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Friday, 23 March

02:00

Saga Token Will Employ Methods From Traditional Finance in Attempts to Combat Volatility "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

In efforts to fight against the volatility that comes with most cryptocurrencies, a group of famed economists and financial innovators have plans to create the first non-anonymous blockchain-based digital currency, called Saga (SGA). Saga is being developed by The Saga Foundation, a Swiss non-profit established last year that is dedicated to developing new technologies in open and decentralized software.

The Saga tokens purported stability is intended to make it useful as a unit of account and a means of exchange. To ensure this low volatility, Saga will employ methods from traditional finance: the organization will use a fractional reserve method similar to what traditional banks use and deposit reserves in regulated banks.

Further, Saga will be pegged to the IMFs Special Drawing Right (SDR), an international reserve asset that is comprised of a basket dominated by the US dollar and euro. And Sagas money supply will be adjusted algorithmically according to the size of its economy: for example, when the economy expands, a smart contract increases the token supply, which will limit price rises.

The Sega Foundations advisory board includes Jacob Frenkel, the former Governor of the Bank of Israel and chairman of JPMorgan Chase International; economics Nobel laureate Myron Scholes, known for creating the Black-Scholes formula, the most well-known model for pricing options and derivatives; Dan Galai, a co-developer of VIX, the leading measure of financial market volatility; and Leo Melamed, the chairman emeritus of CME Group and pioneer in financial futures.

Anathema to Bitcoin

There is, notably, some irony in a cryptocurrency backed by fractional reserves. This move is in stark contrast to the founding principles of Bitcoin. Its creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, encoded a message in the first Bitcoin block ever mined, which reads: The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks. That was not exactly a ringing endorsement of the traditional financial processes being touted by Saga.

But a coin whose price doesnt swing wildly a stablecoin is something that has been pursued before by the some in the crypto-space. The most high-profile example is Tether, a token whose makers claim is fully backed by dollar reserves, with each tether backed by one US dollar. There is about $2.3 billion worth of Tether circulating on global crypto-markets today, but the problem is that no one is sure whether those cash reserves truly exist...

01:59

Coincheck: NEM Foundation Stops Tracing Stolen Coins, Hackers Account At Zero "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Stolen NEM coins from Coincheck cannot be traced anymore, all the coins have been moved from hackers account. #NEWS

01:30

ICE Agency Charges Payza and Two Canadian Citizens With Bitcoin Money Laundering "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

ICE Agency Charges Payza and Two Canadian Citizens With Money Laundering

This week the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements Homeland Security agency (ICE) has revealed that it is charging two Canadian brothers and the company Payza with illegal money transmission and money laundering charges tethered to cryptocurrency transactions.

Also read: ICO Trackers Are the New Gatekeepers of Crowdsales

Money Transmitters are Required to Register With U.S. Federal and State Agencies  

ICE Agency Charges Payza and Two Canadian Citizens With Money LaunderingAccording to a press statement released by ICE, two Canadian brothers and the firm, Payza, are facing legal troubles for unlicensed money services and alleged money laundering. The firm Payza is a payment processor that utilizes bitcoin and other currencies for daily settlement operations. Payza allegedly processed over $250 million USD worth of proceeds stemming from Ponzi schemes, and other criminal activities. The ICE announcement was revealed by the U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and ICE special agent Patrick J. Lechleitner. The two men facing charges alongside Payza are two Montreal, Qubec resi...

01:00

Students are Taking a Punt on Cryptos With Their Loans "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

One of the first pieces of advice offered to budding cryptocurrency investors is usually dont invest more than you can afford to lose. Such a warning seems perfectly reasonable in a market that can drop more than 60% in a matter of weeks. However, according to research done by The Student Loan Report, some students are using money that doesnt even belong to them their loans.

A Fifth of Students Have Bought Cryptocurrency with Their Loans

Student loans have a something of a history of being misused. After a fair portion of it has been spent on the course itself and somewhere to live, the rest is kept by the student to cover their day to day expenses. This usually entails a fair amount of partying and a hell of a lot of instant noodles.

It seems that todays students are a little more financially savvy than those who went before them though. The Student Loan Report has taken a survey of 1,000 college students. The survey was taken by online polling specialists, Poll Fish.

Over a four day period starting on March 16, 2018, they asked participants the question: Have you ever used student loan money to invest in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin? Interestingly, the results state that over a fifth of those asked had done.

Whilst using money that you will one day have to pay back to invest in as volatile a market as cryptocurrencies might seem like absolute madness on paper, the survey doesnt give any indication to what level the students had got involved, or whether in fact they had sold or continued to hold onto their investments.

The Boston Globe points out that the market has declined from its all-time highs, making big losers of many who bought in late. This seems harsh as there is nothing to suggest that any of the student investors have sold their holdings and therefore lost anything at all.

Unless the students buying into crypto were after a seriously quick buck, it would be folly for them to sell their holdings any time before they had to pay the loan itself back. For all the publication knows, those buying in could be making a long-term play and have only invested money that was in excess of their own living expenses. If this is the case, their decision makes great financial sense and is unlikely to have been taken with any serious life-changing amount of money.

Whilst some of the later 2017 buyers might well be sitting on bags at the moment, if they understand what theyve bought into, theyll be playing a longer game. Super bullish price predictions like those of....

00:00

Think Crypto Mining Cant be Environmentally Friendly? The Cryptomato Might Make You Think Again "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A Prague-based cryptocurrency entrepreneur has come up with a novel way to offset the energy consumption of his crypto mining rigs. CNBC has published a report about Kamil Brejcha of digital currency exchange NakamotoX. Hes decided to extract the immense heat generated from his mining operation into usable energy for his tomato plants.

Making Crypto Mining That Little Bit Greener

The climate in the Czech Republic makes for a short growing season. This means that a lot of produce must be cultivated inside. Brejcha had the ingenious idea to pump the heat generated by his mining operation directly into his green house. This would allow him to grow his crops well into the winter.

The mining rigs use a lot of electricity and as with most appliances, theyre not 100% energy efficient. They produce a lot of heat that needs to be gotten rid of. Typically, this would be extracted away from the rigs to stop them overheating. To Brejcha, that seemed wasteful. He decided that hed pipe the hot air directly into his greenhouse. This would allow him to continue producing tomatoes much later than he previously would have been able to.

The entrepreneur took to Twitter to show off the delicious looking produce that he calls Cryptomatoes:

Being from a country with as progressive drug laws like the Czech Republic, one Twitter user asked Brejcha why he hadnt decided to grow cannabis instead of tomatoes. The green-fingered crypto enthusiast responded saying that it was too difficult to get a license to grow medicinal cannabis and so they had opted for tomatoes and other vegetables instead.

Others were interested in more details of the operation. However, Brejcha kept his answer secretive. He did, however, highlight that a large portion of the energy going into the mining operation had come from eco-friendly bio-waste:

In brief, we are an agritechcture stealth start-up, creating an agriculture, energy and blockchain symbiotic solution.

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Thursday, 22 March

23:51

Gen Flynn Returns to Battle, 2108 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Protect your IRA with Bitcoin - Click Here! https://goo.gl/KpmaFw Good morning, Im still reporting on: Gen Flynn Returns to Battle, 2108 Synopsis: The last time I was working in the Pentagon, Gen. Mike Flynn was the most respected name in military intelligence. Thats why I was pretty surprised when he was taken down so quickly by deep state operatives before President Trumps inauguration. Gen. Flynn was forced to take a plea deal to keep an out-of-control special counsel operation from bankrupting his entire family. Now that the Washington legal community understands the flawed basis for anything based on the illegal FISA warrants, Flynns sentencing has been put off and you can be sure to add indefinitely to that because more than likely, that conviction will be vacated by the government on some Friday afternoon where some huge sex scandal breaks out inside the beltway. As head of the DIA from July 2012 to his retirement in Aug. 2014, Flynn knows the complete history of every loser swamp dweller inside the Justice Department and FBI. Unlike this crooked, self-serving, power-mad cadre of the CCC, Flynn spent his life in selfless service to his nation. Unlike the swamp dwellers, he is willing to give his life for his country. And also unlike these denizens of the Satanic deep, Gen. Flynn lead an exemplary life without stain until their framing experts stepped in. Now, however, Flynn is once again unchained. Late last week he made his first public appearance to endorse California congressional candidate Omar Navarro in La Quinta, California. This can only mean one thing; Flynn is returning to the fight and on the front lines. Target #1: Deep State. As one close friend told the True Pundit: He knows where many political bodies are buried in D.C. and what does he have to lose? Nothing. The Mueller prosecution of Flynn has bankrupted the General. After 33 years of selfless military service, he has been forced to sell his house to pay his legal bills. Yes, he will eventually get it all back and more after the lawsuits are over, but at what age? He doesnt really care. Support Our Sponsors: - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Natural Hemp Oil - Use promocode: BillStill for 10% off. Vets get 15% off. https://Naturalhempoil.com - Doterra Essential Oil products: https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/BethStill -Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, autho...

23:41

Snowden on Bitcoin: Blasts Public Ledger and Core Developers "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Snowden on Bitcoin: Blasts Public Ledger and Core Developers

The worlds most famous whistleblower, Edward Snowden, gave a dynamic, wide-ranging interview to Peter Van Valkenburgh during Blockstack Berlin 2018. Mr. Snowden discussed ongoing issues of privacy and cryptocurrency, his preferences, and revealed how bitcoin helped him in his most historic hour. He also took the opportunity to chide growing crypto tribalism, calling out maximalists, and insisted bitcoin core developers need to up their collective game.

Also read: Bitcoiners Demand More Crypto CFDs and Spread-Betting in the UK

Edward Snowden Gives State of Crypto Remarks

I dont think bitcoin will last forever [], Mr. Snowden teased. The first browser created is not the best browser that we have ever seen. Bitcoin does important work, and I do think it will have enduring value for a long time. But particularly when we look at the core development team and their rate of improvement to the protocol, they simply need to do better or they will not be able to compete.

Right at the 43:00 minute mark, famed crypto legal expert Peter Van Valkenburgh of Coin Center turned the hour long interview to bitcoin. His piped-in guest from Russia was none other than Edward Snowden, erstwhile leaker of massive caches of National Security Agency documents. Do you have any cryptocurrencies? Do you have any digital money? Mr. Van Valkenburgh asked of Mr. Snowden. ...

23:35

Bug Caught That Allowed Coinbase Users to Garner Unlimited Amounts of Ether "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bug Caught That Allowed Coinbase Users to Garner Unlimited Amounts of Ether

On March 20, 2018, it was revealed that a bug hidden in Coinbases Ethereum smart contract setup could have given users access to unlimited amounts of ether. At press time, it does not appear as though the vulnerability was ever exploited or even noticed by users.

The issue was first discovered last December by VI Company, a Dutch firm that specializes in fintech. The company was planning to give its employees ether bonuses in celebration of the upcoming holiday season when researchers noticed the issue with their ETH receiving code while garnering funds from a contract. They saw that by using a smart contract, a series of digital wallets could be tricked into recording ether transfers and purchases that had never actually happened.

The team issued the following statement in a vulnerability report later published on the firms HackerOne account in January 2018:

By using a smart contract to distribute [ETH] over a set of wallets, you can manipulate the account balance of your Coinbase account. If [one] wallet transaction in the smart contract fails, all transactions before that will be reversed, but on Coinbase, these transactions will not be reversed, meaning a person could add as much Ethereum to their balance as they want.

The report specified the following steps for taking advantage of the exchanges weakness:

  1. Set up a smart contract with a few valid Coinbase wallets and [one] final faulty wallet.
  2. Transfer appropriate funds to the smart contract.
  3. Execute smart contract adding the set amount of ether to the Coinbase wallets without ever actually leaving the smart contract wallet because the complete transaction fails at the last wallet.
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23:23

U.K. Fintech Sector Strategy Announces Crypto Asset Task Force "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

U.K. Fintech Sector Strategy Announces Crypto Asset Task Force

Today, March 22, 2018, at the governments second International Fintech Conference, Exchequer Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the launch of a Fintech Sector Strategy that looks to keep the U.K. on the forefront of the industry.

The primary component of this new strategy will be the introduction of a Crypto Assets Task Force composed of representatives from the Bank of England (BOE), HM Treasury and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The purpose of this team will be twofold: promote the U.K.s position as a leader in the emerging world of digital currency, while concurrently establishing the infrastructure needed to monitor the potential risks associated with the crypto space.

This development follows a recent shift in the British governments public attitude toward cryptocurrency. In January 2018, at the World Economic Forum, Prime Minister Theresa May voiced her apprehensions toward virtual currency and suggested that stronger regulations should be considered very seriously a sentiment that was echoed earlier this month by BOE governor Mark Carney who, in an interview with CNBC, decried the speculative mania that surrounds crypto assets.

His rhetoric, and that of the British government, has since changed. On March 18, preceding the G20 summit, Carney released an official letter through the Financial Stability Board (FSB) that dramatically reasserted his position. It stated that at its current size crypto assets do not pose risks to global financial stability and that their underlying technologies have the potential to improve the efficiency and inclusiveness of both the financial system and t...

23:22

South Korea Wants to Set a Desirable Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Policy: Expert Take "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The government of South Korea lacks a synchronized regulatory approach to ICOs, cryptocurrencies and Blockchain. #EXPERT_TAKE

23:09

Sierra Leone and the Blockchain Election That Wasn't "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Sierra Leone and the Blockchain Election That Wasn't



The big news on March 8, 2018, was that Sierra Leone had just run the first blockchain-based election. The big news in the days and weeks that followed, however, became that the government of Sierra Leone was denying that it happened.

In a press release from Swiss-based blockchain technology company Agora on March 8, 2018, the company led off with this statement: Sierra Leones 2018 presidential elections, which took place on March 7th, represents the first time in history that blockchain technology has been used in a national government election. West Districts results were registered on Agoras unforgeable blockchain ledger, and the tally made publicly available days before the usual manual count.

The press release goes on to mention that the company is an internationally accredited observer and how results were posted within hours of the polls closing and various advantages to using their blockchain-based voting technology.

Soon after, the story started breaking around the web that Agora, as the only company in the world with a fully-functional blockchain voting platform, had just run the first blockchain-based election for Sierra Leone.

The results for this election are still unclear and a runoff election will be held on...

23:09

Ripple Very Confident of Hitting Chinas Market This Year with Blockchain Payments Solution "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Ripple is very confident that it will hit Chinas market this year with its blockchain-based payments solution, according to reports.

Sagar Sarbhai, Ripples head of government and regulatory relations for Asia Pacific, explained that while it was still very early days, the team were discussing how it can enter the Chinese industry with regulators, payment providers, and banks by the end of this year.

A report from the Express suggests that the company will initially launch its xCurrent software in China, allowing them to quickly settle cross-border payments.

Sarbhai said:

This year you will see more announcements coming in on China, in terms of educating and differentiating us from some of the other cryptocurrencies that are out there.

Last year, Brad Garlinghouse, Ripple CEO, said that a launch into China was in the pipeline; however, it appears that this has been delayed due to a lack of regulatory clarity around the blockchain and digital currencies in China, says Sarbhai.

According to the 2015 World Payments Report, non-cash payments in Japan, China and South Korea topped $45 billion in 2013. As a result of upward trends in non-cash payments Ripple extended its services into Japan, through a joint venture with SBI in 2016. It also has live clients in India and Thailand, and is continually working at spreading itself to other Asia Pacific countries.

Last September, the company announced that it had launched a new office in Mumbai, Indias financial centre, to serve Indias digital economy. With predictions that Indias digital economy is expected to grow to $1 trillion by 2024, the move into the Indian market will enable Ripple to provide a frictionless payments platform for the countrys banks.

Even though Ripple has yet to reach mainland China, the company recently partnered with Hong Kong-based money transfer company LianLian. This will enable the company to process invoices and...

22:52

Facebooks Data Security Meltdown Could Bolster Blockchain: Analyst "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The social media giant shouldnt mistake the forest for the trees. While Facebook continues to reel from a security breach involving the personal data of tens of millions of users, they may just have demonstrated the value of an unalterable public ledger, aka blockchain. RBC Capital Markets analyst Mitch Steves thinks so, according to a recent Continued

The post Facebooks Data Security Meltdown Could Bolster Blockchain: Analyst appeared first on CCN

22:43

Bitcoin Loses $9k Support After Binance Confusion Shakes Confidence "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Binance shows market-moving power as Bitcoin remains down despite regulatory false alarm. #NEWS

22:30

PR: Auctus Integrating Bancor Protocol to Provide Continuous Liquidity for AUC Token Holders "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Auctus Integrating Bancor Protocol to Provide Continuous Liquidity for AUC Token

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

Auctus, the worlds first blockchain based retirement plan platform, has entered a collaboration with Bancor to provide continuous liquidity for its token holders.

By integrating the Bancor Protocol and joining the decentralized liquidity network, AUC tokens will be available in the Bancor Web App along with BNT (the Bancor Network Token), STORM, OMG (OmiseGO), and a long list of partners using the Bancor Protocol. All the integrated tokens can be automatically converted to any other using MetaMask.

Auctus will activate a Token Relay with around 1% initially of its circulating token supply (exact percentage will depend on the ETH/USD rate and amount raised) within two weeks following the successful completion of the Token Sale.

The global community using the Auctus Platform will use AUC tokens as the only platform currency to trade products and services within the platform, said Raphael Vantroost, CEO at Auctus. We are partnering with Bancor to provide our users with an easy way to convert tokens and to be prepared for future exchange listings.

The Auctus token sale will launch on March 27, 2018, starting at 2 PM GMT. Contributors can register here:...

22:03

Payza: U.S. Department of Justice Hands Payment Processor $250 Million Money Laundering Case "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed a lawsuit against digital payment processor Payza for allegedly operating an unlicensed money service business that processed more than $250 million in transactions. According to the indictment, some of its customers were involved in Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, and a child pornography site.

Payza is an e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made across the globe, accepting Bitcoin, Ether, Ripple, and Dash. It is headquartered in the UK, but primarily serves Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America, with some of its major markets being Venezuela, Nepal, Pakistan, Brazil, Mexico, and Haiti. 

DoJ Indictment

As per the indictment, Pazya and its founders Ferhan Patel and Firoz Patel are accused of operating a money transmitting business that operated without the necessary state licenses, and knowingly transmitted funds that were derived from illegal activity. Despite receiving cease and desist letters from various states and being told by a consultant that operating a money transmission business without the necessary licenses was a crime, the founders allegedly continued their illegal activity.

The lawsuit alleges that the criminal activity took place in or about March 2012 until the present. The Patels, together with other co-conspirators, are allegedly responsible for transmitting over $250 million throughout the US and elsewhere. The founders allegedly opened bank accounts in the US and laundered their illegal proceeds through those accounts.

The founders are charged with one count of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business and to violate anti-money laundering program requirements, one count of a money laundering conspiracy, and one count of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business in the District of Columbia. If convicted, each of the brothers faces a maximum sentence of more than 25 years.

Cryptocurrencies

The indictment does not specifically state whether any of these illicit transactions involved cryptocurrency, but Payza has been helping customers buy and sell Bitcoin since 2014 and has signaled its intent to add support for a number of altcoins in the coming months. In fact, Payza announced in a press release March 19th one day after Ferhan Patel was arrested that it would beg...

22:02

Google Reveals Two Blockchain Projects As It Eyes Data Transparency "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Two projects show Google is getting serious about Blockchain. #NEWS

21:59

NEO, EOS, LTC, IOTA, Lumens: Technical Analysis March 23, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

According to data from CoinMarketCap, a 2.5% drop in BTC prices led to a 6% price erosion of Stellar Lumens by end of March 22. This goes on to tell us how dependent altcoins are on BTC volatility and how the correlation is direct.

However, even in the midst of all these reds and price erosion, its EOS which stood out. After their new partnership with FinLab AG and a release of their technical white paper elaborating how they will handle scalability, buyers kept prices above the middle BB and $6 as the daily chart shows.

In real sense, EOS was up almost 8% at $7 gifting it a market cap of about $5.2B.

Lets have a look at these charts:

XLM/USD (Stellar Lumens)

Stellar Lumens Technical AnalysisXLM/USD Bittrex Daily Chart for March 23, 2018

Regardless of what happens, the middle BB looks like a very reliable barrier for Lumens bulls.

Of course, nothing is static and as we have stated before, this week might as well be a turning point for Lumens assuming there is a surge past the middle BB-main resistance line in our preview-in the coming few days.

Before that happens, buyers should take caution and wait for reaction at $0.22, the 78.6% Fibonacci retracement line. Remember, our ideal plan is to go long whenever a stochastic buy signal prints in the 4HR chart and perhaps trade the break out pattern.

So far, our conditions remain unmet and therefore we should wait for higher highs and initiate longs if prices close above March 22 highs of $0.28 in the daily chart.

Thats about the middle BB and resistance line in line with yesterdays bull triggers.

IOT/USD (IOTA)

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21:46

Huawei Reportedly Seeks SIRIN OS License To Introduce Blockchain-Based Smartphone "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Huawei reportedly seeks an agreement with Swiss Blockchain-oriented company to introduce Blockchain-based mobile phone. #NEWS

21:45

Bitfury-Backed Bitcoin Miner Secures Canadian Land Deal "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitfury-backed Hut 8 Mining Corp has secured a new headquarters in Canada's Alberta province.

21:37

Diet Bitcoin: Brother of Drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar Launches Bizarre ICO, Claims He Met Satoshi "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The brother of deceased Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has created his own cryptocurrency. Its called Dietbitcoin (DXX), and its perhaps even more bizarre than you would imagine. Roberto Escobar, who served more than 11 years in a maximum security prison for his role as an accountant for the Medellin cartel, is launching the coin Continued

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20:49

Snapchat Messaging App Latest to Ban ICO Ads "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The wildly popular messaging app has taken a page out of the books of Facebook and Google and is pushing back against cryptocurrencies.  Snap Inc has banned ICO ads on its messaging app, Snapchat, according to Cheddar. While its not a blanket ban on all cryptocurrencies, Snapchat doesnt appear to give too much warning on Continued

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20:30

A Non-Anonymous Stablecoin? Saga Launches With Big-Shot Advisor Team "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The Saga Foundation is developing a stablecoin with the help of CME Chairman Emeritus Leo Melamed and Nobel Laureate Myron Scholes among others.

