Newsflash: Bitcoin Jumps Back to $3,900 Erasing Recent Losses

Bitcoin, the flagship cryptocurrency, has recently seen its price jump from a low of little under $3,700 to nearly $4,000 in about 30 minutes. What’s behind the cryptocurrency’s surge is currently unclear, but it is now at a high it hadn't seen since December 25.

According to CryptoCompare data, in the last 30 minutes the cryptocurrency has seen massive green candles that helped it recover from what was so far being a negative day to a day in which it’s already by 3%.

Bitcoin's price jumped to $3,900 out of the blue

The cryptocurrency started off by dropping from the $3,800 to about $3,650 in the last 24-hour period, but has since recovered to test the $4,000 mark, before its price came back down to the $3,900 mark.

While it’s unclear why the sudden jump, it’s worth noting development and adoption have been growing. As CryptoGlobe covered, its layer-two scaling solution, the Lightning Network (LN), has seen its mainnet capacity hit a 500 BTC capacity less than one year after being launched.

The number of cryptocurrency ATMs has also doubled to over 4,000 this year. According to available data, an average of 6 machines were installed per day, most of them in the United States.

On social media users are still trying to wrap their heads around the surge. Some, on the other hand, appear to be focusing on the cryptocurrency’s fundamentals.

As expected, most other top cryptocurrencies have also seen their trends reverse and have started surging. Notably most are currently outperforming bitcoin, as EOS, XRP, and TRX are all up nearly 4% in the last 24-hour period.

Ethereum’s ether, which has been recovering from a low of little over $80, is now trading at $134.4, after rising 7.3%. Bitcoin Cash, which earlier today was down by nearly 10%, has made a significant recovery and is currently up 5.4% to $171.8.

Litecoin, a cryptocurrency created as the silver to bitcoin’s gold, rose 7.8% to $32, while privacy-centric cryptocurrencies Zcash and monero rose 4.7% and 8.6% to trade at $62.7 and $51.3 respectively.

Switzerland's Largest Online Retailer is Now Accepting Cryptocurrency Payments

Digitec-Galaxus, Switzerland’s largest online retail company, has reportedly decided to start accepting bitcoin (BTC) payments.

Digitec and Galaxus customers can now pay for goods and services with bitcoin and a few other major cryptocurrencies. In addition to BTC, users can make payments in XRP, ETH, Litecoin (LTC), Tron (TRX), OmiseGo (OMG), and NEO.

Digitec and Galaxus’ online retail outlets will also be taking payments in Bitcoin “Satoshi Vision” SV (BSV), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Binance Coin (BNB). Commenting on the Swiss retailer’s decision to start accepting cryptos, Oliver Herren, the co-founder and CEO of Digitec, remarked: 

Cryptocurrencies are fascinating and could become a relevant means of payment in e-commerce. We would like to support this development. We wanted to do that for a long time.

Coinify Will Help Convert Crypto Transfers To Swiss Francs

Herren added that Digitec decided to take cryptocurrencies as payment because people may have invested in them and they may want to use them. “Or because you cannot turn them into real money [since] your bank does not accept it. Or maybe just because you ...  like to try new things,” Herren said.

According to Switzerland’s e-commerce giant, it wants to encourage millennials, who may be heavily invested in the blockchain space, to start using cryptocurrencies for practical purposes such as paying for everyday goods and services. Price volatility of cryptocurrencies may not be an issue as Digitec and Galaxus will immediately convert crypto payments to Swiss francs using Coinify’s services, a third-party payment processor.

At present, crypto payments are only available for Switzerland-based users, however the company has said that it might allow customers in other areas to pay with crypto if their initial effort is successful.

Danish Food Takeaway Outlet Accepts Bitcoin Payments For Its 1500 Restaurants

In December 2018, Hungry.dk, one of the largest online food portals in Denmark, started accepting Bitcoin again. The food takeaway company handles orders from more than 1,500 restaurants in Denmark and had been accepting BTC payments since 2014. However, it had decided to stop taking crypto payments in late 2017 due to very long transaction processing times.

A representative from Hungry.dk noted (last year): 

We have accepted Bitcoins as a payment method for quite some time. We decided to remove the feature temporarily last year though because the average transaction time took too long, and the experience wasn’t the best.