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January 20, 2018

Franco-German Bitcoin Regulation to be Proposed to the G20 in March

The topic of cryptocurrency regulation has been kicked around multiple times now. No two governments share the same opinion on this topic. As a result, we see fractured attempts at either legalizing or banning cryptocurrency in specific nations. France and Germany will propose their joint Bitcoin regulation at the upcoming G20 summit. Efforts like these ultimately serve no purpose, as cryptocurrency cannot be regulated by any government or entity. Another Attempt at Regulating Bitcoin One woul..
January 20, 2018

New Research: Laundering of Illicit Funds Less than 1% of Bitcoin Transactions

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center of Sanctions and Illicit Finance in conjunction with blockchain analytics company, Elliptic, has published a study seeking to track the circulations of illicit funds within the bitcoin economy from 2013 to 2016. The research concludes that the share of funds of illicit origin comprises less than one percent of all bitcoin flows, and has exponentially declined as the cryptocurrency has gained increasing adoption and popularity. Also Read: Autopsy..
January 20, 2018

Decentralized Travel Distribution Platform Eliminates Middlemen to Make Your Trips Cheaper

sponsored The project is using Blockchain to change the way products and services are delivered in the travel industry. Outbound trips worldwide had grown by 3.9 percent in the first eight months of 2017, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report. With low-cost airlines, more people, especially in Asia, are taking trips and enjoying travel. However, not all is well with the travel industry. The travel landscape is dominated by a clutch of companies, which has led to a sort of cartelisat..
January 20, 2018

Weiss Ratings to List Cryptocurrencies

As the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry moves into the mainstream, more companies and organizations will need to start taking notice to keep up with the latest technology. The latest to acknowledge the ever-growing presence of digital currencies is Weiss Ratings. In a notice on their website, the independent financial ratings agency announced that they were going to issue letter grades on cryptocurrencies. The company, founded in 1971, claims to be America’s only 100% independent ratings ..
January 20, 2018

US Regulator Sues Three Companies For Cryptocurrency Fraud

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed charges against three separate companies for engaging in fraudulent schemes involving cryptocurrencies. The cases include fraud and misappropriation of bitcoin and litecoin. Also read: South Korean Officials Caught Trading On Insider Knowledge of Crypto Regulations CFTC Sues Crypto Operators The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed civil enforcement actions in a New York District Court on Thursday against three separate ..
January 20, 2018

PR: Bitmora Exchange – a New Exchange Is Fixing the Fee System

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. On average, the typical stock purchase costs between $10 and $20, while the cost to exchange a cryptocurrency costs anywhere from 0.15%-0.25% of the amount being traded. You are probably thinki..
January 20, 2018

Korean Lawmaker Shows Evidence Government Embargo Led to Market Manipulation

A South Korean lawmaker has shown how the government’s announcement policy enabled market manipulation last week following the news of possible cryptocurrency trading shutdown. According to his evidence, reporters and officials had 40 minutes to buy the dip as the price of bitcoin in Korean won reversed and rallied. Also read: South Korean Officials Caught Trading On Insider Knowledge of Crypto Regulations Embargo Enables Market Manipulation Representative Ha Tae-keung of the South Korean Bare..
January 20, 2018

Switzerland Wants a Crypto-Nation, France and Germany Want Regulation

Countries across the world remain divided over the cryptocurrency revolution that has emerged over the past year. Some, such as China, strive to eradicate all instances of it, but others, including Switzerland, are embracing the blockchain with open arms. Ahead of a potential crypto G20 summit which could result in a wave of regulatory action, Switzerland has emerged in full support of the technology as voiced via Economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann. Crypto Nation The affluent municipa..
January 20, 2018

Litecoin Price Peaks Above $200 Again After Difficult Week

A lot of things have happened in the world of cryptocurrencies over the past few weeks.Litecoin is one of the top currencies in this regard, even though its total valuation is a lot lower than some people would like it to be. With an individual Litecoin price of $205.71 at the time of writing, it seems things are heading in the right direction once again. There’s still a long way to go to reach the all-time high of $356, but the Litecoin price appears to be on the road to recovery again. Liteco..
January 20, 2018

Not Content Scamming $1.5 Billion, Bitconnect Wants Another $500 Million for ICO

The fall of Bitconnect was as certain as night follows day. A pyramid scheme wrapped inside a Ponzi with a side order of WTF, Bitconnect was as crazy as it was calamitous. The only miracle was that the racket lasted so long. When the ringleaders shut up shop on Wednesday, causing the token to plummet from $290 to $8, that ought to have been the end of the matter. Remarkably though, BCC continues to be actively traded, and has even recovered some of its value. The reason for the mini revival? Bit..
January 20, 2018

Not Content with Scamming $1.5 Billion, Bitconnect Wants Another $500 Million for Its ICO