20:23

Gathering Steam: Wall Street Invading Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Many high level fund managers are still absolutely bearish on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, in general. Some top-performing investors still call it a bubble, a fad, and even a fraud. These same traditional Wall Street asset managers have completely missed out on the 1st decade of cryptocurrencies, and the banking establishments are under duress from the superior []

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20:12

Ticking Time Bomb: Venezuelas Crypto Nightmare "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Ive seen some bad ideas in my day, but this has to take the cake. Venezuela has issued a new cryptocurrency called Petro, backed by the countrys oil reserves it has plenty of them. It also aims to create an additional coin named Oro, backed by gold. The idea, in and of itself, isnt bad []

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20:06

Brother Of Pablo Escobar Releases Dietbitcoin As Alternative To CIAs BTC Scam "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

BTC is a scam created by the CIA, ETH is a scam created by a Gringo child, says Roberto Escobar, while promoting his new dietbitcoin. #NEWS

20:00

Students Inspired By The TV Series Breaking Bad End Up Getting 57 Years In Jail "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Students in the United Kingdom were jailed for a combined 57 years for selling drugs on the dark web. Inspired by the TV series Breaking Bad, the four men from the University of Manchester managed to sell $1 million worth of drugs before the FBI could catch them.

In October 2013, the four were busted selling their drugs on the Silk Road website. James Roden, 25, Elliot Hyams, Jaikishen Patel, and Basil Assaf, all 26, were sentenced to jail this week. A fifth person, 28-year-old Joshua Morgan, was also jailed but received a lighter sentence because of his small role in packaging.

According to Newsweek, the group, which was led by Assaf, was selling ecstasy, horse tranquilizers, and two types of hallucinogensKetamine and 2CB. They sold drugs on the popular dark web website Silk Road between May 2011 and October 2013. Their operation headquarters in Manchester was raided after the FBI shut down Silk Roads servers in Iceland.

According to the Manchester Evening News, a picture of a flask on Rodens phone featured Walter White, the main character of Breaking Bad. The court had previously heard it was an ongoing joke between the gang.

Nonetheless, regardless of their lengthy prison sentences, (Assaf got over 15 years) the gang expects to be freed as millionaires, because they accepted funds in Bitcoin, and those transactions are hidden. No one could find out how many bitcoins accumulated and are stored elsewhere, Assaf allegedly bragged in a message.

Acc...

19:51

Child Abuse Content on Bitcoin Blockchain: Can Node Operators Be Prosecuted? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Child porn links on Bitcoin Blockchain: Can node operators be prosecuted? #ANALYTICS

19:47

Skychains AI Solution Can Cut Emergency Room Misdiagnosis "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A medical emergency does not announce itself. In an emergency room setting, we may expect to be taken care of immediately but sometimes there are others who need to be seen to by doctors as well. In a scramble to take care of many patients, mistakes can be made. Canadas CBC recently cited a report published by Emergency Medicine Journal which finds that Patients are more likely to be misdiagnosed or experience treatment delays when hospital emergency room overcrowding leaves them being cared for in hallways. What is even more striking is that 90 percent of 400 emergency room doctors that were surveyed at a medical conference admitted that they are often or always changing the way they conduct physical exam when there is a lack of privacy.

Perhaps more objectiveness could prevent these misdiagnoses from being made. What would be even better would be an instant second opinion that could be given to a treating doctor, who could then have more confidence in making a decision even when hard pressed for time. This is where Artificial Intelligence (AI) could have a great role to play. Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) could be trained by specialists to ascertain problems with patients and can be utilized by doctors looking for advice anywhere in the world. The Skychain project is an infrastructure blockchain which specializes in the training of these ANNs and they are trying to change the way medicine works.

Can you compare AI with human doctors?

Skychain has already built a working prototype that is ready to be tested and they conducted a competition between specialist doctors and their AI. The way it works is that the system is given diagnostic test results of patients and it has to evaluate the data and present a diagnosis. The doctors in the competition had to do the same. The results were surprisingly good and can be seen in the YouTube video that Skychain has put out. Since Skychain is a blockchain based system that would have a widespread user base, they have opted to take advantage of the distributed nature of blockchain. Tokenization further incentivizes widespread participation with specialists getting encouraged to train ANNs and participate in the wider ecosystem. The more participants use the system, the better it will be at guessing what is wrong with a particular patient and the more trained ANNs will be at the disposal of treating physicians.

Participate in future of medic...

19:45

US Marshals Office Auctions Off Another $18.7M in Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The U.S. Marshals auctioned more than 2,100 bitcoins off on March 19.

19:32

I Dont Think Bitcoin Will Last Forever: NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

NSA whistleblower and privacy advocate Edward Snowden said that he believes Bitcoin will eventually be supplanted by another cryptocurrency that does not utilize a public ledger. Snowden, who made this statement earlier this month at a Blockstack event in Berlin, said that he believes Bitcoins chief drawback does not have to do with its ability Continued

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19:07

GIFcoins Advisory Comprises Top-notch Cryptocurrency Experts "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The cryptocurrency industry is no different from other industry segments, except for the use of a revolutionary technology to get things done in a more efficient manner. It has been proven by the rise of cryptocurrency based online gambling platforms. VitalBet is one such platform that was launched in 2015 as just another gambling website. But the platform, realizing the changing landscape with the introduction of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies decided to adopt the new payment method early in the game. But, thats not the end as the platform continues to look for new ways to stand apart from the rest.

Now, the platform has taken another step further to create a Gambling Investment Fund. GIF, in short, the investment fund is powered by GIFcoin tokens, which is an ERC20 crypto asset. The platform is raising the capital for the investment fund by organizing a crowdsale where anyone can purchase the platforms GIFcoin tokens. The funds thus raised will be used to create a much more robust VitalBet 2.0 platform, along with mobile apps and lots of other exciting offerings.

GIFcoin holders, by way of possessing the tokens and supporting the growth of VitalBet stand to receive a portion of the revenues generated by the platform. This revenue share model in an already operational project makes it an attractive option for those who are keen on participating in crowdsale.

In order to ensure success, the GIFcoin team is not leaving any stone unturned. In addition to their own firsthand experience operating an online gambling site, they are using all the help and guidance they can get to create a global leader in online betting. Guiding GIFcoin is a strong advisory team, made up of top-notch cryptocurrency and blockchain experts.

These advisors, coming from diverse backgrounds have one thing in common. Their connection to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology at one stage or another. Starting with entrepreneurs like Stefan Stefanov, Nikolay Shkilev and Mofassair Hussain, who have started multiple successful ventures in the past, the advisory board includes a lawyer, top strategists, marketing and management experts and investment bankers.

Stefan is an eminent growth hacker known for operating one of the best marketing agencies in the world. Similarly, Hussain is a Chartered Management Accountant and the founder of Perhalic, member of the Israeli Blockchain Association, Ambassador to Humaniq and a lot more. Shkilev is another entrepreneur with multiple successful and profit-making startups under his belt.

Reuben Godfrey is a versatile advisor who has donned many hats. He has worked in the past in business development, sales, and other finance and operation roles. Ricky Tap...

19:00

Blockchain Capital Raises $150 Million, Looks Beyond Financial Services "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The raise, Blockchain Capital's fourth, includes $25 million worth of cryptocurrency and brings its total assets under management to $250 million.

18:55

Here Are 7 Crypto Comparison Sites Chasing Coinmarketcaps Crown "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Here Are 7 Crypto Comparison Sites Chasing Coinmarketcaps Crown

Its tough at the top. Theres always some new upstart trying to shake you off your perch, whether youre a monarch, a blockchain, or a cryptocurrency listing site. Coinmarketcap (CMC) has been the crypto communitys go-to price checker for as long as anyone can remember. While its dominance looks assured for now, a clutch of new competitors has sprung up seeking to gain ground on the cryptoconomys leading tracker site.

Also read: ICO Trackers Are the New Gatekeepers of Crowdsales

Choose Your Coin Tracker

There are so many coin listing sites kicking about now that its hard to keep track of them all. Someone needs to create a tracker site to track all the coin trackers. Until such a time, news.Bitcoin.com has assembled a selection of the latest contenders to supplement its January guide to Coinmarketcap alternatives. Getting an altcoin listing site off the ground is now a major PR exercise that calls for badgering users to upvote the new portal on Producthunt and reaching out to Twitter influencers for attention. But the rewards for making it to the top of the pile, where CMC resides, can be lucrative.

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18:29

DOJ Slaps Crypto-Friendly Money Firm Payza with Money Laundering Suit "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has slapped cryptocurrency-friendly money transfer service Payza with a lawsuit for allegedly laundering more than $250 million connected to illicit activities including Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, and child pornography rings. The lawsuit, which was filed on Nov. 3, 2016, but not released until this week, also accuses Payza and Continued

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18:00

Immutable Google? Search Giant Eyes Blockchain for Audits "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A patent application released Thursday indicates Google might be examining how blockchains can secure audit logs and other information.

17:36

Eco-Friendly Bitcoin Mining Can Reduce Carbon Footprints (Yes, Really) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

How Eco-Friendly Bitcoin Mining Can Reduce Carbon Footprints (Yes, Really)

With each passing day, it seems as though the conversation on Bitcoins energy consumption rages on, though new ground is rarely broken on the topic. Like bears to honey, media outlets flock to FUD stories on minings electrical costs and doomsday predictions of a world driven to the ecological brink, thanks to bitcoin mining.

There is a strong argument to be made, however, that far from plunging the globe into ecological disaster, cryptocurrency mining can be sustainable or, better yet, can be used to neutralize the carbon footprint of other energy intensive processes. Indeed, under the right circumstances, mining can produce a minimal carbon output. Moreover, its energy emissions can be recycled for other eco-friendly endeavors.

Bitcoins Mining Energy Costs

Bitcoin uses a consensus algorithm known as proof of work to order and timestamp transactions on its blockchain. Basically, miners those who process transactions run energy intensive computations on their computers to solve the cryptographic equations that are needed to find new blocks and keep the network secure. As the network attracts more value and miners try to outcompete each other to find the next block, they will invest more energy in solving these equations.

Depending on who youre asking, this process has Bitcoin consuming more energy than a small country (e.g., Bulgaria, North Korea), which could be anywhere from 1 to 35 terawatt-hours per year. Some have argued that innovations like the...

17:30

PR: Roger Ver, Founder of Bitcoin.com, and COO, Mate Tokay, Join MoneyToken Advisory Board Bringing Benefits to the BCH Community "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Roger Ver, Founder of Bitcoin.com, and COO, Mate Tokay, Join MoneyToken Advisory Board

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

MoneyToken Financial Services welcomes the CEO and COO of Bitcoin.com onto the advisory board.

MoneyToken.Com is a blockchain-based financial services platform founded by US and UK FinTech experts whose background includes years of experience at Goldman Sachs, Prudential Financial, Citibank, Ernst & Young, and Bloomberg.

The company has launched its Public Token Presale at 15.00UTC March 22 with a first day 30% bonus.

The platform, aimed at miners, projects that made their token sales, traders, investors and exchanges, will allow holders of crypto assets to gain access to loan-based financial services, using cryptocurrency as collateral.

The partnership between MoneyToken and Bitcoin.com will bring new benefits to the Bitcoin Cash community; BCH will be available as accepted collateral on the MoneyToken lending platform.

Now Bitcoin Cash holders can enjoy the benefits MoneyToken offers leveraging their assets and spending cash, while continuing to hold their crypto positions.

As part of the cooperation with Bitcoin.com, MoneyToken will gain access to the vibrant Bitcoin.com community, and the financial experience and networking support of two of the leading experts in the crypto world.

The Bitcoin Cash community is a unique and powerful force in cryptocurrency; adding our support to Bitcoin Cash and allowing our potential token buyers and future lenders and borrowers to o...

17:24

Zapped Out: Washington County Places a Moratorium on Bitcoin Mining "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Washingtons Chelan County public utility district (PUD) has drawn a line in the sand on bitcoin miners. Chelans PUD wont accept or process any more applications for the energy-intensive process of cryptocurrency mining, the agency announced. The moratorium is in response to being inundated with applications, and it gives the county the opportunity to potentially lift Continued

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17:14

South Korea: Financial Regulators To Investigate Banks Over Crypto AML Measures "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin Regulation,South Korea,Banks,AML,Government,Cryptocurrency Exchange #NEWS

17:00

British Charity Aims to Improve Maritime Safety with New Blockchain Lab "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

British non-profit Lloyds Register Foundation is teaming up with BLOC on a blockchain initiative aimed to improve safety on the high seas.

16:30

ICO Trackers Are the New Gatekeepers of Crowdsales "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

ICO Trackers are the New Gatekeepers of Crowdsales

The burgeoning ICO industry has spawned a lucrative business for tracker sites that monitor and review the latest projects. Not only do these sites earn lucrative sums for their featured reviews, but the largest have the power to make or break ICOs. Tracker websites have become the unofficial gatekeepers of crowdsales.

Also read: Joystream Test Drive How To Get Paid Bitcoin Seeding Bittorrent Files

ICO Trackers Are Growing Stronger Every Day

Safe Haven is an ICO addressing the problem of digital inheritance. The project is seeking to devise a means of passing on private keys to relatives so they can access your crypto wealth when youre gone. Halfway down the Safe Haven homepage, three logos are displayed prominently, prefaced by the words As seen in: ICO Daily, ICO List, and Coin Schedule. Its the same story with Nauticus, an Australian crypto exchange launching in mid-2018, also via an ICO. It proudly displays the ICO sites its featured on and their corresponding ratings out of five: Wiser ICO (4.5), ICO Marks (4.45), ICObench (4.7) and Trudex (4.15).

12 months ago, many of these review sites didnt exist. The proliferation of ICOs has resulted i...

16:14

Get Your AMD RX VEGA 56/64 GPUs Ready for Mining CryptoNightV7 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

There are just a few days left until the fork of Monero (XMR) to CryptoNightV7 to make it again ASIC resistant and you might want to be ready for mining it after the fork, especialyl if you have ADM RX VEGA GPUs. So far the latest Claymores CryptoNote AMD GPU Miner does not yet have support for CryptoNightV7, but for VEGA GPUs you probably are using XMR-stak (also not ready) or Cast-XMR or the more recently announced Xrig. The last two have already been updated and their latest versions do come with support for CryptoNightV7, so you should update to Xrig 0.8.1 and Cast XMR 0.9.1 in order to be sure you are ready for the fork. Although these miners are optimized especially for VEGA mining, they should work on other AMD RX series of GPUs like 470/480 and 570/580 for example, so until a Claymore adds CryptoNightV7 support you can try using these miners as well. After Monero forks to the new CryptoNightV7 POW other coins are also expected to do the same and remain to be ASIC proof. The upcoming Monero (XMR) fork to CryptoNight v7 is scheduled for block 1546000 which should happen some time around 2018-04-06 (April 4th), so less than 2 weeks left until the fork.

16:06

Google will Create its Own Blockchain in the Future: Report "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Google has been watching startups get ahead of the company with various blockchain projects, but now it has decided to take a major step. Citing credible sources, Bloomberg is reporting that Google is planning to create its own blockchain and offer cloud and transactional services through it. The Alphabet Inc. unit is developing its own Continued

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16:00

E-Commerce Giant JD to Launch Blockchain-as-a-Service Platform "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

JD.com has today unveiled a white paper detailing its plans for a new blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform.

15:47

Blockchain Terminal for Crypto Trades Built with Hedge Funds in Mind "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A company led by executives with a Wall Street background is making cryptocurrency investments easier for hedge funds catering to their compliance requirements while providing an intuitive platform for trading hundreds of different tokens.

The desktop created by Blockchain Terminal or BCT has been built with an in-depth understanding of the tools traders and portfolio managers need to place and execute trades, while also helping CCOs ensure that transactions adhere to strict compliance standards.

Like the terminals that have become commonplace for trading stocks, shares, and currencies, the BCT is equipped with a big display for easy analysis and cross-referencing. For users who arent always able to be in front of a computer screen, the company is planning to unveil mobile software so informed investment decisions can be made outside of the office.

BCT hopes its product will be the catalyst needed to make cryptocurrencies a bigger player in the alternative investments industry. A quarter of managers in hedge funds told a recent BarclayHedge survey that they have already made inroads into crypto or will do in the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, almost one-tenth of respondents are investigating whether cryptocurrencies can fit into their business plans.

Based on AutonomousNexts analysis, those who dont adapt could be at risk of falling behind. Following a sharp rise in specialist crypto funds last year, there are now 226 funds handling crypto assets estimated to be worth between $3.5 and $5 bln.

Helping hedge funds play by the rules

Regulation and scrutiny of the finance industry show no sign of dying down, with the 2008 downturn and a slew of fraud scandals casting an uncomfortable spotlight on their practices. Simultaneously, those investing in traditional funds have been left agitated by hefty fees and dwindling dividends. All of this has made compliance a principle that needs to be taken seriously.

Integrated into every BCT is a system known as ComplianceGuard. The company says this software has been successfully tried by almost two-dozen hedge funds enabling cryptocurrency trades to take place within the strict parameters of an instit...

15:27

Over $6.2 Mln In Crypto Assets Lost To Fraud, Hacks In Japan Last Year "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Of the $6.2 mln crypto lost to hacks in Japan last year, the majority was in Bitcoin and Ripple. #NEWS

15:26

The UK Government Launches a Cryptocurrency Task Force to Harness Fintech Benefits "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The British government has announced a plan to establish a cryptocurrency task force that will include Her Majestys Treasury, The Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority. As a part of the UK governments broader Fintech Sector Strategy, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is expected to introduce a raft of FinTech initiatives Continued

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15:00

EOS Eyes Bull Reversal After 70 Percent Spike "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

EOS has jumped 70 percent in the last few days and now may be closing in on a major bullish breakout.

14:41

Crypto Markets React Following Reported Japanese Pressure on Binance "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The cryptocurrency market has reacted today as Binance, one of the worlds largest cryptocurrency exchanges, has come under pressure from the government of Japan for operating without a license, according to a report. However Binance founder Zhao Changpeng dismissed the news as irresponsible journalism.

Cryptocurrency Market Reacts With Japan vs Binance Story

A Nikkei report has provoked a storm in the cryptocurrency market this Thursday. It alleges that the Financial Services Agency, Japans financial watchdog, is about to order the exchange to freeze its operations within the jurisdiction while its license is pending official approval.

Zhao Changpeng, founder of Binance, has expressed disappointment with Nikkei as he dismissed the news report.

Nikkei showed irresponsible journalism. We are in constructive dialogs with Japan FSA, and have not received any mandates. It does not make sense for JFSA to tell a newspaper before telling us, while we have an active dialog going on with them.

Whether it is FUD or not, is still unknown. Twitter user Henno van Rensburg claims it is not: I spoke to people in the know and theyve asked Binance to take down the Japanese translation to discourage Japanese to use their platform.

The cryptocurrency market jittered in response to the news on fears that increased regulatory scrutiny will curb demand for digital assets in one of its largest markets. Bitcoin was trading over $9,000 before the news report, the tumble led to daily low of $8,706. BTC is down by just under 4% at the time of writing as is priced at $8,740.

The wide majority of the top 100 cryptocurrencies and tokens on the Coinmarketcap.com list are also down on what appears to be account of the news report. Total market capitalization has fallen by just under 5% on the day to $335 billion however this had started before the story broke.

Since the Mt. Gox scandal in 2014, the Japan government and the FSA increased efforts to prevent fraud and hacks in the cryptocurrency world. The amendment to an existing law, which came into effect in April 2017, requires exchanges to have a license to operate.

The regulator has issued licenses to 16 cryptocurrency exchanges and allowed 16 others to operate while awaiting a decision on their applications. Following the Coincheck hack, the FSA has already suspended two exchanges from doing business and fined others, including Coincheck, which was one of the exchanges being allowed to operate without a license.

Since the Coincheck hack in January 2018, Japans FSA has issued seven punishment notices to unlicensed Japanese exchanges. The...

14:41

Facebook Users Could Retake Control Of Content With Blockchain: Analyst "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Protect social media users with Blockchain, analyst suggests amid Facebook scandal. #NEWS

14:23

Bitcoin Provides Freedom, Says New PBoC Chief as China Opens Doors to $27 Trillion Payments Market "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

For the first time in history, the Chinese government and its central bank, the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC), has opened its $27 trillion payment market to the world. Foreign firms are now allowed to apply for licenses to operate within China, competing against local service providers. Freedom For Foreign Firms In China, homegrown companies Continued

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14:14

University Student Gang Breaking Bad Jailed For Dealing $1M+ in Drugs for Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

University Student Gang Breaking Bad Jailed For Dealing $1M+ in Drugs for Bitcoin

The fall of the Silk Road marketplace continues to reverberate around the world, this week leading to a number of university students going to jail for many years. The young men have been found guilty of selling party drugs and tranquilizers online for bitcoin. 

Also Read: Swiss Officials Fear ICOs Will Tarnish Reputation of Crypto Valley Zug

Breaking Bad Gang

University Student Gang Breaking Bad Jailed For Dealing $1M+ in Drugs for BitcoinA group of University of Manchester students, nicknamed the Breaking Bad Gang by the British press, have been convicted of d...

13:59

Better Bitcoin Relay? Crypto VCs Back BloXroute Funding "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

BloXroute's founder worries relay networks that speeds data between crypto miners are not censorship resistant and too slow to foster scaling now.

13:55

Binance CEO Refutes Financial Watchdog Warning Reports "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Binance's CEO has hit back at reports that the exchange is to receive a warning from a financial regulator over its lack of registration in Japan.

13:42

Swiss Foundation Gets $30mln To Start Non-Volatile Cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

$30mln Saga altcoin will swap cryptocurrency volatility for zero privacy. #NEWS

13:38

Systemization of Healthcare Data Takes a Leap with Healthureum "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The healthcare sector is such a gigantic and important beast in the modern era, it has extended its reach to cover a host of different sectors. First responders, doctors and a plethora of outpatient services are continually interacting with patients.

With all of these services comes heaps of valuable and sensitive information that is currently being transmitted, stored, and relayed by outdated methods, while medicine itself continues to march forward.

With the aim of revolutionizing these outdated methods, Healthureum is approaching the possibility of data systemization by taking advantage of the inherent potential of the Blockchain.

By identifying the needs of medical data, and addressing them using the potential of Blockchain,  Healthureums aim to decentralize the control of sensitive medical data looks like a real possibility.

Current concerns with data

Medical data management still often relies on archaic technology, such as a pen and paper. Considering this, the data that is being recorded, stored, and shared has no privacy or protection, leaving the patient vulnerable to their data being mismanaged or even misplaced.

This concern over privacy and security is the first issue Healthereum aims to address with Blockchain. As a burgeoning technology, there is scope for medical data to be stored and written on the blockchain, hence making the data decentralized and private.

