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  2. This week, the crypto market has been turned upside down after United States President Donald Trump tweeted about Facebook Libra, Bitcoin, and crypto. The tweet heard ‘round the world in the crypto space started a domino effect with nearly every US politician and regulatory body making comments about the digital asset class. In a new interview with Joe Kernen on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin said he shares the president’s concerns over cryptocurrencies, and plans to enforce “very very strong” regulations over digital currencies, which he says are used for an abundance of illicit activities. He even defends cash for being used for the same activities, much to Kernen’s suprise. US Secretary of Treasury: We Won’t Let Bitcoin Become the New Swiss Bank Account Earlier in the week, Steven Mnuchin, United States Secretary of Treasury, held an emergency meeting on crypto, saying they are used for “cybercrime, tax evasion, extortion, ransomware, illicit drugs, and human trafficking,” and revealed that the government would soon be cracking down on exchanges offering the digital asset class. Related Reading | The United States’ Distrust in Facebook Libra Is Spilling Into Crypto Continuing his crusade against Bitcoin, the politician and financial regulator says that he and his branch will be enforcing regulations “very, very strong” across the space. Are you saying cash has never been used for illicit purposes, @joesquawk asks in response to Mnuchin's concerns about #btc "We are going to make sure that bitcoin doesn't become the equivalent to swiss numbered bank accounts" says @stevenmnuchin1 pic.twitter.com/EnBsteTHzU — Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) July 18, 2019 “We are going to make sure that bitcoin doesn’t become the equivalent to Swiss numbered bank accounts which were obviously a real risk to the financial system,” he concluded. Mnuchin Pushes Back on Cash Associated Crime, Says Crypto Is the Concern CNBC Squawk Box host Joe Kernen was immediately taken aback by the secretary’s comments about crypto and its usage for crime. His retort was that cash has been used by over the centuries for the same crime that the Secretary says. He challenges the policy maker that if we stopped using a currency just due to it being used for illicit activities, we wouldn’t even be using cash – which he says is “laundered all the time, and used for nefarious activities.” Related Reading | US Treasury Increases Regulatory Pressure on Crypto, Warns of Its Unlawful Uses Mnuchin pushes back, saying that he doesn’t think that “cash is laundered all the time” – a statement that visually shocks Kernen as can be seen by his facial expression reaction to the comment, as almost if he’s in disbelief that the person in charge of money in the United States claims it isn’t use for activities. The US dollar is regularly exchanged under the table to avoid taxes, used in drug and human trafficking transactions, used for money laundering, and is essentially the “root of all evil.” Yet, Mnuchin and the rest of the world’s regulators are somehow demonizing crypto, for being used as a vehicle for the exact same thing. The post CNBC Analyst Calls Secretary Mnuchin Out on Bitcoin Criticism appeared first on NewsBTC. View the full article
  3. Litecoin has a bearish short-term bias, with the LTC / USD pair still undergoing a major downside breakout The four-hour time frame shows that bulls are testing back towards the neckline of a bearish head and shoulders pattern The daily time frame highlights a strong technical bounce from the LTC / USD pair’s 200-day moving average Litecoin / USD Short-term price analysis Litecoin has a bearish short-term bias, with the LTC / USD pair still in a bearish breakout mode over the lower time frames. The four-hour time frame is showing that LTC / USD pair is now testing back towards the neckline of the bearish head and shoulders pattern, following a sharp reversal from just below the $80.00 level. Key technical resistance above the neckline of the bearish pattern is located at the $107.00 and $120.00 levels. Technical indicators on the four-hour time frame are attempting to correct from extreme oversold conditions. LTC / USD H4 Chart by TradingView Pattern Watch Traders should note that the bearish head and shoulders pattern has yet to reach its overall downside target of $60.00. Relative Strength Index The Relative Strength Index on the four-hour time frame has turned bullish and is starting to issue a buy signal. MACD Indicator The MACD indicator is bullish on the four-hour time frame and continues to generate a buy signal. Litecoin / USD Medium-term price analysis Litecoin has a bullish medium-term trading bias, with the cryptocurrency holding price above its trend defining 200-period moving average. The daily time frame shows that a strong technical reversal from critical support has occurred, with the LTC / USD recovering back towards the initial bearish breakout zone. Key technical support for the LTC / USD pair is currently found at the $74.00 and $60.00 levels. Technical indicators on the daily time frame are attempting to move away from extreme oversold conditions. LTC / USD Daily Chart by TradingView Pattern Watch Traders should note that the bearish head and shoulders pattern remains technically valid on the daily time frame. Relative Strength Index The Relative Strength Index on the daily time frame is bearish and is also attempting to move away from extreme oversold territory. MACD Indicator The MACD indicator is bearish on the daily time frame, although it is attempting to correct from oversold conditions. Conclusion Litecoin has staged a solid upside recovery, following the much-awaited bearish attack towards the LTC / USD pair’s key 200-day moving average. The $100.00 to $80.00 price range is critical over the coming sessions and will ultimately decide whether the cryptocurrency continues to recover or falls back towards the $60.00 level. Check out our coin guide for an introduction to Litecoin. We also wrote a DARE for the project, analyzing the future prospects of the Bitcoin competitor. Litecoin ChartChart byCryptoCompare The post Litecoin Price Analysis LTC / USD: Bounce Back appeared first on Crypto Briefing. View the full article
