Lis 15

Ripple (XRP) Overtakes Ethereum as Second Biggest Crypto By Market Cap

Ripple (XRP) has once again overtaken Ethereum by market cap amid ongoing cryptocurrency market turbulence and bearish sentiment.


Only $100k Separates Ripple and Ethereum

As data from Coinmarketcap confirms, Ripple’s XRP token is now the largest altcoin, losing less than Ethereum in the past 24 hours. As a result, ETH is now in the third-largest cryptocurrency, repeating what has become a pattern in 2018.

As Bitcoinist previously reported, XRP last overtook ETH fairly recently on the back of rumored expansion of the token’s usage.

While not directly affecting Ethereum, the Bitcoin Cash hard fork appeared to hit the asset particularly hard, ETH/USD 00 losing almost 15 percent versus Bitcoin’s 11 percent.

XRP/USD 00 fell 9.2 percent, the difference in market cap between the two altcoins now just $100,000.

No Cause To Celebrate

The short-term success of XRP contrasts with the continued publicity battle Ripple has seen in recent months.

As Ethereum developers forge ahead with major technical developments many have championed, Ripple appears mired in criticism of both its products and senior executives, who have delivered contradictory statements about the company.

In October, CEO Brad Garlinghouse hit back at accusations the network was overly centralized.

“I as the CEO of the company can’t control the XRP ledger. I can’t change a transaction,” he told Cheddar.

“…I think there are a lot of people out there who are waging holy wars, they’re spreading misinformation – and they’re spreading misinformation because they have an economic interest in that.”

Nonetheless, third-party interest in the token remains with news this week surfacing that Japan’s biggest bank wishes to use it as the basis for a cross-border remittance service to Brazil.

Multiple financial institutions are currently considering the concept of Ripple-based remittances, with the company’s xRapid payment network also debuting with XRP as its means of exchange.

What do you think about Ripple overtaking Ethereum? Let us know in the comments below!


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Lis 04

Bitly Blocks 200 Links From Andreas Antonopoulos’ ‘Mastering Ethereum’

Bitly (bit.ly) has come under fire from cryptocurrency circles after the business appeared to block all the links from Andreas Antonopoulos’ new book.


Bitly Silent On Surprise Block

Antonopoulos, who is weeks away from publishing his latest guide, ‘Mastering Ethereum,’ publicly took issue with the URL shortening service and link management platform on social media after a tip-off about it preventing around 200 of the book’s links from opening.

“I’m about to publish my 4th book and it has about 200 http://bit.ly links in it,” he wrote on Twitter November 3.

“If you are going to block links, I will need to remove all 200 and replace them with a competitor[.]”

Bitly has existed since 2008 and currently sees monthly traffic of around 600 million link shortenings.

As of press time, officials had not responded to Antonopoulos’ tweet, and the cause and future status of the block remains unknown.

‘Not Your Shortener, Not Your Link’?

In the absence of an explanation from Bitly, Twitter users were swift to call for a “decentralized” alternative to private link shorteners, identifying them as a bottleneck.

“Don’t rely on bitly or ANY shortener service. They are all a single point of failure,” one response read.

Not your keys, not your bitcoin? Not your shortner (sic), not your link.

The tone echoes recent calls among some cryptocurrency figures to abandon the traditional stalwarts of the online ecosystem, Bitcoinist previously reporting on an increasing distaste for Twitter itself in favor of decentralized open source alternative Mastodon.

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The Bitly episode is the latest headache for Antonopoulos on the road to publishing Mastering Ethereum, the celebrated educator previously defending his choice of subject material in the face of fans who appeared confused about a refocusing away from Bitcoin 00 to altcoins.

Mastering Ethereum is due for publication within the next four weeks, Antonopoulos further confirmed.

What do you think about Bitly blocking links from ‘Mastering Ethereum’? Let us know in the comments below!


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Říj 24

Bitcoin Price Has Maximum $22K Potential By End Of 2018, Says Tom Lee

Bitcoin could end 2018 at $22,000, Fundstrat Global Investors analyst Tom Lee repeated in new predictions about the end of the cryptocurrency bear market October 19.