This data, such as medical records, personal data, test results, and billing, will be stored on the Blockchain immediately, hence increasing patient data integrity.

Blockchain data building

Patient data integrity will enable patients to consolidate and manage all their medical data on a single platform, which is secured with encrypted codes.  This system keeps all the information private, safe and all in one place.

The power now rests directly in the patients hands to share their data with whomever they want.

Furthermore, the immutable quality of the Blockchain also allows for the data stored on it to be inoperable. This creates a framework for standardization of data in order to facilitate quicker, as well as more reliable, sharing of data.

Different permission layers between patients and health...

13:30

Coinbase Enhances Product Experience, Winds Down Multisig Vaults "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Coinbase, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, has announced it will be making a number of significant improvements to the product experience.

Coinbase to Roll Out Portfolio Balance

As the crypto-space matures and more exchanges enter this growing market, competition tends to encourage product innovation and enhancement. With this in mind, Coinbase has overhauled buy and sell flows to improve the product experience.

Over the next few weeks, the exchange will start rolling out Portfolio Balance so that users are able to track their portfolio and its performance over time. Showing historical balances is only the first of many improvements the company wishes to make in name of user experience.

The functionality will initially be added to the web platform, then followed with Android and iOS. A tool that monitors the digital asset portfolio has been one of their most requested features, according to Coinbase.

 

According to the statement, a customers portfolio value represents the fiat equivalent of all cryptocurrency and fiat holdings on Coinbase at any given moment in time.

So your balance will go up as you invest more on Coinbase or as your assets increase in value. Portfolio Balance does not show gains and losses. Since Coinbase enables customers to send and receive digital assets, we do not currently have an accurate cost basis for all holdings.

The inability to provide accurate cost basis for all holdings is due to the same issue that makes it difficult for Coinbase to generate automated tax reports.

Over the coming months, the exchange will unveil more tools like showing gains and losses on specific Coinbase investments and viewing historical balances for individual assets.

Coinbase Winds Down Multisig Vaults

Coinbase introduced multisig vaults in late 2014 to add extra safety for users. Customers find value in them in order to manage their private keys and control their own security, whi...

13:01

eToro Raises $100 Million as it Deepens Interest in Blockchain Ventures "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Social trading network and investment platform eToro has announced that it has raised $100 million as it doubles down on its efforts to delve deeper into blockchain-based ventures.

E Funding Round Successful

The Series E funding round was led by China Minsheng Financial, a subsidiary of CMI Financial Holding Company. Other participants include SBI Group, Korea Investment Partners, and World Wide Invest among others. The total amount of funds raised by the London-based company in eight weeks is $162 million.

In an interview with Finance Magnates, Yoni Assia, eToros CEO and co-founder, said that the company had been working on this for a number of months, adding:

Many investors are interested in our growth, mostly thanks to our aggressive penetration to the stocks and crypto markets.

The funds raised will enable eToro to push further into various blockchain ventures, including the research and development of the digitization of assets. The trading network will also take the opportunity to increase the development of its social trading platform and expand into new markets.

Founded in 2007, eToro has a community of nine million investors and traders. Through the platform users can connect with them to see, follow, and copy their actions where they can gather the expertise to learn how to invest in traditional asset classes such as stocks to commodities including cryptocurrencies.

As a result of the growth that the company has experienced it claims to have received more than $1 billion in customer deposits in 2017, with over one million new registrations in the last quarter of the year alone. According to the company it is down to the increasing demand for investments in cryptocurrency assets that there has been a surge of growth over the past 12 months. Assia said;

Since launching, weve seen strong customer demand for our approach and todays announcement is an important milestone in marking the success that weve had and signalling a new period of growth and expansion for our business.

According to a report by the Israeli business daily Globes, eToro is now valued at $800 million. This is due, in part, to the addition of cryptocurrency trading to its platform, which has brought new investors to the trading site keen to make a profit from the market.

In 2015, the investment platform and social trading network joined the London Stock Exchanges EL...

13:00

Edward Snowden: Public Ledger Is Bitcoin's Big Flaw "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

At a recent event in Berlin, Edward Snowden for the first time talked at length about the problems and benefits of blockchain technology.

12:57

Cryptocurrency Exchange Binance Faces Regulatory Pressure in Japan: Report "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Japans top securities regulator will warn cryptocurrency exchange Binance that it must cease operating in the country without a license or face enforcement action. Citing a person familiar with the matter, Nikkei reports that Japans Financial Services Agency (FSA) will issue a formal warning to Binance, which has allegedly begun expanding operations into Japan without Continued

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12:12

UK Online Trading Company: Crypto Trading Slowed Markedly Along With Falling Prices "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

UK online derivatives trading company sees cryptos popularity as reason for third quarter revenue boost, but notes current slowdown in line with falling prices. #NEWS

12:10

Korean Regulators to Probe Bank AML Measures for Crypto Exchanges "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Two South Korean regulators are reportedly launching an investigation of banks' implementation of anti-money laundering procedures for exchanges.

12:01

Nikkei Report: Japan To Issue Warning Against Crypto Exchange Binance, Twitter Cries FUD "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

According to a report from a Japanese outlet Nikkei, Japan will issue warning to Binance. #NEWS

12:00

France Regulates Cryptocurrencies to Build The World of Tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The French Ministry for the Economy and Finance has created a working group to regulate cryptocurrencies, according to Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy.

France Creates Working Group to Regulate Cryptocurrencies

The French government initiative will create the guidelines as well as rules and regulations pertaining to cryptocurrency. Additionally, the group intends to reduce the influence of Bitcoin and altcoins on the formal economic system by creating a proper framework. That way, French authorities would be able to prevent tax evasion, money laundering, and other criminal activities.
In an op-ed published by the French media this week, French Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire promised not to miss the blockchain revolution while explaining why he has created a working group to regulate the technology:
No consumer or entrepreneur can carry out a transaction, can invest, or can develop a business in a regulatory vacuum. This goes for France like the rest of the world. In this very moment in Buenos Aires, on the occasion of the G20 summit, I place this ambition at the heart of discussions with my international partners. This is Frances role: to be a driving force behind proposals for building the world of tomorrow
Le Maire wrote on Numerama.com.
Bruno Le Maire is presenting his case at the G20 Summit in 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He hopes that the regulation will be enough to curb the illegal activity in cryptocurrencies as he claims there is plenty of evidence that the digital currency space is attracting the criminal world.
The working group is being led by Jean-Pierre Landau, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of France. The CBF agrees with the French government and wants to ensure there is no negative impact on the traditional financial system.
At the forefront of cryptocurrency regulation, France wants to limit the negative impact of digital money, including the price volatility, on the lives of French people and the formal economy. At the same time, the intention is to support the development of the technology as key for economic growth and jobs, according to Le Maire;
A revolution is underway, of which bitcoin was only the precursor. The blockchain will offer new opportunities to our startups, for example with the Initial Coin Offerings (ICO)...

11:42

Blockchain Terminal to Offer Compliance in Cryptocurrency For Hedge Funds "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A platform is launching a Blockchain terminal for trading cryptocurrency as interest from hedge funds grows. #SPONSORED

11:35

Pullback Ahead? Bitcoin Hits Stiff Resistance at $9K "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The bulls' failure to beat resistance around $9,000 in a convincing manner has increased the risk of another drop in bitcoin prices.

11:30

Blockchain Technology can Create a Social Media Platform that Facebook Can Never be "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Facebook has become so much more than a social media company over the years. Not all of their decisions are appreciated by the general public, though. It also seems the platform faces major concerns regarding privacy and censorship. Blockchain technology may very well be the undoing of platforms like these for many different reasons.

Facebook Faces Many Problems

Being the worlds leading social network often comes at a price. For Facebook, there are growing concerns regarding privacy, data harvesting, and content censorship. Right now, users are forced to give their content and personal information freely to the company because there is no way to circumvent this problem. Blockchain technology, on the other hand, can make such platforms obsolete fairly quickly. Users can see which data is shared and with whom in a transparent manner. The idea is everything Facebook is, but also what Facebook isnt or cant be.

RBC Capital Markets analyst Mitch Steves has been thinking along the same lines. In his opinion, blockchain can disrupt social media for multiple reasons. Being able to share all types of content with only the people you want to without relying on intermediaries sounds quite appealing. This will prevent data harvesting by internet monopolies such as Facebook and Google. 

One of the pressing problems remains how data can be misused. Those issues are not easy to solve by any means. Privacy issues are also present on Facebook right now. The companys recent exposure of data through Cambridge Analytics is just one example of this problem. Things are going from bad to worse for the company in this regard. Centralized control of user data simply isnt working, that much has become more than evident.

People Are Fed Up With The Company

It has become painfully evident Facebook is fighting a losing battle on multiple fronts. Earlier this week, we saw a major social campaign telling people to delete FB altogether. Brian Acton, a co-founder of WhatsApp, is one of the people behind this campaign. Ever since Facebook b...

11:12

Coinbase Glitch Allowed Unlimited Ethereum Balances "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Coinbase Glitch Allowed Unlimited Ethereum Balances

On March 21, the San Francisco based exchange Coinbase publicly revealed an ethereum balance glitch that allowed users to manipulate their account balances. Researchers noticed that, by utilizing a smart contract, a person could add as much ethereum as they wanted to their account.

Also Read: Survey Says 8% of the American Population Now Own Cryptocurrency

Smart Contract Manipulation Allowed Unlimited Ethereum Balances on Coinbase

Coinbase Glitch Allowed Unlimited Ethereum BalancesJust recently researchers had found a vulnerability within the Coinbase platform that allows a user to add as much ether as they want to their accounts by using a...

11:00

Japanese Crypto Users Lost $6 Million in Hacks Last Year, Say Police "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Around $6.2 million-worth of cryptocurrency was hacked from exchange accounts and wallet services in 2017, Japan's National Police Agency says.

10:44

Sierra Leone Denies Recent Presidential Election Used Blockchain Tech to Tally Votes "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Sierra Leones National Electoral Commission (NEC) has denied reports that it used blockchain technology to record votes and verify the integrity of the results in its recent presidential election. In a statement posted on the agencys Twitter account, the NEC stated in no uncertain terms that its systems utilize an in-house database to tally election Continued

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10:30

UK Regulators Announce new Cryptocurrency Task Force "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

It is evident there are big things on the horizon for the cryptocurrency industry. As of right now, all markets remain prone to extreme volatility. The launch of this new UK cryptocurrency task force may not help matters much in this regard. Although such a task force is not a bad thing, it remains to be seen how this will play out.

The UKs new Cryptocurrency Task Force

This decision by the UKs Finance Department comes at an interesting time. More specifically, they are now looking at both risks and benefits of various cryptocurrencies. That in itself a remarkable decision and one few people expected. At the same time, the fintech sector is booming in the UK. Keeping an eye on innovation and regulation at the same time has proven to be quite challenging.

It is evident Bitcoin and altcoins pose a threat to institutional financial services. Various banks around the world have echoed such sentiments throughout 2018. The UK Finance Minister wants to ensure the nation remains at the cutting edge of the digital revolution. Cryptocurrencies can no longer be ignored as we speak and it is a positive turn of events for the industry as a whole.

It seems this will all lead to a bit more regulation in the near future. How that will pan out exactly, has yet to be determined. Regulatory measures help legitimize this industry in the long run. That is, assuming things are done in a positive manner and with an open mind. As of right now, it seems this task force will try to keep an open mind first and foremost. That doesnt mean things will not change in the near future, though.

The Cryptocurrency Market Volatility

One of the main topics of focus for this task force is dealing with cryptocurrency volatility. Fighting this trend of market manipulation will not be easy, though. There is very little regulators can do in this regard. All markets are volatile by default, even fiat currencies and stocks. Bitcoin and altcoins are not all that different in this regard. Then again, their price swings are currently a lot bigger compared to other a...

10:00

IT Giant Fujitsu Unveils European Blockchain Innovation Center "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Japanese multinational Fujitsu has launched a Brussels-based Blockchain Innovation Center to facilitate research and projects around the tech.

09:59

Britain Introduces Crypto Task Force To Foster Fintech Innovation "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

UK Treasurys new crypto task force will collaborate with Australia for fintech innovation discourse. #NEWS

09:30

AirAsia to Takeoff with its Own ICO and Cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The pioneering low budget carrier AirAsia may become the first airline and largest company in South East Asia to enter the crypto market by launching an ICO and its own cryptocurrency.

AirAsia Considers Industries First ICO

Tony Fernandes spoke to TechCrunch at the Money 20/20 Asia conference that ran through March 15. The CEO of AirAsia Group confirmed the operator is building a payment system to join its Big Point Loyalty program to the blockchain. Speaking about the planned ICO Fernandes said;

We have a product that can be a currency in Big Loyalty, [and] were building a payment platform so the two can marry quite nicely. We have an ecosystem that enables you to use that currency, theres no point having a currency that cant be used,

Fernandes, who is counted as one of Malaysias richest people this year with a net worth of $745 million, recognizes the benefits of taking his company cashless as South East Asia is home to a huge population of overseas workers who move money across borders.

Looking Towards a Cashless Future

The company has plans to open new airlines servicing Myanmar and Vietnam as well as adding a small loans service. All of which, Fernandes notes, would benefit from a blockchain based network to move currency and information between countries. While Fernandes seems confident in his statement about the companys plans to stay on the cutting edge of technology, the region is a hodgepodge of cryptocurrency regulations.

Singapore has welcomed FinTech with open arms and saw $3.3 billion raised among 200 ICOs last year. However, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia have both blocked the emerging technologies while Thailand continues to struggle between regulating what already exists and planning to implement the future of the technology in a way that the government can strictly control and tax.

AirAsia is the second major company to announce an ICO launch in the last few months. Telegram which has gone through two pre-sale stages of its ICO has reported raising over two billion dollars for their TON network.

Fernandes would not speculate on how much AirAsia is planning to raise with their own ICO but as one of Malaysias most notable companies, their progress could go a long way to guiding government regulation when it comes to the future of blockchain technology in the country. In reference to airlines he spoke about dealing with government regulatio...

09:30

PR: XDCE Token Goes Live on Exchanges like Bancor, KoinOk, Alphaex, Forkdelta & Etherflyer Opens 20% Above the Token Contribution Price "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

XDCE Token Goes Live on Exchanges

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Singapore Singapore based Blockchain Technology Company, XinFin that focuses on blockchain protocol development to power larger enterprises to create real world use cases by tokenizing various physical assets and powering a global peer-to-peer trade and finance platform called tradefinex.org has successfully conducted its initial coin offering (ICO) recently. The company raised $15 million USD equivalent digital assets, which is a sign of great confidence from global user base towards the fastest growing blockchain based ecosystem.

XinFins Co-Founder, Peter Yeo said, We are really excited to announce that within a week of initial offering our Utility token XDCE is now available for trading on various public exchanges like Bancor.network, Koinok.com, Alphaex.net (https://alphaex.net/), Forkdelta https://forkdelta.github.io/ and Etherflyer.com https://www.etherflyer.com/ . This will make it effortless for our users to convert their utility tokens, providing them with continuous liquidity not even against Bitcoin, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum b...

09:15

Everything Theyre Not Telling You About Cambridge Analytica, Blocking The Blockchain, And More (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Everything Theyre Not Telling You About Cambridge Analytica, Blocking The Blockchain, And More Video We Are Change In this video, Jason Bermas of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on the Cambridge Analytica scandal and how it relates...

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09:00

Ethereum Classic Price Technical Analysis ETC/USD Bullish above $19 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Highlights

  • Ethereum classic price recovered further and moved above the $19.00 level against the US dollar.
  • There is a major bullish trend line forming with support at $19.50 on the hourly chart of the ETC/USD pair (Data feed via Kraken).
  • The pair is currently trading above the $20.00 level and it may continue to move higher.

Ethereum classic price is placed in a bullish zone against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. ETC/USD could continue to move higher and it may break the $21.50 resistance.

Ethereum Classic Price Trend

There was a solid price action above the $18.00 pivot level in ETC price against the US dollar. After forming a low at $17.80, the price moved higher and broke the $19.00 and $20.00 resistance levels. It even traded above the $21.00 level and formed a high near $21.52. Later, a downside correction was initiated and the price moved below the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $17.87 low to $21.52 high.

However, the downside move was well supported above the $19.00 level. The price tested the $19.00-19.20 support area and bounced. The 61.8% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $17.87 low to $21.52 high also acted as a support. On the downside, there is a major bullish trend line forming with support at $19.50 on the hourly chart of the ETC/USD pair. As long as the pair is above the trend line and the $19.00 support, it remains in an uptrend.

Ethereum Classic Price Technical Analysis ETC USD

On the upside, the price may retest the $21.50 resistance. However, a break above the $21.50 resistance is needed for a push towards the $25.00 level. The overall price structure is bullish as long as the trend line and support at $19.00 are intact.

Hourly MACD The MACD for ETC/USD is currently flat in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI The RSI for ETC/USD is well above the 50 level.

Major Support Level $19.00

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09:00

Zcash's Coming Hard Fork Could Pave the Way for Even More "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Zcash's first hard fork is coming up, and devs expect it to activate without a hitch, preparing zcash for bigger, better upgrades in the future.

09:00

James Jones, CEO at Chartbuster Games joins Zerocoin Cryptocurrency for Gambling "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Meet James Jones Games and Gaming Advisor to Zeroedge.bet

ZeroEdge is proud to present another top industry advisor specializing in online gaming and related digital media and entertainment. James Jones has over two decades worth of experience in these highly demanding and innovative industries. James could be thought of as a digital pioneer, having cut his teeth in the early stages of online and digital web entertainment. He has been at the forefront of many key developments within the industry, leading up to todays demanding and highly dynamic mobile entertainment sector.

We are very excited about what James can bring to the ZeroEdge table, which includes a vast amount of knowledge and experience in key areas such as marketing and monetizing digital content through various streams and mediums including online retail, in-app purchasing, subscriptions and licensing, microtransactions, and more. With hands-on experience in over twenty platforms, including iOS and Android mobile and tablet gaming, desktop browser-based gaming, Facebook and other social networks, major consoles, James is the man to help take ZeroEdge gambling to millions across multiple platforms.

ZeroEdge.Bet Revolutionary online gambling platform with 0% house edge games

ZeroEdge is a unique concept set to revolutionize the way you gamble online. Currently, all online casino games come with a house edge, i.e. the advantage that the casino has over you, which varies between 1% to 10% or more, depending on the game. ZeroEdges solution offer games with 0% house edge and give players a completely fair chance of winning. In other words, playing at ZeroEdge.Bet is literally free, you dont have to pay anything to the casino like its with traditional online casino sites.

The most amazing part is that Zerocoin value increases as more people join the world first 0% edge gambling platform. It is all achieved by creating a closed-loop economy in which high demand for 0% games drives Zerocoins value up. This model is also known as Metcalfes law which was originally invented in 1993 and can be seen in the actual Bitcoins price growth. ZeroEdge offers a unique gambling model which potentially could revolutionize the $70 Billion gambling industry. Players wont be losing money but instead earning from the increasing Zerocoin value.

We have made a survey & asked hundreds of people about their gambling preferences & experiences.  The main finding was that 99 % of...

08:37

Cryptocurrency Market Remains Stable at $350 Billion, Bitcoin at $9,000 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Over the past 48 hours, after demonstrating a highly volatile week, the cryptocurrency market has remained stable in the $350 billion region, as major cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin have not recorded major gains or losses. Stability Throughout February and March, every cryptocurrency in the global market has experienced extreme upswings and price drops, going up Continued

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08:30

Overstock CEO Aims to Dismantle Wall Street with a Blockchain Stock Exchange "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Overstock dot com was made famous in 2014 for being the first major company to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment. The US internet retail giant has seen stock prices jump in line with Bitcoins price so the decision was probably the best it has made. American entrepreneur, founder and CEO Patrick Byrne has ambitions that stretch far beyond e-commerce, he wants to dismantle Wall Street with the technology that drives Bitcoin.

In an interview on Vice Byrne stated that he wants to undermine what he believes are oppressive financial institutions that control society. He has been opposed to Wall Street corruption for decades and has used his retail platform to bolster that by taking the company public out of Wall Street in 2002. This was achieved by raising money directly from the public using a Dutch IPO. Currently his time and profits are being poured into financing blockchain startups including an alternative stock exchange.

Tools of the Powerful to Oppress the Weak

This was a statement Byrne made in reference to dodgy dealings and stock manipulation that he has accused a number of Wall Street brokers of over the years. When he discovered Bitcoin, Byrne said that it reminded him about his feelings on gold and his distrust of central banking. However the most important thing about Bitcoin is not Bitcoin itself but the underlying blockchain technology that generates trust between users.

When not travelling the world evangelizing about the benefits of blockchain, Byrne is working on a new venture capitalist firm within Overstock that uses company money to invest in blockchain startups. Part of that project is the ambitious tZERO which aims to setup a platform to compete with traditional stock exchanges by integrating cryptographically secure distributed ledgers with existing market processes to reduce settlement time and costs, increase transparency, efficiency and auditability.

He strongly believes that by eliminating all of the brokerage fees and commissions to execute a trade, and replacing it with a robust and immutable system that is 80-90% cheaper, is the way forward. He also added;

Most importantly all kinds of mischief that goes on on Wall Street cant go on here,

Byrne has garnered a lot of support from the crypto community which stands by the ethos that bankers and Wall Street types need to be brought to account, and there are more efficient and transparent ways for everyone to trade and benefit from the system, not just those in power. Byrne is betting big on...

08:10

US Dept. Of Treasury Could Add Crypto Wallets Of Sanctioned Persons To Blacklist "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The US Treasury Department is looking to include crypto wallets to its sanctions list in case theyre associated with a listed person. #NEWS

07:30

Huawei Exploring Release of First Blockchain Enabled Phone "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Huawei the worlds third-largest mobile phone maker is reported to be exploring the release of a model that can run blockchain applications according to two anonymous sources reported by Bloomberg News.

First Blockchain Enabled Phone on its Way

The Shenzen, China-based company known for making high functioning phones at a low price has confirmed that it is in talks with Sirin Labs but would not elaborate on what the meetings were about.

However, people familiar with the discussions have reported that Huawei is interested in using the Sirin Labs operating system SIRIN OS alongside the Android system Alphabet Inc. in a new blockchain ready line of phones.

Sirin Labs own Telegram chat group backs up the report as photos show representatives of both companies on Feb. 28 with a caption that reads;

Amazing meeting just concluded between Sirin Labs and Huawei. Among other things discussed was the possibility of cooperating together to bring blockchain technology to the masses in a secure way.

