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60% Of Crypto Users Are Still Afraid To Pay With BTC

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The latest Bitcoin news show that more than a half of the cryptocurrency users are scared to used Bitcoin when paying. According to a recent survey on crypto usability by The Foundation for Interwallet Operability, there are many intriguing possibilities – especially for merchants and new users.

As the survey notes, 60% of newer users failed to answer “very comfortable” when asked how they felt immediately after sending a BTC payment. About 79% of users answered “casually optimistic.”

FIO divided this data in two groups – people who have held crypto for 3+ years and people who haven’t. Almost three-quarters of the respondents (73%) sent at least a few transactions throughout 2018.

“Just 11% of crypto users made a transaction at least once a week during 2018,” according to the Foundation for Interwallet Operability.

More than 200 hundred people were polled, mostly found via targeted advertising and other marketing techniques. The data gives a lot of insights and a lot of information to think about.

“There are a lot of usability issues that have to be dramatically improved if crypto ever is going to achieve its potential of enabling the seamless movement of decentralized value and doing for the movement of value what the world wide web has done for the movement of information.”

As Gold said:

“If these things don’t get changed, people are not going to be buying coffee with crypto. It’s got to be actually better than sending fiat. It’s got to be easier, safer, and more comfortable than sending fiat. Because these are immutable transactions, right? You can’t call a bank and say, ‘Hey, put a stop payment on that.’ Or, ‘I didn’t charge that.”

There are several major wallets as members in the Foundation for Interwallet Operability – including the names of Binance’s Trust Wallet, Coinomi, and Edge Wallet, as well as services like ShapeShift, all of which are members of the FIO Foundation.

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Trump Rival Presidential Candidate To Make US A Bitcoin Nation

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Trump rival presidential candidate from the Democratic Party Eric Swalwell aims to make the US a bitcoin nation. He is even accepting BTC donations for his dark-horse bid to get the current president off his position and we find out more in the latest cryptocurrency news today. The congressman aims to use the blockchain technology in every part of the government after he removes Trump from the White House. Swalwell is also accepting six cryptocurrencies one of which is the White Standard-a stablecoin that has $0 in USD reserves. The White company is now running his campaign contribution site which explains his decision. The other cryptocurrencies include Bitcoin SV, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Stellar and Ethereum. The Trump rival reportedly aiming for mass blockchain adoption after he pointed out:
 “Blockchain can change the world if we let it. […] Our nation pioneered the Internet. We use smartphones all day every day to move money, to buy goods and services, to share our innermost thoughts, and participate in public life. So it’s pure cognitive dissonance to believe that we cannot extend this further into our democracy and our economy.”
Another presidential candidate Andrew Yang is also accepting crypto donations but he is slowly losing his support after tweeting that ‘’cash is king.’’ Both of the candidates are a long-shot in the race against Trump but they are hoping to get the vote of the crypto community. Swalwell offers broad ‘’support’’ for the blockchain technology and Yang has an entire policy platform based on the idea of crypto. As mentioned in the coming altcoin news, Swalwell will not accept corporate ‘’PAC money’’ in his campaign. Politicians were quick to demand a well-regulated and established crypto economy while there was almost no improvement in the regulatory sector in the country. The nature of the federal government towards cryptocurrencies has made other countries become the perfect crypto hub for crypto companies. Experts around the world think that a summary ban on crypto could increase the prices for cryptocurrencies and the demand would also increase. However, the more things are urging to change, the more nobody does anything about the crypto climate.
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AT&T Telecom Giant Starts Accepting Bitcoin Payments For Your Phone Bills

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AT&T Telecom giant which is the largest US mobile carrier started accepting bitcoin payments for mobile phone bills and the decision is expected to bring the mass adoption for the number one cryptocurrency at a higher level. We read more about this amazing news in today’s altcoin news. The United States telecom giant AT&T announced that the customers can now pay their bill in crypto. This decision makes the telecom giant the first to offer this option and the vice president of Communications Finance Business Operations of the company Kevin McDorman noted:
‘’We’re always looking for ways to improve and expand our services [and] we have customers who use cryptocurrency, and we are happy we can offer them a way to pay their bills with the method they prefer.’’
Currently, crypto payments are only limited to bill payment and AY&T didn’t explain whether the customers will be able to use their crypto to purchase smartphones and other accessories online or at the stores. All of the customers who are interested in making a crypto payment should simply select the BitPay option as a preferred payment option when they login to their accounts or simply go through the myAT&T app. As reported in the latest cryptocurrency news previously, AT&T is not the first US-based titan corporation that started accepting crypto payments. Some of the companies that allowed this option include Overstock, Subway, Shopify, Expedia and Microsoft which only makes up the small percentage of multinational corporations which accept crypto payments. Recently, Whole Foods and other major food retailers started accepting bitcoin through a third-party payment partnership. AT&T telecom giant and its dominance on the market and brand recognition in the telecom sector will surely make a positive influence on the market for the entire crypto sector, not just bitcoin. As we can expect, not everyone is thrilled about the new decision of the company. For example, Morgan Creek Digital co-founder Anthony Pompliano tweeted the news earlier and expressing his support and a number of skeptics bombarded his tweet disagreeing with him and the aT&T announcement. However, this decision is expected to increase the level of mass adoption for Bitcoin but we could also expect to see some movements in the price for the cryptocurrency giant as well.
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Expected Bitcoin Drop Leads Major Crypto Assets To Drop By 7%

