Opera Launches Support for Bitcoin Payments on Its Android Browser

Popular web browser Opera has announced an integration that will allow users to transact and make payments in bitcoin directly through its Android browser. The new features are the finalization of a beta announced on July 10, 2019, which first allowed users to send and receive bitcoin (as well as TRON) from its Crypto Wallet product, a cryptocurrency wallet built into the Android version of Opera. Before that beta release, the Crypto Wallet within Opera’s Android browser only provided support for ether and other ERC-20 tokens. The addition of bitcoin…

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Bitmain Opens 50 MW Bitcoin Mining Center in Texas

On October 21, 2019, Chinese bitcoin mining giant Bitmain launched mining headquarters in Rockdale, Texas, in collaboration with the Rockdale Municipal Development District and Canadian blockchain firm DMG Blockchain Solutions.  The Texas facility will be located on a 33,000-acre site, and Bitmain will be working to increase its power output from the current 25 MW level to a maximum of 300 MW. DMG will be in charge of keeping the site fully functional, working with both Bitmain and the municipal development district to recruit on-the-ground workers and ensure the maintenance…

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HTC Exodus 1s Gets Shipped With Bitcoin Full Node Feature

Launched in Berlin on Saturday, October 19, 2019, the new HTC Exodus 1s promises to be the first smartphone to put a full Bitcoin node in the users’ pockets. The device is a technical and spiritual successor to the Exodus 1 (which integrates a hardware wallet), whose uniqueness and value proposition on the smartphone market is given by the preinstalled Zion Vault app. Through this feature, users can perform one-touch downloads of the Bitcoin blockchain. “The Zion Vault app makes it very simple to download the entire Bitcoin ledger.” said…

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Lightnite: Like Fortnite — But With Bitcoin, Powered by Lightning

On October 19, 2019, the team behind video game portal Satoshi’s Games presented Lightnite: an online multiplayer third-person shooting game whose microtransactions are entirely powered by the Lightning Network. This is the grandest and most ambitious project of the team thus far, and it promises to bring more bitcoin adoption to the video game community. Just days after battle royale king Fortnite released new maps and environments to explore in Chapter 2, Lightnite lead developer Carlos Roldan and his team have attempted a coup which strikes directly at the monetization…

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Huobi Expands Services With Turkish Lira

Huobi, a prominent cryptocurrency exchange based in Singapore, has unveiled plans to increase the ease of access for individuals trading in the Turkish currency, the lira. The company announced this move via press release on October 18, 2019. It claims that its lira gateway will be the first of its kind for a global cryptocurrency exchange and will include full language localization and a Turkish-based team, as well as a mobile app and reduced trading fees. Huobi and Bitcoin Expansion in Turkey This latest announcement is a continuation of Huobi’s…

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: Grinding Market Slowly Drives Through Support

The bitcoin market over the last few days has been a series of grinding support/resistance tests that have brought us lower and lower toward our macro support at the $7,700s. So far, the market’s macro structure is holding support, but we are currently on our way toward a fourth test of major support — if we break that level, the drop could be fairly aggressive. The downside price target for a break of support would have us testing the mid- to upper-$6,000s. However, if we manage to hold support, the…

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Op Ed: Stablecoins Report Illustrates That G7 Leaders Don’t Understand Bitcoin

A G7 working group focused on the potential effects of stablecoins on the global economy has released a new report. In it, the working group indicates that bitcoin has failed to act as a reliable store of value or medium of exchange for its users. The report focuses heavily on the potential implications of widely used stablecoins, which are virtual tokens intended to track the value of various real-world assets such as the U.S. dollar or gold.  The report makes clear that the authors misunderstand why bitcoin was created in…

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Canaan Expects $1 Billion-Plus from AvalonMiner Sales in 2020

This article was originally published by 8btc and written by Lylian Teng. Canaan Creative, the world’s second-largest bitcoin mining machine manufacturer, said it expects to sell 1 million bitcoin miners in 2020 as buying interest increases. Chen Feng, sales director of the Hangzhou, China-based company, said in a live streaming interview with 8btc that the company had already received letters of intent demanding 500,000 units in total of its latest, powerful A10 and A11 miners, and they expect the number to surpass 1 million in 2020. As the company’s official…

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Bitcoin as a Savings Technology: Are Interest Accounts Worth the Trade-Offs?

A new meme has begun circulating among Bitcoiners. Much like the “be your own bank” and “digital gold” memes before it, it’s straight and to the point. Bitcoin is savings technology.  Don’t believe me? Check out this website and see how your bitcoin stash would be holding up depending on if you bought X amount on Y day (this does assume a dollar-cost averaged or, as the hip kids says these days, “stacked sats”). Another way to look at it: Bitcoin has been profitable to hold (up to the time…

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Signet Could Give Bitcoin a More Stable, Predictable Testnet Option

What’s better than the current Bitcoin testnet? A testnet that is highly predictable. This is the goal of the Bitcoin signet, a new sort of testnet proposed by Karl-Johan Alm, for which the one-word description would be “stable.” What Is a Testnet? Bitcoin developers need a place to test things out. That’s why we have two “versions” of Bitcoin: the mainnet (where everything is real and the coins have value) and the testnet (which mimics the mainnet but the coins have no actual value).  The fact that the coins on…

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