Watchtowers Are Coming to Lightning

“The Eye of Sauron casts its gaze upon the Lightning Network.” This is how Lightning Labs CTO Olaoluwa Osuntokun (aka, roasbeef) has heralded the coming of Watchtowers to the Lightning Network. Though comparing the technical feature to the demonic gaze of Tolkien’s primary antagonist sounds disconcerting, the analogy holds up on the surface: Watchtowers, as…

The Coinbase Card Expands to Six More European Countries

Popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has expanded its Visa debit card access to six European countries. Coinbase Card is now available to clients in Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, France and Ireland, according to a June 11, 2019, announcement. Coinbase users within these countries can now spend their crypto assets online and in physical stores where…

Coinsource and Expanding the Bitcoin ATM Network

ATMs certainly seem simple: Insert card, grab cash. And Bitcoin ATMs should follow the same logic. But like plenty of tech that makes life easier, ATMs are a surprisingly complex web of devices bunched up in one box. Dig deeper, and you’ll find a CPU, chip card reader, PIN pad, secure cryptoprocessor, display, function key…

BitMEX to Provide Cryptocurrency Data via Terminal

BitMEX, a cryptocurrency exchange and derivative trading platform, now provides cryptocurrency data to Refinitiv’s Eikon Terminal, a spin-off from the main rival of Bloomberg’s well-known financial data terminals. CryptoCompare, a crypto market data firm that has a long-standing partnership with Refinitiv, facilitated the collaboration between the terminal and exchange, according to CryptoCompare’s CEO Charles Hayter.…