Number of Argentinian Merchants Accepting Bitcoin Doubles Amid Inflation Concerns

Since last year, the number of bitcoin merchants in Argentina has doubled, according to the Financial Times. This growth comes primarily from small businesses, which are showing the highest bitcoin growth and adoption rate in all of Latin America. Argentina, South America’s second-largest economy, has been restricted from access to foreign currencies and has suffered from an overvaluation of exchange rates, unstable inflation and complicated economic dynamics. This prolonged exposure to economic instability has motivated Argentinian merchants to shift from fiat-based financial platforms to bitcoin to avoid frozen payments which sometimes are locked up for two or more weeks. Argentina has also been a key player behind the rapid growth of monthly bitcoin transactions in Latin America, as more businesses started to accept bitcoin […]

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As Grexit Looms, Greek Island Begins Testing Blockchain-Based Parallel Currency

Perhaps a blockchain-based parallel currency could provide a solution to the Greek crisis and be an alternative for Greece, Forbes reports. Lee Gibson-Grant, founder of U.K.-based digital currency consultancy Coinstructors, recently met with the Mayor of Agistri, an island in Saronic Gulf with a population of around a thousand people. The Mayor has agreed to start testing blockchain technology solutions in the island. The single ATM on Agistri ran out money last week. The project is related to the Drachmae project covered by Bitcon Magazine in May. Proposed by CNBC contributor Brian Kelly, the author of “The Bitcoin Big Bang: How Alternative Currencies Are About to Change the World,” Drachmae is intended as a quick and simple bitcoin-like solution for […]

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36% of Australians Would Trade Banks for Better Digital Money Services

A recent survey conducted by personal finance company Fair Go Finance has found that a large chunk of Australians are ready to leave the traditional banking system and move to digital money. The survey received responses from 3,148 people, and the questions involved everything from bitcoin to Facebook money transfers. The online survey was conducted in April 2015. 34% know about bitcoin Thirty-four percent of Australians who responded to the survey claimed they know something about bitcoin. Of course, the level of understanding of bitcoin is likely to vary from person to person. The question was phrased as, “Do you know anything about Bitcoins?” which means many respondents who had simply heard of bitcoin as some sort of PayPal alternative […]

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