Rival To Facebook’s Libra Is Ready!

Binance recently revealed it’s open blockchain project “Venus” focused on developing localized stablecoins worldwide.

In an announcement on Aug 19, Binance argues it is well-positioned to launch such a currency ecosystem in light of its existing public chain technology, Binance Chain, wide user base and already established global compliance measures.

Binance is looking out for partnerships with governments, corporations, technology firms, and other cryptocurrency and blockchain projects in order to develop a new currency ecosystem that will empower both developed and developing countries.

As per the report, Binance’s vision for the project, is to “build a new open alliance and sustainable community” that enlists partners who wield influence on a global scale.

With its choice of name, “Venus,” Binance is also stepping into the astrological waters of both Facebook’s Libra project and the Winklevoss Twins’ Gemini exchange and Gemini dollar.

Bitcoin Is Legal And Taxable In New Zealand!

While Donald Trump is busy bashing Bitcoin, New Zealand’s tax authorities have ruled that income in cryptocurrencies is legal and provided guidance on how exactly it should be taxed.

In a tax information bulletin published on July 4, the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department summarized the provisions of the public ruling, made under s 91D of the country’s Tax Administration Act 1994.

This doesn’t applies to self-employed taxpayers, it only applies to salary and wage earners, covering both remuneration for services and bonuses, commissions and gratuities.

“In the current environment where crypto-assets are not readily accepted as payment for goods and services, the Commissioner’s view is that crypto-assets that cannot be converted directly into fiat currency on an exchange are not sufficiently ‘money like’ to be considered salary or wages.”

As reported, tax authorities and lawmakers globally are increasingly turning their attention to cryptocurrencies. Last week, crypto industry sources claimed that the United Kingdom’s tax authority was allegedly requesting that digital currency exchanges provide it with information about customers’ names and transactions aiming to identify cases of tax evasion.

Bitcoin Miners Income Is Impressively Higher Than BSV & BCH!

Bitcoin miners earned up to four times the revenue accrued by their counterparts on the Bitcoin SV and Bitcoin Cash networks combined in one day!

Bitcoin miners earned $540,000 in transaction fees. This figure is more than four times the $130,000 earned by miners on the BSV and BCH chains combined over the past 12 months, According to August 2, 2019 tweet from “Shakepay.”

BCH miners see under $200 in transaction fees per day and Bitcoin regularly posts $500,000 in transaction fees alone on a daily basis. BSV miners were still running at a loss, five months after the chain split, Back in April 2019.

The top-ranked crypto is still some way off from the likes of Visa in terms of the daily transaction load. Thus, for BCH and BSV, the distance to the pinnacle of global payments appears even more insurmountable.

United States Retail Giant Walmart Is Trying to Patent Its Own Digital Currency.

Similar to Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency, A new patent filing suggests that United States retail giant Walmart may be developing its own U.S. dollar-backed digital currency. Walmart filed patent for Digital Currency via Blockchain.

Patent filing number 20190236564, “System and Method for Digital Currency via Blockchain,” was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Aug. 1. The document outlines a method for:

Generating one digital currency unit by tying the one digital currency unit to a regular currency; storing information of the one digital currency unit into a block of a blockchain; buying or paying the one digital currency unit.”

Walmart continues to outline that the proposed digital currency project can provide a zero – or low-fee place for users to store wealth, one that can easily be redeemed and converted to store cash at selected retailers or partners. Such accounts could even be interest-bearing, the filing adds.

Early on in the filing, Walmart proposes that the launch of its digital currency could provide low-income households, for whom banking is costly, with “an alternative way to handle wealth at an institution that can supply the majority of their day-to-day financial and product needs.”

“The digital currency may act as a pre-approved biometric credit. A person is the ‘credit card’ to their own digital value bank.”

This would allow customers to buy products or services for themselves and for others — using the platform to hire a technician for repairs, an associate or a designated shopper for a given amount of time.

Majority Of The Investors In US Ready to Invest in Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is one of the most preferred investment options in the world, Bitcoin was intended as currency, rather than an investment tool. As per a new survey by Grayscale Investments, about 36% of the investors in the United States are willing to invest in BTC. That means, despite all the controversies surrounding it, BTC has a potential of over 21 million new investors alone from the US.

The report states “Investors are constantly looking for new ways to diversify their portfolios as traditional assets and markets have begun to move more closely in sync with one another. Increasingly, savvy investors recognize that bitcoin and other digital currencies may have unique investment characteristics that provide diversification far beyond the basic 60% stock/40% bond portfolio allocation.”

At a time when regulators across the globe, including the US President Donald Trump, are criticizing crypto and calling for stricter regulations, the report brings new hope for the US industry stakeholders.

Online Electronics & Software Retail Giant Newegg Expands Bitcoin Payments To Another 73 Nations.

