Real Time Rates for 6 Cryptos launched by Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is running a cryptocurrency real-time rates: the new service is expected to provide “reliable, real-time information” for 6 crypto coins
15 May 2018   188

The stated goal is to provide efficiency and clarity for investors within the world trading field. The new Cryptocurrency Real Time Rates are already available over a customized API interface on Thomson Reuters Eikon platform. The app is displaying a trading data from different crypto exchanges including Bitflyer and Bitpoint. Reuters affirms that more trading platforms would be added in the future. 

The announcement comes after a recent Thomson Reuters survey stated that crypto trading by financial firms is likely grow this year. Over 20% of 400 finance firms taking part in the study are deciding about the entering trading crypto assets within 1  year. That means that one in every five of the undisclosed businesses plans to set direct contact with cryptocurrencies in 2018.

Pricing data for the real-time rates will be stated for six cryptocurrencies, which were not mentioned in the report. The start of the service could reveal that Reuters is thinking about the entering the digital asset class on ‎its own market platforms. In December of 2017, the mass media added bitcoin cash (BCH) to Eikon. BCH became only the third cryptocurrency to list on the platform after bitcoin core (BTC) and ethereum. ‎

The latest release follows the announcement from CME Group which is running a daily price benchmark for ‎Ethereum, according to Financial Magnets. The service will be given in partnership with the platform Crypto Facilities.‎ Earlier this year, Thomson Reuters Corp. declared about the launch of a new version of the Marketpsych Indices sentiment data feed, which uses analysis of bitcoin market sentiment.

ACINQ to Release Lightning API For Bitcoin Mainnet

Strike is API for easy acception of Lightning network payments
25 May 2018   48

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.