecture consists of 3 satellites in GEO (Geostationary Orbit) at 32.5°, 83° and 131.5° East while 4 satellites in geosynchronous orbit placed at inclination of 29° with longitude crossing at 55° and 111.75° East forming an analemma. isac.gov.in Out of the 4 GSO satellites, the first sat IRNSS-1A failed in orbit due to atmoic clock malfunction. On August 31, 2017, sat IRNSS-1H was meant to replace defunct IRNSS-1A, failed to deploy due to malfunction in payload fairing mechanism. Though failures are not uncommon in space missions of even developed nations, India is not in a position where it can afford even relatively minor glitches neither financially nor in terms of reaching the higher goals it has set for itself. firstpost

IRNSS Analemma

Unlike GPS which is dependent only on L-band, NAVIC has dual frequency (S and L bands). When low frequency signal travels through atmosphere, its velocity changes due to atmospheric disturbances. US banks on atmospheric model to assess frequency error and it has to update this model from time to time to assess the exact error. In India's case, the actual delay is assessed by measuring the difference in delay of dual frequency (S and L bands). Therefore, NavIC is not dependent on any model to find the frequency error and is more accurate than GPS. toi
Studies have also shown marked improvement in GDoP (Geometric dilution of precision) values when IRNSS is used in conjunction with GPS constellation for position fix in primary coverage region of IRNSS. Hence IRNSS can be augmented with GPS to improve position accuracy in the given region. ias.ac.in

The IRNSS is being developed parallel to the GAGAN (GPS Aided GEO Augmented Satellite Navigation) program that in essence use GPS signals for navigation but after making them much more reliable for safety critical applications like in civil aviation., the ISRO SBAS (Satellite Based Augmentation System) version of an overlay system for GNSS signal corrections. earth.esa.int As of 2013, the statutory filing for frequency spectrum of Global Indian Navigational System (GINS) satellite orbits in international space, has been completed. hindubusinessline GINS is supposed to have a constellation of 24 satellites, positioned 24,000 km (14,913 mi) above Earth. wikipedia)

On Sep 24, 2019 Global mobile telephony standards body, 3GPP, gave its approval to NaVIC (Proposed jointly by Reliance Jio and ISRO). 3gpp.org \XLSX]) The approval has been given for the system’s use in Rel-16 LTE and Rel-17 5G NR specifications, paving the way for wider commercial adoption of NaVIC, allowing it to be integrated with 4G, 5G and internet of things (IoT). 3gpp.org \ZIP]) Thus, electronics companies can start designing and building integrated circuits and mass manufacture other products uniquely created to be compatible with NavIC. From what all scant information I was able to gather it seems Broadcom was first to introduce BCM47756 3gpp.org \ZIP]) chipset integrated with NavIC and Xiaomi Mi8 was the first phone to have the capabilities. insidegnss Will the introduction of indigenous satnav be another step closer towards being a global power? Comments open.
PS: Here's an interesting presentation prepared by Space Application Center that goes a little deep inside Navigation with Indian Constellation http://www.unoosa.org/documents/pdf/icg/2018/icg13/05.pdf

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And in the last, here's 19th-Century Vision of the Year 2000 by Jean-Marc Côté and other artists issued in France in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910. Originally in the form of paper cards enclosed in cigarette/cigar boxes and, later, as postcards, the images depicted the world as it was imagined to be like in the then distant year of 2000.
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Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:France_in_XXI_Century_(fiction))
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Stellar Lumens HODL alert: 2017 Round up, Partnerships, Lumens vs. Other Cryptos

Welcome everyone! The future of Stellar Lumens is bright! Today we will look at the accomplishments of Stellar.org in 2017.
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2017 Round Up
IBM / Stellar Partnership
• Kik Messenger’s KIN coin to move from Ethereum to Stellar in 2018
• Stellar ATM introduced in Singapore
• Jed McCaleb confirms IBM/Stellar has 30 banks on board (Youtube Video)
Lightyear.io enables forward thinking financial entities to easily join the Stellar ecosystem.
• IBM adds 8 new validators from 8 different countries onto the Stellar network (article)
Forbes calls Stellar “venmo, but on a global scale - and for larger bodies like banks and corporations.”
• Stellar Lumens Is Up 6,300% Since March and Is Aiming for Big Blockchain Partners (article)
• Many new partnerships (listed below) that will be using the Stellar network in 2018.
Binance and GoPax Exchanges Adds Stellar
Ledger Nano S support is now available for Lumens (XLM)
• The next coin to break into the top 10 cryptos (article)
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2017 Partnerships & Financial Institutions
IBM - is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States, with operations in over 170 countries. IBM partnered with Stellar to help financial institutions address the processes of universal cross-border payments, designed to reduce the settlement time and lower the cost of completing global payments for businesses and consumers.
SatoshiPay - a web payment system that helps online publishers monetize digital assets like news articles, videos, or PDFs in tiny increments without friction.
EXCH.ONE - is a FinTech software company based in Switzerland currently working to integrate its platform and its first technology adopter Euro Exchange Securities UK Ltd. into the Stellar network. This addition to the Stellar network will bring access to currency markets of South and Central America,UK and a number of EU countries.
Novati (ASX:NOV) - is an Australian-based software technology and payment services provider. Novatti is currently working to integrate it’s platform into the Stellar network with the ultimate aim to build a global money transfer solution to provide cross border, cross currency and cross asset payments.
Pundi X - is an Indonesia based fintech company that provides POS device, debit card, multi-currency wallet that empowers individuals to buy and sell cryptocurrency at any physical store in the world. They say "buying cryptocurrency should be as easy as buying a bottled water."
MoneyMatch - is a Malaysia based fintech startup that provides a fully-digital peer-to-peer currency exchange platform for customers to transfer and exchange foreign currencies with complete ease and at great value. The company plans to integrate with the Stellar network and enable pay in and pay out from Malaysia.
Streami - is a Korea based fintech company that offers blockchain enabled cross-border remittance service and recently launched a cryptocurrency exchange. The partnership extends both on the exchange side and remittance operations.
Neoframe - is developing and marketing trading solutions for big brokerage firms in Korea and extends its business to blockchain based applications. Neoframe developed high performance centralized cryptocurrency exchange as well as secure wallet solutions and is working with big financial players. The company is planning to launch a remittance business for ASEAN countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos, Brunei) using Stellar.
SureRemit($RMT) - is a Nigeria based global non-cash remittances company. SureRemit leverages the Stellar blockchain platform to connect immigrants abroad directly with merchants that provide the services needed by their loved ones back home. With Remit tokens, immigrants all over the world can access digital shopping vouchers that can be spent on goods and services at accepting merchants wherever they are.
Cowrie Integrated Systems - is a Nigerian based Value Added Service Provider. Cowrie provides services at the intersection between telecoms and finance. Cowrie recently joined the Stellar network to bring novel fintech services to the African market.
Smartlands - is a Stellar-based platform designed to create a new class of low-risk tokens, secured by real, profitable assets in the real-world economy. Smartlands is designed to promote investments in the agricultural sector by allowing investment in individual projects, agricultural companies or indexes of groups of projects. These investments will be fully collateralized by agricultural real estate, other productive assets such as fruit or nut trees or, in some cases, the actual crop.
Klick-Ex - is an award winning regional cross-border payments system delivering financial infrastructure for emerging markets. It has been responsible for dramatic uptake in digital financial services in unbanked regions of the world, and lowering costs for banks, central banks and consumers in low liquidity currencies. Its key presence is in the Pacific and Europe, and it is a founding member of www.APFII.org processing more than 775,000 transactions per second, per billion of population (source).
Mobius - Mobius connects any app, device, and data stream to the blockchain ecosystem. Our simple and easy to use bidirectional API allows non-blockchain developers to easily connect resources to smart contracts and more. The Mobius MVP acts like Stripe for Blockchain by introducing innovative standards for cross-blockchain login, payment, smart contract management, and oracles. The Mobius Team includes David Gobaud, Jed McCaleb (Stellar.org founder), Jackson Palmer (creator of Dogecoin), and Chandler Guo (notorious Bitcoin & blockchain investor).
Chaineum - Chaineum, the first French ICO Boutique, will use the Stellar network for upcoming ICOs. “Chaineum is positioned as the first “ICO Boutique” in France, providing a range of end-to-end services to companies and international start-ups wishing to develop with this new funding mechanism. Chaineum is preparing 8 ICOs by the end of 2017, for European, North American and Asian companies, of which cumulative amount could reach € 200 million." (source)
Poseidon Foundation - Poseidon will simplify the carbon credit market with the creation of an ecosystem built on Stellar.org’s blockchain technology. This technology will prevent double counting of carbon and will be consistent across jurisdictions, making it easier for companies to deliver and measure progress towards their climate targets or other goals such as deforestation-free commitments.
Remitr - Remitr is a global platform for cross border payments, licensed in Canada. Remitr uses the Stellar network for international settlements for businesses as well as other payment partners. Remitr’s own payout network of 63 countries, comprising several currencies, is extended onto the Stellar network.
MSewa Software Solution (MSS) - MSewa Software Solution (MSS) Payments provides a one-stop digital payment service available across the Globe. MSS Payments aims at serving the consumers (Banked, Unbanked and Underbanked) with mobile banking facilities on the move from anywhere by transferring funds in their mobile phone.
PesaChoice - PesaChoice is a leader in international bill payment services for the African diaspora. PesaChoice aims at making international bill payment process easy, seamless, secure, with reasonable and competitive service fees, and up to date technological advances.
SendX - Singapore based SendX, in partnership with Stellar, is the better way to move money worldwide. The SendX team believes that the future of transactions is decentralized and distributed, bringing true equity to everyone across the value chain.
VoguePay - VoguePay, with offices in the United Kingdom and Nigeria, is partnering with Stellar to become the cheapest and most efficient way to send money between the United Kingdom and Nigeria. In the coming months, they expect to expand this service to other selected African countries.
HashCash - Hashcash consultants build financial solutions for banks and financial institutions over blockchain. We leverage the Stellar platform to build products that vastly improve the remittance and payments experience for banks and their customers. Transfers happen lightning fast at a fraction of current rates and operational cost is significantly reduced. HashCash is headquartered in India, with operations across South Asia and the Gulf.
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Stellar Lumens vs Other Cryptocurrencies
Lumens vs. Bitcoin: Jed McCaleb spoke at Distributed Markets in 2017 about the advantages, but more importantly, the disadvantages of Bitcoin. Listen to the talk here. Jed said, “Bitcoin is this awesome innovation. The first thing it does is converts a real world resource, electricity, into a digital asset. So it takes something from the real world and puts it into the digital realm. The second thing it does is provides immutable public record. It’s basically a database that everyone can see but no one change arbitrarily… That’s great, Bitcoin solves the double spin problem [ of proving possession and transmitting volume]… [However, to fix the problems of bitcoin] you might think well maybe we’ll just kind of keep adding [software] to Bitcoin until we get there, but that’s not really the way software works. You want to have the design from the beginning and solve these simple issues. Bitcoin was designed to be a new currency, it wasn’t really designed to be this unifying universal payment network. So that’s what Stellar does. It solves these three remaining issues.”
Lumens vs. Bitcoin #2: According to wired.com, "Bitcoin mining guzzles energy - and it's carbon footprint just keeps growing." Wired says "Today, each bitcoin transaction requires the same amount of energy used to power nine homes in the US for one day... The total energy use of this web of hardware is huge—an estimated 31 terawatt-hours per year. More than 150 individual countries in the world consume less energy annually. And that power-hungry network is currently increasing its energy use every day by about 450 gigawatt-hours, roughly the same amount of electricity the entire country of Haiti uses in a year." Because Stellar is based on a consensus algorithm rather than mining, it takes much less energy to run the Stellar network. The Poseidon Foundation decided to build their platform on Stellar rather than Ethereum or Bitcoin because of this (twitter source).
Lumens ICO tokens vs. Ethereum ICO tokens: According to Stellar.org, "traditionally, ICO tokens have been issued on the Ethereum network in the form of ERC20 tokens. ERC20 tokens are easy to issue and are infinitely customizable using Ethereum’s smart contracting language. However, recent events have highlighted and exacerbated some weaknesses of the network, including slow transaction processing times for the network during ICOs and increasingly expensive gas prices (by fiat standards) for transactions and smart contract execution. Moreover, many organizations require only basic tokens; they adopt the risk of Ethereum’s Turing complete programming language without taking advantage of many of its benefits."
"While Ethereum has the most expressive programming capabilities, we believe Stellar is the best choice for ICOs that do not require complex smart contracts. Stellar’s primary goal is to facilitate issuing and trading tokens, especially those tied to legal commitments by known organizations, such as claims on real-world assets or fiat currency."
Stellar vs. Ethereum #2: The median transaction time on Stellar is 5 seconds, compared to approximately 3.5 minutes on Ethereum (source). Stellar has a negligible transaction fee (.00001 XLM ~= $0.0000002) with no gas fee for computation, while depending on the complexity of the computation, the median cost for a transfer on the Ethereum network is $0.094. Security: While both Stellar and Ethereum run on a decentralized network, the Stellar network has fewer security pitfalls. Stellar uses atomic transactions comprised of simple, declarative operations while Ethereum uses turing complete programming capabilities which produces less auditable code and greater risk of exploitable vulnerabilities (source). Recently, a security flaw in the Ethereum network froze millions of dollars. According to Mobius ariticle written by David Gobaud, "On November 6, 2017, Github user deveps199 'accidentally' triggered a bug in Parity, a popular Ethereum mult-sig wallet, that froze more than $152 million in Ether across 151 addresses. The bug impacted several token sales including Polkadot, which has had ~$98 million out of its recent $145 million sale frozen."
"Mobius had none of its ongoing pre-sale Ether frozen because we do not trust Ethereum’s Smart Contract based multi-sig wallets given the vast Turing complete attack surface and did not use one. Security broadly is one of the main reasons the MOBI token that powers the DApp Store is a Stellar Protocol token and not an Ethereum token."
Lumens vs. Ripple: According to Wall Street Bitcoin Exchange, "Many investors like to compare the company [Stellar] to Ripple, and there are a lot of similarities, being that some of the founders worked on the Ripple team. In what can now be looked at as another blockchain development drama that plays out on chat boards and in interviews all across the globe. Stellar declared they fixed Ripple’s problems with their hard fork, however, Ripple has failed to admit to any of the flaws in its design that the Stellar team has pointed out." The article concludes by saying, "We Choose XLM Over XRP For 2018. That is why we are going with Stellar Lumens over Ripple in our portfolio for the rest of 2017 and 2018. After holding Ripple for a long time this year, it just never seems to make the big break like other names with bigger market caps like Bitcoin Cash, Dash, and Litecoin have. While we are holding on most all our larger market caps, we feel that Stellar Lumens will be one of the break out coins for 2018."
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Conclusion
The stellar.org team is doing an amazing job making partnerships and pioneering the use of blockchain technology for various types of transactions. What we are seeing is a new technology that can actually be used to solve real-world problems. As a community, we need to continue supporting Stellar and we will quickly see it power transactions across the world. What are your thoughts about Stellar? What do you see in the future of Stellar? Any important news you want to share? Comment below.
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BCHPLS.io - Announcing integration with Stripe, start accepting BCH & credit/debit cards for your brick-and-mortar stores with our point-of-sale system

