January 3, 2018

ECB Official Calls for Tax on Bitcoin Transactions

Bitcoin should be regulated and even taxed, according to a European Central Bank (ECB) governing council member.
January 3, 2018

Forks in the Road: 2017 Bitcoin Forks

2017 saw massive highs for Bitcoin, but it also saw a number of hard forks from the original Blockchain. #NEW YEAR SPECIAL
January 3, 2018

Crypto Market Transcends All-Time High While Bitcoin’s Dominance Wanes

It’s alt season, y’all. Since the Christmas Crash took place back on December 22, Bitcoin has struggled to regain its former prominence. Crypto’s flagship coin has sputtered in price and lost a significant chunk of its market share, all while the rest of the market has continued a healthy growth pattern after the pre-Christmas dip. Ringing in the New Year on a High Note It’s not very often that you see Bitcoin stagnate while the rest of the market is going up. Not even a month ago, analysts were making starry-eyed speculations about Bitcoin’s future, many confident in a US$15,000 valuation by year’s end. This was, of course, during a time when the entire market was in the throes of a bull run that increased crypto’s overall market capitalization from US$200 billion to over US$600 billion in a month and a half. And as […]
January 3, 2018

Much Wow? Dogecoin $1B Market Cap Fails To Impress Pundits

Dogecoin has become the latest cryptocurrency to seize a $1 billion market cap as commentators suggest the metric is now of little use. What’s in a Market Cap? As altcoin markets surge this week, new all-time highs are in sight for many Top 50 assets. 35 altcoins, in addition to Bitcoin, can now be found in the top echelon – those with a market cap of $1 billion. Along with fellow newcomer Komodo, Dogecoin has exploded in value over the past few months relative to its previous price activity. Now changing hands at just under $0.01 per coin, DOGE had spent most of its existence fluctuating only slightly around $0.0002. Despite a lack of conspicuous technical advances or new use cases, investors have made huge gains, fuelling speculation that an altcoin’s multi-million or multi-billion dollar market cap says increasingly little about […]
January 3, 2018

Bitcoin Adoption in Africa Hinders EAC Plans for a Unified Currency

Bitcoin Adoption in Africa Hinders EAC Plans for a Unified Currency Due to a declining economy and eroding national currencies, the East African Community (EAC), an intergovernmental central bank organization composed of six countries in eastern Africa have plans to adopt a unified currency. However, the growing popularity of bitcoin and other digital currencies are… The post Bitcoin Adoption in Africa Hinders EAC Plans for a Unified Currency appeared first on Altcoin Today.
January 3, 2018

TheBigCoin Review: Bridging the Gap Between Bitcoin Shoppers and Online Retailers

While the world seems to be busy figuring out how the cryptocurrencies will shape the future, some businesses are doing their best to help the world make use of cryptocurrencies today. Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Article One of the ways how these companies are making cryptocurrencies accessible in people’s daily lives – as opposed to being merely investment tools – is through online purchases. Yes, we’re talking ordering shoes on Amazon and topping up your prepaid SIM card with the cryptocurrency of choice made as easy as entering your credit card details. THEBIGCOIN IS EVERYTHING IT SAYS IT IS The industry is young, the prices are volatile and the future is unclear – no wonder relatively few online retailers have jumped onto the cryptocurrency payment bandwagon. They simply don’t want to take the multiple risks, associated with taking cryptocurrency […]
January 3, 2018

Bitcoin Fees Are Falling Amidst Greater Segwit Adoption

Transaction fees, a bugbear for many in the bitcoin community, are on their way down. Spiraling fees were a contentious issue that reached fever pitch in the twilight of 2017. But with the dawn of a new year, bitcoin has been blessed with reduced fees, set against a backdrop of increased Segwit adoption. Also read: Peter Thiel, Bitcoin Astronaut, Moves Markets with Crypto Moonshot Fees Have Halved from Their December Peak After spending the final quarter of 2017 ramping up, transaction fees on the bitcoin network have finally begun to decline. Bitcoinfees.info indicates an average fee of $15.79 to have a transaction mined within the next six blocks, rising slightly to $16.54 for the next three blocks and $17.29 for the next block. The median withdrawal fee from exchanges such as Bitfinex this week has been closer to $14 however. […]
January 3, 2018

Healthcare blockchain platform WELL launches token sale

WELL, a healthcare blockchain platform, announced today the launch of their highly-anticipated token sale and whitelist. WELL is building the global, decentralized, blockchain-based marketplace for healthcare. WELL is globalizing healthcare and eliminating country borders… Healthcare blockchain platform WELL launches token sale was published on CryptoNinjas.
January 3, 2018

Korean Law Firm to Appeal New Bitcoin Trading Rules

A South Korean law firm has reportedly filed a constitutional appeal over upcoming regulations restricting digital currency trading.
January 3, 2018

