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Bitcoin users smash their iPhones after Apple bans Blockchain from App Store

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iPhone users are smashing their devices in protest of Apple's anti-Bitcoin policies

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With 244 million active accounts in 2018, PayPal is one of the most popular payment processing tools out there. PayPal has lots of limitations that slow down the process of running the business and high fees. Here's a list of PayPal Alternatives for Startups

PayPal is a well-known solution for companies looking to accept payments worldwide, manage their finances, and send invoices. With 244 million active accounts in 2018, PayPal is one of the most popular payment processing tools out there.
More and more companies are looking for PayPal alternatives these days since this company has lots of limitations that slow down the process of running the business.
When it comes to choosing the proper payment solution, you need to pay attention to the fees, data security, and customer service.
For those of you who are looking for Paypal replacements or want to know other flexible solutions, in this list, we have put together 32 great Paypal alternatives that work for startups.


Payoneer is the first option that crosses my mind when it comes to Paypal alternatives. Payoneer allows you to send money using a debit card, credit card, and ACH payments. It is fast, – the payments can be completed in just 2 hours.
Pricing: Processing fee starts at 3%


Skrill has a clean, user-friendly interface. It offers you a prepaid debit card. The fees may be the same as Paypal, but it makes international payments easier since the payments can be sent to the debit card at once. After that, you can use your debit card to withdraw money using an ATM.
Pricing: Receiving money into your Skrill account is free. Send payment for only 1.45% fee. Withdraw funds with 7.50 % fee.


Transferwise is a much faster and cheaper solution for international transfers. You can send and receive money on their service without borders. It merely works: clients pay in their currency, and you get the payment right on your bank account within a few hours in the currency of your country. You need to share your phone number and last four digits of your credit card to receive money.
Pricing: You need to pay a difference in exchange rates and small Transferwise fee.


Selz is a tool that will help you to create your online store or sell goods on social media. It is not a payment system, but an online store builder with ‘drag and drop’ feature and more. Besides that, you can integrate your payment gateway with Selz without other external services. They offer automatic Tax Invoices for your customers.
Pricing: 2% transaction fee; 2.9% + 30¢ processing fee¹

Google Pay

Using Google Pay, your clients can make purchases using your website and app. You can enable shopping across devices to reduce missed conversions and forgotten passwords. This is one of the best options for store owners. It takes a second to get or receive a payment.
Pricing: Google Pay has no fees for using debit cards or making bank transfers, though you have to pay a 2.9% fee for credit cards.


2checkout is another perfect Paypal alternative tool. It’s all about accepting payments globally. The commission in the USA is almost the same as Paypal, but when it comes to receiving payment from other countries, they offer better rates. It allows you to sell any product abroad.
Pricing: 2SUBSCRIBE pricing plan requires 4.5% + $0.45 per successful sale. 2SELL requires 3.5% + $0.35 per successful sale.


Stripe is a global startup company with a 19% market share. Companies of any type and size use the service to accept payments and manage their business needs. Developers love this service for Stripe’s API that allows quickly add a payment method to a website.
Pricing: 2.9% + 30¢ per successful card charge


Wepay features not only excellent customer support but also a virtual terminal that allows you to make purchases online without leaving the website. The company was established in 2008.
Pricing: 2.9 percent + $0.30 per credit card payment; 1 percent + $0.30 per bank transfer.


Quickbooks or Intuit is a popular useful tool for small business owners who need help with their finances. It gives you an ability to accept payments both in-person and online. Besides, it can help you to pay taxes, manage salaries, and file payroll tax forms.
Pricing: 2.4 percent + $0.25 per swiped, tapped or dipped transaction; 3.4 percent + $0.25 per keyed transaction


ProPay was built in 1997. It provides similar features as PayPal, along with the ability to send and receive payments worldwide. For those who are doing transactions in person, you can use ProPay JAK. It is a mobile phone credit card reader that process cards in real time.
Pricing: Pricing depends on the type of transaction and card you have.

Shopify Payments

For those of you who sell products and services with Shopify, you need to get a closer look at their in-built service called Shopify Payments. It gives you low processing fees, allows you to accept payments using different cards (Visa, Discover, Mastercard, and American Express), and have all your data at one place.
Pricing: Online credit card rates 2.9% + 30¢. In-person credit card rates 2.7% + 0¢.

