Coinbase Commerce Now Lets Merchants Accept USD Coin (USDC)

On Monday (May 20), Coinbase announced that "Coinbase Commerce", which provides non-custodial cryptocurrency payment solutions, now allows businesses to accept fully dollar-collateralized stablecoin USDC.

History of USDC

As CryptoGlobe reported on 26 September 2018, "USDC Coin" (USDC for short) was launched on that day by Goldman-funded FinTech startup Circle Internet Financial (better known as "Circle"). This is a regulated fully-collateralized dollar-backed stablecoin that was originally announced on 16 May 2018. USDC is based on an open source fiat stablecoin framework developed and governed by the CENTRE project.

Circle said at the time that the problems with existing fiat-backed solutions (such as Tether's USDT) were that they "have lacked financial and operational transparency, have operated in unregulated jurisdictions with unknown banking and audit partners, and have been built as closed-loop ecosystems and closed proprietary technologies."

In contrast, Circle's USDC stablecoin deals with these issues by "providing detailed financial and operational transparency" and "operating within the regulated framework of US money transmission laws, reinforced by established banking partners and auditors." USDC tokens are ERC-20 compatible (meaning that they run on the Ethereum blockchain); they are minted, issued, and burnt/redeemed based on network rules defined by CENTRE. 

Coinbase's Previous Involvement With USDC

On 23 October 2018, Circle announced that Coinbase (another member of the CENTRE consortium) was making USDC available to its customers on Coinbase Consumer and Coinbase Pro, and that customers could "tokenize dollars into USDC and redeem USDC into dollars through both Circle and Coinbase."

Then, on May 14, Coinbase said via a blog post titled "Expanding USDC crypto trading globally" that:

  • It was making USDC trading available on Coinbase Consumer and Coinbase Pro in 85 countries.

  • It was doing this to help "accelerate the global adoption of crypto trading" and to provide wider access to "a stable store of value."

  • There are more than 300 million USDC tokens currently in circulation today, and that USDC is supported by 100+ ecosystem partners.

  • Stablecoins "have the potential to materially improve the lives of people in countries where inflation is eroding wealth." 

  • Coinbase serves customers in 103 jurisdictions.

Coinbase Commerce and USDC

Coinbase Commerce was launched on 14 February 2018. Coinbase described Coinbase Commerce as a new service that "enables merchants to accept multiple cryptocurrencies directly into a user-controlled wallet," and that in contrast to its previous merchant products, it was "not a hosted service, so merchants have full control of their own digital currency." Four cryptocurrencies were supported back then: Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ether (ETH), and Litecoin (LTC).

Coinbase Commerce can be "directly integrated into a merchant’s checkout flow or added as a payment option on an e-commerce platform." Initially, the only e-commerce platform supported was Shopify, but on 6 August 2018, support for WooCommerce was added.

Yesterday's blog post said that now Coinbase Commerce has added support for stablecoin USDC, thereby allowing "businesses to accept payments online in the same way they’re able to accept cash in-store." 

Here are a few things to note about Coinbase Commerce:

  • "Coinbase Commerce doesn’t charge any fees to process payments."
  • "Coinbase Commerce accounts are completely separate from Coinbase accounts."
  • "You can use the withdraw functionality to send cryptocurrency to an address associated with your Coinbase account."

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TRON’s Justin Sun Giving Away $1.2 Million for UBI, 50,000 TRX to Telegram Group

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  • TRON's Justin Sun is supporting US presidential candidate Andrew Yang's UBI by giving $1.2 million to 100 people in 2020.
  • Sun and the TRON Foundation also announced a 50,000 TRX ($75K) giveaway through the official TRON telegram group.

TRON founder Justin Sun has announced that he will be giving away $1.2 million to 100 people next year to support U.S. presidential hopeful Andrew Yang’s universal basic income (UBI) program, in addition to kicking off a 50,000 TRX ($75K) giveaway for users of the cryptocurrency’s Telegram group. 

Sun Supporting Andrew Yang’s UBI

Sun, who paid $4.6 million earlier in the year to host a charity lunch with Warren Buffett, has now pledged to give $1.2 million to 100 people in 2020. TRON's founder also announced that one of the 100 selected for the giveaway will be invited to his charity lunch, which was originally postponed after Sun came down with kidney stones. 

Sun has asked U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang for assistance in the selection process. Yang, who has a background in entrepreneurship, has built his campaign upon the idea of universal basic income (UBI), which would guarantee U.S. citizens a monthly stipend. In addition to championing the idea on the campaign trail, Yang has pledged to distribute $1,000 per month to 10 people for the next year. 

Sun has taken the movement a step forward, by pledging to support 100 people at $1000 per month for the entirety of 2020.

TRX Telegram Giveaway

In addition to promoting UBI and Andrew Yang’s cause, Sun also announced the start of a 50,000 TRX giveaway, worth $75K, for community members using TRON's telegram channel. According to tweets published by Sun and the TRON Foundation on Sept. 16, TRON supporters can gain TRX by joining and inviting others to the coin’s official Telegram group. 

In order to qualify for the promotion, users will need to engage in a conversation with the @TRONEnBot through the telegram application. From there, the TRX payout will be tied to the number of invited users who join the Telegram group. The first and second place prize are worth 5000 and 2500 TRX, respectively, with the remaining 32,500 TRX being split among the rest of users.

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