Circle CEO purchases Bitcoins on PayPal
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Jeremy Allaire, founder-CEO of Circle, announced that he has purchased $100 worth of Bitcoin using PayPal. 

Only days ago, global payments giant PayPal announced that it would enable cryptocurrency trading services on its platform. 

Jeremy Allaire tweeted a screenshot of his receipt from PayPal, with the caption “Bought $100 in BTC on @PayPal !” He also stated that this was a “great milestone” for the crypto market. For $100, Allaire was able to purchase 0.00753855 BTC. 

The attached screenshot shows details about Allaire’s purchase. It mentions the exchange rate – $13,265.16 = 1BTC – and the transaction fees – $0. It also shows the PayPal logo in the top-left corner, adding to its authenticity. However, the screenshot also features the “Buy Now” button, which suggests that it was taken before Allaire made the actual purchase. 

While PayPal announced its desire to enter the crypto arena soon, the company stated no specific date of launching services. The announcement only stated that “in the next few weeks”, PayPal would enable cryptocurrency trading services on its platform. The tweet from Jeremy Allaire begs the question: has PayPal switched on its crypto trading services? 

In response to the tweet, many other users snarkily asked Allaire to try moving the BTC to a ledger. One user commented that moving BTC to a ledger was too slow and that they would much rather use XRP cryptocurrency. Allaire has not responded to these comments yet. 

PayPal’s crypto adventure

PayPal, one of the world’s biggest renderer of payments services, seems to be proactively pursuing the cryptocurrency trading dream. Only two days after announcing its upcoming crypto trading services, PayPal was reportedly in talks to acquire BitGo, another cryptocurrency market giant. 

However, a company as large as PayPal would make formal announcements before enabling these services.No such announcements have been made yet. It would be safe to assume that this is a beta testing service made available for select customers, or a prototype service. Either way, PayPal is going to operate as a crypto exchange soon, that’s for sure. 

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