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Ethereum Price Technical Analysis – ETH/USD Facing Crucial Resistance



Key Highlights

  • ETH price started a decent upside recovery after trading as low as $753 against the US Dollar.
  • There is a major bearish trend line with resistance at $1065 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via SimpleFX).
  • The pair is struggling to break the $1070 and $1085 resistance levels and is slowly moving down.

Ethereum price is facing an uphill task against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. ETH/USD needs to clear the $1070 and $1085 resistance levels to gain upside momentum.

Ethereum Price Resistance

Yesterday, we saw the start a decent upside recovery from the $753 swing low in ETH price against the US Dollar. The price succeeded in moving past the $800 and $1000 resistance levels. There was also a break above the 38.2% Fib retracement level of the last major decline from the $1375 high to $753 low. It cleared the path for more gains, but the price seems to be struggling to move above the $1070 and $1085 resistance levels.

There is also a major bearish trend line with resistance at $1065 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD. The trend line resistance is also around the 50% Fib retracement level of the last major decline from the $1375 high to $753 low. Therefore, the $1065 resistance level is very crucial for further upsides. More importantly, the 100 hourly simple moving average is positioned near $1085 to act as a key barriers for buyers. Once there is a proper close above the $1085 level and the 100 hourly SMA, the price may gain bids.

On the downside, an initial support is at $900. However, the current price is slightly bearish below $1065. If the pair fails to move above $1065, it could decline back toward $800.

Hourly MACD – The MACD is once again attempting to move into the bearish zone.

Hourly RSI – The RSI is now below the 50 level and is heading lower.

Major Support Level – $900

Major Resistance Level – $1065


Charts courtesy – SimpleFX

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Zhiyuan Hui, the World’s Largest Volunteer Platform, Announces Blockchain Dapp Based on everiToken



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Hangzhou, China, January 12 — Zhiyuan Hui, the world’s largest volunteer service platform, signed a strategic cooperation agreement with everiToken. The Chinese non-profit will build a volunteer service application based on the everiToken blockchain.

As of December 2018, Zhiyuan Hui has over 71 million registered users and serves more than 430,000 non-profit organizations. Volunteers have worked over 100 million service hours through the platform, which is valued at over $500 million by the “China Volunteer Service Economic Value Measurement Report” issued by the United Nations.

One of the biggest challenges of operating such a large platform is verifying the authenticity of volunteer hours and service. In order to prevent fraud or data alteration, Zhiyuan Hui has partnered with everiToken to develop a blockchain-based volunteer tracking platform built on the everiToken public chain.

The new open public welfare ledger transparently records volunteer activity and service duration, issuing points called Yi Coin to nearly one million volunteers per day and guaranteeing authenticity through a decentralized blockchain ledger. All volunteer data is stored on-chain, which prevents tampering, and can be instantly verified through evtscan, ensuring transparency, reliability, and security.

Zhiyuan Hui’s new platform will be among the first to realize Edgar Cahn’s “time bank” concept, enabling volunteers to accurately record their hours and receive a Yi Coin reward for their volunteering contributions when they most need it. everiToken safe contracts, everiPass, and everiPay will help volunteers receive, store, and spend Yi Coin points.

Governments, enterprises, non-profit organizations, and other foundations can distribute Yi Coins to volunteers in return for their contributions, while volunteers can use Yi Coin to buy goods from select vending machines and convenience stores. Currently, volunteers can already use Yi Coin to buy basic goods, like food, electronics, and hygiene products, in nearly 100 unmanned retail locations with everiPass.

Further, the everiToken-based system provides audit trails for various stakeholders with access rights, including governments and funders, eliminating the possibility of fraud for the various poverty alleviation projects and government foundation subsidy programs managed by Zhiyuan Hui.

Token-customized public chain everiToken is a market leader in tokenization and token economy infrastructure. everiToken’s payment solution, everiPay, delivers best in class speed (up to 10,000 transactions per second), transaction confirmation times (as fast as 1 second), and fees as low as $0.00006 per transaction. The company’s newly developed “Safe Contract” greatly simplifies smart contract development by enabling users to call token-related APIs. everiToken raised over $10 million in an ongoing private funding round from several high-profile crypto funds, including Asian market leader Fenbushi Capital.

