Another Airline Plans On Offering Bitcoin As Payment Method

Another Airline Plans On Offering Bitcoin As Payment Method


Despite ups and downs, Bitcoin (BTC) is sticking to the $10k mark,

showing a remarkable recovery from previous lows. In an attempt to attract new customers into their businesses, many companies are branching out and looking for a way to enable cryptocurrency payments for customers to purchase goods and services. The latest one to announce a plan to enable BTC payments was Norwegian Airlines, Norway’s low-cost airline. 

According to a local newspaper, the co-founders of the airline are looking to open their own cryptocurrency exchange in August. The Kjoses family, who allegedly have already purchased large amounts of Bitcoin (BTC), will also integrate cryptocurrencies as a payment method for the Norwegian Airline. The details about the NBX exchange remain unknown but the launching date is close. The Kjos family is worth approximately $400 million USD. According to some publications, the family has already invested around $400,000 USD in Bitcoin (BTC). The exchange will be led by Stig A. Kjos-Mathisen, who currently sits on the board of NBK Holdings, Norwegian’s biggest shareholder.

According to Kjos-Mathisen:

First, the marketplace will be launched. Then NBX will make a payment solution for the airline so that airline customers can pay with virtual currency.

The Norwegian airlines join other airlines like Latvia’s AirBaltic, which currently accepts cryptocurrency payment. Cryptocurrency adoption is one of the most difficult things that the community has yet to overcome, with many claiming cryptocurrencies cannot be used as easily as other payment methods. The more companies begin embracing cryptos as a valid payment method, the easier it will be to integrate those into today’s economy, therefor overcoming the obstacle of adoption. 

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5 key reasons why your business should accept bitcoin

5 key reasons why your business should accept bitcoin.


Bitcoin hit the market with a bang.

The idea of a decentralized currency opened up opportunities for people and countries to freely trade in the market. Revenue rose to unimaginable levels thus begging the question, is it worth a long-term investment? Many businesses use standard, traditional modes of payment. But a new wave comes to light, where the Bitcoin can be used to grow your business. Read further and learn about five reasons why your business should accept Bitcoin.

Why Accept Bitcoin?

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin introduced a simpler and easier way of money transfer. The simple implementation and setup process allows Bitcoin to be stronger and bigger than any other merchant payment system. The currency can do wonders for your business, not only in marketing but also in every aspect of your business. Find out more about its benefits.

1. Customer Diversity

Modern forms of payment such as PayPal, credit card, debit cards, Google pay, and others have opened up businesses for many. The possibility of a safe and secure payment module from your business attracts clients and customers. Especially for e-commerce companies, accepting Bitcoin could be the best decision ever. Not only because it increases the forms of payment, but also because it brings diversity to the business. Learn more about how Bitcoin can change your e-commerce site Regardless of the state, country, region, or continent, the Bitcoin allows for easy and fast transaction. Adding that option to your business is an excellent solution to higher human traffic.

2. Low Inflation Risk

Using Bitcoin is a risk because of the possibility of black market money. Even so, it’s still a viable option for your business because it poses zero risks on inflation. This means, by no chance will the money come in excess. The investment will be worthwhile for either buyers or sellers. Less risk is a huge enough factor to consider why your business should accept Bitcoin. During a time of crisis or war, such a volatile currency is what you need.

3. Cheaper Transaction Costs

Did you know running credit card expenses is approximately 3%? While for the Bitcoin is only 1% with a chance of being lower, depending on your volume of transactions. In every business, the sole purpose is to make a profit. As so, if there’s any way you can avoid losing any more of your profit, then it’s a suitable choice for your business. There are many benefits of accepting Bitcoin, which mostly translates to cheaper payments for you. Retaining Bitcoin allows for lower fees and less general expenses you may not have with credit card merchant payments.

4. Fast and Easy Payments

The standard modes of payment like the debit and credit card can take about three to five days to reflect on a purchase made on goods and services. This can cause delays in your speed of sales meaning less revenue earned. The advantage of accepting Bitcoin for your business is that the cryptocurrency isn’t regulated by banks. Hence, payments are instant. Things are done within minutes with nothing to worry about.

