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Why Bitcoin: China Testing Ban of Cash Transactions to Stave Off Crime (blockonomi.com) 11/15/2019 - 9:29am
The need for a form of decentralized money like Bitcoin was just validated… again. The reason: one of the world’s largest economics has just announced that it will be restricting large cash transactions, seemingly to eliminate crime, control the capital of their citizens better, and to force centralized digital systems on the masses. China...
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Ethereum “Money Lego” Compound Secures $25 Million Series A (blockonomi.com) 11/15/2019 - 9:26am
Compound , the builders behind one of the most popular decentralized finance apps on Ethereum , just raised an impressive $25 million war chest in a Series A fundraising round that was backed by some of the cryptocurrency arena’s biggest investors. Revealed on November 14th, the Series A raise saw venture capital firms like Andreesen Horowitz (...
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New Tezos ETP Hits Top Swiss Stock Exchange with Staking Rewards Tied In (blockonomi.com) 11/15/2019 - 9:20am
The latest exchange-traded product linked to a cryptocurrency has been listed on Switzerland’s top stock exchange, and it’s the first ETP of its kind. Swiss fintech startup Amun AG, which has launched 8 ETPs tied to top cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, ether, and BNB on SIX Swiss Exchange since last fall, announced this week the launch of its newest...
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Crypto Market Update: Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP & Litecoin Price Analysis 15th Nov (blockonomi.com) 11/15/2019 - 9:01am
Bitcoin price is following a bearish path below the $9,000 area. BTC/USD is now approaching the next key break and it could either rally above $9,000 or decline heavily towards $8,000. Similarly, there was a steady decline in most major altcoins, including Ethereum (ETH), ripple (XRP), bitcoin cash (BCH), litecoin (LTC), binance coin (BNB),...
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Meet the Unknown Fund: Donating $75M Bitcoin to Privacy Initiatives (blockonomi.com) 11/14/2019 - 10:48pm
As you likely know, the data of citizens are being pushed into the hands of a small set of companies. And this isn’t good. The oil of the 21st century, data is what drives today’s society; everything you do online is logged and used—often under the guise of “improving your life.” Sometimes, services don’t even ask for permission when gathering...
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CFTC Chairman: The US Should Lead the Rest of the World in Crypto Adoption (blockonomi.com) 11/14/2019 - 4:04am
Heath Tarbert, the head of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) says the country should be at the forefront of global crypto adoption by creating innovative solutions in the emerging cryptocurrency space. The U.S. financial watchdog chief also wants regulators to move towards a more streamlined regulatory environment for digital...
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China’s Central Bank: We’re Not Launching Our Digital Asset Yet (blockonomi.com) 11/14/2019 - 4:01am
The launch of Libra by Facebook changed something in the cryptocurrency landscape; after the launch in June, industry actors started to pay China some heed, with reports indicating that the nation was and still is on the verge of launching its own central bank digital asset/currency. Even high-level Chinese officials indicated that Beijing was...
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Hackers Demand Bitcoin Haul in Mexico Pemex Ransomware Attack (blockonomi.com) 11/14/2019 - 3:52am
Pemex, also known as Mexican Petroleum, is picking up the pieces after hackers deployed ransomware — which locks users out of their computers — on some of the company’s systems, with the perpetrators having asked for more than 500 bitcoin to end the cyberattack. The oil giant, which is owned by the Mexican government and itself owns more than $400...
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Telegram Asks U.S. Court to Make SEC Back Off the Gram Token (blockonomi.com) 11/14/2019 - 3:41am
Encrypted messenger company Telegram’s fight with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission is heating up. The legal battle began last month when the SEC won a restraining order against the company’s $1.7 billion USD “Gram” token offering after arguing in the the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) that the token sale...
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Troy Trade Review: Decentralized Crypto Trading & Asset Management (blockonomi.com) 11/14/2019 - 3:34am
The cryptocurrency trading world is expanding, and new companies like Troy Trade are working to extend prime brokerage services to established financial firms, as well as crypto-trading operations that need a tier 1 liquidity provider that operates in numerous crypto liquidity pools. Troy Trade is focused on professionals. Instead of operating a...
