How to Travel the World With Bitcoin Cash

How to Travel the World With Bitcoin Cash

Traveling is on everyone’s minds as summer approaches and crypto enthusiasts are no exception. But for anyone thinking of a holiday trip, travel arrangements can be arduous. Crypto payments can make your life easier in that regard, particularly with bitcoin cash, which is a fast and cheap way to pay for anything. The following guide shows you how to travel the world on BCH.

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Book Flights, Hotels, Cars and Train Tickets With BCH

A lot of things have changed since the early days of Bitcoin and there are now much more places and ways to spend your electronic cash. Cryptocurrencies are yet to gain mainstream adoption in many sectors, but the travel industry has already proven to be quite hospitable towards crypto holders.

A number of travel sites now take major coins including BCH for booking flights, hotels and car rentals. Cheapair is the first major online travel agency to process crypto payments after it started accepting bitcoin back in 2013, initially for flights and soon after that for accommodation as well.

How to Travel the World With Bitcoin Cash

The U.S.-based platform acts as an intermediary between the providers of these services which are paid in fiat and clients who would like to pay with cryptocurrency. In response to customer demand, added bitcoin cash (BCH) to its payment options about a year ago, noting its improved transaction potential in comparison with bitcoin core (BTC).

Bitcoin.Travel is another well-known platform which accepts payments in seven cryptocurrencies, including BCH. On its website, you can search for flights, hotels and car rentals offered by its partners. Crypto payments are made on confirmation but the funds are transferred to the service provider at least a day after you check in.

Payouts are made in cryptocurrency which means the participating businesses accept coins. According to the Polish agency, you can currently book rentals, tours or other activities using your favorite cryptocurrency. Note, however, that trying to book a flight usually redirects you to a partner that may not support crypto payments.

600,000 Property Listings Available to BCH Holders

To make sure that bitcoin cash supporters will have the opportunity to arrange their trip using BCH, recently teamed up with Travala, a leading blockchain booking platform. will be integrated into the Wallet whose 4 million users will be able to take advantage of its services thanks to the partnership agreement.

The agency offers savings up to 40% on hotel bookings and accepts cryptocurrencies including bitcoin cash. With over 82,000 destinations in 210 countries, Travala is a global platform and bitcoin cash holders will now be able to choose from almost 600,000 property listings for their next holiday, directly from their Wallet.

How to Travel the World With Bitcoin Cash

Destinia is another option if you are looking to spend your bitcoin cash on traveling. The platform is available in over 30 languages and maintains a search engine similar to any other travel agency, only the services it facilitates can be paid with cryptocurrency. Note, however, that prices are displayed in mBCH.

Beside hotels, flights and cars, you can also pay for train tickets, which is a welcome addition. Railway companies in most countries are yet to integrate crypto payments but Destinia has already made this transport option available to cryptocurrency users. It currently sells tickets for the railway systems of a dozen nations including major tourist destinations such as Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, the United Kingdom, Canada and the U.S.

Business Travelers Are Covered as Well

Startups, professionals and entrepreneurs in the crypto space can also check out Corporate Traveller, a U.K.-based business travel management platform. Like Destinia, this agency provides rail transportation options along with flights, car hire and accommodation. Not long ago, Corporate Traveller began accepting bitcoin cash payments from companies making travel arrangements for their employees. If you contact them, their consultants will be able to offer you help and fares you can pay with BCH thanks to a partnership with Bitpay.

How to Travel the World With Bitcoin Cash

Airtreks is another booking platform that works with the same crypto payments provider. It lets you explore global routes with multi-stop international flights and helps you prepare your long itinerary with its Tripplanner feature. Its website currently advertises around the world specials such as “The Grand Escape,” “Circle the Globe,” and “Beach Hopping.” And if you like visiting exotic places, is a website that offers “the best prices you can ever find” for hotels in the island nation which you can pay for with BCH.

