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Bitcoin Plunges Below $8,500 Signaling a Further Decline ( 01/23/2020 - 9:07am
In the last 24 hours, Bitcoin took a 3% nosedive that saw its price move below the $8,500 support level. Now, the flagship cryptocurrency is being held by a thin barrier that could break at any minute pushing it further down. Bitcoin Is on Thin Ice On Jan. 3, Bitcoin went through a bullish impulse that allowed it to break above the 50-four-hour...
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End Game: Twitter Founder Patents Crypto Adoption ( 01/23/2020 - 4:29am
Jack Dorsey’s payments company Square has been awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for technology to convert crypto to fiat. The Crypto Patent to End The Adoption Question Square, founded by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, a long-time Bitcoin advocate, was granted the patent on Jan. 21. The technology will enable crypto-to-fiat...
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Mining Pools Collude to Fund Bitcoin Cash Infrastructure ( 01/23/2020 - 3:32am
Jhiang Zhuoer, CEO of BTC.TOP, a major BCH mining pool, has revealed that top miners have agreed on a proposal to divert 12.5% of the network’s block rewards to infrastructure development. A Controversial Take on Development Funding Bitcoin Cash is about to embark on yet another string of contentious decisions as the top mining pools push for...
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BitPay Integrates XRP for Merchant Payments ( 01/22/2020 - 4:24pm
BitPay announced the introduction of XRP to its merchant processing and cross-border payments platform. Transacting with the Currency of Choice In October 2019, Xpring, an initiative launched by Ripple to foster the adoption of XRP ledger technology, disclosed a partnership with BitPay that was designed to natively support XRP. Now, the firm...
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SEC Charges B2B Marketplace “Opporty” With Fraud ( 01/22/2020 - 1:06pm
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged blockchain marketplace Opporty International with fraud, according to a litigation release published Tuesday, Jan. 21. Over the course of 2017 and 2018, Opporty and its founder, Sergii Grybniak, raised more than $600,000 in an unregistered token sale, or ICO. The SEC alleges that the company...
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Tenth Quarterly Burn Decouples BNB from Binance Profit ( 01/22/2020 - 9:21am
Binance’s tenth quarterly BNB burn had analysts discussing the exchange’s continued rise in implied profits despite a supposedly slower quarter. Binance BNB Burn #10 and Presumptive Profit The quarterly BNB burn has become something of a market indicator for the health of the broader crypto industry. Binance’s tenth burn of over 2.2 million BNB...
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Libra Association Suffers Another Blow as Vodafone Quits ( 01/22/2020 - 6:49am
British telecommunications firm Vodafone has become the latest high-profile partner to leave the Libra Association. Libra Association Shows Strained Relations The decision, which emerged on Jan. 21, makes Vodafone the eighth company to leave the Association since it was formed in October last year. The decision appears to have been made amicably...
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Ether Prepares for a Significant Price Movement ( 01/22/2020 - 5:35am
Despite the recent rally, several technical patterns estimate that Ether is bound for a correction. Ether Before the Storm Ether experienced a bullish impulse that saw its price surge over 40% since the beginning of the year. This cryptocurrency went from trading at a low of $126.40 on Jan. 3 to a high of $179 on Jan. 18. Following the peak, ETH...
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Mimic Professional Traders on DeFi Using Social Trading ( 01/22/2020 - 3:59am
DeFi-native Set Protocol , an automated investment platform, has finalized its rollout of social trading, allowing everyday users to benefit from the wisdom and expertise of financially-savvy traders. Emotionless Trading with Experts Automated investment services have grown into a sizable market for retail investors looking to gain an edge by...
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Analysis: Steep Bitcoin Retracement Still Possible ( 01/21/2020 - 8:38am
Bitcoin’s latest price action brought with it a sense of optimism felt throughout the cryptocurrency market. Some of the most prominent analysts in the industry claimed that BTC had begun a new bull run, but different technical patterns estimate that a correction is underway. A Rally Lacking Volume Last week, Bitcoin broke out of a descending...
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DeFi: Synthetix 2020 Upgrades Target User Growth   ( 01/21/2020 - 7:53am
The team behind Synthetix Network has unveiled protocol enhancements lined up for 2020. Existing infrastructure is slated for an upgrade and a range of new products are scheduled for later this year. Upcoming Achernar Release Synthetix is one of the most discussed projects in the DeFi landscape, having cemented itself as a top-performing...
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DigixDAO to Return ICO Funds to Investors ( 01/21/2020 - 4:24am
DigixDAO community members have voted overwhelmingly to approve the return of its 2016 ICO funds to investors. Vote Follows Calls For a Dissolution Mechanism Investors will be sent 0.19 Ether per DGD. The project held its initial coin offering (ICO) in 2016, raising over 450,000 ETH. Its treasury currently holds roughly 380,000 ETH. The vote comes...
