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Analysts Wonder Where Bitcoin Will Bottom After it Tumbles Under $9000 (blockonomi.com) 02/26/2020 - 12:48pm
Ever since the strong rejection at $10,000 seen on the weekend, Bitcoin has tumbled lower and lower, with the bearish trend that has formed showing no signs of abating. The trend has reached a point where over the past few minutes, the price of the leading cryptocurrency has spiked below $9,000 — the lowest the asset has traded at since January...
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Dapper Labs: The Team Behind CryptoKitties Secures UFC Licensing Deal (blockonomi.com) 02/26/2020 - 9:30am
The minds behind CryptoKitties, Dapper Labs , won’t be constrained by the realm of the adorable when it comes to their digital collectibles work, at least if their latest collaboration with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is any indication. On February 20th, the blockchain startup announced they had secured a licensing partnership with...
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New Zealand Mulls Specific Crypto Tax Exemptions (blockonomi.com) 02/26/2020 - 9:20am
Tax authorities in New Zealand are proposing certain crypto tax exemptions in a bid to aid the development of the emerging industry. If passed into law, New Zealand will become the latest to allow some form of crypto tax exemptions even as other jurisdictions move towards stricter cryptocurrency tax compliance. Neighbors Australia are among the...
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FDA Advised To Adopt Blockchain Technology For Drug Tracking (blockonomi.com) 02/26/2020 - 9:14am
MediLedger, a blockchain-powered network tailored for the pharmaceutical industry has released a report stating that U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could benefit from blockchain adoption in the fight against counterfeit drugs. MediLegder Network Could Revolutionize FDA Drug Tracking According to a report published by MediLegder an FDA-...
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Legendary VC Tim Draper Still Crazy Bullish on Bitcoin: Expects Rally to $250k (blockonomi.com) 02/25/2020 - 10:29am
While the recent volatility has had some investors running scared, the cryptocurrency and blockchain’s space’s most fervent advocates and prominent investors remain committed to the Bitcoin cause. Case in point: on Monday, when he was invited to sit with CNBC’s show “Squawk Alley,” legendary venture capitalist Tim Draper explained why he thinks...
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Crypto Crackdown Continues: G20 Advises Adoption of FATF Guideline (blockonomi.com) 02/25/2020 - 10:22am
It seems regulators won’t let another crypto bull run start before they can implement stringent regulations about industry service providers. At a recent convention the finance ministers and central bank governors of the members of the Group of 20 (G20) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the authorities urged the implementation of Know Your Customer...
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Tornado Ethereum Privacy Tool Is Okay With USDC Stablecoin Creators (blockonomi.com) 02/25/2020 - 10:13am
Chris Blec is a content creator on YouTube whose channel specializes in Ethereum decentralized finance, or DeFi, topics. In recent months, Blec has earned a reputation for holding various Ethereum projects to account in the interest of users, particularly on the issues of decentralization, privacy, and beyond. The decentralized exchange Uniswap is...
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Non-Fungible Report: NFT Market Cap Could Hit $315 Million This Year (blockonomi.com) 02/25/2020 - 10:04am
Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs , are a blooming sector of the cryptoeconomy. They can be understood as digital collectibles, like CryptoKitties, which are verifiably unique and can be deployed in a multitude of ways, for example as art, ad space, gaming pieces, and beyond. Like crypto’s decentralized finance arena, most of the NFT activity happening...
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Warren Buffett Says He Will Never Own Cryptocurrency (blockonomi.com) 02/25/2020 - 9:58am
American billionaire and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett has poured cold water on reports that his anti-crypto stance has softened, stating that he neither owns nor plans to acquire any cryptocurrency in the future. Buffett’s latest comments come a few days after the much-talked-about $4.6 million dinner with Tron CEO Justin Sun finally...
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Crypto Scam: Janet Jackson’s Ex-Husband Sues Facebook (blockonomi.com) 02/25/2020 - 9:55am
Wissam Al Mana, Qatari billionaire, and ex-husband of American musician, Janet Jackson, has taken the Menlo Park-based social media platform, Facebook, to court over alleged crypto scam ads using Al Mana’s image. The Qatari business magnate becomes the latest victim whose image has been used fraudsters to sell bogus crypto investment schemes. Law...