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Taiwan Indicts Bitcoin Traders for Violations of Banking Act




Seven people who were arrested on June 13, last year, for allegedly operating a fraudulent cryptocurrency investment scheme were officially charged with violating multiple banking and business related laws on Friday, according to prosecutors.

Although the Bitcoin investment scheme would have been in violation of the law even if successful, the scheme in question was also a fraud that promised investors large-yield returns of up to 355 percent after a year of investment in the cryptocurrency, prosecutors pointed out.

However, most investors did not see any returns after February 2018 and returns stopped altogether after April 24 the same year, prosecutors said.

Among the seven charged, a 47-year-old man surnamed Lin (林), established an office in Taichung’s West District to attract investors from Taiwan and China, according to the indictment filed by Taichung District Prosecutors Office.

Lin attracted investment from Fuzhou, Shanghai and Wuxi cities, as well as Pingtan County in Fujian Province, the indictment showed.

Since October 2016, the group has attracted about US$51 million in investment, the Investigation Bureau under the Ministry of Justice (MJIB) said in June last year, adding that more than 1,000 people in Taiwan have been defrauded.

After examination of witness testimonies, bank accounts and other evidence, Lin and six accomplices were officially charged with violating Taiwan’s Banking and Multi-Level Marketing Supervision acts, according to prosecutors.

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Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates Announces on New Cryptocurrency




The Executive Committee of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council held its first meeting in Abu Dhabi with the participation of all 16 members from both sides to follow up on the execution of the joint initiatives outlined in the Strategy of Resolve.

The strategy includes areas of collaborations and sets forth the joint vision of economic, social and military integration between the two countries.

The committee, headed by Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, from the UAE side, and Mohammed bin Mazyad Altwaijri, Minister of Economy and Planning, from the Saudi side, announced the launch of seven strategic initiatives that reflect the bilateral integration in the fields of services and financial markets, tourism, aviation, entrepreneurship, customs and security, among others. The committee is tasked with ensuring the implementation of the joint initiatives.

The Saudi-Emirati alliance is one of the strongest economic alliances in the world. The combined sovereign wealth funds of the Kingdom and the UAE are ranked second in the world. The two countries rank eighth globally in terms of exports of goods and services according to the World Bank data. The market capitalisation of listed companies in the two countries is the 17th globally, and the two countries have an oil reserve accounting for about a quarter of the world’s total stock, which amounts to 24.3 percent.

The seven announced initiatives are: Saudi-Emirati Pilot cryptocurrency The first of its kind joint pilot cryptocurrency was launched during the meeting. The cross-border digital currency will be strictly targeted for banks at an experimental phase with the aim of better understanding the implications of Blockchain technology and facilitating cross-border payments. The virtual currency relies on the use of a distributed database between the central banks and the participating banks from both sides. It seeks to safeguard customer interests, set technology standards and assess cybersecurity risks. The project will also determine the impact of a central currency on monetary policies.

Facilitated flow of traffic at the entry ports This initiative facilitates the flow of traffic at the entry ports between both countries and at customs outlets through the adoption of the fast track system and the application of the “Authorised Economic Operator” framework. The initiative will contribute to smoother operations between customs and commercial establishments, and facilitated trade between the two countries. The number of companies listed in the Authorised Economic Operator is 41 from Saudi Arabia and 40 from the UAE.

Joint platform to support SMEs The establishment of a joint platform that allows registered Saudi and UAE SMEs to benefit from the government procurement allocations from both countries and to compete on terms of reciprocity on federal government procurements.

Financial Awareness Programme for Children The Financial Awareness Programme for Children aims to promote the basic financial concepts youngsters between 7 and 18 years old. The programme will enable them to simulate the business world to learn about saving and smart spending, as well as understand the culture of entrepreneurship through customised training courses.