5. International Acceptance

Your brand can earn global acceptance just by understanding what is Bitcoin. This is because this currency builds and shapes brands, making them relatable to people all over the world. Similar to what Adobe Spark’s Logo creator does to design a unique logo for your business and make it unique to your target audience. Using Bitcoin for your business can do the same for you.

Build Your Business with Bitcoin

A change from traditional modules of payment can be a hard step to take. The uncertainty you face, if you’ll be benefiting your customers or just yourself, can render you resistant to change. But Bitcoin is different. This new revolution allows your business to grow globally, connect with people all over, and operate using low costs. It’s time to make the change for better business.

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The Biggest Obstacles for Bitcoin’s Full Legalization

The Biggest Obstacles for Bitcoin’s Full Legalization


Its 2019 and we’re 10 years since Bitcoin was created.

The world was changed a bit by the technology behind it, a lot of people got rich by buying some in the early years and selling in 2017; But one of the main questions is – when will Bitcoin become legal worldwide? According to Wikipedia, Bitcoin is legal in most of North America, South America and Europe. The European Union offered a way of legalization for Bitcoin, claiming its a “convertible decentralized virtual currency”. The G7 also recognized it as an “Internet-based payment services”. But countries like China doesn’t want to recognize Bitcoin as a way of payment, commodity or a virtual currency. So, what are the main reasons?

Money laundering & illegal transaction

This is among the biggest fears of any government. That people may use Bitcoin or crypto to do money laundering or other illegal transaction. But the fact is, that even without Bitcoin or crypto, people were doing this anyway. If someone wants to do it, it will do it. It doesn’t matter if they’ll do it with Bitcoin or USD. Crypto is here for almost 10 years but still most of the illegal transactions are done with USD. So this reason is not so valid as you may think. Using Bitcoin, the person would have the transaction on the blockchain forever and someone could even track that transaction. Therefore, I think USD has lower risks here as you can exchange it almost anywhere.

People will keep their cash in crypto

Banks depends on their clients. This is probably something you don’t believe in – but its actually true. If all the clients would leave a bank, they will go bankrupt in a few days or weeks – at best. So, they offer bonuses, better mobile apps, low transaction fees and many others to lure their clients there. But what if someone would use crypto and keep the funds safe on a hardware wallet or a paper wallet? What would you need to bank for then? Nothing. You want to transfer some money to a friend? It takes less than an hour or even less than a minute – even if he’s on the other side of the globe. Crypto eliminates the need for banks and educate the people on how they can keep their money safe in a personal wallet. And yes, you can even use those funds daily as you wish. For example, more and more casinos started accepting bitcoin deposits.

Its not controlled by anyone

This may be great for us, common people, but it scared the government. If someone uses your credit card to buy something – you can issue a claim that you didn’t make that transaction and probably you can get your money back. You can’t do the same with crypto as the transactions are irreversible. This is a plus but it’s also a downside, as if you sent the cash to the wrong address, those funds are mostly lost forever. Therefore, you need to be careful on how you send the money and also careful on how you protect them. With a bank, you don’t have this stress – unless the bank goes bankrupt – then there’s a possibility to lose everything.


Banks and Bitcoin can work together, in my opinion. But Bitcoin won’t probably be fully legal everywhere too soon. Governments wants to control their people and the little freedom that Bitcoin is offering could harm their plans. The fact is, this is completely normal. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that grow from $0 to over $10,000 based on the people’s desire to have a bit of financial freedom. They could probably ban it – and people would still use it. Because bitcoin was created for the people that are obsessed with privacy and financial freedom. They will keep using it. The other people will just keep their money in banks.

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Cryptocurrencies Are Booming in Smaller Countries

Cryptocurrencies Are Booming in Smaller Countries

Cryptocurrencies are earning their due, and we can thank most of the world’s smaller nations for this.


