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Info on Accepting Bitcoin at Your Buisness

Currently through the Anypay App you’re able to accept Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Litecoin, Zcash, and Dogecoin.

Here is a tutorial on how you would use the Anypay app at your business:

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New Item: 3D Printed Chess Set

Come check out one of our newest items printed locally in the Seacoast area, and now sold at the Free State Bitcoin Shoppe.

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Dash Steals the Show on Bitcoin Pizza Day 2018 in Portsmouth

Well well well. The 8th Anniversary of the first-ever cryptocurrency purchase (10,000 Bitcoins for 2 Papa John’s pizzas in Jacksonville, Florida), and digital cash enthusiasts everywhere are celebrating by gathering to eat pizza and and spread their favorite money. Portsmouth, New Hampshire (aka “Bitcoin Village“) was no exception!

Bitcoin Pizza Day 2018 at STREET’Za in Portsmouth

Hometown favorite restaurant STREET’Za made it happen for us. They have been taking Bitcoin and a handful of other cryptocurrencies since they opened in 2017. Their sister restaurant STREET led the way for Portsmouth and the entire Seacoast region by being the first in town to accept the new currency. Their adventurism has paid off big-time, regularly drawing in new business from cryptocurrency lovers from out of town and even out of state.

Bitcoin Pizza Day 2018 at STREET’Za in Portsmouth

Even though the Boston Bitcoin Cash Meetup group just had an event there Saturday, a guy in Portland reached out to me and said the Portsmouth Bitcoin Network should have a meetup of its own on the official Bitcoin Pizza Day (May 22). We did, and it was excellent.

Bitcoin Pizza Day 2018 at STREET’Za in Portsmouth

Only 4 people RSVP’d to the event, but you never can tell with these things. Eleven people showed up! One attendee works for Coinbase in New York City. He received some playful ribbing. Another has a business setting up merchants to take cryptocurrency. A few asked for his card. One was finance professor at a local university researching ICOs. He asked about classes at the Blockchain Institute of Technology. Three were students home for the summer. They installed their first hot wallets on their phones and loaded them with some coins. Attendee ages ranged from 16 to 55, with the average probably around 30. The Boston Bitcoin Meetup the previous Saturday drew in 4 people total, one from Haverhill and one from Portland.

Bitcoin Pizza Day 2018 at STREET’Za in Portsmouth

The best part? Everyone used cryptocurrency to pay. Without exception. Some friendly nudging was offered when all but 2 attendees paid with Dash instead of Bitcoin. Rightly, these people were ridiculed. After all, we were there for Bitcoin Pizza Day. But then again, Dash has benefits over Bitcoin that make it more attractive for customers. First, transaction fees are lower. Much lower. Like 20 times lower. Those who paid with Bitcoin paid an extra twenty cents in fees on top of their payment compared with Dash’s fee of less than one cent.

Bitcoin Pizza Day 2018 at STREET’Za in Portsmouth

Not really a big deal, but then get this: Dash-Back. Because STREET’Za accepts their crypto using the Anypay digital cash register, their customers receive an instant rebate when they pay with Dash. In my case, I paid $12.50 for some chicken wings and received a dollar of Dash right back into my wallet. Not bad. All things being equal, when faced with the choice between two cryptocurrencies, using Dash makes a lot of sense if the merchant is using Anypay. Why not use the coin that pays you to use it instead of the one that you have to pay extra to use?

Here are some shots of folks enjoying and paying for their meals.

Bitcoin Pizza Day 2018 at STREET’Za in Portsmouth
Bitcoin Pizza Day 2018 at STREET’Za in Portsmouth

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Many of the attendees asked if they could pay the server’s tip with their crypto. The manager said yes and took the tips on his phone with the promise to pass them along to our server after setting her up with her own wallets, or paying her out in cash (whatever her preference). In the past, this has been a great way to introduce new people to crypto. They know it has real value because they can see it being used to buy things where they work.

Bitcoin Pizza Day 2018 at STREET’Za in Portsmouth

So…How was Bitcoin Pizza Day in your town? If it was uninspiring, consider moving to New Hampshire, the Crypto Capital of the World!

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Zero to Crypto in Three and a Half Minutes

Join Steven and Derrick as they teach Jared how to install the Anypay Application for his local business!

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Dash Core Contributor Darren Tapp Endorses Anypay Proposal on NeoCash Radio

Darren Tapp is a core developer of Dash, one of the major viable cryptocurrencies vying for the number one spot to replace the dollar and become digital cash used the world over. He has made several significant contributions to the codebase, and he hosts a regular podcast called NeoCash Radio where he discusses important events in the world of cryptocurrency. Recently on the show, he endorsed a particular Dash proposal — something he’s never done before.

Dash proposals can be written and submitted by anyone. It costs 5 Dash to submit the proposal, and you can request any amount of money in return for the goal you propose. The proposal is evaluated by the Dash Master Node network, and each Master Node gets a vote for or against (or abstain). Anypay made a proposal last month to expand its efforts to bring the best merchant point-of-sale app to the world — one that allows businesses to accept digital cash. You can already use Anypay today by going to Anypay.Global. It’s free and respects your privacy.

You can read the proposal here: https://dashcentral.org/p/anypay

Watch Darren’s landmark endorsement:

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Bitcoin for Organizations: One Vault, Many Keys

Steven Zeiler of Anypay.Global led an awesome group activity last night at the Satoshi Nakamoto Lecture Hall. The topic was multi-signature wallets: how to create them and how to spend from them. The lecture was 60 minutes long and was followed by another 60 minutes of hands-on application. Everyone left with the ability to lock up funds in a unique new type of digital vault: one where the contents can be known at all times, but whose contents can’t be spent without permission from a number of agreeing parties.

