cryptocurrency

Free, open Amazon? Private app Haven seems too good to be true

Free, open Amazon? Private app Haven seems too good to be true

The app Haven was launched today for Android and iOS. Haven was launched as the official mobile app for the peer-to-peer sales site OpenBazaar. OpenBazaar is an Amazon, eBay, and Alibaba alternative devoid of data collection and fees. Haven allows users to connect with OpenBazaar on Android devices, iPhone, and iPad, and it's all free. Could such an idyllic system be real? NOTE: I need to be CLEAR here - I am equal parts surprised that this system could exist AND skeptical that it's actually real. Let's investigate together!

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President Trump dislikes cryptocurrencies, warns Facebook about Libra

President Trump dislikes cryptocurrencies, warns Facebook about Libra

Cryptocurrencies have always been regarded with skepticism and suspicion ever since Bitcoin started hitting mainstream news. It has gained more momentum and support around the world but, unsurprisingly, governments are more cautious about officially acknowledging the technology. The latest to join those voices is none other than US president Donald Trump who, in a series of tweets, expressed his dislike of Bitcoin and its kin and also took the opportunity to bring up Facebook's new Libra "virtual currency".

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Facebook Libra cryptocurrency revealed with Calibra digital wallet to manage it

Facebook Libra cryptocurrency revealed with Calibra digital wallet to manage it

This morning, Facebook confirmed some long-running rumors by announcing that it's about to dive into the world of cryptocurrency. That cryptocurrency is called Libra, and it'll launch next year alongside a digital wallet called Calibra. Calibra will be a subsidiary of Facebook, while Libra will be governed by the Libra Association, an organization comprised of a number of different companies (including Facebook and Calibra) that's headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

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AT&T now supports cryptocurrency for online bill payments

AT&T now supports cryptocurrency for online bill payments

AT&T made a surprising announcement today: its customers can now pay their bills using cryptocurrency. The option is made possible by AT&T's new BitPay support, opening the door for bill pay using Bitcoin instead of cash or credit. By adding the support, AT&T has become the first major wireless carrier in the United States to accept cryptocurrency payments.

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NVIDIA stock spikes as Bitcoin bulls return

NVIDIA stock spikes as Bitcoin bulls return

If you take a peek at the price of Bitcoin vs USD, then look at where NVIDIA is in the NASDAQ, you might draw some conclusions. While it's not been NVIDIA GPUs, but AMD GPUs that've appeared to have been used the most for cryptocurrency mining in the recent past, their fortunes seem linked. As we re-enter a bull season in cryptocurrency in general, NVIDIA's just announced they've beat earnings expectations for this most recent quarter.

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Bitcoin mobile payments arrive at Whole Foods, other major retailers

Bitcoin mobile payments arrive at Whole Foods, other major retailers

A number of major retailers, including Whole Foods and Bed Bath & Beyond, now accept Bitcoin payments made with the Flexa SPEDN app. A total of 15 retailers are accepting the cryptocurrency payment method, which also includes the Bitcoin alternatives Gemini Dollars, Bitcoin Cash, and Ethereum. Flexa's app is currently available for iPhone and will arrive on Android in the near future.

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Galaxy S10’s Blockchain Keystore tips on coins and partners listed

Galaxy S10’s Blockchain Keystore tips on coins and partners listed

The first of the partners were tipped teaming up with the Samsung Blockchain Keystore this week just days after the big Galaxy S10 event. Details leaked in promotional images and from sources apparently speaking directly to Samsung's higher-ups in South Korea. One of the biggest of these tipped groups was the gaming-focused Enjin. Enjin Coin is a smart cryptocurrency (not unlike most cryptocurrencies) that "fuels" tokenized gaming assets.

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JPMorgan unveils new JPM ‘digital coin’ that uses blockchain tech

JPMorgan unveils new JPM ‘digital coin’ that uses blockchain tech

Major US bank JPMorgan has taken the wraps off 'JPM Coin,' a blockchain-based "digital coin" that customers can receive by depositing US currency into their bank accounts. The digital currency can be redeemed at JPMorgan banks for US dollars, as well, offering those customers an alternative to existing cryptocurrencies. JPM Coin differs from bitcoin, however, in multiple important ways.

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Coinstar kiosks now support swapping cash for bitcoin

Coinstar kiosks now support swapping cash for bitcoin

Coinme, a company that offers bitcoin ATMs, has teamed up with Coinstar to make it easier to get your hands on the digital currency. Under the new partnership, Coinstar machines will allow users to swap their cash for bitcoin, bringing the cryptocurrency to one's local grocery store or convenience shop. After inserting money into the machine, Coinstar users get a voucher for bitcoin.

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When will Bitcoin rise again?

When will Bitcoin rise again?

Analysts weighed in this week on signals for the return of Bitcoin to cash money prominence. While it would appear that Bitcoin reached its floor at around $3,500 USD, there's a whole lot of doubt in the market after the most major drop in the history of cryptocurrency - the fall of January 2018. Volume appeared en masse at the drop from $6k to $3k, but not in a way that necessarily suggested Bitcoin-specific accumulation was about to appear out of thin air.

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Razer SoftMiner uses your GPU to mine cryptocurrency, but you don’t get the coins

Razer SoftMiner uses your GPU to mine cryptocurrency, but you don’t get the coins

A new set of programs was introduced this week by Razer to entice users with Razer Silver. One of these programs is Razer SoftMiner, a desktop app that Razer suggests "utilizes the idle GPU processing power of gamers’ battle stations to solve complex blockchain-based puzzles on the back-end." Wow, you might be saying, that's cool that Razer made a Bitcoin Miner so people can easily earn cryptocurrency on their home PC - but it's not quite that simple.

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Ohio becomes first state to accept tax payments in Bitcoin

Ohio becomes first state to accept tax payments in Bitcoin

Ohio has become the first state to accept tax payments in the form of Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency, though not as valuable as it once was, continues to be a popular cash alternative; it's accepted by a number of online retailers and now, in at least one state, as a currency for paying tax debt. The new support went live today and covers 23 different tax debt categories.

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