Athena Bitcoin adds Bitcoin Cash to its ATMs

Athena Bitcoin adds support for Bitcoin Cash to their machines
19 February 2018   708

Rising interest in Bitcoin Cash has made a big impact on cryptocurrency market and service providers alike. The rising exchange rates and more widespread support on exchange platforms contributes to the fact. And this can;t be ignored by companies involved in Bitcoin ATM business. They wouldn't want to be left on the side in such a quick-rising market. So Athena Bitcoin took a logical step and added support for Bitcoin Cash to their ATMs.

In the case of Athena Bitcoin, it's an interesting step because of many reasons. The don't plan to drop Bitcoin anytime soon, so it's just an expansion of bases, rather than a complete turnover. Also added support will be interesting to statistics, because Athena's widespread coverage in several US states will allow to see, whether or not BCH is more popular than BTC in some states.

Bitcoin Cash support will also allow for BCH to fiat conversion with two-way machines available in Athena's network. Added competition doesn't thrill Bitcoin Core community, but BCH enthusiasts are quite happy with this situation.

So far Athena Bitcoin is one of the first providers to give such opportunity to the masses, so it would be interesting to see if other ATM networks will follow the example. Decisions like that are always more than a little controversial so we'll have to wait and see if it pays off.

Line to Launch Own Cryptoexchange

BitBox cryptocurrency exchange won't be available for US and Japanese citizens
28 June 2018   297

The developer of the Line instant messenger confirmed the information that it will launch a cryptocurrency exchange called BitBox next month. This is reported by TechCrunch.

In January, the company said that it plans to enter the cryptocurrency area with the launch of its own trading platform, but today it specified that BitBox will not be available to users from the US and Japan.

The new site will support 30 cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin, and charge a commission of 0.1% for transactions. Line reported that it was taking tokens during the “an extensive screening process” which saw an internal commitment asses what on the market represents “the most reliable and safest trading for users.”

BitBox will be available worldwide, except for the two countries mentioned above, in 15 languages. New platform won't support fiat.

Every month, 200 million people use the Line Messenger. The possibilities of the service are not limited to the transmission of messages. It also allows to listen to music, send payments, etc. Most Line users live in Japan, so excluding Japanese traders will significantly limit the potential impact of BitBox.