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IRS Plans Crypto Crackdown for Tax Evaders (blockonomi.com) 02/25/2020 - 4:49am
The IRS, or Internal Revenue Service, has called for a summit to be held early next month to address the responsibilities that cryptos holders have from the standpoint of taxation. The US government agency has called on both crypto companies, and crypto advocates to attend the event. Cryptos are mostly anonymous, and the IRS has few resources to...
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What The Simpsons Had to Say About Crypto in Sunday’s Episode (blockonomi.com) 02/24/2020 - 6:47am
On Sunday night, in a move that caught many aback, The Simpsons a good portion of their latest episode (Season 31, Episode 13) to cryptocurrency, blockchain, and Bitcoin. While what was said was arguably questionable and somewhat inaccurate, this marks a large step forward for the awareness of this budding industry, which is seemingly on the verge...
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Bitcoin Suffers From Weekend Volatility Again: How Are Analysts Responding? (blockonomi.com) 02/24/2020 - 6:30am
Once again, for the second weekend in a row , the past few days saw Bitcoin whipsaw back and forth as the cryptocurrency market turned volatile. The chart below best illustrates this, as it shows Bitcoin’s sudden Saturday evening spike to $9,950 from $9,600, then the subsequent flash crash from the daily high of $10,030 to as low as $9,580 just 24...
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Chainlink Pricing Anomaly Causes Another DeFi Problem (blockonomi.com) 02/24/2020 - 6:27am
It seems that the decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem can’t catch a break, seeing glitches after glitches after glitches. This trend continued on Friday when Chainlink , a prominent DeFi project centered on Ethereum that is attempting to connect blockchain applications to off-chain data and payments, suffered an error with one of its price...
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Kyber Network (KNC) Coming to Coinbase Pro: What Might Be Added Next? (blockonomi.com) 02/21/2020 - 9:20am
This week, San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange giant Coinbase announced that KNC, the native asset of the Kyber Network liquidity aggregator project, would be supported on its advanced trading platform, Coinbase Pro , starting on February 24th. The news immediately sent a wave of excitement through the Kyber community, as Coinbase is one...
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The Coronavirus Outbreak Could Push China’s Central Bank to Go Crypto (blockonomi.com) 02/21/2020 - 9:14am
If you turn on the news, chances are you’re going to hear or see something about the coronavirus outbreak that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan; for the past few weeks, the number of cases of this illness, which has a relatively high mortality rate when compared to the flu and seems to be easily transmissible, has been put into the...
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Fund Manager Bullish on Crypto Despite Bitcoin’s 10% Crash (blockonomi.com) 02/21/2020 - 4:27am
Bitcoin hasn’t done too well over the past few days. After failing to crack the key $10,300 resistance, the leading cryptocurrency, as detailed in a previous Blockonomi market update , plunged 10% in minutes from $10,300 to as low as $9,250 on some exchanges. This move liquidated over $120 million worth of long positions on BitMEX, forcing many...
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Not Everyone Excited About Coinbase Becoming a Visa “Principal Member” (blockonomi.com) 02/20/2020 - 11:05am
For the longest time, investors in cryptocurrency have been looking for ways to spend their Bitcoin , Ethereum, or other digital assets in their day-to-day lives, at a coffee shop, buying groceries, and so on and so forth. The answer seemed simple: debit cards that used cryptocurrency. Indeed, over the years, the easiest way to spend digital...
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Peter Thiel-Backed Firm Starts Mining: Bitcoin Expanding Out of China (blockonomi.com) 02/20/2020 - 11:01am
Despite Bitcoin trading around 50% below its all-time high of $20,000, the hash rate of the network has surpassed 100 exahashes per second — an astronomically-large number of hashes per second that is an order of magnitude larger than the hash rate at the date of the $20,000 high. The increased competition, interestingly enough, hasn’t stopped...
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Blockchain Privacy Project Enigma Slapped with SEC Fine for 2017 ICO (blockonomi.com) 02/20/2020 - 10:58am
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is still working its way through a backlog of enforcement actions related to the cryptoeconomy, at least if its latest settlement is any indication. One February 19th, the SEC announced it had settled charges with Enigma MPC, a privacy-focused blockchain startup with offices in the U.S. and Israel...