 Cryptocurrencies Are Growing in Stature

Many developed countries, such as the United States, see cryptocurrencies primarily as speculative tools; something to invest in for the sake of becoming rich five, ten or 20 years down the line. Other countries, however, see cryptocurrencies for what they really are – forms of payment. It’s always been the goals of most major cryptocurrencies to be utilized for purchasing goods and services. However, their volatility and consistent price swings have made this very difficult. Many companies do not wish to allow cryptocurrencies as means of payment due to the potential of losing money in the future. Think about this: you use $50 worth of bitcoin to make a purchase, but then the next day, the price goes down and that $50 turns into $30. You still walk off with all your merchandise, but the company has lost $20 in the process. Fair? Hardly, but it seems to be how crypto operates.

For this reason, many countries have sought to either reject or ban the notion of crypto being used to pay for everyday needs, but in some areas, crypto is the only hope for citizens. In third-world or developing nations, for example, where corruption runs rampant within the financial systems or where most people don’t have access to solid credit options like they would with standard institutions, crypto can solve a lot of problems. It moves quickly, for one thing. People can deposit or send money faster than it takes to send or receive fiat.

Prospects like these are beginning to garner notice in regions like Belarus of eastern Europe. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko met with cryptocurrency entrepreneur Viktor Prokopenya roughly two years ago to discuss regulating cryptocurrency activity within the nation’s borders. Belarus has since become one of the first nations on the planet to fully legalize and regulate cryptocurrency trades. Citizens are now able to sell, trade and receive cryptocurrencies through a digital exchange managed by Prokopenya. In a recent interview, the entrepreneur


 The idea was to create everything from scratch. To make sure that it is free in some of the aspects it needs to be free, and very stringent in other aspects.

Since then, other regions – such as Malta and Bahrain – have studied Belarus’ ways of monitoring crypto and implemented similar systems. The idea among these nations (and others) is to create their own specific rulebooks and avoid general legislation that other countries have tried so hard (and failed) to implement.

 Be Lenient and Tough at the Same Time

Jesse Overall, a crypto lawyer at Clifford Chance in New York,


 There are jurisdictions in the see-no-evil, hear-no-evil camp. On the other end, there is the U.S., U.K. and the EU. In the middle, that’s the juicy part of the spectrum.

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Libra Accused of Stealing Structural Design from Another Coin

Libra Accused of Stealing Structural Design from Another Coin


A Fellow at MIT claims that Facebook’s Libra currency is based on his ideas.

 Did Libra Take Its Structure from Another Coin?

The Royal Society’s Open Science publication released a whitepaper in 2018. It was written by several members of MIT, one of which was Fellow Alex Lipton. In the paper, Lipton describes an “asset-backed, supra-national digital token.” This correlates with the goals and ideals of Libra, which will allegedly be backed by several forms of fiat and “short-term debt.” The cryptocurrency discussed in the whitepaper, known as Trade Coin, is also designed for streamlining cross-border and domestic payments, and providing financial means for underbanked populations. Lipton says these ideas were taken directly from his paper, explaining:

 Without being particularly obnoxious, I can tell you that the actual structure of Libra is pretty much lifted verbatim from the paper which Sandy Pentland and Thomas Hardjono and I published last year… The Libra people cannot really say that they have not read that, or if they have not read that, they probably shouldn’t be doing what they are doing in the first place.

Libra has been hit with mountains of controversy since it first arrived. Members of the American Congress, for example, have commented that there are too many unanswered questions as of late regarding the project’s main goals, and that Facebook is not to be trusted with people’s financial information following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. They have ultimately asked David Marcus – the head of Facebook’s blockchain division – and his team to hold off on developing Libra further until they can be assured that the cryptocurrency is safe. Marcus has said he will comply with the request.

This is also not the first time Libra has been accused of ripping off another person’s work. The cryptocurrency project is alleged to have taken its logo from Current, a banking firm in northern California that says the company ultimately stole its logo by using the same San Francisco-based design firm. Current’s logo involves a blue, purple and pink-tinted circle surrounding three wavy, purple lines. Libra has virtually the same logo with different coloring.