Lee: 200-day MA ‘Very Important’

Speaking during an interview with social media blog Crypto Tips, Lee, who is known for his bullish stance on Bitcoin in particular, highlighted the 200-day moving average price trend as a key factor in determining its future performance.

“When Bitcoin’s below its 200-day, it only goes up 50 percent of the time in the next sixth months, but when it’s above its 200-day, it’s up 80 percent of the time,” he said referring to analysis produced by Fundstrat last week.

“The 200-day and the trend that’s implied by that is obviously very important.

Ethereum ‘Capitulated’?

Far from a continuation of this year’s price downturn, Lee added he thinks it is “more likely” that Bitcoin 00 would put in an unexpected climb.

That hypothesis runs counter to assumptions shared by many other analysts within the cryptocurrency industry, who have endorsed an idea BTC/USD must first ‘bottom’ as low as $3000 before finally challenging its all-time highs.

For Lee, $6000 is the “floor.”

“Where can the surprise take place? I know a lot of people think Bitcoin’s price will collapse to $3000; I think what’s more probable a surprise is that we have a very explosive increase in price,” he continued.

For Ethereum (ETH) 00 meanwhile, Lee also saw support returning to markets. The largest altcoin by market cap had fallen more precipitously than Bitcoin, at one point trading as low as $170 in recent months, its worst performance since May 2017.

“…Ethereum is already trading like it’s capitulated,” he said.

In 2018, a combination of factors including the EOS ICO, ICOs in general, BitMEX’s ETH futures and media “hitjobs” had created a “negative” story around the asset.

What do you think about Tom Lee’s predictions? Let us know in the comments below!


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Říj 09

Ether September Price Lows Could Signal End of Bitcoin Bear Market: Analyst

Ether (ETH) prices “capitulating” in September was “significant” to ending the 2018 cryptocurrency bear market, according to a new theory from one cryptocurrency analyst. 


Thies: ‘We Were Looking In The Wrong Place’

In a series of tweets, UTR Equity’s crypto market commentator Eric Thies postulated that Bitcoin’s run to all-time price highs in December 2017 came as a result of Ether investment during the ICO phenomenon.

When interest slowed, so too did prices begin to freefall — Bitcoin reaching lows below $5900 in February this year and Ether below $170 in September.

“(Bitcoin’s) run in the end of 2017 was fueled by a MASSIVE ICO (ERC20) bubble and therefore indirectly fueled via ETH. Meaning that ETH capitulating in early Sept was significant to ending the bear market,” he wrote, noting the concept was a “theory.”

“We were all looking in the wrong place, expecting (Bitcoin) to do it.”

The ‘When Moon?’ Question

Commentators across the cryptocurrency industry and beyond have long sought a narrative to accompany the continued ‘slow bleed’ performance of most assets this year.

As Bitcoinist reported, talk of institutional investors entering to prop up prices continues to contrast with technical analyses suggesting price declines have not yet finished.

While most sources agree that a decisive U-turn cannot be far off, disagreements remain as to the real impact of institutional money or other factors on the industry, should these appear in the short term.

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For Thies meanwhile, funds flowing in via exchanges, stablecoin Tether (USDT)’s token issuance, and other factors support the bear market culmination.

“…Capitulation really may have been $12k-$6k in early Feb, and everything thereafter has been the ecosystem stabilizing itself after a MASSIVE run up,” he concluded about Bitcoin’s performance.

Bitcoin prices have experienced several months of broad stability, at press time falling within 4 percent of values against the USD seen on the same date in July, August and September. 

What do you think about Eric Thies’ market theory? Let us know in the comments below! 


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Říj 05

$30 Million New York Condo Tokenized on Ethereum Blockchain

The future of real estate and the mortgage business are set to be revolutionized by tokenized properties.


Now Everyone Gets a Slice

A $30 million Manhattan building has become New York City’s first luxury property to be tokenized on blockchain. The building is located in East Village and contains twelve 1,700 square foot condos. The entire property is now represented by an unconfirmed number of tokens on a public blockchain, and each token stands for a fractional value of each property.

