NASDAQ to launch Bitcoin Futures in 2019

Nasdaq Inc. is still planning to launch its Bitcoin futures early next year, Bloomberg reported early this morning. Two individuals familiar with the Bitcoin project told Benjamin Bain, a reporter at Bloomberg, that despite the downturned market the index still plans on offering these contracts.

Bitcoin Cash Hash War: Who Won?

Nearly ten days ago, Bitcoin Cash underwent its second scheduled protocol upgrade of the year. Most in the crypto community know that a ‘hard fork’ in the chain is the only way to upgrade proof-of-work consensus protocols. Just before this upgrade occurred, competing proposals emerged and split the BCH community in three. From the scheduled hard fork, three fractions of the Bitcoin Cash blockchain emerged, and the Bitcoin Cash hash war began.

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A Guide to Understanding Cryptocurrency White Papers

Anyone looking to invest in bitcoin or any other form of cryptocurrency has surely spent some time researching and reading about it. Entering the crypto world without any knowledge would be a crazy and reckless thing to do, especially if you are planning to invest money into it. While blogs, forums, and the many available cryptocurrency websites put no limit to the amount of information available for anyone looking for help, there is no denying that the best way to understand a cryptocurrency would be to read its white paper. A white paper is like a blueprint to a building, the syllabus to a class or, more literally, the proposal to a project.

Two Teachers Mine for Ethereum Using School’s Power

Teachers Mine for Ethereum: Mining for cryptocurrency comes with its controversy. Energy consumption is already the most eyebrow-raising aspect. So what about using the local school’s computers to mine for Ethereum… during school time? Oh, and you’re the principal of the school.

Morgan Stanley Classes Bitcoin as an Asset

Global investment bank Morgan Stanley has given Bitcoin bulls something to cheers about. The institution has stated that it classes Bitcoin as an institutional investment class. (And the day after Bitcoin’s birthday… how thoughtful)

Where Does Blockchain Stand in the International Remittance Market?

Data shows that the international remittance market is huge. In 2016, migrants living in different parts of the world transferred more than $570 billion USD to their home countries. Even though several FinTech overseas money transfer companies have made their presence felt in recent times, the field is still dominated by three of the original players – MoneyGram, Western Union, and Ria. Between them, they account for around 25 percent of the total market share.

Ripple (XRP) and Litecoin (LTC) Make Moves in the Shadows

The cryptocurrency market is currently sitting just above $210 billion this morning. While mainstream media is heavily focused on cannabis at the moment, blockchain companies are still making moves in the background. Today, we’ll take a closer look at Ripple (XRP) and Litecoin (LTC) and the latest advancements with the two projects.

Ripple (XRP) Climbing After Crypto Market Correction

Ripple (XRP) is making a dashing comeback this morning after the crypto market lost over $20 billion in value this week. Many of the other cryptocurrencies in the top 20 were seeing double-digit losses yesterday, as investors began dumping their digital assets. Now it seems most are making a comeback and XRP is leading the way.

Another Fraudulent ICO Shut Down By the SEC—Here We Go Again!

Wow. It is a solemn day for cryptocurrencies everywhere! According to CoinMarketCap, the market is experiencing a big crash with most coins seeing double-digit losses. I wish I could be bringing a lighter tone to this grey picture, but another fraudulent ICO has been shut down by the SEC earlier today.

How Restaurants Could Help Bitcoin Growth

Bitcoin is a distributed, worldwide, decentralized, digital money. The advantage of Bitcoin is that there is no central authority like a bank, company, or government issuing Bitcoin. Bitcoin might be intimidating to most restaurant owners because it’s not integrated with most POS systems.

Fortnite on the Blockchain? It Could Soon Be a Possibility

According to its website, blockchain creator MagnaChain is “changing the rules of the game.” And with a reported partnering with the popular video game Fortnite, could it be about to change the rules of the biggest game in the world? Could we be playing Fortnite on the blockchain soon?

StellarX is Officially Launched but XLM Remains Red

StellarX is finally here! StellarX is the Stellar network-based zero-fee decentralized cryptocurrency exchange. The company behind the platform, Interstellar, announced the upcoming launch via a Medium blog post on September 28th. XLM has yet to be positively affected by the news.

Ripple Swell Conference Day One Wrap-Up

Ripple’s annual Swell conference concluded its first day yesterday. This year, the company is hosting the event in San Francisco, California. Last year, the Ripple Swell Conference was held in Toronto, Ontario, and was three days in total.

Cryptocurrency in India: Supreme Court to Hear Final Petitions Against the RBI Bitcoin Ban

Cryptocurrency in India is becoming a hot topic thanks to the upcoming crypto hearings in the country. India’s Supreme Court is set to listen to the final round of petitions against the country’s Bitcoin ban. The ban was put in place by the country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The hearing is set to happen today, September 25th, local news outlet The Financial Express reports.