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Expected bitcoin drop that happened over the past 24 hours has led the other major crypto assets to plunge by 7 percent. Bitcoin’s price dropped by around four percent against the US dollar and we find out more in the coming altcoin news. The anticipated drawback of both bitcoin and all of the other major crypto assets comes after the technical analyst Josh Rager proposed that a healthy bitcoin pullback will surely come due to the coming off a massive 100 percent gain. He pointed out:
“BTC 30%+ pullback coming? Yes, eventually. If history repeats, there should be plenty of strong pullbacks on the way to next peak all-time high. There were at least nine 30%+ pullbacks from last cycle accumulation and uptrend Plenty of buying opportunities ahead, don’t let it shake you.’’
Over the night, the value of the entire crypto market dropped by around $12 billion from the previous $249 billion and reached $237 billion. In the past 30 days, the price of the number one crypto asset started climbing from $5,100 and reached $8,000 which an increase of $3,000. This is a massive monthly gain against the US dollar by 56 percent. On another occasion, bitcoin came out as a winner in the short-term gains since it corrected itself by 20-30 percent as mentioned in the latest cryptocurrency news. The 20-30 percent correction could have meant a drop to the $6,000 price range which some technical analysts believe could happen in the previous weeks. Similarly, another crypto trader better known as ‘’Mayne’’ suggested that a drop below the $7,500 could lead the major asset to plunge below the $7,000 support level. He said:
 “BTC – Need to hold $7,884 and red OB for upside target $9k+. Break below red OB I expect $7,300 and maybe lower to $6,400. ETH – USD pair needs to break and close thru $260 to get to $300. BTC pair had a nice reaction of range low if we can hold EQ and flip grey OB looks good.’’
The expected bitcoin drop from its position is considered as a healthy step for bitcoin that could strengthen the foundation for the market to start a strong upside movement soon. The founder of Morgan Creek Digital stated that the average return for bitcoin over the past years could appeal to institutions that have billions of dollars to pour in the asset.
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Galaxy Digital ‘Bank’ Cashes Out Of Block.one Investment With 123% Profits

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The Galaxy Digital Bank, or as it names itself the "crypto merchant bank" which is backed by a former Goldman Sachs partner Mike Novogratz, has recently cashed out 123% in gains from the bear market trend. As a new press release obtained from us shows that Galaxy Digital Bank, which was launched near the peak of the Bitcoin bull market, has netted substantial gains on one of its major blockchain-related investments. The release was re-shared on many best cryptocurrency news sites and revealed that Galaxy liquidated most of its shares in Block.one - the blockchain development startup and the fund behind the EOS protocol, for about $71.2 million. The company (Galaxy Digital) has registered a realized return of 123% on the investment. Even though the merchant bank will only hold a minimal amount of shares of Block.one, they will still work with the startup in a number of capacities like the EOS-centric venture fund and as a proponent of the blockchain in general.
“The acceptance of Block.one’s tender offer reflected a decision to rebalance the portfolio to maintain an appropriate level of diversification after the position increased due to its substantial outperformance relative to the remainder of the portfolio,” Novogratz then said.
As the filing shows, Galaxy Digital Bank can attribute much of this loss to its principal investing and trading businesses, presumably due to the fact that November and December saw Bitcoin  and many other coins falling to fresh lows, as the altcoin news showed. The filing notes that Galaxy Digital Bank is primarily founded by Novogratz's wealth, 20% of which is purportedly invested in Bitcoin and Ethereum. Even though the company lost $272.7 million in all of 2018, much of the losses were incurred as a result of sale of cryptocurrency. One Twitter analyst also went in detail on this. https://twitter.com/zhusu/status/1126394118093950983 However, this is not the end of Novogratz & co. The report revealed that as 2018 ended, Galaxy Digital Bank owned $350 million of assets, 50% of which constituted equity/stake in prominent industry startups. More importantly, Galaxy Digital announced the launch of another fund (rumored with hundreds of millions in funding) which will loan out capital to cryptocurrency firms - a business which has boomed during the 2018 bear market - as the latest cryptocurrency news show.
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