Monthly Archives: January 2021

DEX and interoperability upgrades show TomoChain (TOMO) wants DeFi dominance

TomoChain’s new interoperability upgrades and DEX show the team is serious about breaking Ethereum’s DeFi dominance. The cryptocurrency market started the year in full force and with all the bullish breakouts happening it can be difficult to discern which projects are simply being driven by the macro trend and which are making gains based on solid tech developments and improving fundamentals.  As the price of Bitcoin dropped more than $11,000 between Jan. 10 and Jan. 11, a number of altcoins saw double-digit losses but a few DeFi […]

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Understanding Bitcoin’s Scarcity

Bitcoin is obviously scarce. And it seems to be becoming scarcer over time.  But, perhaps due to the current bull run, doubts about both of these propositions are seemingly on the rise among bitcoin skeptics. Criticisms come in a few different flavors. The main one that I have seen argues that bitcoin cannot be scarce because it is highly divisible. Recently, that particular line of reasoning was subject to some particularly colorful discussions on Twitter.  In this article, I want to clarify bitcoin’s scarcity. Let’s start with […]

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T-Systems and Validation Capital Partner With Flow Blockchain

PRESS RELEASE. January 13, 2021 – T-Systems MMS, a subsidiary of the largest telecommunications provider in Europe, Deutsche Telekom, announces today a partnership with Flow blockchain developed by Dapper Labs, the company behind CryptoKitties and NBA Top Shot. T-Systems’ flagship deployment on Flow will be the operation of an Execution Node. Validation Capital was involved in this partnership as strategic advisor. As part of the partnership, T-Systems MMS will run an Execution Node, significantly contributing to the Flow blockchain’s computational resources as a result. This is because […]

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Arca secures $10M in Series A funding as traditional financiers back crypto

Arca will use the funding to beef up its infrastructure and expand its crypto asset-class offerings. Arca, an emerging digital-asset manager, has secured $10 million in Series A funding to bootstrap the next phase of its business strategy — one that could bridge the gap between traditional finance and cryptocurrencies.  In a Wednesday press release, Arca said the funding round was led by venture capital firm RRE Ventures, with key contributions from Alex Tisch, president of Loews Hotels & Co, and a “coalition of financiers led by […]

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CME’s Bitcoin futures facilitated over 11 million BTC in volume last year

Last year was a volatile one for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, or CME, has recorded significant volume for its Bitcoin (BTC) futures trading product over the course of the last 12 months. “More than 2.2+ million contracts were traded in 2020,” a CME representative told Cointelegraph. Each cash-settled Bitcoin futures contract at the CME is worth the dollar value of 5 Bitcoin. The trading hub recorded higher than normal numbers as Bitcoin’s price heated up in December 2020 following a break of its 2017 […]

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Anchorage gets OCC’s first national charter granted to a crypto bank

With Acting Comptroller Brooks on his way out the door, the OCC has given its first digital bank charter. Custody pioneer Anchorage is the first crypto firm to see a charter from the U.S. national bank regulator. Per a Wednesday announcement from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Anchorage will have conditional authorization to operate as a trust institution nationally. The charter is the first of its kind, part of an idea of a “fintech charter” stretching back to the Obama years, but which has […]

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Bitfinex Executives Deny Allegations of Issuing USDT to Pump BTC – “Tether Backed by Cash Assets and a Loan”

Bitfinex general counsel Stuart Hoegner has dismissed the notion that only 74% of the tether stablecoin in circulation is fully backed. Hoegner insists the stablecoin is fully backed by assets that include cash, cash equivalents as well as bitcoin. However, both Hoegner and the company’s CTO Paolo Ardoino, are pushing back against the narrative that Bitfinex is engaged in a conspiracy to pump the price of bitcoin. The Loan to Bitfinex In an interview with Peter McCormack, the Bitfinex general counsel claims the misconception that USDT is […]

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Price analysis 1/13: BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC, ADA, BCH, DOT, XLM, LINK, BNB

Traders are shifting funds into select altcoins as Bitcoin price trades in a sideways range. The top 100 richest Bitcoin (BTC) addresses have added 334,000 Bitcoin to their existing holdings over the past 30 days, a clear signal that whales and institutional-size investors bought the dip. A positive sign is that most of them have not reacted to the recent fall in Bitcoin’s price. This suggests that large investors are bullish on Bitcoin for the long term rather than looking to make a quick gain. An important […]

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An online future for finance is inevitable, says OCC’s Brooks

Brooks considers the migration of the financial system onto the internet “inevitable.” The departing leader of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is convinced that the future of finance is blockchain-native, per a conversation with crypto analytics firm Elliptic on Wednesday. Described by Elliptic CEO Simone Maina as “a fairy godfather to the crypto industry,” Brooks has been a leading light in U.S. federal policy towards crypto since taking over for Comptroller Joseph Otting in May. Today, he outlined views that follow an opinion piece […]

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Bitcoin price stuck at $32K–$35K: Likely outcomes of BTC ‘flush’ drop

As Bitcoin ranges between $32,000 and $35,500, traders and technical analysts discuss what may come next for BTC. In the short term, the crucial technical resistance level is $35,500. Throughout the past 24 hours, Bitcoin has continuously rejected at that level. When Bitcoin rose to around $35,500 on Binance earlier on Jan. 13, it saw an 8% drop shortly thereafter, indicating that there is strong selling pressure. A pseudonymous trader known as “Byzantine General” outlined that there are additional sell orders on Coinbase in the $36,500–$37,000 range, […]

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