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Equinox Health Club Says “Yes” to Crypto Payments

18 hours ago

If you’re a crypto fan and you fancy bringing your heart rate up on the treadmill or bench pressing and pumping iron, you may want to give Equinox a try. As a luxury fitness center in New York, the company recently announced it’s going to permit crypto payments for gym memberships and merchandise.
Equinox Is Allowing Crypto Payments for Memberships
The move is pushing the goals of bitcoin and its digital counterparts closer to being achieved. What many people likely forget is that while bitcoin and many of its crypto cousins have taken on either speculative or even hedge-like statuses in recent years, many of them were initially designed to serve as payment tools. They were built to push checks, credit cards, and fiat currencies to the side, but this has been a relatively slow journey

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Cross Tower Seeks to Make a Difference in India’s Crypto Scene

20 hours ago

Cross Tower – a cryptocurrency exchange in India – regulates trading and investing in crypto for institutions. Not long ago, the company launched a set of over the counter (OTC) services, hoping to help high net-worth individuals to get involved in this growing space.
Cross Tower Is a Leading Crypto Exchange in India
Vikas Ahuja is the chief executive officer of Cross Tower. In a recent interview, he talked about how the company is planning to grow despite the crypto environment being so unpredictable and wild in India at the time of writing. Overall, the company is doing quite well, having seen heavy trading increases in 2022 thus far when compared to 2021, and he thinks 2023 will be the company’s biggest year yet given parliament does not move forward on a full

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Could Bitcoin Drop Another $10K? Analysts Weigh In

22 hours ago

With the price of bitcoin dropping even further and further down (at the time of writing, the world’s leading digital asset is trading for just under $38,000), many are wondering what kind of rough factors await the crypto space.
How Much Lower Will Bitcoin Go?
2022 has been a rough year for BTC and its altcoin cousins, especially when one considers the fact that roughly six months ago, the granddaddy of all crypto was trading for about $30,000 more than where it presently is. Now that the Fed has announced plans to potentially hike rates by as much as 50 basis points, some analysts believe bitcoin could fall to around $10,000… maybe even less.
This is a very dramatic drop, though it’s not implausible to assume this could happen not only because of the volatility that

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Bentley University Students Can Pay for Tuition with Crypto

2 days ago

Bentley University – a private higher education institution in Massachusetts – has announced that it’s going to start allowing students to pay for their tuition with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.
Bentley University Says “Yes” to Crypto Payments
University president E. LaBrent Chrite explained in an interview:
Bentley University is at the forefront in preparing business leaders with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the changing world economy. We’re proud to embrace this technology that our students are learning about, which will soon transform the global business landscape they’re about to enter.
The move is pushing the goals of bitcoin and its digital counterparts closer to being achieved. What many people likely forget is that while bitcoin and many of its

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Edward Snowden was Involved in the Development of Zcash

2 days ago

For many years, crypto traders were under the impression that someone named John Dobbertin was the elusive man behind the legendary Zcash, an anonymous form of cryptocurrency. It now looks like that name is nothing more than a pseudonym to hide the real identity of one of the coin’s main developers. That developer is Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who fled to Russia in 2013.
Edward Snowden and His History with Zcash
Snowden is a former employee of the National Security Agency (NSA) that leaked highly classified and sensitive information to the public roughly nine years ago. As a subcontractor, the information he revealed had to do with global surveillance programs and methods the U.S. government was using to spy on people throughout America and the world.

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Connecticut Mansion Owner Is Selling Her House for BTC or ETH

2 days ago

A large, $6.5 million mansion on the coast of Connecticut is up for sale. What’s the big clincher? The seller is willing to accept cryptocurrencies like bitcoin or Ethereum, marking the first time something like this is being done in the area.
A Mansion Owner Will Sell Her House for Crypto
The property’s listing agent Kevin Sneddon affirms the media and any potential buyers that this is not a joke. The owner is serious about crypto offers, and all looking to trade their BTC or ETH in for a large mansion should come forward. Sneddon says:
It’s not like a gimmick. Not only does my client hold a lot of cryptocurrencies [but] she actively trades a fair amount of it.
The house is stationed on 4.3 acres of rural farmland which dates to the early 1800s. Thus, the mansion

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Jamestown to Accept Crypto-Based Rent Payments

