Monthly Archives: May 2019

Bitcoin Price Analysis: Where Is the Local Top for This Parabolic Run?

Summary: The bitcoin market has gone parabolic as we blasted off through two major weekly levels. The resistance got crushed due to a high amount of short positions that were force liquidated in an event known as a “short squeeze.” We are currently testing the $8,000 level but a major weekly resistance level looms directly overhead in the $8,150 area. The price structure is looking fairly climactic and we might see a strong round of selling hit the market that could potentially pull us down to retest […]

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Blockchain Project CEO to Pay $150K Fine, Teach Business Ethics Following Settlement

Blockchain entrepreneur Alex Tapscott has settled with Canadian regulators, and will pay a fine in addition to providing business ethics lectures. Blockchain entrepreneur Alex Tapscott is paying a $148,000 fine and will lead ethics seminars at three Canadian business schools per his settlement agreement with the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), according to a report by The Globe and Mail on May 13. Tapscott, the CEO of blockchain firm NextBlock Global Limited initially filed for a public settlement hearing with the OSC on May 9. The OSC had […]

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Bitcoin Breaks $8,000 for First Time Since July 2018, Stocks and Oil Report Losses

Following a solid to break above the $7,400 mark earlier today, bitcoin has broken $8,000, with all top-20 cryptocurrencies trading in the green. Monday, May 13 —  Following a solid to break above the $7,400 mark earlier today, bitcoin (BTC) has broken $8,000, with all top-20 cryptocurrencies trading in the green. Market visualization from Coin360 BTC is trading around $8,013 at press time, up over 13% on the day.Bitcoin’s weekly gains are now at around 38.88%. Bitcoin 7-day chart. Source: CoinMarketCap Ethereum (ETH) has seen an increase […]

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Whole Foods and Major Retailers Now Accept Cryptocurrency via the Spedn App

On May 13, cryptocurrency enthusiasts were pleased to hear that major retailers including Whole Foods, Lowes, Petco, Regal Cinemas, and Gamestop will accept payments in crypto. The payments will be processed by Flexa using its custodial wallet called ‘Spedn’ which gives people the ability to spend with bitcoin core, ethereum, bitcoin cash, and GUSD. Also read: Satoshi Nakamoto Could Be Criminal Mastermind Paul Le Roux Spedn App Allows Crypto Purchases at Many Well Known Retailers Digital currencies got a mainstream push today from the startup Flexa and […]

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BitOasis Secures Preliminary Approval With UAE Financial Regulator

BitOasis has reportedly secured preliminary approval with the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of the Abu Dhabi Global Market. United Arab Emirates-based cryptocurrency exchange BitOasis has reportedly secured preliminary approval with financial regulators, Bloomberg reported on May 13. Founded in 2015, BitOasis claims to be the Middle East’s first digital currency wallet that uses multi-signature technology. The company previously announced that it was seeking to be fully licensed in the financial center Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) before the end of this year. Ola Doudin, the founder and […]

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Research: ICO Market Down Almost 100% From a Year Ago, Raised $40 Million in Q1 2019

The ICO market is down 97% on a year-on-year basis, reportedly making $40 million so far in 2019. The initial coin offerings (ICO) market is down 97% on a year-on-year basis making $40 million so far in 2019, according to research by cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX released on May 13. In the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, the ICO market has reportedly dropped by 97% based on the amount of attracted capital. The slump followed the 2017–2018 cryptocurrency boom, with low investment returns among ICOs through most of […]

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Microsoft Builds Decentralized Identity Network Atop Bitcoin Blockchain

Microsoft is developing a decentralized identity network because, “every person needs a decentralized, digital identity they own and control…” Microsoft is building a decentralized identity (DID) network atop of the bitcoin blockchain, the tech giant announced on May 13. In a blog post, the company said the infrastructure, known as the Identity Overlay Network (ION,) is based on an evolving set of open standards developed in conjunction with the Decentralized Identity Foundation. Microsoft claims its approach addresses throughput issues that mean “the most robust, decentralized, public blockchains operate at just […]

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Despite Industry Pushback, G20 May Impose Stricter KYC Policy on Exchanges

It looks as if cryptocurrency service providers will have to adopt stricter know-your-customer (KYC) policies all across the world — and not everyone is happy about that. On February 22, 2019, the intergovernmental Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) published a draft recommendation for strict and uniform anti-money laundering (AML) regulation for cryptocurrency service providers, to be finalized by June 2019. The G20 — the 19 most powerful countries in the world plus the European Union — had already agreed in December 2018 to accept […]

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Flexa Enables BTC Payments at Popular Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Payment platform Flexa has announced the launch of SPEDN, an app that allows users to make purchases with cryptocurrencies at a variety of brick-and-mortar stores. The app works by generating QR codes at checkout registers, which then debit users’ wallets on the app and credit merchants with fiat. To initiate payments immediately, Flexa uses FlexaCoin, its native cryptocurrency, as an intermediary before the originating coin’s network approves the transfer. Essentially, the Flexa Network Protocol pays the retailer in cash then takes on the burden of moving the […]

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eBay Teases Crypto Expansion

Popular e-commerce provider eBay has released promotional materials suggesting that its is ready to accept “virtual currencies” and offer “digital collectibles.” The ads have appeared at Consensus 2019, a cryptocurrency and blockchain summit taking place this week in New York. In addition to hinting that eBay will soon offer support for cryptocurrencies, they feature claims about the company’s online reach and user count. Because the initial ads didn’t mention any cryptocurrencies in particular, it’s unclear if the online marketplace plans to focus on Bitcoin or other tokens. […]

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