Other companies in the industry accepting cryptocurrency payments through Bitpay include the Latvian national carrier Airbaltic and the German travel sites Fluege and Nurflug. According to a thread on the Bitcointalk forum, there’s also a bunch of gift card platforms, such as Gyft, Egifter and Giftoffs, which work with the popular payment processor. The integration allows you to purchase gift cards for products and services offered by airline companies like American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, and Virgin. You can also pay for flights, hotels or travel packages using the gift cards of Lastminute, Jet2Holidays and Flightgiftcard which can be purchased with BCH.

The Bitcoin Cash Map is Expanding

Once you reach your destination, you may want to find places where you can easily spend more of your bitcoin cash. One useful application that will help you to locate brick and mortar stores which allow you to pay with BCH is Marco Coino. It’s been developed by for both iOS and Android devices and it has an online version as well.

The merchant directory now lists over 1,000 physical locations accepting bitcoin cash. The stores are spread all over the world with the interactive map showing the highest concentration in Europe. If you run a business taking BCH or you happen to find one that’s not listed yet, you can easily add a new store to the Marco Coino map.

How to Travel the World With Bitcoin Cash

An alternative platform showing locations where you can pay directly with BCH is It has both a web-based version and a mobile app available in the Google Play store. All the venues displayed on its map accept either bitcoin cash or dash, while some of the shops also take bitcoin core. You’ll enjoy discounts of up to 20% on your first BCH payment in many of the participating stores.

But even if you are in a place where only fiat currency is accepted, there are still ways to spend your bitcoin cash. Here are two debit card issuers that support it: Bitpay’s Visa card in the U.S. can be loaded with BCH and used to purchase goods and services through a conversion to U.S. dollars. And Fuzex is another crypto card project with global reach that last year chose bitcoin cash (BCH) as its base cryptocurrency. Its card is issued to residents of Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Traveling is rarely cheap, whether you are on a vacation or a business trip. In case you run out of bitcoin cash, there’s already a wide network of ATMs around the world where you can top up your BCH wallet. A quick look at Coinatmradar’s BCH Map shows there are now more than 1,800 machines and tellers on the planet that can sell you BCH coins. Many of these will also buy your electronic cash in case you need some paper money.

Have you used the services of these platforms to arrange your trips with bitcoin cash? Share your experience in the comments section below.

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Lubomir Tassev is a journalist from tech-savvy Bulgaria, which sometimes finds itself at the forefront of advances it cannot easily afford. Quoting Hitchens, he says: ”Being a writer is what I am, rather than what I do.“ International politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

Just 732,000 Bitcoin Addresses Own At Least 1 BTC

Bitcoin is piling in more than 732,000 addresses owning at least 1 BTC. Meanwhile, the top-100 BTC addresses are seeing more inflows that outflows of BTC.

Bitcoin Attaining SoV Status

There are currently 732,982 Bitcoin addresses that hold more than 1 BTC. Compared to the over 20 million known addresses, this figure represents a small amount of “whole bitcoin” owners.

The basic definition of money covers a unit of account, medium of exchange, and a store of value. There is hardly any doubt as to whether BTC satisfies the first two even if the mechanics behind its operation might not be efficient at times.

Bitcoin’s final hurdle is in being a store of value (SoV) putting it in the company of assets like gold and silver.

As reported by Bitcoinist, the top-ranked cryptocurrency’s current price trend still leads the stock-to-flow model, which as a $1 million per BTC price outcome.

It would seem that some investors are becoming wise to this possibility, buying and holding bitcoin in anticipation of a parabolic advance that takes BTC/USD valuation into the trillion-dollar (USD) region.

Data from BitInfoCharts shows that 60 percent of all BTC hasn’t moved in over 12 months. Many of these BTC addresses show a disproportionate level of inflows against outflows.

Every single top-100 address has added a significant number of BTC to their hoard with only a handful of accounts showing outflows. One could even consider those outflows as transfers to other addresses belonging to the same owner – spreading the stash around.

While some traders can skim profit off the top of any periodic surge, many seem to be in it for the long haul, truly believing Bitcoin to be a store of value.