Tokenizing the property now allows people with a small amount of money to invest in real estate and this could be a game changer for those living in expensive cities with sky-high property prices. Ryan Serhant, the celebrity star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York brokered the deal. Serhant explained to Forbes that tokenized property and financing could:

[…] remove the unruly pressure of traditional bank financing, which is much healthier for the project and all of the stakeholders.

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Blockchain Will Bring a Real Estate Revolution

This new method of digitally representing ownership of tangible assets on blockchain has already taken hold in the world of fine arts — a Warhol painting recently auctioned for $5.6 million via Ethereum blockchain.

The sale of the New York property was the result of a partnership between blockchain tokenization experts Fluidity and Propellr, the latter of which is a digital assets firm. Propellr CEO Todd Lippiatt believes that blockchain technology and tokenized assets will revolutionize the real estate and securities market as “traditional securities structures and issuance frameworks haven’t evolved in a long time.”

Do you think tokenized properties level the playing field for all investors? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Říj 02

Fundstrat Says ‘Bullish Trend’ to Develop in Coming Months

The bullish trend isn’t going to be for at least a few more months, according to a technical expert from Fundstrat Global Advisors. He holds that time is needed for the market to recover the technical damage developed through the year.


Bulls Will Have to Wait

At the time of writing this, Bitcoin (BTC) 00 marks a slight decrease of less than one percent for the last 24 hours. The market’s leader also managed to stand its ground for the last week as.

However, having peaked at around $7,400 earlier in September, the cryptocurrency trades about 13 percent below its monthly high.

According to Rob Sluymer, though, an analyst at Fundstrat Global Advisors, bulls will have to wait for a while. In a recent note to clients, the technical expert outlined:

Given the technical damage that has developed in 2018, we expect most cryptocurrencies will likely require months of repair before a new bullish trend can develop. […] This is consistent with post-bear-market behavior that has developed in other asset classes following bear markets.

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A Bit More Positive

Earlier this month, the Head Analyst and Managing Partner at Fundstrat Global Advisors, Tom Lee, expressed his positive sentiment on the price of Bitcoin, based on CBOE Global Markets’ intention to launch Ethereum future contracts. Lee said:

Since December of this year, if one was bearish on any aspect of crypto but did not want to own the underlying, they could short BTC. They can now short ETH, means the net short on BTC in futures would fall.

Ethereum (ETH) 00 marks a slight weekly decrease of about 3 percent. In the last 30 days, however, the world’s second largest cryptocurrency is down with around 23 percent.

What do you think of Rob Sluymer’s position on the current state of the cryptocurrency market? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!


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Zář 26

Lamassu Unveils New Line of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency ATMs

On September 24th, Lamassu announced the introduction of their new line of cryptocurrency ATMs to the public. Lamassu calls its new line of ATMs, “Sintra.” The ATMs herald a new line of ATMs as another crucial step in crypto’s march towards widespread consumer use and accessibility. 


Growing Industry

According to CoinATMrader.com, there are currently roughly 3,750 crypto ATMs installed worldwide. Lamassu has been producing cryptocurrency ATMs since 2013 when they produced their first, which was called the Bitcoin Machine.

While that number sounds impressive, and the number of the crypto ATMs installed continues to grow steadily, it is important to put that number in context. Information from Data.gov, for example, indicates that there are over 5,500 bank-owned ATMs in New York State alone. Crucially, this ATM count does not include independently managed ATMs at convenience stores and other retail locations.

Cost

Pricing for the new crypto ATM’s ranges from 5,200 EU for the cheapest Duoro II model, to 8,900 EU for the highest price Sintra Forte model. The mid-priced Sintra model costs 7,500 EU. The Duoro II model is the newest model of Lamassu’s original Crypto ATM, and features one-way fiat to crypto conversion, while both the Sintra and Sintra Forte feature two-way conversion.

The new models offer a bevy of features, designed to make buying and selling crypto through the machines as painless as possible. The machines feature a sleek, futuristic look, and are all crafted in Portugal. The body of the machines is crafted out of 2.5mm steel for extra durability.

Owners of these machines can configure their ATM’s to take almost any major currency, and support conversions from fiat to Bitcoin, Zcash, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and Dash.