We are pleased to announce Stripe integration with BCHPLS.io point-of-sale system. You can now accept both Bitcoin Cash and credit/debit cards in the same point-of-sale system.
Credit/debit card information has to be manually inserted into the virtual terminal.
Our point-of-sale system is compliant with PCI DSS standards imposed by Stripe. (Credit card information are never transmitted to our servers)
View the demo of a Stripe transaction.
If you are a merchant in the following countries, you are able to register as a Stripe merchant to begin processing credit/debit card transactions:
This feature is now available on https://bchpls.io/.
In upcoming updates, we will be working on adding integration with credit card readers. We are also adding products management to allow cashiers to select products and automatically calculate the total to charge customers, and to generate itemised invoices.
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Month in Review - January 2018

Crypto moves way too fast for me to keep up, so I started making a list of each day's biggest headline. Below is my list for last month. My main news source was reddit. My main holdings are ETH and NANO, but I tried to make the list as unbiased as possible. Hope you like this, and let me know if you have any feedback!
1/1 – Ethereum releases the Casper proof of stake protocol to its test network. 1/2 – Despite Verge’s claims of concealing users’ IP address info in their Wraith release, a website is discovered which publishes the IP addresses of all Verge transaction participants. 1/3 – Bitcoin celebrates the 9th anniversary of the genesis block. 1/4 – NEO breaks the $100 barrier. 1/5 – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces plan to integrate cryptocurrencies into Facebook services. 1/6 – TRON breaks the $10 billion market cap barrier and becomes a top 10 crypto amid accusations of whitepaper plagiarism and fears of the project’s legitimacy. 1/7 – After a 2-week swap, Ethereum retakes the #2 crypto spot from Ripple. 1/8 – Cryptos on South Korea and Chinese exchanges are being traded at over a 50% premium compared to their western counterparts. This causes Coinmarketcap to classify those prices as outliers, and subsequently flash crashes the market. 1/9 – RaiBlocks is officially named the winner of January’s Binance community vote. 1/10 – South Korea proposes legislation to ban crypto trading, flash crashing the market. They roll back the announcement 4 hours later. 1/11 – Moneygram announces a partnership with Ripple in a pilot program for crypto payments. 1/12 - Twitch begins accepting Bitcoin and transfers from Coinbase accounts as means of payment. 1/13 - Walton announces plans to work with China Mobile IoT Alliance on integration. 1/14 - VeChain announces partnership with China’s National Tobacco Corporation and State Tobacco Monopoly Administration. 1/15 - Mark Cuban says that his basketball team the Dallas Mavericks will accept Bitcoin and Ether as payment for tickets next season. 1/16 - Increased concerns over tightened cryptocurrency trading regulations in South Korea, China, and France, as well as calls from Germany for international cooperation to regulate the market, cause prices of top coins to fall 30%. 1/17 - Long suspected of running a Ponzi scheme, BitConnect shuts down both its trading and lending platforms and releases all locked BCC tokens. This causes its price to fall 95%. 1/18 - The South Korean Financial Supervisory Service reports that several government officials were caught insider trading immediately prior to the January 10th crypto exchange ban announcement. 1/19 - ICON partners with Kyber Network with plans to use Kyber’s crypto-exchange services to connect ICON with other blockchains. 1/20 - The National Research Council of Canada says that it is using the Ethereum blockchain to proactively publish research grants. 1/21 - Johann Jungwirth, the chief digital officer of Volkswagen, joins the IOTA Foundation as an advisor. 1/22 - South Korean government officials announce that they plan to collect up to 24.8% in corporate and income taxes from cryptocurrency exchanges based in the country. 1/23 - Online payment toolkit developer Stripe announce in a blog post that they are dropping support for Bitcoin, citing increased transaction times, fees, and price volatility. They also express interest in supporting other cryptocurrencies, including OmiseGo, Ethereum, and Stellar. 1/24 - Rating agency Weiss releases the first ever cryptocurrency ratings for the top 74 coins. Ethereum and EOS receive a B, the highest grade in the first round, with Cardano, NEO, and Steem the next highest with a B-. 1/25 - Popular stock-trading app Robinhood adds support for 16 cryptocurrencies in 5 US states, with Bitcoin and Ethereum the first to be tradeable. 1/26 - Popular Japanese exchange Coincheck gets hacked, resulting in the theft of 526 million XEM ($400 million) and 101 milion XRP ($130 million), the largest crypto theft from an exchange in history. 1/27 - Amid accusations of insolvency, Tether announces that its partnership with auditing firm Friedman LLP has been dissolved. 1/28 - Online South Korean mall 위메프 begins accepting 12 different cryptocurrencies as payment, including Bitcoin, Ether, and Ripple. 1/29 - Walton affiliate Xiamen Citylink signs a research sharing and IoT ecosystem services deal with the Zhangzouh branch of China Telecom Corporation. 1/30 - A Bloomberg article states that Tether was issued a subpoena by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commision in December. This was due to a lack of conclusive evidence that the USD holdings that back the cryptocurrency exist. Bitfinex, the world’s 4th largest exchange by volume and supporter of Tether, was also subpoenaed. 1/31 - RaiBlocks announces that it is rebranding to Nano.
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Paypal freezes our account after one year of service. We are having a HUGE sale just for cryptocurrencies as a result.

Hi guys,
So in November paypal froze our account due to them claiming they do not process payments for vaporizers. Our sales had been pretty steady up until this point and we've been struggling to get the same level of sales ever since. Bitcoin has helped us immensely during this time but the bitcoin market is still too small to reach the same level of sales as we were doing before. We tried setting up other payment gateways to no success. We used Stripe, but after our first sale they refused to do business with us. We are currently working to set up another payment gateway solution and merchant account. We are not asking for donations, but rather just informing the community of what happens when big companies like paypal are threatened by bitcoin and other technologies. However we are asking for help with regards to setting up a merchant account in Canada as that is our main priority as well as to advertise a big sale we are having to help with this transition. The sale will be up to 50% and we are accepting ONLY cryptocurrencies. We are only set up for bitcoin, but we would also like to accept these cryptocurrencies through email.
• Litecoin • Nxt • Bitshares PTS (protoshares) • counterparty • mastercoin • dogecoin
Also as a bonus we will be giving a free MFLB and V-tower to two lucky individuals who purchase from us this week!
http://www.vapetropolis.ca
TL:DR Huuge Sale when paying with bitcoin or cryptocurrencies listed above.
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10-22 07:33 - 'A List of Retailers/Marketplaces Currently Accepting Bitcoin, End of 2018 Edition' (self.Bitcoin) by /u/imnorm2 removed from /r/Bitcoin within 252-262min