A joint exercise to test the supply security system The joint training exercise is aimed at testing the supply chain security systems in the vital sectors of the two countries during a crisis or natural disasters, and to identify the points of improvement and develop an implementation plan accordingly. The joint exercise will contribute to building a mechanism for direct communication and control of risks between the relevant units in both countries during emergency times, as well as the sharing of expertise, knowledge and experience on supply chain security and risk management.

Enhancing the travel experience of People of Determination The initiative seeks to enhance the experience of travellers from the People of Determination category by ensuring the compliance of disabled-friendly airports in both countries. The initiative will also standardise travel procedures and regulations for accompanying members. Other elements outlined in the initiative include the training of airport crew to implement adequate standards that guarantees People of Determinations all their rights.

Common Market for Civil Aviation The Saudi-Emirati common market for civil aviation aims to achieve comprehensive integration and cooperation in the civil aviation sector in vital areas including air navigation, safety and security, and investigation of air accidents. The common aviation market is considered to be an advanced stage of economic integration as both countries combined have the largest economies in the region.

During the meeting, the Joint Supply Chained Security Cooperation Programme was signed between the Kingdom and the UAE. Saif Sultan Mubarak Al-Ariani, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for National Security, signed on behalf of the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority in the UAE, and Mohammed Al Tuwaijri, Minister of Economy and Planning on behalf of the National Risk Unit in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The programme aims to enhance the coordination in the areas of security and safety and to enhance readiness in cases of crises and disasters.

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Google Reportedly Blacklists ‘Ethereum’ as a Google Ad Keyword




Google (Alphabet Inc.) has reportedly blacklisted keywords mentioning Ethereum (ETH) on its advertising platform Google Ads, smart contract auditing startup Decenter tweeted on Jan. 10.

The official Google Ads account replied to the tweet stating that cryptocurrency exchanges targeting the United States and Japan can be advertised on the platform, and that targeting other countries could be the reason for the ad rejection.

When Decenter explained that they are a group of developers doing smart contract security audits and that they were seeing the error message when trying to use the “ethereum development services” and “ethereum security audits” keywords, Google Ads’ official account answered:

“Although we wouldn’t be able to preemptively confirm if your keyword is eligible to trigger ads, we’d recommend that you refer to the ‘Cryptocurrencies’ section of our policy on Financial products and services.”

When Decenter asked the Ethereum community on Reddit in an open query about the alleged Google Ads policy changes, the team specified that:

“Any of the keywords that contain “ethereum” in our campaigns are no longer showing ads as of January 9th and are now reporting the following error.”

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Ethereum Developers Launch World’s Fastest Blockchain Explorer, EnjinX




Ethereum development team, announced the release of EnjinX, an ad-free universal blockchain explorer designed to make Ethereum data more accessible to mainstream markets. By delivering a Google-like experience, the new blockchain search engine provides users with an intuitive way to search transactions, tokens, and addresses. It features a clean and intuitive interface, providing traders, gamers, and token holders a simple way to explore the Ethereum blockchain.

Featured on Product Hunt, EnjinX is the world’s fastest Ethereum explorer by up to 30 seconds. It delivers blocks in real-time and even displays live tickers for pending and internal transactions. To protect users from cluttered messaging and promotional fatigue, Enjin has pledged to keep EnjinX ad-free permanently. Rather than taking advantage of user attention, the team plans to generate revenue by offering robust developer APIs and blockchain integration tools that further boost adoption of the Ethereum Network.

EnjinX’s real-time token index delivers the latest data for the top 200 tokens, making it the best place to view current prices, volumes, and market caps for ERC-20 tokens. The innovative explorer also features human-friendly address labels that attach names to well-known blockchain addresses, making browsing, searching, and contextual research even easier.

Optimized for smartphones and tablets, the new “Google search of blockchain” offers a personalized experience that allows users to choose between different themes, night and day modes, and currencies. The platform also supports over 20 languages, so users from across the world can explore Ethereum in English, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, and even Pirate English.

Fully licensed to operate in China, EnjinX will provide native Chinese translations and has servers residing within Chinato improve performance. The service is fully compliant with all laws and regulations, so Chinese developers will be able to use EnjinX services directly in China, without fear of the tools they rely on being shut down by the government.