While Lamassu does not directly facilitate transactions on the ATM, it does offer a backend exchange trading engine that can steer conversions to liquidity providers. Lamassu’s engine is currently connected to BitPay, Bitstamp, Kraken, and Coinbase.

Fees and Regulatory Issues

ATM operators have control over the fee structure charged by their machines and can profit by either charging direct fees or adjusting the spread charged by their liquidity provider.

On Lamassu’s website, the estimates indicate that a machine needs roughly $800-$1,000 worth of daily transactions to break-even. Lamassu estimates that the average monthly turnover on their machines is roughly $20,000 and rising.

The Sintra line of ATMs features numerous compliance features, but investors interested in purchasing and managing a machine need to do their due diligence regarding the legality of operating an ATM in their jurisdiction.

Prospective ATM operators in the United States must ensure they are following both federal and state laws. Bitcoin ATMs would currently fall under the criteria of “Exchangers,” according to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. In turn, they must register as “Money Service Businesses.” If you are interested in purchasing a machine in the United States, this primer is a handy starting point.

As interest in Crypto continues to grow among the retail investing community, ATMs will likely be a key “on-ramp” for investors into the crypto industry.

What do you think of Lamassu’s New ATMs? Let us know in the comments below!


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Zář 21

Brazil Investment CEO On Bitcoin Exchange Launch: ‘I’d Rather Crypto Didn’t Exist’

XP Group, owner of the largest investment firm in Brazil, XP Investimentos, confirmed it would launch a cryptocurrency exchange this week – despite its CEO saying he wished it “didn’t exist.”


Benchimol: ‘We Felt Obligated’

As Bloomberg reports quoting Guilherme Benchimol at an event in Sao Paulo, XP will finally give in to investor demand and begin a Bitcoin and Ethereum trading operation after six months of rumors.

“I must confess, this is a theme I’d rather didn’t exist, but it does,” the publication reports him as saying.

We felt obligated to start advancing in this market.

Like many South American markets, Brazil has seen a palpable uptick in Bitcoin 00 trading activity. While its figures do not match those of markets such as Chile, Argentina and Venezuela, weekly volumes for P2P platform Localbitcoins alone regularly top 1.5 million reals ($367,000).

XP Investimentos had been planning its entry into the market since at least April, insiders telling the press at the time a crypto trading platform was incoming. The company registered an entity called XP COIN INTERMEDIACAO in August last year.

The final product will go by the name of XDEX – perhaps a nod to the decentralized exchange phenomenon – and involve a team of around 40, Bloomberg adds.

Bitcoiners Bite Back Against Banks

Brazil’s extant exchange and wider cryptocurrency business sector is meanwhile struggling with an increasingly hostile landscape involving banks.

Similar to complaints in Poland in recent months, a government agency is now investigating claims that those businesses are subject to account shutdowns by institutions which would rather not deal in crypto-related transactions.

“…It does not seem reasonable for banks to apply restrictive measures a priori on a straight-line basis to all cryptocurrency companies, without examining the level of compliance and anti-fraud measures adopted by individual brokerage firm,” the agency told Reuters when the news surfaced this week.

What do you think about XP Group’s exchange announcement? Let us know in the comments below!


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Srp 20

Three Chinese Men In Custody Over $87M Cryptocurrency Theft

Police in China has detained three men suspected of pulling the country’s biggest ever cryptocurrency heist — worth 600 million yuan ($87 million). 


Theft is China’s Biggest: Reports

As multiple outlets report quoting local news publication Huashang News on August 19, authorities concluded an investigation spanning almost six months into three men who allegedly hacked a computer for Bitcoin and Ether.

“Our bureau has not dealt with this kind of case before,” South China Morning Post quotes a police officer as telling Huashang“It’s the first virtual currency-related case in Shaanxi.”

According to Huashang, the investigation behind the arrest of the men — known as Zhang, Cui and Zhou — began in March, when the victim came forward to report a hacking of his computer. At the time, losses were thought to total 100 million yuan.

Having analyzed “30,000 pieces of information” related to the event and the alleged perpetrators, the arrests were made on Wednesday last week. Legal proceedings remain ongoing.