3 days ago

Jamestown – a global real estate investment and management firm – has partnered with leading digital currency payment enterprise Bit Pay to accept rent payments in bitcoin and assorted digital currencies.
Jamestown and Bit Pay Work Together in the Name of Crypto
At the time of writing, the plan extends only to properties based in the United States, though Jamestown is hoping to expand its crypto abilities to properties in Europe as well.
The move is pushing the goals of bitcoin and its digital counterparts closer to being achieved. What many people likely forget is that while bitcoin and many of its crypto cousins have taken on either speculative or even hedge-like statuses in recent years, many of them were initially designed to serve as payment tools. They were

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Stable Corp Gets a Lotta Money to Build Canadian Digital Dollar

3 days ago

Stable Corp – a leading Canadian fintech firm and a partner in the development of Canada’s first digital dollar (known as Digital Deposit Receipts or DDR) – has earned more than $1.5 million in growth capital from equity partners like Circle Ventures, Genesis, and the Stellar Development Foundation.
Stable Corp Gets a Lot of New Funding
In an interview, Alex McDougall – president and chief operating officer Stable Corp – announced:
We are thrilled to welcome Circle Ventures, Genesis, and the Stellar Development Foundation to our network of partners and investors. These forward-thinking companies are some of the most sophisticated and knowledgeable organizations in the cryptocurrency ecosystem, and we are gratified that they share our vision for the central importance

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Jamie Warder on Digital Banking and the Future of Crypto

3 days ago

Jamie Warder – executive vice president and head of digital banking at KeyCorp’s – said in a recent interview that in the future, as all banking becomes digital, cryptocurrencies are going to play large roles in how people engage with money.
Warder Is Confident in Crypto
In a recent survey that his company conducted, it was revealed that roughly 80 percent of all Americans choose to do their banking online or through other digital means. Warder believes this has something to do with the pandemic, but he also attributes it to downright convenience. He stated:
It’s important to remember that the pandemic inspired a massive surge in digital banking adoption across the country as lockdowns were imposed. Many Americans who may have been hesitant to use digital tools before

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Jeff Wyler Automotive Engages in First Car-for-Crypto Sale

4 days ago

If you’re in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana and you fancy purchasing an automobile with cryptocurrency, you may want to stop by the Jeff Wyler Automotive Family auto center. Recently, the company completed its first vehicular cryptocurrency sale, having sold a certified pre-owned 2021 Mercedes-Benz S580 to someone in Saudi Arabia.
Jeff Wyler Automotive Sells a Mercedes for Crypto
The news is solid in that it’s pushing the goals of cryptocurrency and bitcoin closer to being achieved. For many, the idea that bitcoin or its altcoin cousins will ever be used as a payment method is growing thinner every day. Many of these assets have taken on more speculative appearances in recent months and years given that several companies absolutely refuse to accept them for payments.
This

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Dorsey, Saylor and Others Pen Letter Claiming Crypto Mining Isn’t Damaging the Planet

4 days ago

Several bitcoin advocates – including Jack Dorsey of Twitter fame, Tom Lee from Fundstrat, and Michael Saylor (the CEO of MicroStrategy) – have penned a letter to congressional democrats who are asking that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) examine the effects of crypto mining on the planet.
Crypto Mining Isn’t the Monster Everyone Thinks It Is
The letter is aimed at getting these democrats to rescind their order to have the agency look at the emissions of said mining. The idea is that crypto mining allegedly doesn’t cause all the atmospheric problems these politicians have been led to believe, and Dorsey and everyone else in the letter want to convince them otherwise.
Jared Huffman – a California democrat calling for the investigation of emissions – said in a

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Crypto Fan Elon Musk Has Purchased Twitter

4 days ago

Elon Musk – the South African billionaire and entrepreneur known for both Tesla and SpaceX – has purchased Twitter from Jack Dorsey. The irony of the situation is that one of the world’s biggest social media platforms is being sold by one of the largest crypto fans to one of the largest crypt fans.
Elon Musk Is Now Twitter’s New Owner
Elon Musk has sworn up and down that his ownership of Twitter will bring about a new level of free speech that many users have not been experiencing or witnessing as of late. Twitter, under Dorsey’s ownership, had a bad habit of cutting out conservatives and either suspending or downright banning anybody with Republican or right-wing leanings (such as Mike Lindell of My Pillow fame).
In testimony before Congress back in 2018 – after the

