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Bitcoin and cryptocurrency roundup: 29 January 2018

Posted: 29 January 2018 7:30 pm

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What's on?

Retailers are catching the crypto bug, Ethereum excites analysts and CoinCheck prepares for payback time.

Plus, POLipay's back on the menu at CoinSpot and the weekly price analysis.

1. #PayWithCrypto

The hashtag #PayWithCrypto has been gaining steam lately, and like most hashtags probably didn't accomplish much.

But it can still feel good about itself, because more retailers are unleashing the cryptocurrency checkouts that they've planning for a while.

Via Australian company TravebyBit, travellers can now spend their crypto at Brisbane airport terminal and via themselves, Korean crypto exchange Bithumb and online retailer WeMakePrices reveal plans to accept 12 different cryptocurrencies as payment.

2. All dressed up and one place to go

It's hard to say exactly why a coin's value is going up.

It's especially hard when there are at least five possible reasons, but one of them pretty much invalidates all the rest. This is where Ethereum's at today.

3. CoinCheck checks coins, CoinCheck customers cash CoinCheck cheque.

History was made recently with the largest ever cryptocurrency heist, of over half a billion dollars worth of crypto stolen from Japan's CoinCheck exchange. Clearly the thieves have a yen for the finer things in life.

CoinCheck has since announced that it will be refunding its customers in full at a set price for the stolen tokens.

4. POLi want a coin?

Now POLipay enthusiasts can get their beaks back into crypto at CoinSpot.

CoinSpot is one of Australia's more popular exchanges, probably due to its intimidatingly comprehensive range of currencies, but AUD was noticeably absent for a while.

5. Price analysis

There eventually comes a time to reflect on the past and look at the future. That time might come more frequently for cryptocurrency speculators.

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