Monthly Archives: October 2020

Filecoin creator denies strike allegations

“Miners are following the protocol, and making a ton of money doing so,” said Juan Benet on Twitter. Juan Benet, the creator of Blockchain-based data storage platform Filecoin, has called allegations that miners of its token have been on strike since Saturday “nonsense.” According to a report by 8btc.com, five of the largest Filecoin miners turned off their machines to protest the project’s “unfair” economic model, which currently requires a significant amount of FIL tokens to begin mining. Crypto Twitter user Nico Deva was one of the first to […]

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Price analysis 10/19: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, BNB, LINK, DOT, ADA, LTC, BSV

Bitcoin price may rise to a new 52-week high if it can break above the ascending channel and this move could ignite the altcoins. Crypto market sentiment appears to be improving across the board and the global push to mainstream central bank digital currencies is also making headway.  In China’s Shenzhen province about 2 million people had applied for the digital yuan giveaway and the lucky 50,000 among them received “red envelopes” of digital yuan totalling $1.5 million. By the end of Oct. 18 about 47,573 of […]

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Monetary Stability: The IMF and Fed Chair Jerome Powell Discuss Digital Currency Implications

On Monday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published a report on crypto assets like central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and global stablecoins (GSCs). Moreover, the IMF also hosted a virtual panel that discussed digital currencies and cross-border payments with the Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. The Fed Chair says as far as a U.S.-issued CBDC is concerned, it is “more important to get it right than to be first.” The IMF held a virtual panel that discussed digital currencies and cross-border payments on Monday morning. The panel […]

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An encryption study revealed a surprising fact about blockchain adoption in Mexico

The results could be a good sign for the proliferation of distributed technology. A report called “Encryption Trends in Mexico 2020/2021” surveyed a total of 353 representatives from companies throughout Mexico. The study, published by privacy research center the Ponemon Institute, indicated that 40% of the Mexican companies surveyed were looking to adopt blockchain and cryptocurrencies in some form. Out of this segment, 71% were focused specifically on crypto usage. The figures also showed that 51% of these companies were intent on implementing blockchain for asset management […]

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French Finance Minister throws shade at crypto, praises blockchain

He stated that he does not “question the reliability and traceability of all blockchain technology,” but denounced crypto. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who once said Facebook’s Libra token would risk the “monetary sovereignty of states,” is continuing his criticism of cryptocurrencies. In an Oct. 19 tweet, Le Maire claimed some cryptocurrencies are associated with purchasing drugs and weapons in addition to being used for money laundering. However, he also wrote that he does not “question the reliability and traceability of all blockchain technology.”  Cher @cyrilpaglino, […]

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Institutional Bitcoin longs at record-high, hedge funds short — CME data

CME data shows Institutions are long Bitcoin while hedge funds are aggressively shorting BTC. According to CME, the amount of Bitcoin (BTC) long contracts held by institutions are at an all-time high. Yet, CME’s most recent Commitment of Trader report shows hedge funds are at a record-high for BTC shorts. There seemingly is a major difference in the perception of Bitcoin’s short to medium-term trend between hedge funds and institutions. CME Bitcoin futures net open interest. Source: Skew Why are hedge funds aggressively shorting Bitcoin but not […]

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Leaders of global CBDC projects talk shop in panel today

Central bank digital currency interest continues gaining global traction. As part of DC Fintech Week, a digital conference on the governmental side of the financial technology sector, several international leaders gathered for an Oct. 19 panel called: Central Banks, CBDCs and Cryptoeconomics.  “I don’t see technological barriers in this area, but I do see technological challenges,” Cecilia Skingsley, First Deputy Governor of Riksbank, the central bank of Sweden, said on the panel. “The challenge is not so much technology in itself, but it’s more about — we have to […]

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Bitcoin price holds strong amid negative news blitz, says CoinShares report

There was a time when Bitcoin seemed to be directly influenced by the daily news cycle. Blockchain headlines have been awash with negative news tidbits lately. KuCoin suffered a major hack on Sept. 26; two United States regulatory bodies went after BitMEX on Oct. 1; the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority, or FCA, banned crypto derivatives on Oct. 6; and news came to light that U.S. stimulus payment talks had stalled around Oct 9. Bitcoin’s (BTC) price has appeared largely unfazed, however, despite this array of seemingly unfavorable […]

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Video: Fresh Competition Is Shaping The Bitcoin Mining Hardware And Pool Landscape

Always a sector to watch, the Bitcoin mining space is host to several narratives that are worth a closer look today, as fresh capital and competition enter the market. Among these are the geographic distribution of hash power, mining hardware hierarchy and mining pool offerings.  On this episode of Bitcoin Magazine’s “Bitcoin In Asia,” Nishant Sharma, a long-time bitcoin mining industry insider in China who is now a founder and partner of BlocksBridge Consulting — a communications strategy and advisory firm focused on the bitcoin mining sector […]

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US financial watchdog fines early Bitcoin mixer $60M for money laundering

FinCEN has fined the operator of early crypto mixers Helix and Coin Ninja for Bank Secrecy Act violations. The founder and operator of some of the first “mixing” services in crypto will have to cough up $60 million to U.S. regulators, even as he faces continued criminal charges.  The U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced on Monday a $60-million fine fine against Larry Dean Harmon, the man behind Helix and Coin Ninja. Harmon was arrested in February for operating a stable of tumblers or mixers that Washington, […]

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