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22 Mar
  • 18:52

    Over recent weeks, the cryptocurrency market has seemingly began to embark on a slow and steady recovery. While the asset class took a slight tumble on Thursday, with Bitcoin (BTC) falling by 1.33%, cryptocurrencies are still nearing their year-to-date highs. The simple fact has led some crypto analysts to begin touting bullish sentiment, as the technical and fundamentals tides have seemingly begun to turn in BTC’s favor. Prominent trader Filb Filb joined in with his own optimism recently, issuing a number of charts accentuating his/her belief that digital assets, especially Bitcoin, are poised for a rally. (Ethereum World News)

  • 18:31

    China’s Center for Information and Industry Development has released its latest crypto project ranking. Tron and EOS top the list out of the 35 crypto projects evaluated while Bitcoin has been downgraded slightly. The center also evaluated the projects independently based on basic technology, applicability, and creativity. (Bitcoin.com)

  • 18:19

    Ethereum mastermind Vitalik Buterin, who holds 350,000 ETH in his main wallet address, allegedly cashed out $40 million worth of ETH between June 2017 and February 2018. The findings came to light by Alex Sunnarborg, a founding partner of the crypto hedge fund Tetra Capital, who dug into Vitalik’s historical account data. (CCN)

  • 18:07

    American prediction market startup and hedge fund Numerai (NMR) has raised $11 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) to launch its project Erasure, Numerai tweeted on March 21. Introduced in late 2016, Numeraire network provides a blockchain and cryptographic token-based ecosystem for incentivizing anonymous data scientists to create predictive models. Based on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain, Numeraire tokens are used in trading market predictions on the startup’s platform. (Cointelegraph)

  • 17:58

    Overstock’s security token platform tZERO is going full crypto. Until now, security tokens had been the startup’s priority, but this summer, tZERO plans to launch its own mobile trading app for buying and selling bitcoin and, possibly, ether, CEO Saum Noursalehi told CoinDesk Thursday. The app for IOS and Android devices is scheduled to launch in June and is being developed by Bitsy — a crypto startup in the portfolio of Overstock’s venture arm Medici Ventures. (CoinDesk)

  • 17:36

    U.S. CFTC commissioner Dan Berkovitz says the futures and options markets regulator is working hard on the Bakkt proposal. While he’s refused to provide an approval deadline, he did say that the agency is not anti-crypto or anti-blockchain. (CCN)

  • 16:59

    Ripple price declined heavily and turned bearish against the US Dollar and bitcoin. XRP/USD may consolidate in the short term and upsides are likely to remain capped near $0.3100 and $0.3120. (NewsBTC)

  • 14:06

    ConsenSys spin-out BlockApps is working with Bayer Crop Science, the controversial agricultural giant formerly known as Monsanto. The multinational corporation is collaborating on several BlockApps pilot projects, CoinDesk has learned, although the firm declined to specify how many. The projects began as proof-of-concept implementations in 2018. (CoinDesk)

  • 13:56

    The hype surrounding the US presidential election in 2020 is growing palpable, and one candidate, Andrew Yang, is getting significant attention from the cryptocurrency community. Yang, of the Democratic Party, is absolutely the favorite of internet memelords, but he isn’t the only one appealing to the blockchain crowd. Hard Fork investigated the Twitter feeds of every confirmed presidential candidate (as well as a few rumored ones) to figure out who the cryptocurrency community prefers most. (The Next Web)

  • 13:42

    Major American postal carrier UPS and e-commerce technology company Inxeption have jointly rolled out a blockchain-powered platform to improve merchant supply chains. The development was announced in a press release published on March 21. The new blockchain platform dubbed Inxeption Zippy is designed to help companies list, market and distribute their products to customers. The platform purportedly enables merchants to monitor the entire supply chain from product listing to delivery, ensuring that sensitive data like contract-specific pricing and rates are only accessible to the buyer and seller. (Cointelegraph)

  • 13:29

    Japanese financial services company SBI Group announced the launch of SBIMC on March 22. SBIMC will engage in the manufacture of chips and mining business.