Why Bitcoin Needs Fiat (And This Won’t Change in 2018)

Cryptocurrency ecosystems are still dependent on the very financial system they vilify for daily support and stability, says Tim Swanson.
January 3, 2018

The FinTech outlook for 2018

The FinTech outlook for 2018 Chris Skinner is Chair of the European networking forum: the Financial Services Club. He is best known as an independent commentator on Fintech through his blog, and as author of the best selling book Digital Bank and its new sequel ValueWeb. I usually start the new year by making some predictions, but so many… The post The FinTech outlook for 2018 appeared first on Altcoin Today.
January 3, 2018

Michael Arrington Confirms the $100m XRP Hedge Fund is Live and Trading

A lot of exciting things are happening in the world of Ripple and XRP. A few days ago, this digital […] The post Michael Arrington Confirms the $100m XRP Hedge Fund is Live and Trading appeared first on Bitcoin Network, News, Charts, Guides & Analysis.
January 3, 2018

Rising Ripple Threatens to Usurp Bitcoin and Usher In “The Rippening”

First came ethereum, which threatened to unseat bitcoin as the dominant cryptocurrency in an event dubbed The Flippening. Then came bitcoin cash, which lay a glove on bitcoin core in The Cashening. Now, a revitalized ripple (XRP) is eyeing bitcoin’s top spot. Could the centralized cryptocurrency usurp bitcoin’s market cap, heralding The Rippening? Also read: Is the Centralized Ripple Database With the Biggest Pre-Mine Really a Bitcoin Competitor? Big Ripple in a Small Pond Scarcely a month passes when an alternative cryptocurrency doesn’t make huge inroads on bitcoin’s dominance. Percentage gains are easy – any coin outside of the top five can realistically double or triple in price within a week. Overtaking bitcoin’s market capitalization however is significantly harder, and while ETH and BCH have both given it their best shot, they’ve yet to achieve that feat. The Numbers Behind the […]
January 3, 2018

XRP Price Remains on Track to Surpass $3 This Week

It has been a rather interesting week for fans of Ripple and XRP price speculators. Although most people assumed surpassing $2 was only a temporary measure and would eventually lead to a crash, nothing of the sort has happened so far. In fact, it seems the XRP price is intent on setting a new all-time high and potentially even surpass $3 this week. A remarkable turn of events, that much is certain. XRP Price run Isn’t Over Just yet Truth be told, very few people had expected Ripple’s XRP would even surpass the $1 value. When this digital asset reached $0.25, many people felt it was overvalued already, even though that is not necessarily the case. Given the industry Ripple is targeting with their technology and native asset, there is still a lot of room for future growth in the […]
January 3, 2018

Bitcoin Eyes $18,000 as Tide Turns in Bulls’ Favor

Bitcoin is strongly bid today amid reports of institutional buying, and has climbed 10 percent in the last 24 hours.
January 3, 2018

‘Wealth Effect’ From Bitcoin Trading Could Boost Japan’s GDP, Say Analysts

Analysts from Japanese financial holdings company Nomura have estimated that the rise bitcoin prices could boost Japan’s economic growth.
January 3, 2018

Aim, Fire: Bulletproofs Is a Crypto Privacy Breakthrough

Aim, Fire: Bulletproofs Is a Crypto Privacy Breakthrough There’s a new privacy technology in the crypto Wild West, and if the rate at which it’s winning favor from developers is any sign, it’s one to watch. Called “bulletproofs,” the new invention by University College of London’s Jonathan Bootle and Stanford’s Benedikt Bunz was announced last month, and… The post Aim, Fire: Bulletproofs Is a Crypto Privacy Breakthrough appeared first on Altcoin Today.
January 3, 2018

Malaysia Remains Open to Crypto Trading

With the majority of Asian nations attempting to regulate cryptocurrency exchanges, the number of those declining to clamp down is dwindling. Malaysia is among those nations that are currently free from regulatory laws and are not imposing a ban on crypto. According to the Malaysia Reserve, the country’s finance minister said that the central bank will not impose a blanket ban on cryptocurrencies as such action will only curb innovation and creativity in the financial sector, particularly fintech. In an interview with the news outlet, he stated: The government is fully aware of the need to strike a balance between public interest and integrity of the financial system. Public Protection Similar to action in Thailand, Malaysia wants to inform and protect the public from making rash investments in the nascent crypto markets. The ministry said that the monetary authority is […]
January 3, 2018