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Head of Massive Bank Admits Central Banks are Ineffective: Bitcoin Fixes This (blockonomi.com) 11/13/2019 - 4:36am
Ever since the Great Recession of 2008 , central banks, by traditional standards, have been acting weird. Really weird. Interest rates fell to their lowest points in literal centuries while central banks began what has been dubbed “quantitative easing” — when a central bank buys large amounts of government bonds or other financial assets in order...
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Bitcoin Bull McAfee: Crypto Companies Shouldn’t Need to Stop Crime (blockonomi.com) 11/13/2019 - 4:31am
Like a majority of other digital technologies, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have been used by criminals for criminal activity. There’s no getting around it or sugarcoating it. It should come as no surprise then that the world’s authorities are forcing digital asset exchanges and service providers to deter crimes on their platforms. Case in point,...
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Top Chinese Official: Digital Yuan Will Generally Respect Privacy (blockonomi.com) 11/13/2019 - 4:27am
Amid growing reports of accelerated development around a digital yuan, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s related call last month for blockchain to become “ core technology ” in China made some cryptocurrency analysts warn of intensified surveillance ramifications in the country. Now, an important official closely affiliated with the modernized yuan...
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Canadian Banking Giant RBC Applies for New Cryptocurrency Sector Patents (blockonomi.com) 11/13/2019 - 4:20am
Canada’s largest bank by market capitalization has applied for four new patents that suggest the company could be aiming to launch cryptocurrency services. That’s per Canadian trade publication The Logic , which reported this week that the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has filed for a spate of new patents that indicate the financial services...
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Bitmain & Canaan IPOs: The New Bitcoin Mining Gold Rush (blockonomi.com) 11/13/2019 - 4:14am
Bitmain Technologies and Canaan Creative — two of the major Bitcoin mining firms are not prepared to give up hope of successfully navigating an IPO listing, this time in the US. With the top-ranked crypto experiencing significant gains in 2019, both mining behemoths have resurrected their IPO plans. However, previous failed attempts and the need...
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Central Bank Digital Currency Efforts Explode Ahead of China Crypto Launch (blockonomi.com) 11/12/2019 - 9:55am
If you told someone on Wall Street or a central bank official ten years ago that there would be sovereign digital currencies, they likely would’ve laughed. But, these digital currencies are becoming reality. And quick. Central Banks Going All-In On Crypto? On Monday, CoinDesk reported that the Banque de France has just doubled down on its digital...
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Bakkt Opens Its Bitcoin Custody Warehouse to “All Institutions” (blockonomi.com) 11/12/2019 - 9:32am
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) owns and operates some of the largest exchanges around the globe, including the New York Stock Exchange. Now, its bitcoin arm Bakkt has opened the doors of its custody services to all the institutions of the world. In operating as a limited liability trust company in New York, Bakkt announced the pivot on November...
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Paxos to Debut Blockchain-Based Clearing & Settlement Pilot for U.S. Stock Market (blockonomi.com) 11/12/2019 - 9:21am
Blockchain startup Paxos is set to launch a blockchain pilot for clearance and settlements in the U.S. stock market. The project provides an alternative to the process offered by the Depository Trust and Clearing Corp (DTCC). If successful, the Paxos system will be one of the first blockchain implementations deployed in the U.S. stock market arena...
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Former ECB President: Bitcoin Market’s Speculative Nature “Not Healthy” (blockonomi.com) 11/12/2019 - 9:17am
Bitcoin is under fire once again. This time, the former president of one of the world’s most important monetary authorities — the European Central Bank (ECB) — has called out the cryptocurrency industry, bashing what he sees as flaws in the digital asset markets. The flaw in question: the financial speculation side of the Bitcoin industry ...
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Boxing Legend Manny Pacquiao: Pac Token Set for IEO on GCOX (blockonomi.com) 11/12/2019 - 5:52am
Pac Token — the cryptocurrency token launched by Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, is set for its maiden initial exchange offering (IEO) on GCOX . The Singapore crypto exchange is known for offering support to altcoins linked to celebrity figures. Initial investors and the core team for the altcoin will be hoping Pacquiao’s star power will...