  • 13:20

    According to a recent report released by Abacus Journal, the number of licenses issued will increase over the next 12-24 months. In the past, it was very difficult to obtain the license, but things seem to be moving faster than before. The New York Attorney General (“NYAG) released a report that concluded that crypto trading platforms have different risk management strategies. The NYAG has identified three main concerns: potential conflicts of interest, lack of serious efforts to avoid abusive trading, and limited protection for investors. This report shows that there are some exchanges such as Kraken, Binance and also Gate.io that could be performing price manipulation and other fraudulent activities. It is worth mentioning that there have been introduced several virtual currency bills in the State Assembly. However, New York will not be amending the current rules or improve its legislation until 2020. (Bitcoin Exchange Guide)

  • 13:07

    Law firm Stewart McKelvey had a conflict of interest because it represented both QuadrigaCX and Jennifer Robertson, the widow of the failed cryptocurrency exchange’s founder Gerald Cotten. That’s according to a letter sent to creditors Wednesday from Miller Thomson, one of two law firms appointed as representative counsel for Quadriga customers by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. (CoinDesk)

  • 12:01

    Facebook is developing its own cryptocurrency for payments, according to at least two reports, a move that has the potential to make the social network billions of dollars while also helping to eliminate fake news and bots. (Computerworld)

  • 11:57

    Africa continues to dominate Google Trends search interest for “bitcoin,” but that has not translated into widespread adoption of cryptocurrency by users and businesses. Apart from opaque regulation and a lack of awareness, one of the major reasons for this failure has been the expansive use of mobile money on the continent. (Bitcoin.com)

  • 11:33

    The volatile price action in the crypto markets over the past year and a half has proved to investors that despite each major altcoin having (mostly) unique features and use-cases, their prices are still extremely influenced by the overall market price action, and especially that of Bitcoin. Now, a recent research report conducted and published by cryptocurrency exchange Binance gives a significant amount of insight into how correlated various cryptocurrencies are with Bitcoin, other altcoins, and the US Dollar, and highlights an interesting trend developing in the first few months of 2019 and over the past year. (NewsBTC)

  • 11:04

    Jared Rice Sr., founder of crypto bank AriseBank, pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud Wednesday in federal court. The Dallas News reported Thursday that Rice, who was arrested last year, admitted to scamming investors out of $4.2 million by selling AriseCoin tokens and promising that customers would receive Visa credit cards and accounts insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). (CoinDesk)

  • 10:54

    Bakkt, ICE’s yet-to-launch crypto exchange, is being valued at around $740 million following its Series A funding round, sources close to the project tell The Block. The exchange raised $182.5 million last year, pitching a futures trading platform geared at institutions. Its approximate $740 million post-money valuation means ICE may have sold up to 25% of shares to external investors like Galaxy, Pantera, Microsoft and Starbucks – the latter having contributed no capital in return. (The Block)

  • 10:51

    A longstanding big blocker, a Bitcoin Cash developer and a “founding” member of Bitcoin Unlimited (BU) has resigned his membership of BU over what he says is a muted response to a lawsuit by apparent BSV supporters. Antony Zegers says: “I have decided that I would no longer like to be a member of Bitcoin Unlimited. The reason is that I feel Bitcoin Unlimited, as an organization, is too closely associated with the Bitcoin SV community…” (TrustNodes)

  • 10:39

    Wasabi, the popular anonymizing Bitcoin $BTC▼1.35% wallet, has been duplicated in an apparent bid to steal your Bitcoin — and the ruse comes complete with an entirely phony website. Wasabi’s co-founder, nopara73, shared the discovery this morning: “The first malware that pretends to be Wasabi […]. Notice only the Windows download link points to their own website, the rest is to our GitHub?” he tweeted. (The Next Web)