This would be the first blockchain enabled smartphone on the market potentially bringing a wider understanding of what blockchain technology is to the general public and therefore opening up wider reaching applications of the technology.

According to Techspot Huawei may use the blockchain to register all of its active devices on their network so that proof of ownership could be made by producing the unique keys associated with a particular device on the ledger.

Though Huawei is a giant in the phone industry Sirin Labs is also planning to release a blockchain enabled smartphone. The Finney will be priced at about a $1,000 and Sirin has already had pre-orders of 25,000 units in anticipation of a general release in the second half of this year.

The Huawei phone is likely to offer similar features but at a...

07:30

Ripple Price Technical Analysis XRP/USD Poised for More Gains "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Highlights

  • Ripple price is holding a major support level near $0.6550 against the US dollar.
  • There is a short-term declining channel forming with resistance near $0.6900 on the hourly chart of the XRP/USD pair (data source from Kraken).
  • The pair remains supported on the downside above the $0.6500 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

Ripple price is consolidating gains against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. XRP/USD may dip a few points, but it remains supported above the $0.6500 level.

Ripple Price Trend

There was a slow and steady upside move in Ripple price above the $0.6200 against the US Dollar. The price traded higher and moved above the $0.7000 level. It is now trading in a bullish zone above the $0.6560 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average. The recent high was formed at $0.7258 from where a downside correction was initiated.

XRP price has moved below the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $0.5342 low to $0.7258 high. There is also a short-term declining channel forming with resistance near $0.6900 on the hourly chart of the XRP/USD pair. However, the pair remains well supported above the $0.6500 level and the 100 hourly SMA. The stated $0.6500 support is also near the 38.2% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $0.5342 low to $0.7258 high. Therefore, any major dips from the current levels could find buyers above $0.6500.

Ripple Price Technical Analysis XRP USD

A break below the $0.6500 support and a close below the 100 hourly SMA may push the price in a bearish zone. On the upside, the channel resistance at $0.6900 must be breached for a retest of $0.7250. Above $0.7250, the price may rise towards the $0.7400 level.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD The MACD for XRP/USD is about to move into the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) The RSI for XRP/USD is currently just below the 50 level.

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07:10

Swiss Officials Fear ICOs Will Tarnish Reputation of Crypto Valley Zug "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Some Swiss Officials Fear ICOs Will Tarnish Reputation of Crypto Valley Zug

Cryptocurrency foundations, community organizations, and entrepreneurs have helped put the lightly populated Swiss canton of Zug on the business worlds map. While the local administration has created one of the most welcoming environments for the industry, some voices fear possible negative repercussions such as bad press and an American regulatory backlash.

Also Read: Survey Says 8% of the American Population Now Own Cryptocurrency

Lamborghini Robin Hoods

Some Swiss Officials Fear ICOs Will Tarnish Reputation of Crypto Valley ZugA new report from Zug, Switzerland by the Financial Times showcases that despite the success Crypto Valley has had in attracting businesses, there are still those that fear it might bring unwanted attention as well. A Swiss finance specialist commented: Im just waiting for Washington to call...

07:00

Accenture Thinks the US Can Still Be a Blockchain Innovator "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Accenture Global Blockchain lead David Treat says the company wants to "work across the entire digital identity landscape" - government included.

06:00

Pablo Escobars Younger Brother Launches Diet Bitcoin Fork "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Roberto Escobar, the younger brother of notorious cocaine drug lord and cult figure Pablo Escobar, has entered the cryptocurrency market with his own Diet Bitcoin which he promises will be the last digital currency standing.

Diet Bitcoin Will be Lighter and Faster

Roberto Escobars Diet Bitcoin (DDX), is a hard fork from Bitcoin currently being launched in an ICO at a 96% discount from the stated $50 value. It will sell for $2 through the former cartel members namesake venture investment firm Escobar Inc. TNW has confirmed the particulars with a spokesman from the company.

The website runs countdown a clock to the end of the first round sale, currently at 53 days. Danial Rietberg Escobar Incs COO has advised Everyone should listen to these news, go to www.dietbitcoinICO.org and buy as many dietbitcoins as you can afford. The value will be very high as we are identical in numbers to Bitcoin, except we are 4000 times cheaper right now.

The website also includes a roadmap that outlines the development of the Diet Bitcoin from its inception in Dec. 2017 when the price and hype of Bitcoin were at its peak through to the network protocol announcement in August 2018.

Digital Entrepreneur and Author

Also, available at the website is the option to download the project whitepaper as well as Robertos new book for free. Alternatively available on Amazon for $8 Robertos book, entitled plainly enough Roberto Escobars Diet Bitcoin is a meditation on the former drug traffickers thoughts on cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, and world finances.

For example, Roberto (known as El Osito, or little bear, in the drug world) explains his theory of how Bitcoin was not created by the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto but by the US government. Hinting that the entire cryptocurrency market is a ploy to bankrupt investors. He wrote;

The world is going to see that this was created by them And when they see it, it is too late, and when CIA founds (sic) out that the world knows about this, the CIA is going to sell all of...

06:00

Ethereum Price Technical Analysis ETH/USD Holding 100 SMA "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Highlights

  • ETH price is trading with a stable bias above the $540 support against the US Dollar.
  • There is a key bullish trend line forming with support at $560 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken).
  • The pair has to break the $580 resistance and a bearish trend line to move further higher in the near term.

Ethereum price is slowly grinding higher against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. ETH/USD is positioned nicely above $540 and it may break $580 for further upsides.

Ethereum Price Trend

The past few sessions were mostly positive since ETH price remained above the $540 support against the US Dollar. The price traded as high as $590.54 recently before starting a minor downside correction. It moved down and traded below the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $516 low to $590 high. However, the downside move was protected by the $540 support zone.

Moreover, the 50% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $516 low to $590 high also acted as a support. At the moment, the price is trading well above the $550 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average. On the downside, there is a key bullish trend line forming with support at $560 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD. The pair is likely to move high as long as above $540. On the upside, there is a connecting bearish trend line with current resistance at $580 on the same chart.

Ethereum Price Technical Analysis ETH USD

A break above the trend line and resistance at $580 is needed for buyers to take control. The next resistance on the upside could be near the last high at $590. Above $590, the price may perhaps break the $600 level in the near term.

Hourly MACD The MACD is now back in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI The RSI is just below the 60 level.

Major Support Level $540

Major Resistance Level $580

 

Charts courtesy ...

05:56

Puerto Rico Launches Blockchain Advisory Council to Support the Industry "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Puerto Ricos Department of Economic Development and Trade (DDEC) recently launched a Blockchain Advisory Council, reportedly to attract and develop companies based on blockchain technology, according to local news outlet El Nuevo Dia. The move was announced by the islands secretary of economic development and commerce, Manuel Laboy Rivera, during the Blockchain Unbound conference in Continued

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05:08

Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis BCH/USD Remains Supported "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Points

  • Bitcoin cash price is trading nicely above the $1,040 support level against the US Dollar.
  • There was a break above a key declining channel with resistance at $960 on the hourly chart of the BCH/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair is currently trading in a positive zone above $1,040 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

Bitcoin cash price is stable and well above $1,000 against the US Dollar. BCH/USD has to clear the $1,100 resistance area to gain upside momentum.

Bitcoin Cash Price Resistance

There was a minor downside correction initiated from the $1,080 swing high in bitcoin cash price against the US Dollar. The price traded a few points lower, but the downside move was supported above the $1,000 level. Later, it started moving higher once again and succeeded in settling above the $1,040 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

During the recent upside, there was a break above a key declining channel with resistance at $960 on the hourly chart of the BCH/USD pair. The pair traded as high as $1,087 before a minor downside reaction. It tested the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $844 low to $1,087 high. However, the downside was limited and the price is now back above $1,050 and 100 hourly SMA. On the upside, the pair is facing a couple of important hurdles near the $1,100 and $1,140 levels.

Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis BCH USD

A break above the $1,100 level may call for a test of $1,140. Above $1,140, the price will most likely challenge the $1,200 level. On the downside, below $1,040, there could be a test of the 50% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $844 low to $1,087 high at $965.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD The MACD for BCH/USD is slightly placed in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) The RSI for BCH/USD is moving higher towards the 60 level....

05:02

Asian Altcoin Trading Roundup: Top Cryptocurrency is Icon "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

FOMO Moments

Crypto markets have leveled off a little this morning, no further gains have been made but the good news is that they havent fallen again. Bitcoin has remained at the $9,000 level with no movement in either direction over the past 24 hours. Total market capitalization is marginally up by 1.5% to $352 billion. Altcoins are a mixed bag, some in the green, others losing out a little, the one leading the way at the moment is Icon.

Coinmarketcap is showing a solid 37% gain for ICX which puts it way above its brethren during this mornings Asian trading session. From $2.75 this time yesterday Icon is up to $3.80 at the moment, a spike that started late in the afternoon in Asia and continued through the Euro and US trading sessions. Over the week ICX has had a great run up 67% from $2.27 to its current level. It has almost regained all losses over the month as it was trading at just over $4 this time last month. In terms of BTC it is trading 36% higher on the day at 41810 satoshis from 30784 this time yesterday. A week ago ICX traded at around 28500 sats so it has seen solid gains against Bitcoin also.

The news that South Koreas leading exchange Bithumb would be listing ICX and offering an airdrop of 50,000 tokens sent the altcoin skywards around 20 hours ago. NewsBTC reported that the exchange is launching an ICON airdrop from March 21 to 25 exclusively for members who trade over a million KRW. Icon, which has been dubbed the Korean Ethereum, has also been listed on Upbit, another huge exchange in the country, this has added to its upward momentum.

Currently most ICX is traded on Binance which has over 90% of the trade volume. That volume has increased to $260 million in the past 24 hours setting Icons market cap at $1.4 billion and 19th position in the charts. Only 400 million ICX are supplied with 386 million currently circulating.

EOS is also having a very good run during this mornings Asian session, up 17% on the day. All other altcoins are pretty flat at the moment.

More on Icon can be found here: https://www.icon.founda...

05:00

The UK Government Is Launching a Cryptocurrency 'Task Force' "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, will reveal a "crypto assets task force" Thursday. It will tackle the tech's risks and benefits.

05:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

1.00 AUD = 0.00009 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.15 AUD
Converter

Bitcoin and United States Dollar "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

0.00010 BTC = 0.87 USD
1.00 USD = 0.00011 BTC
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04:30

U.S. Treasury Plans to Add Cryptocurrency Addresses to the SDN List "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

U.S. Treasury Plans to Add Cryptocurrency Addresses to the SDN List

This week the U.S. Treasury Department issued guidelines on how the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) could add cryptocurrency addresses to the countrys sanction list.

Also read: New Tools Help Crypto Traders Make Smarter Decisions

Cryptocurrency Addresses to be Added to the U.S. Sanctions List

U.S. Treasury Plans to Add Cryptocurrency Addresses to the SDN ListThe U.S. government may soon have the ability to add cryptocurrency addresses to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List. Coincidently the oversight advice happened on the same day President Trump signed an executive order banning the Venezuelan petro (PTR). The petro is mentioned among a variety of digital assets including BTC, ETH, LTC, NEO, XMR, and XRP.

The Treasury calls a cryptocurrency wallet a software application (or other mechanisms) that provides a means for holding, storing, and transferring digital currency. The report also describes a virtual curren...

04:00

The Central Bankers Just Pushed Back Against The Plan (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The Central Bankers Just Pushed Back Against The Plan Video X22 Report Snowden reveals that the NSA has been targeting Bitcoin users and tracking their transactions. The Fed raises rates, they have just fired a shot across the bow...

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03:53

Bitcoin Price Technical Analysis for 03/22/2018 Potential Triangle Formation "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin Price Key Highlights

  • Bitcoin price has formed lower highs and higher lows to create a symmetrical triangle on the 4-hour chart.
  • Price is bouncing off the support and might be due for a move back to resistance around $10,000-11,000.
  • A small rising trend line can be drawn to connect the latest lows, but technical indicators are giving bearish hints.

Bitcoin price is bouncing off its symmetrical triangle support and might be eyeing the resistance from here.

Technical Indicators Signals

The 100 SMA is below the longer-term 200 SMA to indicate that the path of least resistance is to the downside. This means that the selloff is likely to resume than to reverse. Also, the 100 SMA is holding as dynamic resistance at the moment and could push bitcoin price back to the bottom of the triangle or lower.

A break below support could take bitcoin price down by the same height of the triangle, which spans $6,000 to nearly $13,000. Stochastic is indicating overbought conditions and appears to be starting its move south, so bitcoin price might follow suit.

RSI has some room to climb, so bitcoin bulls could stay in the game for a bit longer. However, this oscillator is also nearing overbought levels so the nearby areas of interest could hold as resistance, including the 200 SMA dynamic inflection point.

Market Factors

The dollar weakened on the FOMC statement even after the US central bank hiked rates. It turns out traders were disappointed over the lack of hawkish hints, particularly when it came to the dot plot of rate hike forecasts.

Fortunately, bitcoin price was able to take advantage of this, along with the pickup in risk appetite. So far, there are still no negative updates coming from the G20 Summit, putting investors at ease.

Remarks from Twitter CEO citing that bitcoin would be the worlds single currency also lifted bitcoin price. In an interview with The Times, Dorsey said:

The world ultimately will have a single currency, the internet will have a single currency. I personally believe that it will be bitcoin.

The post...

02:35

NEM Foundation Stops Tracking Coins Stolen from Coincheck "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

NEM Foundation Stops Tracking Coins Stolen from Coincheck

The NEM Foundation has announced it will no longer track cryptos stolen from the Japanese exchange Coincheck. The Singapore-based organization said it had provided law-enforcement agencies with information from its investigations. It did not explain its decision to end the tracking efforts. According to some estimates, half of the NEM coins that disappeared in the hack have been laundered on the darknet.   

Also read: Coincheck Drops Anonymous Monero, Dash, Zcash

Tracking Provided Actionable Data

The NEM.io Foundation, created to promote the NEM cryptocurrency (XEM), has stopped tracking the coins stolen in the Coincheck hack. The Japanese exchange lost some 58 billion worth of NEM (~$550 million USD) in January, when it was attacked by hackers. The Singapore-based foundation developed a special technology to identify the accounts the cryptocurrency was sent to.

On Tuesday, the NEM foundation said its efforts have provided some actionable information to law-enforcement authorities, the Japan News reported. However, the organization did not reveal any more details about the reasons behind its decision to stop further tracking.

...

02:29

Five Years Later Omidyar's Snowden Trickle Catching Up To Trilema Report On NSA In Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Five years after Mircea Popescu reported state actor probing of the Bitcoin ecosystem, and 58 months after Edward Snowden flew to Hong Kong and handed over a bunch of USG.NSA secrets the curators of those secrets at Pierre Omidyar's fake Qntra The Intercept are finally leaking the ones concernbing NSA actions against Bitcoin (archived).

Omidyar would appreciate it if you could please ignore how the nearly five years delay on these leaks coincides with other recent Hail Mary attempts to delay the inevitable.

02:01

Polkadot's Plan for Governing a Blockchain of Blockchains "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Blockchain governance is getting a shake-up by a forthcoming blockchain created by one of the co-founders of ethereum.

01:36

Major European Fintech Investor And Block.one Announce $100 Mln Fund For EOS Projects "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

FinLab AG and Block.one are jointly investing a $100 mln fund to accelerate the development of EOS.IO projects in Europe. #NEWS

01:22

Ex-Liverpool Footballer Michael Owen To Issue His Celebrity Token "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Michael Owen follows Manny Pacquiao in joining the Singapore GCOX platform to issue Celebrity Token. #NEWS

01:07

CryptoKitties Receives $12 Mln In Funding From Big Name Investors "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Ethereum-based CryptoKitties game received $12 mln from investors led by Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures. #NEWS

00:59

Chinese Stock Exchanges Crack Down on Companies Falsely Claiming Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Chinese Stock Exchange Cracks Down on Companies Falsely Claiming Blockchain Affiliation

It appears that Chinas stock exchanges are seeking to prevent companies from issuing misleading information in order to drive hype around blockchain technology potentially influencing their share price.

Also Read: Chinas First Central Bank Governor in 15 Years Likes Bitcoin

Blockchain Mania Sweeps Chinas Stock Exchanges

Chinese Stock Exchange Cracks Down on Companies Falsely Claiming Blockchain AffiliationChinas Shenzhen Exchange has announced its intention to crack down on businesses misleading i...

00:57

China: Stock Exchange Halts Companys Trading To Investigate Its Relevance To Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A Chinese State stock exchange halted trading of a company suspected of manipulating its stock price through a Blockchain project announcement. #NEWS

00:26

IBM Announces Cheaper Blockchain Starter Plan For Smaller Scale Businesses "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

IBM launches a new beta Blockchain Starter Plan to offer a cheaper alternative to Big Blue's current enterprise plan. #NEWS

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23:58

Twitter and Square's Jack Dorsey: Bitcoin Will Be Worlds Single Currency "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Twitter and Squares Jack Dorsey: Bitcoin Will Be Worlds Single Currency

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey recently had some remarkably positive remarks about bitcoin. Predicting the future of finance, he suggested that the father of cryptocurrencies is likely to become the worlds only currency within the next 10 years.

Speaking with The Times, Dorsey stated:

The world ultimately will have a single currency. The internet will have a single currency. I personally believe that it will be bitcoin.

Dorseys optimism comes at a time when bitcoin and virtual money have been deemed not that significant by varying regulators. During Argentinas recent G20 summit, several panel members stated their belief that it was not necessary to globally regulate cryptocurrencies just yet.

They did, however, request that affiliate countries submit their recommendations for regulation by this coming July, so, while advocates of bitcoin may not see changes to the cryptocurrency infrastructure in the immediate future, that could change as early as this summer.

Still, cryptocurrency was a large topic at this years summit, and many agreed that for now, things would remain as they are.

Even longtime opponents like the Bank of Englands Mark Carney ultimately changed their sentiment. Carney, who has long discussed concerns of illicit activities surrounding vir...

23:49

15-Year-Old Hacks Hardware Crypto Wallet Ledger "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Hardware wallet Ledger Nano S had a break in  teenage security expert, Saleem Rashid, found an issue with the tamper-free wallet. The story began on Nov. 2017, when Rashid reported a flaw to Ledger CTO, Nicolas Bacca, which could allow attackers to steal funds from wallet users. Rashid had observed that the microcontroller employed in Continued

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23:30

Joystream Test Drive How To Get Paid Bitcoin Seeding Bittorrent Files "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Joystream Test Drive How To Get Paid Bitcoin Seeding Bittorrent Files

Last week the file sharing Bittorrent client that pays users for seeding and sharing bandwidth, Joystream, announced launching on the bitcoin cash (BCH) network. We decided to give the platform a test drive to show how to use the application that offers BCH incentives.

Also read: Lawsuit Challenges Googles Ban on Crypto Ads in Russia

Joystream and Bitcoin Cash Mainnet

Joystream is a peer-to-peer application that uses bitcoin cash as an incentive for Bittorrent users that compensate each other for content within a distributed network. Originally the team started off with an attempt to use the bitcoin core (BTC) network but fees and transaction confirmation times became unreliable. On March 20 the application has launched on the Bitcoin Cash mainnet and is available for download in Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems (OS).

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23:25

Sierra Leone replies to reports that blockchain powered the election "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Sierra Leone electoral commission is seeking to clarify the limited extent to which blockchain technology was used.in the recent presidential elections.

23:24

Sierra Leone replies to reports that blockchain powered the election "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Sierra Leone electoral commission is seeking to clarify the limited extent to which blockchain technology was used.in the recent presidential elections.

23:00

Hong Kongs Securities and Futures Commission Halts Black Cell ICO "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Hong Kongs securities watchdog, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), has interfered with the initial coin offering (ICO) of Black Cell Technology Ltd., ordering the firm to halt the sale of its digital currency to Hong Kong buyers.

According to the SFC, Black Cell had engaged in potential unauthorized promotional activities and unlicensed regulated activities. In response, Black Cell Technology halted its ICO and agreed to unwind ICO transactions for Hong Kong investors by returning the relevant tokens to them by the end of the month.

Securities and Futures Commission

In its announcement the SFC determined that Black Cell had promoted an ICO to sell digital tokens to investors through its website accessible by the Hong Kong public, with the pitch that the ICO proceeds would be used to fund the development of a mobile application and holders of the tokens would be eligible to redeem equity shares of Black Cell.

According to the SFC, such an arrangement constitutes a Collective Investment Scheme under the circumstances. The agency has previously intervened in the ICO processes of multiple other firms, but this is the first time that the regulatory authority has publicly named a company that it has taken action against.

Black Cell is developing a mobile-based food marketplace named Krops, which they claim will simplify business for both farmers and shoppers. The companys website describes its business as a platform where users can gain access to every food source in the world, from the biggest farms to the smallest backyard. It further states that its mobile app provides access to supply and demand information to aid farmers in production and assist buyers in purchasing.

Increased Attention Paid to ICOs

ICOs have increasingly had to restrict access to investors from countries hostile to the business model. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), for example, has in particular been clamping down on ICOs, with detailed investigations underway. Some projects have received subpoenas and...

22:52

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, Stellar, Litecoin, Cardano, NEO, EOS: Price Analysis, March 21 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Most cryptocurrencies are trying to pull back from recent lows. See what orders to place #PRICE_ANALYSIS

22:41

ABA Tax Experts Ask IRS to Create Safe Harbor for Cryptocurrency Hard Forks "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Taxation has formally asked the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to create a safe harbor for investment gains realized from cryptocurrency hard forks. In the letter, which was drafted by Section Chair Karen Hawkins, the ABA noted that several major developments have occurred in the cryptoasset space since Continued

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22:30

US Could Put Crypto Wallets on OFAC Sanctions List "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The Treasury Department may start publishing wallet addresses along with the names of people and organizations with whom it forbids doing business.

22:27

These Tiny Crypto-Anchors From IBM Could Help Fight Product Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

These Tiny Crypto-Anchors From IBM Could Help Fight Product Fraud

Each year, IBM showcases 5 in 5 technologies coming out of IBM Researchs global labs five technologies that the company expects to fundamentally reshape business and society in the next five years.

This year, a 5 in 5 at a Science Slam was held at Think 2018 in Las Vegas.

One of the 5 in 5 breakthrough technologies presented in Las Vegas is ultra-miniaturized cryptographic anchors.

