Top US Banks That Experiment With Blockchain To Release Money Transfer App in 2017

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Zelle, a money transfer app that is built on a bank-owned payments network to compete with PayPal, Venmo and Square Cash, will be released next year. The app’s network connects 19 U.S. financial firms including the country’s biggest banks such as JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co., and Citi. It will enable users to send money via their phones to recipients who will gain access to the funds immediately. Cyber attacks The announcement comes few days after cyber attacks, which occurred on the Internet through common devices like webcams and digital recorders, disrupted PayPal, Twitter, Spotify, some businesses hosted by Amazon Inc and other sites. They are all customers of an infrastructure company in New Hampshire called Dyn, which acts as a switchboard for internet traffic. PayPal said it experienced some service disruptions due to the cyber attack which prevented some of its customers from being able to pay with PayPal in certain regions, though PayPal was not attacked directly. Early Warning The new Zelle person-to-person payment service is expected to rival Venmo, a payments app run by PayPal Holdings Inc. which has become popular with young adults making payments to one another for shared …

Bitcoin ATMs Are Popping Up in Great Numbers Across the US

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Since the beginning of the summer, there’s been an influx of Bitcoin ATMs (or “BTMs”) installed across the US. The past few months saw almost 20 new machines appear. Also read: The Bitcoin ATM: The Improved Teller Machine EasyBit Adds Six BTMs Across the US The EasyBit BTM network announced it has installed six new machines across four states. Headquartered in the US and Argentina, EasyBit has been gaining steam. The firm’s installed its first BTM at a Thai restaurant in Amsterdam. Now, the company operates 35 machines in nine countries. EasyBit uses both GenesisCoin and CoinOutlet cryptocurrency automated tellers. The six new BTMs are in Texas, Hawaii, Georgia, and Utah. Since its founding in 2013, EasyBit has become a reputable provider of Bitcoin-powered automated tellers. Michael Dupree, CEO, and founder of EasyBit, said at the latest install announcement: We’ve observed that adding a bitcoin ATM greatly improves bitcoin adoption in these communities. Our host locations often see better foot traffic and increased revenue after putting in a bitcoin ATM, making it a win-win for everyone. ATM Provider Athena Bitcoin Continues to Grow Another Bitcoin-based ATM operator is a growing US company called Athena Bitcoin. The Chicago-based company, launched seven new BTMs this past September. Athena Bitcoin has also ramped up …

Joe Rogan to Andreas Antonopoulos: I’m All In, I’m on Team Bitcoin

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In episode 844 of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast featuring security expert and author of Mastering Bitcoin, Andreas Antonopoulos, stand-up comedian and sports commentator Joe Rogan expressed his optimistic views towards Bitcoin, stating “I’m all in, I’m on team Bitcoin.” Rogan’s final remarks at the very end of the show were amassed throughout the podcast, during which Antonopoulos examined and evaluated the vulnerabilities and inefficiency of today’s financial systems in great detail. In particular, he referred to the outdated services and products of banks which grant several financial institutions a complete monopoly over a country’s monetary system and economy. Control of banks: bloated economy The focus of the talk was established primarily on the control of banks over a country’s monetary systems and how that is abused to create a bloated economy. When an economy is struggling from dealing with financial instability or poor performance from major stock markets, the solution which is often presented by the central bank is to print more money. For instance, the Federal Reserve Bank would print trillions of dollars to be sprinkled on top of a troubling economy which is essentially distributed to the country’s banks and government agencies. One major misconception behind this …

CoolWallet: The Bitcoin Wallet That Fits Right into Your Wallet

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new bitcoin Cold Storage device CoolWalletCT r:  256 from CoolbitX Technology is the size of a credit card, doesn’t need cables, fits in a common wallet and will grant owners confidence in thesecurity of their BitcoinCT r:  9 wealth. Cold storage is quickly becoming a popular concept within the Cryptocurrency industry. Considering the inherent risks involved in online storage of Bitcoin, the industry is devising better methods to keep the coins safe. One of these is somewhere the Hackers cannot reach, i.e. (pc or smartphone). cointelegraph interviewed Shannon Yeh, Product Manager of CoolWallet, to get an in-depthAnalysis of the product and Alena Vranova, Product Manager of trezor, a competitor in this marketplace for over a year for a comparison of the pros and cons of the two solutions. The Basic Concept of CoolWallet Shannon Yeh  is a member of the CoolbitX Technology team of security specialists, engineers and design professionals since 2012, owned by Jetstream Holding Ltd. According to Shannon, CoolWallet is the first wireless hardware wallet that can be used by smartphones to manage Bitcoin transactions. Other hardware wallets require a computer and/or a cable of some kind. CoolWallet is designed primarily for convenience. It is a product that has been designed to be …

Europeans Can Now Receive Their Paycheck in Bitcoin

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Europe-based bitcoinCT r:  3 services provider Cashila has recently released a Bitwage-like Euro-to-Bitcoin payroll system, allowing European employees to request their wages to be paid in bitcoin through a simple bank or SEPA payment. The payment process of the sender or the employer will stay the exactly the same. On the Cashila platform, the receiver will create a payroll request with the inclusion of necessary bank details, including specific reference number, IBAN Bank account number, payment amount, etc. Once completed, employees and freelancers can export the invoice as a PDF or send it via email to their employers and wait for the payment to be processed by the bank and Cashila. The users of the platform may also receive bitcoin through a European bank account, by transferring bitcoins to the platform’s Euro Wallet, then immediately converting to Euros. Through this service called “Reserve Cashila Feature,” the Cashilla team aims to help spur mainstream bitcoin growth in Europe, and protect freelancers and employees from bitcoin price volatility. Cashila co-founder Jani Valjavec stated: “This is a faster and cheaper version of banking as we know it. Your version.” Upon its launch, the service received criticism from the bitcoin community due to its inefficient payment …

The Economist Asks: Will Bitcoin’s Blockchain Change The World?

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Legendary news publication “The Economist” has seen fit to not only acknowledge the innovations of Blockchain’s technology but produce a feature story on it for the current October 31 weekly edition. The cover story’s title is called, “The trust machine – How the technology behind bitcoin could change the world.” Here we go over some excerpts and the basic tenor of the piece. The Economist is one of the Western world’s oldest and most trusted publications As you may already be aware, Bitcoin does not have a sterling reputation within the mainstream media, if that fact has alluded you to this point, The Economist makes sure you get that realization stated up front as fact within the story’s first sentence, which succinctly reads “Bitcoin has a bad reputation.” The online edition fails to reveal a name of an author for this story. This first sentence sets up the article with a short summary of why the generally negative reputation has been established, so far. By the middle of the second paragraph, it does not refute any issues with the public image Bitcoin. They seem to have little interest in disputing its validity, but they rush to the defense of the …