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If not now, when? (theblockcrypto.com) 04/10/2020 - 3:27am
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The Block Research Monthly Analyst Calls (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 8:34pm
The Block Research hosts monthly analyst calls on the second Tuesday of each month at 11:30am. Analyst calls consist of coverage of the past month’s research and relevant events followed by an open Q&A for The Block Research members. You can register for all upcoming analyst calls here. This page will be updated with the most recent analyst...
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Facebook sues developer for making software that helped advertisers promote COVID-19, crypto scams (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 6:45pm
Facebook said Thursday that it has filed suit against the founder of a software firm whose tools allegedly helped scammers run deceptive ads on the social media giant's platform. According to a Thursday announcement , Facebook is suing Basant Gajjar, founder of a company called LeadCloak, for selling "cloaking" software to disrupt the platform’s...
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Galaxy Digital’s fourth-quarter 2019 earnings: Betting big on bitcoin (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 6:15pm
Quick Take We refreshed our Galaxy Digital coverage from new 4Q19 filings As a publicly-traded crypto “merchant bank” with a portfolio of over 45 investments, filings highlight rare data points of both private investment and digital asset trading performance This research piece is available to members of The Block Genesis . You can continue...
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Bitcoin Cash hash rate drops following block reward halving (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 3:54pm
New data indicates that Bitcoin Cash's hashrate has fallen since the network's per-block reward subsidy halving this week. As The Block previously reported, the halving was Bitcoin Cash's first since the breakaway cryptocurrency's formation in 2017. The event took place at 10:19 am UTC on Wednesday, leading to a reduction in the number of coins...
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A closed-end fund tied to bitcoin has been listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 1:38pm
Canada’s first fund tied to bitcoin has been listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). Canadian asset manager 3iQ in Nov. 2019 filed a prospectus for a regulated fund tied to bitcoin, appropriately dubbed The Bitcoin Fund. It is a closed-end fund aimed to add "exposure to the digital currency bitcoin and the daily price movements of the U.S...
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Top blockchain analytics firms cut staff, reduce salaries to blunt coronavirus pandemic impact (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 12:02pm
Quick Take Top blockchain analytics firms – Elliptic, Chainalysis and CipherTrace – are moving to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic Elliptic has cut 30% of its workforce in the U.S. and the U.K., CEO James Smith told The Block Chainalysis is planning a 10% pay cut, while CipherTrace has cut staff in its sales and marketing...
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Top blockchain analytics firms cut staff, reduce salaries to blunt coronavirus pandemic impact - The Block Crypto (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 12:02pm
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Crypto exchange Gemini is adding a stablecoin to its list of tradable assets (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 11:19am
Beginning Friday, crypto exchange Gemini will support three new digital currencies: Chainlink, Orchid and the stablecoin Dai. Gemini already offers trading and custody support for bitcoin, ether, and bitcoin cash, litecoin, and Zcash. The addition of Dai represents the exchange's first listing of a stablecoin. Earlier this week, the exchange...
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Bitcoin mining hardware maker Canaan lost $148.6M in 2019, according to new financials (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 10:31am
Canaan, the Nasdaq-listed bitcoin mining equipment maker, reported a net loss of $148 million for 2019. The Hangzhou, China-based company disclosed in its unaudited Q4 and 2019 financial results, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that its total net revenue in 2019 was $204.3 million – nearly half of what it earned in 2018...
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Bitcoin mining hardware maker Canaan lost $148.6M in 2019, according to new financials - The Block Crypto (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 10:31am
Bitcoin mining hardware maker Canaan lost $148.6M in 2019, according to new financials The Block Crypto
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State regulators crack down on crypto mining firm that touted COVID-19 donation (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 9:53am
Regulators in the U.S. states of Texas and Maryland have issued emergency cease-and-desist orders to a cryptocurrency mining company that touted its donations to COVID-19 relief efforts as part of its sales pitch. Ultra Mining , according to the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB), had offered would-be investors the chance to double their money...
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Blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis partners with infrastructure providers to reach new markets (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 9:11am
Blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis has launched a partnership program to work with major infrastructure providers around the world. Founded in 2014, Chainalysis offers compliance and investigation software for governments, banks, and crypto enterprises to understand regulatory requirements and trace the flow of funds. According to a Thursday...
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Fold joins Visa fintech program to launch debit card with bitcoin cashback rewards (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 9:10am
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Fidelity Digital Assets expands crypto trading product amid business influx (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 9:07am
The cryptocurrency unit of $7 trillion asset management giant Fidelity is expanding the range of its offering. The move comes as its experiences record trading days while coronavirus anxiety rattles global markets. The Boston-based venture offers clients a platform on which they can store and trade bitcoin across various venues. To date, those...