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Thieves Continue to Call the Crypto Space Home

5 days ago

2022 has been a rough year thus for crypto investors in the sense that bitcoin and many of its altcoin cousins have had a hard time keeping their prices stable. However, the year has also been difficult because thieves have become so prominent in the space. At the time of writing, it appears crypto thieves have stolen more than $1.2 billion in crypto funds in 2022, and we’re not even at the halfway point.
Why Are Thieves So Prominent in the Crypto Industry?
Mitchell Amador – CEO at cybersecurity auditing firm Immunefi – explained in a recent interview:
We should expect these types of [sophisticated] attacks to continue to increase, as more and more criminal organizations build defi-hacking skills in-house. Furthermore, as defi gets bigger and bigger, these kinds of

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Will Warren Buffett Ever Like BTC? Probably Not.

5 days ago

It’s always disappointing when someone decides bitcoin isn’t any good. No matter how much the world’s number one digital currency has accomplished in the last few years, it seems there will always be doubters, and amongst them are Berkshire Hathaway executives Warren Buffett and his vice chairman Charlie Munger.
Warren Buffett Still Hates Bitcoin
At a recent shareholder meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, Buffett was quick to strike down bitcoin and comment about how weak it was. He stated:
Whether it goes up or down in the next year, or five or ten years, I don’t know, but the one thing I’m pretty sure of is that it doesn’t produce anything. It’s got a magic to it and people have attached magics to lots of things.
He also said that bitcoin’s passive nature was working

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Switzerland Is Trying to Aid Crypto’s Growth

5 days ago

Switzerland is a country that’s doing all it can to aid bitcoin’s reputation. The nation is home to the town of Zug, which hosts what’s known as “Crypto Valley,” a region that takes part of its name from Silicon Valley in northern California.
Switzerland Is Doing All It Can for Crypto
While the latter is known for housing some of the world’s largest tech companies – such as Facebook, Google, and Microsoft – the former hosts several crypto and blockchain firms that are drawn to Switzerland thanks to its easy-going regulation and low taxes.
Now, Switzerland has a new division of its federal government working to ensure the crypto space moves in the right direction. Nino Landerer – head of capital markets and infrastructure at the State Secretariat for International

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New York Mayor Eric Adams Wants to Toss the BitLicense

6 days ago

Eric Adams – the mayor of New York City – has suggested doing away with the dreaded BitLicense as a way of allowing New York to become more competitive in the crypto and blockchain worlds.
Will New York Get Rid of the BitLicense?
The BitLicense was first introduced in 2014. The document made things very hard for crypto companies seeking to establish presences in the Big Apple. It also made it very difficult for them to gain customers. Under the BitLicense, things became rather complicated, with crypto companies having to submit mounds of paperwork and pay heavy fees just to retain offices in NYC.
Thus far, very few crypto companies have obtained BitLicenses as a means of keeping their New York operations intact. Gemini is one example, but many crypto exchanges –

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African Media Agency Establishes Crypto Partnership with Tech Next

6 days ago

Leading African PR firm African Media Agency is forming a partnership with Tech Next, a tech-based media enterprise that seeks to educate its readers on digital currency and blockchain trends.
African Media Agency Will Help Crypto in Africa Get Bigger
In addition, the partnership will provide visibility to Coinference 2022, which is set to occur in early October of this year. Coinference is a special conference that takes place to assist the growing cryptocurrency arena. Special educational seminars and other materials having to do with digital assets and blockchain are presented to the African community as a means of helping residents across the continent make smarter investing decisions and become aware of the financial waves of the future.
Coinference also seeks to

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Binance Will Create Crypto Learning Materials for Traders in India

6 days ago

Binance is looking to create several educational programs for crypto traders in India. The world’s largest and most popular crypto exchange by daily trading volume is producing three key educational initiatives and will provide access to several blockchain and crypto-based learning materials.
Binance Is Creating Classes for Traders in India
Leon Foong – head, APAC, Binance – explained in an interview:
This represents an opportunity for us to play our role in educating the future innovators and builders of India, especially students, and equip them with the relevant blockchain and crypto knowledge to build a path towards financial freedom. With Binance’s resources of academy content and learn and earn program, we hope to create the incentives for users to do thorough

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The Blockchain Group Lobbies Against Legislation Designed to Prevent Russians from Using Crypto