Lead developer Andreas Kind heads the "Industry Platform and Blockchain" team at IBM Research Zurich, which contributes to the Hyperledger Blockchain Project and develops privacy and cloud security technologies.

According to IBM, the new cryptographic anchors are the world's smallest computers to date. The devices are smaller than a grain of salt; contain several hundred thousand transistors; will cost less than 10 cents to manufacture; and can monitor, analyze, communicate and even act on data. IBM stated that the first models could be made available to clients in the next 18 months.

Theyll be used in tandem with blockchains distributed ledger technology to ensure an objects authenticity from its point of origin to when it reaches the hands of the customer, said Arvind Krishna, head of IBM Research. These technologies pave the way for new solutions that tackle food safety, authenticity of manufactured components, genetically modified products, identification of counterfeit objects and provenance of luxury goods.

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22:21

Coinbase Bug Allowed Users To Steal Unlimited ETH, Wallet Paid $10K Bounty For Discovery "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Users of Coinbase had a month to steal all its Ethereum via a smart contract bug, according to a report. #NEWS

22:00

Judge Sentences Five University of Manchester Students Who Sold Millions of Dollars of Drugs on the Dark Web "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Five students from the University of Manchester who sold more than 800,000 ($1.12 million) worth of drugs on the dark web using Bitcoin have been sentenced and jailed the ringleader, Basil Assaf, has received 15 years and three months.  

Assaf and his accomplice James Roden were arrested at their Manchester city centre flat on the day the FBI shut down Silk Road in October 2013. Agents found laptops used to access the dark web, thousands of pounds in cash, and drugs including LSD, ecstasy, ketamine, and diazepam. The value of their sales was at least 812,000, the court heard, but their profits are likely to have grown exponentially due to the rise in the value of Bitcoin over the past few years. Prosecutors have so far been unable to trace Assafs Bitcoin.

Dark Web Dreams

According to reports, the men partied in the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Amsterdam before being intercepted. The group, who likened themselves to Breaking Bads Walter White, included undergraduates studying pharmacology, computer science, petrochemical engineering, geology, and marketing.

Throughout the trial the Manchester crown court heard how the group originally sold drugs to fellow students to fund their own habits, then expanding their operation, selling ecstasy, LSD, and ketamine across Europe, the US, Australia, and New Zealand on the now-defunct online drug marketplace Silk Road. 

At one point the group was nominated for drug dealer of the year on the site, leading Assaf to brag to his accomplice Jaikishen Patel:

Nominated for shotter of the year haha on SR. Someone posted a thread and prof nominated us. TBF if they knew what we did IRL we do deserve it.

Judge Michael Leeming

Between May 2011 and October 2013 though 6,300 transactions with buyers across the world the group sold 16.7kg of ecstasy worth $750,000, as well as 1.23kg of 2CB, a drug that mimics the effects of ecstasy, and 1.46kg of ketamine. Sentencing the group, Judge Michael Leeming said use of the dark web was an aggravating factor and that the harmful and dangerous class A drugs wrought misery on society....

22:00

Washington State County Moves to Limit New Bitcoin Mining Firms "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

In a unanimous vote, Chelan County's Public Utility District commissioners agreed to put a moratorium on new bitcoin mining applications.

22:00

NEO, EOS, LTC, IOTA, Lumens: Technical Analysis March 22, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Our highlight of the day is EOS.  Even if most altcoins as NEO, LTC, Lumens and IOTA didnt record impressive gains, that surge and close above the middle BB is important.

Because of that and the fact that momentum is generally positive for most altcoins including EOS, bulls may as well look for buying opportunities in lower time frames.

Lets have a look at these charts:

XLM/USD (Stellar Lumens)

Lumens Technical AnalysisXLM/USD Bittrex Daily Chart for March 22, 2018

In a trending market, stochastics often provide a clear picture when it comes to the strength of underlying bears or bulls.

In this case, Lumens are obviously in a bull trend and even though recent gains have been low, it looks like buyers are pushing for higher prices. Indicative of this projection is the diverging %k and %d stochastics signals which already have a buy signal. Then again, from yesterdays analysis there is a stochastics buy signal in place.

As it is, buyers are finding resistance at the middle BB which from the chart looks to have been a huge obstacle for bulls in the recent past.

Nevertheless, I still recommend buys with targets at $0.40 with possibilities of further gains if there is a convincing break and close above the middle BB.

In the mean time, buyers should fine tune their entries in the 4HR chart and look to enter long when a stochastic buy signal prints or if prices explode past March 20 highs at $0.28-whatever happens first.

IOT/USD (IOTA)

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22:00

Coinbase to Remove Support for Multisig Vaults Within a Month "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Coinbase to Remove Support for Multisig Vaults Within a Month

Coinbase is removing its support for an advanced security feature that it was not advantageous for the company to maintain. Multisig vaults were originally introduced as a way for customers to manage their private keys and control their own security while still using the same Coinbase interface.

Also Read: Survey Says 8% of the American Population Now Own Cryptocurrency

No More Coinbase Multisig Vaults

Coinbase to Remove Support for Multisig Vaults Within a MonthSan Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has announced it will be winding down its support for existing multisig vaults (meaning accounts that require multiple signature to access) on the platform. The last day of support will be on April 19, 2018.

The company already disa...

21:38

The Payment Industry is About to Be Struck by Lightning: Expert Take "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Banking system has been sleeping at the wheel for decades, and it is now ripe for disruption. #EXPERT_TAKE

21:00

Twitter CEO Believes Bitcoin Will Emerge as a Single Currency for the Whole World "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Twitter and Square CEO, Jack Dorsey, makes no secret of his love for Bitcoin. The tech entrepreneur has recently launched Bitcoin buying and selling options on his companys Cash application, invested personal money in the development of the Lightning Network, and now claims that one day in the not-too-distant-future, Bitcoin will be a single currency for the entire planet.

Bitcoin: The One Coin to Rule Them All

Dorsey believes that within the decade Bitcoin will emerge as a globally accepted single currency. The Twitter executive told The Times on Wednesday:

The world ultimately will have a single currency, the Internet will have a single currency. I personally believe that it will be Bitcoin.

When pressed for a time frame with which this would happen, Dorsey responded with: probably over ten years, but it could go faster.

Although Dorsey recognises that the technology underpinning Bitcoin isnt quite ready for such global usage, he does believe that sufficient improvements will be made to it to ensure that it can scale to world-wide use. Such innovations will allow for cheap, instant payments for small items such as the often cited example of buying a cup of coffee with Bitcoin. He told The Times:

Its slow and its costly, but as more and more people have it, those things go away. There are newer technologies that build off of blockchain and make it more approachable.

Just last week, we reported that Dorsey had donated personal funds to the development of such improvements. The Twitter CEO was one of several parties who recently provided a $2.5 million investment in Lightning Labs to continue their work on the Bitcoin scaling proposal known as Lightning Network. The funding coincided with the first launch of the software upgrade that was suitable for use on the Bitcoin main net.

Dorseys other company, Square, are doing their part to promote the adoption of cryptocurrency too. Last November, they began the introduction of Bitcoin buying and selling options on their Cash app for a small section of their users. Since then, the global payments processing firm have rolled out the features for even more customers. In addition, they have added additional functionality to the software. Users can now transfer their Bitcoin off the application to more secure storage methods such as hardware or paper wallets. Such developments make it easier than ever...

20:50

US Hits Crypto Buying Service Payza With Money Laundering Lawsuit "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The founders of Payza, which allows customers to trade in cryptocurrencies, have been charged with running an unlicensed money transmitting business.

20:35

Bitcoin Trade Drops in India Amid Uncertainty and Clampdown "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin Trade Drops in India amid Uncertainty and Clampdown

Regulatory pressures and a broadening bank clampdown have seriously affected cryptocurrency exchanges in India. Their representatives claim bitcoin trading has dropped as much as 90 percent in the last two months. Cryptos are not considered legal tender in the country and authorities have demonstrated a negative attitude towards their use. At the same time, leading Indian banks have taken steps to limit exchange operations even before any rules mandating such policies are adopted.

Also read: India Cant Regulate Bitcoin Says Official

Regulatory Uncertainty, Hostile Attitude

Indian trading platforms have suffered from uncertainty about the future of cryptocurrencies in the country. Authorities in Delhi have issued multiple warnings and have threatened to stifle the use of digital money for illicit purposes. They have repeatedly stated that cryptos, like bitcoin, are not considered legal tender in India. However, neither an outright ban, nor any clear regulations have been adopted to this day. While the work on a comprehensive legal framework continues, after unfulfilled promises that new regulations would be unveiled soon, some officials have recognized that it is proving impossible to effectively regulate cryptocurrencies.

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20:32

Why Would South Korea Plan to Legalize ICOs Again? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Could the reason be that the countrys largest internet conglomerate wants to integrate cryptocurrencies? #FOLLOW_UP

20:30

Will Lehr: Gold IRA Expert: Cryptos are a True Game-Changer (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Will Lehr: Gold IRA Expert: Cryptos are a True Game-Changer Video Reluctant Preppers Following Bitcoins meteoric rise, dramatic crash, and ongoing recovery, ordinary people are left to ponder whether this was all hype and smoke, or the advent something...

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20:05

Startup EverMarkets Aims to Shake Up Futures Trading With Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Blockchain company EverMarkets is developing a peer-to-peer futures trading platform based on blockchain technology.

20:04

Is Venezuelas Petro Digital Currency a Russian-Backed Move Against the US? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Time has discovered evidence to suggest that the Venezuelan oil-backed digital currency, El Petro, was helped into existence by Russian officials, bankers, and businessmen. Its believed that Russia wants to use the currency as an experiment in dodging US sanctions placed against the Eastern power.

Digital Currency Cannot be Controlled Like Traditional Cash Can

The Russian involvement in the setting up of the Petro has been largely kept a secret until the Time expos was published yesterday. However, various clues left by the Russian backers have led the publication to report on the connection.

During the ceremony in which the Petro was launched by the Socialist leader of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, two of the nations advisers on Moscow were sat in the front row. They were thanked for their role in helping the fight against American imperialism.

The two advisers have close ties to Russian billionaires, banking interests, and the Kremlin. However, Time report that even more senior Russians were involved in the launch of the currency. According to the article, an executive at one of Russias state banks said there were high-level advisers to the Kremlin involved and President Putin himself signed off on the proposal last year. The anonymous whistle blower told the publication of the Eastern powers motives:

People close to Putin, they told him this is how to avoid the sanctions This is how the whole thing started.

The banker continued to tell the publication that Venezuela were encouraged by Russia to run the digital currency experiment themselves. With an economy already in ruins, the Latin American state had far less to lose than their Eastern ally and are themselves at the mercy of US sanctions against them.

Another factor that Time report as evidence of the Russian involvement in the experiment is that Maduro sent the Venezuelan finance minister, Simon Zerpa, to report to the Russian government about the launch of the Petro on February 21. The minister met with Russian officials in Moscow and posted images of the meeting on Twitter:

19:55

Stellars McCaleb: Blockchain Could Power Universal Payments Network By 2028 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Mt. Goxs McCaleb foresees global Blockchain payments for all within 10 years. #NEWS

19:45

Billions Of Dollars On The Sidelines: 24 Million Americans Are Planning To Purchase Cryptocurrencies For The First Time "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Earlier this month Bitcoin entrepreneur Trace Mayer noted that theres a mountain of money just waiting to move into the cryptocurrency space just as soon as they feel confident that the market is stable, regulated against fraud and they see confirmation of mass adoption through real-world use cases.

At the moment, cryptocurrency penetration remains tiny compared to that of traditional investment classes being traded on global stock market exchanges, but a new survey finds that investment interest and capital flows are picking up.

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19:38

Snowden Documents Expose How the NSA Worked To Track Bitcoin Users "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A new report from The Intercept reveals that the National Security Agency has been able to track users of the popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin since at least 2013. The revelation is detailed in newly released classified documented obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden and provided to the The Intercept. The documents show the agency accessing the fiber-optic cables which []

19:30

Hong Kong Regulator Halts ICO "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Hong Kong Regulator Halts Black Cell ICO

Hong Kongs Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has halted Black Cell Technology Limited from issuing its initial coin offering (ICO) in Hong Kong. Black Cell has agreed to distribute refunds to Hong Kong-based investors.

Also Read: Bittrex to Delist 82 Altcoins at End of March 

Black Cell ICO Halted in Hong Kong

Hong Kongs SFC has ordered Black Cell to cease offering its ICO to investors based in the autonomous Chinese territory. The SFC has expressed concerns that Black Cell had engaged in potential unauthorized promotional activities and unlicensed regulated activities.

The SFC states that Black Cell has agreed to unwind ICO transactions for Hong Kong investors by returning the relevant tokens contributed by investors. In order to address the regulators concerns, the SFC states that Black Cell has also undertaken not to devise, set up or market any scheme that constitutes a Collective Investment Scheme (CIS) unless in compliance with the [] Securities and Futures Ordinance.

The SFC reminded Parties engaging in ICO activities [R...

19:22

Bitcoin is #1 Priority: New Snowden Leaks Show NSA is Targeting Cryptocurrency Users "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

bitcoin

Showing that they are scared of the privacy implications of cryptocurrency, a new leak from Edward Snowden reveals the NSA carried out a massive campaign to spy on users of bitcoin.

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19:14

What Do They Know That We Dont? DC Officials Flock To Doomsday Camps "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Washington D.C. government officials are flocking to doomsday camps around the country.  Which of course begs the question: what do they know that we do not?

According to the Washington Examiner, a building network of backwoods doomsday camps around the country are pulling in members from affluent areas and even Washington national security officials as the threats grow from nuclear war, an EMP (electromagnetic pulse), or virus attack.  Dubbed Fortitude Ranch, the outposts promise protection and a years supply of food for those unable to build their own bunker with preparations for a SHTF scenario. Whats more, until a crisis strikes, the doomsday camps are being used for prepper training and vacations.

One of Fortitude Ranchs members from the Baltimore area said that he and others joined after waking up to the potential of a national crisis from an attack, financial meltdown, or political violence. For most of us, something rattled our cages and woke us up, he said.

Were seeing members from all the three letter agencies,...

19:11

The EU Wont Wait for Global Agreement on Cryptocurrencies: Spains Economy Minister "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

During the G20 summit, the Spanish Minister of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, Romn Escolano Olivares, revealed that he doesnt see cryptocurrencies as a threat to the global financial system and that the European Union (EU) may not wait for a globally coordinated effort to regulate cryptos. Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing summit, the Continued

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19:07

Saifus Cybersecurity Fundamentals Evgeny Vigovsky & Thales "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Saifu is a crypto-financial platform that offers fiat and cryptocurrency integrated into one account. Their goal is to bring cryptocurrencies mainstream, and they pride themselves on being easy, secure, and regulated. In the second department, they boast two cybersecurity powerhouses: international security giant Thales, and former Head of DDoS protection at Kaspersky Labs, Evgeny Vigovsky. Together, they provide bank-grade protection for Saifu users.

A Rock Solid Security Foundation

Evgeny Vigovsky is the co-founder of Saifu and its CTO. He has more than 18 years of experience in IT and cybersecurity, including 12 years at Kaspersky Lab. Vigovsky was Global Head of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection when he left in 2016. As head of Saifus cybersecurity, he spearheaded a partnership with Thales, a world leader in banking security, transportation, and infrastructure. This partnership brings bank-grade security to the Saifu platform.

Thales Hardware

To protect its users cryptocurrencies, Saifu has announced that they will deploy Thales nShield Hardware Security Modules (HSMs). This state-of-the-art hardware effectively isolates users cryptocurrencies from remote access, creating a physical barrier that requires two separate keycards onsite to access. Even in the remote chance that Saifus servers were hacked, the cryptocurrencies would be safe, protected by Thales hardware.

Evgeny Vigovsky details the advantages of the partnership:

Thales is the most recognized and widely used security provider for global payment transactions and we have been able to take that expertise and apply it to the world of cryptocurrencies. Thales has given us a beautiful solution around which weve developed our own software, equipping Saifu with the ability to offer our customers a truly compelling value proposition with a user experience that meets or even exceeds that of a conventional online or mobile banking application and other cryptocurrency services.

Jon Geater, CTO at Thales eSecurity, adds:

Saifu set out with an admirable goal: that anyone using a traditional online or mobile banking service would also be very capable and comfortable buying or exchanging cryptocurrencies through its system. As the financial services industry undergoes digital transformation, Thales HSMs provide the same high levels of security to the world of cryptocurrency that banks have relied on for decades to keep money and transaction records safe from cyber-thieves.

The Saifu ICO...

19:01

South Korea Financial Regulator Says Fintech Will Solve The Youth Job Problem "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Support for Blockchain tech will help grow the fintech industry and give jobs to young people, according to South Koreas financial regulator #NEWS

18:55

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey: Bitcoin to be Worlds Currency "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Twitter and Square CEO: Bitcoin to be Worlds Currency

Jack Dorsey, CEO of both Twitter and payment platform, Square, told the Times of London there will be a single world currency in the next ten years, and he believes that will be bitcoin. His comments came at a downturn in the broader crypto markets and amidst declarations of bitcoins imminent demise.   

Also read: Bitcoiners Demand More Crypto CFDs and Spread-Betting in the UK

Twitter and Square CEO Bullish on Bitcoin

Its slow and its costly, Mr. Dorsey spoke of bitcoin as a currency, but as more and more people have it, those things go away. There are newer technologies that build off of blockchain and make it more approachable, the Times of London reports (paywall). He is in London this week to promote one of his companies, Square.

Mr. Dorsey, 41, is a billionaire at least four times over, and is considered something of a sage in the technology space. He was instrumental in establishing the micro-blogging platform Twitter. The San Francisco-based social networking staple has proven itself over its decade of existence to be a galvanizing space, especially for the cryptosphere, with over 300 million users.

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18:50

Bitcoin Will Be World's 'Single Currency' Says Twitter CEO "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Jack Dorsey has said he believes bitcoin will take over the U.S. dollar as the world's primary currency in 10 years or less.

18:40

EverMarkets to Launch Blockchain-Based Futures Exchange EMX "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

EverMarkets to Launch Blockchain-Based Futures Exchange EMX

EverMarkets announced that the EverMarkets Exchange (EMX), a futures exchange and clearing house platform built on blockchain technology, is expected to launch later this year for non-U.S. clients. EMX will list both cryptocurrency and traditional futures contracts.

Futures contracts are defined as transactions between a buyer and a seller for a financial instrument at a predetermined price for delivery or cash settlement at a set time in the future, regardless of any price movements in between.

"EverMarkets is designed to bridge and modernize both the cryptocurrency and traditional financial markets, said Jim Bai, CEO and co-founder of EverMarkets. [This] exchange strives to create a marketplace that is fair for everyone and provides superior transparency and efficiency. Just as importantly, we're giving cryptocurrency traders the means to expand their portfolios into traditional asset classes without the friction that the existing exchange model creates."

According to EverMarkets, the EMX exchange will allow cryptocurrency holders to access traditional futures contracts for stocks, indices, bonds and commodities through EMX tokens held by blockchain-based smart contracts. The users will be able to withdraw the tokens into their private wallets without lengthy approvals or prolonged waiting periods.

Crypto traders want put their new wealth to work in other areas of the financial markets, Bai said in conversation with Bitcoin Magazine. EverMa...

18:35

British Teenager Exposes Vulnerability in Ledgers Nano S Cryptocurrency Wallet "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

According to his blog, British teenager Saleem Rashid has written code that gives him back door access to the Ledger Nano S, a $100 cryptocurrency storage device that is used by millions around the globe. As per Rashids findings, the vulnerability would permit a hacker to drain the wallet of funds. This is particularly of note because Ledger is a trusted name and considered a go-to for crypto enthusiasts who are worried about safely securing their coins.

Upon learning about the vulnerabilities, the Paris-based firm that makes the wallet said that it had issued a security fix for the Nano S. But theres a problem: it is believed that the flaw also effects another model the Nano Blue  and a fix for that model wont be available for several weeks, according to the firms chief security officer Charles Guillemet (who spoke with Quartz).

How Does the Attack Work?

Ledger wallets use something called a secure element   basically a tamper-proof chip that is touted as a key security feature. Secure elements are widely used in passports and identity cards and are also used to store payment information on iPhones. These chips often cant process much data, or be connected to peripherals such as a display, therefore the secure element in the Nano S is connected to a micro-controller that does those things, but is itself not secure to the same degree. This micro-controller is what Rashids attack focused on.

Such a scenario is known as a supply-chain attack and it could affect any devices that arent directly shipped from the producer to the customer. In Ledgers case, it says the large majority of its Nano S wallets are sold directly to consumers, but some are sold through third-party retailers. Guillemet says Ledger doesnt conduct...

18:30

PR: Smooth Encrypt Social Software a Miracle Based on Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Smooth Encrypt Social Software

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It is universally acknowledged that social interaction activity is playing an important part in our daily life. We shall communicate with different people closed to us through various methods every day, such as face-to-face communication, writing an e-mail, updating own Twitter and Facebook or using more convenient mobile APPs, making us felt we keep touch with people we love. There is no doubt that network shall bring huge social interaction convenience to us.

But do you feel anxious when your private information flows through the network? Actually, huge user quantity represents huge information flow, which also means higher and higher threat on information safety. As privacy, even property safety, is commonly included in information, so the result shall be unthinkable once the information is disclosed.

When facing the challenge of information exposure, will you give up enhancing the great convenience of network social software? Of course not. It will result into certain obstacle of communication of people in different areas. As a matter of fact, popular software used by people in different countries and areas is different. Their abilities to safe information are also different. As long as we choose the one based on the highest technology to protect our information, then our privacy will be guaranteed. Luckily, Smooth encrypt social software, a perfect tool to fully satisfy your demand, comes to birth.

The establishment of Smooth encrypt social software is helping people in different areas to communicate more frequently and enjoy the fun brought by social interaction; meanwhile, it aims at protecting personal information, encrypting communication content, protecting individual property safety through blockchain technique and transmitting more valuable information to each user so that each user can enjoy the convenience brought by excellent business mod...