Gavin Andresen Drops A New Concept On Github for Bitcoin Cash

On January 2 one of the most well-known developers for the original bitcoin protocol, Gavin Andresen, contributed an idea to Github called “Storing the UTXO as a bit-vector.” Andresen has been active on Github for the past month as his contributions have been focused on general (Unspent Transaction Output) UTXO sets, but this particular idea is for the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network. Also read: Putin Wants to Use Cryptoruble to Evade Sanctions But Bank of Russia Skeptical The Developer Who Was Given the BTC Codebase Permissions from Satoshi Offers an Idea for BCH Network   Gavin Andresen has been lurking around Github for the past twenty-seven days, and on the second day of the new year, the developer contributed an idea for the BCH network. The concept Andresen called “Half-baked thoughts exploring a different way of implementing a fully-validating BCH node,” […]
January 3, 2018

3D-Token ICO: The Creation of a Revolutionary, Decentralized, Blockchain-Based Factory 4.0

3D-Token announces that they have reached the soft cap in their ICO, raising more than one million dollars. London/Turin, January 3rd, 2018 – 3D-Token is leading the way in creating a blockchain-based factory of 3D printers. The overall goal of the project is to grow it to 1,000 network members and 3,000 3D printers, which will then reach 24 million hours of “Network Robots’ Workforce” per year. Soft Cap Reached The 3D-Token presale began on December 18th, 2017, and the soft cap milestone was reached on December 28th, 2017. The total amount raised was one million dollars. Now the ICO Step 1 phase is underway, which will last through January 14th. Contributors can gain a 40% bonus in tokens by spending at least 3 ETH. The ICO Step 2 for 3D-Token will begin on January 15th and last through January […]
January 3, 2018

PR: LetBet Announces ICO to Revolutionize Online Gambling

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release. LetBet will issue its cryptocurrency named LBT to enable a decentralized, trustless, and fast online gambling protocol powered by blockchain. Belize: Blockchain-based online gambling platform LetBet is releasing its own digital currency named LBT to disrupt the status quo of traditional online gambling systems – delays, unfair payout systems and the innate trust on a potentially corrupt third party. Hence, it will revolutionize the online gambling industry and aims to bring the industry to a new future in the next few months. The online gambling industry is currently valued at about 500 billion USD. This […]
January 3, 2018

Cardano Price Surpasses $1 Milestone for the First Time

It is safe to say we live in a very interesting time when it comes to cryptocurrencies. More specifically, a lot of money is flowing into this ecosystem, although not all of it may end up where it should be. While diversification in the cryptocurrency world is always advised, it is still unclear what drives the Cardano price. Especially now that it has surpassed $1, there are still a lot of questions which need to be answered. Cardano Price Surges to $1 In the world of cryptocurrency, most people think of Bitcoin and ‘everything else”. As we have seen in the past few months, this “everything else” category encompasses a lot of currencies which seemingly go up in value on a whim’s notice. One of those currencies is Cardano, a project which still has everything to prove to the masses. […]
January 3, 2018

E-Trade Financial Launches CME Bitcoin Futures Trading

E-Trade Financial Corporation opened trading in bitcoin futures from CME Group Tuesday evening.
January 3, 2018

Blockchain Voting Is Here for Enterprise, But Where Are the Users?

Not everyone wants a more transparent financial system, as these struggling sales pitches from global CSDs make painfully obvious.
January 3, 2018

Hooters Boosted by Backing Bitcoin and Blockchain

The New Year has started with a bang for cryptocurrencies as most of them are posting gains again on day three of 2018 during the Asian trading session. Bitcoin itself has had a shaky start but crypto fervor is still strong as a number of companies are getting onboard the blockchain train. In an effort to boost stocks Hooters Restaurants’ investor Chanticleer has announced plans to offer customers virtual currency in return for eating at their restaurants according to a report by Fortune. Bouncing Bits and Blockchains Small cap stock companies can see significant gains by announcing links to Bitcoin and blockchain technology. The results from this announcement were pretty instant as investors deemed Chanticleer 50% more valuable following it. The current market value of the franchiser stands at $12 million and stock has jumped from $2.5 to over $3.75 […]
January 3, 2018

New Bitcoin Cash Tech Takes Aim at Accidental Spending Issue

New Bitcoin Cash Tech Takes Aim at Accidental Spending Issue The developers behind Bitcoin ABC, a software implementation which accounts for 81.48% of all nodes running on the bitcoin cash network, have released a new update designed to solve an issue whereby users could lose funds when mixing up BTC and BCH addresses. The problem stems from… The post New Bitcoin Cash Tech Takes Aim at Accidental Spending Issue appeared first on Altcoin Today.
January 3, 2018

