In today’s crypto news, we have the major crypto web wallet provider Blockchain in a new partnership deal with the hardware wallet producer Ledger that will see both of the companies manufacturing a custom hardware device that will allow all users of Blockchain to manage their online and offline funds in a simple and familiar interface.
First unveiled on Thursday, the new Blockchain Lockbox was described as a “first of its kind” combination of hardware and software. The wallet will leverage the strengths of both companies and provide Blockchain users with a way to organize their funds offline, securing them from hacks while also giving them the option to leave their funds in the non-custodial web wallet (which they can access separately from the hardware wallet).
Peter Smith, who is the CEO and co-founder of Blockchain, commented on the new announcement, stating:
“The Lockbox is a reflection of what our companies both do best. We’ve created an elegant software and hardware integration that offers more functionality than previously existed in our space. We’re thrilled to offer the Lockbox to Blockchain users so they can easily manage their funds online and offline seamlessly,”
The device will also adopt the software from Ledger Nano S, even though it features custom Blockchain firmware rather than the standard version. According to Ledger, the deliveries of the device (which is now available for preorder for $99.99) are set to begin in November this year.
“With stories about crypto hacking continuing to dominate headlines, it’s obvious that security must be top of mind for all stakeholders in the crypto space,” said the president of Ledger, Pascal Gauthier.
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“By using Coinify, we are not running into the knife. It is still not clear to me how blockchain is any better than other database technologies. The transactions are so far more expensive and slower than a normal payment method. Decentralization brings only cumbersome improvements. None of the blockchains scale enough. But maybe I have not invested enough time and therefore understand too little how the blockchain ecosystem works.”Herren said that the decision comes after the prolonged bearish correction on the market where most of the crypto assets lost nearly a third of their value. Despite the fact that investors didn’t really get scared of the decline in prices, institutional adoption is still uncertain regarding making more profits. For example, back in 2018 in June, the Expedia hotel booking platform deleted Bitcoin out of their options and in the same year couple of months back, Reddit also stopped accepting cryptocurrency for its gold membership plans. Years back, Bitcoin became popular because of its attractiveness as a cheaper alternative for expensive payment processors. But as the technology got more popular, the network was unable to handle a higher number of transactions such as Visa or MasterCard and that’s why retailers didn’t choose crypto for making transactions. The Swiss retail giant brings bitcoin back into the retail game. However, traders who are into crypto or those who just hold on to it for better days can now use their coins to purchase something from the retail platform.
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“Voluntary retirement is part of our support program for former employees and is intended to provide assistance and training for job placement. Apart from that, [Bithumb’s] trading volume has decreased compared to the previous year, [so] we are trying to provide internal measures. We will continue to add necessary personnel for various new businesses.”Bithumb still hasn't responded to the requests for comment. However, many speculate that this move is right because of the crypto winter which led to a lot of minuses all over the market. Still, what's interesting is that Bithumb has been preceded by many other firms in the sector - such as the mining giant Bitmain, the blockchain software company ConsenSys, the decentralized social network named Steemit as well as the similar crypto exchanges Coinsquare and Huobi - all of the companies which have decided to make significant cuts in the recent months. According to data from CoinMarketCap (CMC), Bithumb has seen more than $1.3 billion in trades over the past 24 hours. The exchange, however, was removed from the CMC global exchange rankings in January 2018 mostly because of the concerns that the site had over the reportedly "extreme divergence in prices from the rest of the world" and its fellow exchanges in South Korea. Currently, everyone is waiting for an official confirmation about the layoff from Bithumb. The respected exchange hasn't confirmed anything yet but will probably do that over the next couple of days.
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