AUG 19 DIGEST: First Bitcoin Block in Support of Bitcoin XT Mined; BTC Price Plunges Over 13% to 2-Month Low

The first Bitcoin block in support of Bitcoin XT has been mined by Slush Pool; the bitcoin price has plunged over 13% and more top stories for August 19.

First Bitcoin Block in Support of Bitcoin XT Mined

The first Bitcoin block in support of Bitcoin XT has been mined by Slush Pool. As indicted by its version number, the Bitcoin block effectively constitutes a vote for a network wide switch to Bitcoin XT in order to allow for bigger blocks. Once 750 of the newest 1000 blocks on the Bitcoin blockchain are mined with a similar message, Bitcoin XT will switch to allow 8 MB blocks, a number that should double every other year. At press time, this block remains the only block mined in favor of Bitcoin XT.

Bitcoin Price Plunges over 13% to 2-Month Low

The bitcoin price has plunged by more than 13% to US$221, its lowest price since June 5 and within striking distance of 4-month lows. The drop was the steepest for bitcoin since February. The bulk of the losses took place during a “flash crash” lasting less than an hour. At least partially to blame was a larger flash crash on Bitfinex, where prices plummeted to US$162, a loss of 35%, during the period.

Greece to Receive 1,000 Bitcoin ATMs as Trust in Banks ‘Long Gone’

Bitcoin service provider and exchange Cubits has partnered with Greek bitcoin exchange BTCGreece to install 1,000 bitcoin ATMs and help small and medium sized businesses move money.

BTCGreece founder Thanos Marinos told Cointelegraph:

“We are creating the ecosystem of bitcoin and blockchain solutions in the Greek market […] That will include the rollout of 1,000 ATMs and solutions for the e-commerce and tourism industry. Partnering with best of breed companies in the bitcoin space will enable us to provide the Greeks with solutions that will ease the difficulties of the capital controls.”

Greece to Receive 1,000 Bitcoin ATMs as Trust in Banks ‘Long Gone’

Bitnet & PAY.ON Partner to Enable Simplified Bitcoin Acceptance for Payment Providers

Bitcoin payments processor Bitnet and PAY.ON, a global provider of payment gateway solutions, have announced a partnership that will enable payment service providers to offer bitcoin as a payment method via PAY.ON’s RESTful API-based payment platform.

Markus Rinderer, PAY.ON CEO and founder, said:

“Enabling cross-border e-commerce has always been a core part of PAY.ON’s offering, so we are delighted to be partnering with Bitnet to further strengthen the global payment options available