Chainzilla and Pundi X to Enable Retail Bitcoin Payments in Panama

Cryptocurrency startup Pundi X announced that its point-of-sale payment gateway (XPOS) will soon be launched in Panama and its surrounding regions. Blockchain development company Chainzilla joined the initiative as a local distributor. Combining cryptocurrency and traditional payments in one terminal On Aug. 14, Cointelegraph in Spanish spoke with Chainzilla CEO, Charles Gonzales, to find out more details. According to Gonzales:  “Recently, Pundi X integrated its module into the Verifone X990. This is an important development because this payment processor is compatible with both cryptocurrency and traditional payments. […] That means…

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Hesitates But Further Recovery Seem Likely

Bitcoin price tested the $9,800 support and bounced back against the US Dollar. The price is currently struggling to gain momentum above $10,400 and $10,500. There is a key contracting triangle forming with resistance near $10,550 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The price is likely to slowly rise as long as it is trading above the $9,800 support area. Bitcoin price is showing positive signs above the $9,800 support against the US Dollar. BTC price might gain bullish momentum once it settles above…

Bitcoin SV Devs to Offer ‘Office Hours’ for Project Assistance, Consulting

Bitcoin SV blockchain developer and blockchain organization service Open Directory creator synfonaut has launched a consulting service called Office Hours. This service connects developers in need of assistance with experienced Bitcoin SV devs, for help on Bitcoin SV projects.  Synfonaut announced the service’s launch in a Twitter post on Aug. 15. As per the platform’s  website, users can reach out to over a dozen professional developers for help on a product or service. This apparently provides a way to chat with a knowledgeable dev, in sessions that typically take an…

Turkish Bitcoin Adoption Ramps Up amid Flagging Economic Recovery

Turkey interest in bitcoin remains robust as the economy struggles to recover from the collapse of the lira from 2018. | Source: Shutterstock By CCN Markets: Turkey likes bitcoin more than any of the other 14 nations polled in a recent survey by Dutch banking group ING. Sixty-two percent of Turks were crypto positive, while 36% said they would be happy to be paid in bitcoin. Meanwhile, Austrians were the most skeptical, with only 13% being pro-crypto. Screenshot of ing.at poll These sentiments make perfect sense given Turkey’s recent economic…

Crypto Market Sends Mixed Signals as Ether and Bitcoin Price See Green

Friday, Aug. 16 — Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) are seeing some upward movement as XRP continues to slump. Market visualization. Source: Coin360 Bitcoin is trading at $10,480 at press time, representing a 4.58% price increase on the day. Bitcoin is seeing some momentum for an upward climb, peaking at $10,500 so far and continuing to stay away from the four-figure mark it fell to yesterday. Still, BTC needs to climb by about 15% to retake the $12,000 barrier, which it surpassed multiple times earlier this month. Earlier today, anticipated…

Bitcoin Price Surges 10% in 48 Hours as Bakkt Countdown Begins

The bitcoin price spiked after regulated futures platform Bakkt announced it had received approval to launch in September. | Source: Shutterstock By CCN Markets: Bakkt, a bitcoin futures trading platform operated by ICE, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), finally received approval from the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to initiate its long-awaited launch. “Our contracts have already received the green light from the CFTC through the self-certification process and user acceptance testing has begun. With approval by the New York State Department of Financial…

Bitcoin Price Fear & Greed Index Back to ‘Extreme Fear’ Dec 2018 Lows

Bitcoin investors are no longer as buoyant as they were three months ago, judging by the latest readings from the Crypto Fear and Greed Index (CFGI). On Aug. 14, the Bitcoin-only index — which plots investor sentiment on a scale of 1 to 100 (where 1 represents doom and foreboding and 100 indicates blithe optimism and greed) — hit its lowest levels since December 2018. Today: “fear,” yesterday: “extreme fear” Just under three months ago, in late June, Bitcoin (BTC) investors had seemingly hit a level of unbridled optimism, with the…

Bitcoin Defends Price Support, But Bear Case Still Intact

View Bitcoin’s repeated defense of the 100-day moving average signals seller exhaustion, but a break above $10,445 – the high of Thursday’s hammer candle – is needed to confirm a bull revival. A high-volume move above $10,445 would open the doors to re-test of $11,120. BTC may have a tough time scaling $10,445, as the daily chart indicators are biased bearish. The risk of a drop to $9,049 (July 17 low) remains as long as prices are held below that level. Bitcoin (BTC) has bounced from key price support, but…

Bitcoin Price Drop Not Caused by $3B Ponzi BTC Dump

Bitcoin’s (BTC) recent price drop has not been caused by Bitcoin sell-offs from a $3 billion Chinese Ponzi scheme PlusToken, according to researchers at crypto analytics firm TokenAnalyst.  Crypto analytics firm: PlusToken cannot be the cause  As Bloomberg reports on Aug. 15, co-founder of London-based cryptocurrency analytics firm TokenAnalyst, Sid Shekhar, said that a Bitcoin dump by the PlusToken operators cannot be the cause of the recent price drop.  Notably, the firm did not find any evidence that PlusToken moved any significant amounts of Bitcoin to any known exchange addresses.…

Bitcoin Is Bad for Payments, But Lightning Solves This: Samson Mow

Blockstream Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) Samson Mow says Bitcoin (BTC) is bad for payments but the Lightning Network solves this. Mow — who is also a co-founder of formerly top cryptocurrency exchange BTCC — made his remarks in an interview for SFOX blog on Aug. 15. Lightning changes the whole equation Mow conceded that he doesn’t yet have an everyday use case for Bitcoin (BTC), quipping that in daily life, he still uses credit cards, not cryptocurrency. The top coin, he argued, is designed in such a way that has…