One of the largest crypto payment service providers BitPay has reported $1 billion in transactions for 2018 according to their official press release coming in into our crypto news today.
Following the report, BitPay seems to have set another record in terms of transaction fee revenue after also gaining a couple of new customers such as Dish Networks, HackerOne and the State of Ohio. Another important notice, BitPay’s B2B business has also grown up by nearly 250 percent since 2017.
Despite the huge crypto decline last year, co-founder and CEO of BitPay Stephen Pair pointed out that the company saw some growth over the year only because the product is much cheaper and faster than a bank wire from all around the world.
The crypto payment service provider is still focusing on Bitcoin but, the reports show that BitPay has added another settlement support for other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin Cash but also for the USDC stablecoin and the Gemini dollar.
Back in April, the company secured $40 million in Series B funding where major crypto industry players such as Tencent were included. Tencent is a company acquired by IBM back in 2006 and run by Alvin Liu and Christopher Klaus Family Office.
CEO Stephen Pair also noted that his expectations for mass bitcoin adoption will come true in three to five years whereas BitPay’s chief commercial officer Sonny Singh has a prediction that BTC’s price will skyrocket up to $20,000 by the end of 2019 and as he believes, there won’t be any significant price movements in BTC (up or down) until institutional names come to market with their own products.
Vietnamese Blockchain Startup Utop Gets $3 Million From FPT Corporation & SBI Holdings
“The development of Industry 4.0 technologies has created breakthrough opportunities for businesses, mushrooming so many innovative business models. We call it digital transformation.”As featured on many best cryptocurrency news sites so far, SBI has managed in a number of ventures in the cryptocurrency sector such as its own exchange Vctrade alongside a series of investments in many businesses related to cryptocurrency infrastructures and services. Last October, for example, SBI partnered with Ripple's XRP powered payments app, MoneyTap, showing up in the altcoin news section and going live with the system whch helps account holders at selected Japanese banks. At the time, the app was designed to include a consortium of 61 institutions including more than 80% of all Japan's banking assets in a single service. Right now, the company has a massive interest in the Vietnamese blockchain startup Utop and is looking forward to the development of its infrastructure. Previously, the company's general director Ngo Vinh Quy talked about blockchain (during the partnership with the largest telecommunications operator in the country, Viettel Group) stating:
“Blockchain is an unlimited ecosystem. The most difficult task for Viettel is choosing the most effective blockchain technology that can be applied in daily life."
QuadrigaCX Chief Executive Feared For His Life According To A Close Friend
‘’Gerry was holding, we know, over $100 million, almost $200 million dollars in funds. That makes people do some pretty crazy things. And I think Gerry was aware of that, and I think he was kind of worried that something might happen.’’O’Brien also outlined that the only way to access the funds is if Cotten had already set up multiple contingency measures. He stated that the QuadrigaCX Chief executive should create a backup system in case anything goes wrong. This information can be hopeful for some users of the exchange but everything could be lost if there isn’t a backup system built. When he described Cotten, O’Brien noted that the QuadrigaCX chief executive was a super smart man but that ‘’ a dead man’s switch would be something that Gerry would have had to set up before he passed away.’’ Usually, this kind of a ‘’switch’’ is activated over a long time of inactivity. Some believe that the dead man’s trigger services could send an email to all of the users in a specified period over a month or two. The user is then expected to respond to the emails by clicking a link. However, if the user does not click the link, the trigger is activated instantly or over a grace period. Activation involves sending emails with specific instructions. This is what O’Brien believes that the QuadrigaCX chief executive has already done. As we mentioned previously in the latest cryptocurrency news, the QuadrigaCX chief executive Gerald Cotten died in India after a complication from Crohn’s disease. The funds cannot be accessed still.
Peter McCormack Sued By Craig Wright After Accusing Him Of Fraud
“Wright maintains that BSV is the real target due to its capacity for massive on-chain scaling, which represents an existential threat to the future of other cryptocurrencies, the flawed design of which prevents them from scaling to meet the needs of a truly global financial platform.”As previously reported in our latest cryptocurrency news, major crypto exchanges such as Kraken and Binance already delisted Bitcoin Satoshi Vision after Wright took a similar action as towards Peter McCormack only this time to the Twitter user Hodlonaut who initiated the Lightning Torch. Kraken delisted BSV for the same reason and so did the crypto swap service ShapeShift. The only one not delisting the coin is the OKEx crypto exchange.
Binance Chain Launch: Expected Mainnet Swap Set For April 23
"Binance Chain launches its mainnet and plans to execute Mainnet Swap on April 23, 2019.Please note that all dates are only our best estimates and are subject to change depending on how things progress. Please stay tuned for any updates during this period."The Binance Chain launch will also see Binance producing blocks with consensus from the genesis block as of today - and its native coin BNB is planned to be issued in the genesis block. Along with the launch, the exchange provided details for the conversion of ERC-20 based BNB tokens into native Binance Chain-based BNB (BEP2) coins. As such, the exchange emphasized that it will not support the withdrawal of ERC-20 BNB tokens after April 23. Both Binance Chain Explorer and Web Wallet will be available to selected partners in the beta testing mode and are expected to be opened to public access "around April 23, 2019" according to the announcement. What's even more specific in this coming altcoin news is the fact that Binance is planning on releasing more BEP2 coins as more users convert their ERC-20 BNB coins to BEP2 BNB with the Binance Chain launch, while the proportional amounts of the ERC-20 BNB tokens will be burned while "keeping the total supply across both networks constant," as the exchange noted. Currently, Binance is the third largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world. The Q1 2019 profits of the business recorded an increase of 66% compared to the previous quarter, as reported by many best cryptocurrency news sites. In another report, it is shown that Binance earned $78 in Q1 profits due to a massive growth in its over-the-counter platform. Recently, one charity arm of Binance said that it would launch a crypto donation channel to suppor the reconstruction of the Notre Dame cathedral.
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