Bitcoin 

Airbnb Now Bookable With Bitcoin and Lightning Network via Fold App

Bitcoin payments app Fold now supports home-sharing giant Airbnb, the firm announced on Nov. 11. Now Fold users can get 3% back in Bitcoin (BTC) on every stay and experience booked on Airbnb. $25 and $100 Airbnb gift cards for Bitcoin Airbnb is now listed on its rewards program called Fold Kickbacks. The program supports Bitcoin’s second layer Lightning Network (LN) allowing to buy gift cards for Bitcoin with 3% cashback. Currently, Fold offers $25 or $100 gift cards on its website. Launched in July 2019, the Fold Kickbacks program…

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At Current Rates, Cash App To Buy 16% of New BTC Supply After Halving

Square’s mobile payments application Cash App will be buying 16% of Bitcoin’s (BTC) new supply if the company keeps buying at the same rate after the halfing if the price does not go up. Twitter account dedicated to Bitcoin Rhythm pointed out in a tweet from Nov. 7 that the company’s Bitcoin buying rate will account for 16% of the total new Bitcoin per quarter after the block reward halving. The event will see the amount of Bitcoin created with each new block cut in half. Future price changes not…

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Bitcoin Buyers for Square’s Cash App Doubled in Q3 2019

According to its Q3 2019 shareholder letter, Square’s Cash App reported many new first-time Bitcoin (BTC) buyers, but low profits related to its Bitcoin business. On Nov. 6, payment processing giant Square issued a letter to shareholders outlining Q3 2019 financial figures, in which it disclosed that the total net revenue for its Cash App was $307 million, while the gross profit resulted in $123 million for Q3. First-time BTC buyers have almost doubled Square’s Cash App saw $148 million in Bitcoin revenue. However, the company endured a whopping $146…

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Blockchain 

EToro Trading Platform Acquires Crypto Portfolio Management App

Trading and investment platform eToro has acquired the cryptocurrency portfolio app Delta — an app that tracks 6,000 different cryptocurrencies and tokens on 180 exchanges. According to a press release on Nov. 6, eToro acquired Delta for an undisclosed amount, however, Israeli tech publication CTech reports that the deal was worth approximately $5 million.  Doron Rosenblum, the managing director of eToroX — eToro’s blockchain subsidiary — said that they would integrate Delta with the eToroX platform, which would enable users to trade from within the app. The blockchain subsidiary will…

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New Web App Scans GitHub For Secrets Like Crypto Keys And Passwords

A new web app, called “Shhgit”, will scan the web-based GitHub code repository and search for sensitive secrets, such as private crypto keys. Scanning for private crypto keys and passwords On Oct. 17, programmer and security expert Paul Price introduced his new tool, Shhgit. Shhgit scans for secrets across public code repositories that sometimes end up in the hands of bad actors and ultimately have the potential to cause significant data breaches. Price said that finding these potentially harmful secrets across GitHub is nothing new. According to the programmer, there…

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Bakkt Teases Launch of Consumer Payments App Scheduled for 2020

Cryptocurrency custody and futures trading platform Bakkt has announced its coming entry into mobile payments with a consumer app. Per an Oct. 28 blog post from the company, Bakkt will follow its recent successes in trading Bitcoin (BTC) futures with a consumer app. According to the company, the app will help consumers “unlock the value of digital assets, as well as ways in which they can transact or track them.” Starbucks on board Though the announcement is vague on the specifics of the app’s functionalities, coffee empire Starbucks is the…

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Kik Messaging App Now Has New Owner, Will Continue Work on Kin Token

MediaLab, a Santa Monica-based holding company, has finalized an agreement with Kik Interactive to acquire the Kik messaging platform. MediaLab sees the long-term potential of Kik and Kin token On Oct. 18, in a blog post to the millions of members of the Kik community, MediaLab announced that it has acquired the Kik messaging app and explained how the acquisition will impact the app’s future. MediaLab said that the company is committed to Kik for the long term and believes that “Kik’s best days remain ahead of it.” While not…

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New App Bottle Pay for ‘Sending Bitcoin via Social Media’ Raises $2M

A U.K. tech firm has raised a £1.6 million ($2 million) investment for an app that allows users to send Bitcoin (BTC) using their social media accounts. As reported in the North East Times, Oct. 11, Newcastle company, Block Matrix, received the funds to further develop its Bottle Pay platform. “Allow everyone to use Bitcoin” The Bottle Pay platform lets users transfer Bitcoin using their social media accounts. This enables payments to any social media contact regardless of whether they have a Bottle Pay account. The Bottle Pay app will…

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Student May Have Tried to Hack West Virginia’s Blockchain Voting App

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating whether a student at the University of Michigan attempted to hack the West Virginia’s voting app. “Not one single vote was changed”  On Oct. 5, according to CNN, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Mike Stuart, wrote that the FBI is investigating the “unsuccessful attempted intrusion” by an outside party to gain access to the Voatz app, a mobile app that was used to collect ballots from overseas and military voters in the 2018 election. Stuart said…

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Ledger to Add SWFT-Powered Atomic Swaps to Its Ledger Live App

Major hardware wallet producer Ledger plans to integrate cryptocurrency atomic swaps powered by cross-blockchain transfer protocol SWFT into its companion app Ledger Live. According to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Oct. 8, “wallets with SWFT Blockchain integration allow their users to swap currencies without having to leave the app or worry about addresses.”  That being said, no date has been provided for the launch of the new Ledger Live feature. SWFT Blockchain founder and CEO Ramble Lan envisions the demand for such services to grow dramatically in the…

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