  • 10:35

    Bitmain, the largest manufacturer of cryptocurrency mining equipment by market share, is scaling up its capacity to mine ahead of an expected drop in electricity costs in China this summer. According to mining farm operators in China’s southwestern provinces familiar with Bitmain’s plan, the Beijing-based company will be deploying about 200,000 units of its own mining equipment in the area to take advantage of the low electricity costs during the summer resulting from excess hydropower. (CoinDesk)

  • 10:21

    B2C2, a cryptocurrency liquidity provider based in London, has hired Rob Catalanello, a 25-year veteran of Wall Street, to lead its expansion into the U.S. Catalanello has held senior positions at the New York office of French bank Credit Agricole, where he was the head of fixed-income sales, and at Merrill Lynch (now part of Bank of America), where he ran foreign exchange (FX) sales. Earlier, he worked at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan. (CoinDesk)

  • 10:15

    Lykke launches two new Crypto indexes: Smart LyCI, Pay LyCI and their associated service tokens, growing its series of products aiming to provide a simple path to the crypto market. Earlier this year, Lykke launched its Crypto Index, LyCI, which tracks the Top 25 blockchain projects by market cap – rebalanced minute by minute – and its associated Service Token. When buying the LyCI Service Token, users invest in the assets tracked by LyCI and can request at any time the delivery service of the underlying assets. LyCI offers an easy way to invest in the Blockchain market as a whole without the hassle of keeping track of its rapid changes. (Ethereum World News)

  • 10:09

    United States’ Missoula County, also referred to as a hub of five valleys, is planning to regulate cryptocurrency miners so that they comply with zoning and noise regulations and most importantly, forgo fossil fuel energy in an effort to reduce climate change, as reported by the local publication Missoulan on March 20. (Blokt)

  • 09:45

    Bithumb was the top exchange by total volume in February, followed by Binance and ZB. Bithumb’s total trading volume in February was 26.8 billion USD (up 2.8% since January). Meanwhile, Binance traded a total of 18.9 billion USD (up 8%), followed by ZB at 18.1 billion USD (down 7.8%). (The Daily Hodl)

21 Mar
  • 18:57

    The multimillion-dollar blockchain Tezos has officially concluded its first round of voting for two competing system-wide upgrade proposals. Having raised a record fundraising amount of $232 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) in 2017, the Tezos blockchain officially launched last September. It was valued at over $1 billion at the time and presently sits at roughly $360 million in market capitalization, according to CoinMarketCap. (CoinDesk)

  • 18:30

    According to Patrick Larsen, CEO and co-founder of ZenLedger.io, unlike the internet in the 1990s, blockchain is something that large companies are predicting will be a sculpting force in the digital landscape: “I think things are likely to be more centralized in the foreseeable future. Blockchain is not going to catch anyone napping like the Internet did in 1995. All the Fortune 50 sees this coming and are actively taking steps to prepare and benefit from blockchain.” (CryptoSlate)

  • 18:18

    United States-based payment platform Square is hiring cryptocurrency engineers and is offering to pay them in digital currency, according to a tweet published by Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey on March 20. In the tweet, Dorsey announces that “Square is hiring 3–4 crypto engineers and one designer to work full-time on open source contributions to the Bitcoin/crypto ecosystem. Work from anywhere, report directly to me, and we can even pay you in Bitcoin!” (Cointelegraph)

  • 18:18

    At least one scammer is reportedly gaming other users on the blockchain-powered event betting platform Augur by creating deliberately invalid markets, according to a Reddit thread published on March 20. Created by the non-profit Forecast Foundation, Augur is an Ethereum (ETH) mainnet-based predictions platform, which launched in July 2018. The platform allows users to stake tokens to bet on predictions of the outcome of a given event. (Cointelegraph)