  4. Investor and Shark Tank shark Kevin ‘Mr. Wonderful’ O’Leary has dismissed concerns raised against Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra. Speaking on CNBC, the avowed Bitcoin skeptic stated that Libra has the capacity to become accepted and consequently useful with effective regulation. Stemming from this O’Leary is bullish on the social media giant’s future prospects. On the other […] The post Shark Tank Celebrity Claims Facebook’s Libra Will Pummel Bitcoin to ‘Zero’ appeared first on CCN Markets View the full article
  5. Bitcoin surged $1,000 in just 30 minutes during U.S. trading hours Thursday, a move that found the leading cryptocurrency rising to $10,400. View the full article
  6. Zcash has a bearish short-term trading bias, with the cryptocurrency trading at its lowest level since May 2019 The four-hour time frame shows that a bearish head and shoulders pattern has now reached its full downside projection The ZEC / USD pair has also bounced sharply from its key 200-day moving average Zcash / USD Short-term price analysis Zcash has a bearish short-term outlook, with the ZEC / USD pair tumbling to its lowest trading level since May this year. The four-hour time frame shows that a minor bullish reversal is currently underway, after a well-defined bearish head and shoulders pattern reached its overall downside projection. Technical indicators across the four-hour time are now attempting to turn bullish. ZEC / USD H4 Chart by TradingView Pattern Watch Traders should note that the ZEC / USD pair may start to test back towards the neckline of the bearish head and shoulders pattern. Relative Strength Index The RSI indicator on the four-hour time frame is attempting to correct higher, although it remains technically bearish. MACD Indicator The MACD indicator on the four-hour time frame is turning bullish, with the MACD signal line and histogram issuing a buy signal. Zcash / USD Medium-term price analysis ZCash has a bullish medium-term trading bias, with the ZEC / USD pair holding above critical technical support on the daily time frame. The daily time frame is showing that ZEC / USD bulls successfully defended the pair’s 200-day moving average. The large inverted head and shoulders pattern on the daily time frame remains valid. Technical indicators on the daily time frame are bearish and continue to issue a sell signal. ZEC / USD Daily Chart by TradingView Pattern Watch Traders should note that a complex inverted head and shoulders pattern may be forming on the daily time frame. Relative Strength Index The RSI indicator remains bearish on the daily time frame, although it is attempting to correct from oversold conditions. MACD Indicator The MACD indicator on the daily frame remains bearish and continues to issue a strong sell signal. Conclusion Zcash has undergone a strong reversal after the bearish head and shoulders pattern on the four-hour time frame reached its overall downside projection. Medium-term ZEC / USD bulls still have the upper hand while price trades above the pair’s 200-day moving average and the large inverted head and shoulders pattern remains technically valid. Check out our coin guide for Zcash for a quick overview of the project. A deeper dive is available in our DARE analytical report. Zcash ChartChart byCryptoCompare The post Zcash Price Analysis ZEC / USD: As Low As It Can Go? appeared first on Crypto Briefing. View the full article
  7. For some reason or another, crypto assets and blockchain technologies have struck a chord with gamers — video gamers. Thus, it should come as no surprise that startups are trying to merge the two worlds, doing their best to blend gaming and this budding technology. The movement to “tokenize” and “blockchainify” this form of entertainment moved one step closer. Revealed Wednesday, Blockchain-centric studio Horizon Games has secured $3.75 million in funding from a series of cryptocurrency investors, including the venture fund spearheaded by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Joining Ohanian’s Initialized Capital in the startup’s seed investment round was Coinbase Ventures, Polychain Capital, Inovia Capital, and more. It is important to note that the round closed last year, but was just announced now. Ethereum-Based Game Looks to Tackle “Hearthstone” If you were born in the western world within the last three or four decades, you likely played the “Pokemon” card game as a grade-school kid. Oddly enough, card games have stuck around. Horizon Games is looking to capitalize on this trend with its “Skyweaver” project, which has been dubbed by the company as a “Trading Card Game from Another Dimension.” Speaking to CoinDesk, Horizon’s chief executive, Peter Kieltyka, noted that with these funds and his team, he intends to build out a blockchain product that “his friends could use” and can potentially compete with digital card games such as “Hearthstone”, which has