‘Bitcoin Is Not a Privacy Coin’ Says Crypto Evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos
Gifts and Remittances: Bitcoin.com’s New Tools Allow People to Send BCH via Email
This month Bitcoin.com launched two services that help facilitate bitcoin cash adoption and crypto remittance via email. In a recent video on June 5, Bitcoin.com’s Roger Ver showcased gifts.bitcoin.com, a new feature that allows individuals to send BCH gift cards … read more.
Gold Industry Shaken as 83 Tons of Fake Gold Bars Used to Secure $2 Billion Loans in China
The gold industry has been shaken after it was discovered that 83 tons of fake gold bars have been used as collateral for loans worth 20 billion yuan from 14 financial institutions to a major gold jewelry manufacturer in Wuhan, … read more.
Bitcoin Investors Pocketed 42% in Gains During the Second Quarter of 2020
The second quarter of 2020 was very profitable for bitcoin investors, according to data analytics firm Skew. During the period, the top cryptocurrency climbed 42%, its fourth-best quarterly close since 2014. For the March quarter, the digital asset fell 10.6%, … read more.
Tether’s Market Valuation Grows 144% in 2020, USDT Market Cap Worth $10 Billion
The most popular stablecoin, Tether, has propelled its way into the third-largest position by cryptocurrency market capitalization. At the time of publication, a number of market valuation aggregators show that Tether’s market cap is between $9.1 to $10.1 billion. Tether … read more.
Alt-Right Activist Stefan Molyneux Banned from Youtube, Raises $100K in Crypto Donations
The founder of Freedomain, philosopher and alt-right activist, Stefan Molyneux, received more than $100,000 in cryptocurrency donations after he was banned from Youtube on June 29, 2020. Stefan Molyneux is well known for his Youtube videos, podcasts, and books. His … read more.
A ‘Significant Increase’: UK Regulator Says 2.6 Million Residents Have Bought Cryptocurrencies
The UK’s top financial regulator has conducted a survey and found a “significant increase” in the number of crypto owners and awareness of cryptocurrencies. The regulator estimates that 2.6 million people in the country have bought cryptocurrencies, most of which … read more.
$11 Trillion Offshore Assets Uncovered After 100 Countries Share Information on 84 Million Bank Accounts
Governments in nearly 100 countries have been sharing offshore bank account information in an effort to crack down on tax evasion. Their “Automatic exchange of information” has led to uncovering 10 trillion euros ($11 trillion) in offshore assets in 84 … read more.
Russian Court: Bitcoin Theft Not a Crime
A Russian district court has dismissed bitcoin theft as a crime since cryptocurrency is not regulated in Russia and there is no legal status for bitcoin. The accused were found guilty, sentenced to prison, and ordered to return only the … read more.
UK Court Denies Maduro Access to $1 Billion of Venezuela’s Gold
The UK is denying Nicolas Maduro access to Venezuela’s gold worth about $1 billion, stored at the Bank of England. The UK High Court has ruled that the country does not recognize Maduro as president of Venezuela, blocking him from … read more.
Despite Covid-19 Negativity, Crypto Prediction Markets Say Trump Wins the 2020 Election
According to a number of crypto prediction markets and futures, Trump will still win the election in 123 days, but his chances have lessened a great deal. No matter who wins, however, the large sums of money flowing into these … read more.
Crypto Use-Cases in Africa on the Rise, According to Luno
Twitter and Square CEO, Jack Dorsey recently said “Africa will define the future (especially the Bitcoin one!)” But was he right? Crypto in Africa on the Rise Sad to be leaving the continent…for now. Africa will define the future (especially … read more.
The IRS Investigation Division Is Requesting Information About Privacy-Centric Cryptocurrencies
The United States tax agency has published a request for information pertaining to privacy-centric cryptocurrencies and technologies that obfuscate crypto transactions. The IRS-CI Cyber Crimes Unit request is also asking for information in relation to “layer two offchain protocol networks, … read more.
Personal Data of 250,000 People From 20 Countries Leaked by Bitcoin Scam
A global bitcoin scam has reportedly leaked personal data of about 250,000 people from more than 20 countries. The majority of the compromised data were of people in the U.K., Australia, South Africa, and the U.S. This bitcoin scam operates … read more.
Over 2,500 Austrian Merchants Can Now Accept Cryptocurrency Payments
More than 2,500 merchants in Austria can accept three types of cryptocurrencies via the payment processor Salamantex. The company explained that the system was tested with a number of select A1 5Gi network shops. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, contactless payments … read more.
A New Price Valuation Model Says $10,670 Fair Value For Bitcoin
Seba, a Switzerland based bank, is proposing a Bitcoin valuation model that places its fair value at $10,670. At this price, the model suggests Bitcoin is trading at a significant discount, at just above $9,100. In a blog posting this … read more.