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KFC Canada
MirrorKingdom.com – A company that sells luxury high end diamond watches and jewellery. ([link]1 )
Overstock.com – A company that sells big ticket items at lower prices due to overstocking
Playboy
Subway (Selected Stores— Pennsylvania, Allentown)– Eat fresh
Microsoft – Users can buy content with Bitcoin on Xbox and Windows store ([link]2 )
Virgin Galactic – Richard Branson company that includes Virgin Mobile and Virgin Airline
OkCupid – Online dating site
Namecheap – Domain name registrar
CheapAir.com – Travel booking site for airline tickets, car rentals, hotels
Expedia.com – Online travel booking agency REMOVED AFTER TRAILING PERIOD.
Gyft – Buy giftcards using Bitcoin
Newegg.com – Online electronics retailer now uses bitpay to accept bitcoin as payment
Wikipedia – The Free Encyclopedia with 4 570 000+ article
Alza – Largest Czech online retailer
The Internet Archive – web documatation company
Bitcoin.Travel – a travel site that provides accommodation, apartments, attractions, bars, and beauty salons around the world
Pembury Tavern – A pub in London, England
Old Fitzroy – A pub in Sydney, Australia
The Pink Cow – A diner in Tokyo, Japan
The Pirate Bay – BitTorrent directories
Zynga – Mobile gaming
4Chan.org – For premium services
EZTV – Torrents TV shows provider Mega.co.nz – The new venture started by the former owner of MegaUpload Kim Dotcom
Lumfile – Free cloud base file server – pay for premium services
Etsy Vendors – 93 of them
PizzaForCoins.com – Domino’s Pizza signed up – pay for their pizza with bitcons
Whole Foods – Organic food store (by purchasing gift card from Gyft)
Bitcoincoffee.com – Buy your favorite coffee online
Grass Hill Alpacas – A local farm in Haydenville, MA
Jeffersons Store – A street wear clothing store in Bergenfield, N.J
Helen’s Pizza – Jersey City, N.J., you can get a slice of pizza for 0.00339 bitcoin by pointing your phone at a sign next to the cash register
A Class Limousine – Pick you up and drop you off at Newark (N.J.) Airport
Seoclerks.com – Get SEO work done on your site cheap
Mint.com – Mint pulls all your financial accounts into one place. Set a budget, track your goals and do more
Fancy.com – Discover amazing stuff, collect the things you love, buy it all in one place
Bloomberg.com – Online newspaper
Humblebundle.com – Indie game site
BigFishGames.com – Games for PC, Mac and Smartphones (iPhone, Android, Windows)
Suntimes.com – Chicago based online newspaper
San Jose Earthquakes – San Jose California Professional Soccer Team (MLS)
Crowdtilt.com – The fastest and easiest way to pool funds with family and friends
Lumfile – Server company that offers free cloud-based servers
Museum of the Coastal Bend – 2200 East Red River Street, Victoria, Texas 77901, USA
Gap, GameStop and JC Penney – have to use eGifter.com
Etsy Vendors – Original art and Jewelry creations
Fight for the Future – Leading organization finding for Internet freedom
i-Pmart (ipmart.com.my) – A Malaysian online mobile phone and electronic parts retailer
curryupnow.com – A total of 12 restaurants on the list of restaurants accept bitcoins in San Francisco Bay Area
Dish Network – An American direct-broadcast satellite service provider
The Libertarian Party – United States political party
Yacht-base.com – Croatian yacht charter company
Euro Pacific – A major precious metal dealer
CEX – The trade-in chain has a shop in Glasgow, Scotland that accepts bitcoin
Straub Auto Repairs – 477 Warburton Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 – (914) 478- 1177
PSP Mollie – Dutch Payment Service
Intuit – an American software company that develops financial and tax preparation software and related services for small businesses, accountants and individuals.
ShopJoy – An Australian online retailer that sells novelty and unique gifts
Lv.net – Las Vegas high speed internet services
ExpressVPN.com – High speed, ultra secure VPN network
Grooveshark – Online music streaming service based in the United States
Braintree – Well known payments processor MIT Coop Store – Massachusetts Institute of Technology student bookstore
SimplePay – Nigeria’s most popular web and mobile-based wallet service
SFU bookstore – Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada State Republican Party First
State Republican Party to accept bitcoin donations ([link]3 )
mspinc.com – Respiratory medical equipment supplies store
Shopify.com – An online store that allows anyone to sell their products
Famsa – Mexico’s biggest retailer
Naughty America – Adult entertainment provider
Mexico’s Universidad de las Américas Puebla – A major university in Mexico
MovieTickets.com – Online movie ticket exchange/retailer
Dream Lover – Online relationship service
Lionsgate Films – The production studio behind titles such as The Hunger Games and The Day After Tomorrow
Rakutan – A Japanese e-commerce giant
Badoo – Online dating network
RE/MAX London – UK-based franchisee of the global real estate network
T-Mobile Poland – T-Mobile’s Poland-based mobile phone top-up company
Stripe – San Francisco-based payments company
WebJet – Online travel agency REMOVED AFTER TRAILING PERIOD.
Green Man Gaming – Popular digital game reseller
Save the Children – Global charity organization
NCR Silver – Point of sales systems
One Shot Hotels – Spanish hotel chain
Coupa Café in Palo Alto
PureVPN – VPN provider That’s my face – create action figures
Foodler – North American restaurant delivery company
Amagi Metals – Precious metal furnisher
Startselect.com - they sell official digital games and giftcards
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List Of companies who accepting bitcoins or cryptocurrencies

Many countries and companies accepting bitcoins or another cryptocurrency. I am sharing List of Companies Who Accepts Bitcoins as Payment!....
Here is a list of the biggest (and smaller) names who accepts bitcoins as a currency.
KFC Canada Overstock.com – A company that sells big ticket items at lower prices due to overstocking Subway – Eat fresh Microsoft – Users can buy content with Bitcoin on Xbox and Windows store Reddit – You can buy premium features there with bitcoins Virgin Galactic – Richard Branson company that includes Virgin Mobile and Virgin Airline OkCupid – Online dating site Namecheap – Domain name registrar CheapAir.com – Travel booking site for airline tickets, car rentals, hotels Expedia.com – Online travel booking agency Gyft – Buy giftcards using Bitcoin Newegg.com – Online electronics retailer now uses bitpay to accept bitcoin as payment Wikipedia – The Free Encyclopedia with 4 570 000+ article Alza – Largest Czech online retailer The Internet Archive – web documatation company Bitcoin.Travel – a travel site that provides accommodation, apartments, attractions, bars, and beauty salons around the world Pembury Tavern – A pub in London, England Old Fitzroy – A pub in Sydney, Australia The Pink Cow – A diner in Tokyo, Japan The Pirate Bay – BitTorrent directories Zynga – Mobile gaming 4Chan.org – For premium services EZTV – Torrents TV shows provider Mega.co.nz – The new venture started by the former owner of MegaUpload Kim Dotcom Lumfile – Free cloud base file server – pay for premium services Etsy Vendors – 93 of them PizzaForCoins.com – Domino’s Pizza signed up – pay for their pizza with bitcons Whole Foods – Organic food store (by purchasing gift card from Gyft) Bitcoincoffee.com – Buy your favorite coffee online Grass Hill Alpacas – A local farm in Haydenville, MA Jeffersons Store – A street wear clothing store in Bergenfield, N.J Helen’s Pizza – Jersey City, N.J., you can get a slice of pizza for 0.00339 bitcoin by pointing your phone at a sign next to the cash register A Class Limousine – Pick you up and drop you off at Newark (N.J.) Airport Seoclerks.com – Get SEO work done on your site cheap Mint.com – Mint pulls all your financial accounts into one place. Set a budget, track your goals and do more Fancy.com – Discover amazing stuff, collect the things you love, buy it all in one place (Source: Fancy) Bloomberg.com – Online newspaper Humblebundle.com – Indie game site BigFishGames.com – Games for PC, Mac and Smartphones (iPhone, Android, Windows) Suntimes.com – Chicago based online newspaper San Jose Earthquakes – San Jose California Professional Soccer Team (MLS) Crowdtilt.com – The fastest and easiest way to pool funds with family and friends (Source: crowdtilt) Lumfile – Server company that offers free cloud-based servers Museum of the Coastal Bend – 2200 East Red River Street, Victoria, Texas 77901, USA Gap, GameStop and JC Penney – have to use eGifter.com Etsy Vendors – Original art and Jewelry creations Fight for the Future – Leading organization finding for Internet freedom i-Pmart (ipmart.com.my) – A Malaysian online mobile phone and electronic parts retailer curryupnow.com – A total of 12 restaurants on the list of restaurants accept bitcoins in San Francisco Bay Area Dish Network – An American direct-broadcast satellite service provider The Libertarian Party – United States political party Yacht-base.com – Croatian yacht charter company Euro Pacific – A major precious metal dealer CEX – The trade-in chain has a shop in Glasgow, Scotland that accepts bitcoin Straub Auto Repairs – 477 Warburton Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 – (914) 478-1177 PSP Mollie – Dutch Payment Service Intuit – an American software company that develops financial and tax preparation software and related services for small businesses, accountants and individuals. ShopJoy – An Australian online retailer that sells novelty and unique gifts Lv.net – Las Vegas high speed internet services ExpressVPN.com – High speed, ultra secure VPN network Grooveshark – Online music streaming service based in the United States Braintree – Well known payments processor MIT Coop Store – Massachusetts Institute of Technology student bookstore SimplePay – Nigeria’s most popular web and mobile-based wallet service SFU bookstore – Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada State Republican Party – First State Republican Party to accept bitcoin donations mspinc.com – Respiratory medical equipment supplies store Shopify.com – An online store that allows anyone to sell their products Famsa – Mexico’s biggest retailer Naughty America – Adult entertainment provider Mexico’s Universidad de las Américas Puebla – A major university in Mexico LOT Polish Airlines – A worldwide airline based in Poland MovieTickets.com – Online movie ticket exchange/retailer Dream Lover – Online relationship service Lionsgate Films – The production studio behind titles such as The Hunger Games and The Day After Tomorrow Rakutan – A Japanese e-commerce giant Badoo – Online dating network RE/MAX London – UK-based franchisee of the global real estate network T-Mobile Poland – T-Mobile’s Poland-based mobile phone top-up company Stripe – San Francisco-based payments company WebJet – Online travel agency Green Man Gaming – Popular digital game reseller Save the Children – Global charity organization NCR Silver – Point of sales systems One Shot Hotels – Spanish hotel chain Coupa Café in Palo Alto
PureVPN – VPN provider That’s my face – create action figures Foodler – North American restaurant delivery company Amagi Metals – Precious metal furnisher Note: More who accepts bitcoins companies, stores, merchants will be added as they’re announced!
Creadit :-99bitcoins.com
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Log of AMA with GopherCard.com - @Tricia (Tricia Lin), @bitjedi (Brad Chun)