Community-Focused Exchanges with Proprietary Tokens Are Prospering

“Community” is a word that is synonymous with cryptocurrency projects, but aside expressing a desire to develop a strong user base, what does it actually mean? For exchanges, having a community-oriented model means consulting customers on new tokens, incentivizing participation, and creating a revenue-sharing system. Binance and Kucoin are two platforms that have tried this model, and it’s been paying dividends. Also read: Koreans Deposited 64 Times More Fiat Into Crypto Exchanges in 2017 From Tiny Acorns to Billion Dollar Unicorns Unicorns – startups valued at over $1 billion – are almost as rare as the magical beasts they’re named after. Uber, Airbnb, and Xiaomi all fit that definition. But 2017 created another unicorn, one that the average man in the street will not have heard – Binance. A recent article postulates that the cryptocurrency exchange could be “the fastest profitable […]
January 3, 2018

From Mansions to Prisons: Bitcoin and Real-Estate Doesn’t Mix So Well

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding purchasing real-estate with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. However, even though bitcoin has spiked considerably in value using the asset for purchasing properties and homes is not so easy. Also read: Dancing With the Devil: ‘Cashing Out’ Cryptos Into Fiat Not So Easy Bitcoin Real Estate Purchases Come With Difficulties Lately, there’s been a considerable amount of attention given to cryptocurrency entering the real-estate industry and homes for sale priced in bitcoin. Earlier this year Sotheby’s International Realty sold a luxury Austin, Texas home for bitcoins, and in Miami, a 950-square foot condo is selling for roughly 60 BTC. There are also more extravagant sales out there in the real estate market as well as bitcoiners can now purchase an abandoned prison facility for around 88 bitcoins. Although, according to the publication Mansion Global, many real […]
January 3, 2018

Gameflip digital goods FLP crypto token smashes ICO goals

Over 100 BTC, 10,000 ETH has been brought in for the token sale by Gameflip. FLP tokens will be on sale for just another day with the ICO now surpassing 216% of its target… Gameflip digital goods FLP crypto token smashes ICO goals was published on CryptoNinjas.
January 3, 2018

Egypt’s Religious Leader: Crypto Trading Forbidden Under Islamic Law

Egypt’s Religious Leader: Crypto Trading Forbidden Under Islamic Law Egypt’s highest Islamic religious leader is now weighing in on the legitimacy of cryptocurrency trading. Shawki Allam, the current Grand Mufti of Egypt, said on Jan. 1 that cryptocurrency trading is forbidden under Islamic religious law due to the risk associated with the activity, according to Egypt Today.… The post Egypt’s Religious Leader: Crypto Trading Forbidden Under Islamic Law appeared first on Altcoin Today.
January 3, 2018

New Code Release Means Bitcoin Cash Addresses Are Just Around the Corner

The bitcoin cash community moved one step closer to having their own address format today with the release of Bitcoin ABC 0.16.2. The full node implementation of BCH includes a switch to a proprietary address format to distinguish it from bitcoin core. It is hoped that this will eliminate issues of BCH being sent to Segwit BTC addresses in error and help further distinguish bitcoin cash from the rest of the cryptocurrency market. Also read: The Bitcoin Cash Community Prepares for ‘Change the Address Day’ Moving to a New Address As news.Bitcoin.com reported two weeks ago, the bitcoin cash community is gearing up for “Change the Address” day, which is scheduled to take place on January 14. That’s when the address format proposed by Bitcoin ABC developer Amaury Séchet will be adopted. Today, those plans were formalized with the release of […]
January 3, 2018

2018 To Be the Year of SegWit

The year started with good news about Bitcoin’s urgently needed optimizations. Indeed, key entities of the cryptocurrency ecosystem began the year by rushing to become Segregated Witness (SegWit) compatible. Specifically, BTC.com and LocalBitcoins.com are implementing SegWit from the first business day of 2018. SegWit Will Help Reduce Transaction Fees Dr. Pieter Wuille proposed SegWit in December 2015. Then it was activated in August 2017. Segwit promises to improve Bitcoin’s scalability and reduce Bitcoin’s transaction fees. It also helps to fix transaction malleability. Since its activation, developers have been increasingly integrating SegWit into Bitcoin wallets, and many exchanges have been implementing SegWit. Most recently, on January 2, 2018, BTC.com announced the release of a wallet integrating SegWit. According to the release statement: As a BTC.com wallet user, you will experience a drop in the transaction fees and faster transaction times, when […]
January 3, 2018

Video: Two Bubbles? ShapeShift CEO Talks Crypto Market Prices

ShapeShift​ CEO Erik Voorhees sits down for a Q&A with CoinDesk on the state of the crypto markets and what’s in store for 2018.
January 3, 2018

Report: Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund Bets Millions on Bitcoin

Report: Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund Bets Millions on Bitcoin Founders Fund, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm known for its early investment in Facebook, is stepping into the world of cryptocurrencies, according to a new report. Co-founded by high-profile investor Peter Thiel and based in San Francisco, Founders Fund has bought $15 million to $20… The post Report: Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund Bets Millions on Bitcoin appeared first on Altcoin Today.
January 3, 2018