Amazon Pay

Amazon Pay if the first tool for letting people checkout at your online store. It features an account with user login where all information is stored. It makes the process faster and smoother than with regular shopping cart.
Pricing: The fees start with 2.9 percent+ 30¢ per transaction


Dwolla is another tool similar to Paypal. Just like Paypal, it allows you to send and receive payments from individuals and companies. Their main specialization is ACH bank transfers, so that bank transfers are super secure. But the main disadvantage is that you can’t create an account with Dwolla outside of the US.
Pricing: The transaction fee is only $0.25.


This tool will come in handy for e-commerce store owners because it offers web and mobile payments. You can store credit cards with Braintree just like Google Pay. Paypal runs this company, but it still provides more advanced list of features and better customer support.
Pricing: 2.9% + $.30 per transaction.


This tool will help you to manage payrolls. With Square, your employees can clock in and out of work and set up direct deposits. Besides, Square grants small business loans that you can pay back with a percentage of daily sales.
Pricing: 2.9 percent fee + $0.30 per transaction


With Payza you can accept payments using a credit card and bank account. Moreover, the tool also works with cryptocurrency.
Pricing: 1.99 percent + $0.25 per transaction


Venmo is famous for its feature to send cash to friends. When you create an account on Venmo, it offers you to make a list of friends. After that, it is way easier to send money to people from this list. The business can use it for the checkout process.
Pricing: It’s free to send or receive money from a linked bank account. Electronic withdrawal (standard or Instant) from $0 or 1%* (min. $0.25). $2.50 for out-of-network ATM withdraw.


Payline offers you straightforward, transparent, and flexible payment processing experience. It is a useful service for store owners – you can use it whether you’re in-store, mobile, or online.
Pricing: Swiping in person: 0.2% ($0.10 per transaction | $10 per month)


Click2sell is a reliable Paypal alternative that offers almost all the same features. It accepts Paypal, Skrill, and credit card payments. The main difference is that they have potent reports and affiliate tracking.
Pricing: Depending on your plan, $1.50 + 7 percent per direct sale or $1 per transaction up to $19.99


Klarna is a service that offers its customers ‘pay later’ feature. It means you can purchase goods online and pay with Klarna. Then, you have from 14 up to 30 days after delivery to pay them back interest-free.
Pricing: Free for up to one month


Merchant claim to be a hassle-free payment processing company that gives you more control over your funds than Paypal. They allow a grace period that can help you to resolve disputes rather than freeze your account, just like Paypal usually does.
Pricing: Processing fees start at 1.99 percent + $0.25 per transaction


Another perfect payment solution for global companies. Wirecard works with over 100 transaction currencies and 200 payment networks that gives you almost complete freedom. With this tool, you can do in-store payments, mobile payments, value-added services, and much more.
Pricing: The pricing is available upon request


BlueSnap allows you to add payment methods to your websites, stores, and apps. Your customers can make purchases with credit cards, bank accounts, or similar online payment systems.
Pricing: 3.90% + $0.30 or you can develop a personal pricing plan.


Whether you use terminal, online, or point-of-sale with Worldpay, it does not matter. They provide EMV chip card payments and also alternative payment options in the situations when your customer has no card.
Pricing: Pricing is available upon request


FastSpring is an e-commerce platform for software and Saas companies. With this service, you can easily enable payments online or in an app. You can make popup checkout for clients, personalized shopping experience and more.
Pricing: Pricing is available upon request


Viewpost is a full-featured payment and billing solution that will be suitable for both single freelancer and huge enterprise company. You can view payment history in your account and keep track of all transactions.
Pricing: $14.99/month plus transaction fees


Authorize has over 43,000 merchants and handles more than one billion transactions per year. This is a big company that accepts credit card and electronic payments in person, or over the phone.
Pricing: No setup fee, free monthly gateway, 2.9% + 0.30 cents per transaction


Send, receive or request money online with Popmoney. The process is transparent and straightforward: cash moves from one bank account to another without any middle accounts.
Pricing: Flat $0.95 per transaction to use it here at


Without setup or cancellation fees, Charge is a good credit card processing platform. It enables you to accept payments online and in stores.
Pricing: Merchant Account Application Fee and Web Shopping Cart are free.


