Panic selling ensues after South Korean exchange raids

South Korean tax investigation into exchange platforms caused a massive selloff in cryptocurrency market
11 January 2018   431

Yesterday's news about South Korean authorities instigating inspection raid at two major exchanges are still shaking up the cryptocurrency market. And now not only by sensational value. The panic selling off started recently and the exchange rates quickly started to reflect the mood of the market.

And now into a little more detail. As everyone interested in the topic knows, the Asian traders have a significant impact on world crypto markets. So significant, in fact, that South Korean authorities crack-down on the residential exchange platforms and the possibility of all-out crypto ban may have caused the market to take a nose dive.

This week the second largest in the world crypto exchange Bithumb was forced do disclose all their paperwork to tax collectors and explain to local police, that their platform has no relation to gambling. The last part may be humorous, but the underlying message should be clear – “the Big Brother is watching you” for the exchanges, and will be doing it a lot closer from now on.

Also there are instances of banks that offer crypto accounts being investigated under “crime prevention” pretense. Local news outlet Yonhap News reports that the South Korean Government is developing a set of laws to abolish anonymous trading accounts.

The following media frenzy has caused a massive selloff this morning during the start of trading. And various news outlets falsely reporting that South Korea has banned cryptotrading as a whole doesn't help matters. All of this resulted in massive price drops in Bitcoin, Etherium and Litecoin.

ACINQ to Release Lightning API For Bitcoin Mainnet

Strike is API for easy acception of Lightning network payments
25 May 2018   33

Developers from ACINQ presented a version of Strike API for Lightning-payments in the main bitcoin network.

Strike is an API for easy acception of Lightning payments. From a technical point of view, the service works as follows: ACINQ receives and aggregates incoming payments, and then periodically sends transactions to the recipient's wallet. In other words, companies can offer their clients instant and low-cost payments, receiving funds through the usual cash transaction.

We take a 1% fee on payments, and that’s it. Automated payouts to your Bitcoin wallet are free of charge, because we batch them among merchants. The threshold for automated withdrawals can be set between 0.1–1 BTC.
 

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Also, users can make a payment to the wallet manually, however in this case you will have to pay a commission of 0.5 mBTC.

According to ACINQ representatives, although using Strike and assuming the need to trust a third party, the level of risk is minimal, since the service sends an onchain-transaction every time the total amount of payments reaches a user-adjustable threshold.

The developers noted that the Strike integration with the WooCommerce plugin is currently underway. In addition, ACINQ is considering the possibility of partnership with the Canadian Internet company Shopify, which specializes in developing software for online and retail stores. The company serves 500,000 trading companies with a combined turnover of $ 45 billion.