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Bitcoin Plunges to $9,500 Sparking Fears of Greater Bearish Reversal (blockonomi.com) 02/20/2020 - 2:10am
It appears that bears don’t want to let bulls have their time in the limelight. After rallying as high as $10,300 on Wednesday morning, the price of Bitcoin began to falter . Following a clear rejection of $10,300 — a price level that analysts said would mark decisive resistance — the cryptocurrency tanked below $10,000, then $9,700, then $9,500,...
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Enjin Platform Hits Mainnet: A No-Code Tool for Virtual Economies on Ethereum (blockonomi.com) 02/19/2020 - 11:17am
The young Ethereum ecosystem is blooming, its recent traction powered by the rise of various sectors of innovative projects that leverage the smart contracts platform as foundational infrastructure. Crypto lending and decentralized exchanges have proven to be the most popular of these sectors to date, but they’re far from the only arenas of note...
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The IRS is Calling Upon Crypto’s Upper Echleon Amid U.S. Crackdown (blockonomi.com) 02/19/2020 - 11:09am
It appears the United States isn’t kidding when it comes to cracking down on crypto. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the tax-enforcing agency for the U.S., revealed that it will be convening with some of the crypto industry’s most important firms and “advocates” to discuss the taxation of digital currencies. IRS Ramps Up Crypto Efforts...
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Mainstream Expansion: BitGo Buys Harbor Security Token Platform (blockonomi.com) 02/19/2020 - 11:06am
Palo Alto-based BitGo, one of the cryptoeconomy’s largest digital asset services firms, just made a decisive pivot toward the mainstream. On February 18th, BitGo announced that it had acquired Harbor, a tokenized securities platform that’s counted major venture capital firms like Andreesen Horowitz among its backers. The terms of the new deal were...
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2020 Election Campaign: Bloomberg Unveils Crypto Regulation Plans (blockonomi.com) 02/19/2020 - 11:02am
Billionaire Democratic Presidential aspirant Mike Bloomberg has included crypto regulations and other virtual currency-related matters as part of his financial reform policies. Bloomberg’s policy statements center around simplifying the current regulatory landscape for cryptocurrencies in the U.S. while proposing rules for crypto taxation and...
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Bitcoin Rapidly Slingshots Past $10,000: What is Next? (blockonomi.com) 02/19/2020 - 4:01am
Fortunately for bulls, this weekend’s pullback then subsequent consolidation resolved upward, with Bitcoin on Tuesday rapidly retaking the $10,000 level. At Tuesday’s peak, the price of the cryptocurrency hit $10,300, though it failed to break through this level when it tested it twice. Regardless of the short-term resistance, analysts have been...
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Despite Second DeFi “Attack” Ethereum Bulls are Eyeing $300 Target (blockonomi.com) 02/19/2020 - 3:53am
There’s no doubt that decentralized finance ( DeFi ) has been central to Ethereum over the past year. Speaking to me, Jon Jordan of DappRadar remarked that DeFi is arguably the blockchain’s first-ever “killer use case,” not digital kitties, on-chain gambling, or the issuance of initial coin offerings: DeFi certainly is the first category of dapps...
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Decentraland: A Virtual World on Ethereum Hits Mainnet This Week (blockonomi.com) 02/18/2020 - 9:08am
Since Ethereum is a new kind of public infrastructure, it has a wide variety of projects building on top of it. One of those projects is Decentraland , a virtual world focused on entertainment. What’s interesting about Decentraland is that its MANA token has been quite popular in the market for NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, in recent months...
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Ethereum Creator Vitalik Buterin Positive About ETH 2.0 Upgrade (blockonomi.com) 02/18/2020 - 8:52am
While almost all eyes have been on Bitcoin over the past year as its market dominance has swelled, Ethereum has been taking some of the limelight as of late. Mostly, this shift in narrative from being Bitcoin-centric to one more focus on Ethereum and other altcoins has been due to ETH’s extremely strong price performance , with it rallying by over...
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Brazilian Crypto Exchanges Crushed Under the Weight of Tough Laws (blockonomi.com) 02/18/2020 - 8:48am
Crypto exchanges in Brazil are experiencing a decline in trading volumes and a few have shut down operations due to unfavorable tax regulations. As the country is yet to implement specific crypto tax regulations, exchanges are struggling to comply with laws not suited to the industry. Crypto Exchanges Battling with Strict Tax Laws According to...