There will only ever be 21 million BTC and these holders are gobbling up as much as they can. Considering the global population is roughly 7.5 billion, out of which 36 million are millionaires, it will become increasingly difficult in time for even wealthy people to own at least 1 BTC.

Top Bitcoin Addresses

Fresh Assault on $8,000

Meanwhile, fresh off the flash crash, BTC 00 is making another assault at the $8,000 price mark.  Bulls will be hoping for a sustained push above $8,100 with further sideways accumulation beyond what has so far proven to be a stubborn resistance point.

Any push towards the $9,000 price mark could definitively signal the end of 2018’s brutal bear market. Trading above $9,000 means an almost 50 percent recovery from the 80 percent decline suffered during the year-long bear market.

Technical and market fundamentals continue to look good for Bitcoin with a host of institutional adoption cases waiting in the wings.

You can check out the latest bitcoin price analysis here.

Are you aiming to hold at least 1 BTC before all 21 million are mined? Let us know in the comments below.

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Coinbase CEO Talks About Staking, Voting, Margin Trading, Lightning Network, and More


Coinbase CEO Talks About Staking, Voting, Margin Trading, Lightning Network, and More


Coinbase CEO Talks About Staking, Voting, Margin Trading, Lightning Network, and More

On Thursday (May 16), Brian Armstrong, Co-Founder and CEO of digital asset exchange Coinbase, talked about upcoming near and medium term changes to his firm’s products and services.

Armstrong’s comments came during an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on YouTube, where he was answering the most popular questions from the crypto community on Twitter.

Here are the main highlights:

  • Price Alerts: This feature might “might be coming soon” to the Coinbase mobile app. Coinbase has been working on improving the support for price alerts in the web versions of its platform. Initially, users were given the ability to set price alerts manually (e.g. “alert me when Bitcoin price goes below $5,000”), but lately Coinbase has been experimenting with machine learning so that users are notified of significant price changes automatically.
  • Staking: This feature was recently added to Coinbase Custody (which is for institutional customers) to support Proof-of-Stake (PoS) cryptocurrencies such as Tezos (XTZ), but obviously retail investors are interested in this too. 
  • Voting (Onchain Governance): Not launched yet, but internally, it is being discussed, and more specifically how to make it as simple as possible for users.
  • Margin Trading on Coinbase Pro: This is a commonly requested feature. Several other trading platforms already have this, and it is a popular feature. Coinbase is trying to figure out the best way to do this from a regulatory point of view.
  • Remittances to developing countries: Setting up exchanges in such places (e.g. Zimbabwe) is often more difficult either because the regulatory environment is not well-established and/or due to a high amount of corruption. So, the best way to send money to these places might be to send crypto to the wallet of the recipient and then to ask him/her to either hold crypto until they need to spend it or to get it changed to fiat via a local exchange (perhaps, via a P2P exchange such as LocalBitcoins).
  • Coinbase Card: This debit card (which lets you spend your crypto — which happens by the card automatically converting, at transaction time, from crypto to fiat — at virtually any merchant that accepts contactless cards or Apple Pay or Google Pay) was launched in the UK last month, but customers in the U.S. are wondering when it will get launched there. Armstrong cannot give a date. 
  • Tax Reporting Tools: Armstrong that their tax tools “could be a lot better.” Coinbase is looking into how it can help its customers pay less tax but it seems like it has not figured out yet the best way to offer tax advice without effectively becoming the customer’s accountant or tax adviser.
  • Coinbase in Canada: Coinbase was operating in Canada a while ago, but due to some issues with their payment partner, they had to suspend that service, but they are hoping to return to Canada soon.
  • Support for the Lightning Network: 3-4 Weeks ago, Armstrong asked some of Coinbase’s developers what was the coolest technology they were playing with during weekends. He got around 40 answers. The most common answer was the Lightning Network. That gave him “a lot of confidence” that this was something that Coinbase should support. However, he is not sure when this support will be implemented.

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What can I do to prevent this in the future?

If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware.

