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Monday, April 16, 2018

Cryptocurrency News for 16 Apr 2018

 

A Bullish Sign Returns For Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, EOS, And Other Cryptocurrencies

A Bullish Sign Returns For Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, EOS, And Other Cryptocurrencies

 

Major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and EOS have been on fire lately. Over the last seven days, Bitcoin is up 21.80%, Ethereum is up 39.36%, Ripple is up 40.89% and EOS 51.84%.

The cryptocurrency rally extends across the entire chain. Only one cryptocurrency out of the top 100 dropped in the last seven days, while 99 advanced.


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Nobel Winning Economist Shiller Says Bitcoin ‘Bubble’ May Be Around For A While

Nobel Winning Economist Shiller Says Bitcoin ‘Bubble’ May Be Around For A While

 

Nobel Prize laureate for economics Robert Shiller believes that while Bitcoin (BTC) might be a bubble, that doesn’t mean that it will burst and be gone forever, according to an interview on April 13 with CNBC’s Trading Nation.

Shiller, who is currently a professor of economics at Yale University, referred to BTC as “another example of faddish human behavior. It’s glamorous”:

"I'm interested in [B]itcoin as a sort of bubble. It doesn't mean that it will disappear, that it'll burst forever. It may be with us for a while."

Shiller highlights that he knows that “smart people” have invested in cryptocurrencies, including many of his students, but adds that the attraction to crypto is “a story that I think goes way beyond the merit of the idea. It is more psychological than something that could be explained by the computer science department."


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Source: CoinTelegraph


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Bitcoin Has Now Forked Almost 70 Times

Bitcoin Has Now Forked Almost 70 Times

 

Forking bitcoin used to be a rarity. Then it became the norm. And then it became a meme, with anyone and everyone forking bitcoin on a weekly basis. There have now been a total of 69 bitcoin forks plus another 18 altcoin forks. Holders of bitcoin, monero, ethereum, and litecoin can claim almost 80 additional coins for free. Whether it’s worth their time to do so, however, is another matter.


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Bitcoin's Rebound Could Continue After April 17

Bitcoins Rebound Could Continue After April 17

 

Bitcoin rebounded over $1,000 in less than a day, moving from $6,900 to over $8,000 on Thursday. It hadn’t been over $8,000 in two weeks and has settled around $8,000 over the past two days. There has been speculation and analysis that due to Bitcoin’s large price increase during 2017 that it created a large tax liability, and that some of the selling pressure over the past two weeks is due to investors selling it to pay taxes.

Since Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies, saw such huge gains in 2017, that means investors who sold them or used them to pay for items largely incurred short-term capital gains. Also mining Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies generated current income and self-employment taxes per the IRS in a March 2014 notice.


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Source: Forbes


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Bitcoin Price Watch: Currency is Staying Strong at $8,000

Bitcoin Price Watch: Currency is Staying Strong at $8,000

 

The bitcoin price has fallen by roughly $100, but this isn’t necessarily something to fear or a sign of another impending bear run. The currency has spiked by approximately $1,200 since mid-week, jumping from $6,900 to $8,100 in just under 48 hours, and a small drop in the records isn’t something to get one’s hat in a twist.

At press time, most analysts are unanimous in their thoughts that bitcoin and its crypto-cousins are in line for some “monster gains” in the coming weeks. Perhaps the biggest enthusiasm comes from tech billionaire Tim Draper, who recently stated that he believes bitcoin could reach a quarter of a million dollars by the year 2022.

“I’m thinking $250,000 a bitcoin by 2022,” he recently exclaimed to an enthusiastic crowd outside Draper University in California. “Believe it, it’s going to happen. You heard it here first. They’re going to think you’re crazy, but believe it. It’s happening. It’s going to be awesome.”

Rodrigo Marques – CEO of cryptocurrency investment platform Atlas Quantum – is also convinced bitcoin is about to strike very bullish territory. He suggests that the last few months of low prices have somehow been “preparation” for bitcoin and related altcoins to come back stronger.


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Tesla and Skype Investor Tim Draper Predicts Bitcoin Will Hit $250,000 in 4 Years

Tesla and Skype Investor Tim Draper Predicts Bitcoin Will Hit $250,000 in 4 Years

 

How high can Bitcoin rise?

Well, according to venture capitalist and Bitcoin bull Tim Draper, get reading for the cryptocurrency to reach $250,000 in four years.

