TL;DR: Welcome to In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), a daily crypto update from your favorite reporter, Linzerd. Coinbase Earn offers Stellar. LocalBitcoins will lose its anonymity trait soon. Ethereum attractiveness and market share fade. Voltaire exchange closing its doors. CoinText will feature Bitcoin Cash airdrops, and Bitrefill introduces Airbnb gift card purchases.
LocalBitcoins Anonymous No More
LocalBitcoins, the leading OTC bitcoin exchange around the world, will change its almost nonexistent KYC policies due to regulatory pressures and changes exerted by the Finnish government and European Union. The new changes will effect the way business is conducted on the platform, and users will have to subject to some kind of ID verification to transact.
Coinbase Earn Announces Stellar Initiative
Coinbase, one of the leading exchanges of the US, announced they will be distributing one billion Stellar lumens via its Earn initiative. Users interested in getting up to $50 worth of Stellar will have to learn how this cryptocurrency works with the help of videos hosted on the Earn portal. The giveaway is for US customers only, foreign customers must join a waitlist to apply. However, you can enjoy the education material on their page.
Ethereum Losing Its Attractive and Market Share
Ethereum, one of the top cryptocurrencies of the market, has been losing its attractiveness and market share due to the eruption of new platforms that offer smart contracts, according to Bloomberg. Now, ethereum has only near a quarter of the dApp active users, a market being taken by EOS and Tron, similar platforms offering the same advantages of Ethereum plus some other optimizations. However, Vitalik Buterin thinks this is a normal step for the platform.
Voltaire Exchange Closes Its Doors
We are saddened to announce that Voltaire will be closing down on the 3rd of April at 10:00 GMT. Please withdraw all your funds from the exchange within the next 7 days whilst the web-platform is avaliable. Full blog out this evening. Thanks for trading with us. #BitcoinCash
— Voltaire (@HelloVoltaire) March 27, 2019
Voltaire, a BCH/BTC/BSV focused exchange, announced they will be closing doors after less than a year operating. The message was posted on Twitter by the official account of the exchange. The exchange tried innovative ways of gaining new users like the Cashback scheme, rewarding users for each trade made, but it was not enough to keep it afloat. Users must withdraw funds before April 3rd.
CoinText Will Introduce Bitcoin Cash Airdrops
CoinText will enable one-click $BCH airdrops with custom messaging in April.
Use it to promote your service, reach new users, and help spread adoption globally.
— CoinText (@CoinText) March 27, 2019
CoinText, the no-frills SMS wallet service, announced via Twitter they will be featuring one-click Bitcoin Cash airdrops with custom messaging, allowing for miscellaneous campaigns that would leverage low fees and quick traits of the Bitcoin Cash network. With this new functionality, CoinText becomes a pseudo-advertising service, being able to reach cell phones directly using cryptocurrency.
Bitrefill Features AirBnB GitfCard Purchases
Bitrefill, a company selling phone top-ups and gift card purchases paid in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, is now offering Airbnb gift cards. Now customers will be able to pay for their travel accommodations using cryptocurrencies and enjoying the cheap prices Airbnb offers travelers with its peculiar business model. The downside is that these cards are available just for US customers.
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