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Ripple CEO’s Comment on Bitcoin Mining Sparks Community Outrage (blockonomi.com) 02/18/2020 - 8:43am
As the crypto market has rebounded over the past few weeks, mainstream media coverage of the industry has increased. The trend continued recently when it was revealed that Brad Garlinghouse — CEO of decentralized ledger-centric fintech upstart Ripple Labs — had sat down with CNN for an interview to talk Bitcoin , XRP , and much more. The televised...
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Analysts Celebrate as Bitcoin Chart Prints Extremely Positive Sign (blockonomi.com) 02/18/2020 - 4:12am
Bitcoin hasn’t fared too well over the past few days. The cryptocurrency, after a surge to $10,550 last week, started to trend lower into the weekend and out of it, reaching as low as $9,500 on Monday as sellers stepped in en-masse. This means that since the local peak, BTC has corrected by 10% at its worst — a move that some analysts fear is a...
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Top Fund Manager: Treasury’s New Crypto Rules Could Help Industry (blockonomi.com) 02/17/2020 - 8:04am
Over the past few weeks, there’s been a growing concern amongst cryptocurrency investors of an impending crackdown on Bitcoin service providers. This concern doesn’t come unwarranted; at the start of the year, European Union countries activated an anti-money laundering directive, which had a clause indicating that services providers working in the...
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Bitcoin’s Weekend Volatility Around $10,000 Has Analysts Fearing the Worst (blockonomi.com) 02/17/2020 - 5:26am
Until this weekend, Bitcoin was on a near-unstoppable trend higher, rallying past key levels in the $7,000s, $8,000s, and $9,000s over the course of a few weeks. Though, over the past few days, the cryptocurrency has started to falter, plunging as low as $9,700 from last week’s high of $10,550 — a drop of just over 8%. Since the plunge on Saturday...
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Top Analyst Confirms $100,000 Bitcoin Price Target For End of 2021 (blockonomi.com) 02/14/2020 - 5:42am
While the price of Bitcoin is not yet past the previous all-time high of $20,000, investors have recently started to wonder where the next cryptocurrency bull cycle will take the asset. Some bears have said that the ongoing recovery is but an “echo bubble,” which will see the cryptocurrency’s strength taper out in the coming weeks, resulting in a...
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“No Rollbacks”: BitMEX Says After 62% XRP Flash Crash (blockonomi.com) 02/14/2020 - 5:38am
Earlier this month, leading cryptocurrency derivatives exchange BitMEX finally added a financial vehicle for XRP’s pair against USD, the Ripple quanto swap, which allows for traders to trade the popular altcoin with large amounts of leverage. Although market participants across the board were quite pleased with this addition, traders quickly...
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Analysts Admit Bitcoin Could See Larger Price Pullback After 3% Drop (blockonomi.com) 02/14/2020 - 5:32am
For the second day in a row, Bitcoin declined , falling from to $10,150 since finding a local top at $10,550 earlier this week. After this more-than-3% drop, analysts are becoming convinced the cryptocurrency will see a deeper pullback, citing a variety of technical analysis- and charting-related reasons. Bitcoin Could See Strong Pullback Over the...
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Barcelona FC to Offer Fan Tokens Via Chiliz Platform (blockonomi.com) 02/13/2020 - 9:24am
Major Spanish football team, FC Barcelona, recently partnered with Chiliz, a blockchain-based sports and entertainment company, to offer fan tokens known as Barça Fan Tokens ($BAR). With an estimated 300 million fans worldwide, the partnership between Chiliz and FC Barcelona could be massive for crypto adoption among the club’s fanbase. FC...
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Treasury Secretary Confirms Impending Crypto Crackdown in Senate Hearing (blockonomi.com) 02/13/2020 - 9:13am
Last year, at the peak of 2019’s crypto mania when Bitcoin was trading up 300% in four months, Steven Mnuchin, the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and close advisor to President Trump, revealed his intent to crack down on the crypto industry. After stating that cryptocurrencies pose a “risk to the financial system” and a “national security issue”...
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Crypto-Friendly Candidate Andrew Yang Folds Out of Presidential Race (blockonomi.com) 02/13/2020 - 9:07am
If you’ve been following the 2020 presidential election cycle, you’ve likely heard the name Andrew Yang tossed about a few times. Yang is a businessman-turned-Democratic candidate who has managed to poll fourth and fifth in some polls, shocking the world as a political outsider. One of the most interesting parts of his campaign has been his stance...