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Tether Stablecoin Issuer: USDT Backed 1:1 With Reserves Again (blockonomi.com) 11/11/2019 - 8:48am
Tether, the creators and issuers of the tether (USDT) stablecoin, said this week that its dollar-pegged cryptocurrency is once again backed 1:1 with its fiat reserves, after a company affidavit back in the spring noted that only “74 percent of the current outstanding tethers” were backed by “cash and cash equivalents” at the time. The assertion...
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Ethereum’s Lubin Hopes China’s Digital Asset Will be Interoperable (blockonomi.com) 11/11/2019 - 8:46am
Over the past five-odd years, China has been hard at work on a cryptocurrency project. Though, little is known about this extremely secretive venture, which was only recently properly revealed to the public. It should come as no surprise, then, that the project has been widely speculated on, as there remain questions unanswered. One such question...
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Chinese State-Run Newspaper Publishes Bitcoin Introductory Article (blockonomi.com) 11/11/2019 - 8:43am
China’s cryptocurrency and blockchain appreciation continue as Xinhua , another state-run media organization publishes a full article about bitcoin. Some commentators opine that the flurry of positive digital currency sentiments in the country is part of Beijing’s efforts to normalize the industry before introducing the proposed digital RMB ...
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Beginners Guide to Solana: The First Web-Scale Blockchain (blockonomi.com) 11/11/2019 - 7:58am
Blockchain has a lot of potential. The first decade of decentralized token platforms has been successful by any measure. Solana is working to create solutions that will allow decentralized blockchains to become a global system that can replace existing major data systems. Solana has some innovative solutions to some of the most common challenges...
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ETH 2.0 Rewards Next? Coinbase Tezos (XTZ) Staking For Retail Investors (blockonomi.com) 11/08/2019 - 9:25am
Back in the spring, Coinbase rolled out Tezos staking support on its institutional investor arm, Coinbase Custody. The Tezos ecosystem went abuzz again this week after the U.S. cryptocurrency exchange giant just expanded XTZ staking rewards support to the vast majority of American users on its main retail platform and associated mobile apps. Yet...
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Tether Rebuts “Flawed” Assertion That Bitcoin’s 2017 Run Was Manipulation (blockonomi.com) 11/08/2019 - 9:19am
Over the past few days, Crypto Twitter has been awash with a discussion about one subject: a paper from two American academics that asserted that Bitcoin’s historic rally in 2017 from $1,000 to $20,000 was predicated on manipulation. The paper, for some reason or another, gained much traction in the mainstream media, with large outlets covering...
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Crypto Market Update: Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP & XLM Price Analysis 8th Nov (blockonomi.com) 11/08/2019 - 6:30am
Bitcoin price remained confined in a broad range above the $9,000 support area. BTC/USD seems to be facing a lot of hurdles on the upside above $9,500. The next crucial move depends whether the bulls succeed in surpassing the $9,500 and $9,680 resistances. In the past few days, there were decent gains in a few major altcoins, including Ethereum (...
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Square’s Q3 Financial Report: Retail Interest For Bitcoin Still High (blockonomi.com) 11/07/2019 - 9:53am
Earlier this year, Blockonomi reported that an array of data indicated Bitcoin’s rally from $3,150 to $14,000 was a move catalyzed by institutions. Case in point, cryptocurrency analytics firm TokenAnalyst found that the number of unique addresses sending Bitcoin to Bitfinex hit a two-year low, implying a ” lack of retail interest in general...
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Huawei CEO Bashes Crypto: Cites Quantum Computing Concerns (blockonomi.com) 11/07/2019 - 9:47am
Late last month, China’s leader, President Xi Jinping, revealed that the nation will be formally adopting blockchain as a core technological development in a watershed statement. China immediately sprung into action, with firms commencing blockchain ventures, local municipalities revealing funds for innovators in this industry, and media outlets...
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Cryptocurrency Mining Taken Off Earlier Industry Ban List in China (blockonomi.com) 11/07/2019 - 9:42am
The potential death knell for the cryptocurrency mining industry sounded by the Chinese government earlier this year is now officially off the table. That’s per the nation’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the top macroeconomic management agency in China, which has removed the cryptocurrency mining industry from its newly...