This Is Becoming a Pattern…

And, of course, there’s the original case involving Facebook itself, which was purportedly conceived originally by the Winklevoss Twins, the founders of New York’s Gemini Exchange. Both Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss allege they originally came up with the concept for Facebook back when they were students at Harvard. Fellow classmate Mark Zuckerberg – who later became the head executive for Facebook – was simply hired to perform coding duties for the platform, as detailed in the Oscar-winning film “The Social Network.” However, Zuckerberg ultimately brought the platform to existence through his own vision and efforts, leaving the Winklevoss Twins out of its development. This emerged in a massive lawsuit that the Twins and Zuckerberg settled out of court.


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Samsung Blockchain Wallet Integrated in Pundi X Payment App

Samsung Blockchain Wallet Integrated in Pundi X Payment App

An Ethereum based token PundiX is the world’s first blockchain-powered point-of-sale
device which has been deployed across 25 countries in the world.

 Pundi X has integrated Samsung Blockchain Wallet and became the first Fintech app in Samsung’s blockchain ecosystem. The main objective is to provide a new experience in digital asset management. According to PundiX blog post, Samsung Galaxy S10 users can now add the XWallet app to their Samsung Blockchain Wallet. Users can transfer cryptocurrencies stored in the Samsung Blockchain Wallet into the XWallet. Further, they can then use as a checking account for an instant crypto transaction with Pundi X’s global payment ecosystem. Moreover, they can choose to store their digital assets securely in the Samsung Blockchain Wallet, like a savings account.

XPOS now enables users for topping up and making crypto payments using Xwallet. This integration makes Pundi X payment ecosystem available to a much wider audience. Also allows the Samsung Galaxy smartphone users to not only store their ETH securely but also transfer to XWallet and spend it in a variety of shops, opening their doors to the new generation and their preferred cryptocurrencies. At present, the XWallet supports major cryptocurrencies such as BTC, ETH, BNB, KNC, KCS, XEM, QTUM. And also, Pundi X’s own tokens, NPXS and NPXSXEM. Overall, This integration provides a unique opportunity to push blockchain-based digital assets into the mainstream, reaching the millions of Samsung smartphone users around the world.

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Swiss Bank Dukascopy Unveils Reward Programs for DUK Crypto Holders

Swiss Bank Dukascopy Unveils Reward Programs for DUK+ Crypto Holders


Bitcoin Press Release: Swiss-based foreign exchange bank,

Dukascopy Bank launches a reward program as an incentive to both new and existing Mobile Current Account users on its messenger app.

25 July 2019, Geneva, Switzerland – Dukascopy Bank SA, an online Swiss FOREX banking service provider which created the cryptocurrency Dukascoin (DUK+), a first of its kind to be offered by a strictly regulated Swiss Bank under the supervision of the Swiss financial markets regulator FINMA. Dukascopy announced the launch of its reward program, which aims to provide its mobile current account (MCA) users around the globe with an opportunity to earn rewards through referral activities and deposits in its native cryptocurrency.

Reward Program Details

New mobile current account users receive 5 Dukacoins when they sign up on the mobile app, and the signup process is free of charge. Other reward opportunities currently offered by the bank to its MCA clients include:

  • Referral program for existing clients: Apart from the 5 Dukacoins being offered upon MCA account creation, both new and existing users can get more DUK+ coins by referring others to the platform. For each new user signing up under an existing user, the former receives 5 extra DUK+ coins. Moreover, if an existing user holds the airdropped 5 DUK+ coins from the referral activity over a 30-day period, they are rewarded with extra DUK+ coins. (T&C applies)
  • EUR Reward Paid for Deposits in Dukascoins: The Bank pays 50 euro cents for each Dukascoin deposited for a 1 year term.The EUR Reward will be paid at the beginning of the deposit’s term and will be blocked until the term’s expiration.  (T&C applies)
    •  For example, If a user buys 5000 DUK at the rate of 1.07EUR, and at the end of the deposit term the price rises to 1.50EUR, they receive both the benefit from the risen price (2150EUR) AND 2500EUR on top from Dukascopy (0.50EUR for every coin deposited)  If the price stays the same, users will still receive 2500EUR from Dukascopy on top of their deposit. Even if the price falls to 0.60EUR, users are still in profit by 150EUR.
  • Coin Reward Paid on Deposits in Dukascoins: The Bank offers a 5% annual coin reward rate for fixed-term deposits paid out in DUK+ coin. The reward is paid at the beginning of the contract and locked for the duration of the contract. During the first year of the Dukascoin’s lifespan the reward rate will depend on the size of the deposit and can reach up to 100% (T&C applies). More so, the deposits can as well be used as margin for clients with trading accounts.
  • Dukascoin Fat Catz Reward Program: The Bank collects commission from all sellers of Dukascoins at the internal marketplace. The collected amount of commission is then distributed among the Fat Catz – clients who’s monthly average balance is equal to or larger than 10 000 Dukascoins. In June, for instance, 1365 EUR was distributed between 4 Fat Catz accounts (T&C applies)