If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices.

Bitcoin Cash Upgrade and 30K Stores Accepting BCH in the Weekly Update From

Bitcoin Cash Upgrade and 30K Stores Accepting BCH in the Weekly Update From

Bitcoin Cash network successfully undergoes an upgrade and more than 30,000 new stores now accept BCH payments. Watch these and other developments discussed in this week’s video update on’s Youtube channel.

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BCH Network Upgrade in’s Weekly Update

This week’s show covers the recent upgrade to the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network, adding Schnorr signatures and the Segwit recovery exemption. With the changes successfully completed, developers are now able to create payment channels and atomic swaps hidden as ordinary payments as well as lightning-style payment channel networks if they ever wanted to.

The team also discusses a recently announced custodial wallet called Spedn, which will allow cryptocurrency users the ability to spend their coins at 30,476 new stores. This is achieved thanks to partnerships with well known retail chains such as Lowes, Gamestop, Whole Foods, Petco, Barnes & Noble, Regal Cinemas, Baskin Robbins, Crate and Barrel, and Nordstrom.

Other topics mentioned on the show are booking platform Travala partnering with to empower millions of users to save on travel expenses and the upcoming service. The peer-to-peer BCH exchange will launch on June 4 but you can already create an account, open sell orders, setup your referral program, and explore the site right now.

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Avi Mizrahi is an economist and entrepreneur who has been covering Bitcoin as a journalist since 2013. He has spoken about the promise of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology at numerous financial conferences around the world, from London to Hong-Kong.

CasperLabs’ Mrinal Manohar: “Proof of Work is Just Not an Efficient System”


Casper Labs

CasperLabs is a relative newcomer to the crypto space, but with an impressive technical pedigree.

With the aim of building a “fully decentralized, sharded and scalable next-generation blockchain,” CasperLabs is building a new proof-of-stake blockchain, the design of which is being led by Vlad Zamfir, formerly a lead researcher for the Ethereum Foundation.

While the PoS vs. PoW argument is far from settled in the crypto community, CasperLabs believes that PoS is the most viable means of achieving scalability.

I caught up with Mrinal Manohar, CEO of Adaptive Labs, CasperLabs’ parent company, to discuss the project. We talked about his history in the space, why he believes blockchains must move away from Proof-of-Work, and the company’s relationship with the Ethereum Foundation.

When and how did you get into the crypto space?

So actually it’s a two part answer – I got into decentralization in 2002. I was an open source contributor to the BitTorrent project, not on the core BitTorrent stuff, but stuff like magnet linking on some of the applications.

And then I got into blockchain specifically in 2010. My roommate was one of the largest miners in San Francisco, but I started investing in the industry in 2012. So I started pretty early.

And when did you start CasperLabs?

So CasperLabs was founded on October 31st 2018. So it’s fairly recent. Research into CBC Casper, which is led by Vlad [Zamfir] has been ongoing since 2014. So it’s it’s fairly developed. But CasperLabs, the R & D shop, that’s releasing a blockchain that primarily works on the Casper protocol, is newer.

How would you describe in a nutshell what CasperLabs does?

“The ability to scale a blockchain without any compromise.”

What’s happened is, in my opinion is that only Bitcoin and Ethereum are 100% decentralized because anyone can access the network at anytime – there’s no permissioning, they are leaderless systems. What’s happened since their creation is that in order to scale the systems, people have done it in one of two ways.

One way is some form of mild centralization, either through delegation, voting processes, randomization, etc.

The other way is through layer two solutions, and layer two solutions are really necessary – Visa has Square PayPal and Stripe on top of it for examples.

But we need layer one to be great.

Really where we’re different is we’re saying “no, you can do this with total decentralization.” We don’t want to trade decentralization for scalability. Now, you might not get a million transactions per second, but you can get a few thousand, fully decentralized.

What’s the motivation behind Casper’s embracing of Proof of Stake, is it technical, environmental, both?