WELL, global healthcare blockchain platform, launches Crowdsale

According to World Bank and World Health Organization, half of the world lacks access to essential health services and 100 […] The post WELL, global healthcare blockchain platform, launches Crowdsale appeared first on Bitcoin Network, News, Charts, Guides & Analysis.
January 3, 2018

Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis – BCH/USD Moves Past $2500

Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis – BCH/USD Moves Past $2500 Key Points Bitcoin cash price succeeded in moving above a major resistance at $2500 against the US Dollar. There was a break above a key contracting triangle with resistance at $2500 on the hourly chart of BCH/USD (data feed from Kraken). The pair is currently… The post Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis – BCH/USD Moves Past $2500 appeared first on Altcoin Today.
January 3, 2018

Altcoins chip away at Bitcoin’s dominance

Altcoins chip away at Bitcoin’s dominance Day three of the New Year and all is well in crypto land. The majority of altcoins are trading higher again in this morning’s Asian trading session with some posting 25% gains in the past 24 hours. Bitcoin itself has been slow to recover from its 40% slide last… The post Altcoins chip away at Bitcoin’s dominance appeared first on Altcoin Today.
January 3, 2018

Bitcoin Price Technical Analysis for 01/03/2018 – Small Uptrend in Play

Bitcoin Price Technical Analysis for 01/03/2018 – Small Uptrend in Play Bitcoin Price Key Highlights Bitcoin price has formed lower highs and found support around $13,000, creating a descending triangle pattern. Price is currently testing the triangle resistance and might be ready for an upside breakout. Technical indicators, however, are signaling that the resistance levels… The post Bitcoin Price Technical Analysis for 01/03/2018 – Small Uptrend in Play appeared first on Altcoin Today.
January 3, 2018

Cats Went Crypto First, Now It’s Time for Consumers

CryptoKitties may have been the breakout blockchain game of 2017 – but it’s just the beginning according to one of the viral sensation’s creators.
January 3, 2018

The Cream of the Crypto Crop: 10 Best Performing Assets in 2017

Bitcoin has garnered the lion’s share of mainstream media attention in the last year, but these altcoins have actually far outperformed Bitcoin. One of them, Ripple, increased in value 360-fold over the past year. #ANALYSIS
January 3, 2018

Peter Thiel, Bitcoin Astronaut, Moves Markets with Crypto Moonshot

Investor Peter Thiel has reportedly made an all-in, rather giant, bet on bitcoin. Mainstream financial press is reporting his venture capital fund purchased and held the digital asset through last year’s thousand percent-plus gains, making the decentralized currency one of his firm’s most valuable investments. Also read: Jimmy Song Uses Andreas Antonopoulos Model, Open Sources Forthcoming Book Peter Thiel Peter Thiel’s Moonshot Bet “Founders Fund, the venture-capital firm co-founded by Peter Thiel, has amassed hundreds of millions of dollars of the volatile cryptocurrency,” bitcoin, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. “The bet has been spread across several of the firm’s most recent funds,” they claim, citing unnamed sources, and include “one that began investing in mid-2017 and made bitcoin one of its first investments.” Paypal? They chortled; we have credit cards! Won’t make money. Facebook? They dismissed; Myspace exists! Doomed to failure. […]
January 3, 2018

Peter Thiel’s VC Fund Invests Millions Into Bitcoin, Market Reacts

Peter Thiel’s venture capital fund bought millions of dollars worth of BTC, WSJ reports. #NEWS
January 3, 2018

IOTA Technical Analysis for 01/03/2018 – Moving Sideways

IOTA is consolidating against bitcoin and the dollar, moving inside a symmetrical triangle against the former. Price appears to be […] The post IOTA Technical Analysis for 01/03/2018 – Moving Sideways appeared first on Bitcoin Network, News, Charts, Guides & Analysis.
January 3, 2018

Indiegogo Going All in to Help in the Global Adoption of ICOs

Traditional crowdfunding company, Indiegogo, could take your ICO to the next level while promoting trust and mainstream adoption. Starting your own business is hard, even more so if you’re in the market for capital. Banks are one way to go to, but in a world that is becoming increasingly digitized every day, it seems a bit archaic doesn’t it? The age of the Internet has brought us many useful things, crowdfunding being one of them. Your ideas can soon be turned into a reality with the help of people who are already interested in buying whatever you’re selling. However, now that the crypto revolution is firmly upon us, ICOs have arrived to provide digital currency creators with an effective way to get the funds they need to follow their software development dreams. Traditional Crowdfunding Meets Decentralized ICOs According to Fortune, […]
January 3, 2018

