Twitch and Wikipedia now accepting Bitcoin, and the Dogecoin community burger McShibe did not make it to the stores. Here are the cryptocurrency highlights of week 31:
- Just one week after Google acquired Twitch.tv the game-streaming has now started accepting Bitcoin payments. To this purpose, Twitch has partnered with Xsolla. Xsolla is a payment services company and offers Bitcoin support via Coinbase.
- The Wikimedia Foundation has also partnered with Coinbase. Wikipedia, “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit,” will now accept Bitcoin donations. Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales already set up a personal Coinbase account in March, and announced on Reddit that he was “planning to re-open the conversation with the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Directors at our next meeting (and before, by email) about whether Wikimedia should accept Bitcoin.”
- On the other hand, it was revealed that whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks managed to stay afloat thanks to “strategic [early] investments” in Bitcoin. In a new books, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange writes that these grew by more than 8,000 percent. For almost three years, the website faced multiple banking blockades by VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, the Bank of America and Western Union.
- Even though many adults do not understand Bitcoin, a new wave of educational apps is focusing on teaching children anything about cryptocurrencies. “The Bitcoin Alphabet” is one of these apps, which explains key concepts about Bitcoin through cartoons and illustrations. As mentioned in the description, the app is also suitable for adults.
- The McShibe will not be sold at McDolands. The McShibe was created by the Dogecoin community to participate in the My Burger competition in the United Kingdom. The burger managed to make it to the final twelve, but failed to push through to the top five. The McShibe was not the first Dogecoin community submission, but the McDogecoin was removed from the competition in an earlier attempt.