boldninja Let us all welcome team from GopherCard.com - @Tricia (Tricia Lin) and @bitjedi (Brad Chun). You can all start asking them questions. I'd ask team from GopherCard.com to use @ username to the one they are responding to and I'd like to ask all the community to give them some time to catch up if too many questions in backlog, before asking more so questions don't get lost. Thank you!
Tricia hey everybody
bitjedi hi
tranzer hi
thebitarchitect hi
Tricia good to be here
tranzer I'm gonna start with a question. Will Gopher be a credit card type of a deal or something else?
Tricia hey @tranzer. we're launching in November as a crypto digital gift card mall - pay in bitcoin or any other alt coin, and get discounts on gift cards.
Tricia we looked at open loop cards but decided against it.
Tricia we will also give you guys a mechanism to earn any crypto in a p2p exchange
tranzer How will you deposit BTC on Gopher and how will they verify?
reconnico Could you give us a small hint about your roadmap and plans for the next 2 years?
Tricia @tranzer we'll operate as a P2P exchange - so no depositing BTC necessary
bitjedi @reconnico can you clarify your q
tranzer So Gopher will be similiar to Gyft? Will you host ICO or how are you getting the funds not much info on the website atm.
Tricia Similar yes!
reconnico @bitjedi: What are your planned next steps?
Tricia @tranzer yes - full website up soon. We're similar to Gyft but diff biz model
arklover2018 whats the difference with Gyft ?
bitjedi @reconnico angel/seed funded. ico tbd
tranzer Can you elaborate more on the difference I'm interested. Gopher sounds promising I won't lie, but I'd need more info
Tricia @arklover2018 diff is 2 things
Tricia 1) we are giving you the oppty to earn any crypto also. 2) we're crypto-agnostic. any coin
Tricia also, we'll give you discounts.
thebitarchitect what partners for gift cards will be available at Nov launch? can you shed some insight?
Tricia @thebitarchitect we'll launch in nov w/10 top brands
Tricia can't spill the beans yet but they are good :slightly_smiling_face:
tranzer Ark will be included ?
Tricia @thebitarchitect however we are excited to tell you that we're rolling out a bunch of promotions for our first 1000 sign ups - i.e. free digital gift cards of stocks in conjunction with StockPile.
tranzer And how can you earn crypto? With buying in those malls like get something back on the card?
Jmrtnz joined #trading_altcoins.
bitjedi @tranzer there will be a loyalty program
Tricia @tranzer as Brad said, you can earn crypto in 2 ways: 1) earning points or 2) selling your digital gift cards in the open market on our platform
thebitarchitect repeate from @tranzer will Ark be included?
Tricia the crypto ecosystem is all about collab now, let's hope so
djselery AMA
thebitarchitect @Tricia what brands are in the top 10? follow up to my previous questions
tranzer Is Gopher going to be only in America or you launching worldwide?
Tricia @thebitarchitect sorry I can't reveal yet but we have brands in entertainment, travel, hospitality, and food
Tricia etc.
bitjedi @tranzer soft launch in USA and Canada
bitjedi worldwide in the roadmap
thebitarchitect @Tricia can you talk a little bit mroe about earning crypto?
tranzer How will someone get Gopher card will there be like KYC or?
Tricia @thebitarchitect sure. we're a P2P exchange. there are 2 parties: the person who has crypto and wants to spend it, and the person who wants to earn crypto
Tricia for the latter party, they'll fulfill the purchase request and get paid out in crypto
bitjedi @thebitarchitect we are building a matching algorithm
tranzer So everything is P2P, I like that
Tricia @tranzer yes we are doing light KYC
Tricia @tranzer yes. we're the first fully P2P crypto exchange
Tricia pretty powerful stuff
thebitarchitect whats on the roadmap for 2018? also are you both ios and andriod?
tranzer What about security how are you gonna handle this I mean exchanging on platform will it be centralized or decentralized in a way?
bitjedi @tranzer define centralized / decentralized
Tricia @tranzer we're building highly secure ability to catch potentially fraudulent activity - we'll be watching all the transactions in real time
del @bitjedi I think what he is referring to is that the exchange won't be connected to any third party companies, such as banks that may install regulations on how you conduct business.
tranzer Well you said people will exchange on your platform ( someone who wants to spend and someone who wants to earn) will that platform be decentralized or centralized?
del @bitjedi He just wants to know whether or not you will be operating and securing under your own independent regulations. (edited)
Sonobit please define light KYC
bitjedi @del thanks @tranzer all in house
Tricia @Sonobit email, phone number and optional Facebook links to start but we want your feedback
tranzer What if I lose Gopher card can you cancel it and reissue ?
Tricia @tranzer there's no physical card, it's your membership. We'll be watching everything in real-time so we can cancel your account any time.
thebitarchitect @Tricia how may i use gopher card at a local vendors within urban environment? Are small businesses going to be on-boarded as well?
tranzer So everything via mobile correct?
bitjedi @tranzser mobile and web
bitjedi @tranzer mobile and web
Tricia @thebitarchitect yes every merchant in the world
Tricia :slightly_smiling_face:
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thebitarchitect following @Sonobit is identity managed all in house proprietary? or edge?
Tricia @thebitarchitect we are spending a lot of time trying to educate merchants about the merits of accepting bitcoin etc. too
tranzer how much will membership cost for user or is it free? How much will it cost for vendor?
tranzer I mean how are you gonna make money with fees or something else?
Tricia @thebitarchitect identity + KYC managed in-house proprietary with our team
Tricia @tranzer to start it will be free. we make money from the merchants on the volumes of gift cards we sell. we will also take a small transaction fee.
lars Wil it be only US or at more places?
tranzer Will vendors opt-in which coins they accept or will they all need to accept all?
Tricia @lars US and Canada to start - but will roll out in every continent.
del @Tricia what is your current ETA to begin operations, not including current time of development? (edited)
Tricia @tranzer for gift card purposes, no opt-in necessary
Tricia @del we're about 30% of the way through our build - targeting Nov 15
Tricia @del want to make sure you can buy gift cards for yourself, friends and family ahead of the holiday season
tranzer Do gift cards have expiration date ?
del @Tricia That's very soon, do you believe that your team will be able to implement the technology and make it sustainable through Q1 of 2018?
del At 30% completion now seems rather quick for development that has a due date mid Nov. Will you be releasing a beta that users can simply click around and get a feel for what you are offering? (edited)
Tricia @del will answer your dev question first
Tricia yes, let's say a beta launch in Nov. our tech is not super difficult to build, it is a transaction platform that integrates about 5 different parties at a minimum and our matching algo.
thebitarchitect @Tricia would you consider licensing the technology to others? what data sharing principles are you building? is data only going to be used to improve the experience? or are you sharing with retailers?
Tricia @del wrt the expiration date question - the FTC requires closed loop and open loop to not expire for 5 years from when the card was initially purchased, but inactivity fees can be levied after a year of no use.
Tricia because our brands are pretty big, we don't think that the 5 year will be a problem, but you guys tell us
Tricia @thebitarchitect yes we would consider
tranzer Really cool I must say you have model pretty thought out
Tricia @thebitarchitect re: data sharing - ultimately we want to protect identity of our users as our #1 priority -it's the crux of our success. #2 priority - to make the UX/UI across the Gopher platform (both how data will be used) totally integrated. no sharing
bitjedi we must remain compliant with all local regulations and try to reduce fraud but we will try to also balance this with user privacy and use the best practices around storage and transmission of personally identifiable information.
tranzer so there is no fiat involoved with Gopher right?
Tricia @tranzer @bitjedi exactly - we've spent a long time getting the international and state jurisdiction legal requirements right
Tricia @tranzer should we?
tranzer nope not as far as I'm concerned I'm fine with everything crypto
Tricia @tranzer that's what we thought too initially but we also want to get non crypto users to see the value of shopping with crypto so might be worth giving them the option too
del @Tricia @bitjedi Thank you for answering my questions, and best of luck on your project!
bitjedi @del thanks
tranzer but with fiat it gets complicated with more regulations and KYC?
Tricia @tranzer absolutely and we've prepared for fiat also
Tricia we want to be totally currency agnostic - in our view of the world, that's crypto, but not everyone shares that view :slightly_smiling_face:
tranzer true, true
Tricia we want crypto to be a global reserve currency
boldninja How many vendors you have lined up atm (not just big ones) ?
Tricia @boldninja can you ask that again at the end of next week?
boldninja Sure :smile:
Tricia thanks :slightly_smiling_face:
tranzer Thanks @Tricia and @bitjedi for answering all my questions without much info on site I got a pretty clear picture now and I like it and I ran out of them since you covered it all :smile:. Hope you guys can collaborate with Ark as well at some point seems like a good match.
DarudeMyDude Shoot, didn't get to ask. Will you guys be accepting USD and PayPal payments along with crypto payments?
Tricia @tranzer thanks for the great questions! the website is lean right now but look out for a new one tb released next week!
Tricia @tranzer definitely
bitjedi @DarudeMyDude yes we are integrating PayPal, Stripe
bitjedi USD
Tricia @DarudeMyDude yup but goes back to @tranzer's question about fiat
Tricia do you think we should?
DarudeMyDude I say give people the option to pay with Fiat but not has good of a cheaper price
Tricia Kinda like with gyft, you can pay with Bitcoin and get maybe 5% back in rewards
Tricia @Tricia
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boldninja OK we are nearing 1 hour mark where we usually start closing AMA. Any last questions? If GopherTeam would like to say anything else, please feel free to write any closing statements :D
DarudeMyDude @Tricia I will definitely be a user since I use things like Amazon a lot and hold some crypto. Thank you again and I am looking forward to hearing more from you guys!
Tricia Thanks @boldninja and the Ark team for the opportunity to talk about what we're building
Gstauf Thanks, very interesting
Tricia @DarudeMyDude big thanks-- we're building this for people like you and finding ways to reward you too to stay tuned!
bitjedi thank you all! we look forward to working closely with the ARK community!
boldninja Thank you Tricia and Brad for taking the time to do this AMA and I pretty much look forward to learning more about Gopher in the upcoming weeks! All the best with the project and you are always welcome to hang around our Slack
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The Libertarian Society that Was.