Putin Wants to Use Cryptoruble to Evade Sanctions But Bank of Russia Skeptical

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has reportedly commissioned work to create a cryptocurrency as a tool to circumvent international sanctions. His economic adviser explained that “no mining is possible” for the cryptoruble. Meanwhile, the country’s central bank and finance ministry have expressed skepticism about this “cryptocurrency.” Also read: Russian Cryptocurrency Bill Is Ready – Regulators Share Details Cryptoruble to Help Circumvent Sanctions Sergey Glazyev. Putin is reportedly exploring ways to create a cryptocurrency that can help the country circumvent western sanctions. The Financial Times reported Moscow officials saying that Putin “has commissioned work on establishing a cryptocurrency.” Sergey Glazyev, an economic adviser to Putin, described at a recent government meeting that “a cryptorouble would be a useful tool to get around international sanctions,” the publication added and quoted him saying: This instrument [cryptoruble] suits us very well for sensitive activity on behalf of […]
January 3, 2018

Interview with Cointed Executives

Since 2014 Cointed has transformed from a small start up to a mature company with diverse businesses. How did they […] The post Interview with Cointed Executives appeared first on Bitcoin Network, News, Charts, Guides & Analysis.
January 3, 2018

Gibraltar Launches Regulation to Protect Cryptocurrency Value and Reputation

A mechanism tailored to protect customers of cryptocurrency businesses in Gibraltar, and its own reputation, went into effect on January 1. The regulation targets blockchain technology – companies storing and transmitting value must now be licensed by the Financial Services Commission (GFSC).  Also read: Malta Bitcoin Schizophrenia: Government and Banks Send Mixed Signals Gibraltar – “World’s First” The Digital Ledger Technology (DLT) Regulatory Framework has been introduced after last month the Legislature of Gibraltar approved a bill designed to update its financial services regulations. It laid down the foundation for new legislation governing the cryptocurrency sector in the territory with financial services and online gambling still considered the major pillars of the economy. “We are really excited to finally welcome applications from DLT providers. We expect to be very busy in the coming months”, Nicky Gomez, head of GFSC’s Risk and […]
January 3, 2018

Convenience Stores and Pawn Shops See Foot Traffic from Bitcoin ATMs

Convenience Stores and Pawn Shops See Foot Traffic from Bitcoin ATMs Bitcoin is continuing its popular trend throughout society, and these days the decentralized currency can now be purchased at your local bodega, gas station, deli, and convenience store. According to recent reports, bitcoin teller machines (BTMs) worldwide are popping up in great numbers; most… The post Convenience Stores and Pawn Shops See Foot Traffic from Bitcoin ATMs appeared first on Altcoin Today.
January 3, 2018

South Korea Expected to End Anonymous Crypto Trading by January 20

The South Korean government has been working on a system to enforce real-name identity verification on cryptocurrency traders. This system is expected to be implemented around January 20, thus ending the current practice which allows for anonymous crypto trading. Also read: Russian Regulators Draft Law to Restrict Crypto Mining, Payments, and Token Sales Government’s Real-Name System The Korean government announced last week its decision “to implement a virtual currency trading real-name system as a special measure to eradicate virtual currency speculation.” According to Yonhap, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday: The South Korean government has been developing a system that is likely to start banning the use of anonymous accounts in cryptocurrency transactions from around Jan. 20. So far, Koreans have been able to trade cryptocurrencies anonymously through the use of virtual accounts, which are issued by banks for […]
January 3, 2018

Facebook Investor and PayPal Co-founder Peter Thiel Bets Big on Bitcoin – and Wins

Facebook early investor and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel bought millions of dollars’ worth of Bitcoin through his VC firm, Founders Fund, and that number is cited to be worth hundreds of millions today. Venture Capitalists Jumping on the Bitcoin Bandwagon Peter Thiel runs the Founders Fund, a venture capitalist firm. Reports are showing that the firm purchased somewhere between $15 and 20 million dollars’ worth of the Bitcoin throughout 2017, and thanks to the massive price surge that investment is now worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The leading cryptocurrency is up over 1,400% since the beginning of 2017, with a recent all-time high of $20,000 being hit in early December. Since the original report, which was published in The Wall Street Journal, the price of Bitcoin has jumped just over 11%, topping out at $15,000 at the time of writing. […]
January 3, 2018

Convergence Of Bitcoin And Financial Market Threatens Stability, Says ECB Board Member

Yves Mersch is worried that bitcoin may threaten financial stability as “market infrastructures such as stock exchanges enter this business.”
January 3, 2018

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, IOTA, Litecoin, Dash, Cardano: Price Analysis, Jan.2

Happy New Crypto Trading Year! #PRICE ANALYSIS
January 3, 2018

Ethereum Foundation Announces Millions in Grants for Scaling Research

Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin has announced two new subsidy programs. Teams can now apply to work on scaling proposals for the blockchain network.
January 3, 2018

