MicroStrategy now pays its board of directors in bitcoin

Bitcoin payment

The Nasdaq-listed company said non-employee directors would receive all fees for their service in bitcoin instead of cash. “In approving bitcoin as a form of compensation for Board service, the Board cited its commitment to bitcoin given its ability to serve as a store of value, supported by a robust and public open-source architecture, untethered to sovereign monetary policy,” said MicroStrategy. MicroStrategy further said that it would convert directors’ fees from the U.S. dollar to bitcoin at the time of payment via a payment processor and deposit into directors’ digital…

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The number of Bitcoin ATMs in the US rose 177% over the past year

Bitcoin ATM Installations Growth

Since March 1, 2020, the number of new Bitcoin ATMs installed worldwide is nearing 10,000. According to the latest data from Coin ATM Radar, the current number of machines stands at 16,835, a strong 57.5% increase, or 9,683 new machines, as compared with 7,152 last year. Back in Nov. 2020, Cointelegraph had reported a striking year-on-year increase of 80%. As previously, the vast majority of machines continue to be located in the United States, where 81% (13,699 out of 16,835 machines globally) are installed. Within the U.S., growth has been…

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Blockchain firm aims to build crypto city in Nevada desert

Nevada Las Vegas

CEO Jeffrey Berns says the smart city could incorporate digital currency payments for goods and services as well as records on the blockchain. Blockchain incubator and investment firm Blockchains LLC is stepping up its plans to build a smart city in the Nevada desert east of Reno. In an interview with the Associated Press released Saturday, Blockchains CEO Jeffrey Berns said he had asked the state of Nevada to let him form a local government on the 67,000 acres the firm owns in Storey County. If his petition is successful,…

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Bitcoiners use mining rigs as heaters as temperatures drop

bitcoin green house

Bitcoiners mining cryptocurrency at home this winter have been staving off freezing temperatures by putting them to good use as heaters. According to the Wall Street Journal, crypto miners in France and the United States report their overall heating costs have dropped — even if the temperature in their homes often gets far above what they’d prefer. Thomas Smith, a photographer based in California, has been using mining rigs to heat his home since at least 2019. He’s also been exploring some novel uses, including employing the miners to warm…

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Bitcoin hits $24K

Bitcoin chart 2020

Bitcoin hits a fresh all-time high of $24,210 on Coinbase as volatility ensures the weekend bulls are not yet done. Bitcoin (BTC) set a new all-time high on Dec. 19 as markets continued to deliver surprises in weekend trading. Data from Cointelegraph Markets and Tradingview showed BTC/USD just eclipsing its record level set this week, reaching $24,210 on Coinbase before reversing. Volatility was high as the previous all-time high of $23,777 just gave way before resistance kicked in once again. According to exchange orderbook data, sellers are ready at $24,000,…

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Germany legalizes digitized securities

Germany blockchain

Europe’s largest economy is looking to pave the way for securities trading on the blockchain. The German word for securities is wertpapieren, or “papers of worth,” which may soon be as outdated as nocturnal traders saying they’re burning the midnight oil. Per a Reuters report from Wednesday, Merkel’s cabinet had passed a new law that will end the requirement to have a paper certificate for sale of a security, overtly looking to advance blockchain trading within the country. German Finance Minister Olaf Scholtz reportedly said, “The paper certificate may be…

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Bitcoin price consolidates as traders contest the $18.2K to $19.5K range

BTC-USDT daily chart TradingView

After an impressive run to a new all-time high on Dec.1, Bitcoin (BTC) price appears to have entered a short consolidation phase as the price ranges between $18,200 and $19,500. The 1 and 4-hour charts show the price compressing into a pennant-like structure and break out from the pattern would likely see the price move to the $19,400 level where is a bit more resistance. A breakthrough the pennant would also suggest that the $19,000 level could now function as solid support and if bulls are able to flip the…

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PayPal CEO: Our platform will ‘significantly bolster the utility of cryptocurrencies’