Is the Narrative of the Crypto Industry Changing? Ripple Exec. Says Yes

Cory Johnson said it first. Ripple and XRP are not the same things; XRP is not a security. And yet, the San Francisco-based company often finds itself repeating this information. The latest time came today, Monday, September 17th. Not only did the head of government and regulatory relations at Ripple today bring back the XRP security debate, but Sagar Sarbhai also noted that the narrative in the crypto industry is changing.

Nasdaq to Acquire Cinnober: Is the Stock-Exchange Preparing for Cryptocurrency?

Nasdaq announced Friday that it is in the midst of acquiring Swedish trading solutions provider Cinnober. So why is it important for crypto-enthusiasts that Nasdaq acquiring Cinnober might happen? Well, Nasdaq is Nasdaq—the second-largest stock exchange in the world, but Cinnober is known for its acceptance of digital assets and its involvement in helping institutions to invest in them.

What to Look For in a Crypto Trading Platform

For many, the first step into the world of cryptocurrencies is by way of an exchange, which is essentially a marketplace that allows users to both buy and sell various cryptocurrencies. In many ways, it’s similar to the process of buying and selling stocks via a stock exchange, but it differs in one fundamental way. There is no middle man, no broker executing transactions, with a cryptocurrency exchange.

Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and Ripple (XRP) Crash

The cryptocurrency market is on the fritz this morning as most cryptocurrencies are in the red and seeing losses in the double-digital percentages. Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and Ripple (XRP) are all taking significant losses today. Bitcoin Diamond, however, is currently seeing gains well above 100%.

Trust is the Central Issue of the Decentralized Ecosystem

Satoshi’s vision for Bitcoin was to build an economic vehicle that did not require a trusted agent. This is often called a ‘trustless’ system of payment. His justification for launching Bitcoin was that the trusted agents could no longer be trusted. Specifically, the trusted agents had become corrupt, and people needed a method of commerce that did not require third parties. What is lost on many people is that this new system still required trust.

Why are Major Crypto Exchange Firms Optimistic Towards Ethereum Coin?

The cryptocurrency industry has been around for a long time and has been attracting a lot of investors for a decade. Cryptocurrency investing has turned into a huge mainstream business. Cryptocurrency has helped many people to generate extensive profits through their investment. This all started with the introduction of Bitcoin, which was the first cryptocurrency ever that gave the world the idea of the blockchain. This inspired other cryptocurrency firms to innovate more and come up with a different solution based on blockchain technology.

EOS, Tron (TRX), & VeChain (VET) Get a Boost

Only a handful of coins in the top 100 cryptocurrencies are seeing losses on the market this morning. After a rough start to August, it seems the market has begun correcting itself again. At press time, Bitcoin (BTC) is trading just below $6,500 and Ethereum has just passed the $300 threshold.

TRON (TRX), IOTA (MIOTA), and Ethereum (ETH) Lose Big

The crypto market has been taking quite a beating these past 36 hours. Bitcoin (BTC) is currently trading around the $6,000 mark and currently holds 54% of the total market dominance. Many of the altcoins are suffering, especially Ethereum (ETH). We’ll also take a closer look at TRON (TRX) and IOTA (MIOTA), two other altcoins on the market that are currently suffering big.

Four Catalysts Driving Bitcoin Higher, According to Spencer Bogart

Bitcoin has had quite the year. It hasn’t all been good, with the digital currency dropping below the $6,000 price mark at the end of June. But recently Bitcoin has redeemed itself, witnessing strong gains over the last week. So that brings up the question of whether there are catalysts driving Bitcoin higher. If not now, could there be catalysts at a later date?

Coinbase Offers Crypto Gift Cards

Popular US-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Inc. is now offering something no other exchange has to its customers. According to a report by Bloomberg this morning, the crypto exchange will offer a way for its customers to purchase retails goods and services using cryptocurrency. There are now going to be Coinbase crypto gift cards.

The Watchlist: Three Potential Cryptocurrency Hubs Around The World

Within the last year, we’ve seen the coveted wealth that cryptocurrency has brought to many. Unlike brokerages, central banks, and other mainstream financial products, cryptocurrency and blockchain technology propel the world towards anonymity and security. Because of this, many crypto advocates wonder where the next hub will be. Will it be somewhere cold with low electricity costs for currency mining, or tropical with a Wall Street, ritzy feel? This answer is all the above.

Will Facebook Acquire Coinbase? Cryptocurrency Ad Ban Removed

Facebook acquiring Coinbase: Back in January of this year, Facebook banned cryptocurrency advertising on its platform. This move was in response to many other platforms banning ICO and cryptocurrency type advertisements – in the hopes of protecting its users from deceptive financial products and services.

