• Bitcoin

    Gemini announces crypto wallet usable at Whole Foods and Baskin Robbins; eBay teases acceptance

    Consensus 2019 brings news of using crypto at the cash register

    Now you’ll be able to spend your whole crypto wallet at Whole Foods, and soon you may be able to bid on CryptoKitties at eBay. Growing adoption of cryptocurrency payments by mainstream companies was the big theme that emerged on the first day of Coindesk’s Consensus 2019 conference in New York on May 13. The Winklevoss twins’ Gemini announced that major retailers—ranging from Whole Foods to Nordstrom’s—were accepting crypto payments. Meanwhile, online marketplace eBay teased it may soon take virtual currencies with ads and a show sponsorship.

  • Winklevoss twins launching Gemini Cryptobus campaign in New York CIty, January 2019. (Photo by Gemini Twitter)
    Bitcoin

    Winklevoss twins hit the streets to take on Coinbase and Robinhood for retail customers

    Gemini launches Bitcoin giveaway to battle two giants

    In a surprise announcement over the weekend, Tyler Winklevoss, co-founder & CEO of crypto exchange Gemini, tweeted, “Let’s play a game: Spot the @Gemini Crypto Bus. Reply to this tweet with your pics and #CryptoBus, best one wins 1 bitcoin (BTC). Right now they are in San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington D.C. Happy hunting!”

  • Wall Street
    Cryptocurrencies

    Fidelity, Gemini announcements bring cryptocurrency investments closer to the mainstream

    Fidelity will begin securing Bitcoin wallets while Gemini passed a tough examination of its security services by Deloitte

    Cryptocurrency supporters eager to see the business break into the financial mainstream had a pair of good signs on Jan. 30, as Fidelity Investments announced a timeframe for its Bitcoin custody service, and the Gemini exchange became the first exchange to pass a tough third-party test of its security offerings.

  • Dollar coins
    Alt coins,  Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Tether

    It’s indeed possible: A regulated US dollar-backed token is launched

    Dollar-backed tokens on the blockchain, minus the fears of scam or fraud

    There’s a new crypto-asset available as of Monday morning, and it’s yet another effort to come up with a U.S. dollar-backed cryptocurrency. Called Paxos Standard (PAX), the new token is maintained by blockchain technology company Paxos. The firm endeavors to digitize different kinds of assets so that they can be traded anywhere at any time using the blockchain. For now, the company can securely track trades of securities and precious metals, but will expand to support commodities of any other type down the road. Its new PAX token is an important piece of this puzzle. PAX is one of a family of so-called “stablecoins,” those cryptocurrencies that are designed to…