Bitcoin Entrepreneur Brock Pierce Joins the 2020 US Presidential Election
Blockchain entrepreneur and former Disney child actor, Brock Pierce, is running for President of the United States this election. Pierce announced he was running during America’s Independence Day celebration on July 4, the same day Kanye West revealed his candidacy. … read more.
700,000 Expedia Hotels Can Now Be Paid With Cryptocurrencies via Travala
More than 700,000 Expedia Group hotels and accommodations are now available via crypto-friendly travel booking platform Travala. Bookings can be paid with more than 30 cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin. Despite covid-19, Travala saw a 170% increase in booking revenue from its … read more.
The Tokenized Metaverse: Non-Fungible Token Sales to Surpass $100 Million
On July 1, 2020, the partner of Polynexus Capital, Andrew Steinwold, detailed that the sales of blockchain-powered non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are about to cross the $100 million mark. The popularity of NFTs has grown massive since 2017, as blockchain cards, … read more.
Bitcoin Volatility Hits Three-Year Low, Sparking Fears of Massive Sell-Off
The cryptocurrency data analytics and research company, Skew has warned that bitcoin could see a massive sell-off due to declining volatility. The data analytics firm says that bitcoin (BTC) realized volatility hit 20% over the past 10 days – it’s … read more.
European Blockchain Ecosystem Needs €350 Million for the Next 18 Months
A study report by Leadblock Partners, an appointed representative of Sapia Partners LLP, finds an accelerating growth of the European blockchain ecosystem.The findings of the Leadblock Partners study suggest European respondents have a funding need for €350 million for the … read more.
Crypto Derivatives Volumes Crash 36% to $393 Billion in June, a Low for 2020
Crypto derivatives trading volumes plunged 36% to $393 billion in June, the lowest they have reached in 2020, according to a new report by Cryptocompare. The decline may be the result of a lull in investor interest in the instruments … read more.
South African Investors to Lose $13 Million as Bitcoin Scammer Declared Bankrupt
A South African high court has declared an alleged bitcoin scam mastermind, Willie Breedt, bankrupt. The court decision follows an application by one disgruntled investor, Simon Dix, a News24 report states. Willie Breedt is the CEO of the defunct Vaultage … read more.
Encryption Crackdown: Private Phone Network With 60,000 Users Dismantled by Law Enforcement
An international law enforcement team has brought down an encrypted phone network with 60,000 users worldwide. The platform was one of the largest providers of encrypted communications, widely used by organized crime groups. UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), Europol, Eurojust, … read more.
Bitcoin.com Wallet Launches New Portfolio Breakdown and Stablecoin Swap Features
With over 11 Million Bitcoin.com Wallets created, we’re building new features our users need most in order to enjoy the best possible cryptocurrency experience. Our wallet’s latest features now provide seamless swaps between bitcoin (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), and the … read more.
Tiktok Ban: US May Join India in Banning Chinese Social Media Apps
The Trump administration is looking at banning Tiktok and other Chinese social media apps, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. India has already banned Tiktok in its country, along with 58 other mobile apps. Recently, a Tiktok video about … read more.
Escalating Bank Runs Spur Chinese Government to Require Approval for Large Cash Transactions
A series of bank runs has prompted the Chinese government to begin requiring approval for large cash deposits and withdrawals at commercial banks, starting with banks in a northern province. Recently, two bank runs happened within a week as people … read more.
The Popular Stablecoin Tether Is Now Circulating on the Bitcoin Cash Network
The most popular stablecoin tether (USDT) has officially been minted on the Bitcoin Cash blockchain via the Simple Ledger Protocol (SLP). At press time there’s only 1,010 SLP-based USDT in circulation, as the firm Tether Limited seems to be issuing … read more.
Bitcoin Price Poised for ‘Imminent’ Breakout As Network Hashrate Hits Record Highs
The price of bitcoin could see an ‘imminent’ breakout, according to the latest Glassnode data. The data firm says bitcoin (BTC) has been flashing bullish for the past six weeks amid positive onchain activity. Meanwhile, the BTC network hashrate has … read more.
Renters Threaten US Real Estate Market, 20 Million Americans Face Eviction
The aftermath of the coronavirus-provoked business shutdowns in the United States caused a number of market observers to focus on the U.S. real estate and rental markets. As the federal moratorium on evictions reaches its expiry, a recent Aspen Institute … read more.
Crypto Facilities Gets FCA Nod to Set up Crypto Futures Venue
Crypto Facilities, a subsidiary of Kraken cryptocurrency exchange, has obtained a Multilateral Trading Facility (MTF) license from the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).An MTF is a European regulatory term for a self-regulated financial trading venue. MTFs are an alternative to … read more.