“Multi-sig” wallets are also called “M-of-N” wallets. That’s because the creator can specify each of the variables for M (number of keys required to unlock the vault) and N (total number of keys to the vault). A 5-of-7 wallet, for example, would be a wallet that contains 7 keys, of which 5 are required to spend funds.

Where is this applicable?

Say you have a charity organization of 7 people. You raise donations in Bitcoin. If you use a traditional wallet (with 1 private key), you have a problem. Anyone who wants to spend the organization’s money needs the private key. If you’re all sharing the same key, there’s no way to prevent one person from running away with all the money — and there would be no way to tell who did it.

This is a perfect scenario for a multi-sig wallet. Your organization could raise funds in a wallet that requires several of you to sign off on a transaction before funds are sent. Maybe you want to allow majority rule and make it a 4-of-7 wallet, so that even if others disagree on an expenditure, they can be outvoted. Or perhaps you want total consent before any funds are spent. In that case you could create a 7-of-7 wallet. Or maybe you just want anyone in the group to have the ability to spend the money, and you just want to all share access to the same wallet. In that case you can create a 1-of-7 wallet.

Multi-sig wallet addresses are an example of something called “pay-to-script hashes”. These are essentially little bits of code that the bitcoin network has special instructions on how to read. The code is then processed through an algorithm (hashed), and the output is a unique style of public address. You can recognize pay-to-script hashes by the first digit. BTC pay-to-script hashes begin with a 3 (standard BTC addresses begin with a 1). DASH pay-to-script hashes begin with a 7 (standard DASH addresses begin with an X). Look for this next time you make a payment — you’ll see it everywhere. Every time you use Shapeshift, you’re using a pay-to-script hash.

We learned several ways to sign the transactions securely with various degrees of privacy. To try it for yourself, attend the next lecture on this subject by joining the Portsmouth Bitcoin Network on Meetup.com.

Here are some pictures from the lecture:

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CNN Covers Free State Bitcoin Shoppe, DASH in Portsmouth New Hampshire aka Bitcoin Village

I still can’t believe it. I just watched this video by CNN about a New Hampshire man who is able to live his entire life on cryptocurrency. I’ve come close, but he’s got even me beat. Truly an impressive feat. To learn his secret, watch this video:

Amazing, Joël. Brilliantly done. You are welcome at the Free State Bitcoin Shoppe anytime! To level up your crypto game, attend the next Portsmouth Bitcoin Network meet up. Or if you’re super-serious, enroll in the Blockchain Institute of Technology.

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Another Victory for STREETZA – Leaders in Cryptocurrency Cuisine!

This week’s bitcoin meetup was awesome. Street’za is perfect for the occasion. 8 Seacoasters gathered to talk bitcoin, litecoin, cardano, and decentraland! 3 people who showed up for their first time came to get info about cryptocurrencies. They each installed an app called Dash Wallet onto their phones and left with cryptocurrency in their back pockets.

The staff was especially accommodating and kindly separated all of our checks (I know what a hassle that can be). The best part is: this allowed everyone to pay their bill with dash.

I learned about the latest with Decentraland: people can now claim their stake of land by converting the coin, called “Manna” into land on the platform’s 3-dimensional universe. Decentraland is the first and only ICO in which I tried to participate. Sitting curled tightly over my laptop, finger hovering over the trackpad ready to tap with fury the second the ICO went live, and — What’s this? — It’s over?

I didn’t make the land-grab in time. In 39 seconds, a group of people raised 86,260 ETH (approximately 25 million USD). And I had missed it. I tried, but I didn’t get to be part of the launch. The story is more complicated and worth looking into, but I just shrugged and moved on.

The guy who told me about it at one of these meetups months ago successfully got his manna and told me he had “converted it to land”! He said he claimed somewhere out in the boonies, but I think owning any land on a blockchain-based virtual reality platform is such an impressive expression of human imagination and engineering to own property anywhere on this digital new “Second Life”. The next meetup is at Dos Amigos in Portsmouth, Thursday, Jan 18. Please RSVP here so that we can save a seat for you! It’s an important part of these meetups to be good  cryptocurrency ambassadors, so we always pay with cash or cryptocurrency. No cards. And bring a tip for the establishment for letting us crowd their space for a little while.

 

 

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Beloved French Pastry Shop and Cafe in Downtown Portsmouth Starts Taking Dash, Bitcoin Cash

Good news everyone! If you love tasty crepes, creamy cappuccinos, or sweet pastries, our friends at La Maison Navarre will gladly accept payment in cryptocurrency as well as traditional money. The popular French pastry shop and cafe in downtown Bitcoin Village uses Anypay as their point-of-sale. It’s a free app developed by locals that helps you safely and easily take multiple cryptocurrencies on any device. They didn’t have to change out hardware or buy any special equipment.

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Portsmouth Optometrists See Clear Advantage to Bitcoin

As of today, Lens Doctors in Portsmouth began accepting the popular cryptocurrencies bitcoin and dash for payment eye exams, contact lenses, sunglasses, corrective lenses, and eyewear accessories. This is great news for Seacoast residents, many of whom intentionally seek out businesses who accept the digital currencies. Until today, there were no eye doctors offering this necessary for bitcoin — perhaps anywhere in the world!

Lens Doctors has 4 locations in New Hampshire: Manchester, Plaistow, Dover, and Portsmouth

Crypto-users on the Seacoast will likely recognize the locally-produced free point-of-sale Anypay when they buy their next pair of lenses!