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India: Forcing residents to abandon bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

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Reserve Bank of India is reportedly forcing the customers of commercial banks to abandon bitcoin and any other digital currencies.

Reserve Bank of India is reportedly forcing the customers of commercial banks to abandon bitcoin and any other digital currencies or performing any business activity that is related to digital currencies. If a customer wants to open up a new bank account in any commercial bank in the nation, he is forced to sign the documents which read that they shall not deal in any cryptocurrency transactions from their bank accounts. If the customer deal in any such transactions which related to bitcoin or any other digital currencies then their respective bank accounts shall be closed immediately without any prior notice by the bank. The same notice goes for the already existing customers of all commercial banks in India.

 

Bitcoin Ban in India:

Last year in July, the Reserve Bank of India ordered all financial institutions in the nation including all private and government commercial banks not to deal in any cryptocurrency related transactions which led to the closure of all bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges in the country to shut down their operations. Zebpay, which was reportedly the largest bitcoin exchange in the country had to shift its operations to Europe amidst the ban. Also last year, the founders Unocoin which was of one of the largest cryptocurrency exchange in India were arrested for opening up a bitcoin atm in Bangalore without the permission of any government authorities. However, they later released on bail but the case is still pending in the court of law.

According to the Reserve Bank of India, with banning the dealing of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin they are raising concerns of consumer protection, market integrity and money laundering in India.

All commercial banks have now ordered their customers to not deal in any transaction which is related to cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. Banks are informing their customers through emails, messages as well as through bank’s atm machines. The bank officials are regularly monitoring transactions of the customers to check if there are any crypto related transactions.

 

What do you think about the future of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in India? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Alert: GotSatoshi Reveals the Real Identity of Satoshi Nakamoto?

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A new website called GotSatoshi now claims to know the real identity of the founder bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto.Here is what they revelead.

The identity of Satoshi Nakamoto is one of the biggest secrets in the world, especially in the cryptocurrency industry. A lot of people have speculated the real identity of the bitcoin founder and some people such as Craig Wright has even self-proclaimed themselves to be Satoshi Nakamoto. A new website called GotSatoshi now claims to know the real identity of the founder bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto.

 

Where in the world is Satoshi: The Countdown ends

The website ran a countdown and also posted on their official twitter account claiming to know the real identity of the founder of bitcoin.

 

The countdown which ended just a few minutes back (from the time of publication) revealed a video which is actually marketing a news website called PaiNews. It seems that it was just another joke or a method of fooling and attracting traffic to the website.

 

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Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank calls Bitcoin: Garbage and a Useless Currency

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During an interview with the CNBC, Kevin O'Leary from Shark Tank said that according to him Bitcoin is garbage and a useless currency.

During an interview with the CNBC, Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank said that according to him Bitcoin is garbage and a useless currency.

 

Kevin O’Leary calls Bitcoin Worthless

Famous as the founder of Softkey, a startup that earns annual revenue of around $29 million and a host on the American business reality series Shark Tank, Kevin O’Leary is a celebrity amongst the business class in the United States of America.

 

During the interview published on 14th May 2019, Kevin expressed his thoughts over the king of cryptocurrencies bitcoin and called it a useless currency as the people who accept it just wants to hedge against the high volatility of the virtual currency. This comes in the midst of the current bitcoin surge as the virtual currency doubled its value in just a few days from below $4000 to more than $8000.

 

Kevin also explained why he has such negative views on bitcoin giving the instance of how once he tried using bitcoin for a real estate transaction in Switzerland. He said that it is not possible to get in and out of bitcoin while transacting in huge amounts.

 

He also gave an example stating that if one wants to buy real estate in Switzerland for $10 million. The seller wants a guarantee that the value comes back to him as currency at ten and the buyer has to hedge the risk of the cryptocurrency, hence it is not a real currency. Kevin said that the seller or the receiver would never want to take the risk of such high volatility and thus BTC is worthless.

 

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Amazon Owned Whole Foods, Other Big Retailers Start Accepting Bitcoin

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Whole Foods, which is owned and operated by the e-commerce giant Amazon and other big retailers are now going to accept payments in bitcoin.

Whole Foods, which is owned and operated by the e-commerce giant Amazon and other big retailers are now going to accept payments in bitcoin.

 

Whole Foods and Others accepting Bitcoin using Spedn:

A company called Flexa in collaboration with Gemini exchange which is owned by the Winklevoss Twins has managed to persuade a lot of big retailers including Nordstrom, Crate and Barrel & Whole Foods to configure the same scanners that they are already using for payments from other digital wallets like Apple Pay to work with their cryptocurrency payments app called Spedn.

 


Everything is handled on the backend of the application so that the cashier need not even have heard of bitcoin, let alone understand how to manage payment in cryptocurrency. The merchant has the choice in receiving immediately converted fiat or actually taking and holding the cryptocurrency.

 

The Spedn app lets consumers pay in bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum and GUSD (Gemini Dollar), the Gemini backed stablecoin.

 

This new solution actually uses the existing systems and offers really only upsides for the companies as they don’t have to do any special training for their staff and there is no new hardware required and just a software upgrade.

 

It is worth noting that this is still in its early experimental stages for all the retailers which are cooperating with this scheme and things may of course change in the future. The thing to keep in mind here is that Bakkt is likely launching a massive payment processing service for cryptocurrency in the very near future as well and it could be a big competitor to what Gemini and Flexa are offering.

 

The company will also need to prove itself with consumers and get people to actually go out, download and use the Spedn app.

 

Can this be a game changer in retailer adoption of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies? Let us know about your thoughts in the comments section below.

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