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Ethereum Price Rallying Again: ETH Crosses $275 as Crypto Buy Pressure Picks Up (blockonomi.com) 02/13/2020 - 8:58am
Ether, the cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network, led the 2017 cryptoeconomy bull run in playing a central role in the ICO boom. Now, some analysts are projecting the second largest crypto may be poised to do the same in 2020, this time powered by the rise of Ethereum’s decentralized finance sector and growing enthusiasm around the arrival of...
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Altcoins Continue to Roar Higher as Bitcoin Consolidates Above $10,000 (blockonomi.com) 02/13/2020 - 8:25am
Over the past day, Bitcoin has found itself stagnating, posting a mere 1% gain in the past 24 hours per data from CoinMarketCap. This isn’t bearish — BTC is now consolidating above the key $10,000 price point, confirming it as a support and base for the next move higher. As Bitcoin has started consolidating, altcoins — all digital assets that aren...
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Future of Smart Contracts? Ethereum’s Optimism Reveals Optimistic Virtual Machine (OVM) (blockonomi.com) 02/12/2020 - 7:40am
A new startup working on the frontlines of some of the cryptoeconomy’s most promising technology has released the alpha version of a tool that can bring layer-two scaling to base layer Ethereum smart contracts. On February 11th, Optimism, which rebranded from the Plasma Group research outfit into a Public Benefit Corporation last month, unveiled...
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Federal Reserve Chairman: U.S. is “Working Hard” on Digital Currency (blockonomi.com) 02/12/2020 - 7:37am
A few years ago, a government or central bank launching its own digital currency was a foreign concept. But since Facebook and a swath of partners unveiled the Libra cryptocurrency project in June 2019, those in power have sprung into action, looking into ways it could combat the rise of corporate currencies meant for an international audience...
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J.P. Morgan Keen on Merging Quorum Ethereum Project with ConsenSys (blockonomi.com) 02/12/2020 - 7:34am
According to a new report, banking industry powerhouse J.P. Morgan is interested in merging its permissioned, Ethereum-based Quorum project with ConsenSys, the Ethereum development studio headed up by Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin. On February 11th, Reuters reported that sources close to the matter said a deal was likely to be finalized and...
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Bitcoin Explodes Again & Crosses $10,300 Leaving Analysts Craving More (blockonomi.com) 02/12/2020 - 7:20am
Bears couldn’t keep Bitcoin suppressed for long. On Monday morning, the price of the leading cryptocurrency broke higher once again, rallying from $9,800, where it had found a short-term base of support after a weekend slump, to $10,400 in the span of a few minutes’ time. This represented a 6% move higher. While this may be a coincidence, the...
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Fundstrat’s Tom Lee Eyes $40,000 Bitcoin as Positive Trend Forms (blockonomi.com) 02/11/2020 - 9:25am
While Bitcoin’s price has started to show some uncharacteristic weakness over the past day, with the price slumping by nearly 5% from the $10,200 local top, analysts remain convinced that the cryptocurrency’s long-term trend is forming positive. In fact, prominent industry commentator, Thomas Lee, is convinced that the cryptocurrency will soon...
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Despite Crypto Crackdown: Bitcoin is Trending in China Once Again (blockonomi.com) 02/11/2020 - 9:21am
In 2019, after China’s leader President Xi Jinping revealed blockchain as one of the most important technologies for the country , Chinese authorities doubled down on the crypto crackdown that began in 2017. The People’s Bank of China, the nation’s central bank, quickly issued a number of warnings against those involved in cryptocurrency,...
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Crackdown on Crypto Crime Grows Amid Market Rebound (blockonomi.com) 02/11/2020 - 9:13am
The crypto market’s recovery, backed by a growing amount of retail interest (as evidenced by Google Trends data for the terms “ Bitcoin ” and “ Buy Bitcoin “), hasn’t gone unnoticed by regulators. Over the past few days and weeks, regulators across the globe have doubled down on their efforts to prevent illicit activity enabled by transactions of...
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Crypto Custody Platform BitGo Announces European Expansion (blockonomi.com) 02/11/2020 - 9:09am
U.S.-based digital asset trust and securities giant BitGo has announced the expansion of its operations into the European market. The crypto custody services provider has revealed the opening of two new custodial service providers in Switzerland and Germany. BitGo Launches In Europe According to a press release by the company, BitGo has announced...
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