Bitcoin News Mash-Up: Bitcoin Pioneer No More; BitPay’s New Partner; and More


Bitcoin News Mash-Up

Following are the major Bitcoin news of the day

Bitcoin Pioneer Hal Finney Passed Away
Yesterday, the Bitcoin community lost one of its pioneers with the death of Hal Finney. The 58-year old demised was the recipient of the world’s first Bitcoin transaction and was also the first identified Bitcoin developer after Satoshi Nakamoto. The late-figure had also credits of several important roles in boosting Bitcoin technology, some of them including his role as the second developer in the popular PGP system, contributor to the legendary mailing list ‘cypherpunks’, and creator of reusable proof-of-work system.

BitPay Now Partners with Demandware
BitPay recently signed a partnership deal with cloud e-commerce solutions provider Demandware, Inc. The Bitcoin payment processing platform will provide its services to Demandware, following which the latter’s customers will be able to pay using Bitcoin. Tom Griffin, Demandware Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, said:

“The integration of BitPay gives customers access to another innovative solution to respond effectively to changing consumer demands. Our users can now offer another payment option to further enhance the shopping experience of its customers.”

Lithuanian Airline Starts Accepting Bitcoin
The Lithuanian airline Air Lituanica began accepting Bitcoin. The airline company, which provides regional travel between various cities, including Paris, Amsterdam, Prague and Vilnius, announced on his official Twitter account that the cryptocurrency payment option can be used to purchase tickets for any flight. This news came in the addition of another renowned flight company Air Baltic which started accepting digital currency a month ago.

Canadian University Now Accepting Donations in Bitcoin
After a thorough evaluation period, the Simon Fraser University announced that it will take donations in Bitcoin for an India-based nonprofit which supports the victims of human trafficking. The university’s Bitcoin club president Mike Yeung further added:

“SFU is looking to be really innovative and really edgy, and bitcoin is one of those things that is perfect for that.”

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