7 days ago

The Blockchain Group is working to prevent members of Congress from passing legislation that would place sanctions on oligarchs or individuals in Russia for using cryptocurrency. The organization claims that these people are not using crypto for illicit purposes and thus they do not deserve to be punished.
The Blockchain Group Seeks to Prevent Various Crypto Laws
Sanctions have been placed on Russia since the country allegedly invaded Ukraine last February. There are several worries that Russia is going to look to crypto to avoid these sanctions, and two bills have been introduced in both the U.S. House and the Senate designed to prevent crypto exchanges from processing payments in or from Russia.
In addition, Congress would have the power to punish any crypto

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Bitrefill Allows Americans to Pay Bills with Crypto

7 days ago

Residents of the United States now have the option of paying bills, utilities, mortgage payments, and even taxes with cryptocurrency. This ability is made possible through Bitrefill, a Swedish tech startup that got its start offering services in El Salvador, which was the first country to declare bitcoin legal tender (this occurred last September).
Bitrefill Will Allow U.S. Citizens to Pay with Crypto
At the time of writing, Bitrefill allows Americans to pay their bills and similar items with bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Ethereum, and Tether. The service is being integrated with several of the world’s leading tech and financial companies including American Express, Verizon, State Farm, Wells Fargo, Liberty Mutual, and United Healthcare.
It’s easy to forget that

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Anade Davis Establishes Crypto “Banqs” for Underprivileged People

7 days ago

Anade Davis may have started out as a struggling Uber driver, but he has since entered the blockchain space and turned himself into a very rich, very successful young man.
Anade Davis Is Creating Crypto “Banqs” for Everyone
Davis is the inventor of what are known as “decentralized banqs.” He has managed to raise more than $200,000 for his crypto project on Wefunder.com. These “banqs” as they’re called are individualized platforms that allow both people and businesses to become their own successful crypto-based banking institutions and gain access to blockchain-related services.
Thus far, the project has seen heavy success, but things weren’t always that way. Davis – who is now working as a technology seller for the IBM Watson and Data Science team – describes a point

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Kiana Danial Discusses What Crypto Newbies Should Know

8 days ago

Crypto continues to grow like crazy. Every day, it seems like the arena gets a little bigger and a little better, but how does one know which investments are worth their time? Kiana Danial – the author of “Cryptocurrency Investing for Dummies” and the founder of Invest Diva – lays it all out for those looking to enter the crypto space for the first time.
Kiana Danial Talks About How to Know Which Crypto Is Real and Ripe
In a recent interview, Danial says a currency’s price should have little bearing on whether it’s good or not. She says there are so many other elements one should examine first. She commented:
Before you look into the price action, you have to look at what we call the fundamental analysis, which is picking the right asset for the right goal.
She says

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Madison Cawthorn May Be Investigated for Failing to Disclose “Let’s Go Brandon” Coin Purchases

8 days ago

GOP colleague Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina is allegedly being investigated for his purchase of the “Let’s Go Brandon” cryptocurrency, a token that takes its name from a derogatory chant aimed at Joe Biden.
Did Madison Cawthorn Fail to Disclose His Buys?
The investigation is not occurring because he invested in the currency, but rather because he allegedly didn’t disclose the investment within a set period. Members of the U.S. Congress only have so much time to disclose their personal investments, whether they be stocks or cryptocurrencies, as part of what’s known as the STOCK Act, and it is being reported that Cawthorn missed the deadline.
Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina is the one instigating the investigation, claiming on Twitter that Cawthorn is

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Opinion: Nayib Bukele Is a Natural Leader

8 days ago

For bitcoin and cryptocurrency fans, the name Nayib Bukele should ring several bells. As the president of El Salvador, the man was tasked with integrating bitcoin as legal tender in his country.
Nayib Bukele Should Be Admired for His Bitcoin Plans
Bukele has clearly done this for no other reason than to keep his people financially safe and independent. He’s not only a bitcoin believer, but a true leader in that he has taken it upon himself to do something quite difficult to ensure his country survives.
Bukele has faced adversity from all sides throughout his bitcoin journey, yet he has faced this adversity head on and in many cases, hasn’t cared about what others think of him or what they say about him. His bravery and courage during his country’s monetary transition

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OK Coin Is Leasing a Large Office in San Jose, CA