If you have SaaS or e-commerce businesses, you need to take a closer look at Paylane. This tool allows you to accept payments in various currencies and formats. Smashing Magazine and The Next Web use it.
Pricing: 2.8% + 0.25 EUR and 0 for Paypal


Coinbase is a cryptocurrency trading platform that allows the business to get Bitcoin transfers. If your client is familiar with cryptocurrency, they can easily send your payment to your Bitcoin wallet. Then, you can merely convert this amount into your local currency, or transfer to another payment service. But remember about exchange rates.
Pricing: Pricing varies depending on the cryptocurrency

Apple Pay

All iPhone users can get the advantage of using Apple Pay to transfer money. Previously, I used it only to pay products in stores without a card. When a person sends you cash, it stores automatically in your Apple Wallet. You can spend it using Apply Pay or transfer on your bank account within 1-3 business days.
Pricing: It charges the banks as a rebate for every transaction. No fee for merchants.
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The SmartMesh Ecosystem Fulfills the Internet’s Original Purpose

The Internet We Deserve
The SmartMesh Ecosystem Fulfills the Internet's Original Purpose
Recently Tim Berners-Lee, the man credited with the very creation of the Internet, wrote an open letter to the world marking its 29th anniversary. In this letter (published here on The Guardian) Mr. Berners-Lee advocates for a large-scale recalibration and expansion of the internet, the cyber-phenomenon that defines the 21st Century's modern digital infrastructure.
His invention is the most smashing technological success in recorded history. No tangible innovation has scaled so far and wide, with such speed and agility, spawning with it not just an industry, but a fleet of industries, destroying as many as it created, and profoundly altering still as many. But the web is only an adolescent leviathan. It must be disciplined as well as encouraged, lest it go down the wrong path.
Nearly 4 billion people live without access to the internet. There are numerous regions on earth where empty hands are as ubiquitous as iPhones and Androids in Silicon Valley. But what are those without access missing?
On one hand they are ducking ever-pounding waves of scams, hacks, pestilent advertisements, and an endless stream of gibberish posted by a generation beset with Attention Deficit Disorder. Even more insidious is the fact that behemoth corporations have come to control massive swaths of traffic funneled through their web services like Twitter, Facebook and Google and they suck up any competition with hostile acquisitions.
But on the other hand, they are lacking a quintessential toolbox that can grant them inroads to commerce, communication, safety, training and education, not to mention entertainment and an overall broadening of horizons.
This bi-polar set of conditions provides the basis for the two questions Mr. Berners-Lee poses:
"How do we get the other half of the world connected?"
"Are we sure the rest of the world wants to connect to the web we have today?"
These questions are sober and to the point. They beg a third: Can we open the digital doors to the underprivileged masses without selling them out? The answer, is yes. There is a parallel internet underway, one that is at once agile, scalable, and easily deployable. But it is also decentralized, impartial to the world wide web, autonomous, and outfitted with the cutting edge of Blockchain 2.0 technologies.
The SmartMesh ( ecosystem allows people's smart devices to become nodes of self-sustaining networks that do not require any ISP or telecom carrier to operate. Users can communicate, make data transfers, and even execute secure digital payments in cryptocurrencies. If they provide one of their devices as a multi-hop data transfer relay, they can earn rewards in SMT Tokens which are tradeable ERC-20 fungibles already available on multiple worldwide exchanges. But wandering nodes aren't 100% reliable and can easily drift out of range.
Enter the MeshBox (, which is a futuristic hardware device that adds routing and signal strength to local SmartMesh mesh networks. MeshBoxes also can provide data storage space and stream stored content to user nodes and owners can collect cryptocurrency rewards in MESH or SMT tokens for providing these services. Finally, a MeshBox can act as a gateway between the greater world wide web and the entire mesh network. Indoor and outdoor Meshbox models can be deployed, the latter having ranges of up to 10km and running on solar power.
" some countries, the cost of 1GB of mobile broadband remains more than 20% of average monthly income." -TBL
Elon Musk has plans to set up an orbiting fleet of mini-satellites on the perimeters of earth's stratosphere in order to blanket our planet with connectivity via his Starlink initiative. But, even assuming all the satellites operate properly, they can only broadcast one way to smartphones, because the phones themselves are not powerful enough to return the signal. The MeshBox, however, will be able to establish bi-directional communications with Starlink and serve as the portal between the satellites and local mesh networks.
The SmartMesh ecosystem will also be able to integrate with any present IoT infrastructure and have an SDK that developers can build upon. It will be compatible with the Ethereum blockchain and interoperable across various others such as the Bitcoin blockchain. Tokens can be launched on the SMChain and SmartMesh partner Dcntral ( will be the first to do so. SmartMesh ecosystems will be built from the ground up supporting locals to collaborate and extend out as they wish. MeshBox nodes can serve as local digital schools, video streaming hubs, and mini e-commerce markets.
"The web that many connected to years ago is not what new users will find today. What was once a rich selection of blogs and websites has been compressed under the powerful weight of a few dominant platforms." - TBL
Smartmesh's Mobile Raiden offline payment system allows internet-free digital payments, supporting local economies, and vice-versa. These transactions can bring life to a lively intercultural world market, and like the Silk Road of ages before, a wealth of information, culture and history can be exchanged within these digital habitats. In a thriving multi-dynamic peer to peer hybrid mesh, the overkill of mega-corporations is mitigated through the plurality and spontaneity of channels teeming in the living network.
"The future of the web isn't just about those of us who are online today, but also those yet to connect." - TBL
The SmartMesh ecosystem is built upon individual nodes, just as Tim Berners-Lee's original vision of the internet was, and it empowers individuals with the freedom to communicate, transact, and make value transfers within an agile framework outside the reaches of dominating hegemony. It will bring a new highly customizable set of tools to a population who needs them most. But they are not the only ones who will benefit, because there are manifold gems in the rough waiting to sparkle. When they do they will shine for us as new stars are born illuminating the undiscovered future.
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In case you missed out on what happened in Circlebroke in February, here's a comprehensive recap to get you back on track.

