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Coinbase launches Bitcoin [BTC], Ethereum [ETH], and Litecoin [LTC] direct conversion feature

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Coinbase launches Bitcoin [BTC], Ethereum [ETH], and Litecoin [LTC] direct conversion feature
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The end of the year has resulted in a lot of cryptocurrency companies and organizations offering updates and new developments to strengthen their market position. Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in terms of users, has been on a roll this December with their 12 days of Christmas program.

The latest addition to the program is Coinbase’s initiative to bring in direct cryptocurrency conversions on the platform. The company’s official blog had stated:

“As a crypto-first company, it’s important that we build features that let people take advantage of the unique attributes of cryptocurrency. That’s why we’re beginning to roll out a new feature called Convert, which customers can use to convert one cryptocurrency into another.”

The Brian Armstrong-led company has said that in the beginning, customers will only convert between Bitcoin [BTC], Ethereum [ETH], Ethereum Classic [ETC], Litecoin [LTC], 0x and Bitcoin Cash [BCH]. Users of the feature will be able to conduct conversions on the company’s website as well as the official applications provided on Android and iOS.

The feature is provided so that conversions can be done in just one transaction rather than two. Coinbase said:



“For example, you could directly convert Bitcoin to Ethereum (a Digital Currency Conversion), or you could sell Bitcoin and then purchase Ethereum (a Digital Currency Sale followed by a Digital Currency Purchase).”

Coinbase has revealed that they will charge one percent of the total transaction amount, which can differ depending on the market fluctuations in the price of the cryptocurrencies. The organization has gone ahead and stated that the new conversion feature will be launched in 34 countries soon. The blog also said:

“By focusing on ease of use, and designing for simplicity, we’ve tried to make crypto more accessible to everyone. This latest feature that allows customers to convert from one crypto directly into another is a natural progression of this journey.”

The other major feature launched by Coinbase that caused a lot of furor is the free PayPal withdrawals. The news had split the community as a lot of the users’ PayPal accounts were frozen without any notice or warning, with some accounts even being blocked for a massive 180 days. Irish Girl  Cryptocurrency, a Twitter user had said:

“Paypal was linked with you before I was click baited into making account after reading you could use paypal! It was only for withdraws This is the reason I tried selling crypto on #Paypal which they banned me for life before Chrismas last year! No warning, no appeal, Frozen $$$”

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76497|Tron-based USDT: Huobi Global, OKEx and Gate.io announce support for new TRC-20-based Tether

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Tron Foundation’s relentless push for mass adoption received a major boost recently when Justin Sun, the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, announced their partnership with Tether [USDT] to create new stablecoin. The partnership would essentially bring USDT on the Tron blockchain, making transactions faster and free-of-cost, while also improving the use-cases of the stablecoin.

Three major exchanges have now announced support for the Tron-based version of Tether, further bolstering its position in the market. Singapore-based exchange Huobi Global, Malta-based exchange OKEx, and Gate.io, a blockchain assets exchange platform, announced in separate press releases that they will be supporting the new version of Tether.

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The TRX-USDT partnership was announced in early March in an effort to bring in a TRC-20-based USDT into the crypto-market. The ‘improved’ coin would stick to the technical token standards maintained by the Tron blockchain and would be interoperable with all Tron-based DApps and protocols.

In their respective press releases, Huobi Global and OKEx stated that the decision was fueled by strong user demand for inclusion of a full-spectrum of stablecoin trading. The exchanges also made it clear that there would now be three different protocol versions of USDT on their platforms: the Bitcoin network-based USDT-Omni, Ethereum-powered USDT-ERC-20, and the new USDT-Tron.

Though the exchanges are some of the world’s largest in terms of trading volume, Tron Foundation had earlier said that the TRX-USDT version was made primarily for Tron-powered Decentralized Exchanges [DEX].



Recently, Tron Foundation also announced an incentive scheme exclusively for TRX-USDT holders. The $20-million incentive plan included the addition of a 20% initial Annual Percentage Rate [APR] for holding the cryptocurrency, which was significantly higher than its prime competition, the USDT-Omni. The plan also announced a scheme spanning over 100 days where USDT-TRX holders would be rewarded more USDT-TRX.

Tron’s DApp program and BitTorrent Token [BTT] launch also saw huge success this year, leading to a temporary surge in the token’s price before a bearish market ensued. On March 17, TRX registered a transaction volume that was five times more than the cumulative transaction volume of its closest competitors ETH and EOS. The transaction volume during this move was recorded to be over $100 million.

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76476|DigiByte [DGB] soars by 9.7% as online movement for Coinbase addition gains momentum

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DigiByte [DGB] soars by 9.7% as online movement for Coinbase addition gains momentum
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The cryptocurrency market was punctuated by several altcoin surges this week, with Tezos and Ontology leading the charge. The latest entrant to ride the bull wave was DigiByte, the 35th ranked cryptocurrency on CoinMarketCap. It climbed up the charts to become the biggest gainer in the top 50.

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At press time, DigiByte [DGB] was trading at $0.015, and was rising by 9.72%. The cryptocurrency held a total market cap of $169.073 million with a 24-hour trade volume of $3.091 million. A majority of the trade volume was split between BiteBTC and Bittrex, two popular cryptocurrency exchanges. BiteBTC recorded DigiByte transactions worth $1.156 million, while Bittrex recorded $315,308 worth of DGB trade.

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The 24-hour chart showed the cryptocurrency’s value shooting up, before settling into sideways movement. DGB’s value surged from $0.0126 to $0.0144, in under an hour. It was speculated by many online that the addition of DigiByte on Magnum Wallet, and its latest release, the Magnum Notifier Bot, was what sparked the DigiByte surge. The bot is a free-to-use Telegram bot which notifies the user when the connected wallet participates in any transactions. The bot also gives DGB holders all transaction related information.



DigiByte was also helped by its community starting a new online campaign requesting Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong to add DGB to its fold. Frederik Bf67, a Twitter user, and a DigiByte fan tweeted:

“Hello Brian, i would love to see @coinbase adding @DigiByteCoin to it’s platform. You know #DGB has been around for a long time and has proven itself over time to be a highly secure and fast blockchain with exellent use cases suported by thousands of people on every continent.”

Another DigiByte fan, Mark Brown replied on the same thread saying,

“Tell that to @barrysilbert , he’s the one to talk to brother 😏

@brian_armstrong and @AsiffHirji can do so much. It’s out of their hands.

I’ve even helped pass along a petition and nothing. I’ve gotten over 10k signatures to have #dgb added to #coinbase and nothing.”

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