I’d say technical more than environmental, although there are environmental consequences. It is mostly technical, because if you think about it, the fundamental issue with proof of work is that it limits scalability, because 90 to 95% of your processing power is generating hashes, or random numbers. So it’s just generating a bunch of random numbers. And once they’re generated, they have no utility. So you spend 90 to 95% of your processing power, and it’s just wasted.

On the other hand, with a proof of stake system, you’re reorienting the 90 to 95% that’s wasted and actually doing useful work, such as securing the network, making sure consensus has happened, and processing transactions. Just fundamentally, because of that fact, there’s a huge amount of throughput that’s being wasted on a proof of work system. So proof of stake just by design is going to be more efficient, faster and more scalable.

Now in terms of the environmental factors. Yeah, it’s not a good thing to waste 90 to 95% of energy, irrespective of where you are in the climate change debate, wasting energy is probably not a good idea regardless.

It’s an added bonus.

The motivation really is we should have efficient systems and proof of work is just not an efficient system. Proof of work has gone away in a lot of cases before: most email spam filters were proof of work a decade or two ago, and now none of them are. Distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack prevention systems were all proof of work. They’re not anymore. The reason why they exist early on in any industry is because they’re easier to implement than proof of stake or other proof-based systems.

What about Lightning?

Lightning is a layer two solution. I think layer two solutions are great and they’re going to really help blockchains in a similar way to how Square, Stripe and PayPal helped Visa.

But you need the underlying layer one to be efficient, because the amount of security you’re giving up is inversely proportional to the speed of the network.

If the network’s really fast you only have the batch a small number of transactions, if the network really slow, you have to batch a lot of transactions, but layer one is way more secure than layer two because it has way more validators. So you’re giving up too much security to layer two if the underlying layer one isn’t fast enough.

So what you’re saying is it’s better to get layer one right than trying to build a great layer two on top of shaky layer one?


I view layer one as sort of the foundation of a house. And I view layer two as the house. I actually anticipate that the end users are likely to interact with layer two more than layer one. And we’re happy to just be a great layer one. I think layer two is very necessary. Industries grow because of that. Payments grew, because of all the stuff built on Visa. Uber etc. grew from Google Maps and Google Maps is used way more now because of Uber and Waze. Layer two helps layer one.

I view them as a necessary part of the ecosystem, but bad foundations are not sustainable.

What’s CasperLabs’ relationship with the Etheruem Foundation? Will there be room for collaboration in the future?

100%. We are open source purists and we are decentralization purists.

A lot of us on the team were early investors in Ethereum. So you know, we love it. We think it’s a great platform. There’s certain reasons why the transition to proof of stake might take a little longer than people would like. And we’re launching a chain that’s pure proof of stake. But if Ethereum wants to use that code, we’d be more than helpful in helping them use it. In fact, if anyone at Ethereum – and this is an open invitation – wants to speak to our developers and exchange ideas on how best to get the CBC Casper-like implementation, we’re completely open to that. We view them with nothing but respect, we’re standing on the shoulders of giants, trying to push the industry forward. It’s not an antagonistic relationship.

I always find it ironic when people criticize earlier Blockchains like Bitcoin’s and Ethereum’s for apparent technical problems that their newer blockchains try and solve…

Yeah it’s like saying, Charles Babbage and Alan Turing sucked, because their computers couldn’t play games.

Which is how we view all the initial protocols. We’re nothing but respectful and we want to collaborate as much as we can.

What do you have in store for 2019 and beyond?

 We should be feature complete by the end of the year, meaning we should be code complete and have the system up and running by the end of the year, at which point we’ll go into a testing phase. The testing phase could be anywhere between four to 10 weeks, hopefully on the lower end. So we’ll launch by the end of the year, or very early next year. We also have a whitepaper that people can read if they want to look at the tech specs. We’re mostly heads down in development and partnerships.
















