One of the main characteristics of blockchains is that, in order to evolve, they must resort to implementing hard forks. This effectively takes the chain off in a new direction while adding the necessary upgrades. Forks can be controversial since they have the power to rewrite the blockchain’s previous path. So, what are self-amending blockchains and can they offer an alternative to forks? Tezos cryptocurrency thinks so, but not everyone is in agreement. Continue reading Self-amending blockchains: Can Tezos offer an alternative to forks?
The Europe-based company LockTrip wants to put the accommodation industry on the blockchain by creating “the first functional blockchain-based travel service.” The team says it already offers 100,000 hotels and more than 1,500 vacation rentals all over the world, with an average discount of almost 20 percent when compared to other booking sites — and with plans to add an additional 300,000 hotels and 900 airlines to its marketplace by end of January 2019. Continue reading Blockchain Travel Service to Offer Hotels 20 Percent Cheaper Than on Booking.com or AirBnb
The Swiss wing of Russia’s Gazprombank will start offering crypto assets services by mid-2019, according to a press release published by its bank-tech partner Avaloq. Continue reading Gazprombank Forges New Partnership to Offer Crypto Assets Services
Cryptocurrency payment gateway expands to support stable coin payments
George Town, Cayman Islands – 28th November 2018
Merchants using the CoinPayments gateway now have the option to accept stable coin payments within their ecommerce store. Until now, there hasn’t been a solution created for automated payment processing of stable coins. The integration of US dollar-pegged stable coins into the CoinPayments platform provides users with hosted wallets and automated payments for TrueUSD (TUSD), USD Coin (USDC), Gemini Dollar (GUSD) and Tether (USDT). While there isn’t yet a clear winner for stable coins, they each offer their own pros and cons and CoinPayments is proud to support multiple options. Continue reading CoinPayments Is 1st to Offer Stable Coin Payment Processing