One of the digital payment firm giants in the crypto space, Square, recently won a patent for a payment network that will allow merchants to accept payments in any possible cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin, Ethereum etc.
According to one public document that was published on August 21st by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), Square’s application to patent a system that allows merchants to accept cryptocurrencies as well as conventional payment methods has been officially accepted.
Square initially filed for this patent in September 2017, with a description that reads the following:
“The disclosed technology addresses the need in the art for a payment service capable of accepting a greater diversity of currencies…including virtual currencies including cryptocurrencies (bitcoin, ether, etc.)…than a traditional payment system in a transaction between a customer and a merchant, and specifically for a payment service to solve or ameliorate problems germane to transactions with such currencies. Specifically, the payment service described herein can facilitate real-time (or substantially real-time) transactions, allowing a customer to pay in any currency of their choice, while the merchant can receive payment in a currency of their choice.”
Right now, Square is innovating with this idea – but is not the first payment processor to allow merchants to accept crypto payments. BitPay, for example, has been processing Bitcoin payments since 2011.
However, the good thing about Square is its amazing market penetration which means that adding cryptocurrency payments to its POS system will allow millions of merchants to accept Bitcoin without any other payment processor or the need for manual conversion of cryptocurrency to fiat money.
Right now, there is no guarantee that Square will implement the patented cryptocurrency payment network in its POS service. However, the CEO of the company, Jack Dorsey, recently stated that Bitcoin could be the internet’s native currency which is why many people believe that this is the first step for Square towards achieving that mission.
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“In London, I see a lot of finance people getting into it. People with 10, 20 years of forex experience are trying their hand at it. It’s drawing a lot of people from traditional financial circles, just because it’s interesting, it’s intriguing, there’s a lot of upside to it.”Meanwhile, his exchange CoinJar, will consider the possibility of floating a stable currency, even though the market has a number of players in that circle, according to Tan. As he added in the report:
“There are a few Australian stablecoins already – I think there are three or four out there. I think many of them would be happy for us to utilize them. The question is, how do we try to leverage some of these things to provide a better user experience for our users?”Earlier this year, CoinJar introduced the first cryptocurrency index fund, offering wholesale investors with net assets of more than $2.5 million (AUD) to cryptocurrency while shifting the custody responsibility to CoinJar.
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“Compared to January [of 2018], we are probably down 90 percent. So we only have one-tenth of the trading volume compared to what we had in January. But, compared to like a year or two years ago, we’re still trading at huge volumes. Business is still okay, we are still profitable, and we are still a very healthy business."Binance is still recording decent volume and maintaining a healthy business - showing an increase in its number of active users and BTC deposits. Zhao continued, stating:
“Right now we are still signing up a steady amount of new users every day so from what we are seeing, it’s very healthy actually. The number of new users and the amount of crypto we hold are increasing very steadily. So if you look our cold wallets, the amount of BTC we hold, we have just seen an increase in people depositing Bitcoin to our exchange.”Meanwhile, the cryptocurrency market cap seems to be getting hold of the over-the-counter (OTC) market where large institutional traders are playing. According to some stats from earlier this year, this market is at least two times larger than the cryptocurrency exchange market. CZ also noted that the OTC market is estimated to be at least as large as the live recorded volumes of exchanges. As such, it is now twice the size of the current volume, having around $23.4 billion (despite the $11.7 billion daily trading volume of crypto) in circulation.
“What I’ve heard is the OTC market is at least as large as the live recorded volumes [on exchanges]. So that is at least 50 percent of volumes that is not being reported on CoinMarketCap. But we’re not heading to that business, so we don’t know the real volumes,” Zhao concluded.
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