For one week every year in the town of Lancaster, New Hampshire, something truly remarkable happens. Libertarians of all stripes and shades travel from around the world, from Mexico to Canada, from Australia to Great Britain, and create the society that they want to see. It is called the Porcupine Freedom Festival, or Porcfest for short.
There are no cops, there are no rulers, and the only laws that exist are the laws that exist between men as they deal with each other as equals. Gadsden flags ("Don't Tread on Me") and Market Anarchist flags (gold and black bisected) were waved instead of the usual Red White and Blue. Almost one in every three men had a sidearm strapped to their legs. People were excited about Bitcoin as a currency, and hopeful for the future.
I arrived on Wednesday night at around 11:30, and I did not have a campsite. I drove up and parked along the side of a path, and walked down a hill where I saw a large collection of party-goers hanging out in the rain beside a campfire. I walked down and met up with a friend of mine from London, named Harold. He stared at me for a second before drunkenly hugging me and making sure that I was provided with a beer. He then introduced me to his group of friends.
"This is Edward Snowden, everybody," he declared to those he was talking with. They laughed. I suppose I do bear some resemblance to the famed whistleblower, but I doubt my accomplishments will hold much light in comparison. Still, it wasn't the worst nickname I have been given.
Harold then led me to Jonathon, who is a man from French-Canada. Both of them had visited me at my house earlier in the week
I had loaned Harold one of my tents earlier in the week when he, along with Jonathon, had visited my house on their way to New Hampshire. They were being given rides by our friend Phillip, who was attending with his wife and his two daughters. While Phillip had opted for a hotel, they had opted for a campsite.
The tent that I had loaned him was apparently flooded. As such, Harold asked if he could sleep in my car. Jonathon, on the other hand, had brought his own setup, and it was very dry, and didn't need to use my vehicle for such things. I consented, and we decided to see if any food was available this late at night.
We found a vendor in a tent selling ice-cream. They accepted Bitcoin. I decided to try their ice cream, which they assured was made without the permission or license of the state. It was delicious and did not kill me.
We then wandered by to the fire with our ice cream. There was a man in nothing but a loincloth sitting on a picnic table, and he seemed to be selling moonshine. There were a few young men enjoying some cannibis. There was no more beer. I decided to go to bed.
The next morning, I met a man and a woman who were sitting on top of a large boulder that I'd apparently parked next to. They were watching the sunset, and I was told that if you sat on that rock, you'd have an amazing view. I took their word for it before I took a waddle around the campsite. It amazed me the sheer number of men walking around with all manner of firearms. The most common were hip-holstered openly carried pistols, but there were also several men wielding shotguns and semi-automatic (assumedly) sporting rifles. There was also a tent that I found with a class on constructing an AR-15. The class was 700 dollars. You kept the AR-15 you had built when the class was over.
The amount of vendors that were operating was also pretty interesting. There were hot-dog vendors, a bacon-pancake vendor, vegan and paleo specific foods, raw honey, and even entire bars and saloons with a wide assortment of strange spirits.
Other businesses included gold and silver trade, a Bitcoin ATM, blueprints for automatic weapons, unlicensed tattoo parlors, unlicensed casinos, and even a strip-club called the Thunderdome (I would give you the scoop on the happenings in there, but I abstained; those who did not inform me that I did not miss out on much).
We went on a beer run and headed away from the campsite past another campsite (one with a Christmas theme) and into the town of Jefferson. Even though it was less than 5 miles away from the campsite, few here seemed to know what Porcfest was. When told that Libertarians really liked New Hampshire, one local resident replied, "Why? There's nothing here."
Their pizza was good, their cigarettes (what Jonathon called "Darts") were cheap, and their alcohol was about what you'd expect at a gas station.
I spent that day talking with Jonathon, the Canadian man who I loaned my bed eariler in the week. He was 19 years old, and had been all over the world. He was well-travelled, and had spent his adult life so far travelling the world. He paid for this with undefined Bitcoin-related riches, no doubt an early investor.
Harold was a man in London who is an organizer for a Libertarian club and also heads the Anarcho-Capitalist Steam group, with over 800 members.
We did Karaoke that night, and though most of the singers were about what you expect at a Karaoke event (with me butchering Tainted Love by Soft Cell), Phillip from Ohio blew the crowds away with his rendition of Frank Sinatra's hit My Way, which spoke to the hearts of the freedom-loving crowd. Phillip was classically trained and had attended 4 years of voice school, and I sympathized with the act that followed his. The event was not a contest, but he won it anyway.
On Friday morning, I woke up early with Jonathon and Harold and we attended a safety brief for the range. A local gun range had agreed to allow us to shoot on their range, and an NRA instructor gave the classic safety rules to everyone, just in case they weren't aware of them previously. We then drove in a caravan over to the range, and were treated to a wide selection of highly powerful automatic weapons. For 25 dollars, you could get a 30 round magazine of 5.56 or 7.62 and safely fire it at a paper target through an M16 or an AK-47. I decided to skip that and fire a .50 caliber Desert Eagle.
It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to firearms, I've fired my fair share of fully-automatic weapons when I was in the infantry. From Ma Deuces to Saws, I've fired a lot of weapons. The Desert Eagle was, by far, the most absurdly over-powered. Needless to say, I'd like to own one.
.22 ammunition was free to shoot, so after firing the Deagle as it's called in the Counter Strike community, I went up and went plinking with a variety of .22 caliber rifles and pistols while my friends went crazy with M16s.
A gay dance party was held on Thursday night at the camp-site. I was told by one persona attending that it was easy to tell the gay people from the straight people there.
"The gay people are dressed normally," I was told.
I bought a cookie from a pair of sisters who were no older than 6 years. It was delicious, but 1 dollar for a cookie is a bit expensive in retrospect. Who can say no to kids selling cookies? Certainly not many of the people there. Even those who ate Paleo would taste a cookie if a 6 year old tried to sell it to them.
The Paleo diet is very interesting, as many of the people at this event would eat only paleo food. The diet of low-grain and primitive blueprints doesn't, on the surface, have anything in common with Libertarian philosophy or politics, so why was it that they were in such showing at the event? I may never know. Another oddity was the amount of Libertarians with beards. I do not refer to your typical goatee, but I instead talk of fully-blown lumberjack beards. Perhaps it's the fashion in New Hampshire, it'd certainly be in keeping with their reputation.
I took Jonathon and a man who runs a video-blog (Lengthyournarther on YouTube, but let's call him Steve) out to lunch. The wings had something to be desired, and the pizza seemed manufactured, but then again, Western New York sets the bar high in this regard, and I consider myself a connoisseur in this respect. When we got the bill, Steve decided to pay for his share with a 1 troy-ounce silver coin with a buffalo on it. Silver was regarded as acceptable all across Porcfest, but in the town of Lancaster, it wasn't as readily accepted. I, however, do accept Silver as a method of payment, and was more than willing to pay on his behalf for the shiny coin. Gold was also completely acceptable in Agora Valley (one name for the campsite), but neither of these were nearly as popular as Bitcoin. Everything was for sale if you had bitcoin, from guns to poker-chips to sex. There was a bitcoin ATM machine, and bitcoin stickers, and bitcoin shirts. I got a free shirt from a 12 year old that ran a booth. He surveyed me on my experience with bitcoin, and provided me a knife, an umbrella, a t-shirt, along with other goodies. It was, by any metric, a completely fair trade for me.
On the last night, I was getting rather tired. Too much alcohol and not enough sleep will get any man, and if you combine sunburn with these you get a man who is quite tuckered out. I attended a few folk-music concerts, saw a man get an entire tent hopping as a one-man band, and saw a large wooden porcupine get lit up in a bonfire. I went to bed early before my eyesockets got too heavy.
When I woke up on Sunday Morning, however, it was all gone. The booths were getting packed up, many people had already left, and people were wandering around cleaning up after themselves. I said goodbye to my friends, and after packing up my things, I began the long ride home.
At first, I was feeling rather somber for the fact that I would have to return to New York, a land of statism and silliness. The thought of leaving New Hampshire, where seat-belts are considered optional, was pretty depressing, but then I remembered some wisdom passed by Dr. Suess.
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened".
Just over three days I spent in New Hampshire, partying and rallying with all manner of free people. That was enough to render me completely exhausted, but a younger man might want a bit more. For one week, in the tiny town of Lancaster, in Coos (pronounced "Koo-Ah-s") County New Hampshire, a Libertarian society existed. It was amazing due to what I saw, but also the things I didn't. It was liberating with what I could do, and also what I didn't have to do. It was amazing to be accepted as an individual, while being part of a larger group. It gave me a glimpse of what a Libertarian society could be, and hopefully, what such a society will be.
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Ethereum will pass Bitcoin in 2018: my cryptocurrency investment portfolio

