• Robinhood
    Alt coins,  Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Ethereum,  Litecoin,  Ripple

    Review | We tried out Robinhood’s fee-free crypto app and here’s what we found

    The cons outweigh the pros—here’s why

    On Monday, popular stock app Robinhood rolled out zero-fee crypto trades for users in California, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Montana, with other states to follow. Just announcing that they would do something like this sent Robinhood’s valuation well over $5 billion. Users in those states can invest in 16 cryptocurrencies, including popular names like bitcoin, ether, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and Ripple’s XRP. And Robinhood also has some lesser-known coins like Zcash, Monero, Dash, and even the semi-serious Dogecoin. TechCrunch called it the “Coinbase-killer” but we are wary of the entire platform. Robinhood joins Abra and Uphold in the “invest in” crypto bandwagon. They want you to have an easy way to…

  • TONG! Jerky

    This beef jerky company now accepts Litecoin

    One crypto exchange helps small businesses stand out in a big way

    Ryan Alberts had a tough time standing out in the beef jerky world until March 24, 2018, when he added crypto purchasing at checkout. “Crypto has always been really cool and an interesting topic for all of us at TONG! Jerky. We’ve been investing in and out of various alts and bitcoin for a few years and that’s pretty much what lead us to think we definitely need to implement a Crypto based checkout,” the TONG! Cofounder told Modern Consensus by email. His TONG! Jerky is certainly the alt-coin of the jerky world. Far from the average Slim Jim, his meat snack is based on “biltong,” a traditional South African…

  • Litecoin

    Autopsy on a pile of b.s.: What we can learn from LitePay’s collapse

    It seemed too good to be true because it was

    Payments processor LitePay abruptly shut its doors Monday, taking a good 10 percent off the top of the Litecoin price too. The proposed company was supposed to make seamless transactions using Litecoin and a proprietary debit card that could even work at cash ATMs. However, there was one big problem: The whole thing appeared sketchy. Litecoin founder Charlie Lee—who goes by the humble but entertaining handle “SatoshiLite” on Twitter—said, “Like everyone else, we got too excited about something that was too good to be true and we optimistically overlooked many of the warning signs. I am sorry for having hyped up this company and vow to do better due diligence…

  • cryptocurrencies/dollars
    Alt coins,  Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Litecoin

    You just got paid in a weird crypto. Now what?

    What to do when your “bitcoin” isn’t bitcoin

    Until it’s normal to pay for things like coffee or groceries with cryptocurrency, it has to be turned into fiat money for its value to be conventionally useful. Every American exchange of consequence allows for conversion between bitcoin and U.S. dollars, but bitcoin isn’t the only game in town. Satoshi Nakamoto’s invention is surely the poster child of cryptocurrency at large, but a host of B- and C-List cryptocurrencies fill the same niche with less of a spotlight. This refers to altcoins, popular and unknown alike, including Litecoin, DogeCoin, Peercoin, FeatherCoin, Zetacoin, and so on. These currencies lack bitcoin’s name recognition though they solve the same problem, securely transmitting value…