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Uquid Allows 40 Different Altcoins to Use Visa’s Global Network

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As we have discussed previously at Cointelegraph, there are multiple Bitcoin debit card options on the market, some better than others, depending upon your location and economic needs. However, the altcoin market, whose combined value reaches into the blns of USD worth, has not reached this level of mainstream sophistication. That is until now. Altcoin fans can now use their favorite cryptocurrencies to load a virtual VISA card, thanks to Uquid. In a world first, users can spend using over 40 different cryptocurrencies on mobile top-ups, bill payments, pharmacy and food vouchers, transportation tickets, wi-fi recharges and PIN-less calls. Uquid’s Visa debit card is also the first in the world to offer unlimited loading and spending without ID verification. On top of that, users can load cards with a huge selection of the most popular altcoins, including Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, Monero, Dash, Augur, MaidSafeCoin, Steem, Dogecoin and more. The main benefits of the Uquid card includes no identification or credit check required, instant issuance and free worldwide delivery, unlimited card support and zero percent point-of-sale fees. Customers can also get virtual cards denominated in GBP, EUR or USD. Debit cards come with AVS matching and the Uquid card can also be …

Bitcoin Lending Platform Bitbond Rakes in 600K Euro Investment

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Global Bitcoin P2P lending platform Bitbond has raised 600,000 euros in second tranche of angel funding. The platform’s total funding for the round has now reached 800,000 euros. The prominent angel investors this time included Florian Heinemann and Uwe Horstmann (Project A), Christian Vollmann (early investor in ResearchGate), and Felix Jahn (co-founder of Home24). Bitbond will utilize the funding to expand its customer base and make a highly pronounced impact on emerging markets. Bitbond, which was introduced in 2013, has processed over 600 loans with the number of registered customers touching 10,000 from over 120 countries. Radoslav Albrecht, founder & CEO of Bitbond said: “The additional resources will help us to continue realizing our mission which is to make lending and borrowing globally accessible. We are happy to have such experienced investors supporting us on this exciting journey.” On the development, angel investor Christian Vollmann commented that, “Currently over 50% of small businesses are underserved by banks and don’t have access to credit. Bitbond provides a technological solution to this problem. It’s great to see such an innovative approach being developed in the Berlin startup scene.” The International Finance Corporation of the World Bank estimates that the global credit gap …

P2P Lending Market Growth By The Numbers 2015

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Ever since the financial crisis in the U.S. happened, potential borrowers have been desperately trying to find better access to credit and at lower interest rates, in the meantime, retail investors have been seeking ways to grow their money more efficiently and receive higher returns on their investments. Banking institutions, who’ve been saddled with regulatory burdens, haven’t been able to fully meet the needs of either. Because of this gap in the market, much room was left open for the rapid growth of a new financial sector — peer-to-peer lending. Peer-to-peer lending platforms like Lending Club and Prosper Marketplace run online lending services that can quickly and automatically match borrowers seeking a loan to an investor willing to provide the funds for that loan at an attractive interest rate.         P2P Lending Market Numbers Infographic   Infographic credit to: www.LendingRobot.com   P2P Lending Growth Facts For 2015   The Peer-to-Peer lending industry is seeing significant growth, especially in developed countries with strong financial markets. P2P lenders in the US generated $6.6 billion in loans last year, up 128%. The US has one of the largest P2P lending markets in the world by loan volume, but the UK’s loan volume 72% larger on a per capita basis. Caused by low …

Bleutrade Exchange – Review & Tutorial

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We’ve been trading cryptocurrency (alt coins such as Bitcoin, etc.) at Bleutrade for a few months now and figured it was time for a review of our experience(s).  We’ve also provided some tutorials on how to get started.   BLEUTRADE.COM REVIEW We first heard about Bleutrade earlier in 2014, but hadn’t gotten around to making an account and transferring in some cryptocurrency until May or June. We decided to check them out and start trading because their trading interface is quite a bit different than any other exchange out there.  (if you’re not quite sure what all of this “cryptocurrencies” stuff is all about – check out this good article over on Wikipedia) HOW IS BLEUTRADE DIFFERENT? This is not to say that the actual trading process is different – it’s not, but the fact that there are so many different “trading pairs” is what really got our attention. Many exchanges only allow for trading your favorite cryptocurrency for Bitcoin, and to a lesser extent the other exchanges will allow you to trade in Litecoin too, but only in limited markets.  Bittrex has recently opened some trading pairs with Blackcoin, but not many. HOW MANY TRADING PAIRS? Bleutrade on the …

The Past and Future of Bitcoin [Infographic]

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CoinMe, a Seattle-based bitcoin startup, has created this infographic, explaining the past and future of Bitcoin, and also the use of the city’s first-ever Bitcoin ATM – CoinMe’s Kiosk. The Coinme Kiosk is the new solution for Seattle-area residents to buy and sell bitcoins. As the first Bitcoin Kiosk in the Northwest, and the first licensed kiosk in the U.S., Coinme is eager to introduce Bitcoin to the community through regular Meetups and free onsite consultations. The ATM is operated by Coinme but manufactured by Las Vegas-based Robocoin, which also built the world’s first Bitcoin ATM that was installed in Vancouver, Canada last October. The Kiosk is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and it scans your palm and allows you to exchange cash for Bitcoin, or do the reverse. Customers can make up to $3,000 worth of Bitcoin exchanges per day. Check the infographic below and tell us in the comments below what do you think about the new CoinMe’s Kiosk.  

Purse.io Partners with ShapeShift

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Purse.io, the peer-to-peer marketplace that allows users to exchange their Bitcoins for Amazon products and vice-versa, haspartnered with ShapeShift in order to allow its users to use other crypto currencies aside from Bitcoins. This is made possible through the simple implementation of the “Shifty” button (seen above), which allows users to instantly convert their alt-coins to BTC as long as they’re supported by ShapeShift. At the time of this writing, the list of supported alts is as follows: Blackcoin, BitUSD, Bitshares, BitcoinDark, Clams, Counterparty, Dash, Digibyte, Dogecoin, Feathercoin, Litecoin, Mintcoin, Monero, Namecoin, Nubits, Nxt, Novacoin, Potcoin, Peercoin, Quark, Reddcoin, Ripple, Shadowcash, Startcoin, Tether, Unobtanium and Vericoin.   Purse.io CEO Andrew Lee had this to say about the partnership: “We’re excited to partner with Shapeshift.io to deliver huge savings on Amazon.com for not just the bitcoin community, but altcoin community as well, …” An spokesperson on Reddit added: “Since the day we started, we received requests to integrate altcoins. It always seemed like a lot of squeeze for the juice. Plus, we weren’t looking forward to having to keep up with the latest altcoin of the month.Shapeshift solves these problems beautifully. Thanks /u/evoorhees and team for making the integration super simple! …