Hacker Zaps Coca-Cola VM to Accept Bitcoin via Lightning Network

A Brazillian computer programmer built a Coca-Cola vending machine that accepts bitcoin payments over the Lightning Network (LN). Bitcoin-Powered Coke Vending Machine Ricardo Reis described his feat in a Medium post on Oct. 2, in which he also mentioned the accessories that were employed to create the bitcoin-enabled Coke portal. In addition to applied programming techniques

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$2.5 Million: Binance Invests in Aussie Crypto Payments Startup to Push Adoption

Australian cryptocurrency payments startup Travelbybit has seen a cash injection of $2.5 million from a high-profile investor in Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange. Crypto unicorn Binance is investing AUD $3.48 million (approx. USD$2.5 million) in TravelbyBit to further expansion of the latter’s network of cryptocurrency payment terminals following a successful implementation in Brisbane earlier

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A Heart Beat: China’s Oldest Tech Publication to Accept Bitcoin Payments

Beijing Sci-Tech Report (BSTR), the oldest technology publication in China, has recently announced that it will soon accept Bitcoin on its platform. Starting 2019, BSTR will sell its yearly subscription at a price of 0.01 BTC, worth around $65. In an official press release, the publication emphasized that it plans to promote the usage of

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Ripple-Hired Lobbying Firm Will Get Paid [Partially] in Cryptocurrency

A lobbying firm in America’s political capital that has been hired by cryptocurrency firms including Ripple will now get a certain portion of its fee paid in XRP. The Washington, D.C.-based Klein/Johnson Group has been contracted by the San Francisco-based Ripple and several other firms in the cryptocurrency sector and will be paid for its

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Exclusive: BitPay Partners BTC.com, Brings Bitcoin Payment Protocol to a Million Users

Bitmain subsidiary BTC.com has become the latest bitcoin wallet provider to adopt the BIP70 transaction framework, enabling the company’s 1 million customers to send payments to businesses in cryptocurrency payment processor BitPay’s $1 billion merchant market. BTC.Com Adopts BIP70 for Commercial Bitcoin Payments Originally proposed in 2013 by early Bitcoin developers Gavin Andresen and Mike

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UNICEF France Accepts Cryptocurrency Donations for Humanitarian Activities

Whatever one thinks of ‘babies are dying from lack of bitcoin’ comments attributed to a certain cryptocurrency evangelist, you are now no longer limited to fiat currencies if you want to assist needy children. This follows an announcement by UNICEF France that it is now taking donations in cryptocurrencies. Driven by the need to expand

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Candidate Receives First Ever Bitcoin Donation to a Political Campaign in Taiwan

A candidate for a local government seat in the city of Taipei has made history as the first politician in Taiwan to ever receive a campaign donation in bitcoin. According to BusinessNext, the bitcoin donation was made to Hsiao Hsin-chen who is vying for a seat in Taipei City Council on a New Power Party

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Houston Rockets’ Billionaire Owner Accepts Bitcoin at Luxury Car Dealership

A luxury car retailer based in Houston, Texas, has become the first Bentley, Bugatti and Rolls-Royce (but not Lamborghini) dealership in the United States to adopt cryptocurrency as means of payment. Post Oak Motor Cars, which is owned by Houston Rockets billionaire, Tilman Fertitta, will now accept bitcoin and bitcoin cash thereby breaking new ground

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[Only] Bitcoin Accepted: $3 Million Valletta Palazzo Mansion Goes on Sale in Malta

It seems that Malta continues to steal the headlines for innovative projects in the blockchain space with the most recent offering being a huge palazzo in the heart of Valletta being offered for sale with a $3 million price tag. The mansion can only be purchased in Bitcoin, with the property going on sale for

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Bitcoin Accepted [Everyw]here: Square Wins Patent for Cryptocurrency Payment Network

Digital payments firm Square has won a patent for a payment network that allows merchants to accept payments in any currency, including bitcoin or another cryptocurrency. Square Wins Patent for Crypto Payment Network Public documents published on Aug. 21 show that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has approved Square’s application to patent a

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