About Dukascoin

Dukascoin is the first cryptocurrency issued by a strictly regulated Swiss bank and developed on the Ethereum blockchain. The platform ensures compliance to the highest regulatory standards of the Swiss banking industry for operations on the cryptocurrency market. 

Following the launch of the cryptocurrency in February, Dukascoin, which is designed as both a payment and speculative utility, opened up a new financial avenue for cryptocurrency enthusiasts to access the bank’s trading services as well as to seize the opportunity to gain extra income just by holding the DUK+ coin under a regulated system impervious to the limitations of legacy cryptocurrency markets.

The current reward program is exclusive to its MCA account holders across the globe. The MCA account is a new service offered by the bank to provide its global retail clientele with fast, cheap, secure, mobile and extremely user-friendly Swiss banking services embedded into its Dukascopy Connect 911 messenger app. The bank has opened well over 109,153 MCA accounts since its launch in 2018

About Dukascopy Bank

Dukascopy Bank is a Swiss innovative online bank based in Geneva, Switzerland, providing Internet-based and mobile trading services (with focus on foreign exchange, bullion, CFD and binaries), banking and other financial services through proprietary technological solutions. Dukascopy Bank is regulated by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA both as a bank and a securities dealer. Dukascopy Bank has offices in Dubai, Riga, Kiev, Moscow, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong. Currently, Dukascopy Group employs over 300 staff.

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Bitcoin Rewards: Safeway Partners with Lolli to Give BTC to Customers

Bitcoin Rewards: Safeway Partners with Lolli to Give BTC to Customers


Safeway will soon reward customers with up to 3.5% back in Bitcoin on all their purchases.

The grocery chain has partnered with Bitcoin rewards shopping app Lolli in a bid to make Bitcoin a “part of everyday life.”

Safeway and Bitcoin Rewards

The new partnership, announced earlier today, has come as a surprise. Safeway announced that the new initiative will be available at all of its 894 locations in 17 American states. The system will reward customers with Satoshis, or one hundred millionth of one Bitcoin. In other words, a minute amount of cryptocurrency that will amount to 3.5% of the value of their spend on that given day.Put BTC into the Hands of the MassesLolli CEO Alex Adelman has stated that by teaming up with a major grocery chain, Bitcoin will fall into the hands of those that otherwise may never own it. In this way, the initiative should help the adoption of the world’s largest digital asset by market cap.

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In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Adelman said that teaming up with “one of the most well-recognized food retailers in the United States […] will give people the ability to get involved in holding and owning Bitcoin—perhaps for the first time.” Adelman continues to say that giving Bitcoin rewards is a proactive way of getting Bitcoin into the “hands of the masses.” He also continued by saying that Bitcoin offers shoppers a better store of value than more traditional fiat currency-denominated loyalty cards. He likened the initiative to a savings account that could return lucratively

to long-term holders:

“Points, as you know, are deflationary, and Bitcoin is non-deflationary, so I think it’s a better store of value than an arbitrary points system.”

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About Lolli

According to its website, Lolli is “the first bitcoin rewards application that lets people earn & own bitcoin when they shop online.” The platform already has over 500 partners. When a customer buys from a partner site, Lolli receives a percentage of the sale. It then splits that percentage with the shopper, returning it as Bitcoin to the shopper’s personal Lolli wallet. The service recently added major booking website to its partners list. Do you think offering Bitcoin rewards will help to “normalize” Bitcoin for people?

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