EnjinX will soon be upgraded include support next-generation ERC-1155 and legacy ERC-721 token standards, enabling users to browse blockchain assets ranging from gaming items and collectibles to digital art and even blockchain-based books. In the future, the team will also launch full support for Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Dogecoin, along with a powerful REST API that delivers live blockchain data to apps, websites, and smart devices.

Enjin specializes in developing tools to support Ethereum-based applications. In addition to EnjinX, they have launched a critically acclaimed cryptocurrency wallet and are building development tools that simplify blockchain integration into games, apps, websites, and smart devices. Ethereum-based ERC-1155 tokens are currently being integrated into 29 games using the Enjin Platform.

Unity Technologies has announced plans to list Enjin’s Blockchain Software Development Kit (SDK) on the front page of their Asset Store. As the world’s largest game development platform, Unity’s listing of the Blockchain SDK will enable 4.5 million Unity developers to mint ERC-1155 tokens and manage complex gameplay mechanics through transactions on the Ethereum blockchain.

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TRON Hires Finance-industry Vet As New Head Of Compliance



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TRON Inc. hired David Labhart, a seasoned regulatory industry executive, as its first head of compliance to help navigate blockchain’s interaction with world financial authorities, the company announced today.

TRON, one of the 10 largest cryptocurrencies in the world, is committed to working with regulatory agencies and other financial authorities and developing blockchain, peer-to-peer and other technologies in a responsible way, said Justin Sun, TRON founder and CEO.

“As the cryptocurrency space matures, investors and regulatory agencies around the world must trust that TRON has a forward-thinking and stable growth trajectory that doesn’t run afoul of any regulatory requirements,” Sun said.

Labhart, who also will serve as TRON co-general counsel, has extensive legal and regulatory experience, with nearly 15 years in the securities industry. He spent nine years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including time as a Supervisory Attorney in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations focusing on Broker-Dealers, Investment Advisors, Self-Regulatory Organizations.

While there, he developed an expertise in emerging risks and technology, including cryptocurrency, blockchain and high frequency trading.

“Joining TRON is the perfect progression in a career driven by a passion for the frontier of financial industry; where technology meets regulation,” Labhart said. “Blockchain and cryptocurrency are the next step in the evolution of the world’s financial system, and I’m excited about Justin’s passion and long-term view of the benefits and potential impact of this new technology.”

Labhart joins TRON from S&P Global Ratings, where he managed North American compliance and advised on regulatory issues, including the regulatory implications of blockchain, artificial intelligence and cloud computing.

He started his career at the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, where he handled high profile internal investigations, SEC enforcement actions and securities litigation. Labhart is scheduled to speak Jan. 18 at niTROn summit in San Francisco on the future of cryptocurrency and regulation in the US.

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Virtual Currencies To Go Down as ‘Load of Nonsense,” Says ECB’s Hansson




Crypto currencies will probably die as a “complete load of nonsense,” according to European Central Bank policy maker Ardo Hansson.

“The bubble has already started to collapse and maybe we should just see how far this collapse goes, and what is left when we’ve reached a new kind of equilibrium,” the Estonian central-bank governor told a conference in the Latvian capital of Riga. “I think we will come back a few years from now and say how could we ever have gotten into this situation where we believed this kind of a fairy-tale story.”

Still, Hansson warned that authorities may need to focus on investor-protection aspects “if grandmothers start investing in that,” and highlighted concerns that crypto currencies can be used for illegal activities. Financial-stability issues may arise if links between virtual assets and the regulated financial sector are starting to increase, he added.

While Hansson has voiced similar views earlier, the country’s financial watchdog warned recently that it views companies providing services linked to crypto assets as a new source of money-laundering risks. The nation’s police issued almost 500 licenses to crypto-currency exchange providers in a year, and more than 440 licenses to companies offering a wallet service. A frontrunner in digital services, Estonia is still reeling following the $235 billion dirty-money scandal that has engulfed the country’s branch of Danske Bank A/S.