“Serious winds (of change) at our block (chain) party last night,” the founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson wrote on Twitter regarding his Thursday cryptocurrency celebration, Blockparty.

“I predicted $250k in 2022,” he added in a follow-up tweet after mistakenly posting $25k in an earlier one.


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Source: Fortune


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Friday, April 13, 2018

Crypto News: Bitcoin price latest: Cryptocurrency value rockets by more than $1,000 in bizarre surge

Bitcoin price latest: Cryptocurrency value rockets by more than $1,000 in bizarre surge

The price of bitcoin has shot up by more than $1,000 in a bizarre price spike for the cryptocurrency.

The volatile virtual currency rose from below $7,000 to briefly reach above $8,000 in an unprecedented surge that follows several months of steady decline.

It is not yet clear what has caused the value to increase by such a large amount, with some analysts speculating that breaking the $7,000 price point sparked a surge in bitcoin investment.

"Today’s rise doesn't appear to be driven by any significant news stories," Ed Cooper, head of mobile at fintech startup Revolut, told The Independent.


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Crypto News: Bitcoin: The Harder The Fall, The Higher The Rise: $35K By Q4

Bitcoin: The Harder The Fall, The Higher The Rise: $35K By Q4

The cryptocurrency market has fallen under intense pressure during Q1 of 2018, with Bitcoin down just over 50% from the start of the year. Many Altcoins have also seen their fair share of declines, with the biggest losers correcting upwards of 90% from all-time highs. Q1 was packed with action and drama including exchange hacks, exchange suspensions, increased regulation from China, Mt. Gox Bitcoin selling, tax talks, and SEC meetings in the United States. Uncertainty flooded the market due to these events with many cryptocurrency investors unsure if governments would ban cryptocurrencies outright, or just tighten up regulations in regard to initial coin offerings (ICOs).

Now smaller market cap crypto projects could soon be facing liquidity issues, preventing investors from selling out of their positions. The cryptocurrency market is fairly illiquid as is, and these steep declines do not help, should many investors choose to leave the market and close their positions.

Looking back in history, Q2 is often met with more optimism and bullish sentiment in comparison to Q1. Even more so now that we have many things to look forward to including Bitcoin ETF’s, and most notably, the Coinbase Index Fund that will give investors exposure to all digital assets. Exchanges such as QUOINEX, play an important role by using a bank-grade security system to protect data and assets.


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Crypto News: Twitter briefly shut down @Bitcoin, sparking wild conspiracy theories

Twitter briefly shut down @Bitcoin, sparking wild conspiracy theories

Twitter suspended the @Bitcoin Twitter account, which is run by an anonymous user, over the weekend. The account was briefly taken over by a user who claimed to be Turkish, then by a user who claimed to be Russian, before apparently being restored to its previous owner Monday afternoon.

“We do not comment on individual accounts so nothing to share,” a Twitter spokesperson said when asked about the suspension. “That’s some bullshit if you ask me,” the user behind @Bitcoin tweeted. “I’d like to know why my account was given to someone else, and then when it’s reinstated I’m missing 750,000 of my followers.”

The @Bitcoin account had more than 821,000 followers when it was suspended. Those followers disappeared, but it appears that Twitter is slowly restoring them.

The mysterious suspension naturally stoked conspiracy theories in the Bitcoin community. The @Bitcoin account is supportive of Bitcoin Cash, also known as Bcash. Bitcoin Cash was founded by a group of developers, miners, and other members of the community who split off in August 2017, duplicating the bitcoin blockchain and establishing a new cryptocurrency, after a dispute over how to address the growing network’s scaling issues.


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Crypto News: 6 Myths About Bitcoin And How To Bust Them

6 Myths About Bitcoin And How To Bust Them

In our Expert Takes, opinion leaders from inside and outside the crypto industry express their views, share their experience and give professional advice. Expert Takes cover everything from Blockchain technology and ICO funding to taxation, regulation and cryptocurrency adoption by different sectors of the economy.

Given all the negative press that Bitcoin has to fight against, the arguments in favor of Bitcoin may sometimes be lost in all the noise. So let’s have a look at the typical attacks on Bitcoin and how the community could respond to them.

Despite being down more than 60 percent from its all time high, the price of 1 Bitcoin - around $7,000 at the time of writing ($7,116 at press time - Cointelegraph) - still deters many people from entering the market. Even though Bitcoin is on the main page of many online newspapers since mid-2017, most people still do not know they can buy a fraction of a Bitcoin. So let’s set the record straight: 1 Bitcoin can be divided into 100 million satoshis (the smallest Bitcoin unit). Just because one cannot afford a full gold bar - which are $600,000 a piece - does not mean one cannot buy a gold coin or invest as little as $126 through a Gold ETF to get exposure to gold. The same thing can be done with Bitcoin.