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New U.S. Bill Could Make Small Crypto Transactions Tax-Exempt ( 01/21/2020 - 3:10am
U.S. Congress has introduced a bill that could make it easier for consumers to spend their Bitcoin . Representatives proposed the bill on Thursday, Jan. 16. Known as the Virtual Currency Fairness Act of 2020, the bill eliminates the need for consumers to calculate taxes on crypto transactions that result in capital gains under $200. The change...
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Facebook’s Libra Facing Fresh Wave of Doubt ( 01/20/2020 - 12:34pm
Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency is facing more speculation that the project may not get off the ground in 2020, according to media reports. What’s In a Memo? An alleged government memo seen by Bloomberg states that Libra may have to undergo revision if it’s to gain approval from Swiss financial regulators. Like many other cryptocurrency and...
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Why Crypto Dad Wants to Digitize the Greenback ( 01/20/2020 - 11:31am
Crypto Dad wants to digitize the greenback. His new venture, the Digital Dollar Project, is a foundation set up to advocate for a US central bank digital currency (CBDC). But is it necessary? What Libra Did Interest in CBDCs has been growing since Facebook threatened to undermine the international monetary order with the creation of its highly...
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Wanchain 4.0 Goes Live with Support for Private Chains ( 01/20/2020 - 8:00am
Wanchain has launched version 4.0 of its interoperability-focused blockchain. The project announced the release via a blog post on Jan. 20. This upgrade allows Wanchain to expand its interoperability objectives by providing support for private blockchains, also known as enterprise or consortium blockchains. This version will confront some of the...
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Binance’s CEO Has Responded to Chainalysis’ Laundering Claims ( 01/20/2020 - 4:27am
Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance, has taken to Twitter to contest recent reports from the blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis. In the Jan. 15 report, the firm claimed that Binance had received approximately one-quarter of all cryptocurrencies laundered through OTC brokers in 2019. Though Chainalysis primarily blamed the OTC brokers that...
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New Partnership Confirms Binance’s Ambitions in Asia ( 01/17/2020 - 8:30am
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has furthered its expansion ambitions by entering into a strategic partnership with Z Corporation , a SoftBank subsidiary, and TaoTao, a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange. New Beginnings in Japan Binance has publicly announced a business partnership with Yahoo Japan owned Z Corporation and TaoTao. Yahoo Japan set up...
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Bitcoin Attempts to Break Above $9,000, But It Won’t Be Easy ( 01/17/2020 - 8:09am
Bitcoin is surging, and as it attempts to break above the $9,000 resistance level a number of technical indicators forecast that a pullback could be underway. Bitcoin Technical Analysis The flagship cryptocurrency entered a bull rally that saw its price increase over 20% since Jan. 6 . The significant bullish impulse appears to have been predicted...
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Facebook Forms Committee to Govern Libra Developments ( 01/17/2020 - 7:39am
The Libra Association has announced the formation of a five-member Technical Steering Committee that will govern the ongoing development of the project. A 5-Star Team The role of the Steering Committee covers the oversight and coordination of the Libra platform’s technical design and development. The announcement on the Libra website states that...
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Former CFTC Regulator Launches Foundation to Digitize the Dollar ( 01/16/2020 - 11:08am
Crypto Dad may have left the CFTC, but he’s just getting started in the cryptocurrency industry in his new role with a non-profit, the Digital Dollar Project . Crypto Dad Is Back J. Christopher Giancarlo, former Chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ( CFTC ) also known as “Crypto Dad” for his favorable stance toward the digital asset...
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Gemini Launch “Nakmoto Ltd.” Insurance for Custody Accounts ( 01/16/2020 - 10:20am
Gemini , the US exchange led by the Winklevoss twins, today launched its own captive insurance company, according to reports. The Next Generation of Crypto Exchange Insurance? The press release accompanying the announcement claims that with coverage of up to $200 million for offline storage, it’s the largest purchased by any crypto custodian in...
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EOS Shows Signs of a Reversal After the Recent 90% Rally ( 01/16/2020 - 6:04am
EOS appears to have reached an exhaustion point after a significant bullish impulse that saw its price rise by nearly 90%. Now, this cryptocurrency could be bound for a steep correction before continuing upwards. EOS Technical Analysis The TD sequential indicator recently presented a sell signal in the form of a green nine candlestick on EOS’s 12-...