The fall of Bitconnect was as certain as night follows day. A pyramid scheme wrapped inside a Ponzi with a side order of WTF, Bitconnect was as crazy as it was calamitous. The only miracle was that the racket lasted so long. When the ringleaders shut up shop on Wednesday, causing the token to plummet from $290 to $8, that ought to have been the end of the matter. Remarkably though, BCC continues to be actively traded, and has even recovered some of its value. The reason for the mini revival? Bit..
January 20, 2018

The Indonesian Government Is Cracking Down Further On Bitcoin Use In Bali

Retailers in Bali are being forced to stop accepting bitcoin at their shops and restaurants. The actions of governments and regulatory authorities in Asia have been a hot topic in the cryptocurrency space over the last few weeks. The recent crash is widely seen as being driven by reports that the South Korean government indicating it is set to crackdown on cryptocurrency usage. A similar concern is hanging over the already heavily regulated Chinese market right now, rooted in potential governme..
January 20, 2018

Bitcoin Under Increasing Scrutiny on Island of Bali

Indonesian government is carefully monitoring Bitcoin, asking citizens to not use it. Bitcoin is under heavy surveillance on Bali, an island in the Indonesian archipelago, according to local reports. Central Bank officials are seeking to crack down on the use of the cryptocurrency anywhere in the nation. Causa Iman Karana, head of Bank Indonesia's representative office in Bali said: "We found out from some postings on social media that Bali appeared to have become a haven for Bitcoin tran..
January 20, 2018

Russia Ready for Migrant Bitcoin Miners Influx

Despite some indecisiveness about cryptocurrencies on the part of centralized power, Russia has been quietly preparing for a wave of migrant crypto miners from East and West. It’s been said that the country has got what it takes to invite them. A third of the Soviet era power producing capacity is idling, after energy hungry industries were closed and scrapped in the 90’s. Experts, home and abroad, members of the local crypto community, all agree – Russia is ready to welcome bitcoin miners from ..
January 20, 2018

Greg Maxwell Exits Blockstream As Lightning Network Sparks Warnings

Bitcoin Core developer and Blockstream co-founder Greg Maxwell announced he has left the company as criticism mounts over its Lightning Network advocacy. Maxwell: Blockstream Has Been ‘Big Success’ In a circular to the core mailing list Friday, Maxwell said he had opted to “spend more time working independently” on Bitcoin technical advances. “We hoped that Blockstream could help act as an anchor of support for technology development, and in doing so help grow the community. I think that has b..
January 20, 2018

Price Analysis, Jan. 19: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, IOTA, Litecoin, NEM, Cardano

Cointelegraph presents the latest trading review on most popular cryptocurrencies. The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of authors/contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. After a sharp fall, the aggressive bulls jump in and buy at lower levels. This strategy has resulted in huge g..
January 20, 2018

BitPay Integrates With ShapeShift to Enable Instant BTC-BCH Exchange

BitPay partners with ShapeShift to enable instant BTC-BCH exchanges in the BitPay and Copay wallets. The BitPay payment processor has announced its integration with the ShapeShift exchange to provide instant Bitcoin to Bitcoin Cash trades. This announcement was made in a blog post Thursday, Jan. 18. The new partnership allows users to conduct exchanges between Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) in the BitPay and Copay wallets. US-based Bitpay was founded in 2011 and is one the largest intern..
January 20, 2018

Keep Calm And Hodl? CNBC Guest Tells Bitcoin Critic to ‘Piss Off’

One CNBC guest defended Bitcoin’s investment status so vigorously he told a skeptic to “piss off” live on air this week. The mainstream media debate over Bitcoin as a success or failure approached live comedy this week after a “brawl” broke out between guests on a CNBC panel. In an exchange which ended an edition of the network’s increasingly notorious Fast Money segment, regular contributor and RiskReversal.com editor Dan Nathan told Evercore ISI technician Rich Ross to “go piss off” after he..
January 20, 2018

Blockchain Platform Would Create Symbiosis of Humans, AI, and Robots

Blockchain creates a symbiosis between humans, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics that would bring many new jobs. That is the belief behind Aitheon, a new Ethereum-based platform. “The idea of human/robot symbiosis is that both humans and robots have a place and that place is together,” Aitheon creator and CEO Andrew Archer said. Aitheon has developed a number of blockchain applications that will allow for the remote operation of robots by freelance workers. Freelancers will be able to ..
January 19, 2018

Tether Printing Press In High Gear, Issuing $400 Million in Four Days

Bitcoin has had a rocky week to say the least. At its lowest point, the cryptocurrency dipped to $9,200 before a rising green candle sent it scurrying back into the safety of five figures. That candle was sparked by the release of $100m worth of tethers – surrogate US dollars – and was followed by another $100m issued for the next three days in a row. Tethers are propping up the bitcoin market right now, but what happens when the music stops? Should regulators wade in or Tether shut up shop, the..
January 20, 2018