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Crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital invests in BlockFi (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 9:00am
Singapore-based crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital, co-founded by Su Zhu and Kyle Davies, has invested an undisclosed amount in crypto lender BlockFi. Announcing the news on Thursday, BlockFi said Three Arrows Capital has been its client for nearly a year and now has become its investor via a secondary market transaction. Investment fund Able...
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Weekly U.S. jobless claims rise to more than 16.5 million in just the last 3 weeks (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 8:45am
The U.S. Department of Labor reported a third consecutive week of unprecedented levels of initial weekly jobless claims. According to the data published by the DOL, seasonally adjusted weekly jobless claims from the week of April 4th remained at 6.6 million. The figure was just under last week's reported 6.65 million reported on March 28th. In a...
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Bitfinex is the most liquid spot exchange based on order book depth (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 8:03am
Quick Take Bitfinex has the most liquid Bitcoin and Ethereum pairs based on the order book depth analysis Other than Bitfinex, Coinbase, Kraken, Bitstamp, and Binance appear to have the deepest liquidity when it comes to BTC, ETH, and XRP Bitcoin appears to be three times as liquid as Ethereum and more than 11 times as liquid as XRP This feature...
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Crypto market maker B2C2 acquires equity stake in bitcoin exchange LGO (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 8:00am
Cryptocurrency market maker B2C2 has acquired an equity and token stake in institutional bitcoin exchange LGO. Revealing the news exclusively to The Block on Thursday, France-based LGO said the partnership had been in the pike for a couple of months. B2C2 has been a market maker on LGO, providing liquidity for the exchange. Since the beginning of...
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Crypto market maker B2C2 acquires equity stake in bitcoin exchange LGO - The Block Crypto (theblockcrypto.com) 04/09/2020 - 8:00am
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A brief history of the QR code (theblockcrypto.com) 04/08/2020 - 5:21pm
Quick Take QR codes were invented by a Japanese manufacturing company in 1994 The Block takes a look into the history of their development This research piece is available to members of The Block Genesis . You can continue reading this Genesis research on The Block .
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Galaxy Digital reports a $32.9M net loss for the final quarter of 2019 (theblockcrypto.com) 04/08/2020 - 3:16pm
Crypto merchant bank Galaxy Digital Holding experienced a $32.9 million net loss in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to the latest financial release from the company. The disclosure comes as its stock continues a downward trend that began with its 2019 high last June. In a Q4 earnings call Wednesday morning, the Canadian TSX Venture exchange-...
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BitMEX cedes bitcoin futures market dominance as Binance, Huobi, and OKEx inch ahead (theblockcrypto.com) 04/08/2020 - 1:53pm
BitMEX – the marketplace that once dominated the bitcoin derivatives trading market with its perpetual swaps product – has seen its market share slide since March 12's market sell-off. Data from analytics provider Skew indicates that the crypto derivatives exchange's daily BTC futures trading volume (perpetual swaps included) dropped significantly...
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BitMEX cedes bitcoin futures market dominance as Binance, Huobi, and OKEx inch ahead - The Block Crypto (theblockcrypto.com) 04/08/2020 - 1:53pm
BitMEX cedes bitcoin futures market dominance as Binance, Huobi, and OKEx inch ahead The Block Crypto
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Indemnity, insurance and (Riot) blockchain (theblockcrypto.com) 04/08/2020 - 1:11pm
Quick Take Honig et al. v. Riot Blockchain is a new lawsuit filed in New York federal court on April 3, 2020. The plaintiffs and Riot Blockchain were sued in numerous lawsuits alleging violations of securities laws; an SEC investigation was also commenced. Plaintiffs in this lawsuit say they are entitled to indemnity from Riot for the costs...
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Indemnity, insurance and (Riot) blockchain - The Block Crypto (theblockcrypto.com) 04/08/2020 - 1:11pm
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Forbes’s new billionaire list features four crypto entrepreneurs with a combined $8.7 billion net worth (theblockcrypto.com) 04/08/2020 - 11:59am
Four crypto entrepreneurs – with a combined net worth of $8.7 billion – have made it to Forbes’ 2020 global billionaires list. On Forbes’ newly-released billionaire list , Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos occupies the top spot with a $113 billion net worth, followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, fashion magnate Bernard Arnault, and American investor...
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Crypto exchanges aren’t openly discussing acquisition plans, but they’re getting ready to buy (theblockcrypto.com) 04/08/2020 - 9:53am
Quick Take It’s a tough environment out there for crypto startups The global pandemic has cooled M&A activity across the board But exchanges are still gearing up to snap up deals, as recent developments indicate. This feature story is available to subscribers of The Block Daily . You can continue reading this Daily feature on The Block .