This is an experiment and I may do one of these each month so don’t expect this to be anything more than a summary (i.e. don’t expect February to be anything special)
Coming out of the intoxicating January, it was apparent that we would be in for a treat this year, and that this year is poised to be absolutely intolerable. A quick January recap: the Circlebroke community gradually moved back to quality posting with little moderator intervention. Yay. We had some interesting circlejerks pop up. Remember all of the controversial opinion threads in /askreddit? All of which had the exact same “controversial” opinions: eugenics, veterans/doctors don’t deserve respect (they should actually do something!), black people suck, we shouldn’t have kids, etc. We also saw u/YungSnuggie flip the metasphere on its head. What a mess. Finally, we had the annual Grammy jerk. Just know that /hiphopheads went nuts when Kendrick Lamar lost to Macklemore, that /metal was extremely displeased that metal wasn’t represented properly, and that /DaftPunk circlejerked to nauseating levels when Daft Punk walked away with Album Of The Year and a bunch of others. The other circlejerk that went along with this was “the Grammy’s don’t mean anything, calm down!!” which made up about half of comments in Grammy related posts. At the very end of January we had two important posts—one was about reddit ruining a Mimi’s café restaurant and the other was about /weather being an awful circlejerking cesspool. First, there was a photo album on /pics that showed a very trashy Mimi’s café, but then it turned out that the restaurant was inspected and passed its inspection. This post overshadowed the War of the Weather post, by a factor of 10, which is a bit unfortunate. The War of the Weather described how /weather users thought The Weather Channel is the epitome of capitalism and greed because naming winter storms is a super evil marketing scheme. All of this pushed us into ultra-smug mode at the end of the month.
Moving into February, we immediately start off with a most impressive post by Pimpst1ck detailing a phenomenon he/she referred to as “subreddit squatting”. This phenomenon can be defined by moderators inactively controlling subreddits to progress their personal views. It really comes down to u/Soccer and a shady group of associates controlling a lot of subreddits to advance holocaust denial and men’s rights agendas. Admins have been called to action multiple times recently to fix subreddit squatting, but they really don’t want to get involved. This is interesting because Admins hold free speech in the highest regard, yet allow “Squatzis” to censor anything that doesn’t adhere to their personal beliefs.
Let’s move on. Note that February is Black History Month. Cue racism. Circlebroke pointed out that all of reddit is racist. Several /funny racist joke threads were treated seriously and condemned. Someone who was a victim of the knockout game did an AMA, a lot of comments were asking/warning about the attackers being black. The submitter totally encouraged the racist comments which such responses as
Well they targeted me because I am white no doubt about it.
The submitter linked to an article about the incident and named his account after the person in the article. That’s all the proof they need! He also included his Bitcoin wallet so people could donate to the cause, f