garnered dozens of millions of users across the globe. Like “Hearthstone”, “Skyweaver” is a game in which gamers can collect cards, create decks, and battle other players with said decks for rewards and digital game. The apparent and relevant difference is that this Ethereum-based project uses blockchain assets as its card management system, rather than centralized databases. More specifically, game’s collectible cards are run via contracts based on the newfangled ERC-1155, which is a token standard built by Enjin for mostly gaming purposes. As it stands, the Ethereum card game is currently in early access phase, but Horizon intends to open the game to the public by year-end. Horizon is the latest of pro-crypto investment made by Initialized Capital. It joins Coinbase, CoinTracker (a Bitcoin tax startup), DDEX (a decentralized exchange), Coinbundle (a cryptocurrency investment startup), and the well-known PolyChain Capital as Ohanian & Co’s crypto plays. Blockchain Gaming, a Growing Trend The news regarding this crypto gaming funding round comes as Ubisoft, a video game developer behind Rainbow Six, Far Cry, Just Dance, and other classics, has been revealed to have a “dedicated team” for blockchain applications in gaming. Citing sources familiar with the matter, French paper Les Echos stated that the Ubisoft-backed consortium is on the verge of launching its first blockchain use case. The purported idea is to make items, like digital cosmetics or weapons, accessible through a blockchain system. No specific game titles were mentioned, but it’s presumed that the Ubisoft team intends to facilitate cross-game item transfers. Ubisoft purportedly has plans to use the Ethereum blockchain for this program. Over in America, Epic Games, the company that is behind Fortnite, has partnered with a blockchain game distribution firm called The Abyss. The partnership between the Fortnite behemoth and the upstart competitor to Steam, a gaming community and video game distribution platform, will allow for Abyss users to access the Unreal Developers Networks. All these efforts are important because as Brian Mehler of EOS VC explained to me in a recent interview: “I played games growing up and loved it. But, I would get disenfranchised with a game when a new iteration would come out, as all the work I’d done the previous game would be locked in that version. Whether it be that chart, my armor, or my potion list, I was very upset that I didn’t get to take it over to the next game. So with blockchain, everyone is going to get a second wind of gaming because things that you have digitally really are yours.” The post Horizon Studios: Raises $3.75 Million for Ethereum-Based Game Skyweaver appeared first on Blockonomi. View the full article
  8. The Dow and US stock market risked falling for a third consecutive day as a confluence of bearish factors tested Wall Street’s fortitude. Disappointing earnings, “complicated issues” stalling US-China trade negotiations, and the threat of another crippling government shutdown all roiled the markets on Thursday. Dow slides toward a third straight loss The Dow, S&P […] The post Dow Teeters as ANOTHER Government Shutdown Threatens Economy appeared first on CCN Markets View the full article
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  10. It appears the ‘Tangle in Taipei’ between Professor Nouriel Roubini and BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes is still ongoing with the latter alleging illegal operations on the part of the bitcoin exchange. In response, Hayes, says BitMEX adheres to the highest legal and regulatory standards. Roubini continues to a firm cryptocurrency critic, not wasting any opportunity to cast the market and the industry in a bad light. BitMEX is Running an Illegal Operation, Says Roubini According to economics professor popularly known as Dr. Doom, BitMEX engages in practices that have questionable legality. The cryptocurrency critic alleges that the platform might be trading against its customers, earning revenue from liquidations. Roubini also accused BitMEX of not putting measures to prevent money laundering. In a post quoted by Bloomberg, the professor declared: “At a minimum, Hayes and all of the others overseeing similar rackets from offshore safe havens should be investigated, before millions more retail investors get scammed into financial ruin.” One of the key points of criticisms against BitMEX is the platform’s provision of 100x leverage crypto bets which could expose traders to huge losses. However, users aren’t forced to choose such a leverage option. As for accusations of trading against its customers, BitMEX has consistently denied such a practice. Responding to these new allegations in an email to Bloomberg, a representative of the exchange noted: “BitMEX provides safe, fast, professional and liquid ways for those who see the potential of crypto and to trade and hedge cryptocurrency risk. We continue to monitor all legal and regulatory developments around the world and will comply with all applicable laws and regulations; we reject any allegations of criminality, manipulation or unfair treatment of our customers, who are at the center of everything we do.” BitMEX and its CEO, Arthur Hayes have become the latest to be involved in a public spat with Roubini. The economics professor has continually espoused negative sentiments about cryptocurrencies. Fake Trading Volume and Leveraged Bets on Bitcoin Exchanges Margin trading and fake volumes are some of the main points of criticisms against major bitcoin exchanges in the market. As previously reported by Blockonomi, Poloniex