Kwatt Coin – Tokenized Electricity a Revolutionary Solution

2017 has been a record-breaking, awe-inspiring rollercoaster ride for cryptocurrency valuations increasing by more than 2000% in some cases. With all the hype and global attention on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) were attempting to tokenize just about everything in 2017. However, in this culture of tokenization, what everybody has failed to observe is that with price spikes in crypto valuations comes energy spikes in transactions processing. Consider the following: In September 30, 2017, 1 Bitcoin transaction could power 7.5 homes in the US for a day; By of December 31, 2017, 1 Bitcoin transaction could power 10.5 homes in the US for a day. This trend should cause severe alarm and provide us all with reason for concern. Furthermore, with a tidal wave of ICOs forthcoming this year, all intending to take advantage of the hype and […]
January 3, 2018

Bitcoin Billionaires Hiding in Plain Sight

Bitcoin Billionaires Hiding in Plain Sight Bitcoin’s anonymous yet transparent nature makes for some interesting reading when trawling through the easily accessible information on the top wallets out there. While these top 10 wallets, do not have names attached to them, some are easy to figure out. The Winklevoss twins made history in early December by… The post Bitcoin Billionaires Hiding in Plain Sight appeared first on Altcoin Today.
January 2, 2018

Video: $1 Million? Bitcoin Sign Guy on Why It’s Not Too Late to Buy

The man behind one of the crypto industry’s most popular memes speaks out on his philosophy toward cryptocurrency and its future.
January 2, 2018

Putin Adviser Says ‘CryptoRuble’ Will Circumvent Sanctions, Government Remains Divided

Economic adviser to Putin says CryptoRuble will help Russia bypass sanctions, FT reports. #NEWS
January 2, 2018

Viberate Launches Community Rewards Program Worth Over One Million Dollars

Viberate users can earn VIB tokens by helping the decentralized live music platform grow through promotion, adding to the database, or referring new users. An important area of support for both musicians and venues has always been an enthusiastic fan base. For the longest time, this was manifested by fans posting flyers about clubs or bands on any available surface. Fan-made magazines were distributed in schools and record shops, and word of mouth was used to promote up and coming bands or a cool venue that had just opened. While flyers have been replaced by online posting, the sentiment is still the same. Few things are as important to live music than community engagement, which is why Viberate, the decentralized live music platform has launched their community rewards program that totals $1.2 million. https://t.co/3uUUVWXNdb @Viberate_com $vib — Blaz (@BlazSisko) January […]
January 2, 2018

Bitcoin Bounces Back As 2018 Takes Hold

Bitcoin Bounces Back As 2018 Takes Hold Well it’s been a bumpy Christmas period for Bitcoin as the downward trend took hold following Bitcoins massive bull run up to it’s peak of $20,000 on the 17th December. However, a new year is upon us and Bitcoin as begun with a fine start. In the past few hours we have seen a nice bounce back to the $15,000 region as Bulls seem to be back in place. Though Bitcoin as has a little bit of a rough ride over the festive seasons, other cryptocurrencies have made some significant gains. In the past 24 hours Ethereum has taken off and now sits at $870, while Ripple’s XRP token has quite literally gone ‘to the moon’ over the past couple weeks and now sits at a staggering $2.40! Crypto Traders have certainly had […]
January 2, 2018

Adshares’ Token Crowdsale Is Nearly Over! The Revolution of Digital Advertising Shows Potential

The token sale on the blockchain platform that wants to revolutionize digital advertising, Adshares, approaches its end with more than 4,700,000 USD raised so far (~5600 ETH). Don’t miss out! Read more to learn how to become a part of the Adshares ecosystem, a decentralized, peer-to-peer market for programmatic advertising. The Adshares Token Sale is LIVE until the 12th of January The token sale has been going on since July 2017. Adshares has now reached its goal of a minimum 4000 ETH raised. The exchange rate for an Adshares token is 1 ADTS = 0,000535 ETH at the moment, and investors can purchase tokens only by using ETH. Read more about how Adshares tokens can be purchased on: https://ico.adshares.net The crowdsale was initially scheduled to end at the end of 2017, but the team decided, instead, to set the end […]
January 2, 2018

Report: Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund Bets Millions on Bitcoin

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel’s VC firm reportedly made hundreds of millions by putting $15 million to $20 million down on bitcoin last year.
January 2, 2018

UK Central Bank Mulls Cryptocurrency Linked To Pounds Sterling

UK Central Bank Mulls Cryptocurrency Linked To Pounds Sterling A research unit established by the Bank of England (BoE) is investigating the introduction of a cryptocurrency linked to pounds sterling. The team involved expected to report back within the next 12 months, a Telegraph report says. If approved, the central bank-issued cryptocurrency would allow British users to… The post UK Central Bank Mulls Cryptocurrency Linked To Pounds Sterling appeared first on Altcoin Today.
January 2, 2018