18:15

Teenager Who Hacked Ledger Hardware Wallet Says Devices Still Vulnerable, Devs Deny "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Users of Ledger hardware wallet hit by security fears amid ongoing hacking dispute led by British teenager #NEWS

18:12

Surging Cardano Price Leads Mid-Week Market Rally "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The cryptocurrency markets rose for a third consecutive day on Wednesday, enabling every top 10-cryptocurrency to post gains against the US dollar and most to advance by more than five percent. The days top performer was the Cardano price, which soared by nearly 20 percent during intraday trading. The cryptocurrency market cap rose by nearly Continued

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18:05

Tether Back in the Printing Business With Massive $300 Million Batch "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Tether Back in the Printing Business With Massive $300 Million Batch

After over a month of absence Tether has returned to the USDT printing business, issuing $300 million worth in just one massive batch. The proximity of the move to the recent reversal of the downtrend in the market has lead to renewed calls by critics that Tether is manipulating prices.  

Also Read: Survey Says 8% of the American Population Now Own Cryptocurrency

$300 Million USDT

Tether Back in the Printing Business With Massive $300 Million BatchOmni blockchain transaction data reveals that Tether has created $300 million worth of new USDT tokens. Like with previous printing sprees by Tether, the lack of transparency behind the operations of the stablecoin has caused critics to suggest some kind of foul play was behind the massive new grant.

The last time Tether was found to be actively printing was in Mid February, and since then it let its metaphorical printers a rest. As the past month...

18:00

CFTC Hits Wall Trying to Serve Bitcoin Fraud Summons "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

In new filings, the CFTC alleges that former bitcoin binary options trader accused of fraud is trying to avoid authorities.

17:54

Snowden Documents Expose How the NSA Worked to Track Bitcoin Users "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Snowden Bitcoin NSA(TIM)  A new report from The Intercept reveals that the National Security Agency has been able to track users of the popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin since at least 2013. The revelation is detailed in newly released classified documented obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden and provided to the The Intercept. The documents show the agency accessing the fiber-optic cables which []

17:51

Promoted: HashChain Invests In the Future of Blockchain Services "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

HashChain

Cryptocurrency mining is big business. For years, most of the worlds mining operations have been based in China meaning that China has long dominated the industry. There is, however, a shift taking place in this industry due to the new, even more restrictive regulations in China. These restrictions have yielded a fresh set of opportunities for new entrants into the marketplace.


One company at the epicenter of the new opportunity within cryptocurrency mining is HashChain. HashChain is a blockchain company that focuses on cryptocurrency mining, accounting and tax reporting as well as masternode hosting services. HashChain is distinguished as the first publicly traded Canadian cryptocurrency mining company to support a highly scalable, diverse and flexible mining operation.


Dash Masternode and Expansion


HashChain is also heavily invested in Dash. The company is the first mining entity to focus on Dash, a cryptocurrency that allows users to make instant, private payments online or in store using a secure open-source platform hosted by thousands of users around the world. The company acquired a Dash masternode for approximately $280,000 USD, requiring a collateral investment of 1,000 Dash coins. In addition, HashChain Advisor and Chief Security Officer Perry Woodin is one of only two advisory board members to Dash.


HashChain currently operates 100 Dash miners. They have purchased 770 Bitcoin miners and plan to purchase an additional 5,000 rigs. When all of their miner...

17:47

Cryptocurrency Is Not Money, Says Russia "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The Russian Parliament is about to pass a draft bill on cryptocurrencies and digital tokens in which they are considered assets. Unfortunately, locals and tourists wont be able to pay for goods and services using cryptocurrencies in Russia.

Russian Parliament To Regulate Cryptocurrencies

The bill outlines the legal framework for mining and blockchain-based transactions and legalizes terms such as digital financial asset, officially defined as a security in electronic form created using encryption methods, of which the legal title of ownership is verified by making a digital record in the register of digital transactions.

The bill, drafted by the Russian Finance Ministry, also makes the distinction between a digital token and a cryptocurrency based on the number of producers, one person versus several persons (miners), respectively.

The draft law regulates all forms of exchange as it allows digital tokens and cryptocurrencies to be converted into fiat currency only through licensed exchanges of digital financial assets and existing trading platforms that have stock exchange licenses.

Based on this draft, cryptocurrencies are not an authorized means of payment in Russia, which means they are not money. Elvira Nabiullina, President of the Central Bank of Russia, called Bitcoin quasi-money.

The purpose of these bills is to define the scope of action and of the regulations of cryptocurrencies, not their prohibition, and this is good news for Russia, Anti Danilevski, Chief Executive Officer of blockchain crowdfunding website KickICO, told Forbes.

For us, as a company, it is important to act legallyso once you get a better sense of the rules, it allows projects from the real economy to launch their ICOs here, instead of doing it in other countries.

Regulation of initial coin offerings (ICOs) should limit the investment of non-accredited investors. Individuals who are not registered as qualified investors are able to invest 50,000 rubles ($900) at the most.

Olga Sorokina, a partner with consulting firm KeyICO, commented: The bill needs to go through Parliament and, no doubt will be amended. We can at least see the base and the shape of the future law now: the Russian authorities want to tightly control the cryptocurrency and tokens turnover (as they do) with the securities market. Any legal crypto transaction should go through a licensed operator, being under the state control.

The tightening of the regulation responds to the rise in scams and fraud within the cryptocurrency world.  Russia had its first ICO criminal case earlier this month, submitted against...

17:39

Norway Government Welcomes Bitfury to Open $35 Million Bitcoin Mining Datacenter "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin industry giant Bitfury is opening a new bitcoin mining center in Norway, bringing investments and jobs in a move that has delighted the countrys government. In an announcement on Tuesday, the BitFury Group revealed details of its expansion into Norway with what it deems a sustainable, energy-efficient datacenter in a foray backed Continued

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17:26

Snowden docs reveal NSA targeted Bitcoin users around the world "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The US National Security Agency targeted Bitcoin users around the world, according to classified documents released by Edward Snowden. The revelations strike a blow to the financial privacy of bitcoin users, academics warn. The National Security Agency (NSA) managed to find ways to 'track down senders and receivers' of Bitcoins, according to an internal NSA report dated March 2013. The findings come from classified NSA documents, exposed by ex-CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden and first published by The Intercept. Crucially, the tracking may also have involved amassing information from bitcoin users' computers. One NSA memo suggests that the NSA collected some Bitcoin users' password information, internet activity and MAC address, which is a type of unique device identification number. Bitcoin is a digital currency which uses encryption to regulate its units of currency. From the outset, cryptocurrencies were designed to circumvent the control of banks and provide discretion for financial transactions. But they could not easily evade the attention of national governments, who take a keen interest in controlling flows of money.

17:11

Bermuda Plans to Become the First Country to Regulate ICOs "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Last year, Bermudas Premier and Finance Minister, David Burt, launched the Blockchain Task Force. It included a Legal and Regulatory Working Group which would ensure that the country creates a blockchain-friendly environment for interested organizations and startups. Four months later, Burt has come forward with another initiative: to make sure Bermuda regulates ICOs for the first time in blockchain Continued

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17:03

US Treasury Could Include Cryptocurrency Wallets, Addresses on Sanctions Hit List "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The US sanctions list keeps getting longer. Most recently, the US Department of the Treasury has revealed its considering adding digital-wallet addresses to its growing list of sanctions, but only if they can link the wallet address to someone who has been blocked. The agency updated the documents on March 19 on the heels of a Continued

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17:00

Social Media Giant Snap Confirms It's Banned ICO Ads "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Snapchat just became the latest social media platform to ban advertising for initial coin offerings.

16:34

Chinas First Central Bank Governor in 15 Years Likes Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Chinas First Bank Governor in 15 Years Likes Bitcoin

The Peoples Bank of China, the nations central bank, has a new governor, its first in 15 years. His name is Yi Gang and judging by previous comments the 60-year-old has made, hes perfectly okay with cryptocurrency. His positive stance towards bitcoin and other cryptos bodes well for their future within China.

Also read: Report Claims Putin Aided Maduro in Creating Venezuelas Crypto

Yi Gangs Appointment Offers Hope

Chinas First Bank Governor in 15 Years Likes BitcoinOn March 19, Chinas National Peoples Congress voted to approve President Jinpings nominee to oversee the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC). The appointment was not a surprise, for Yi Gang was already serving as deputy governor. The Beijing-born official is believed to have taken up his position with immediate effect. Zhou Xiaochuan, who stepped down from the role, was widely seen as a liberal governor, and its likely that Yi will continue where his predecessor left off.

Yi Gang has previously spoken positively about bitcoin, going so far as to call it inspiring or enlightening in an address made ...

16:20

Twitter CEO Says Bitcoin Will Become Worlds Single Currency Within A Decade "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Square, Twitter CEO notes that while BTC isnt ready for efficient use as a currency right now, it will soon become the worlds single currency #NEWS

16:11

Markets Update: Bitcoin Back Testing $9,000 in Spite of Death Cross FUD "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Markets Update: Bitcoin Tests $9,000 in Spite of Death Cross FUD

The price of bitcoin has bounced off a recent low of $7,300 USD in recent days, with prices hovering testing resistance at $9,000 as of this writing. The majority of altcoin markets have bounced alongside BTC, indicating that the cryptocurrency markets still remain correlated to bitcoin.

Also Read: Snowden Releases NSA Documents Showing Bitcoin Was #1 Priority 

Bitcoin Bounces With Strength

The price of bitcoin has gained approximately 20% since bouncing off the $7,300 area four days ago. Bulls are currently testing resistance at the $9,000 area.

When looking at the daily chart, one can infer that the recent bounce off the $7,300 area comprised a fourth point of contact with the long-term ascending trendline established by the crash down to the $6,000 area that occurred last month.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Tests $9,000 in Spite of Death Cross FUD
Over the course of coming weeks, traders will no doubt be watching for a confirmed break above or below the current symmetrical triangle in which BTC price action has recently channeled.

Some Analysts Predict...

16:08

Popular Ethereum App CryptoKitties Raises $12 Million in Series A Funding "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Wildly-popular Ethereum application CryptoKitties has raised $12 million in a funding round led by venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures (USV). Announced on Tuesday, the series A funding round also featured personal investments from major tech figures such as Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam, AngelList CEO Naval Ravikant, and Zynga founder Mark Pincus. Continued

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16:00

Global Blockchain Patent Filings Spiked In 2017, Korea's IP Office Says "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Last year saw a sharp rise in blockchain-related patent applications across the globe, according to the South Korean Intellectual Property Office.

15:55

Controversial Tether Issues $300 Mln In New Tokens, Critics React "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

After issuing a total of 146 mln new euro and USD-backed tokens in February, Tether released $300 mln of Tether today. #NEWS

15:08

Bitcoin Will Be Worlds Leading Currency in 10 Years: Square CEO Jack Dorsey "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

One of Silicon Valleys most revered entrepreneurs is going all in on Bitcoin. Square CEO Jack Dorsey, who is in London this week promoting the digital payments firm, told The Times that he believes Bitcoin could become the worlds leading currency within a decade or perhaps even sooner. The world ultimately will have a Continued

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15:00

Coca-Cola Taps Blockchain to end Supply Chain Forced Labor "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Blockchain technology has a lot of different purposes in the real world. Outside of the financial sector, there are dozens of opportunities waiting to be explored. Coca-Cola and the US State Department are looking into distributed ledgers as we speak. This technology is of great interest to them in terms of addressing forced labor.

Coca-Cola and Blockchain Technology

Major brand names have shown an increasing interest in blockchain technology over the past few years. Most of those projects are still in the early stages of development, though. Coca-Cola seems intent on taking a more hands-on approach in this regard. The company is looking to address forced labor in its supply chain. To build up this new infrastructure, the company receives support from the US State Department.

It is evident companies such as Coca-Cola need to take a positive approach in this regard. More specifically, the company faces criticism over its sugar cane supply. Some people claim the company effectively relies on forced labor in this regard. As there is no way to provide adequate transparency in this regard, refuting these claims is pretty difficult. This is where blockchain technology can come into the picture, as it will herald a massive systemic change for the company.

Being transparent is almost the new normal in 2018. Although a lot of companies are still on the fence about blockchain, Coca-Cola is confident they can develop a proper solution. Without support from the private and public sector, making an impact is pretty difficult. Adding more transparency through a blockchain infrastructure also poses a new set of challenges to take into account.

Addressing the key Problems

There are many reasons why Coca-Cola taps this technology for this specific purpose. First of all, the company will deal with land rights, child labor, and forced labor. Right now, the focus rests on ensuring workers are properly compensated and protected by the law. Additionally, the hiring practices can use a lot more transparency as well. Together with the US State Department, these problems can be addressed directly.

It seems this venture will also rely on the use of smart contracts. Doing so will result in greater transparency and r...

15:00

Ethereum and Stellar? Kik's Kin Token to Use Two Chains "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

While Kik said it would move its "kin" crypto tokens off ethereum and onto stellar, today it announced it was allowing the tokens to live on both.

14:36

Bitmain Antminer X3 Cryptonight ASIC, New Batches and New Prices "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

It seems that some people think that Bitmain has lowered the prices of their upcoming Antminer X3 Cryptonight ASIC miners, however that is not true, the company has just released new Batches 3 and 4 for pre-order and has removed the first two super expensive ones. Batch 1 of the Antminer X3 had a price of $11999 USD and should start shipping by the end of May and Batch 2 had a price of $7599 USD by the end of June. The prices of the first two batches are very important as well as their shipping dates are tied to the two new batches, so for example the new Antminer X3 Batch 3 with a price of just $3000 USD should start shipping after Batch 1 and the new Antminer X3 Batch 4 with a price of just $1900 USD should start shipping after Batch 2.

What Bitmain already did was screw over anyone that has ordered their Batch 2 devices as the new Batch 3 of the Antminer X3 Cryptonight ASIC should ship faster and at less than half the price. Actually the same goes for pretty much anyone that has ordered or plans to order any of the batches of the Antminer X3 Cryptonight ASIC miners from Bitmain, so consider wisely if you still have not purchased any, but are considering it. As we have already mentioned Monero (XMR) and a number of other CryptoNight coins are planning to fork to a new CryptoNightV7 POW that should make any of the current CryptoNight ASIC miners unusable, so a pretty risky thing to pre-order ASIC mining hardware at the moment and wait for it for a few months.

14:30

Looking Up? Litecoin Eyes Bullish Breakout at $175 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Litecoin is looking at a bullish breakout, having clocked a one-week high earlier today.

14:25

Report Claims Putin Aided Maduro in Creating Venezuelas Crypto, Petro "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A Time investigation into the development of Venezuelas state-backed cryptocurrency, petro, revealed strong anecdotal and circumstantial evidence connecting Russia to its launch. At least two Russians with ties to Vladimir Putin were present at petros unveiling, complete with the Venezuelan presidents thanks. Analysts are claiming the South American country is Mr. Putins crypto guinea pig as the two nations try to find innovative ways around US sanctions.

Also read: Bitcoiners Demand More Crypto CFDs and Spread-Betting in the UK

Report Claims Putin and Maduro Teamed to Launch Petro

Time online is referring to Tuesdays official sale of petro as a half-hidden joint venture between Venezuelan and Russian officials and businessmen, whose aim was to erode the power of U.S. sanctions, finding Moscows fingerprints all over the creation of the petro.

Such revelations come at an interesting time for all three countries. In the US, the present administration has been accused of being too close to re-elected Russian President Putin. Mr. Putin is under international pressure for alleged acts of assassination on foreign shores along with meddling in elections abroad. Venezuela has long been a client state of Russia, and has equally been the object of scorn for several US administrations. The three were tied together, somewhat unknowingly (on the US side at least) by President Tru...

14:13

What Ban? Chinese Investors Continue to Participate in ICOs with Workarounds "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

It will take more than a government ban on ICOs to keep issuers away in China. Both investors and issuers in the country have found a way to circumvent the laws that were implemented last year by Chinese regulators, according to a report in local publication Caixin Global. Despite the fact that ICO demand largely stems

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14:05

No, There Isnt Child Porn on the Bitcoin Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

No, There Isnt Child Porn on the Bitcoin Blockchain

Anyone swiping through the tech news on their tablet this week may have been startled by an unsavory story. Child pornography (CP) is permanently encoded in the bitcoin blockchain accoriding to mainstream media reports, making anyone who downloads the blockchain guilty of accessing CP. Not only is this old news, but its fake news. Understanding why calls for taking a quick dip into bitcoins code.

Also read: Bitcoin Cash Ecosystem Sees a Tidal Wave of Merchant Acceptance

Bitcoins Boogeyman Returns

No one can really recall what bitcoin was branded as first: a tool of terrorists, drug dealers, or child pornographers. All that can be said for certain is all three canards have been trotted out regularly over the years. Only last week in the U.S. Senate, Representative Brad Sherman expressed hope that a cryptocurrency panel would reconvene immediately after there had been a terrorist attack funded by crypto. But that was last week; this week its all about pornography of the worst kind. CP is the topic du jour thanks to a new research paper. Its abstract explains:

Blockchainsirrevocably record arbitrary data, ranging from short messages to pictures. This does not come without risk for users as each participant has to locally replicate the...

14:00

ICON Surges on Bithumb Airdrop Announcement "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bithumb Gives Away ICON to Celebrate Launch of Bithumb PRO

Through deliberation of Bithumb Cryptocurrency Deliberative Committee, the exchange is launching an ICON Airdrop from March 21 to March 25, 2018 exclusively for members who trade 1 million Won (KRW) or more within the event period. The reward date is scheduled on April 6, 2018.

The airdrop amount is given upon one account per one mobile phone number. The exchange will only deliver the corresponding coin quantity after deducting 22% in taxes on amounts higher than 50,000 Won (KRW).

Additionally, Bithumb is offering a 1% payback on all ICX deposits and transactions during the same period. This event is for all Bithumb members who choose to deposit ICX, which is only available in Bithumb Pro at the moment. The event may expire without prior notice on cashback exhaustion. The amount is paid based on whatever is smaller among deposit and traded amounts. Moreover, rewards are capped at 50,000 ICX.

ICON ranks #20 on coinmarketcap.com, with a market cap of US$1.3 billion (146,939 BTC) and a daily volume of US$154 million. The altcoin has a circulating supply of approximately 386 million ICX from a total supply of 400 million ICX. Binance is by far the cryptocurrency exchange where most ICON is traded.

On account of the announcement made by Bithumb, demand for ICON skyrocketed in the last 24 hours. The ICX is up over 45 percent as it trades at $3.20, at the moment of writing. The trading volume of the cryptocurrency picked up since early European morning, from US$ 53 million to US$ 160 million, in approximately four hours.

ICON, Koreas new currency, was launched by DAYLI Financial Group, on September 20, 2017. The company also announced the listing on Bithumb:

CX Token is listed on Bithumb Exchange today!
You can buy and sell ICX Tokens freely on the Bithumb Exchange.
(Listing time may be adjusted depending on market conditions.)

Bithumb users are cheering the listing as ICON will now be traded in Korea. The ICON airdrop events are scheduled to end on March 25, 2018.

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13:45

Waking Dragon? Asia's Token Economy Is Charging Full Speed Ahead "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

At the Token 2049 conference in Hong Kong, Asia's vibrant market for cryptocurrencies and ICOs took the spotlight.

13:36

Snowden Releases NSA Documents Showing Bitcoin Was #1 Priority "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Snowden Releases NSA Documents Showing Bitcoin Was

Xkeyscore. MAC addresses. OAKSTAR. MONKEYROCKET. Edward Snowden is at it again. This time the worlds most notorious whistleblower has handed over National Security Agency (NSA) documentation to online investigative news outlet The Intercept revealing an invasive covert program to track bitcoin users using spy tools he uncovered during his infamous first go-round. The implications include the future of privacy along with warrantless data collection being used to prosecute bitcoiners such as Ross Ulbricht of Silk Road.

Also read: Bitcoiners Demand More Crypto CFDs and Spread-Betting in the UK

Snowden Reveals How NSA Tracked Bitcoin Users

Ever get the feeling youre being watched? Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs Brian de Vallance, in a November 2013 letter to Congress, worried that with the advent of virtual currencies and the ease with which financial transactions can be exploited by criminal organizations, DHS has recognized the need for an aggressive posture toward this evolving trend. Infamous whistleblower Edward Snowden seems to have found a trove of heavily redacted, classified NSA documents attesting to that aggressive posture.

Its fitting Mr. Snowden should share them with The Intercept...

13:09

Blockchain Tech Could Fight Child Labor and Human Rights Abuses in Cobalt Supply Chain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The rise in global demand for cobalt, an essential component of the lithium-ion batteries found in electronics and electric vehicles, should bring prosperity to the people of resource-rich Democratic Republic of Congo. Instead, as has been the status quo for generations, growing demand for limited resources has meant little benefit for the historically troubled countrys

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13:05

OECD to G20: Crypto Tax Policies Need Global Clarity "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The global economic organization has called for agreement on new frameworks for the taxation of emerging technologies such as cryptocurrency.

13:00

Ethereum Based CryptoKitties Raises $12M From Top Investors "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

CryptoKitties, the worlds most successful blockchain game, announced it has raised $12 million in funding led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) and Union Square Ventures (USV).

CryptoKitties Raises $12M From Horowitz, Union Square

A blockchain-based game where users collect and breed digital cats was able to raise $12 million from a number of angel investors, including Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), Union Square Ventures (USV), Fred Ehrsam (Coinbase co-founder), Naval Ravikant (AngelList founder), and Mark Pincus (Zynga founder).

A huge success on the Ethereum network, the blockchain-based virtual game is breaking away from its parent company, Canada-based Axiom Zen, and being spun off as a separate venture.

The companys vision, best described as the future is meow, is an unlimited world of play, built by everyone who chooses to be a part of it.

Where ownership is real, and the things you create and discover, you can keep forever. Where games can be entire economies, unlocking mutual incentives for players and builders to extend the gaming experience.

A wide number of fat cats are onboarding the spin-off. CryptoKitties is also taking the money and support from angel investors and seed funds such: as Bill Tai (kitesurfing VC and Board Member of BitFury); William Mougayar (Founder of Token Summit); Avichal Garg (Expert at Y Combinator); CAA Ventures; Digital Currency Group; Version One; Rising Tide Fund; YesVC (a new fund started by Caterina Fake; co-founder of Flickr); Jyri Engstrom;  and Hex Capital.

The game allows users to fully own unique CryptoKitties, built on ERC-721 tokens, which cannot be replicated, taken away, or destroyed. Each one carries unique number and a 256-bit distinct genome with DNA that can be passed to offspring.

It is one of the first blockchain-based games in the world, in an attempt to deploy the technology for recreational and leisurely purposes. The growing popularity of the game was able to congest the Ethereum network in December 2017, as it reached an all-time high in transactions.

As of December 2017, Etherscan, an ethereum analytics platform, reported a sixfold increase in pending transactions on Ethereum since CryptoKitties was released the week before. 