users had to endure a $14 million hair cut to cover losses from a leverage crypto trade gone wrong. This risk hasn’t prevented other platforms from enabling leveraged crypto bets. Bitfinex recently activated its own 100x margin trading feature in the hopes of competing with BitMEX which has been enjoying record trading volume. Other major players like Binance also offer leverage bets with reports of American exchange behemoth Coinbase joining the group. Regulators in countries like Japan have enacted limits to the amount of leverage that bitcoin exchanges can offer their customers as a way of mitigating the risks involved in crypto margin trading. While Hayes and BitMEX say their volume figures are accurate, there has bee numerous reports of wash trading being rampant in the crypto exchange scene. Majority of the cryptocurrency exchanges in the market allegedly inflate their trading figures to obtain higher rankings on platforms like CoinMarketCap. By so doing, these exchanges can demand high listing fees from altcoin projects. Cryptos in the Spotlight of Government Attention This fresh round of accusations by Roubini comes as cryptos are becoming a greater focus of government attention across the globe. Presently, the U.S. Congress is holding hearings centered around Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project. As reported by Blockonomi, France is set to introduce cryptocurrency regulations for initial coin offerings (ICOs), exchange platforms, and wallet providers to mention a few. The country’s new regulatory paradigm also includes laws concerning crypto-specific tax rules. The post Roubini vs. Hayes: Dr. Doom Accuses Bitcoin Exchange BitMEX of ‘Systematic Illegality’ appeared first on Blockonomi. View the full article
  11. Nano has a bearish short-term trading outlook, with the NANO / USD pair struggling to recover back above key technical resistance The four-hour time frame shows a bearish head and shoulders pattern that has yet to reach its full downside target The daily time frame shows an extremely large bullish falling wedge pattern Fundamental Analysis Nano has been getting some respite from the downtrend after the project released the latest version of its node software Solidus, last week. The update brings a broad range of improvements to the network. It provides added security, efficiency and makes it easier for services to integrate Nano. All these factors should have a positive effect on the adoption of the Nano’s network. Nano / USD Short-term price analysis Nano has a bearish short-term trading bias, with the cryptocurrency struggling to move back above key resistance on the four-hour time frame. The four-hour time frame shows that the NANO / USD pair has suffered a strong technical rejection after bulls tested back towards the neckline of a large head and shoulders pattern. Technical indicators on the four-hour time frame have turned bullish and are continuing to generate a buy signal. NANO / USD H4 Chart by TradingView Pattern Watch Traders should note that the head and shoulders pattern across the four-hour time frame has yet to reach its overall bearish downside target. Relative Strength Index The Relative Strength Index is bullish on four-hour time frame and still shows scope for further upside. MACD Indicator The MACD indicator on the four-hour time frame remains bullish and is generating a buy signal. Nano / USD Medium-term price analysis Nano has a neutral medium-term outlook, with the NANO / USD pair still consolidating around its trend defining 200-day moving. The daily time frame is showing that the cryptocurrency is trapped within a large falling wedge pattern, with NANO / USD bulls repeatedly failing to break above the top of the bullish pattern. Technical indicators on the daily time frame are bearish and continue to issue sell signals. NANO / USD Daily Chart by TradingView Pattern Watch Traders should note that the line of least resistance is currently to the downside, following multiple technical rejections from the top of the falling wedge pattern. Relative Strength Index The RSI indicator on the daily time frame is also bearish, although it is now attempting to correct from oversold conditions. MACD Indicator The MACD indicator on the daily time frame remains bearish and is still generating a sell signal. Conclusion Nano bulls will need to move price above the neckline of the head and shoulders pattern in the near-term or the cryptocurrency is at risk of further substantial losses. Sustained weakness below the NANO / USD pair’s key 200-day moving average may result in a technical test of the falling wedge patterns lower trendline. Check out our Nano coin guide for a quick introduction to the project. Nano ChartChart byCryptoCompare The post Nano Price Analysis NANO / USD: Evolving From Bear To Bull appeared first on Crypto Briefing. View the full article