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Hong Kong Securities Regulator: New Cryptocurrency Exchange Licensing Rules (blockonomi.com) 11/07/2019 - 9:34am
In its latest clarification toward the cryptocurrency industry, Hong Kong’s top securities watchdog has published a new regulatory framework that will license cryptocurrency exchanges that list security tokens like traditional securities brokers in the jurisdiction of the international financial center. Unveiled by the Hong Kong Securities and...
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Bitcoin Fixes This: Top Hedge Fund Manager Says Economy is Unsustainable (blockonomi.com) 11/06/2019 - 8:47am
One of the world’s most powerful and richest men just came out with a scathing essay on why he believes the “world has gone mad and the system is broken.” Analysts say that this only proves the value proposition of Bitcoin, gold, and other alternative assets. “The World Has Gone Mad” On Tuesday, Ray Dalio, the founder of Bridgewater Associates,...
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U.S. Congressman Calls for Adoption of Blockchain After China Makes Moves (blockonomi.com) 11/06/2019 - 8:44am
Although Bitcoin is now eleven years old and valued at $170 billion, the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries remain basically irrelevant on a global scale, often being treated as more of a joke or crazy experiment than a fledgling technology. But, moves are being made to mainstream blockchain. Most recently, a United States Congressman has...
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EU & Turkey Respectively Eyeing Expanded Digital Currency Efforts (blockonomi.com) 11/06/2019 - 8:40am
The game of coins is on. And that’s not referring to another token offering bubble, but instead to increasing sovereign efforts aimed at the development of state-backed digital currencies. To be sure, much ado has already been made about China’s apparently advanced plans for a digital yuan, and some influential American officials have recently...
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“Paradigm Shift” First Security Token Arrives on Ethereum’s Uniswap DEX (blockonomi.com) 11/06/2019 - 8:36am
In a milestone development for Ethereum, Uniswap, and the march of tokenization in general, the first ERC20 token representing a traditional security has arrived on Uniswap , the darling decentralized exchange for many DeFi stakeholders. That token comes via fractional real estate investing startup RealT, which gives investors access to the U.S...
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Crypto Community Not Convinced “One Whale” Pumped Bitcoin to $20,000 (blockonomi.com) 11/05/2019 - 11:29am
Crypto Twitter’s latest flavor of the day, so to speak, is a scathing report from American researchers that suggests that Bitcoin’s rally from the doldrums of irrelevancy to $20,000 was a byproduct of “one whale .” While these researchers made quite the case for their argument, issuing a 119-page report outlining why they think that the...
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Ethereum Co-founder: China Won’t Promote Decentralization as Part of Blockchain Adoption (blockonomi.com) 11/05/2019 - 11:26am
With several Chinese state actors waxing lyrical about blockchain technology, Joseph Lubin — co-founder of Ethereum, says Beijing will not adopt the more decentralized aspects of the emerging technology. Lubin who is also the ConsenSys chief opines that the country’s proposed digital currency will ultimately become another system of control...
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Researchers Argue Lone Whale Manipulated Bitcoin in 2017 (blockonomi.com) 11/05/2019 - 11:17am
Two researchers who made waves last year for publishing a paper alleging Tether (USDT) was likely used to manipulate the bitcoin price in 2017 are extending that work with a revised paper in which they argue a single whale, or a holder with a massive amount of cryptocurrency, seems to have been the source of that manipulation. The new paper, which...
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Microsoft Aims New Token Minting Platform at Mainstream Users (blockonomi.com) 11/05/2019 - 11:10am
In a year that’s seen more than a few blockchain developments backed by Microsoft, the tech giant continues to push the bill, this time with a preview roll out of its new token minting platform for its cloud services arm, Microsoft Azure. Announced on November 4th at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Florida, the platform — dubbed Azure...
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DeFi Anchor: Has the Rise of Its Biggest Apps Made Ethereum Unforkable? (blockonomi.com) 11/04/2019 - 8:32am
Has the inertia of Ethereum and its consequent accrual of most of the cryptoeconomy’s most popular decentralized finance apps made it “unforkable,” i.e. unlikely to split on political grounds like the Ethereum vs. Ethereum Classic schism? Two researchers think it’s possible. That’s per Leland Lee and Haseeb Qureshi, who under the banner of...