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Announcing an Ethereum Foundation Grant to Parity Technologies



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The Ethereum Foundation is thrilled to announce a scalability, usability and security grant of five million dollars (USD) to Parity Technologies. For several years, Parity Technologies has been an invaluable member of the Ethereum ecosystem for their leadership in core development efforts, their Parity Ethereum client and more. Their work has continued at a blazing pace. At Devcon4 in Prague, Parity team members presented their plans to develop a Serenity implementation, exampling an exciting direction for the years ahead.

By all metrics, Parity is a major technical contributor to the Ethereum project, and they’ve notably done so as a self-financed and open-sourced effort since their founding.

The Ethereum Foundation is committed to funding teams and individuals building the common infrastructure around scalability, usability and security. To that end, we couldn’t think of a more applicable fit for a grant given Parity’s constant push to raise the technical bar and their pinpointed focus on next generation advancements like proof-of-stake, sharding and WebAssembly.

We have been delighted to see our ecosystem rally around and support technical merit and value alignment, and we are devoted to using our resources to further this mission too. We do so responsibly through milestone-based grants to projects, both large and small, commensurate with the potential impact of their work.

This grant will fund Parity’s work on Casper, sharding, light clients, developer tools, QA, audits and infrastructure improvements. Funding will be delivered in several tranches, the first of which supports development that Parity has already completed. Others are contingent upon reaching explicit milestones which include:

  • The completion of eWasm compatibility work
  • Shipping a light wallet for mainnet.
  • The successful completion of Phase 0 and Phase 1 of sharding.

We are grateful for Parity Technologies’ hard work and commitment to Ethereum, and we hope that this grant serves as a reminder of how much they have already contributed, as well as an indicator of an exciting future. Please join us in congratulating Parity Technologies on receiving this major Ethereum Foundation grant.

Ethereum Foundation Team

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Bitcoin SV (BSV) Logo Unveiled for Rebirth of Original Bitcoin




The bComm Association unveils an updated logo for Bitcoin SV (ticker: BSV), chosen from public voting after three Twitter polls in a new form of decentralized marketing. The BSV logo is revealed on the 10th anniversary of the Bitcoin genesis block, to mark Bitcoin SV as rebirth of the original Bitcoin. A modernized update of the cryptocurrency’s classic logo, the new design reflects Bitcoin SV’s roots, while leading a new era for Bitcoin to professionalize.

Emerging from the November 15, 2018 contentious hard fork of Bitcoin Cash, BSV is dedicated to preserve Bitcoin’s original design. Named for the “Satoshi Vision” of Bitcoin’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin SV’s mission is focused: restore the original Bitcoin protocol, keep it stable, and allow it to massively scale. Unlike paths chosen by Bitcoin Core (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash ABC (BCH/BAB), BSV’s roadmap will achieve the world’s new money used by billions of people, and the global public blockchain upon major enterprises can confidently build.

With modernized features, the new BSV logo conveys that Bitcoin is ready to grow up:

  • The B symbol is cleaner and stands upright rather than tilted forward or backward.
  • “Bitcoin SV” characters also stand upright.
  • “Bitcoin” begins with a capital B, rather than lower case.
  • “SV” appears in superscript – reflecting Satoshi Vision as the way forward, while keeping emphasis on the name Bitcoin.
  • The design color uses “dragon gold”, honouring the dragon logo of the Bitcoin SV full node implementation which birthed BSV.

This BSV logo was chosen after three Twitter polls of numerous design options developed by the bComm Association.The first-ever organization dedicated to bCommerce (Bitcoin commerce), the bComm Association brings together developers, merchants, exchanges, miners and other Bitcoin network participants. bComm Association supports Bitcoin SV as the only stable, scalable blockchain that can achieve a world of bCommerce.

nChain’s Jimmy Nguyen, Founding President of the bComm Association, remarks:

“Today marks 10 years since the birth of the Bitcoin blockchain, and this date has more importance now than ever. After too many years of wasteful diversions from the Satoshi Vision, we can now finally celebrate Bitcoin’s rebirth – unchained from experimental whims of developer teams who veered away from Satoshi’s original plan. The new BSV logo represents this pivotal moment for Bitcoin to grow up. In the spirit of Satoshi Vision, we are especially thrilled that BSV supporters around the world chose this logo after multiple rounds of online polling in a new paradigm of decentralized marketing.”