  12. USDT backers Tether Ltd. are bringing their namesake stablecoin to the proof-of-stake Algorand blockchain. Tether declared as much in a July 17th blog post, with the firm explaining the move was only its latest expansionary flex to “add to [its] existing applications on Omni, Ethereum, Tron and EOS.” Developed by MIT computer science professor and zero-knowledge proof pioneer Silvio Micali, Algorand uses what its builders call Pure PoS to achieve network consensus. The blockchain’s blocks are facilitated using a lottery process, and the system has been crafted to be extremely scalable. Tether chief technical officer Paolo Ardoino said the company was enthusiastic to embrace the fledgling but cutting-edge platform: “Extending Tether into the Algorand ecosystem is a fantastic opportunity for us to further contribute to blockchain interoperability and collaboration. Algorand is an excellent team very much aligned with ours; we are proud to take this next step with them. We are very excited about the potential this enables for other projects in the decentralised ecosystem and we eagerly await working closely with many of them in the future.” Of course, with Algorand being so early on in its lifespan, it remains to be seen how popular its USDT ecosystem will ultimately prove compared to the traction of tether issued on other popular blockchains, e.g. Ethereum. For their part, the Wednesday announcement shows Tether feels confident that demand for the long-embattled but ever popular stablecoin will indeed uptrend on the Pure PoS blockchain in the coming years. On a somewhat related note, the news comes after Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange giant Binance formally pivoted away from tether issued on Omni to Ethereum-based ERC20 tether tokens. “Reason: the number of people depositing omni is low,” Binance chief executive officer Changpeng Zhao said at the time. “We follow user demand.” Reason: the number of people depositing omni is low. We follow user demand. https://t.co/EfL5XzgqVq — CZ Binance (@cz_binance) July 3, 2019 Most USDT Printings Planned, But a Recent One Wasn’t On July 13th, Tether Ltd. accidentally printed five billion more USDT than it meant to. The massive stablecoin misprint resulted from the firm as it was aiding crypto exchange Poloniex in swapping the trading venue’s Omni-based USDT to tether issued on the Tron blockchain. In the aftermath of the mistake, Tether CTO Ardoino confirmed the accident occurred as a result of an “issue with the token decimals.” Unfortunately we have to play with different toolchains across multiple blochains and sometimes issues happen. We're working anyway to prevent this from happening in the future. @Tether_to https://t.co/QxAF0QorY5 — Paolo Ardoino (@paoloardoino) July 13, 2019 In other words, the massive over-issuance apparently came from the Tether team inputting an incorrect token creation sum and still going forward with the transaction. The accidental USDT were promptly burned, but the incident was yet another reminder that it’s important to be meticulous during transactions with the UX as it is in the fledgling cryptoeconomy. Algorand Raised $60 Million in Recent Offering Last month, the Algorand Foundation ran its first token offering for 25 million “algo” tokens via a Dutch auction, with the auction transactions having been processed by the Algorand blockchain itself. Due to the structure of Dutch auctions, the algo token’s price was started off in the sale at $10 USD per token. As the offering progressed, that price slid down to $2.40 each. $60 million was raised in the round altogether, which gives the algo a starting implied market capitalization of approximately $24 billion — at least when projected against the token’s completed 2024 token supply of 10 billion. The Algorand Foundation is set to auction off another 600 million algo in the coming months, and the token’s valuation will fluctuate once it hits more exchanges. While things are still early, there’s no telling where the project’s market cap goes from here. Notably, the Algorand mainnet launched with the start of the inaugural algo auction. “The launch of MainNet and the successful first auction usher in a new era of global economics,” the project’s builders boldly claimed. The post Multi-Issue Stablecoin Powerhouse Tether Eyes Algorand Next appeared first on Blockonomi. View the full article
  13. Litecoin has broken the current bearish downtrend pattern after a month-long pull-back saw price levels drop around 50%. The question remains as to whether LTC and other altcoins will begin to rally higher or continue to create lower lows over the coming weeks. Litecoin Price Analysis Daily Chart On the Daily LTC/BTC chart we can see the most recent breakout ending the downtrend stemmed from the highs in early June at around 0.018 sats. Litecoin volume has been trading very high throughout during the recent pull-back which formed a falling wedge, in comparison to the price action throughout March and April which saw market price trading much higher than what we see currently. The MACD has begun arcing back up towards the signal line with fresh buying volume appearing on the histogram. POC (Point of Control) is still surprisingly high, currently sitting around 50% higher than the current market price. This is a good indication that a swift move to the upside could play out over the coming days. This, of course, will largely dependant on whether Bitcoin begins to consolidate or carries on dropping further over the rest of the week. Key resistance levels to look out for if price levels begin rising back up towards POC are 0.0099, 0.0160, and 0.0128 sats. Litecoin Price Analysis Hourly Chart On the hourly LTC/BTC chart, we can see the most recent breakout around 0.083 sats much more clearly, which resulted in a swift 15% move to the upside. Buying momentum has shifted to the upside evident from the green bars on the Maxx Momentum indicator. 50MA is currently touching POC (Point of Control) at 0.088 sats making this a likely area for price levels to pull-back to short-term. Analysis of the LTC/USD pair can be found here. Altcoins across the market has seen some much-needed upwards movement throughout the last 48 Hours after continually creating lower lows. In my previous BTC analysis, I touched on the importance of monitoring the correlation between top volume altcoins and BTC’s price action. This can be very useful when trying to gauge the flow of the market and whether it’s actually worth trading altcoins, typically when BTC is moving quickly in any given direction altcoins struggle to hold their value as they can’t compete with BTC’s volatility, adversely when BTC is consolidating and moving sideways altcoins typically flourish. Do you think LTC will continue to grow over the coming weeks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! Images via Tradingview, Shutterstock The post Litecoin Price Analysis: LTC Leads Altcoin Recovery appeared first on Bitcoinist.com. View the full article