9 days ago

OK Coin – a popular and large digital currency trading platform – has agreed to take up office space in downtown San Jose, part of the Silicon Valley in northern California. The region is known for hosting a wide array of many of the world’s leading tech companies including Apple, Facebook, and Google.
OK Coin Leases Large San Jose Office Space
The office address is 160 W. Santa Clara St. and consists of 35,000 square feet. In other words, it’s pretty darn big. OK Coin appears to be one of several crypto companies now looking to stage a physical comeback of sorts.
The coronavirus pandemic hit industries all over the world, and crypto was no exception. Many of the world’s leading digital currency platforms – including Coinbase, Kraken, and others – called regions such

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Binance Unveils New Credit Card for Displaced Ukrainians

9 days ago

Binance – the largest and most popular digital currency platform by daily trading volume – says that it is unveiling a new cryptocurrency-based credit card to be used by Ukrainians that have been displaced by the ongoing conflict with Russia.
Binance Establishes New Crypto Credit Card for Ukrainians
Roughly three months ago, the world watched in horror as Russia invaded Ukraine. Since then, the United States and many of its allies have sought to place sanctions on Vladimir Putin and several of Russia’s top-ranking individuals and wealthy elite, though this seems to have only stirred the conflict even further.
Following the invasion, Ukraine sought aid from the world by asking that they send donations in crypto so that the country’s military could have the supplies and

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New Chain Bytes Establishes Bitcoin ATM in Mexican Senate

9 days ago

Bitcoin ATM provider Chain Bytes has set up a new machine in the Mexican Senate building. The company is working with bitcoin ATM manufacturer Axolotl Bitcoin to establish the machine’s presence and lead the efforts of Mexican Senator Indira Kempis as a means of establishing bitcoin as official legal tender within the country’s borders.
Chain Bytes Establishes Bitcoin ATM for Mexican Lawmakers
Eric Grill – the CEO of Chain Bytes – explained in a recent interview:
We are thrilled to be a part of such a historical moment for Mexico. We hope that by placing our Chain Bytes ATM in the senate building, we will help lawmakers get familiar with the technology and hopefully aid their decision to accept bitcoin as legal tender in Mexico. We are excited and honored to be here,

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Following El Salvador, the Central African Republic Declares BTC Legal Tender

10 days ago

The Central African Republic (CAR) has become the second country after El Salvador to declare bitcoin legal tender. Customers can walk into any store or company and purchase goods and services with bitcoin and owners and managers must be accepting of the digital currency.
The Central African Republic Says “Yes” to Bitcoin
In a statement, Obed Namsio – the chief of staff of Faustin Archange Touadera, the President of the Central African Republic – said that a bill had been introduced not too long ago seeking the legalization of cryptocurrencies. The bill has now been signed by the President and turned into law. He said:
The move places the Central African Republic on the map of the world’s boldest and most visionary countries.
Up to this point, the Central African

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Fort Worth, Texas Is the First Official US City to Mine Crypto

10 days ago

Fort Worth, Texas has become the first city government in all the United States to mine bitcoin. The city is employing three Antminer S9 rigs that will run all day, every day in a technology wing of the region’s city hall.
Fort Worth, Texas Is at the Heart of BTC Mining
Per city estimates, each rig will require about as much energy as a standard vacuum cleaner. Officials assure residents that the process will be clean. In addition, all three machines will be run on a private network as a means of limiting the risks involved.
The initiative was decided upon by Forth Worth mayor Mattie Parker, who is the first millennial mayor to ever run the city. In a statement, Parker explained that leaning towards bitcoin will prepare the region and its citizens for the future of

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$FEM Coin Seeks to Bring More Women to the Crypto Space

10 days ago

A new cryptocurrency called $FEM has entered the market. Designed for women by women, the asset was built to bring more ladies into the crypto space, which is still allegedly dominated by men.
Will $FEM Coin Help Women Get Involved in Crypto?
One of the biggest complaints about the crypto space is that it has reportedly become rather exclusive, and when one says exclusive, they mean it is largely geared towards male traders – no one else. Currently, only about five percent of the crypto space sees any kind of activity from women, and many individuals and crypto analysts are looking to change that.
$FEM is a new coin that is available on the Rally platform. Created as an extension of Female Disruptor, the asset is more of a social token rather than a financial one,

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