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A new bitcoin-backed token ‘tzBTC’ launches on the Tezos blockchain (theblockcrypto.com) 04/08/2020 - 9:06am
A group of Switzerland-based crypto firms has come together to launch “tzBTC” - a 1:1 bitcoin-backed token on the Tezos blockchain. The news was announced on Wednesday by the Bitcoin Association Switzerland, which monitors the tzBTC system. It said tzBTC gives holders the ability to interact with Tezos smart contracts while pegging to the value of...
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Bitcoin Cash just went through its first halving (theblockcrypto.com) 04/08/2020 - 8:23am
Bitcoin Cash (BCH), one of bitcoin’s forks and the fourth-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, has just undergone its first halving at block number 630,000. The event, which occurred at 10:19 am UTC on Wednesday, will see the amount of BCH produced with each new transaction block reduce from 12.5 BCH to 6.25 BCH. As a result, BCH...
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Decentralized crypto exchange Bisq halts trading due to ‘critical security vulnerability’ (theblockcrypto.com) 04/08/2020 - 4:05am
Decentralized or non-custodial cryptocurrency exchange Bisq has halted trading until further notice due to a “critical security vulnerability.” Announcing the news on Tuesday, Bisq said it has used the alert key to "temporarily disable trading." "Bisq is a proper distributed peer-to-peer network. So you can override the latest alert key...
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New alliance launches to connect DeFi projects with Chicago crypto trading firms (theblockcrypto.com) 04/07/2020 - 9:33pm
A group of Chicago-based crypto trading shops is coming together to connect more closely with Open Finance (DeFi) projects. Volt Capital, Jump Trading, CMT Trading and DRW Trading launched today the Chicago DeFi Alliance (CDA. The organization, announced late Tuesday in a blog post , seeks to bring together the Chicago-based trading firms and DeFi...
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Personal finance platform SoFi to acquire payment processor Galileo in a $1.2 billion deal (theblockcrypto.com) 04/07/2020 - 3:12pm
Personal finance platform SoFi has signed an acquisition agreement to purchase payments software company Galileo in a $1.2 billion deal. Founded in 2000, Galileo utilizes API technology to connect banks to credit card processors. Its API and payments platform has been serving not only the SoFi's own cash management account product SoFi Money , but...
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Bitcoin miners made $380 million in revenue during March, new data shows (theblockcrypto.com) 04/07/2020 - 2:22pm
New data gathered by The Block Research shows that bitcoin miners brought in an estimated $380.1 million during the month of March. That figure represents a 25 percent decline compared to February, as shown in the graph below. The number is based on the assumption that miners sell their bitcoin holdings immediately and is drawn from the daily...
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What crypto exchanges are saying about the upcoming bitcoin block reward halving (theblockcrypto.com) 04/07/2020 - 11:35am
The bitcoin block reward halving – a hotly-anticipated event during which the amount of BTC produced with each new transaction block will fall from 12.5 BTC to 6.25 BTC – is expected to occur next month. The event takes place roughly every four years and is intended to ensure the scarcity of bitcoin, with the total planned supply of bitcoin fixed...
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March by the numbers: A look at crypto exchange volumes, open interest and miner revenue (theblockcrypto.com) 04/07/2020 - 11:20am
Quick Take Cryptocurrency volumes on spot exchanges saw an increase of 22.4% in March, reaching a 9-month high Open interest and volume on derivative exchanges are down more than 50% on derivatives exchanges Adjusted value settled of Bitcoin and Ethereum saw a decrease of 8.1% M/M Bitcoin miners generated $380 million in March, which is down 25% M...
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Ethereum’s next decade: Vitalik Buterin discusses the high-priority work to come for ETH 1.x and 2.0 teams (theblockcrypto.com) 04/07/2020 - 10:59am
Quick Take Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin recently published a roadmap to outline ETH 1.x and ETH 2.0 development work for the next 5-10 years According to Buterin, ETH 1.x teams have made considerable progress on EIP 1559 and the conversion from a hexary tree to a binary tree Buterin emphasized ETH 2.0’s significance when it comes to...
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Crypto exchange spreads soared during March market meltdown, B2C2 data shows (theblockcrypto.com) 04/07/2020 - 9:36am
Spreads across digital asset exchanges soared during March as anxiety gripped global markets, according to data compiled by cryptocurrency over-the-counter trading firm B2C2. The difference between the price at which a trader is willing to buy an asset and the price for which they are willing to sell it, the bid-ask spread tends to widen during...