In the last few days, many have asked about my investment strategy and portfolio mix after writing 95Percent’s: Blockchain Technology.
After much deliberation, in this post, I’ve decided to share my holdings with you. Perhaps more importantly, I’ve decided to also share my underlying philosophy. As a reminder, I know nothing. None of this should be construed as investment advice, and you should do your own research before making any investments. I would be financially okay if I lost all of my invested money: you should make sure you could survive a total loss before investing any funds.
But enough of that, how should you approach investing in cryptocurrencies? First, I advocate creating your own investment tenets. Tenets are also a crucial aspect of the product management process. I recommend creating tenets before diving into any business, project or problem.
Why do we write tenets?
Tenets are used to make hard decisions Each tenet expresses the conflict arising from two (or more) competing philosophies Each tenet ultimately demonstrates preference for one philosophy over others Most people have their own philosophies and preferences, but they don’t write them down. Writing them out is crucial because it crystalizes your thinking. Tenets are helpful when times are good and indispensable when things get tough. You should debate your tenets heavily with family, friends, and yourself. Below I share five of my cryptocurrency investment tenets:
Jason’s Cryptocurrency Tenets [January 2018]
1) I will prioritize platform investments (think Ethereum) over application investments (think Dash). Strong infrastructure scales and changes the world. Successful applications are hard to predict and are not stable over time. Platforms better withstand changing customer needs.
2) I will choose cryptocurrencies with user adoption and strong focus on user adoption over cryptocurrencies with the latest tech or prettiest whitepapers.
3) I will take the super-long term view. I will prioritize cryptocurrency that have the potential to be trillion dollar businesses and will stay away from currencies with more barriers to widespread adoption. If a cryptocurrency is unlikely to ever be used en masse, I won’t buy it. I investment in fundamentals not merely public opinion.
4) I will greatly value signals in the market, especially signals from entities with inside information and large investment positions — potentially over even my own analysis.
5) I value cryptocurrencies that demonstrate the ability to change direction, pivot quickly and make decisions over cryptocurrencies that emphasize status quo, tradition, and moving wisely but slowly. I recognize this is partly a function of team structure and leadership.
After painstakingly working through my tenets, I’ve researched many of the cryptocoins available today. Based on my personal investment philosophy and this research, I’ve made several investments over the last month. Here’s my positions as of January 11th 2018:
Jason’s Cryptocurrency Portfolio* as of January 11th 2018:
Ethereum: 50% Stellar: 20% Neo: 20% Request Network: 10% *I’ve rounded these numbers to make them prettier.
Ethereum: 50%
As we wrote in Blockchain Technology: “Blockchain technology creates information networks. The fundamental rule of networks is that when a new person joins any network, the network becomes exponentially more valuable. As a corollary, each time another person joins a widely-used network, it becomes exponentially harder for competing networks to offer similar value to people. You use Facebook because all of your friends are on the platform. You are less likely to use a new social network because few of your friends would be on it. As a result, networks tend to produce winner-takes-all markets. Facebook, WeChat and a few other businesses, for example, dominate the social networking space. We expect a similar winner-take-all outcome for blockchain technology. So far, founders have created many hundreds of digital coins. They will create thousands more over the next few years. We expect a handful of these digital coins to successfully walk out onto the global stage, while the vast majority of these coins will ultimately become valueless.”
Amazon is a platform. Facebook is a platform. Platforms dominate the internet. As we’ve seen from Ethereum’s creation of the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) platform, platform coins will dominate the blockchain coin as well. We’ll see many cryptocoins repositioning themselves as platform coins, especially starting in the second half of 2018 and into 2019 when many smaller, more niche coins start to flame out. Based on my research, Ethereum is currently best positioned to win the platform war. Pure and simple. I may change my view in the next few months or quarters but for now Ethereum gets the majority of my money.
Stellar: 20%
Stellar is a platform that wants to make it really easy for companies to ICO (versus using Ethereum). Stellar is ultra-focused on this use case, but that’s okay, because this use case is massive.
Again, per Blockchain Technology, “[blockchain] technology can also make physical-world assets more liquid (easier to sell and buy) by making them more reducible. In other words, the blockchain better facilitates ownership of assets across multiple people… while mega-companies (e.g., Amazon, AirBnB) have successfully built their own digital marketplaces in the past, blockchain provides the available-to-all, trust-building, low-cost financial infrastructure via smart contracts, secure transactions, and an authoritative ledger to [almost anyone]…Unlike crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter, where early backers receive nothing but a product or service, ICOs let entities actually own part of meaningful ideas.”
The tokenization of assets via blockchain is going to change the world. So far, this use case is the only one Ethereum has proved it can solve and I find it possible that Stellar eats some of Ethereum’s pie: I am watching Stellar carefully. Stellar focuses on usability (think: MVP) instead of extensibility (think: useless features). The founder started Mt. GOX and built the initial framework for Ripple. Stellar is backed by Stripe and has support from top advisors in tech.
Neo: 20%
Over the last decade, China has made it clear that they want to build their own solutions to world problems. I expect this trend to continue into the blockchain world, and expect at least a duopoly platform paradigm (at least one major smart contract platform for the West, and at least one smart contract platform for the East).
Request Network: 10%
Request Network is a platform specifically focused on the payments space (built on top of Ethereum). While the sized of the tokenization of assets space (e.g. ICO) is almost incalculable, the payments space remains enormous. Request Network is a big team bet. As a product leader, I value team organization a lot. I’ve studied the core developers of many of the top blockchain coins, and find that most projects are being run relatively poorly compared to more traditional software development projects today (partly a function of decentralization of blockchain teams). Many teams don’t have updated visions or project plans and as a result miss deadlines and seem to be prioritizing things no one wants. Request Network strikes me as agile, able to pivot quickly, and ruthlessly focused on user growth and customer experience. (I love the bi-weekly updates.). I also immensely value their time in YCombinator, the top startup incubator in the world.
Like the pre-blockchain startup world, real-life customer feedback is everything. I want a team desperate to get their coin to market. From there, they can interact with real customers and then make technical changes that are likely to lead to meaningful improvements for real customers.
Mainstream cryptocoins I am NOT invested in:
Bitcoin
In my opinion, a huge milestone for blockchain technology will be to move away from the Bitcoin Hegemony. Right now, the cryptocurrency market as whole is psychologically entwined with Bitcoin. When Bitcoin plummets, the market plummets, although we’ve seen signs of change in the last few weeks. In 2018, I predict that Ethereum (or another platform) will surpass Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency market will finally detangle itself from Bitcoin.
I don’t find pro-Bitcoin arguments particularly strong. Initially, Bitcoin initially saw a lot of success helping entities perform discreet transactions (think: Silk Road). Currently, though, Bitcoin isn’t particularly helpful in the payments space (slow, expensive, and unfocused): the digital currency is unlikely to scale to widespread user adoption for payments. Bitcoin also can’t help with ICOs: it is not a platform. Perhaps most concerning, from a development perspective Bitcoin moves slowly, has divided leadership, and doesn’t practice user-driven development (at least compared to other digital coins). Proponents cite these characteristics as advantages and argue that Bitcoin is a store of value.
We flesh out the digital coin role as a store of value in Blockchain Technology: “Blockchain technology also has potential to provide a new independent store of value. Today, the classic independent store of value, gold, is partly valuable because humans have decided to value it independently of nation states (e.g., Canada) or nation alliances (e.g., the European Union) unlike other mainstream currencies (e.g., the United States dollar is closely tied to the success of the United States of America). Gold is generally inversely correlated with the US dollar: in other words, gold acts as a hedge against the current global financial system. Because gold is difficult to store — heavy, relatively insecure — digital blockchain-currencies represent an attractive alternative. If digital currencies become more stable over time (currently, they are extremely volatile), they may one day augment or supplement assets such as gold.”
The problem is that no one uses Bitcoin as a stable store of value today. Additionally, Bitcoin is relatively uncorrelated with the US dollar, so it doesn’t act as a particularly useful hedge. Ultimately, I think digital coins will be strong store of values, but this is far, far down the road. At that point, I find that other cryptocoins are just as likely or more likely to act as global store of values compared to Bitcoin.
I further argued that the bigger and more immediate store of value opportunity is “helping entities buy into the global financial system in the first place. In developing countries, for example, many entities are eager to shift local, unstable currencies to stable currencies such as the US dollar to better protect their wealth. Like the US dollar today, the blockchain-backed currencies that facilitate world transactions tomorrow will also naturally act as a store of value. Entities will invest in these currencies as they do the US dollar today. As a result, the same blockchain-based currencies that gain mainstream adoption for payments are also likely to gain mainstream adoption as stores of value.” We will be forever indebted to Bitcoin but 2018 will mark Ethereum passing Bitcoin, the marketing falling, and then ultimately rebounding stronger than before. The age of the Blockchain Platform is beginning.
Privacy-centric cryptocoin
While, private, fully-anonymous transactions are a large blockchain use case, coins emphasizing privacy will struggle to gain mass adoption in the long-term. I expect privacy-centric coins to bear the brunt of initial government scrutiny and regulation. I choose to make my investments on the more public side of the blockchain movement. That said, Monero would be my current pick in the privacy-centric digital coin space.
Ripple
As we wrote in Blockchain Technology: “in the short-term, partial blockchain solutions [like Ripple] will become common. Already, financial institutions are creating their own private blockchain networks and producing digital coin. Participating institutions act as nodes in the blockchain, and have visibility into all transaction on the shared digital ledger.”
I like Ripple, and particularly the focus on getting customers. Like many others, however, I am concerned about the difference between the highly-valuable Ripple Payment Protocol and XRP as an investment vehicle. I also see in-house blockchain development from large institutions as meaningful competition.
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Stellar Lumens HODL alert: 2017 Round up, Partnerships, 2018 Road Map

