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Sunday, 18 February

00:21

Crypto Trading in 2018: New Strategies, Bigger Crowds and Diminishing Returns "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Crypto Trading in 2018: New Strategies, Bigger Crowds and Diminishing Returns

The cryptocurrency landscape has changed significantly over the past 12 months. Gone are the guaranteed returns of 5x, 10x or greater on ICOs, as a growing number of investors clamor for a piece of the pie. New coins, new forks, and new airdrops have created a competitive marketplace characterized by diminishing returns and reduced profits. The best traders are still able to claim the lions share of the rewards though, leaving the rest to fight it out for the scraps.

Also read: Telegram Followers The New Metric for Cryptocurrency Success

Welcome to 2018, Where 20% Is the New 20x

Crypto Trading in 2018: New Strategies, Bigger Crowds and Diminishing ReturnsUp until last year, the best performing ICOs could be expected to net investors an easy 10x profit by flipping tokens the moment they were listed on an exchange. 2017s best performers include Spectrecoin, which has provided a 2,143x return on its token price, Qtum (106x) and Neblio (103x). 2018s best performer, Bluzelle, in comparison, has managed a mere 5x on its ICO price to date. Thats still a healthy profit admittedly, especially when compared to the sort of single digit gains to be enjoyed in traditional asset markets. But...

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Saturday, 17 February

21:59

Ethereum Founder Buterin: Traditional Assets Are Safest Bet for Life Savings "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Blockchain veteran Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of the Ethereum network behind No. 2 cryptocurrency by market cap ETH, is a realist. While last year may have put cryptocurrencies on the map, Buterin brings up the risk/reward profile. He doesnt want investors to have false illusions about pie-in-the-sky returns without identifying any of the risks. Meanwhile, the ETH price has Continued

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20:35

ICO Craze Lures Australian Investors "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

ICO Craze Lures Australian Investors

The hype surrounding the profit-potential associated with initial coin offerings (ICOs) is continuing to attract participation from Australian investors. Despite the potential to incur fast losses just as easily as fast profits, many Australians appear to be dabbling with casual cryptocurrency investment.

Also Read: US Regulator Warns Against Pump-and-Dumps and Advises How to Buy Crypto

Australian Investors Seek ICO Exposure

ICO Craze Lures Australian InvestorsInitial Coin Offerings are attracting investment from ordinary Australians, with a recent report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation describing the experiences of many investors actively trading the ICO markets.

Warren Stokes, a 58-year-old casual crypto investor, recounts being in...

20:31

Swiss Financial Authority Releases ICO-Specific Regulatory Guidelines "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Swiss financial regulator releases ICO regulation guidelines designed to support Blockchain in the country #NEWS

19:30

PR: Hybrid Blockchain XinFin ICO Enters Second Week, Announces Institutional Partnerships "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Hybrid Blockchain XinFin ICO

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XinFins Hybrid Blockchain ICO was announced last week after launching minimum viable products and ongoing pilot projects with several institutions. The utility coin XDCE offering enters second week.

XinFin, the first of its kind Hybrid blockchain platform is entering into the second week of its ICO for its utility coin XDCE. XDCE is an ERC 20 token that is also 1:1 swappable with the XDC that has utility in hosting masternodes as well as to be used on tradefinex.org platform for Global Trade and Finance beta platform.

Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-tHZkV6zAs
Telegram : https://t.me/xinfintalk
Token Sale Page : www.xinfin.io
Main Website : www.xinfin.org

XinFin XDC Masternodes can float tokenized or non-tokenized private subnetworks which can be used by banks, utility companies, communities or enterprises for blockchain enabling and tokenizing their assets. XinFin network is a peer to peer contract platform running on stake based DPOS consensus which can use existing approved payment channels or use XDC as a settlement layer only through approved financial institutions. The architecture makes XinFin fully compliant with laws of the land. said Karan Bharadwaj, CTO of XinFin.

TradeFinex.org Platform is the first app launched on the XinFins hybrid blockchain platform aimed at bridging the $27 trillion infrastructure deficit globally. It is connecting buyers, suppliers and financiers through its trusted network of trade associations, financial institutions, policy makers and regulators. he added.

XinFin launched the tradefinex platform at second peer to peer Digit...

19:12

Solve This Videogames Mind-Blowing Test, Get a Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Beat the game, win a Bitcoin. Simple, right? Thats the premise of MonteCrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma, a PC game scheduled for release next week. The mysterious game, the latest in a long tradition of public treasure hunts, offers players the opportunity to achieve a lucrative payday if they can solve the games two dozen Continued

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19:00

Bitfinex Plans Launch of Decentralized Exchange Eosfinex "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitfinex has announced that it will launch a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange built on the Eos.io platform. The new platform, Eosfinex, will be the first exchange to be hosted using Eos.ios decentralized application infrastructure.

