Monthly Archives: March 2020

US State Reps Submit Bill Spurring Blockchain Innovation in Rhode Island

Representatives from Rhode Island recently submitted a bill pushing blockchain adoption in the state. Two state representatives in Rhode Island introduced a new bill promoting blockchain and technology adoption in the state.  Rhode Island representatives David Place and Blake Filippi introduced a new bill on March 11 known as the “Rhode Island Economic Growth Blockchain Act.” The motion aims to provide green pastures for blockchain innovation growth, ensuring Rhode Island’s ability to keep up with the times.  The bill’s new regulation  The new proposal aims to give […]

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DeFi Giant MakerDAO Avoiding Shutdown in the Face of Tanking ETH — For Now

The collapse in Ether’s price could lead to an emergency shutdown for DeFi leader MakerDAO, though it’s a contingency that developers are eager to avoid. As Ether’s price sees record losses, MakerDAO, the biggest player in decentralized finance (DeFi) on the Ethereum network, is looking at responses including a shutdown — though that possibility remains unlikely at this point. Markets clobber DeFi Per a March 12 call in response to “Black Thursday” losses, developers and MakerDAO Foundation members weighed the damage that the drop in Ether’s price […]

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Binance Doubles ETH Withdraw Fees, Firing Up Crypto Traders

Binance is doubling fees for ETH withdrawals due to high ETH network congestion. Fired-up Crypto traders call the decision robbery. Binance announced in a tweet on March 12 that it is doubling fees for ETH withdrawals. The company cited network congestion as the reason for the decision. The tweet specified:  “To better facilitate ERC20 and ETH withdrawals during this period of high congestion on the $ETH network, we are making the following temporary adjustments: ETH withdrawal 0.003 ETH is now 0.006 ETH ERC20 withdrawal 0.006 ETH is […]

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Amid Market Downturn, Number of People Owning 1 BTC Hits New Record

Blockchain analytics firm Glassnode reported that the number of crypto wallets containing one or more bitcoins reached ATH of 795,630. Amid the ongoing crypto market decline, the number of crypto wallets containing one Bitcoin (BTC) or more continues to rise. According to major blockchain analytics firm, Glassnode, the number of Bitcoin addresses holding one or more bitcoins has been steadily growing and reached a new all-time high (ATH) On March 11. On that day, the amount of hodlers owning one Bitcoin or more reached an ATH of […]

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US Fed Unveils $1.5T Rescue Injection But Will Bitcoin Price Rebound?

Bitcoin price collapsed to a 2020 low below $6,000 as US markets sharply sold off as investors are unconvinced that the coronavirus is under control. Equities markets and the crypto market continue to struggle as Europe and the United States enact increasingly drastic measures to ward off the spread of the Coronavirus. Among the general public and investors, there is a feeling that world governments have drug their feet in responding to what is clearly an urgent crisis, thus major markets continue to tumble.  The Dow opened […]

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$135B Injection from European Central Bank Dwarfs BTC Market Cap

The ECB announced plans for a $135 billion cash injection, which is $25 billion more than Bitcoin’s current market cap. After similar efforts from the U.S. Federal Reserve on March 10, the European Central Bank, or ECB, announced a $135 billion stimulus — a number that dwarfs Bitcoin’s (BTC) entire market cap. The ECB, in an effort to combat struggling markets, decided not to cut interest rates further. Instead, the central bank announced the allocation of 120 billion Euros, or $135.28 USD, to its asset purchase program, […]

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AsicBoost Dominates Bitcoin Mining, Solving Bitmain’s 2017 Controversy

The 2017 ASICBoost controversy, which accused Bitmain of unfair mining practices, has resolved itself. Bitcoin (BTC) miners openly using AsicBoost are now comprising 63% of its network hashrate. This vindicates community concerns from 2017 that accused Bitmain of using the “covert” version of AsicBoost. The statistic was highlighted on March 9 by Bitmex Research, building on a similar report from December 2018. Though the overt AsicBoost was only used by 30% of miners at the time, the analysts argued that the 2017 controversy was largely settled. They […]

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Fintech in the United Kingdom After Brexit

Many fintech companies chose London because of its strong financial regulation, but how will Brexit affect the industry in Europe and the U.K.? The first round of negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union to determine their future, post-Brexit relationship took place between March 2 and March 5 in Brussels, Belgium. The outcome of these negotiations will shape the way the two work together following the end of the transition period, currently scheduled to extend through Dec. 31. For the financial technology sector, the discussions […]

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Price Analysis Mar 12: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, BSV, LTC, EOS, BNB, XTZ, LINK

The crypto markets are currently facing a strong wave of selling leading traders to focus on whether cryptocurrencies will form panic bottoms soon. Governments and citizens across the world are in a state of panic as cases of coronavirus continue to rise. This has rocked global equity markets for the past few days and volatility has spiked to levels not seen since the last financial crisis. This shows that fear has gripped the traders and they are likely to sell everything at hand. Even gold sold off […]

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Crypto Exchanges Overwhelmed on Bitcoin’s Most Volatile Day of the Year

Binance chief Changpeng Zhao referred to it as “Bloodbath day,” and many in the cryptosphere will echo those sentiments, as fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic reverberates through global markets. As crypto exchanges were thronged by frantic traders looking to capitalize on – or seek refuge from – the unprecedented market dump, several platforms buckled under the pressure. Also read: Market Update: Global Economy Jolts Bitcoin, Overall Crypto Cap Loses $50B Exchanges Struggle as Traders Get Busy A panic-stricken sell-off of bitcoin and other risk-on digital assets has […]

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