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Central Bank of Argentina Clamps Down on Credit Card Bitcoin Buys (blockonomi.com) 11/04/2019 - 8:27am
The monetary situation in Argentina isn’t pretty right now, and related tightening efforts in the country are intensifying. This week, the nation’s central bank issued a series of new domestic restrictions on credit cards, one of which was to ban their ability to facilitate purchases of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies . The restrictions come as...
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Bobby Lee: Crypto Entrepreneur Shilled Bitcoin to Bruce Willis (blockonomi.com) 11/04/2019 - 8:21am
Bitcoin adoption has taken place and can take place in many different settings — a son convincing his father to purchase cryptocurrency over dinner, a Venezuelan finding their local currency deflating away, a Hong Kong citizen realizing that they can’t get their money out of banks , and so on and so forth. One quite interesting setting is...
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Crypto Market Update: Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP & XLM Price Analysis 1st Nov (blockonomi.com) 11/01/2019 - 4:48am
Bitcoin price rallied significantly above the $8,700 and $9,200 resistance levels. BTC/USD even climbed above $10,400 before starting a downside correction. The price is currently consolidating above $9,000 and preparing for the next break. Similarly, there were strong gains in most major altcoins, including Ethereum (ETH), ripple (XRP), bitcoin...
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Binance to Open Beijing Office After President Xi Endorses Blockchain (blockonomi.com) 11/01/2019 - 2:15am
When Binance launched in 2017, it was headquartered in China — the long-time home of an array of leading Bitcoin startups, including Bitmain. But, when the country announced that it had intentions to ban cryptocurrency trading, the now prominent cryptocurrency upstart moved a majority of its operations out of China in search of greener pastures...
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200 German Banks Call for Digital Euro with Smart Contract Compatibility (blockonomi.com) 11/01/2019 - 2:11am
A digital euro with smart contract functionalities backed by the European Union? It could and should happen , according to the Association of German Banks. The association, a collective of private banks that coordinate as the principal lobbyists for Germany’s finance industry and counts national mainstays like Deutsche Bank among its ranks, called...
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Bitcoin Market Debacle: Coinbase Pro Goes Down, Price Goes Wild (blockonomi.com) 11/01/2019 - 2:08am
What a day it’s been for the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets. Thursday saw the leading cryptocurrency trade at some absurd levels on some leading platforms due to an array of technological patterns. Some say that this decimates any chances of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) making it to market, at least in the U.S. anyway . Bitcoin Market...
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One Down, Next Decade Up: Happy 11th Birthday to Bitcoin Whitepaper (blockonomi.com) 11/01/2019 - 2:03am
11 years ago on October 31st, the mind or minds behind the Satoshi Nakamoto pseudonym released the Bitcoin whitepaper , marking the first time the public was introduced to the alternative currency system — a “purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash,” per its creator — that’s gone on to capture the attention of millions. What hasn’t changed...
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Smart Investing: Gold or Bitcoin? (blockonomi.com) 11/01/2019 - 1:49am
For centuries, individuals and nations alike universally recognized gold as a stable and consistent store of value that could be exchanged between two parties as a form of payment, and it even eventually went on to be the asset backing various paper currencies. Despite this, governments across the globe have been moving away from this precedent...
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Deutsche Bank Changes Tune: Sponsors Bitmain IPO (blockonomi.com) 10/31/2019 - 10:23am
If you’ve been on Crypto Twitter at all, you likely know that German financial institution Deutsche Bank has long been an enemy of the diehard strain of Bitcoin enthusiasts for years now. Not only does Deutsche Bank deal in fiat, but in early 2018, the firm wrote in an extensive research report that “Bitcoin is actually worthless; it is just a...
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IBM Report: Central Bank Digital Currencies Getting Closer to Reality (blockonomi.com) 10/31/2019 - 10:15am
Multinational tech powerhouse IBM has co-published a new report that hails central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs, as all but inevitable in the years ahead. Written in collaboration with the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), the report, which was commissioned by IBM for use by “policy-makers, industry specialists, [and...
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