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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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Bitcoin Wallet Reviews: What’s the Best Hardware Wallet on the Market?

Hardware wallets are small and portable devices which empower users to manage the keys to their bitcoin in a way that combines security with convenience. Essentially, they serve as an extra layer of protection which stands against malevolent attacks that may happen on infected computers.  Further Reading: What Are Bitcoin Wallets If you’re HODLing your bitcoin, then you can resort to cheaper and more convenient cold storage options (like a computer that never gets connected to the internet, a USB flash drive, a paper wallet, some form of bearer item…

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HCM Capital Expects China’s Digital Currency to Launch in 2-3 Months

Founding managing partner of HCM Capital, the private equity arm of electronics manufacturer Foxconn, Jack Lee, says China’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is ready and expects it to launch in two to three months.  During an interview with CNBC published on Nov. 11, Lee also suggested that the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) will use the new currency to further strengthen its oversight over capital flows.  China’s digital currency is ready He explained that the PBoC already tracks cash movements with serial numbers on banknotes and blockchain could provide…

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Bitcoin ‘Is Not Real,’ Says Former European Central Bank Chief

Bitcoin (BTC) lacks the characteristics of a currency and is purely speculative, according to the European Central Bank’s former president Jean-Claude Trichet. Chinese news outlet South China Morning Post reported on Nov. 10 that Trichet made remarks at Caixin’s conference in Beijing. “I am strongly against Bitcoin” During the event, Trichet also expressed doubt that cryptocurrencies could ever become the future of money. He said that Bitcoin lacks the characteristics of a real currency: “I am strongly against Bitcoin, and I think we are a little complacent. […] The currency…

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Bitcoin Price Gains Above $9.1K as Ether Looks to Rally to $285

This week Bitcoin is expected to continue consolidating even as the weekly MACD is on the verge of a bull cross. Meanwhile, key indicators suggest that Ether price could explode higher. To a new investor entering the crypto-space sights like today’s 3.5% pump to $9,141 is enough to make you giddy with excitement about the future of cryptocurrency. But is it that impressive? After all, Bitcoin (BTC) price was $9,300 last week, which is $200 higher than it is now. So let’s take a look at some of the factors…

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Russian Crypto Plot, China Mining U-Turn, Lottery Winner’s BTC Gamble: Hodler’s Digest, Nov. 4–10

Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Russia: New law would let police confiscate Bitcoin from 2021 We begin in Russia, where the government is pursuing a seemingly impossible law that would allow it to confiscate Bitcoin (BTC). Reports suggest that the plans, which target “digital assets,” could become law in 2021….

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IDEX Claims Creation of ‘Infinite Scaling Solution for Ethereum’

IDEX, the decentralized exchange (DEX) responsible for over 40% of all DEX transactions, claims to have created an “infinite scaling solution” for the Ethereum network. 1,000 times faster In an email sent to Cointelegraph, IDEX claims that its system, dubbed Optimized Optimistic Rollups (O2Rs), reaches block finality in 10 minutes. The company also says that this is about 1,000 times faster than the Optimistic Rollups (ORs) developed by Ethereum scalability development organization Plasma Group — which achieves block finality in two weeks. Rollup solutions scale by moving computation off-chain and…

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EIDOS Airdrop 95% of Transfers

The EOS blockchain is congested by the EIDOS token airdrop, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase reports on Nov. 9. In a post on its blog, Coinbase claims that it had trouble in processing its clients’ transactions due to EOS network congestion caused by the EIDOS token airdrop. The exchange has since solved the issue by increasing the amount of staked CPU, securing a sufficient portion of the CPU time remaining on the network to process its transactions. Interestingly, the incident also caused the price of CPU time on the network to increase…

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$500K Bitcoin Price ‘Flippening’ of Gold Will Come by 2028

Bitcoin (BTC) will surpass the market cap of gold and could ultimately be worth $1 million, well-known industry figure Bobby Lee has said.  In a series of tweets on Nov. 10, Lee, who co-founded Chinese cryptocurrency exchange BTCC and now runs a Bitcoin wallet startup, became the latest voice in the expanding debate on Bitcoin versus gold.  Lee: BTC market cap to hit $8 trillion Gold’s market cap is $8 trillion, while Bitcoin’s is just $160 billion. While around fifty times lower at present, Lee thinks a reversal could come…

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Crypto News From Japan: Nov. 2–9

In this week’s selected cryptocurrency- and blockchain-related news from Cointelegraph Japan, the Japanese financial regulator solidifies its policy of banning trusts that invest in crypto, more than 20 companies launch a consortium that aims to raise funds with security tokens, and Coincheck starts its automated cryptocurrency accumulation service, while it denies having had any previous knowledge about Stellar Lumens’ 55 billion token burn. Here is the past week of cryptocurrency and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph Japan. FSA confirms ban on cryptocurrency investment trusts The Japanese…

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