Bitcoin Maximum Supply

Assuming a world population of 7 bln people, it means that there are 300,000 satoshis available per human being, or 0.003 Bitcoin. Since several studies have estimated that 3 to 4 mln Bitcoins have been lost in the early years, the true number is probably closer to 220 - 250,000 satoshis per person.


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Crypto News: Cryptocurrency miners seek cheap energy in Norway and Sweden

Cryptocurrency miners seek cheap energy in Norway and Sweden

FRANKFURT/MILAN (Reuters) - Cryptocurrency miners are moving in to Norway and Sweden to take advantage of cheap hydro-electric energy and low temperatures to power and cool their servers.

Iceland has been Europe’s most popular location for miners of digital currencies such as bitcoin and ethereum.

But at 6.5 euro cents and 7.1 cents per kilowatt hours, respectively, commercial power prices in Sweden and Norway are cheaper than Iceland’s 8 cents and far below the European average of 11 cents.

The interest is good news for Sweden’s Vattenfall [VATN.UL] and Norway’s Statkraft [STATKF.UL], the dominant utilities in their countries. Supplying power to cryptocurrency miners is a tiny part of current business but the two state-owned firms have said they see it as an opportunity.


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Crypto News: Japan Could Have More Than 3 Million Crypto Traders

Japan Could Have More Than 3 Million Crypto Traders

Japan's Financial Services Agency (FSA) has released domestic cryptocurrency trading statistics for the first time.

According to data gathered from 17 cryptocurrency exchanges in Japan, as of Mar. 31 this year, the country has at least 3.5 million individuals that are trading with cryptocurrencies as actual assets.

Among them, crypto investors in their 20s, 30s and 40s make up a major share, accounting for 28, 34, and 22 percent, respectively, of the total crypto trader population in Japan.

Announced at the first meeting of a cryptocurrency exchange study group established by the FSA in early March, the data release marks the latest effort by the financial watchdog in bringing greater transparency to the industry following a recent hack of one of the domestic exchange Coincheck.


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Crypto News: Gamers And Investors Bet Big On Cryptocurrency/Blockchain In The Gaming Industry

Gamers And Investors Bet Big On Cryptocurrency/Blockchain In The Gaming Industry

While Bitcoin's shaky price run continues, the value that cryptocurrency can provide outside of the trading realm is becoming evident within the billion-dollar gaming industry.

Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology were hot topics during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) that took place in San Francisco last month. As I made my way through the record-breaking crowd of 28,000 industry professionals, I constantly heard “cryptocurrency” and “blockchain” being mentioned.

DMarket, a leading global marketplace that uses blockchain technology to transform virtual gaming items into real world assets, hosted a blockchain and gaming panel discussion during GDC. The purpose of the panel was to provide an explanation as to why cryptocurrency and blockchain technology are having an impact on the gaming sector, which is expected to become a $143 billion global industry by 2020.


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Crypto News: Latvia Recognizes Cryptocurrencies in Order to Tax Them

Latvia Recognizes Cryptocurrencies in Order to Tax Them

Trying to take its share of the profits, the government of Latvia may accept cryptocurrencies as a legal means of exchange. This year’s tax filing campaign is underway and officials don’t have much time. Two parliamentary commissions and the Ministry of Finance have expressed their views on the matter this week. Latvians may very soon owe the state tax on their gains from crypto transactions. 

According to the Latvian Finance Ministry, 20% tax can be imposed on capital gains from deals with cryptocurrencies. Its representatives announced the proposal during a meeting with deputies from the Parliamentary Budget and Taxation Committee on Wednesday.

Some lawmakers reminded their colleagues and constituents that cryptocurrencies are not considered a legal tender in the Baltic state and come with speculative bubbles and financial pyramids. Members of the Financial and Capital Markets Committee, however, noted that cryptos like bitcoin can “function as a means of exchange”.

The Ministry of Finance also revealed that the Latvian government is mulling over comprehensive cryptocurrency regulations. A working group set up by Prime-Minister Maris Kucinskis has been tasked to prepare the proposals. According to the Baltic Reporter, it will study market risks, but also evaluate potential benefits associated with cryptocurrencies.


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