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Chainalysis: $2.8B Bitcoin Laundered Through Exchanges in 2019 - Crypto Briefing ( 01/16/2020 - 5:41am
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Chainalysis: $2.8B Bitcoin Laundered Through Exchanges in 2019 ( 01/16/2020 - 5:40am
Chainalysis, a major blockchain analysis firm, has published a blog post concerning last year’s Bitcoin laundering trends. The Role of Exchanges and OTC Brokers The firm traced $2.8 billion of illicit Bitcoin that was deposited to exchanges over the course of 2019. Binance and Huobi each received about one-quarter of that total, while assorted...
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Ethereum Project lets Startups “Stream” Salaries in Crypto ( 01/16/2020 - 5:19am
Sablier , a payment protocol, allows anyone to send continuously streamed payments around the world by leveraging the functionality of Ethereum . In the latest, users can now stream interest-bearing tokens, like CHAI. Earn Income in Interest Bearing Tokens On Jan. 16, Sablier announced the integration of synthetic USD (sUSD), wrapped BTC, wrapped...
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Analysis: BSV Is Up 500% Thanks to Wash Trading ( 01/15/2020 - 10:36am
Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (BSV) entered a massive bull rally which saw the coin’s price increase by 5x. As the crypto community questions the sudden upswing, a technical pattern estimates that BSV is bound for an inevitable correction. Market Manipulation or Legitimate Demand? On Dec. 18, 2019, BSV appears to have reached a market bottom at a low...
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North Korean Crypto Conference a No-Go, Warns the UN ( 01/15/2020 - 8:25am
Sanctions experts from the United Nations have warned blockchain enthusiasts against attending an upcoming cryptocurrency conference in North Korea. Attending the Pyongyang Event Could Breach Sanctions According to Reuters, a confidential report will be submitted to the UN Security Council warning that the event will include discussions that cover...
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NEO Has Invested In Switcheo, the Blockchain’s Top DEX - Crypto Briefing ( 01/15/2020 - 1:56am
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NEO Has Invested In Switcheo, the Blockchain’s Top DEX ( 01/15/2020 - 1:45am
NEO has made an investment in Switcheo, according to a blog post published on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The investment was made through the NEO EcoBoost program, an ecosystem funding effort run by NEO and several partners. Though NEO has not revealed the size of the investment, it has set aside $100 million for EcoBoost in total. Switcheo went live in...
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SEC Warns Crypto Investors About IEOs ( 01/14/2020 - 4:46pm
The U.S. SEC issued a warning to investors on the risks associated with investing in IEOs, potentially dampening future interest in crypto offerings on exchanges. SEC Urges Investor Caution with IEOs The Securities Exchange Commission has urged investors to be cautious about promises made in relation to IEOs. In a Jan. 14th notice to the general...
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Bitcoin, Ethereum, and XRP Lead Market Rally ( 01/14/2020 - 4:06pm
A massive capital inflow triggered a rally felt through the entire market. Now, led by Bitcoin, Ethereum, and XRP the market seems prepared to enter another bull run. Bitcoin Outlook After $8,500 Based on the 1-week chart, several technical indicators reveal that Bitcoin is extremely bullish. First, a golden cross formed during the first week of...
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On-Chain Bitcoin Analysis Reveals New Depth of PlusToken Scam ( 01/14/2020 - 10:42am
OXT Research , a tool from Samourai Wallet , recently revealed the full depth of last year’s PlusToken Bitcoin sell-off. Beyond a crash course in crypto privacy, this new data confirms a strong correlation with price actions for BTC over the past six months. Granular Data Reveals New Details Although the PlusToken scam was finally shut down late...
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Securitize Attracts IRA Retirement Savings with STO Investment ( 01/14/2020 - 10:14am
Retirement savings are starting to move into digital asset investments, with Securitize and AltoIRA making the first known Individual Retirement Account (IRA) investment in security token offerings (STOs). Returns Worth the Risk or Risks Falling? Traditionally conservative by nature, retirement funds have balked at the idea of investing in digital...
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BSV Continues Uptick as Community Debates its Legitimacy ( 01/14/2020 - 8:13am
BSV is up 163% in the last month despite the crypto community debating whether its the making of an exit scam or genuine investor demand. The Curious Case of BSV Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (BSV), conceived after contentiously forking from the Bitcoin Cash codebase, is no stranger to controversy. After Craig Wright filed lawsuits for libel against...
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CME Bitcoin Options Volume Shows Early Market Traction ( 01/14/2020 - 3:53am
The CME ’s options launch could channel an influx of institutional speculators to crypto. Crypto Derivatives on the Rise On Jan. 13, 2020, the CME announced the launch of its Bitcoin options contracts on the CME Globex platform. The first trades on the platform thus far have been the purchase of one call option on Bitcoin with strike prices of $8,...