$14 million worth of BTC, ETH, BCH, and XRP Stolen from Bithumb Hack

Bithumb hack: Last week, the world’s 11th largest cryptocurrency exchange by its 24-hour trade volume, Bithumb, announced that it had been hacked. The initial reports suggested that close to 35 million Korean won ($31 million USD) had been taken from its platform. Several cryptocurrencies were stolen, including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

Cryptocurrency Lawsuits

ICOs have become the number one cause for cryptocurrency lawsuits. Usually, these lawsuits pertain to companies that advertised an ICO for a blockchain-related coin or company and then purposefully didn’t deliver on promises made. ICO’s allow anyone that has an idea for a new project, to easily raise capital without having to go through the formalities of an IPO and this leaves ample opportunity for fraudulent scammers to take advantage of eager investors. The outcome tends to be a heister running away with the money they falsely acquired and this inevitably leads to a nasty lawsuit. 

Ripple Vs XRP – What is the Difference?

Contrary to popular belief, there is a difference between Ripple and XRP. To quote Michael Caine, “not a lot of people know that.” Even if people are aware, however, they still struggle to fully grasp the concept. This has caused many in the community to feel a certain sense of frustration, as Ripple, the company, has said time and time again that they are not the same, but have only now started to clarify the difference between the two.

Turning The Financial Industry On Its Head – The Blockchain Technology

The financial industry has witnessed many disruptions and welcomed new technologies that have radically changed traditional processes. In today’s world of cryptocurrency and digital transactions, a new type of technology is steadily taking over – the blockchain technology. Blockchain has caused many disruptions, but what are the top blockchain disruptions?

Edgar Allan Poe and ‘The Raven’ Inspired the Qravity Blockchain Platform

Edgar Allan Poe, as a writer and poet influenced both American literature and international literature. As a struggling artist (one who never really profited off of his work), Poe influenced one man, hundreds of years after his death, to create the Qravity blockchain platform. The goal of the blockchain platform?  To not only allow creators to own their content but to profit from it as well. Something which Edgar Allan Poe was never fortunate enough to do. 

Microsoft Bought GitHub | Should Monero (XMR) Stay or Should it Go?

Microsoft Bought GitHub: Even from a company as technologically advanced as Microsoft, the announcement that it acquired GitHub on the morning of June 4th took a lot of people by surprise. In the past, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, has critiqued the crypto sector, which is why many are skeptical of this purchase. It’s not that Microsoft is a bad company, it’s that many are worried about the effect this acquisition will have. Specifically, on virtual currencies like Monero (XMR). 

What is a Masternode?

A masternode is a cryptocurrency wallet often referred to as a full node which contains a copy of the ledger in real-time. Blockchains can typically be broken down into three types: Proof of work, proof of stake, and a blend of the two. These blockchains need a system for processing transactions which enables the blockchain to function. However, masternodes are substantially different than the functionality of regular nodes. They go above and beyond in functionality compared to a node which is simply relaying blocks and transactions.

How To Mine Ethereum

Ethereum is a decentralized blockchain. It makes use of Ether – a cryptocurrency which is empowered by this Blockchain technology. The self-executing nature of the computer algorithms around which applications are built eliminates human interference. Since its inception, Ether has been quite popular – the number of transactions using Ether was deemed to be twice of that of Bitcoin in 2017 (Bitcoin is the most popular cryptocurrency). A considerable reason for this is that Ether transactions tend to be confirmed quicker by the ethereum blockchain than Bitcoins do on its blockchain. Also, Ethereum can be used as a platform for other cryptocurrencies and can also handle more complexity as it runs “smart contracts” (Programs that execute exactly as they are set up to be by their creators). The current value of Ethereum is over $700 US, making it the second most popular cryptocurrency in circulation.

Binance Receives Major Warning from the Japanese Govt

The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, just received a huge warning from Japan. The exchange is listed in Hong Kong but it’s servers actually reside in South Korea. Since the Chinese did that firewall ban, the Binance IPs moved to the British Virgin Islands and other locations to avoid regulatory issues in the future.

Blockchain Technology Could Save the U.S Government Billions

In 2014, the USA today posted an article stating how $614 billion dollars had been completely missing from the 302 federal program audit. The government ran website is supposed to be a transparent and accurate representation of where our tax dollars are being spent, but the Government Accountability Office found that only 2-7% of the website’s data was accurate. So where is the rest of the money?

Iceland Fears Using All Their Energy for Cryptocurrency Farming

There’s a lot to discuss when it comes to the cryptocurrency sector. Price growth remains at the top of the list, with regulation coming in a close second. As for me, I’ve been looking into issues that have arisen from cryptocurrency farming. There’s one country, in particular, that is really struggling from this and that’s Iceland. Iceland cryptocurrency farming fears have been growing for a while now.