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Stellar Lumens HODL alert: 2017 Round up, Partnerships, Lumens vs. Other Cryptos
Welcome everyone! The future of Stellar Lumens is bright! Today we will look at the accomplishments of Stellar.org in 2017.
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2017 Round Up
IBM / Stellar Partnership
• Kik Messenger’s KIN coin to move from Ethereum to Stellar in 2018
• Stellar ATM introduced in Singapore
• Jed McCaleb confirms IBM/Stellar has 30 banks on board (Youtube Video)
Lightyear.io enables forward thinking financial entities to easily join the Stellar ecosystem.
• IBM adds 8 new validators from 8 different countries onto the Stellar network (article)
Forbes calls Stellar “venmo, but on a global scale - and for larger bodies like banks and corporations.”
• Stellar Lumens Is Up 6,300% Since March and Is Aiming for Big Blockchain Partners (article)
• Many new partnerships (listed below) that will be using the Stellar network in 2018.
Binance and GoPax Exchanges Adds Stellar
Ledger Nano S support is now available for Lumens (XLM)
• The next coin to break into the top 10 cryptos (article)
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2017 Partnerships & Financial Institutions
IBM - is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States, with operations in over 170 countries. IBM partnered with Stellar to help financial institutions address the processes of universal cross-border payments, designed to reduce the settlement time and lower the cost of completing global payments for businesses and consumers.
SatoshiPay - a web payment system that helps online publishers monetize digital assets like news articles, videos, or PDFs in tiny increments without friction.
EXCH.ONE - is a FinTech software company based in Switzerland currently working to integrate its platform and its first technology adopter Euro Exchange Securities UK Ltd. into the Stellar network. This addition to the Stellar network will bring access to currency markets of South and Central America,UK and a number of EU countries.
Novati (ASX:NOV) - is an Australian-based software technology and payment services provider. Novatti is currently working to integrate it’s platform into the Stellar network with the ultimate aim to build a global money transfer solution to provide cross border, cross currency and cross asset payments.
Pundi X - is an Indonesia based fintech company that provides POS device, debit card, multi-currency wallet that empowers individuals to buy and sell cryptocurrency at any physical store in the world. They say "buying cryptocurrency should be as easy as buying a bottled water."
MoneyMatch - is a Malaysia based fintech startup that provides a fully-digital peer-to-peer currency exchange platform for customers to transfer and exchange foreign currencies with complete ease and at great value. The company plans to integrate with the Stellar network and enable pay in and pay out from Malaysia.
Streami - is a Korea based fintech company that offers blockchain enabled cross-border remittance service and recently launched a cryptocurrency exchange. The partnership extends both on the exchange side and remittance operations.
Neoframe - is developing and marketing trading solutions for big brokerage firms in Korea and extends its business to blockchain based applications. Neoframe developed high performance centralized cryptocurrency exchange as well as secure wallet solutions and is working with big financial players. The company is planning to launch a remittance business for ASEAN countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos, Brunei) using Stellar.
SureRemit($RMT) - is a Nigeria based global non-cash remittances company. SureRemit leverages the Stellar blockchain platform to connect immigrants abroad directly with merchants that provide the services needed by their loved ones back home. With Remit tokens, immigrants all over the world can access digital shopping vouchers that can be spent on goods and services at accepting merchants wherever they are.
Cowrie Integrated Systems - is a Nigerian based Value Added Service Provider. Cowrie provides services at the intersection between telecoms and finance. Cowrie recently joined the Stellar network to bring novel fintech services to the African market.
Smartlands - is a Stellar-based platform designed to create a new class of low-risk tokens, secured by real, profitable assets in the real-world economy. Smartlands is designed to promote investments in the agricultural sector by allowing investment in individual projects, agricultural companies or indexes of groups of projects. These investments will be fully collateralized by agricultural real estate, other productive assets such as fruit or nut trees or, in some cases, the actual crop.
Klick-Ex - is an award winning regional cross-border payments system delivering financial infrastructure for emerging markets. It has been responsible for dramatic uptake in digital financial services in unbanked regions of the world, and lowering costs for banks, central banks and consumers in low liquidity currencies. Its key presence is in the Pacific and Europe, and it is a founding member of www.APFII.org processing more than 775,000 transactions per second, per billion of population (source).
Mobius - Mobius connects any app, device, and data stream to the blockchain ecosystem. Our simple and easy to use bidirectional API allows non-blockchain developers to easily connect resources to smart contracts and more. The Mobius MVP acts like Stripe for Blockchain by introducing innovative standards for cross-blockchain login, payment, smart contract management, and oracles. The Mobius Team includes David Gobaud, Jed McCaleb (Stellar.org founder), Jackson Palmer (creator of Dogecoin), and Chandler Guo (notorious Bitcoin & blockchain investor).
Chaineum - Chaineum, the first French ICO Boutique, will use the Stellar network for upcoming ICOs. “Chaineum is positioned as the first “ICO Boutique” in France, providing a range of end-to-end services to companies and international start-ups wishing to develop with this new funding mechanism. Chaineum is preparing 8 ICOs by the end of 2017, for European, North American and Asian companies, of which cumulative amount could reach € 200 million." (source)
Poseidon Foundation - Poseidon will simplify the carbon credit market with the creation of an ecosystem built on Stellar.org’s blockchain technology. This technology will prevent double counting of carbon and will be consistent across jurisdictions, making it easier for companies to deliver and measure progress towards their climate targets or other goals such as deforestation-free commitments.
Remitr - Remitr is a global platform for cross border payments, licensed in Canada. Remitr uses the Stellar network for international settlements for businesses as well as other payment partners. Remitr’s own payout network of 63 countries, comprising several currencies, is extended onto the Stellar network.
MSewa Software Solution (MSS) - MSewa Software Solution (MSS) Payments provides a one-stop digital payment service available across the Globe. MSS Payments aims at serving the consumers (Banked, Unbanked and Underbanked) with mobile banking facilities on the move from anywhere by transferring funds in their mobile phone.
PesaChoice - PesaChoice is a leader in international bill payment services for the African diaspora. PesaChoice aims at making international bill payment process easy, seamless, secure, with reasonable and competitive service fees, and up to date technological advances.
SendX - Singapore based SendX, in partnership with Stellar, is the better way to move money worldwide. The SendX team believes that the future of transactions is decentralized and distributed, bringing true equity to everyone across the value chain.
VoguePay - VoguePay, with offices in the United Kingdom and Nigeria, is partnering with Stellar to become the cheapest and most efficient way to send money between the United Kingdom and Nigeria. In the coming months, they expect to expand this service to other selected African countries.
HashCash - Hashcash consultants build financial solutions for banks and financial institutions over blockchain. We leverage the Stellar platform to build products that vastly improve the remittance and payments experience for banks and their customers. Transfers happen lightning fast at a fraction of current rates and operational cost is significantly reduced. HashCash is headquartered in India, with operations across South Asia and the Gulf.
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Stellar Lumens vs Other Cryptocurrencies
Lumens vs. Bitcoin: Jed McCaleb spoke at Distributed Markets in 2017 about the advantages, but more importantly, the disadvantages of Bitcoin. Listen to the talk here. Jed said, “Bitcoin is this awesome innovation. The first thing it does is converts a real world resource, electricity, into a digital asset. So it takes something from the real world and puts it into the digital realm. The second thing it does is provides immutable public record. It’s basically a database that everyone can see but no one change arbitrarily… That’s great, Bitcoin solves the double spin problem [ of proving possession and transmitting volume]… [However, to fix the problems of bitcoin] you might think well maybe we’ll just kind of keep adding [software] to Bitcoin until we get there, but that’s not really the way software works. You want to have the design from the beginning and solve these simple issues. Bitcoin was designed to be a new currency, it wasn’t really designed to be this unifying universal payment network. So that’s what Stellar does. It solves these three remaining issues.”
Lumens vs. Bitcoin #2: According to wired.com, "Bitcoin mining guzzles energy - and it's carbon footprint just keeps growing." Wired says "Today, each bitcoin transaction requires the same amount of energy used to power nine homes in the US for one day... The total energy use of this web of hardware is huge—an estimated 31 terawatt-hours per year. More than 150 individual countries in the world consume less energy annually. And that power-hungry network is currently increasing its energy use every day by about 450 gigawatt-hours, roughly the same amount of electricity the entire country of Haiti uses in a year." Because Stellar is based on a consensus algorithm rather than mining, it takes much less energy to run the Stellar network. The Poseidon Foundation decided to build their platform on Stellar rather than Ethereum or Bitcoin because of this (twitter source).
Lumens ICO tokens vs. Ethereum ICO tokens: According to Stellar.org, "traditionally, ICO tokens have been issued on the Ethereum network in the form of ERC20 tokens. ERC20 tokens are easy to issue and are infinitely customizable using Ethereum’s smart contracting language. However, recent events have highlighted and exacerbated some weaknesses of the network, including slow transaction processing times for the network during ICOs and increasingly expensive gas prices (by fiat standards) for transactions and smart contract execution. Moreover, many organizations require only basic tokens; they adopt the risk of Ethereum’s Turing complete programming language without taking advantage of many of its benefits."
"While Ethereum has the most expressive programming capabilities, we believe Stellar is the best choice for ICOs that do not require complex smart contracts. Stellar’s primary goal is to facilitate issuing and trading tokens, especially those tied to legal commitments by known organizations, such as claims on real-world assets or fiat currency."
Stellar vs. Ethereum #2: The median transaction time on Stellar is 5 seconds, compared to approximately 3.5 minutes on Ethereum (source). Stellar has a negligible transaction fee (.00001 XLM ~= $0.0000002) with no gas fee for computation, while depending on the complexity of the computation, the median cost for a transfer on the Ethereum network is $0.094. Security: While both Stellar and Ethereum run on a decentralized network, the Stellar network has fewer security pitfalls. Stellar uses atomic transactions comprised of simple, declarative operations while Ethereum uses turing complete programming capabilities which produces less auditable code and greater risk of exploitable vulnerabilities (source). Recently, a security flaw in the Ethereum network froze millions of dollars. According to Mobius ariticle written by David Gobaud, "On November 6, 2017, Github user deveps199 'accidentally' triggered a bug in Parity, a popular Ethereum mult-sig wallet, that froze more than $152 million in Ether across 151 addresses. The bug impacted several token sales including Polkadot, which has had ~$98 million out of its recent $145 million sale frozen."
"Mobius had none of its ongoing pre-sale Ether frozen because we do not trust Ethereum’s Smart Contract based multi-sig wallets given the vast Turing complete attack surface and did not use one. Security broadly is one of the main reasons the MOBI token that powers the DApp Store is a Stellar Protocol token and not an Ethereum token."
Lumens vs. Ripple: According to Wall Street Bitcoin Exchange, "Many investors like to compare the company [Stellar] to Ripple, and there are a lot of similarities, being that some of the founders worked on the Ripple team. In what can now be looked at as another blockchain development drama that plays out on chat boards and in interviews all across the globe. Stellar declared they fixed Ripple’s problems with their hard fork, however, Ripple has failed to admit to any of the flaws in its design that the Stellar team has pointed out." The article concludes by saying, "We Choose XLM Over XRP For 2018. That is why we are going with Stellar Lumens over Ripple in our portfolio for the rest of 2017 and 2018. After holding Ripple for a long time this year, it just never seems to make the big break like other names with bigger market caps like Bitcoin Cash, Dash, and Litecoin have. While we are holding on most all our larger market caps, we feel that Stellar Lumens will be one of the break out coins for 2018."
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Conclusion
The stellar.org team is doing an amazing job making partnerships and pioneering the use of blockchain technology for various types of transactions. What we are seeing is a new technology that can actually be used to solve real-world problems. As a community, we need to continue supporting Stellar and we will quickly see it power transactions across the world. What are your thoughts about Stellar? What do you see in the future of Stellar? Any important news you want to share? Comment below.
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1-800-FLOWERS – the United States based online floral and gift retailer and distributor 4Chan – For premium services A Class Limousine - Pick you up and drop you off at Newark (N.J.) Airport Amazon – An online company that sells almost anything. Apple’s App Store - Buy music and any app on the Apple AppStore with bitcoins Badoo – Online dating network BigFishGames – Games for PC, Mac, and Smartphones (iPhone, Android, Windows) Bing by Microsoft – 2nd search engine to Google Bitcoin. Travel – a travel site that provides accommodation, apartments, attractions, bars, and beauty salons around the world Bitcoincoffee – Buy your favorite coffee online Bloomberg – Online newspaper Braintree – Research firm CEX – The trade-in chain has a shop in Glasgow, Scotland that accepts bitcoin CheapAir – Travel booking site for airline tickets, car rentals, hotels CoinMama: Buy Bitcoins with Credit Card Crowdtilt - The fastest and easiest way to pool funds with family and friends curryupnow - A total of 12 restaurants on the list of restaurants accept bitcoins in San Francisco Bay Area CVS – A pharmacy shop Dell - American privately owned multinational computer technology company Dish Network - An American direct-broadcast satellite service provider Dream Lover – Online relationship service Etsy Vendors – Original art and Jewelry creations Euro Pacific – A major precious metal dealer Expedia. com – Online travel booking agency ExpressVPN – High speed, ultra-secure VPN network EZTV – Torrents TV shows provider Famsa – Mexico’s biggest retailer Fancy - Discover amazing stuff, collect the things you love, buy it all in one place Fight for the Future – Leading organization finding for Internet freedom Fiverr – Get almost anything done for $5 Grass Hill Alpacas – A local farm in Haydenville, MA Green Man Gaming - Popular digital game reseller Grooveshark – Online music streaming service based in the United States Helen’s Pizza - Jersey City, N.J., you can get a slice of pizza for 0.00339 bitcoin by pointing your phone at a sign next to the cash register Home Depot - Office supplies store i-Pmart – A Malaysian online mobile phone and electronic parts retailer Intuit - an American software company that develops financial and tax preparation software and related services for small businesses, accountants and individuals. Jeffersons Store - A streetwear clothing store in Bergenfield, N.J Kmart - Retail products store Lionsgate Films - The production studio behind titles such as The Hunger Games and The Day After Tomorrow LOT Polish Airlines – A worldwide airline based in Poland Lumfile – Free cloud base file server – pay for premium services Mexico’s Universidad de las Américas Puebla – A major university in Mexico Microsoft – Software company Mint - Mint pulls all your financial accounts into one place. Set a budget, track your goals and do more MIT Coop Store - Massachusetts Institute of Technology student bookstore MovieTickets – Online movie ticket exchange/retailer mspinc – Respiratory medical equipment supplies store Museum of the Coastal Bend - 2200 East Red River Street, Victoria, Texas 77901, USA Namecheap - Domain name registrar Naughty America - Adult entertainment provider NCR Silver – Point of sales systems Newegg – Online electronics retailer now uses bitpay to accept bitcoin as payment OkCupid – Online dating site Old Fitzroy – A pub in Sydney, Australia One Shot Hotels – Spanish hotel chain Overstock – A company that sells big ticket items at lower prices due to overstocking PayPal / eBay - Credit card / payment processor / Auction Pembury Tavern – A pub in London, England PizzaForCoins - Domino’s Pizza signed up – pay for their pizza with bitcoins PSP Mollie – Dutch Payment Service Rakutan – A Japanese e-commerce giant RE/MAX London - UK-based franchisee of the global real estate network Reddit – You can buy premium features there with bitcoins Sacramento Kings – Professional Basketball team out in Sacramental California (NBA) San Jose Earthquakes – San Jose California Professional Soccer Team (MLS) Save the Children - Global charity organization Sears - Clothing and household products, electronic store Seoclerks. com – Get SEO work done on your site cheap SFU bookstore - Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada Shopify. com – An online store that allows anyone to sell their products ShopJoy – An Australian online retailer that sells novelty and unique gifts SimplePay - Nigeria’s most popular web and mobile-based wallet service Square – Payment processor that help small businesses accept credit cards using iPhone, Android or iPad State Republican Party – First State Republican Party to accept bitcoin donations Straub Auto Repairs - 477 Warburton Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 - (914) 478-1177 Stripe - San Francisco-based payments company Subway – Eat fresh Suntimes. com – Chicago based online newspaper T-Mobile Poland – T-Mobile’s Poland-based mobile phone top-up company Target – An American retailing company TechCrunch. com – IT blog Tesla – The car company The Libertarian Party – United States political party The Pink Cow – A diner in Tokyo, Japan The Pirate Bay - BitTorrent directories TigerDirect – Major electronic online retailer Victoria’s Secret – A lingerie outlet Virgin Galactic - Richard Branson company that includes Virgin Mobile and Virgin Airline World tourism- Group of 1560 Tour agencies worldwide. WebJet – Online travel agency Whole Foods – Organic food store (by purchasing gift card from Gyft) with your money, for free! Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia with 4 570 000+ article WordPress – An online company that allows user to create free blogs Yacht- base – Croatian yacht charter company Zappos – Online retailer Zynga – Mobile gaming
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[uncensored-r/CryptoCurrency] Month in Review - January 2018