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Bitcoin and Dash Benefit During Venezuela’s Internet Outage - Crypto Briefing ( 01/14/2020 - 3:41am
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Bitcoin and Dash Benefit During Venezuela’s Internet Outage ( 01/14/2020 - 3:34am
Bitcoin trading has reached an all-time high in Venezuela. During the week of Jan. 11, crypto investors bought and sold 367 billion bolivars ($5.5 billion USD) of BTC on LocalBitcoins . This week’s volume is 1.4 times greater than that of the previous week, when investors traded 263 billion bolivars on the popular peer exchange. Venezuela trading...
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Activity on Bitcoin’s Lightning Network May Be Misleading - Crypto Briefing ( 01/13/2020 - 11:52am
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Activity on Bitcoin’s Lightning Network May Be Misleading ( 01/13/2020 - 11:44am
A recent report from BitMex revealed several critical points about activity within Bitcoin’s Lightning Network. At first glance, readers glean that this activity is much higher than expected. Upon further investigation, however, the story is far more nuanced. Trials with Bitcoin The data shows that non-cooperative channel closures within Bitcoin’s...
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Bitcoin Futures Volumes Outperform Spot Markets on Binance ( 01/13/2020 - 7:49am
Cryptocurrency futures trading volumes have now outpaced spot markets on Binance, according to a report issued by the company. Users Turn to Futures on Binance The report , titled “Leverage and Derivatives: Overview of Binance Futures in 2019,” details the success of the Binance Futures offering since it was launched in September last year...
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Gaming Tops dApp Use in 2019, but DeFi Generated More Value - Crypto Briefing ( 01/12/2020 - 2:08pm
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Litecoin Prepares Retracement before Continuing Bullish Trend ( 01/12/2020 - 12:15pm
A technical indicator estimates that Litecoin could be bound for a correction. Litecoin Technical Analysis The recent rally that has pushed Litecoin’s price up nearly 33 percent since Jan. 3 may soon find an exhaustion point. Based on the TD sequential indicator, a retracement may be underway. This technical index is currently presenting a sell...
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Princeton Researchers Say SIM Swapping Is a Major Problem ( 01/12/2020 - 11:56am
Researchers at Princeton University have demonstrated that five major phone carriers are highly vulnerable to SIM swapping attacks. The team revealed the results of their experiment in a draft paper published Jan. 10. They also surveyed over 150 websites and determined whether user accounts could be accessed through such an attack. Phone Carriers...
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Gaming Tops dApp Use in 2019, but DeFi Generated More Value ( 01/12/2020 - 11:32am
According to DappRadar’s 2019 Industry Review, Ethereum’s most popular applications all came from the world of gaming. At the same time, so-called “Ethereum Killers,” like Tron and EOS, struggled to compete. Leader in the Ecosystem Etheruem’s DeFi break out has been one of the hottest trends in crypto. But as more data from 2019 begins to roll in...
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Cobinhood Shutting Down Months After Bankruptcy Rumors ( 01/11/2020 - 3:27am
Cobinhood, one of the most controversial crypto exchanges, has announced that it is closing its doors after widespread rumors of bankruptcy. “It is with the utmost regret that we make the difficult decision to shut down the COBINHOOD Exchange,” the company posted to its Medium account on Jan. 10. Cobinhood also posted a similar message on Twitter...
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Craig S. Wright Alleges Third Tulip Trust in Outstanding Bitcoin Lawsuit ( 01/10/2020 - 8:47am
Craig S. Wright furnished documents on Jan. 6, 2020, citing the existence of a third Tulip Trust, which holds the alleged 1,100,111 Bitcoin. A Garden of Tulip Trusts Along with the document which reveals the existence of yet another Tulip Trust, Wright, and his legal team have supplied Florida courts with over 400 new materials in the latest...
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DeFi is Blockchain’s Killer App - Crypto Briefing ( 01/10/2020 - 12:38am
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Nervos Commits $30 Million to Ecosystem Development ( 01/09/2020 - 11:41pm
Nervos is giving out $30 million in grants to projects that are committed to building a decentralized community on an open-source blockchain. A Base for Development Nervos Network, a blockchain project based out of China , is preparing to fund internal blockchain development through a grant system. Similar to the Ethereum Foundation’s funding...
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Bitcoin Shows Signs as Safe-Haven Asset During Global Turmoil ( 01/09/2020 - 7:34pm
The conflict between the U.S. and Iran served as an example of how Bitcoin has evolved as a safe-haven asset in times of global turmoil. Bitcoin is Becoming a Hedging Asset The U.S.-Iran relations reached a critical point after American forces carried out a predawn airstrike at an Iraqi airport in Baghdad on Jan. 2. The air raid led to the...
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