McDonald’s in Switzerland began accepting payment in cryptocurrency

McDonald’s is conducting an experiment with сryptocurrency in a European city with a population of 63,000 people. It is also possible to pay with stabelcoin USDT

McDonald’s restaurant in Swiss Lugano began to accept cryptocurrency as payment. Bitcoin Magazine published a video of ordering in this restaurant on its Twitter. McDonald’s accepts Bitcoin and stabelcoin USDT from Tether.

In March 2022, the city of Lugano recognized Bitcoin, USDT and LVGA token as a means of payment. The city also signed a memorandum of understanding with Tether. In that memorandum, the company created two funds – $106 million to support crypto startups and $3 million for local stores and businesses.

Local residents can pay taxes with cryptocurrency. It is assumed that in the future they will also be able to pay in digital assets for parking tickets, utility bills and university tuition. Our experts note that already now more than 200 stores and businesses will accept cryptocurrency for products and services.

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White House presented the concept of cryptocurrency regulation in the USA, Crypto-Upvotes expert review

New White House directives are aimed at developing financial services industry. As well as to simplify unlimited transactions and fight against scammers in cryptocurrency world

The White House presented first ever concept of regulation of cryptocurrency market in USA, writes CNBC. The new proposals had been under development for six months. This came after President Joe Biden called on authorities in March to study risks and benefits of cryptocurrencies and submit official reports.

One of points of concept is aimed at combating illegal activities in cryptocurrencies. In particular, it is proposed to consider amendments to Bank Secrecy Law. These are laws prohibiting disclosure of information and against money transfers without a license. It is necessary that they are directly related to providers of cryptocurrency services.

The White House proposals also specifically mention potential for Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC). The concept states that digital dollars can make the U.S. payment system more efficient. And creating a basis for further technological innovations that will allow for faster trans-border transactions.

Our experts also noted that the U.S. government believes that digital currencies, especially stablecoins, need to be strictly regulated. Otherwise, they can lead to “devastating effects. This concept points to a collapse of cryptocurrency TerraUSD, which resulted in a series of bankruptcies. And cumulative damage of which amounted to almost $600 billion.

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Huobi exchange will refuse to trade Monero and other anonymous cryptocurrency

Huobi stopped trading 7 tokens. And asked users to cancel all open orders for these cryptocurrencies, Crypto-Upvotes expert review

Cryptocurrency exchange Huobi Global will delist seven anonymous cryptocurrencies. The list includes Monero (XMR), Dash (DASH), Decred (DCR), Firo (FIRO), Verge (XVG), ZCash (ZEC) and Horizen (ZEN). Trading of these tokens was terminated on September 6 on this platform. Which was announced on this platform’s blog on September 12. Huobi team asks users to cancel all open orders for these cryptocurrencies in a timely manner.

Anonymous cryptocurrencies – these are cryptocurrencies that hide transactions in blockchain. In order to preserve anonymity of transaction participants and traces of their actions. Withdrawal function in these tokens continues to function for now.

According to Coingecko, centralized exchange Huobi Global, founded in 2013, ranks 8th by trading volume ($816 million). Cryptocurrency exchange features about 630 assets and more than 1,000 trading pairs.

Also in early August, a largest cryptocurrency Monero (XMR) mining pool named MineXMR announced its closure. Platform team asked miners to reconfigure their equipment to other pools by August 12.

Effects of rejection of anonymous cryptocurrencies

Unfortunately, more and more CEX exchanges are delisting anonymous cryptocurrencies. This is due to the fact that many CEX exchanges must follow the rules of international regulatory organizations. And the internal rules of the country in which they are located.

Most likely, we are facing the start of a global confrontation between cryptocurrency exchanges and anonymous cryptocurrencies. Because tensions have long been brewing between blockchain ideologues and traditional traders. Real cryptocurrency followers follow original ideals of technology and privacy. And traditional traders have come into cryptocurrency world only out of profits.

Perhaps we will soon see what you might call a “hardfork” of blockchain industry. When some currencies will simply become digital money, reminiscent of the usual fiat money of any country.
And part of the investors will use only real cryptocurrencies. Which maintain privacy and security.

Perhaps in the near future we will see new DEX platforms. Which will not follow general rules. And will stick to real cryptocurrency goals. Because cryptocurrencies were not created just to replace ordinary fiat money. Their purpose was security, anonymity, and decentralization. So that no country in world could control these funds. Who will win – regular traders or real cryptocurrency users. We will know in the next few years.

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Increased Bitcoin mining will speed up reduction in mining profits, review by our Crypto-Upvotes experts

Bitcoin halving could happen a few months earlier than anticipated review by our Crypto-Upvotes experts

Due to the increase in Bitcoin mining volumes, next halving (planned reduction of miners’ rewards) may occur several months earlier than predicted. According to analyst portal The TIE – it may happen as early as Q4 2023.

BTC Halving is reducing twice rewards for a mined block. This was originally built into rules of BTC network. At first, miners received 50 BTC per mined block. Then on November 28, 2012, rewards were reduced to 25 BTC. And on July 9, 2016, to 12.5 BTC, and on May 11, 2020, to 6.25 BTC. Next halving is to take place on block 840,000. Presumably, production of which was announced as May 3, 2024.

Usually, for calculating halving dates, average Bitcoin block mining time of 10 minutes is used. But analytics platforms use constantly updated blockchain statistics to calculate. And to estimate current average Bitcoin block mining time, and then use that number for calculations. According to analysts, this makes the countdown more accurate. A similar method is used by CoinMarketCap platform. Which predicts halving also earlier than planned – in February 2024.

Analysts say that the reason why hashrate is approaching is that there is an increase in BTC mining. Now hashrate network has reached historical highs of more than 284 EH/s.

 

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