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Money 2.0 Stuff: How many years is a DAO year? (theblockcrypto.com) 04/07/2020 - 6:35am
Quick Take The Maker Foundation makes an announcement This research piece is available to members of The Block Genesis . You can continue reading this Genesis research on The Block .
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Crypto miner Bitfarms lays off staff citing coronavirus effects (theblockcrypto.com) 04/07/2020 - 6:00am
Cryptocurrency mining firm Bitfarms, which is listed on Canada’s TSX Venture Exchange, has cut staff citing coronavirus effects. Announcing the news on Monday, Bitfarms said the move is “temporary” in line with government guidance to help combat the spread of coronavirus. Bitfarms has also implemented “permanent measures” to reduce overhead costs...
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Bitfinex ventures into staking space, offering 10% annual return on three tokens at launch (theblockcrypto.com) 04/07/2020 - 5:00am
Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has ventured into the red-hot staking space. Announcing the news on Tuesday, Bitfinex said users can earn annual rewards of 10% by depositing and holding proof-of-stake tokens on the exchange. “We are supporting EOS, V.Systems, and Cosmos (ATOM) tokens at launch, with Tezos (XTZ) to follow in May and then all...
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2019 blockchain patent filings show Chinese firms taking the lead (theblockcrypto.com) 04/06/2020 - 6:14pm
Quick Take Over 5,800 blockchain patents were filed in 2019 according to data from Google Patents Leading the charge are Chinese-based firms Of these filings, only 3% of them were granted in the same year. This research piece is available to members of The Block Genesis . You can continue reading this Genesis research on The Block .
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2019 blockchain patent filings show Chinese firms taking the lead - The Block Crypto (theblockcrypto.com) 04/06/2020 - 6:14pm
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BitMEX operator commits $400K to cybersecurity nonprofit Shadowserver (theblockcrypto.com) 04/06/2020 - 5:26pm
HDR Global Trading, the operator of cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX, has offered a $400,000 grant to nonprofit security organization Shadowserver Foundation. Started in 2004, Shadowserver collects and analyzes Internet security data daily to help service providers identify and address malicious activities. As shown on its website, the nonprofit is...
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Crypto exchanges report uptick in user registrations, trade volumes as coronavirus pandemic batters the global economy (theblockcrypto.com) 04/06/2020 - 1:53pm
Quick Take Major cryptocurrency exchanges appear to remain unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impact At least seven exchanges The Block spoke they have seen an uptick in user sign-ups and trading volumes These include Kraken, Gemini, Bitfinex, OKEx, Bitstamp, Paxful, and KyberSwap. This feature story is available to subscribers of The...
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Crypto exchange Kraken taps Marco Santori as chief legal officer (theblockcrypto.com) 04/06/2020 - 12:37pm
Kraken, the cryptocurrency exchange company, has hired veteran industry lawyer Marco Santori as its chief legal officer. The exchange firm said Monday that Santori "will use his experience with regulators, banks, payment service providers, broker-dealers, and several other key industry players to drive the next phase of Kraken's growth." Santori...
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Consensys, Gitcoin and more are launching a hackathon to help combat COVID-19 (theblockcrypto.com) 04/06/2020 - 11:11am
A group of companies including Consensys and fundraising platform Gitcoin are backing a virtual hackathon focused on solutions for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Announced last Thursday in a Consensys blog post, the hackathon aims to bring together developers and health experts to "build blockchain solutions to help collect, standardize, verify,...
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Gemini is adding support for Brave browser’s BAT token (theblockcrypto.com) 04/06/2020 - 10:58am
Crypto exchange Gemini is adding support for Brave browser’s BAT token later this month. Announcing the news on Monday, Gemini said users will be able to deposit BAT into their accounts beginning on April 24. Trading support for the token would be added "soon" thereafter. Once listed, BAT would be the sixth digital asset available for trading on...
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‘Libra competitor’ Saga token holders can now earn up to 9.9% annual interest (theblockcrypto.com) 04/06/2020 - 10:00am
Saga Monetary Technologies, which claims to provide Facebook’s Libra-like stablecoin, has listed its token SGA on crypto lending platform Celsius Network. Through this arrangement, holders of the SGA coin can earn up to 9.9% interest per annum, Saga announced on Monday. They will also be able to borrow cash or stablecoins against their SGA "at...
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Poloniex launches token sale platform, with Tron’s decentralized stablecoin system as first project (theblockcrypto.com) 04/06/2020 - 8:15am
Crypto exchange Poloniex has rolled out a new token issuance platform called “LaunchBase." Announced on Sunday, the platform's first supported project is Tron’s decentralized stablecoin system called “JUST.” JUST was initially named "Djed” when it was announced last week. It is the Tron Foundation’s MakerDAO-like stablecoin system. "LaunchBase has...
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