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Crypto moves way too fast for me to keep up, so I started making a list of each day's biggest headline. Below is my list for last month. My main news source was reddit. My main holdings are ETH and NANO, but I tried to make the list as unbiased as possible. Hope you like this, and let me know if you have any feedback!
1/1 – Ethereum releases the Casper proof of stake protocol to its test network. 1/2 – Despite Verge’s claims of concealing users’ IP address info in their Wraith release, a website is discovered which publishes the IP addresses of all Verge transaction participants. 1/3 – Bitcoin celebrates the 9th anniversary of the genesis block. 1/4 – NEO breaks the $100 barrier. 1/5 – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces plan to integrate cryptocurrencies into Facebook services. 1/6 – TRON breaks the $10 billion market cap barrier and becomes a top 10 crypto amid accusations of whitepaper plagiarism and fears of the project’s legitimacy. 1/7 – After a 2-week swap, Ethereum retakes the #2 crypto spot from Ripple. 1/8 – Cryptos on South Korea and Chinese exchanges are being traded at over a 50% premium compared to their western counterparts. This causes Coinmarketcap to classify those prices as outliers, and subsequently flash crashes the market. 1/9 – RaiBlocks is officially named the winner of January’s Binance community vote. 1/10 – South Korea proposes legislation to ban crypto trading, flash crashing the market. They roll back the announcement 4 hours later. 1/11 – Moneygram announces a partnership with Ripple in a pilot program for crypto payments. 1/12 - Twitch begins accepting Bitcoin and transfers from Coinbase accounts as means of payment. 1/13 - Walton announces plans to work with China Mobile IoT Alliance on integration. 1/14 - VeChain announces partnership with China’s National Tobacco Corporation and State Tobacco Monopoly Administration. 1/15 - Mark Cuban says that his basketball team the Dallas Mavericks will accept Bitcoin and Ether as payment for tickets next season. 1/16 - Increased concerns over tightened cryptocurrency trading regulations in South Korea, China, and France, as well as calls from Germany for international cooperation to regulate the market, cause prices of top coins to fall 30%. 1/17 - Long suspected of running a Ponzi scheme, BitConnect shuts down both its trading and lending platforms and releases all locked BCC tokens. This causes its price to fall 95%. 1/18 - The South Korean Financial Supervisory Service reports that several government officials were caught insider trading immediately prior to the January 10th crypto exchange ban announcement. 1/19 - ICON partners with Kyber Network with plans to use Kyber’s crypto-exchange services to connect ICON with other blockchains. 1/20 - The National Research Council of Canada says that it is using the Ethereum blockchain to proactively publish research grants. 1/21 - Johann Jungwirth, the chief digital officer of Volkswagen, joins the IOTA Foundation as an advisor. 1/22 - South Korean government officials announce that they plan to collect up to 24.8% in corporate and income taxes from cryptocurrency exchanges based in the country. 1/23 - Online payment toolkit developer Stripe announce in a blog post that they are dropping support for Bitcoin, citing increased transaction times, fees, and price volatility. They also express interest in supporting other cryptocurrencies, including OmiseGo, Ethereum, and Stellar. 1/24 - Rating agency Weiss releases the first ever cryptocurrency ratings for the top 74 coins. Ethereum and EOS receive a B, the highest grade in the first round, with Cardano, NEO, and Steem the next highest with a B-. 1/25 - Popular stock-trading app Robinhood adds support for 16 cryptocurrencies in 5 US states, with Bitcoin and Ethereum the first to be tradeable. 1/26 - Popular Japanese exchange Coincheck gets hacked, resulting in the theft of 526 million XEM ($400 million) and 101 milion XRP ($130 million), the largest crypto theft from an exchange in history. 1/27 - Amid accusations of insolvency, Tether announces that its partnership with auditing firm Friedman LLP has been dissolved. 1/28 - Online South Korean mall ??? begins accepting 12 different cryptocurrencies as payment, including Bitcoin, Ether, and Ripple. 1/29 - Walton affiliate Xiamen Citylink signs a research sharing and IoT ecosystem services deal with the Zhangzouh branch of China Telecom Corporation. 1/30 - A Bloomberg article states that Tether was issued a subpoena by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commision in December. This was due to a lack of conclusive evidence that the USD holdings that back the cryptocurrency exist. Bitfinex, the world’s 4th largest exchange by volume and supporter of Tether, was also subpoenaed. 1/31 - RaiBlocks announces that it is rebranding to Nano.
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1-800-FLOWERS – the United States based online floral and gift retailer and distributor 4Chan – For premium services A Class Limousine - Pick you up and drop you off at Newark (N.J.) Airport Amazon – An online company that sells almost anything. Apple’s App Store - Buy music and any app on the Apple AppStore with bitcoins Badoo – Online dating network BigFishGames – Games for PC, Mac, and Smartphones (iPhone, Android, Windows) Bing by Microsoft – 2nd search engine to Google Bitcoin. Travel – a travel site that provides accommodation, apartments, attractions, bars, and beauty salons around the world Bitcoincoffee – Buy your favorite coffee online Bloomberg – Online newspaper Braintree – Research firm CEX – The trade-in chain has a shop in Glasgow, Scotland that accepts bitcoin CheapAir – Travel booking site for airline tickets, car rentals, hotels CoinMama: Buy Bitcoins with Credit Card Crowdtilt - The fastest and easiest way to pool funds with family and friends curryupnow - A total of 12 restaurants on the list of restaurants accept bitcoins in San Francisco Bay Area CVS – A pharmacy shop Dell - American privately owned multinational computer technology company Dish Network - An American direct-broadcast satellite service provider Dream Lover – Online relationship service Etsy Vendors – Original art and Jewelry creations Euro Pacific – A major precious metal dealer Expedia. com – Online travel booking agency ExpressVPN – High speed, ultra-secure VPN network EZTV – Torrents TV shows provider Famsa – Mexico’s biggest retailer Fancy - Discover amazing stuff, collect the things you love, buy it all in one place Fight for the Future – Leading organization finding for Internet freedom Fiverr – Get almost anything done for $5 Grass Hill Alpacas – A local farm in Haydenville, MA Green Man Gaming - Popular digital game reseller Grooveshark – Online music streaming service based in the United States Helen’s Pizza - Jersey City, N.J., you can get a slice of pizza for 0.00339 bitcoin by pointing your phone at a sign next to the cash register Home Depot - Office supplies store i-Pmart – A Malaysian online mobile phone and electronic parts retailer Intuit - an American software company that develops financial and tax preparation software and related services for small businesses, accountants and individuals. Jeffersons Store - A streetwear clothing store in Bergenfield, N.J Kmart - Retail products store Lionsgate Films - The production studio behind titles such as The Hunger Games and The Day After Tomorrow LOT Polish Airlines – A worldwide airline based in Poland Lumfile – Free cloud base file server – pay for premium services Mexico’s Universidad de las Américas Puebla – A major university in Mexico Microsoft – Software company Mint - Mint pulls all your financial accounts into one place. Set a budget, track your goals and do more MIT Coop Store - Massachusetts Institute of Technology student bookstore MovieTickets – Online movie ticket exchange/retailer mspinc – Respiratory medical equipment supplies store Museum of the Coastal Bend - 2200 East Red River Street, Victoria, Texas 77901, USA Namecheap - Domain name registrar Naughty America - Adult entertainment provider NCR Silver – Point of sales systems Newegg – Online electronics retailer now uses bitpay to accept bitcoin as payment OkCupid – Online dating site Old Fitzroy – A pub in Sydney, Australia One Shot Hotels – Spanish hotel chain Overstock – A company that sells big ticket items at lower prices due to overstocking PayPal / eBay - Credit card / payment processor / Auction Pembury Tavern – A pub in London, England PizzaForCoins - Domino’s Pizza signed up – pay for their pizza with bitcoins PSP Mollie – Dutch Payment Service Rakutan – A Japanese e-commerce giant RE/MAX London - UK-based franchisee of the global real estate network Reddit – You can buy premium features there with bitcoins Sacramento Kings – Professional Basketball team out in Sacramental California (NBA) San Jose Earthquakes – San Jose California Professional Soccer Team (MLS) Save the Children - Global charity organization Sears - Clothing and household products, electronic store Seoclerks. com – Get SEO work done on your site cheap SFU bookstore - Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada Shopify. com – An online store that allows anyone to sell their products ShopJoy – An Australian online retailer that sells novelty and unique gifts SimplePay - Nigeria’s most popular web and mobile-based wallet service Square – Payment processor that help small businesses accept credit cards using iPhone, Android or iPad State Republican Party – First State Republican Party to accept bitcoin donations Straub Auto Repairs - 477 Warburton Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 - (914) 478-1177 Stripe - San Francisco-based payments company Subway – Eat fresh Suntimes. com – Chicago based online newspaper T-Mobile Poland – T-Mobile’s Poland-based mobile phone top-up company Target – An American retailing company TechCrunch. com – IT blog Tesla – The car company The Libertarian Party – United States political party The Pink Cow – A diner in Tokyo, Japan The Pirate Bay - BitTorrent directories TigerDirect – Major electronic online retailer Victoria’s Secret – A lingerie outlet Virgin Galactic - Richard Branson company that includes Virgin Mobile and Virgin Airline World tourism- Group of 1560 Tour agencies worldwide. WebJet – Online travel agency Whole Foods – Organic food store (by purchasing gift card from Gyft) with your money, for free! Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia with 4 570 000+ article WordPress – An online company that allows user to create free blogs Yacht- base – Croatian yacht charter company Zappos – Online retailer Zynga – Mobile gaming
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Bitcoin Payments Come To Stripe Stripe Inc. No Longer Support Bitcoin Payments - Wednesday 24/01/2018 About How to buy Bitcoin in Canada - Wealthsimple Stripe Drops Support for Bitcoin. Stripe drops Bitcoin over high fees - Blockchain Buzz Ep. 8  Coinsquare

In 2014, it became the first major payments company to support Bitcoin payments.. At the time Stripe said it hoped Bitcoin would become a way for people in places with low credit card penetration Bitcoin debit and credit cards are convenient physical forms of digital payment. Follow our guide on the best crypto debit/credit cards in 2020. Stripe is a web application that allows merchants to accept credit card payments through their websites. The service ranks in the top three of our best merchant account for web developers, and its capabilities include recurring billing, accepting bitcoin, and facilitating payments on marketplace-style platforms. Stripe's transparent pricing model appears to satisfy the majority of its clients For a regular Bitcoin transaction, a fee of tens of U.S. dollars is common, making Bitcoin transactions about as expensive as bank wires. Because of this, we’ve seen the desire from our customers to accept Bitcoin decrease. And of the businesses that are accepting Bitcoin on Stripe, we’ve seen their revenues from Bitcoin decline substantially. Find Stripe fees and pricing information. Find our processing fees for credit cards, pricing models and pay-as-you-go fees for businesses.

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