SurBTC leaves SegWit2x agreement

Yet another cryptocurrency exchange, Chile's SurBTC, leaves SegWit2x agreement
12 October 2017   1871

Yet another cryptocurrency exchange leaves SegWit2x agreement.

This time this is the Latin American Bitcoin exchange, SurBTC, refused to support SegWit2x just a month before the planned November hardfork. 

The company claims that the new hardfork could be unsafe and is not supported by the Bitcoin Core developers. Indeed, Bitcoin.org has just published a “blacklist” of websites that continue to support the SegWit2x hardfork, arguing that storing any BTC on such services is strongly not recommended. 

We’ve always loved SegWit and we see a small increment (2mb) in the size of the block as a good idea as it would relieve pressure, lower fees and give some time to other more definitive scaling alternatives such as the Lightning Network to develop. Nevertheless, we can’t pretend to be bitcoin “scaling experts”. We don’t believe in trying to force a change bitcoin’s core developers don’t feel safe with.
 

Agustin Feuerhake
SurBTC team

The company also highlights that they haven’t seen proper support and they "don’t like what they currently see on the btc1 code repository in terms of technical considerations and open source collaboration".

SurBTC argues to be defending the interests of a growing Latin American user community that feels strongly against a new contentious hardfork. Thus, if the hardfork does happen, the exchange could eventually list both assets but will allow for sure its users to at least withdraw both. Due to practical reasons, SurBTC will continue to list BTC, and they will incorporate B2X (or the names that catch on among the industry) later.

eToro to Launch Own Crypto Wallet

At the moment, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin are supported and the wallet is available only for Platinum Club members (holders of $25k+ at eToro)
07 November 2018   131

The eToro social investment platform introduced a cryptocurrency wallet with support for Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin.

Representatives of the company say that eToro Wallet is available to all EU residents, as well as Switzerland and Gibraltar. However, in order to take advantage of the new wallet, platform users must be members of Platinum Club, that is, they must hold assets worth $ 25,000 on the platform. But the company promised to soon provide access to the eToro Wallet for a wider range of users, as well as add other coins.

We believe that crypto and the blockchain technology that underpins it will have a huge impact on global finance. Blockchain has the potential to revolutionise finance and we believe that we will see the greatest transfer of wealth ever onto the blockchain. We believe that in the future all assets will be tokenised and that crypto is just the first step on this journey. Just as eToro has opened up traditional markets for investors, we want to do the same in a tokenised world. The eToro wallet is a key part of this.
 

Yoni Assia

CEO, eToro

The app is already available for the Android and iOS operating systems. To use a mobile wallet, users must be verified on the platform.