  • 17:57

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen, previously both prime minister of Denmark and secretary-general of NATO, has joined blockchain identity startup Concordium as a strategic advisor. In an announcement Wednesday, the Switzerland-based firm’s chairman, Lars Seier Christensen, said Rasmussen will play a “pivotal” role in the firm’s global expansion plans. Concordium was founded by Christensen, who also founded Saxo Bank and was formerly its CEO. The startup is building what it describes as an identity (ID) and know-your-customer (KYC)-validating, regulatorily compliant blockchain network. (CoinDesk)

  • 17:49

    An Indian crypto exchange has launched a program that allows its users to earn interest on their cryptocurrencies held at the exchange. Initially, users can lend BTC, USDT, BNB, XRP, and ETH. The CEO of the exchange has shared details about this new offering with news.Bitcoin.com. (Bitcoin.com)

  • 16:23

    Security token platform Polymath has partnered with digital securities fundraising platform seriesOne to offer an “end-to-end” solution for security token issuance. SeriesOne announced the news Tuesday, saying the new product will enable issuers to create and manage security tokens that are “compliant throughout their entire lifecycle,” that is, from initial offering to trading on a secondary exchange. The two aim to simplify the “complex challenges” of creating and managing security tokens. The new solution would be a “critical” component of seriesOne’s digital securities offering ecosystem, the firm said. (CoinDesk)

  • 16:09

    Ethereum Co-Founder Vitalik Buterin was live from New York on Wednesday night. He was spotlighted in a live-stream interview with Laura Shin for the crypto journalist’s Unchained podcast, a sold-out event that was held at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Buterin remained diplomatic with his responses, even inserting bits of humor and moxie where appropriate. The blockchain pioneer fielded questions on everything from the Ethereum (ETH) price to regulation to ICOs to Satoshi Nakamoto. (CCN)

  • 15:49

    Brian Kelly, Founder and CEO of BKCM LLC, a digital currency investment firm, spoke about the announcement on a CNBC segment of Fast Money Traders. Brian suggested that the Bitcoin market might have hit its bottom, after trading between the $3,000-$4,000 range. He also added that the Bitcoin market witnessed improvements in its underlying fundamentals since the passing of the worst bear market. (AMBCrypto)

  • 15:21

    Blockchain-related A shares surge by 2.33% at close. There are a total of 87 blockchain-related shares in the Chinese stock market, 78 of which posted some gains with 2 reaching the daily limit up.

  • 15:20

    Galaxy Capital-backed institutional trading and portfolio management platform Caspian is launching trading in cryptocurrency derivatives. Caspian announced Wednesday that it has integrated its platform with the Deribit exchange to offer futures and options (F&O) trading in crypto assets. Deribit offers futures and options trading for bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH), and also provides another perpetual swap product for bitcoin. The exchange does not charge for deposits and withdrawals and “up to 100x leverage”, Caspian said. (CoinDesk)

  • 14:57

    Exchange coins have managed to sustain a strong momentum over the past days, with OKB posting a 24-hour gain of more than 8%, HT of more than 3% and BIX more than 40%. BNB has seen a small gain of 0.33% over a 24-hour period.

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  • 14:53

    Seed CX, a crypto exchange operator, has announced today that it would launch several new currency pairs. At the moment, the options for the company’s customers are actually pretty limited since they do not include a lot of options. However, the change will introduce two new trading pairs for institutional investors: Bitcoin Cash (BCH / USD) and Litecoin (LTC / USD). Edward Woodford, the co-founder and CEO of the trading company, has affirmed that Seed CX is considerably excited to start the live trading of the two new popular assets. (Bitcoin Exchange Guide)

  • 14:35

    McDonald’s in the Philippines has partnered with LoyalCoin to provide a cryptocurrency-based rewards program for customers. Now, users of the app can spend crypto on transactions at McDonald’s for rewards. (CryptoSlate)

