We’ve rounded up the latest crypto news for this month's Cryptie. Have you heard about Ethereum's Merge? If not, we've got a quick breakdown of why you need to get excited about Ethereum's most significant update since 2015. And while crypto is down, we have plenty of articles about the increase in retailers' adoption of crypto. Here at BitPay, we are always excited to share the newest merchants accepting crypto.

In This Issue:

BitPay in the Spotlight

This month we are excited to share our latest spotlights. Retailers, including major retailers and specific industries, are still rapidly adopting crypto as a payment option for customers. Check it out:

Other Industry News

The crypto world continues to be abuzz with new and exciting news. Check out some of the latest happenings:

BitPay Bids Welcome to New Businesses

BitPay Bids Welcome to New Merchants

Welcome to BitPay and the crypto world! Here is a curated list of new merchants accepting crypto:

  • Centri - Financial, accounting, and advisory consulting services firm
  • Hublot - Swiss Watch Maker
  • Panini America - a global leader in officially licensed NFT sports trading cards
  • Printful - on-demand printing and fulfillment of custom designs online
  • The Boring Company - Elon Musk’s tunnel construction firm
  • Vueling - Spanish airline belonging to the International Consolidated Airlines Group

Search the BitPay Merchant Directory for even more merchants accepting crypto!

BitPay Merchant Spotlight: Hublot

Hublot now accepts crypto with BitPay 

Hublot is making headlines with its announcement that consumers can buy their luxury watches with crypto. Along with the announcement of accepting crypto, you can shop their new limited edition watches, Big Bang Unico. Only 200 of these watches with be available for purchase on their website.

Learn more on how you can shop with Hublot!

Merchant Shout Outs

We love to celebrate our merchants and their impact on the crypto world. Check out this month's spotlights:

  • The purpose-built platform for news distribution, News Direct, proudly displays the BitPay Payment logo on its website, so customers know they can pay with crypto.
  • Shop.com now allows customers to redeem Bitcoin in their rewards program. Simply shop on their website and earn Bitcoin.

Word of the Month: Staking

Certain cryptos allow investors to stake their crypto, which can be considered a way to earn rewards. Cryptocurrencies using Proof-of-Stake (PoS) use your staked crypto to validate more secure and energy-efficient transactions. The cryptocurrencies that allow staking use it in various ways, complex or simple. Ethereum, the second largest crypto has recently seen a surge, which is most likely due to their upcoming Merge. This Merge will move them from Proof-of-Work to Proof-of-Stake and anyone with 32 ETF can become a validator. Learn more about the Merge.

Product Spotlight: BitPay Extension

The BitPay Extension is our free service that allows consumers to shop anytime, anywhere with your crypto. You can shop for brands like DoorDash, Delta, and Uber Eats. This Chrome Extension makes it easier for consumers to shop with crypto instantly at hundreds of brands with BitPay's new browser extension, and adds an additional benefit to our BitPay merchants! Learn more about the BitPay Extension now.

BitPay Extension

Marketing Spotlight: Panini America

Marketing Spotlight: Panini America

Panini America, the top global publisher of trading cards, stickers, comics, and children’s magazines, has launched its newest NFT Project, Donruss Optic. You can load your Panini wallet, backed by BitPay, using crypto to buy the Donruss Optic NFTs.

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Did You Know? Ethereum’s Merge

Etherium's Merge will Likely Reduce Environmental Impact: Here’s How

Ethereum's Merge | Image Source: https://ethereum.org/en/upgrades/merge/

Ethereum’s Merge will transition from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS). Currently, proof-of-work requires miners to use substantial power to validate transactions through complex puzzles, but now with proof-of-stake, validators will stake capital in their ether in a smart contract. Not only will the Merge reduce environmental impact, but it will also increase security. Anyone with 32 ETH can become a validator.

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Pacaso Home of The Month: Allure

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