桑坦德银行区块链研发负责人Julio Faura表示,关键问题是使加密资产尽可能具有普遍性,并且能够支持当今货币市场所需的所有流动性。根据国际清算银行(Bank for International Settlements)的说法,当前货币市场所需的流动性每天超过7万亿美元。


摩根大通作为一家世界级的大型银行为500强企业中的80%的提供银行服务。JPM Coin则是一种基于类似于许可联盟链发行的加密资产(Quorum Blockchain),旨在使用区块链技术进行即时支付,以及在不同方之间进行交换价值。JPM Coins本身不是钱。它是代表在JPMorgan Chase NA指定账户中持有的美元的加密资产。JPM Coin与美元作为价值锚定,因此总是具有相当于1美元的价值。当一个客户通过区块链向另一个客户汇款时,JPM Coins被转移并立即兑换等价的美元,从而减少了传统中的结算时间。

JPM Coins的具体工作原理,资料来源:JP Morgan

JPM Coins 以摩根大通持有的法定货币作为抵押担保,初步阶段只有通过摩根大通KYC的机构客户才能使用JPM Coins进行交易。因此相对于市场中的其它稳定币来讲,该加密资产将专属于机构客户比如银行,经济交易商或大型企业。

今天,即使在一个单一的全球机构内,跨境交易也很麻烦。没有银行可以立即全天候转账。 JPM Coin将实现更快,更灵活的支付渠道,摩根大通目前仍在与全球监管机构合作,以获得大范围部署JPM Coin的批准。

从理论上讲,JPM Coin应该比使用目前市场中的原生区块链公司所发行的稳定币享有更广泛的认可。这是因为稳定币面临两种信用风险:发行稳定币的机构,以及支持该货币的资金的托管人。例如Tether是一家隶属于加密资产交易平台Bitfinex的稳定硬币,从诞生之初便一直受到广泛的质疑,因为多种事实证明Bitfinex并没有像最初承诺的那样由法定美元完全支持。

另一方面,JPM Coin将给予摩根大通庞大的存款基础及其资产负债表发行。换句话说,该加密资产只涉及一个债权人,且因为它是摩根大通,所以在正常的市场情况下几乎没有风险。加密资产的持有人可以前往任何摩根大通分行,并以当地货币全额兑换JPM Coin。

日本最大的金融服务银行之一瑞穗(Mizuho)于2019年3月在IOS和Android上推出了J-Coin Pay ,它不仅可以让用户立即从他们的银行账户转账,立即发送和接收资金,还可以在大型零售店和小型区域商店中付款。但值得注意的是,它当前并没有使用区块链技术。该项目是瑞穗发起,其他约60家银行和金融机构以及日本政府共同参与合作,符合后者实现无现金社会的目标。




MAS和一个金融机构联盟正在与R3 DLT公司合作,对使用基于区块链的结算系统进行概念验证。


该联盟目前包括11家金融机构和5家技术合作伙伴:美国银行美林,花旗,瑞信,星展,汇丰,摩根大通,三菱UFJ金融集团,华侨银行,新加坡交易平台,渣打银行和海外联合银行。埃森哲被任命负责管理和开发原型,R3,IBM和ConsenSys被任命为Corda,Hyperledger Fabric和Quorum各自的DLT平台提供支持,而微软则致力于支持在Azure Blockchain上部署软件原型。








该试验旨在更好地了解南非多选项结算(SAMOS)系统如何与DLT系统集成。SAMOS是南非银行目前的银行间结算系统,允许银行实时履行款项承付。根据储备银行行长Lesetja Kganyago的说法,该测试是在三个月内进行完成,南非储备银行可能会让其他央行参与未来的跨境测试。但是,在正式实施项目或应用就绪之前,需要检查许多事项。这些问题包括“评估支持框架和与整体系统集成的其他系统,以及法律,监管和合规因素。”







SWIFT提供被称为SWIFT gpi的服务,可促进当日跨境支付,端到端资金跟踪以及更高的成本透明度。




然而,在19年3月CNBC的Crypto Trader采访中,Swift亚太区董事总经理Lisa O’Connor表示,“SWIFT将愿意与DLT平台合作,从市场基础设施的角度来看待问题,因为这是SWIFT的利益相关者所关注的。”