Axiom Zen will continually release a new CryptoKitty every 15 minutes until November 2018. The rest of supply is determined by breeding of crypto-kitties. Based on their limited genomes, there is a limit of 4 billion total cats that can be bred. Users are able to put them up for sale fo...

12:44

Biotrons First Products Use Location Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Data analytics platform Biotron has developed a compelling go-to-market strategy that rewards users before they even start sharing their data through its mobile application and other tools. The business will use location intelligence to provide brands with insights into their customer base and analytics of their retail chain. In return, users get shares of the revenue before they join the platform. Once they opt-in to Biotrons mobile application and start providing their data, they will be able to cash out in BTRN tokens or cash.

Similar to many other companies we had to solve a chicken and egg problem. Without users, we cant create intelligence reports for our clients to generate revenue. And without revenue, its hard to attract users. Weve decided to license third-party datasets to power our products and well start attributing revenue to the contributing advertising ID. Once the user installs our mobile application, there will already be revenue waiting for them. In turn, well be able to collect data through these apps, says Pavol Magic, Biotrons CEO.

Licensed and collected data, such as places of interest and movement data, will be used to create user profiles, audiences, and attributed visits. Collectively, this information will be used to create intelligence reports for brands. They can include information on the customer base, performance of the retail chain, or best possible new locations. Audiences can be further used to precisely target a clients online advertising campaigns.

Revenue from the sales of these intelligence reports will be attributed to users who contributed their data even if they dont have the application installed. They will also be able to control what data is collected and how it is used, ensuring the level of transparency and privacy the user desires. Biotron will also use standard industry practices like pseudonymization to keep users information safe.

The mobile application allows users to provide ground truth data (such as their social demography), which will improve the algorithms that create user profiles and audiences, resulting in an unparalleled quality of the reports. These users will, in turn, be rewarded by higher earnings. Apart from the revenue share, Biotron will also use undistributed tokens for user acquisition and motivating users to share more data.

After location intelligence Biotron is set to tackle other use cases as well. The first one being healthcare analytics in cooperation with Diagnose.me, a leading online health platform. Solving traffic congestion will be the next challenge to follow soon after that.

This unique solution is a win-win-win scenario. Users get control over what data is collected and how it is used and in turn, they get rewarded by shares from th...

12:42

Thailands Government Battle With Crypto Enters Decisive Phase "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A look inside Thailand's battle to regulate crypto and ICO #ANALYSIS

12:00

Tether Issues Another $300m as Bitcoin Price Reverses Course "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Every time Tether prints additional USDT tokens, the Bitcoin community is in uproar. Many people perceive this company to be one of the biggest BTC price manipulators to date. Their most recent batch of 300 million USDT has not gone by unnoticed. This doesnt mean the company is doing anything wrong or illegal, though.

Tether Press in Full Effect

Over the past few months, there have been a lot of controversies surrounding Tether. The company provides users with a digital token representing a value of $1. Although there are no ties to the Federal Reserve, the company is allowed to issue this token right now. However, Bitcoin users all over the world are somewhat concerned over this particular scheme. In most peoples opinion, Tether adds a lot more USDT to the list whenever the BTC price is dropping.

With a new issuance of another 300 million USDT, a lot of questions are raised. It is the first time in over a month Tether issued more USDT tokens through OMNI. That in itself is rather interesting to keep an eye on as well. It is a pure coincidence the Bitcoin price took a nasty tumble in the same month. Even so, the speculation remains as to how this company affects the cryptocurrency market as a whole. Until proven guilty, they are doing nothing wrong or illegal.

It is also worth noting how Tether has issued nearly $1bn worth of USDT since January. This seems to indicate the demand for their token is skyrocketing. As to who buys those tokens, is a different matter altogether. It seems all UST-related markets across the many different exchanges are doing pretty well these days. With over $2.52 billion worth of USDT in circulation right now, things will get very interesting. This does not include the tokens issued on the Ethereum network, which account for nearly $60 million as well.

What Comes Next for Bitcoin?

As one would expect, people will likely see a massive Bitcoin price...

11:59

Japan Quietly Hosted a Blockchain Roundtable for Central Banks, Regulators "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Japans Financial Services Agency (FSA), the countrys financial regulator, has revealed details of a closed-doors roundtable between regulators and central banks from a number of countries as a part of a wider multilateral joint research project on blockchain technology. Central banks and financial regulators from a number of nations alongside a handful of foreign and Continued

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11:54

ivyKoin: Redefining Interbank Payments with Crypto-Technology "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Introducing ivyKoin, a newcomer to the cryptocurrency world that hopes to rival Ripple in the interbank payments space. The coin is specifically aimed at bridging the divide between banks, cryptocurrency, and customers facilitating secure and transparent business payments on a global scale.

ivyKoin will look to develop a blockchain based-cryptocurrency that will allow senders to voluntarily de-anonymize transactions. The rationale behind this feature is to make the coin palatable to banks and financial institutions bound by KYC (Know Your Customer), KYT (Know Your Transactions), and AML (Anti-Money Laundering) requirements, compliance issues that thus far have seen most turn a cold shoulder to cryptocurrencies.

According to the companys website, it is intended that the ivyKoin Network will function through the use of a dual network architecture, where senders of tokens operate on a public network (ivyKoin Public Network), and parties that provide the financial settlement to fiat currency participate on a private network (ivyKoin Private Network). KYC/KYT/AML data supporting transactions will be captured in cryptographic containers that are generated from the ivyKoin Public Network interaction with the ivyKoin Network smart contracts and support the activities of the ivyKoin Private Network participants in facilitating transaction settlement. This data will be stored and accessible to the financial institution and governing regulators of the fiat balance recipients.

To read ivyKoins white paper, please follow this link.

The platform has planned architectural improvements compared to Ripple its closest peer and a leading global Altcoin, following are some examples:

  1. Technology is designed to break KYC, KYT, and AML barriers between cryptocurrency and the traditional financial system (Ripple has no KYC, KYT, and AML included in core design).
  2. It has up to 74+ KYC and 120+ KYT data points and customer files per transaction (Ripples KYC/KYT data is not associated with cryptocurrency).
  3. It has a decentralized system of transaction validation (Ripple has a centralized system of transaction validation).
  4. The public coin economics are driven by the utility of the coin, which is on a public ledger (Ripples coin economics are not transparent; large, privately held reserves).

IvyKoin roadmap:

First Half of 2018: Token Generation Event (Q1 2018), IVYA available publicly, Test Network Live with Smart Contracts, KYC/KYT Transaction containers, ivyKoin public interface live, Establish partnerships with Financi...

11:45

Bitcoin Returns Above $9K But 'Death Cross' Still a Risk "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin's three-day winning streak is encouraging for the bulls, but a quick move above $10,500 is needed to neutralize the so-called "death cross."

11:23

What Does Trumps Ban On Venezuelan Cryptocurrency Petro Mean For Its Future? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

President Trumps ban on Venezuelas cryptocurrency Petro could hugely impact its future plans to launch yet another ICO #FOLLOW_UP

11:08

Industry Expert Tom Lee Expects all Altcoins to Surge Later This Year "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The cryptocurrency markets are still subject to immense volatility right now. Over the past few weeks, both Bitcoin and all altcoins have been battered. According to industry expert Tom Lee, the altcoins will see positive momentum very soon. In his opinion, this extended bear market is coming to a close very soon. Only time will tell whether or not he is right in this assessment, though.

Tom Lee Envisions a Bright Future

It is pretty difficult to be optimistic about cryptocurrencies right now. All markets have been on the decline since January of this year. Neither Bitcoin or altcoins have made any sort of positive impact throughout the year. For the people who have been holding since late 2017, this current trend is anything but positive. In fact, it is safe to say a lot of people effectively panic selling during the past few weeks.

Tom Lee of Fundstrat Global Advisors LLC is not too concerned. In fact, he genuinely believes altcoins will recover pretty soon. Determining if this bear market is finally over, is a very difficult, though. We have seen so much negative momentum, it is almost impossible to envision a course reversal as of right now. It will take a lot of time until we see actual all-time highs again, though. In fact, that may not happen until very late in 2018.

Even Fundstrat acknowledges the past two months have been anything but positive. With their portfolio tracker dropping in value by 75%, the bear market is still in full effect as of right now. It is not the first time altcoins go through a major bear market, though. Instead, we have seen this cycle repeat itself several times over the past few years. As such, we should be close to the massive dip the markets are going through right now.

Looking Ahead at Altcoins

When looking at the bigger picture, it is evident there is still a lot of work to be done. Right now, it seems most of the downtrend for altcoins is over. That is, assuming Tom Lee is correct in his assessment based on current and previous market data. Patterns exist merely to be broken at some point. It is possible history will not repeat itself this time around, for all we know. The companys report explains it as follows:

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11:03

Bitcoin Price Breaks $9,000 as Cryptocurrency Market Continues Climb "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The price of bitcoin, the most dominant cryptocurrency in the global market, has recovered beyond the $9,000 for the first time since March 14, exactly a week ago. Short-Term Recovery It is still quite early to determine whether bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will be able to sustain the current momentum in the upcoming weeks. While Continued

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11:03

A Blockchain Sexual Revolution: Crypto In the Adult Entertainment Industry "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Blockchain tech is revolutionizing the adult entertainment industry #PANORAMA

11:00

Exchange to Investigate Another Chinese Stock Over Blockchain Claims "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A second Chinese public firm in a week is being questioned by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange over the authenticity of its healthcare blockchain claims.

10:30

PR: Breakthrough Crypto Investment App Coinseed Launches Globally and Announces Its ICO "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Crypto Investment App Coinseed Launches ICO

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

Coinseed ICO

NYC, USA New York based fintech startup Coinseed, announced today that its app which lets users invest their spare change into crypto has now launched globally. They also announced the ICO to start on March 20th which has 15% bonus for early investors who get whitelisted.

Originally, Coinseed was founded when it became evident there was a huge audience interested in cryptocurrencies but those people found it hard to invest in crypto. They mostly wanted to invest small amounts initially to learn. Many of our app users came to us seeking a solution that makes it childs play to buy small amounts of cryptocurrency. We believe the Coinseed app delivers this seamlessly. So today were giving the whole world a chance to try what weve created said co-founder Del Davaasambuu.

The Coinseed app makes it very quick and simple to invest in most of the top cryptocurrencies. Setup takes less than five minutes to both fund an account and build a portfolio. One of the most unique features of the app is that a user is able to completely change their portfolio in seconds because there are no private keys, or digital wallets (its all held within the platform). This one feature alone extends Coinseeds potential global market significantly a market that is now downloading the app in large numbers.

The Coinseed app solves two other critical pain points for many users accessibility and security of funds. Many holders of cryptocurrency find converting crypto into physical cash challenging. Coinseed makes it incredibly easy to withdraw money. Security of funds can also be a significant issue particularly for those less...

10:19

ICOs Need Fresh Regulatory Guidelines From SEC "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Initial Coin Offerings regulated by 80-year-old Securities laws need contemporary regulations to thrive. #ANALYSIS

10:00

Jim Preissler: CEO of Trade.io Joins Zerocoin Cryptocurrency for Gambling as an Advisor "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Meet Jim Preissler ICO & Business Advisor to Zerocoin

Jim Preissler joins ZeroEdge in an advisory role, bringing his vast knowledge and experience within several key sectors, including Blockchain, TMT, Crypto, FinTech, casinos and gaming, retail, and many other fields, to bear on Zerocoin ICO. Jim is the ideal advisor to oversee our Pre-ICO and ICO stages, having recently experienced impressive success at the helm of trade.io, raising over $31 million during their ICO phase. Jim is a graduate of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and divides his time and considerable expertise (over 20 years) between business interests in the USA and Greater China.

Jim is a bona fide ICO and blockchain expert and regularly advises a wide range of enterprises on how best to utilize these new and exciting technologies, particularly zerocoin and smart contracts to achieve their goals. We believe that Jim is the right man to lead ZeroEdge through its Pre-ICO and ICO processes, lighting the way for the unprecedented success that we at ZeroEdge and zeroedge.bet, foresee for the future of the new age of 0% house edge, truly fair online gambling.

ZeroEdge.Bet Revolutionary online gambling platform with 0% house edge games

ZeroEdge is a unique concept set to revolutionize the way you gamble online. Currently, all online casino games come with a house edge, i.e. the advantage that the casino has over you, which varies between 1% to 10% or more, depending on the game. ZeroEdges solution offer games with 0% house edge and give players a completely fair chance of winning. In other words, playing at ZeroEdge.Bet is literally free, you dont have to pay anything to the casino like its with traditional online casino sites.

The most amazing part is that Zerocoin value increases as more people join the world first 0% edge gambling platform. It is all achieved by creating a closed-loop economy in which high demand for 0% games drives Zerocoins value up. This model is also known as Metcalfes law which was originally invented in 1993 and can be seen in the actual Bitcoins price growth. ZeroEdge offers a unique gambling model which potentially could revolutionize the $70 Billion gambling industry. Players wont be losing money but instead earning from the increasing Zerocoin value.

We have made a survey & asked hundreds of people about their gambling preferences & experiences.  The main finding was that 99 % of them stated that they would ch...

10:00

South Korean Financial Watchdog Touts Blockchain in Fintech Plans "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

South Korea's Financial Services Commission plans to encoureage businesses to use blockchain tech in new payment systems and more.

09:51

UK Exchange to Launch First Physically Delivered Cryptocurrency Futures Contract "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Coinfloor, a London-based group of cryptocurrency exchanges for institutional and sophisticated investors and traders, plans to launch a futures exchange for digital assets that will include the first physically delivered bitcoin futures contracts. The new exchange, CoinfloorEX, will allow miners, hedge funds, traders and sophisticated investors to unlock the financial potential of bitcoin at scale, Continued

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09:37

G20 and Cryptocurrencies: Baby Steps Towards Regulatory Recommendations "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Cryptocurrencies were up for debate at the G20 meeting and it looks like there was some ground made with a July regulatory recommendation deadline being set #IN_DEPTH

09:32

G20 Argentina Ends With No New Cryptocurrency Regulation "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

G20 Argentina Ends With No New Cryptocurrency Regulation

Nations forming the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Argentina this week issued Comunicado oficial de la primera reunin de ministros de Hacienda y presidentes de Bancos Centrales del G20, or first communication from the worlds central bankers concerning their work. The two page document is crammed with statements, and on the final page bankers seemed to table cryptocurrency regulations, while acknowledging both their potential for efficiency and inclusiveness but also tax evasion, money laundering and terrorist financing. Bankers urged the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to apply their standards to crypto-assets in order to advance global implementation.

Also read: Bitcoiners Demand More Crypto CFDs and Spread-Betting in the UK

G20 Will Tackle Crypto Regs Maana

We acknowledge that technological innovation, including that underlying crypto-assets, has the potential to improve the efficiency and inclusiveness of the financial system and the economy more broadly, G20 central bankers noted in their publication, Communiqu: Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors,19-20 March 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Crypto-assets do, however, raise issues with respect to consumer and investor protection, market integrity, tax evasion, money laundering and terrorist financing. Crypto-assets lack the key attributes...

09:00

Cardano Price Technical Analysis ADA/USD is Bullish Again "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Highlights

  • ADA price started a nice upside move and traded above the $0.2000 level against the US Dollar (tethered).
  • There is a major ascending channel forming with support at $0.2000 on the hourly chart of the ADA/USD pair (data feed via Bittrex).
  • The pair may correct a few points, but it remains supported above the $0.2000 and $0.1800 levels.

Cardano price is gaining upside momentum against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. ADA/USD is likely to remains in a bullish zone as long as it is above $0.1800

Cardano Price Trend

After a major decline, ADA price formed a decent support above $0.1500 against the US Dollar. The price started an upside move and traded above the $0.1600 and $0.1800 resistance levels. The upside move was positive as the price even traded above the $0.2000 level. It is now trading well above the $0.1800 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

It recently traded as high as $0.2172 and is facing a minor resistance. It may correct a few points with an initial support around the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $0.1751 low to $0.2172 high. There is also a major ascending channel forming with support at $0.2000 on the hourly chart of the ADA/USD pair. The channel support is around the 38.2% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $0.1751 low to $0.2172 high. Therefore, if the price corrects lower, it could find support near the $0.2000 level.

Cardano Price Technical Analysis ADA USD

Below $0.2000, the previous major resistance at $0.1800 will most likely act as a support. On the upside, the $0.2150-70 zone is a short-term hurdle. Above $0.2170, the price may break the $0.2200 level for a run towards the $0.2500 level.

Hourly MACD The MACD for ADA/USD is now placed well in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI The RSI for ADA/USD is currently well above the 60 level.

Major Support Level $0.2000

Major R...

09:00

The 'Crypto Bubble' Is About More Than Market Mania "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

This mania is incentivizing the formation of collaborative networks of developers and entrepreneurs. Their ideas will shape the economy of the future.

08:30

The Billion Dollar Question: What Next for Bitcoin? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

After its triumph last year and dramatic downfall in January many see Bitcoin as the cryptocurrencys swansong. We have particularly tender feeling towards Bitcoin because it was (and always will be) the first one to have started the crypto revolution. So, we have decided to take a closer look at it and try to understand what will follow.   

 We previously touched upon the market of altcoins, and now due respect should be paid to the cryptocurrency which started it all. Since its creation in 2009, Bitcoin has been considered as the only electronic currency the cryptocurrency. This continued up until 2016 and the growing interest in Ethereum. So, for early adopters of all things crypto, there was only Bitcoin to invest in.

Alternative cryptocurrencies, altcoins, have been just outside the interest zone of those seriously considering investing in this new type of asset. This all started to change at the very end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, when the dominant share of Bitcoin fell from 90% to around 40%.

The bitcoin pool is not bottomless is this a good thing?

Were talking about a fully decentralized system here, so obviously, theres no central bank regulation involved. Instead, bitcoins are created by the nodes of a peer-to-peer network and have a finite supply (introduced to presumably limit the effects of the inflation). At the moment, its claimed that over 80% of all the bitcoins have already been mined. And we cannot but think about what will happen to its value when there will be no bitcoins to mine anymore.

The idea of money supply regulation seems like a bright one. Its becoming harder and harder to mine bitcoins and fewer and fewer new coins will be entering the ecosystem. Thus, while governments may regularly increase their fiat money supply, which encourages inflation, bitcoin encourages the exact opposite.

What motivation do miners have after all the coins are mined?

Miners are not rewarded only by freshly-mined bitcoins. They also receive all the transaction costs that were attached to the transactions they confirmed in their block while mining. Eventually, these transaction fees should become valuable enough that miners will be encouraged to keep on mining and still get paid even when there are no new coins to mine.

CommerceBlock CEO Nicholas Gregory confirms his belief in this setup: I think bitcoin miners earn a large percentage of the money from the fees anyway, so its not really seen as a problem.

Is it sufficientl...

08:00

Bitcoin Cash Ecosystem Sees a Tidal Wave of Merchant Acceptance "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin Cash Ecosystem Sees a Tidal Wave of Merchant Acceptance

Just recently news.Bitcoin.com reported on Bitpay launching bitcoin cash (BCH) integration for the firms loadable Visa debit cards. Since then the company has implemented BCH invoice support for all of the firms vendors, and now bitcoin cash can be spent with thousands of merchants worldwide.

Also read: Some of Bitcoins Earliest Adopters Find it Difficult to Cash Out

Thousands of Merchants and Nonprofits Now Accept Bitcoin Cash

Merchant adoption has been increasing lately for the BCH ecosystem, but in one day that metric spiked considerably. Bitpay has fully integrated bitcoin cash payments for all of its vendors and merchants that utilize the companys payment processing services. Since the cryptocurrency fever swept the globe in 2017, Bitpays merchant list has grown considerably last year. This includes significant merchant growth in the U.S., South America, Asia, and Europe.

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08:00

US National Security Agency Develops System To Identify Bitcoin Users, Say Leaked Docs "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The NSA is reportedly able to identify owners of cryptocurrency wallets using a secret surveillance program called OAKSTAR. #NEWS

07:32

Switzerland Settles as the Worlds Leading ICO Hub "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The following opinion piece is an early analysis of the legal aspects of the recently released ICO guidelines. The Swiss are smart.  They have always been with money. In last 20 years, Switzerland has progressively lost its appeal as the former secret banking centre of the world.  This has dramatically changed the landscape among Swiss Continued

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07:30

TREZOR T Model Review: Is It Worth the Price Tag? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The post TREZOR T Model Review: Is It Worth the Price Tag? appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

I love reviewing hardware walletsits kind of a hobby of mine. Today I have the privilege of reviewing the latest addition, the TREZOR T model. This new device became available for preorder a few months ago, and its recently shipped out its first batch. As an avid TREZOR fan, I jumped at the opportunity to take [...]

07:30

Ripple Price Technical Analysis XRP/USD Poised for More Gains "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Highlights

  • Ripple price is moving higher and is preparing for more gains above the $0.7200 level against the US dollar.
  • There is a major bullish trend line forming with support at $0.7000 on the hourly chart of the XRP/USD pair (data source from Kraken).
  • The pair is likely to accelerate higher and it may soon test the $0.7500 level in the near term.

Ripple price is showing bullish signs against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. XRP/USD may perhaps rise further above the $0.7200 level to test the $0.7500 resistance.

Ripple Price Support

There is a positive bias forming above the $0.6500 level in Ripple price against the US Dollar. The price traded above the $0.7000 level recently and formed a high at $0.7197. Later, it started a downside move and traded below the $0.7000 support. However, the downside move was protected by the $0.6500-0.6600 support. As a result, the price moved back higher and is currently trading above $0.7000.

On the downside, there is a major bullish trend line forming with support at $0.7000 on the hourly chart of the XRP/USD pair. The pair tested the $0.7200 resistance area once again, failed and declined below 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $0.7197 high to $0.6588 low. It seems like the current price action is positive above the $0.7000 level. If the price remains above $0.7000, it could soon break the $0.7200 resistance.

Ripple Price Technical Analysis XRP USD

Above the mentioned $0.7200, the price may test the $0.7500 level in the near term. The overall technical structure is positive with supports at $0.7000 and $0.6800. The most important support on the downside is near the $0.6500 level, followed by the 100 hourly simple moving average.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD The MACD for XRP/USD is slowly moving in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) The RSI for XRP/USD is currently well above th...

07:00

Korea Telecom Announces Blockchain For Network Security "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

South Korean telecom provider KT unveiled a new system based on a blockchain security-focused network.