PayPal cryptocurrency wallet

PayPal’s chief executive believes cryptocurrencies are on the verge of mainstream adoption as more businesses and consumers flock to “digital payments and digital forms of currency.” In an interview with CNBC, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman said the pandemic has accelerated the shift to digital forms of payments. PayPal wants to be at the forefront of the ongoing digital transformation. Schulman said the “use of cash has declined precipitously” amid the pandemic, adding that “40 to 70% of consumers no longer want to handle cash.” PayPal is not just making it…

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New Huawei smartphone will feature a hardware wallet for digital yuan

HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro

The Mate40 series will reportedly enable dual offline transactions and allow users to control anonymity. Huawei has announced that its forthcoming Mate40 smartphone series will include an integrated hardware wallet for China’s central bank digital currency, the digital yuan. This will be the first smartphone to feature such a wallet, according to an official Huawei post on Chinese microblogging website Weibo on Oct. 30. The post also promises that users will be able to control and protect their anonymity and perform dual offline transactions. These enable mobile phone users to…

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More than $1B in Bitcoin has been tokenized for DeFi

BTC locked in DeFi

Almost 100,000 Bitcoin are now tokenized on Ethereum, more than half of which have migrated over the past 30 days. More than $1 billion worth of Bitcoin (BTC) has now been tokenized to access decentralized finance protocols on the Ethereum network. That’s equivalent to the entire total value locked, or TVL, in DeFi less than four months ago. According to DeFi Pulse, roughly 98,300 BTC (worth $1.05 billion) has been tokenized using protocols other than Blockstream’s Lightning Network — equating to more than 12% of the DeFi’s sector’s $8.57 billion…

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The seventh annual Hackers Congress Paralelní Polis

HCPP20

The well-loved cypherpunk event is back – this time warning of the impending Digital Totality The annual Hackers Congress (HCPP) will take place on October 2nd-4th in the stunning venue of Paralelní Polis, Prague. Traditionally, it gathers freedom activists, technology geeks, artists, and scientists. Every HCPP has a current topic – a provocative idea behind it. As it usually explores the binding constraints of global political and economic systems, this year’s manifesto states, “2020: a year of Digital Totality.” The event will feature opinions by experts on how society can…

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Etherum Fees Double In a Week As DeFi Heats Up

ethereum fees

The average fee for transactions on Ethereum has reached its second-highest level ever, after setting the record earlier this month. Ethereum fees remain at historically elevated levels, as miners scramble to add capacity and profit from record-breaking network activity levels. Average transaction fees on the Ethereum network have more than doubled since last week, rising to $11.61 on September 17 and maintaining a streak of prices above $2 that’s now lasted for more than a month, far longer than any previous stretch at those levels. The Ethereum blockchain hash rate—the amount…

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MicroStrategy bought Bitcoin for $250 million

MicroStrategy

MicroStrategy, a Virginia-based business intelligence software company that trades on the NASDAQ, announced on Tuesday it has acquired 21,454 Bitcoin in what describes as a “capital allocation strategy.” The move is a novel one for a publicly traded firm. While many companies put surplus capital into bonds and other investments as part of their treasury management strategies, a bet of this size on Bitcoin is all but unheard of. “[I]nvesting in the cryptocurrency would provide not only a reasonable hedge against inflation, but also the prospect of earning a higher…

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Philippines Central Bank Governor Confirms Interest in Launching A Digital Currency

Filipínská vlajka

The central bank of the Philippines, otherwise known as Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), expresses its interest in launching its own central bank digital currency (CBDC). In a story first covered on Bloomberg, the governor of BSP, Benjamin Diokno, stated the country had formed a research committee on the possible launch of digital currency. The article further states that the research team is set to release its findings in the coming month. The committee, which was formed earlier this year, started its research on the policy implications and potential feasibility…

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FC Barcelona’s BAR Token Price Jumps Over 150% on First Trading Day

FC Barcelona

Premier soccer club FC Barcelona has launched a token earlier this week in a token sale that ended in the space of two hours. In it, 600,000 tokens were sold at €2 ($2.25) each, and these tokens are now already trading above €5.6 (around $6.35). The tokens, known as Barça Fan Tokens, were bought by the club’s supporters either through the club’s own “Socios” voting platform or through Chillz, a sports-specific token platform and exchange. The team is, in part, managed by its socios. Total trading volumes for Barcelona’s BAR…

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