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  15. Bitcoin price is back to five figures following downward correction and some bullish comments from U.S. lawmakers View the full article
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  17. A new report by cryptocurrency aggregator site CoinGecko suggests exchange hacks have become increasingly sophisticated in the first half of 2019. The report also noted these vulnerabilities could be addressed by developing decentralized trading platforms. The report, which was published today, said that the exchange market has “grown significantly” in the past two years. Until the end of 2017, CoinGecko only tracked the thirty largest exchanges. But a concerted effort in the past eighteen months has seen the number of platforms, monitored by CoinGecko, ramp up to nearly three-hundred. But just as the industry expands, so too have exchange hacks become “increasingly sophisticated”. The report found an estimated $83M in digital assets was stolen by hackers from exchanges throughout H1 2019. That includes the Binance hack back in early May – the sixth largest exchange hack of all time – when more than $40M worth of Bitcoin (BTC) was stolen from its servers. It also includes the Cryptopia – an exchange which has subsequently closed – and Bithumb hacks, where thieves made off with $16M and $13M respectively. In all, CoinGecko estimates more than $1.3bn has now been stolen from exchanges. “Due to the increase in demand for a more secure trading platform, decentralized exchanges have risen in popularity as a way to combat the risks of centralized exchanges,” reads a CoinGecko statement, accompanying the report. As a result, there are now more than forty live DEXs, with an approximate market share of 11.5%, according to CoinGecko. Binance DEX, which launched in April this year, already has an average 24h trading volume of $5.2M. Source: CoinGecko But it’s not all bad. The report also highlighted that the number of active Lightning Network nodes has doubled to nearly 4,600 since January, with a surge of new nodes coming at the beginning of the year. The amount of Bitcoin held in the network has also increased by 87%, with a slight drop in June, when BTC surpassed $13,000. Source: CoinGecko Despite the pullback in recent days, Bobby Ong, CoinGecko’s co-founder, optimistically concluded that, “crypto summer is undeniably upon us as we see the industry enter the mainstream consciousness again, in part due to Facebook’s recent announcement of Libra.” Cryptocurrencies received mainstream attention when Facebook unveiled its new Libra coin. That has had a very positive effect on the market and maybe the catalyst for more investors entering the space. The post CoinGecko: Exchange Hacks Are Increasingly Sophisticated appeared first on Crypto Briefing. View the full article
  18. The bitcoin price might be down, but don’t ever count it out. After sinking as low as $9,049 on July 17 during a vicious plunge, the dominant cryptocurrency flexed its muscles on Thursday to mount a recovery back across the $10,000 line. The swift rebound saw bitcoin surge nearly $1,000 in less than 30 minutes, […] The post Newsflash: Bitcoin Price Skyrockets to $10,000 to Reverse Brutal Plunge appeared first on CCN Markets View the full article
  19. Thanks for this news, and what free VPN can you recommend?
  20. I wasn't expecting any other reaction from China.
  21. The G7 has warned that cryptocurrencies such as Libra could upset the world’s financial system unless they are tightly regulated View the full article
  22. The president of the United States Mr. Donald Trump took some time out of his evening to announce to the world that he is “not a fan” of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Thishighlights his administration’s stance on crypto over a series of tweets published around 8:15 p.m. EST on July 11. What prompted Trump to issue these tweets could be the “Social Media Summit,” a closed-door conference that brought together many right-wing social media notables. Perhaps there was some talk of Bitcoin and Libra at this meeting. Presumably, the impending congressional hearings on Facebook’s Libra Project, scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday, July 16 and July 17 must have also inspired Trump to tweet on the subject. Since the tweets came one day after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told lawmakers that Facebook's plan to build a digital currency called Libra could not move forward unless it addressed concerns over privacy, money laundering, consumer protection and financial stability. He stated that unregulated crypto assets possess the ability to facilitate unlawful behaviour because their “value is highly volatile and based on thin air.” Digital Ticks Exchange - Bitcoin price surges despite President Trump’s Tweet On Cryptocurrency. Digital Ticks Exchange - Bitcoin price surges despite President Trump’s Tweet On Cryptocurrency.
