The Steem News in 10 posts @ 1 May 2019

Today is Steem Power Up Day – there is still time to make some steempower.

FreedomEx launches a Steem Fiat Gateway.

And there’s news from Steemit Inc, SteemLogin, NextColony, Splinterlands, EpicDice, and Steem Merchants.

If you are anywhere near Munich check out the 26th meetup coming up next week.

1. Today is Steem Power Up Day – SPUD

Steem Power Up Day, initiated by @streetstyle, has been getting a lot of support from the community with many powering up extra STEEM.

As well as @streetstyle, many steemians have written about their power-ups including @krnel, @acidyo, @steevc and @slobberchops…

Number masher @abh12345 is providing some spud-u-like stats to see how the chips fall with this initiative…


DO featuring @theycallmedan’s Steem Tank – Thursday 2 May 8pm UTC, MSP Waves

DO this week will be hosting the pilot of @theycallmedan’s new ‘Steem Tank’.

Steem Tank will be a Shark Tank style show where steemians pitch their projects to a panel of business experts with a view to getting support and potential investment. Steem investor @theycallmedan will be joined on the panel by crypto business expert @nicholaslive and witness developer @themarkymark. The show will be hosted by @pennsif.

Steemians presenting their projects include @bembelmaniac, @clixmoney,, @improv, @jongolson, @krnel and @thecryptodrive.

2. FreedomEx launches Steem Fiat Gateway

Steem’s Smart Media Exchange @freedomex has launched its Fiat Gateway.

FreedomEx is now providing a facility through Netcoins to directly buy STEEM with USD, CAD or EUR.

> By clicking our new BUY STEEM button on our site, we are able to offer the following currency pairs: STEEM/USD, STEEM/CAD and STEEM/EUR though our partner Netcoins. The process required will involve creating a Netcoins account and going through a KYC process including a selfie, an address and an ID verification. After the process is complete you will then be able to link your bank and initiate a transfer into STEEM at any time!

3. Steemit incorporates Community Contributions

Steemit Inc, led by @roadscape, have made some changes to the web interface based on requests, suggestions and pull requests from community developers.

Among the most significant additions is the ability to embed videos directly. The original pull request for this came from @tibfox.

A number of other community pull requests have also been integrated into including those from @blockchainstudio, @smittyvb and @timcliff,

Steemit Inc are also seeking community opinion on whether “flags” should be replaced with “downvotes” on…

4. SteemLogin provides easy login

A new easy login system for the Steem blockchain has been developed by @irelandscape.

SteemLogin provides for direct login using mainstream authentication providers such as Google and Facebook.

By adopting SteemLogin, Steem app developers can enable their users to sign in using their Google, Facebook, Twitter or GitHub account.

5. Space battles start on 8 June

Steem space strategy game NextColony has announced the start of battles on 8 June.

6. Splinterlands hosts second Game Jam

Splinterlands (aka Steem Monsters) is hosting a second public ‘Game Jam’ on for developers to make Splinterlands themed mini-games.

The Game Jam runs until 19 May and there is a prize pool of $1100.

7. EpicDice launch EPIC token

EpicDice has now launched the EPIC token and a Daily Dividend system.

8. Further improvements for

Developer @holger80 has made several improvements to his automatic voting tool

9. Another business joins the Steem Merchants of Venezuela

Another business has joined the Steem Merchants project run by @danielvehe in Venezuela.

FOC Solutions / Sellos Caracas that offers printing and laser cutting and engraving services will now be accepting payment in STEEM and SBD.

10. @steemcommunity witness shuts down

@paulag and @abh12345 have shut down their joint @steemcommunity witness.

BONUS POST #1. Steem Munich meetup – 8 May

The 26th Steem Munich meetup takes place on Wednesday 8 May at Paulaner Bräuhaus.

KEY DATA  [ from CoinMarketCap & @arcange ]

(change on previous day in brackets // n/c = no change)

Steem price US$ 0.351 01 May ’19 5.27am UTC
Steem price US$ 0.346 01 May ’19 11.28pm UTC
SBD price US$ 0.969 01 May ’19 5.27am UTC
SBD price US$ 0.958 01 May ’19 11.28pm UTC
CoinMarketCap Ranking #57 (-2) 01 May ’19 5.27am UTC
CoinMarketCap Ranking #58 (-1) 01 May ’19 11.28pm UTC
FCAS Score 541 (-2) / C 01 May ’19 5.27am UTC
FCAS Score 540 (-1) / C 01 May ’19 11.28pm UTC
No. of Whales 35 (n/c) 29 Apr ’19
No. of Whales 35 (n/c) 30 Apr ’19
No. of Orcas 336 (-1) 29 Apr ’19
No. of Orcas 336 (n/c) 30 Apr ’19
No. of Dolphins 1996 (+3) 29 Apr ’19
No. of Dolphins 1995 (-1) 30 Apr ’19
No. of Minnows 9339 (n/c) 29 Apr ’19
No. of Minnows 9339 (n/c) 30 Apr ’19
Alexa rank ( #5,266 (-10) 01 May ’19 5.27am UTC
Alexa rank ( #5,282 (-16) 01 May ’19 11.25pm UTC
Unique visitors ( 221,178 / day 01 May ’19 5.27am UTC
Unique visitors ( 221,178 / day 01 May ’19 11.25pm UTC

Follow @penguinpablo, @steem-data & @eforucom for more statistics.

Visit the Steem Meetups & Events Calendar for a full list of meetups coming up…

This is #148 (30 Apr ’19) of this daily news service.

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[ graphics by @pennsif / / NextColony / DLease ]