Bitcoin Adoption in Africa Hinders EAC Plans for a Unified Currency

Due to a declining economy and eroding national currencies, the East African Community (EAC), an intergovernmental central bank organization composed of six countries in eastern Africa have plans to adopt a unified currency. However, the growing popularity of bitcoin and other digital currencies are hindering the East African central bank’s abilities to establish a harmonized EAC currency. Also Read: Bitmari Becomes First Bitcoin Company to Partner With an African Commercial Bank ‘The Objective of the Bitcoin Founder Is Quite Different from That of the EAC Member States’ This past October news.Bitcoin.com reported on the Bank of Tanzania’s (BOT) growing concern about east African citizens investing and using bitcoin. The BOT governor Benno Ndulu has noticed bitcoin’s rise and stated the “[central bank] is now working to see if the BOT should allow [bitcoin], regulate it or ban it.” This week the […]
January 2, 2018

New Bitcoin Cash Tech Takes Aim at Accidental Spending Issue

Bitcoin ABC, a full node implementation for bitcoin cash, released a new BCH address format to prevent funds from going to BTC addresses instead.
January 2, 2018

Islamic law may Hinder Bitcoin Growth in the Middle East

In the Western world, we hardly care about the impact of Bitcoin from a religious point of view. In the […] The post Islamic law may Hinder Bitcoin Growth in the Middle East appeared first on Bitcoin Network, News, Charts, Guides & Analysis.
January 2, 2018

Interview with Cointed Executives

Since 2014 Cointed has transformed from a small start-up to a mature company with diverse businesses. How did they do it? Learn straight from the people who made it possible! How it all started? We want to offer the customers a solution for every problem in the crypto sphere. – Wolfgang Thaler In the beginning of 2010, Christopher was struggling to mine bitcoin on his laptop. Shortly after setting it up, he lost it. Determined to get some bitcoin one way or another, he tried getting some from an exchange, which turned out to be a dreadful process. Nevertheless, he was fascinated by blockchain and wanted to pursue a career in it. His colleague at the time, Wolfgang Thaler, was also getting acquainted with the new exotic currency. In casual conversation at work, both found out they had a similar […]
January 2, 2018

David Stockman Says Cryptocurrency Investors Are “Stupid Speculators”

David Stockman Says Cryptocurrency Investors Are “Stupid Speculators” President Ronald Reagan’s Former Director of the Office of Management David Stockman has told CNBC’s Futures Now in an interview that investors in the cryptocurrency market are “stupid speculators” and will suffer a “spectacular crash.” Stockman stated: “It’s basically a class of really stupid speculators who have convinced… The post David Stockman Says Cryptocurrency Investors Are “Stupid Speculators” appeared first on Altcoin Today.
January 2, 2018

Jimmy Song Uses Andreas Antonopoulos Model, Open Sources Forthcoming Book

Jimmy Song, well-known bitcoin core developer, has embarked on writing a book for technical publisher O’Reilly. Programming Bitcoin is different with respect to not only the subject matter but also the way it is being constructed. Using the successful model outlined by world renowned educator Andreas Antonopoulos, he will expose each chapter to the ecosystem, open source, and allow the community to contribute.   Also read: Bitcoin’s “Value — Like Beauty — Is in the Eye of Beholder” Song Uses Antonopoulos Model   Jimmy Song Bitcoin core developer Jimmy Song will open source write his book, Programming Bitcoin, to be published by O’Reilly in the Fall of 2018. Mr. Song acknowledges and tells of his discussion with noted bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos about the best way to put together a book of this kind. Mr. Antonopoulos’ Mastering Bitcoin was also put out in […]
January 2, 2018

No Ban On Cryptocurrency, Says Malaysian Official

Malaysia’s deputy finance minister has clarified the country’s position on cryptocurrencies. There will not be a blanket ban against crypto.
January 2, 2018

Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies See Big Gains After New Year’s Day

The second day of the new year sees cryptocurrency markets come back after another holiday slump over the past few days. Bitcoin core markets are up 4 percent, averaging between $14,600-14,800 across global exchanges. However many other digital assets are seeing more significant gains as ethereum and bitcoin cash markets have risen 13-18 percent during the morning of January 2. Also read: Japan’s GDP Grows Due to Bitcoin Wealth Effect Bitcoin Markets Rebound a Touch After the Holidays Cryptocurrency markets, in general, have dipped in value over the past week and a half seeing record lows compared to last year’s phenomenal gains. However, following New Year’s day digital asset markets are starting to creep northbound once again. After yesterday’s average of $13,400 per token, BTC/USD markets are now trying to forge past the $14,000 zone, but bulls have been hitting […]