  23. people also believe that it is one of the major bullish signal in the long run. If the president can talk about it I am sure it is a matter of concern and importance
  24. Facebook’s foray into the payment sector has drawn backlash from governments and regulators across the globe. This time, it is China fencing its borders to keep the social media giant out. Xiaochuan Zhou, the former governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), suggested the government to take precautionary monetary measures against Libra, the so-called Facebook Cryptocurrency. The noted economist, whose tenure saw China becoming the world’s second-largest economy, supported broader policy research to help prepare the financial systems against emerging payment solutions. “In future,” he said, “there may emerge a more internationalized, globalized currency, a currency so strong that will cause major currencies to establish exchange relations with it. It may not necessarily be Libra, but there will be more institutions and people try creating it.” Zhou realized the immense potential of Libra to become the face of the global dollarization trend. The reformist said the Facebook cryptocurrency is a better version of bitcoin because of its ability to avoid fluctuations and speculations and thus offering a more stable cross-border remittance solution. “Meanwhile, Libra also faces challenges including AML and fund custody,” he added. 1/ Xiaochuan Zhou, former governor of PBoC: Libra reprensents the trend of digital currencies, China should take precautions. Zhou was the PBoC governor during 2013 to 2018, when the famous Chinese bitcoin exchange crackdown and ICO ban were conducted. pic.twitter.com/XAyHgVwRsY — cnLedger (@cnLedger) July 10, 2019 Roadblocks before Facebook Introduced in June, Libra quickly became a sore in the eyes of governments both at home and abroad. The US Congress last week asked Facebook to halt the project’s development until lawmakers investigate the possible consequences of it. In Europe, France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he fears Facebook is attempting to replace sovereign currency with Libra. Graphic Illustration Reflecting How Facebook Coin Libra Works | Image Credits: Facebook Sentiments are the same in countries that are to benefit the most from Facebook’s cross-border remittance solutions. India, which receives approximately $80 billion annually from expats, is unsure about letting the social media giant take control of its payment sector. Subhash Garg, the secretary of India’s Economic Affairs Committee, told Bloomberg in an interview that they would most likely stop Libra from becoming a phenomenon in Asia’s third-largest economy. “Design of the Facebook currency has not been fully explained. But whatever it is, it would be a private cryptocurrency and that’s not something we have been comfortable with.” With China joining the ranks, Facebook’s plans of taking its cryptocurrency to 36.28 percent of the world’s population are looking bleak. PBoC, meanwhile, is ramping up efforts to create its own digital cash. “We had an early start, but lots of work is needed to consolidate our lead,” said Wang Xin, director of the PBoC research bureau in an interview to SCMP. Facebook Response Mark Zuckerburg’s cryptocurrency team has sent letters to various US government offices, explaining they are not looking to invade users’ financial privacy or take over the existing economic framework. Facebook blockchain lead David Marcus gave a personal assurance about data privacy. “Similar to existing and widespread cryptocurrencies such as ethereum and bitcoin, transactions that take place directly on the Libra Blockchain are ‘pseudonymous,’ meaning that the user’s identity is not publicly visible,” Marcus told the House Financial Services Committee. The post China Should Take Precautions against Facebook Crypto: Ex-PBoC Head appeared first on NewsBTC. View the full article
  25. Bitcoinist Senior Analyst, FilbFilb, believes that the basic rule of supply and demand will prevent Bitcoin from dropping to a new 2019 low. FUD to Drive Bitcoin to a New Bottom? Bitcoin’s most recent price action has presented a plethora of challenges to cryptocurrency traders, and the drop below $10,000 has the most bearish traders calling for Bitcoin to revisit the $5,000 – $7,500 range. While theories abound, a popular explanation is fear spun up by Facebook’s Libra hearing with the U.S. Senate Banking Committee combined with bearish technical factors are pushing Bitcoin price lower. Renowned crypto-analyst FilbFilb recently posted a detailed Twitter thread wherein he makes an argument for why BTC price will not come anywhere near to its previous bottom of $3,120. According to FilbFilb and Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin price will stay above the cost of mining as miners must remain profitable. …the price of any commodity tends to gravitate toward the production cost.” Supply & Demand Essentially, the basic rules of supply and demand will dictate Bitcoin price and in January analysts at JP Morgan Chase found that the extraction cost of mining a single bitcoin averaged $4,060 in Q4, 2018. Comparing this average against the current Bitcoin price shows that miners are still bagging a profit of about $5,500 per Bitcoin. FilbFilb suggests that miners will sell into market demand whenever the revenue per BTC rises above mining costs but will also “limit selling [as Bitcoin’s] pre-halving event approaches to invoke the new halving bubble”. FilbFilb elaborated by saying: What happened in 2018 was miners selling off their Bitcoins at marginal costs. Only