Bitcoin Price Watch – BTC/USD Bounces Back Above $10,000, In Bullish Zone

After falling below the pivotal $10,000 price level this weekend, BTC managed to bounce back above $10,000 this week and is now trading at levels similar to earlier last week. During the past seven-day period, BTC managed to stabilize around $11,000 following the market downturn that occurred in early February. Now, the digital currency is trending up and is set to test the $11,000 mark once again.

Cryptocurrency Mining Will Leave Iceland Without Power

Iceland has become the premier hotspot for cryptocurrency mining, more specifically Bitcoin, and the countries officials are now in a panic. With its cool temperatures, it makes it the perfect location to keep these hot data mining centers cool, without the need for extra air conditioning. While Bitcoin’s price has been on the decline within’ the past few months many companies have seen the island as the holy grail to mine the remaining digital tokens. They are equating it as the 21st century ‘gold rush’ as many companies have flooded the country in hopes of starting their own mining data centers.

Austrian Energy Supplier Testing Blockchain-Based Services

It appears we have yet another company interested in blockchain technology. While not as far-fetched as, say, Long Island Iced Tea (now Long Blockchain Corp. (NASDAQ:LTEA)) moving into blockchain, I was still a little taken back, and also very excited, to hear that Wien Energie is testing a number of blockchain-based services.

Coincheck Exchange Will Repay Hack Victims

Late last week, the largest crypto exchange hack took place. CoinCheck, headquartered in Tokyo, had $530 million USD worth of NEM stolen from the exchange. The company announced today that it will repay the 260,000 customers that were affected by the hack on its platform. It remains unclear as to where the company is getting this money but it claims repayments will come directly from their own funds. Currently, there is no timeline as to when refunds will be distributed. CoinCheck’s website currently reads:

Ripple (XRP) & NEM (XEM) Down After Largest Crypto Hack Ever

Friday morning has not started out on a good foot for some major cryptocurrencies. It was confirmed this morning, via press conference, that Coincheck has suffered the largest crypto hack ever. This is larger than the notorious Mt. Gox hack, which is estimated to be around 500 million NEM (XEM) tokens. Coincheck is based out of Tokyo, so the hack’s confirmed numbers are around 58 billion Yen (around $533 million USD). The exact total that has been lost is yet to be fully confirmed, as it is still being investigated.

Bitcoin Now In ‘Bubble Territory’, Warns Goldman Sachs

If you’re an investor anguishing at the performance of bitcoin lately, there may be more bad news on the way. Today, Goldman Sachs issued a warning against the cryptocurrency, affirming that there is “no doubt” that bitcoin’s meteoric rise over the past year has “pushed it into bubble territory.”

What is Ethereum? Ethereum for Beginners

Many people ask the question ‘What is Ethereum?’ but not many people have the answer – or at least, not the answer that is comprehensible to the average reader. We’re going to simplify and explain, step by step, what Ethereum is and how it works. If you’re new to the cryptocurrency world, you’re in the right place, we’re just going to cover the basics.

Tron (TRX) Hit With Plagirization Accusations

Tron (TRX) has been making major crypto headlines lately as its founder, Justin Sun, has been making big moves with his project. Within the last few weeks, the altcoin has soared in price and became a big hit as the new Tron dogs game emerged within China.

NEM (XEM) The Silent Rising Star

Nem (XEM) has been slowly climbing the charts and is now the sixth largest cryptocurrency, above Litecoin and Stellar. The coin hasn’t received much mainstream press but has been silently dominating and climbing the charts.

TRON (TRX) Dogs Will Give Cryptokitties A Run For Its Money, As The Chinese Year Of The Dog Approaches

Back in early December, the game Cryptokitties took off on the Ethereum blockchain. Within its first week, Ether holders spent over $3 million dollars on virtual cats. At one point, the game took over close to 25% of the total hashing power on the Ethereum network. Currently, the game has 251,292 total sales with $18,310,216.78 USD sold. The highest kittie that was sold was for 254 Ether and at the time-of-sale cost $110,707.16 USD, made on December 6th, 2017.

Is the Decentralized System Becoming More Centralized?

Bitcoin dropped and people panicked. Now, several crypto exchanges, specifically those in South Korea, are in danger of being shut down and people are panicking again. Either way you cut it, people are concerned they’re about to lose all the money they’ve invested in cryptocurrencies – and that’s a lot of money.

Another Crypto Heist? This Time It’s 100,000 Euros In Austria

A 36-year-old Austrian man lost over 100,000 euros from his Bitcoin account when he logged into in on the public wireless network. The Austrian police are still investigating the incident as to whether it was hacked before he got into the restaurant and used their unsecured network. This crypto heist is not the first, either.