O’Connor同时表示,“银行不必在市场上自己来做例如清算交易这样的多边网”。 在他看来,当前国际间支付延迟问题出现的主要原因在于法律和监管条件使得缺乏与客户相互了解的银行无法使用共享分类账本。根据O’Connor的说法,SWIFT对区块链持开放态度,但并不打算直接用它来解决银行之间的交易。

IBM一直致力于与金融和非金融机构以及跨境结算领域合作开发多种区块链解决方案, IBM Blockchain开发解决方案负责人Jesse Lund称其目标解决方案为“为金融机构提供数字资产的可替代性”。

Lund和Jed McCaleb是Stellar的联合创始人,作为与IBM和IBM World Wire合作的平台,在今年3月新加坡的Money20 / 20会议上进行了新的开发展示,而IBM也将在此期间发布独家产品公告。

在会议宣布之前,Jesse Lund已在多个地点表示:银行对利用稳定币非常感兴趣,并且IBM将在此次活动中宣布该产品。这意味着该平台可以通过区块链上的稳定币促进跨境交易。

目前,已有六家国际银行签署份意向书,在使用Stellar的IBM支付网络World Wire上发行稳定币或由法定货币支持的加密资产。该网络旨在让受监管机构跨境转移价值。

到目前为止,已经确定了三家银行 – 总部位于菲律宾的RCBC,巴西的Banco Bradesco和韩国的釜山银行。

World Wire平台在72个国家拥有支付地点,拥有48种货币和46种“银行终端”(包括银行和汇款机),供人们发送或接收现金。除了发行他们自己的加密资产之外,这种安排还为银行提供了使用XLM的可能性,当很难将一种类型的法币换成另一种时,它可以用作“桥梁货币”。


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Mining Pool BTC.Top Briefly Controls Over 51% of Bitcoin Cash’s Hashrate


BTC.Top, a popular cryptocurrency mining pool, has recently hit a high of 54% of Bitcoin Cash’s hashrate, before seeing it recede. According to some users the mining pool has just been going after profitability, although any pool having over 51% of the hashrate could be cause for concern.

According to data from Coin.Dance, BTC.Top managed to mine over 54% of the blocks on the Bitcoin Cash network for a brief period of time, before seeing its hashrate go down. At press time, data shows in the last 24-hour period it mined 47% of blocks on the network.

Having over 51% of a network’s hashrate is seen as negative by many, as it could allow the entity controlling the majority of, in this case Bitcoin Cash’s hashrate, to pull an attack on the blockchain and double-spend coins.

This essentially means every network participant is forced to trust the mining pool not to attack Bitcoin Cash. Notably, BTC.Top is believed to have recently thwarted an attack on the network that sought to steal coins someone sent to a Segregated Witness (SegWit) address on the Bitcoin blockchain.

As such, network participants seemingly trust the mining pool was only mining the most profitable cryptocurrency on the SHA-256 algorithm, and wasn’t trying to act maliciously. This, however, doesn’t mean it couldn’t.

Various cryptocurrencies have suffered 51% attacks in the crypto space’s short history, including Verge (XVG), Bitcoin Gold (BTG), and Ethereum Classic (ETC). ETC suffered one of the most notable attacks, as hackers compromised one of the most popular networks in the space to double-spend coins worth over $1.1 million.

While BTC.Top heavily mines Bitcoin Cash, it revealed back in November of last year, before the hard fork that created Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (BSV) occurred, that it was apolitical and would support the blockchain with the most hahspower.

At the time Jiang Zhouer, the Chinese cryptocurrency mining pool’s founder, revealed BTC.Top’s goal was to recover stability for Bitcoin Cash, which at the time was engaged in a “war” between two sides.

On BSV’s side there are also concerns about a potential 51% attack. As covered, CoinGeek has reached the necessary hashrate to attack the network more than once, but hasn’t done anything malicious.

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What can I do to prevent this in the future?

If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware.

If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices.