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Payment Processor Block Introduces Self-Custody Bitcoin Wallet

Jack Dorsey, founder of Block Inc., recently introduced a self-custodial wallet for Bitcoin investors. He noted that the investors will be able to use the recovery feature without a seed phrase. Block Inc. is a financial payment processing application that enables Bitcoin transactions.

The wallet app is called Bitkey which announced recently that users can download the application on their mobile or hardware devices.

Features of Bitkey

The application is available in 95 nations around the world. This custodial application has a 2 of 3 multi-signature wallets that require a mobile key, a hardware key, and a server key. This is a secure hardware device that contains recovery tools.

The users can log in using fingerprint scanning and phone codes to confirm a transaction. Coinbase and Cash App have added Bitkey as a custodial services provider becoming the first two international clients.

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Bitkey Allows Investors to Store their Crypto Reserves in a Secure Manner

Bitkey uses three types of keys mentioned above to store Bitcoin. In order to log-in or access the account, the users need to input any 2 out of 3 keys. In this manner, users can make Bitcoin transfers and commence the recovery process or adjust security settings.

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The app further noted that since Bitkey has access to only one private key therefore the administrators of the custodial application cannot move or access customer funds without their knowledge or approval.

The user can start with the basic service package priced at $150 inclusive of shipping and taxes. It is important to note that it is a hardware wallet option including an application-based interface. The product is available for pre-order sales and another rollout is set to take place in 2024.

Block recorded around $5.62 billion in revenue during the third quarter of 2023. The revenue was generated from the payment services provider product named Cash App and Square. At the same time, the company added $44 million in profits from its Bitcoin investments after BTC price recovery.

New Developments in the DeFi Sector

Kamen Trendafilov is the co-founder and CEO of DeFi lending protocol called Nolus. Speaking to the journalists, the executive recently talked about development and progress of DeFi sector.

He noted that the DeFi stakeholders foresee increased regulatory intervention and compliance in DeFi sector. He also identified institutional adoption of DeFi products and services as the second biggest trend in the industry.

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At the same time, he noted that scams and security innovations are one of the core focuses of DeFi firms. In response to a question from the reporters, Trendafilov highlighted the importance of scalability and interoperability as areas where the largest amount of development and upgrades are anticipated. He also noted that faster, cheaper, and integrated transactions are going to be one of the main reasons for major capital inflow in DeFi sector.


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Hassan Mehmood (Saudi Arabia)

Hassan is currently working as a news reporter for Tokenhell. He is a professional content writer with 2 years of experience. He has a degree in journalism.

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