07:00

US Treasury Department Considers Sanctioning Cryptocurrency Addresses "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The US Treasury Department has announced it may start adding the cryptocurrency addresses of blacklisted persons to their list of sanctions as reported in the Wall Street Journal.

Treasury to Sanction Crypto addresses

Along with a white house order signed by President Donald Trump banning Americans from trading in the new Venezuelan digital currencies, the Treasury Department announced it is examining the process of also listing cryptocurrency addresses of persons suspected of using the technology for criminal purposes in order to alert the public.

The Treasury went on to advise that companies, exchanges and individuals should develop a personalized compliance program when it comes to their involvement with cryptocurrency; there is no single compliance program or solution suitable for every circumstance,

A spokesman from Treasury said that its process of adding cryptocurrency addresses to their sanctions list would be a similar process to their typical investigative work combining law enforcement agencies with public and classified information sources to find their target.

He added that the sanctions list would be used as a complement to existing tools, already in place to identify and prosecute those using digital currency to perpetuate criminal activity. The announcement comes as financial leaders of the G20 gathered in Buenos Aires are scheduled to discuss how to fight cryptocurrency based criminal activity.

Addresses are the Same as Physical Assets

Dave Murray, a former senior adviser to the undersecretary of Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence commented that using digital currency addresses may be the most reliable identifiers when tracking those who use the technology for criminal purposes.

Even though people will probably stop using an address once it has been listed, the addresses will be extremely valuable to financial institutions, said Mr. Murray, who now works for the Financial Integrity Network before adding;

They can use the addresses to build out the sanctioned persons network and potentially identify the new address that a sanctioned person is using,

Opponents argue that identifying an address used in a cryptocurrency transaction does not uncover the source of the funds. So that in many cases tracing the token to a recipient may net a facilitator or...

06:00

Ethereum Price Technical Analysis ETH/USD Could Break Higher "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Highlights

  • ETH price gained traction recently and moved above the $560 level against the US Dollar.
  • There is a new connecting bullish trend line forming with support at $550 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken).
  • The pair must break the $570 level to gain upside momentum above or towards $600 in the near term.

Ethereum price is slowly moving higher against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. ETH/USD must break the $570 hurdle for more gains, with support at $550.

Ethereum Price Upside Hurdle

There was a positive price action in ETH price above the $500 level against the US Dollar. The price succeeded in moving above the $540 resistance level, which opened the doors for more gains. It also succeeded in moving above the 61.8% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $610 high to $437 swing low. More importantly, there was a slight break above the $560 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

At the moment, the price is struggling to break the $570 level, which was a support earlier. A successful close above the mentioned $570 level is needed for buyers to gain momentum. On the downside, there is a new connecting bullish trend line forming with support at $550 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD. Below the trend line, the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $437 low to $570 high is at $538 to act as a support. The price must stay above the $538 level if it has to break $570.

Ethereum Price Technical Analysis ETH USD

Below $538, the price may test the 50% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $437 low to $570 high at $504. The overall price action is positive and there are chances of ETH breaking the $570 level.

Hourly MACD The MACD is slowing losing momentum in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI The RSI is well above the 50 level.

Major Support Level $538

Major Resistance Level $570

 

Charts cour...

06:00

Snowden Document Reveals NSA Program to Track Bitcoin Users "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

As if torn from the subplot of a Hollywood spy thriller, Edward Snowden papers prove that the NSA has been monitoring Bitcoin users around the world for years. What is more, they may have used information in illegal prosecutions.

Snowden Leak Exposes NSA Tapping Program

The Intercept is reporting that a classified document leaked by Edward Snowden dated March 2013 contains detailed descriptions of National Security Agency operations that were used to track down and identify cryptocurrency users. Excerpts of the report reveal that the top-secret program code-named Oakstar was primarily initiated to monitor the flow of money between terrorist organizations.

The NSA specifically targeted Bitcoin users through a subprogram of Oakstar called MONEYROCKET. Advertised in 2012 on the web as a non-Western Internet anonymization service. MONEYROCKET targeted users mostly in the Middle East, Asia and some parts of Eastern Europe.

The program worked as a dupe to lure users into using it, thinking they were gaining a deeper level of anonymity when actually it allowed the NSA to tap directly into user data and browsing history.

By gaining access to users systems they were able to collect passwords, user sessions and media access control addresses which gave them personal information such as IP addresses and billing details. The agency was set on making connections between their Bitcoin targets and the data they processed.

The NSA document reveals details of how MONEYROCKET worked in Europe by tapping into fiber-optic lines and siphoning information directly to their European Technical Center in Wiesbaden, Germany, and also how there were corporate partnerships in the US. Meetings in Northern Virginia between telecom partners and NSA affiliated agents are detailed in the document. Though Bitcoin wasnt the only target of the program, it also sought out now-defunct Liberty Reserve, it was the main focus.

Program May Have Been Used to Gather Evidence Illegally

Intercept speculates that this program may have been fundamental to the FBIs evidence against SilkRoad operator Ross Ulbricht. Part of Ulbrichts defense during his trial for money laundering was that the FBI must have obtained some of the evidence against him illegally.

The leaked documents make no specific reference to Ulbricht but they do show that MONEYROCKET was targeting Bitcoin users about six months before he was arrested. This is a ma...

05:15

How Much Should a Blockchain Cost? The Compelling Case for Higher Fees "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

While many think crypto transaction fees should be pushed lower, these researchers believe users could be paying more.

05:08

Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis BCH/USD Showing Positive Signs "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Points

  • Bitcoin cash price is moving higher and it broke the $975 resistance against the US Dollar.
  • There was a break above a crucial bearish trend line with resistance at $975 on the hourly chart of the BCH/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair is currently trading just above the $1,050 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

Bitcoin cash price is showing positive signs against the US Dollar. BCH/USD could rise further if it stays above the $1,000 support level.

Bitcoin Cash Price Upside Move

There was a fresh upside wave initiated from the $841 swing low in bitcoin cash price against the US Dollar. The price moved higher and succeeded in breaking a major resistance at $925. It also made an upside move above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $1,299 high to $841 low. It opened the doors for more gains and the price gained traction above $1,000.

More importantly, there was a break above a crucial bearish trend line with resistance at $975 on the hourly chart of the BCH/USD pair. Later, the pair succeeded in surpassing the $1,050 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average. However, it is currently facing resistance near the 50% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $1,299 high to $841 low. On the upside, the next major resistance is around the $1,140 level, which was a support earlier.

Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis BCH USD

On the downside, the price has to stay above the $1,000 level and the 100 hourly SMA. Should the price fails to stay above $1,000, it could move back in a bearish zone. The overall price action is positive as long as the price is above $1,000.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD The MACD for BCH/USD is gaining pace in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) The RSI for BCH/USD is currently well above the 55 level.

Major Support Level ...

05:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

1.00 AUD = 0.00009 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.15 AUD
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Bitcoin and United States Dollar "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

0.00010 BTC = 0.90 USD
1.00 USD = 0.00011 BTC
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Snowden Documents Expose How the NSA Worked to Track Bitcoin Users "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A new report from The Intercept reveals that the National Security Agency has been able to track users of the popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin since at least 2013. The revelation is detailed in newly released classified documented obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden and provided to the The Intercept. The documents show the agency accessing the fiber-optic cables which allow internet traffic to travel around the world in order to gain access to private information of bitcoin users.

US bans use of Venezuelas oil-backed cryptocurrency as a scam supporting dictatorship "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A new war of words has broken out between Washington and Caracas after President Donald Trump banned the use of the oil-backed cryptocurrency launched by Venezuela in a bid to undermine the dominance of the petro-dollar.

04:55

New Tools Help Crypto Traders Make Smarter Decisions "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

New Tools Help Crypto Traders Make Smarter Decisions

If knowledge is power, todays traders are stronger than theyve ever been. The range and function of analytical tools is improving by the day, presenting investors with a smorgasbord of options. Sites such as Onchainfx are continually adding new features, empowering traders to make more informed decisions based on more data sets.

Also read: 8 Alternatives to Coinmarketcap

Todays Investors Have an Enviable Suite of Analytic Tools

From technical analysis to fundamental analysis, the best traders leave no stone unturned in their quest to find hidden gems. Low market cap coins with a solid development team; tokenized projects with the potential to 10x; altcoins that have been unfairly pummeled and are due for a rebound. All this, and much more, can now be gleaned in little more than a few clicks. Theres no need to connect to APIs and painstakingly perfect spreadsheet formulas, for the best online toolkits do it all.

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04:51

Bitcoin Price Technical Analysis for 03/21/2018 More Bullish Confirmation "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin Price Key Highlights

  • Bitcoin price appears to have broken past a complex inverse head and shoulders pattern.
  • This adds to the recent bullish signals being seen on the short-term time frames.
  • Price has also broken past the descending trend line and moving averages, which appear to be making a bullish crossover.

Bitcoin price is showing one short-term bullish signal after another, and this momentum could continue to build up as it breaks more upside barriers.

Technical Indicators Signals

The 100 SMA is still below the longer-term 200 SMA on the 1-hour time frame to signal that the path of least resistance is to the downside. However, the gap has narrowed significantly to signal a potential upward crossover and a reversal.

Note that bitcoin price has previously broken past a descending trend line and the moving averages dynamic inflection points. It has also moved past the neckline of an inverse head and shoulders formation, which is a classic reversal pattern.

The chart pattern spans $7200 to $9200, which suggests that the resulting uptrend could be of the same height. However, stochastic is heading south from overbought levels so bitcoin price might follow suit. RSI is also turning down from the overbought region to indicate a return in selling pressure.

In that case, bitcoin price might still have a quick pullback up its sleeve before gaining traction on the climb. Nearby support levels are located around $8500, $8000 and at the bottom of the downtrend around $7200. A move below these levels could indicate that the longer-term drop is resuming.

On the other hand, sustained bullish momentum could take bitcoin price up to the next major area of interest around $10,000. A move past this area could lead to a test of the key $12,000 level.

So far, there have been no negative reports from the G20 Summit when it comes to cryptocurrencies. World leaders have agreed to take a closer look at this industry but stopped short of making a strong push for tighter oversight.

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04:48

Asian Altcoin Trading Roundup: Top Cryptocurrency is Tron "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

FOMO Moments

The recovery has continued into its third day and markets have remained green during this mornings Asian trading session. Bitcoin has put another 4.7% on and is trading just over $9,000 which has pulled many of the altcoins back up again. A couple of them are in the red by a percentage or two but most are showing positive gain. One leading the way at the moment is Tron.

Coinmarketcap reports that TRX is up 17% this morning, trading at $0.039 from $0.034 24 hours ago. This does not sound a lot but percentage gain wise it makes it todays top performing altcoin. Tron has had a rough ride this year, falling 85% from its pump to $0.26 in early January to current levels. Over the week TRX has shown gains of 11% however over the month it is down 13%. In satoshi levels it is up 11% on the day at 453 sats, a similar gain can be seen looking at the monthly chart. This time last month TRX traded at 390 satoshis and has been in a down trend since its two peaks in January.

Tron has had a tough time on social media with commentators deriding founder Justin Sun for his constant partnership announcements. The entertainments based cryptocurrency has made a number of partnerships but none large enough to spur the level of fomo it had at the beginning of the year. Current interest has come as the countdown to the Tron testnet diminishes and Sun and Co are actively pumping it on Twitter. The testnet is due to launch on March 31, it will remove the dependency on Ethereum and opens doors to larger markets. The developers and community are excited about the testnet launch which precedes the mainnet launched planned for the end of May.

TRX is traded predominantly on Binance which has 56% of the total volume. In the past 24 hours $258 million has been traded in Tron, its market capacity is $2.5 billion and it is ranked at 16th. If the testnet is successful and more partnerships follow prices could start to recover faster.

Other altcoins with double digit growth during the Asian trading session include Cardano, Iota, Nano, Icon, and Verge.

More on Tron can be found here: https://tron.network/

FOMO Moments is a section that takes a daily look at the top 25 altc...

04:40

Snowden Leak Suggests NSA Is Extensively Tracking Bitcoin Users "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The U.S. National Security Agency is reportedly aiming to track down users behind the bitcoin blockchain.

02:40

ABA to IRS: Create Safe Harbor for Forked Cryptos "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The American Bar Association Section of Taxation issued some advice to the IRS regarding the taxation of cryptocurrency produced by hard forks.

02:39

New York Bitcoin Miners Charged Higher Electricity Rates "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has ruled that upstate power companies can charge bitcoin miners higher electricity rates who may be trying to take advantage of the states cheap electricity supply.

Power Up

Last week, it was reported that Plattsburgh city in upstate New York had imposed a temporary 18-month bitcoin mining ban, becoming the first city to do so. First proposed earlier this month by the citys mayor, Colin Read, it was unanimously voted on permitting the city to curb miners from using all of Plattsburghs cheap electricity.

In a report from the New York Times in February, Read explained that bitcoin mining had taken 10 percent of the citys fixed electricity supply in January and February. As a result, residents were complaining that their bills had risen by $100 or $200.

Now, the new ruling is taking things one step further, the PSC is attempting to level the playing field by ensuring that residents arent faced with unnecessarily high electricity rates while still encouraging mining operations to build their companies in New York.

We must ensure business customers pay an appropriate price for the electricity they use, said John B. Rhodes, Commission chair. This is especially true in small communities with finite amounts of low-cost power available. If we hadnt acted, existing residential and commercial customers in upstate communities served by a municipal power authority would see sharp increases in their utility bills.

Prior to the ruling, the New York Municipal Power Agency (NYMPA), an association that has 36 municipal power authorities ranging in size from 1.5 mWh to 122 mWh, approached the Commission with their concerns regarding bitcoin mining operations and the impact it was having on local power supplies.

The PSC determined that due to the intense amount of electricity needed to power the computers efforts, bitcoin mining companies were using thousands of times more electricity than an average residential customer would use. It went on to add that while a large amount of electricity usage may go unnoticed in more built-up cities, in smaller communities that wasnt possible.

The new ruling means that municipal power authorities will be able to create a new tariff for high-density load customers who have a maximum demand that exceeds 300 kWh and a load density that is far great...

02:32

Russia: State Duma Considers Law On Digital Financial Assets, Echoes US Regulations "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The State Duma of Russia is considering a bill On Digital Financial Assets, echoing KYC requirements of US crypto exchanges #NEWS

02:05

Hardware Wallet Demand in South Korea Grows Exponentially "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Hardware Wallet Demand in South Korea Grows Exponentially

According to local reports in South Korea, demand for hardware wallets is increasing exponentially. The demand has stemmed from attempted hacks last year against domestic trading platforms like Upbit and Bithumb.

Also read: Lawsuit Challenges Googles Ban on Crypto Ads in Russia

Regional Reports Detail South Korean Hardware Wallet Demand is Rising

South Korean cryptocurrency traders want to keep their digital assets safer after a few scares from local exchanges in 2017. The cryptocurrency trading platform Upbit, and Bithumb were both targeted last year with attempts at breaching the firms hot wallets. Further, the recent Coincheck exchange hack in Japan has frightened South Koreans as well, which has bolstered more individuals to get their hands on some form of cold storage.

Many cryptocurrency enthusiasts worldwide use cold storage devices like Trezor, Ledger, Bitbox, and Keepkey. However, South Koreans also have a few local choices to choose from when it comes to hardware wallets and more in the near future. The cold storage hardware producers selling products in South Korea or plan to launch this year include Key Fair, Penta Security, Coldwelt, and K-Sine.

Two Local Choices

Key Fairs...

01:40

Chinas Crypto Innovators Not Fazed By Bans Or Strict Regulations, See Promising Future "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Chinas various bans on crypto arent keeping these two innovators from focusing their Blockchain projects on the Chinese market #INTERVIEW

01:12

We Need an International Discussion on Cryptocurrencies: OECDs Medcraft "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Greg Medcraft, Director of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD, recently revealed that he believes we need an international discussion on cryptocurrencies, and that blockchain technology will propel the next revolution. During an interview on the sidelines of G20 with Brazilian news outlet Criptomoedas Fcil, Medcraft revealed that there are several Continued

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00:25

Survey Says 8% of the American Population Now Own Cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Survey Says 8% of the American Population Now Own Cryptocurrency

A new survey of Americans has discovered that the cryptocurrency community still has a long way to go to in order to simplify the technology or to reach out and educate more people in the United States, especially among women and older folks.

Also Read: Mainstream Media Reports of Blockchain Elections in Sierra Leone Are All Fake News

Todays Bitcoin Buyers Are Still Early Adopters

Survey Says 8% of the American Population Now Own CryptocurrencyPersonal finance comparisons portal Finder recently commissioned a survey of 2,001 American adults to help map out the cryptocurrency landscape in the US. It found that 7.95% of the population has invested in a cryptocurrency, leaving much room for adoption to grow among the vast majority of Americans. And among the 92.05% of didnt buy any cryptocurre...

00:25

Bitcoin Price Breaks $9,000, Doesnt Stay For Long "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin breaches 9k barrier, but not for long. At press time is trading in high 8ks. #NEWS

Tuesday, 20 March

23:34

The NSA Has Been Tracking Bitcoin Users, Snowden Papers Reveals "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Not to be mistaken for another Jason Bourne thriller, the Edward Snowden papers show a US government/bitcoin connection. The Intercept is reporting classified documents leaked by Snowden prove that the US National Security Agency (NSA) in fact was keeping tabs on bitcoin users globally, as evidenced by a report thats surfaced from March 2013. The timing Continued

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23:18

Volumes on Most Major Cryptocurrency Exchanges Are Fake or Inflated: Study "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Research has shown that most major cryptocurrency-only exchanges have significantly low liquidity, allowing price manipulation. #ANALYSIS

22:55

15-Year-Old Security Researcher Shares Ledger Wallet Exploit "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

15-Year-Old Security Researcher Publishes Ledger Wallet Exploit

Hardware wallet manufacturer Ledger has published a firmware update to remedy several security flaws. The exploits were independently found by a trio of white hat security researchers, one of whom, Saleem Rashid, is a 15-year-old British boy. The attack vector he discovered is hardware based, and is not limited to Ledger devices, making it difficult to mitigate altogether via software alone.

Also read: Ledger Addresses Man in the Middle Attack That Threatens Millions of Hardware Wallets

Ledger at Loggerheads with Security Researcher Who Found Flaw

On March 20, Ledger released an update to its firmware, 1.4.1, accompanied by a blog post that promised a deep dive into security fixes. It began: Following a transparent and responsible disclosure process, we are giving a full detailed assessment of the fixed attack vectors that the Firmware 1.4 patches, which were initially reported by three security researchers. As the publication of these technical details might elevate the threat level of non-patched devices, we strongly encourage our users to update their firmware.

It is the exploit discovered by Saleem Rashid thats gathered the most attention, both on account of his tender age, and h...

22:47

Could Indecent Images on the Blockchain Spell the Demise of Bitcoin? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A team of German blockchain researchers have discovered images of child abuse on the Bitcoin blockchain. Since many network participants need to download a copy of the entire blockchain and it is entirely immutable, the legal implications of this might be damning for the worlds most popular cryptocurrency.

Indecent Content on the Blockchain Could Render it Illegal

The Bitcoin blockchain is a record of every transaction that has ever occurred on the network. One of its major value propositions is that it cannot be changed or amended by any party.

Other data can also be stored on the blockchain. Typically, this includes notes about certain transaction perhaps what the payment was used for or other trivial information. As well as this harmless data, files and links can be uploaded to the blockchain. Unfortunately, it appears that some users have been using it to record highly illegal data. This includes indecent images of children.

The discovery was made by blockchain specialists at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany. They managed to find over 1,600 files that exist on the Bitcoin blockchain. According to reports in The Guardian, at least eight of these were of sexual content. One of these examples is thought to be depicting a victim of child abuse. Another two contain links to dark web repositories of child pornography. Finally, 142 of files link to other illegal services on the dark web.

This poses a very real issue for Bitcoin. Since miners and validation nodes need to store the entire blockchain on their computer systems, they are essentially in possession of illegal content. In a recent paper, the researchers explained the implications that the storage of such content on the blockchain could pose for Bitcoin in the future:

Although court rulings do not yet exist, legislative texts from countries such as Germany, the UK, or the USA suggest that illegal content such as [child abuse imagery] can make the blockchain illegal to possess for all users.

The idea of storing harmful material on the blockchain isnt new. Back in 2015, a group of internet security specialists identified the risk of harmful software being uploaded to the Bitcoin blockchain. The fear then was that those downloading the chain would also install malware that could then be used to weaken the security of centralised entities such as cryptocurrency exchanges.

However, the research reported today does represent the first proof that the blockchain is being used in su...

22:28

Morgan Stanley predicts bitcoin collapse, compares it to the dot-com bubble "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

American banking giant Morgan Stanley has predicted a dire end to the bitcoin phenomenon, comparing it to the tech bubble of 2000. But this time, according to the bank, events will escalate much faster. Some 18 years ago, the Nasdaq rallied 250 to 280 percent in its most "exuberant" periods ahead of bear markets, just like cryptocurrency market does, Morgan Stanley said in a note to its clients. "Just that the bitcoin rally was around 15 times the speed," said Sheena Shah, strategist at Morgan Stanley, as quoted by CNBC. Since emerging in 2009, bitcoin has seen five bear markets with price drops of between 28 and 92 percent. In the most recent fall, bitcoin lost nearly 70 percent in value since the December peak of $20,000.

22:10

NEO, EOS, LTC, IOTA, Lumens: Technical Analysis March 21, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

It was our expectation that altcoin prices: NEO, LTC, IOTA, EOS and Stellar Lumens will continue edging higher as the market gets a reliever.

But really, will the new realization by the G20 that cryptocurrencies doesnt pose a systemic risk to the establishment continue buoying prices? Well, thats a question everyone else is asking and we shall see how prices react to that in the coming days.

Lets have a look at these charts:

XLM/USD (Stellar Lumens)

Lumens Technical AnalysisXLM/USD Bittrex Daily Chart for March 21, 2018

After cryptocurrencies and blockchain endorsement, Stellar Lumens prices are still on their way up. In the 4HR chart, early buyers got in at a bargain while those who did yesterday traded a middle BB bullish break out with favorable entries during pull backs.

If you want to have a clear trajectory on price action, the daily chart provides a clear picture. The daily charts middle BB is our immediate resistance line and a probable zone where prices might resume their bear trend as the weekly chart shows.

Either way, if that happens or not, this weeks price action is obviously definitive for this coin. At the moment though, bulls can look for long opportunities in lower time frames with targets at $0.40 on the upper edge.

IOT/USD (IOTA)

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