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Jack Dorsey’s Block Inc Furthers Bitcoin Foray With New Hardware Wallet Called Bitkey

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 Block Inc. is offering a new hardware Bitcoin wallet as crypto advocate Jack Dorsey focuses the payments company formerly known as Square more on security and self-governance for the digital-asset sector. 

Called Bitkey, the wallet allows users to self-custody the cryptocurrency on a hardware device that resembles a USB thumb drive. While similar products have been available for a while, the majority of crypto assets are still held on trading platforms. 

Dorsey unveiled the San Francisco-based company’s efforts to develop the new hardware wallet and a Bitcoin mining system in 2021, with the goal of decentralizing the Bitcoin network and making both safe storage and mining of the digital asset more accessible. 

Users of the wallet can connect with crypto exchanges and payment services including Block’s Cash App, allowing them to transfer the token between platforms. 

“We have already started working with Cash App from day one and we are looking for other synergies as well,” Block’s Bitcoin Hardware Lead Thomas Templeton, said in an interview. 

Bitcoin mining is an energy-intensive process in which miners use specialized computers to validate transactions on the Bitcoin blockchain in return for rewards in the form of the token. Most of such operations have been set up and run by public companies or deep-pocketed private investors. 

“When you look at the Bitcoin space, there are tools and products that are built for super users or a subset of people deep in the industry but there is not a product for regular folks dipping their toes in the space,” Templeton said. 


 Block Inc. is offering a new hardware Bitcoin wallet as crypto advocate Jack Dorsey focuses the payments company formerly known as Square more on security and self-governance for the digital-asset sector. 

Called Bitkey, the wallet allows users to self-custody the cryptocurrency on a hardware device that resembles a USB thumb drive. While similar products have been available for a while, the majority of crypto assets are still held on trading platforms. 

Dorsey unveiled the San Francisco-based company’s efforts to develop the new hardware wallet and a Bitcoin mining system in 2021, with the goal of decentralizing the Bitcoin network and making both safe storage and mining of the digital asset more accessible. 

Users of the wallet can connect with crypto exchanges and payment services including Block’s Cash App, allowing them to transfer the token between platforms. 

“We have already started working with Cash App from day one and we are looking for other synergies as well,” Block’s Bitcoin Hardware Lead Thomas Templeton, said in an interview. 

Bitcoin mining is an energy-intensive process in which miners use specialized computers to validate transactions on the Bitcoin blockchain in return for rewards in the form of the token. Most of such operations have been set up and run by public companies or deep-pocketed private investors. 

“When you look at the Bitcoin space, there are tools and products that are built for super users or a subset of people deep in the industry but there is not a product for regular folks dipping their toes in the space,” Templeton said. 

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