Though Bitcoin SV remains a decentralized cryptocurrency system, the bComm Association will now urge the global Bitcoin ecosystem to adopt this new logo for BSV.

Nguyen adds:

“The Bitcoin SV Node is now the reference implementation for the BSV protocol. To differentiate the full node implementation from the BSV cryptocurrency, the Bitcoin SV Node team at nChain intends to keep its dragon logo for the time being. Occupying the 5th position in the Chinese zodiac, the dragon is the mightiest of the signs. It symbolizes leadership, ambition, good fortune, energy, and independence – perfect qualities for a reference implementation to lead Bitcoin to its destined world-changing future.”

In just over one month since emerging as a separate chain and token, the Bitcoin SV ecosystem has quickly grown. More than 50 exchanges now list BSV. Numerous wallets have announced exclusive support for BSV – including the user-friendly and popular CashPay, CentbeeHandCashhivr, and Pixel Wallet. Top Bitcoin applications Keyport TVMoney, and others have moved exclusively to BSV. And BSV even has a dedicated tokenisation protocol in Tokenized. For a more comprehensive list of Bitcoin SV services, applications, and developer tools, please visit

For 2019, the bComm Association is dedicated to support technical efforts for massive on-chain scaling of the Bitcoin SV blockchain. BSV has already seen the world’s largest blocks – 65 and 64MB – ever mined on a public blockchain. The bComm Association will work with the BCH Professional Stress Test team, nChain and others to further test the BSV blockchain’s throughput capacity, and demonstrate Satoshi Vision is the correct roadmap to much bigger blocks and big enterprise use.

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Paytomat Adds Bitcoin Diamond (BCD) to Supported Currencies



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Bitcoin Diamond (BCD) will be the newest addition to Paytomat’s point-of-sale (POS), wallet, and settlement system (including both crypto-to-crypto and crypto-to-fiat settlements). This follows the November 2018 announcement of BCD & Paytomat’s collaboration to release the BCD Pay Wallet for iOS and Android, due for release in January 2019.

Paytomat has a rapidly growing user base across Europe, with presence in countries such as GeorgiaItalySpain and the Netherlands, in addition to its native Ukraine. BCD and Paytomat’s partnership will help to increase BCD’s accessibility and usability in many areas of the world, making this an important milestone for BCD’s path to mass-market adoption.

Known for its fast transactions, low fees, high security, and affordable coin prices, BCD is designed to make everyday transactions practical. Now that Paytomat has added BCD to its ready-to-install cryptocurrency point-of-sale system, any e-commerce or brick-and-mortar business can also accept BCD as payment with minimal effort and initial investment.

Furthering its mission of adoption, BCD is also being added to the Paytomat Wallet, a convenient multi-coin tool that allows for storage and management of assets all in one secure app. Customers can now hold BCD and other crypto assets all in one place and make instant payments at their selected stores, while receiving current fiat value updates for each crypto.

BCD and Paytomat share a goal of bridging the gap between retail and cryptocurrency. With the practicality of BCD and convenience of Paytomat’s suite of technologies, accepting cryptocurrency payments is quickly becoming a reality for a large number of traditional and e-commerce merchants around the world.

In 2019, BCD aims to continue establishing partnerships with leading cryptocurrency organizations to increase brand awareness and encourage adoption.

About Bitcoin Diamond (BCD)

Bitcoin Diamond is a Bitcoin fork that was created to solve the slow transaction confirmations and high threshold requirements of Bitcoin. Through BCD Pay, business owners are able to offer their products to a global market without needing to absorb expensive fees from international payments. Furthermore, with BCD Pay, business owners do not have to worry about costly chargebacks from indecisive or fraudulent customers.

Earlier this year, BCD debuted BCD Bazaar, an international marketplace that gives customers access to a wide range of products from across the world by accepting payments in Bitcoin Diamond (BCD) or Bitcoin (BTC).

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