  • 14:15

    On Mar. 20th, Jack Dorsey announced the launch of Square Crypto, an initiative where Dorsey is paying people to “make the broader crypto ecosystem better.” Dorsey is a long-time Bitcoin proponent and was the impetus behind Cash App’s BTC buy, sell, and spend features. (CryptoSlate)

  • 14:01

    Sharia-compliant crypto exchange Rain just added XRP to its platform. The digital asset is one of a select number of cryptocurrencies approved by the Bahrain-based exchange, joining Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin. Rain graduated from the Central Bank of Bahrain’s (CBB) regulatory sandbox in February, as reported by the Saudi Gazette. (The Daily Hodl)

  • 13:43

    VanEck, the major New York City exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider with $47 billion worth of assets under management, remains confident that despite its fall from above $19,500 to its current mark near $4,000, “Bitcoin is not going away.” (CCN)

  • 13:33

    Stellar Lumens, the Ripple and XRP competitor, announced that they were open to business with banks and financial institutions from around 72 countries around the world with the launch of their proprietary product, ‘World Wire’. The news caused an upheaval among enthusiasts as large sums of XLM were moved on March 20, 2019. Whale Alert, a Twitter page that posts massive transactions, caught the movement. In the first transaction, a whopping 1 billion XLM was moved on March 20, 2019, at 1:03 AM. The transaction was sent from the wallet GDKI to GDQP. The second transaction was initiated from GDQP, where 1,000,000,331 XLM was moved to GBDU two minutes after the first transaction. (AMBCrypto)

  • 13:29

    Lightning Labs has released a new feature aimed at improving the usability of the lightning network, a bitcoin payment channel technology aimed at scaling the cryptocurrency. Called “Lightning Loop,” users will now be able to receive bitcoin in increasing quantities without having to close and reopen new payment channels. (CoinDesk)

  • 13:16

    Cryptocurrency ATM operator Värdex Suisse has introduced BHC support to its devices. The company is a financially regulated entity that provides access to digital assets through its teller machines, POS services and partnerships with retailers in Switzerland and abroad. (Bitcoin.com)

  • 11:49

    Two names in this space have excelled over the past 12 months, carving out what scant space there is for themselves in interesting, yet effective ways. These companies are known as Morgan Creek Digital (MCD) and Ikigai Asset Management, and they’re two U.S.-based cryptocurrency-centric funds focused on bolstering adoption and viable applications. Funnily enough, the MCD and Ikigai decided to join hands on Wednesday, issuing a press release to reveal that they had formally joined hands. (Ethereum World News)

  • 11:35

    Two cryptocurrency benchmark indices from data provider CoinMarketCap will launch today on financial data feeds from Nasdaq Global Index Data Service (GIDS), Bloomberg Terminal, Thomson Reuters Eikon (Refinitiv) and Germany’s Börse Stuttgart, as well as on its own platform. CoinMarketCap announced the news Wednesday, saying that the benchmark indices will be the “most comprehensive” crypto data offerings for the markets, covering the top 200 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, one including bitcoin (BTC) and the other without. (CoinDesk)

  • 11:23

    Cybersecurity solutions provider Kudelski Security has entered a strategic partnership with smart contracts auditing firm Hosho in order to provide greater security for blockchain ecosystems. The news was announced in a press release from Kudelski on March 19. (Cointelegraph)

  • 11:14

    Coinbase Custody announced on Twitter that the platform now supports deposits and withdrawals for Zilliqa (ZIL).

  • 11:10

    According to new documents published on Wednesday regarding the second creditors’ meeting, the original amount that the trustee pegged was about $624 million. However, since the first creditors’ meeting in September last year, that amount has decreased. As such, the current amount that they have discovered and reclaimed is going to be placed in the trust that will protect it from the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings. Documentation shows that MTGOX Co., Ltd is in possession of over 141,000 Bitcoin and over 42,000 Bitcoin Cash. (Bitcoin Exchange Guide)

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