This is a very good news for bitcoin traders and crypto investors! Tech Retailer Newegg Expands Bitcoin Payments to Another 73 Nations.

They made an announcement this Wednesday regarding their expansion of Bitcoin payment. They stated it will accept bitcoin in 73 additional of its country-specific stores. The news means that the cryptocurrency can be used to pay for purchases in nearly all of its 80 served nations.

They have started acception Bitcoin in 2014, soon after expanding the option to Canada.

Anthony Chow, Newegg President Global Sales said, “Five years ago, we were one of the first major online shopping destinations to accept Bitcoin, and our early-adopter customers were quick to embrace this new payment option.”

The bitcoin payments are made possible through Newegg’s partnership with blockchain payments provider BitPay.

Sonny Singh, chief commercial officer at BitPay, said in the announcement:

Bitcoin allows users to send and receive money just as easy as sending an email, opening up opportunities for businesses and consumers globally as a secure, low-cost transactional option for the merchants. Newegg was among the first companies to see this opportunity and has continued to expand its Bitcoin acceptance to nearly all of its customers around the world.”

Bitcoin To Play Major Role in 2020 US Election!

Bitcoin price saw a gain after the comment of Donald Trump as bitcoin traders and investors bet that Trump’s acknowledgment of bitcoin will bring greater awareness of crypto and could push prices up.

 

In the crypto world, they took Trump’s tweets as an endorsement of bitcoin and the underlying blockchain technology.

Achievement unlocked! I dreamt about a sitting U.S. president needing to respond to growing cryptocurrency usage years ago,” Coinbase chief executive Brian Armstrong tweeted. “‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.’ We just made it to step three y’all.

Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at eToro wrote in a note to clients, “Even though Donald says he’s not a fan of bitcoin, the fact that he’s mentioning it at all is hugely bullish for the entire crypto market.”

Andrew Yang, has previously praised bitcoin’s underlying technology, saying: “The blockchain has a wealth of potential. [It] could make many things more secure transparent and efficient.”

Now Trump has made bitcoin a valid issue, there’s nothing stopping these and others in the race to the White House making bitcoin and crypto a bigger part of their campaigns.

Would You Buy A Physical Bitcoin For $99,000!

A listing on July 1 shows, A physical bitcoin is selling on eBay for $99,000. The seller claims the “collector’s must have” is a Casascius brass token that was created in 2011.

Payment can be made in crypto or cash or for real estate. The seller says they made the purchase back in 2012 and have kept it in their safe since then, adding: “Only a few hundred remains in the ENTIRE world.”

The private key for the bitcoin is embedded inside the physical coin on a card protected by a tamper-evident hologram.

The main question remains “What can you do with this physical Bitcoin?”

Back in March, the owner of a startup that never launched its initial coin offering attempted to sell the project on the e-commerce website for $60,000.

First Ever Browser For IOS With Web 3 Support And Crypto Wallet Launched By Opera.

Starting today The blockchain ready Opera Touch browser for iOS is available for download. This follows Opera’s addition of Crypto Wallet support on Android and PC, that means Opera is now Web 3 ready across all major platforms.

“I am happy to let you know that the award-winning Opera Touch browser for iOS now features crypto wallet integration and Web 3 support. This completes our efforts to offer Web 3-ready browsers with built-in Crypto Wallet on Android, Windows, Mac, Linux and now iOS. Opera Touch for iOS lets you seamlessly interact with the next generation of Web 3 applications on the Ethereum blockchain.”

Opera has won couple of awards the Red Dot Design Award and Gold IF Design Award. Opera Touch is an innovative web browser which is used by millions.

Opera supports all ERC-20 tokens, stablecoins and non-fungible tokens (NFT). Ethereum is a popular and quickly growing protocol that allows people to make transactions and enables developers to create decentralized apps (dApps) which provide practical use for this technology.

Opera Touch for iOS with Crypto Wallet, like the Opera browser for Android, supports the Ethereum Web3 API, making interacting with dApps seamless, without the need for browser extensions.

Cryptocurrency Trading Likely To Be Allowed In Russia.

On June 21, Russian news service Interfax reported, A representative of the Russian Ministry of Finance (MinFin) says the ministry is considering allowing cryptocurrency trading.

The Deputy Minister of Finance Alexei Moiseyev told journalists on Friday that, cryptocurrency trading may be allowed in the coming bill on the circulation of cryptocurrencies in the Russian Federation.

 

In May of last year, A bill prohibiting the use of crypto assets as a means of payment in the Russian Federation was passed.

Anatoly Aksakov, head of the Duma Financial Market Committee, called the pending decision a compromise and pointed out that the Financial Action Task Force recommended that Russia adopt a bill regulating the circulation of cryptocurrencies by the end of this year.

Also this week, news broke that the head of the Bank of Russia said that while they are exploring the possibility of launching a central bank digital currency (CBDC), it is not planned for the near future.