China Leads World in Blockchain Patent Applications

Disrupting The Bitcoin Criminal Narrative

The size of the theft is reminiscent of an increasing cryptocurrency criminal trend largely playing out in nearby Vietnam.

As Bitcoinist previously reported, a giant altcoin scam which afflicted 32,000 investors earlier this year saw organizers make off with funds worth a reported $660 million at the time. More recently in July, the CEO of a local cryptocurrency mining company suddenly disappeared and shuttered operations — leaving $35 million unaccounted for.

While Chinese police added that the use of cryptocurrency made their job more difficult, on a global level, law enforcement agencies are beginning to change the narrative that crypto assets aid and abet the success of criminals.

In an interview with Bloomberg earlier this month, Lilia Infante, an agent with the Cyber Investigative Task Force at the US Drug Enforcement Administration, said she actually hopes malicious actors will “keep using” Bitcoin and even privacy-focused altcoins such as Monero. “The blockchain actually gives us a lot of tools to be able to identify people,” she revealed. 

What do you think about China’s latest cryptocurrency theft? Let us know in the comments below! 


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Srp 10

Social Video App Cheez Now Offering Cryptocurrency Rewards

Social video app Cheez announced recently that it will soon be integrated with Bitcoin and Ethereum rewards for users. Some, however, are skeptical of the reward cap and centralization.


Bringing Cryptocurrency To The Masses

Cheez, a social video sharing app designed by its Chinese parent company LiveMe, is taking a dive into the world of cryptocurrency by integrating a system that will reward its users with Bitcoin00, Ethereum, and a native Ethereum based ERC20 token.

Cheez was launched in August of 2017 as an application where users could make short video clips and share them with friends or across the platform, similar to other popular applications like TikTok and the now-disabled Vine. It currently has over five million installs and is most popular with the teen and young adult demographic.

LiveMe CEO Yuki He sees an opportunity to bring the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency to this enormous group of young web-obsessed users. This new integration will allow users to take a metaphorical dip in the shallow end of blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Getting To The Cheddar

Before you quit your day job to become a crypto-earning Cheez superstar, we should talk about the reward system and how much one could expect to earn.

Dimitar Mihov (Mix) at Hard Fork gives us the low down on the rewards system. He writes:

The daily limit for rewards is capped at 0.00352 ETH or 0.000241 BTC – about $1.50 at the current rates.

Considering a consistent price, one could earn about $45 per month or $550 per year with the new system.

To earn rewards, users must complete daily tasks such as watching, sharing, or uploading content. Mix continues, writing:

Users will only be able to claim Bitcoin or Ethereum rewards for every three, six, and 10 tasks completed.

The app, however, offers a third reward choice in the form of an Ethereum based ERC20 token Contentos (COS), named after the blockchain startup that is partnered with Cheez in integrating the new system. Users will be able to claim COS once for each of the 15 daily tasks. The COS token can be used within the platform to purchase things such as filters, editing functions, and even purchasing the ability to send messages to their favorite Cheez content creators.

The downside of the COS token is that it currently has no value outside of the platform as it is currently not listed on any exchanges.  Mick Tsai, the founder of Contentos claims:

We’re planning to list COS on a top-tier crypto exchange later this year so that LiveMe and Cheez users will be able to trade with other cryptocurrencies or fiat.

Social Video App Cheez Now Offering Cryptocurrency Rewards

Some Cheesy Criticisms

Besides the reward ceiling, there are a few other notable criticisms of the new integration.

The largest of those criticisms being that Contentos, while claiming to be focused on creating a decentralized ecosystem for mobile content, is ironically launching the new Cheez cryptocurrency integration system on a centralized server. Because of this, fees and GAS costs generated by transactions between the Cheez app and the user’s cryptocurrency wallet must also be covered by the user.

Others feel that this new system is not an actual use-case and that it is just a way for Cheez to attract attention and new users by using buzzwords like “blockchain” and “cryptocurrency.” Many mobile app companies are chasing this trend, like mobile chat company Kik.

Will you be trying out the new Cheez rewards system to earn some extra cryptocurrency? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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