the most efficient miners survived, while their inefficient competitors got eliminated.” FilbFilb is of the opinion that miners are now holding on to their newly minted bitcoins in anticipation of the 2020 halving event. If history is a guide, then we should see miners begin to limit sales as they wait for prices to explode on the approach of the halving event, then sell as selling pressure begins to diminish. Bitcoin vs the Government Bitcoin’s most recent precipitous drop and FilbFilb’s commentary come after a two day US Senate Banking Committee meeting with Facebook to discuss the intricacies of their Libra project. Bitcoin price could also be influenced by recent comments from US President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. Each cautioned the public and regulators about the potential for cryptocurrency to facilitate organized criminal and terrorist activity. Mnuchin even went so far as to label cryptocurrency “a national security threat.” It’s possible that BTC buyers have taken a pause over fears that the Trump administration could levy some sort of partial ban or stringent regulation on the growing crypto sector. In the long-run, the current pullback is probably nothing more than a mere temporary blip and the majority of BTC investors maintain a bullish view for the sector. One must remember that institutional investors like Fidelity Investments, TD Ameritrade, E*Trade and the Intercontinental Exchange have all openly stated their intentions to provide institutional and eventually retail digital asset services to clients. Do you think the Bitcoin will reach new lows in 2019? Share your thoughts in the comments below! Images via Shutterstock, Twitter @Filbfilb The post Bitcoin Price Will Not Hit New Lows, Says Leading Crypto Analyst appeared first on Bitcoinist.com. View the full article
  26. It’s safe to say June was exciting for all of us in crypto, regardless of which tokens, networks, and assets you watch most closely. For this month's update, we recap an eventful few weeks and share some Blockchain news, including a product roll-out, milestone and published research. ICYMI – Crypto Investment Thesis, Full USD PAX RolloutLast month, we released our General Investment Thesis for Cryptocurrencies, which offers investors insights into how to measure their crypto holdings. Our Head of Research, Dr. Garrick Hileman, along with our research team developed a comprehensive report on the factors driving investment in cryptocurrencies, what’s holding prospective investors back, and what will catalyze the next phase of growth. In it, they answer questions like: What is crypto’s environmental impact?Is Bitcoin’s 'digital gold' thesis accurate?Are cryptoassets indelibly tainted by criminal reputation?Detailed breakdowns of key thesis topics will be released over coming months, so be sure to keep an eye out for those deeper dives. Back in May, we announced our partnership with Paxos and the addition of digital dollars (USD PAX) to the Blockchain Wallet. We’re happy to announce that USD PAX is now available online and on both Android and iOS devices. As the market moves, you can easily derisk your holdings, hedge against inflation of your local currency, or settle in a fiat currency outside of traditional banking hours, right in the palm of your hand. On Blockchain 1 PAX always equals 1 USD, even on the go. Feature of the Month - Prices PageCurious about activity in the market and want to know how various cryptos are performing? Then check out our Prices page. You’ll be able to explore the price activity of top ten cryptocurrencies, view side-by-side comparisons of coins, review live trade histories, and dive into historical ROIs. Interested in joining the crypto ecosystem or expanding your hodlings into a new asset, but unsure how much cash to spend? Use our Crypto Converter. Just fill in your USD, EUR or GBP amount and select your cryptoasset of choice, and the converter handles the rest. The Bottom Line - 40 Million Blockchain Wallets, and counting!On June 27th we reached another milestone when we crossed 40 million wallets. The new wave of adopters has correlated with this year’s positive price action across cryptocurrencies, but we’re particularly excited by the velocity of new Wallet creation. We couldn’t be happier to welcome all of our new users on this rocket to the moon! Blockchain in the CryptosphereIn the news: CNBC - Garrick Hileman, Head of Research here at Blockchain, discussed with CNBC the impact of Facebook’s new Stablecoin, Libra, on the crypto ecosystem.Bloomberg - Alastair Marsh spoke with Charles McGarraugh, a former Goldman Sachs partner and current Blockchain Head of Markets, also regarding the new financial system and its impact on banks.The Block - Our CFO, Macrina Kgil, on why preparing for an IPO pays off in the long run, regardless of if you go public.Reuters - Our CEO and Co-Founder, Peter Smith, breaks down just why Stablecoins make sense in a market with otherwise extreme volatility.Decrypt - Tim Copeland dives into three reasons to own crypto, according to our recently published Investment Thesis. Events in July: BIP001 Conference (July 5th-7th) - Our Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, Nic Cary, joined a panel on the digitization of real assets and how they will shape the future.Unbound London (July 17th) - Nic will once again take stage. This time on a panel discussing innovation in finance.P2P Financial Systems 2019 (July 26th)- Garrick Hileman will be keynoting the European Central Bank’s P2P Financial Systems workshop.View the full article
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