Franco-German Bitcoin Regulation to be Proposed to the G20 in March

The topic of cryptocurrency regulation has been kicked around multiple times now. No two governments share the same opinion on this topic. As a result, we see fractured attempts at either legalizing or banning cryptocurrency in specific nations. France and Germany will propose their joint Bitcoin regulation at the upcoming G20 summit. Efforts like these ultimately serve no purpose, as cryptocurrency cannot be regulated by any government or entity. Another Attempt at Regulating Bitcoin One woul..
January 20, 2018

Litecoin Price Peaks Above $200 Again After Difficult Week

A lot of things have happened in the world of cryptocurrencies over the past few weeks.Litecoin is one of the top currencies in this regard, even though its total valuation is a lot lower than some people would like it to be. With an individual Litecoin price of $205.71 at the time of writing, it seems things are heading in the right direction once again. There’s still a long way to go to reach the all-time high of $356, but the Litecoin price appears to be on the road to recovery again. Liteco..
January 19, 2018

Weiss Ratings Will Bring More Legitimacy to Proper Cryptocurrencies

Most people are familiar with the concept of financial ratings. Every individual country has its own credit rating, and there are individual consumer credit ratings to contend with as well. In a way, it makes sense for Weiss to issue ratings for cryptocurrencies as well. How this will affect the industry as a whole is difficult to predict. This is one of the most exciting developments we have seen in a while, though. Introducing the Weiss Cryptocurrency Ratings Although most people don’t know w..
January 19, 2018

US Treasury Warns Investors About Petro “Cryptocurrency”

Venezuela’s Petro cryptocurrency has made a lot of media headlines over the past few weeks. For now, it still remains unclear how well this project will fare, especially because the country’s Senate has no plans to approve it. It seems the US Treasury Department is warning investors regarding the new cryptocurrency. It is possible that this form of money violates sanctions against the OPEC nation’s socialist government. The Petro Can’t Catch a Break On paper, the Petro cryptocurrency sounds abs..
January 19, 2018

Another Transparent ICO Scam Is Created on the Ethereum Blockchain

We have seen quite a few ICO projects designed to make fun of the entire business model. People will gladly throw money at any initial coin offering without doing the slightest research. This is why projects such as Super Cool Awesome Money – or SCAM – exist. It is clearly a scam and advertises itself as such, yet people will undoubtedly buy into this ICO. This shows just how little research some people do when it comes to cryptocurrency. The SCAM ICO has Arrived One could easily argue the vast..
January 19, 2018

Kucoin Recommends the Use of NEO for Withdrawals

Cryptocurrency network congestion has become a very real problem over the past few years. Not only have we seen Bitcoin suffer from such issues, but the Ethereum network is prone to major delays as well. It is evident this creates a lot of problems for cryptocurrency users looking to transfer value from one platform to another. As a result, the Kucoin team now advises users to switch to NEO for moving value across platforms. It’s an interesting decision, to say the least. Kucoin Grows Concerne..
January 19, 2018

[Humor] Markets Recovered Thanks to Anonymous Redditor

Disclaimer: this is a humor piece and should be interpreted as such. With every major market move, both up and down, some individuals inevitably buy the top or sell the bottom. Past movements suggest that certain all-powerful investors are responsible for market movements, as their trades and decisions lead to opposite, powerful reactions from the market. On January 17, as Bitcoin approached its bottom of US$9,500, a martyr for the greater cryptocurrency community sacrificed his own success fo..
January 19, 2018

NEO Price Struggles to Break Through $150 Resistance

Even though most cryptocurrency markets are showing signs of recovery, some altcoins are still struggling a bit. “Struggling” is a term used rather loosely here, though, as a 1.65% dip compared to 24 hours ago is nothing these days. For the NEO price, the fight for dominance over US$150 is still ongoing. It seems there are plenty of market makers who wish to keep the NEO price below this threshold right now. A breakout may occur shortly, by the look of things. NEO Price Eyes $200 All-time High ..
January 19, 2018

NEO Price Struggles to Break the $150 Resistance

Even though most cryptocurrency markets are showing signs of recovery, some altcoins still struggle a bit. Struggling is a term used rather loosely here, though, as a 1.65% dip compared to 24 hours is nothing these days. For the NEO price, the fight for dominance over $150 is still in full effect as we speak. It seems there are plenty of market makers who want to keep the NEO price below this threshold right now. A breakout is expected to occur shortly, by the look of things. NEO Price Eyes tha..
January 19, 2018

After Dip to $799, Ethereum Price Bounces Back to $1,050

After a few difficult days, it seems the cryptocurrency markets are slowly returning to normal. The Ethereum price has climbed back above US$1,000 as of last night, after dipping all the way to US$799. It’s a remarkable bounce back, even though all markets are still in a bearish state right now. Moreover, Ethereum’s market capitalization has increased to over US$100 billion again, which is another positive development. Ethereum Exhibits Strong Momentum Although most people are keeping a close ..
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