Also Read: EOS Raises $700M Despite Token Affording No Rights, Uses, Purpose, or Features

Bitfinex Partners With Eos to Develop Eosfinex

Bitfinex Plans Launch of Decentralized Exchange, EosfinexBitfinex claims that Eosfinex will offer a fast, transparent and trustless platform for the trading of digital assets through Eosfinex, which is to be the first decentralized exchange built using Eos.ios protocol.

J.L.Van Der Velde, the chief executive officer of Bitfinex, stated: We are excited to leverage EOS.io to further advance the field of high performance and trustless on-chain exchange. Block.one continues to display an unwavering dedication to improving blockchain scalability through the EOS.IO platform and it is our hope that this collaboratio...

18:45

Bitcoin Mining Facility Interferes With T-Mobiles LTE Network Verifying Payments "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revealed in an official notification of harmful interference document that a bitcoin mining facility based in Brooklyn, New York interfered with T-Mobiles LTE network by sending harmful radio emissions to the telecoms 700 MHz band. Antminer Interferes With LTE Network The FCC noted in an document published on February 15 Continued

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18:35

Under The Gun: Cryptocurrencies Clobbered "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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2017 was historical for cryptocurrencies in fact, I believe many will talk about it being the best year for the sector, but they would be wrong. The term If You Cant Swing, Dont Ring is a Latin expression. Apart from the fact that Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner, inscribed it on the original Chicago mansion []

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17:53

Total Crypto Market Cap Back Over $500 Bln, Bitcoin Pushes $11K "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Total crypto market cap back over $500 bln, BTC, ETH prices also rising #NEWS

17:42

Are Cryptocurrencies Ruining The Search For Alien Life? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Are cryptocurrencies ruining the search for alien life? According to a handful of scientists, the answer is yes.

Dan Werthimer, chief scientists at the Berkeley Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) told the BBC: Wed like to use the latest GPUs [graphics processing units] and we cant get em. The reason why? Bitcoin mining.

GPUs are chips that are designed to process images, video and animations for the computer screen. They are increasingly being employed for non-graphic tasks that involve a lot of repetitive computing such as mining for cryptocurrencies or listening out for alien signals.

At Seti we want to look at as many frequency channels as we possibly can because we dont know what frequency ET will be broadcasting on and we want to look for lots of different signal types is it AM or FM, what communication are they using? said Werthimer.

As you might imagine, Setis process takes up a lot of computing power. At Berkeley alone, there are approximately 100 GPUs sorting through various radio frequencies that are pa...

17:01

Cryptocurrency Trader Loses $603,000 in Margin Trading, Steals $2 Million "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Earlier today, it was revealed that 24-year-old trader Joseph Kim, who worked for a Chicago based firm Consolidated Trading, allegedly stole $2 million to cover losses he made in margin trading and personal investments in the cryptocurrency market. Over $600,000 Lost Due to Greed According to the criminal complaint obtained by Bloomberg, Kim illegally transferred Continued

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17:00

Wendy McElroy: Privacy Prevents Violence and Crime "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

(Crypto) Privacy Prevents Violence and Crime

The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations.
Section 2 : The Moral Imperative of Privacy
Chapter 6: Privacy is a Prerequisite of Human Rights
by Wendy McElroy

(Crypto) Privacy Prevents Violence and Crime (Chapter 6, Segment 1)

Unlike the communities traditionally associated with the word anarchy, in a crypto-anarchy the government is not temporarily destroyed but permanently forbidden and permanently unnecessary. Its a community where the threat of violence is impotent because violence is impossible, and violence is impossible because its participants cannot be linked to their true names or physical locations.

Wei Dai

A February 6, 2018 headline in Reason magazine warned, Governments Hate Bitcoin and Cash for the Same Reason: They Protect Peoples Privacy. The ensuing article spun off a quote from U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, One of the things we will be working very closely with the G-20 on is making sure that this doesnt become the Swiss numbered bank accounts. Mnuchin rejects decentralized crypto as payment, investment, or savings systems because it cannot be easily tracked by government.

Privacy is the battleground upon which cryptocurrency will ultimately rise or fall.  The engine of crypto, the blockchain, is founded on the premise of anonymity or pseudonymity. The blockchain was spe...

16:07

Game Developer Atari Unveils Blockchain-Fueled Dual-Cryptocurrency Gaming Reboot "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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The video game console for hits like eighties favorite Pac-Man is readying a pair of digital tokens, which is likely to rack up points with investors.  The Atari Group revealed a two-pronged initiative for which it has inked a couple of partnerships involving not one but two cryptocurrencies. Atari is the latest in what appears Continued

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15:36

Visa, Worldpay Take Blame For Duplicate Charges On Coinbase, Reverse Transactions "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Visa and Worldpay admit fault for accidently charging Coinbase users multiple times for one transaction #NEWS

15:27

Emotion vs Reason, Round 1: Historical Technology Hypes "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Emotion vs Reason Im sure most decisions you make are based on numbers rather than intuition or perception.  However, some are clearly misinformed. Not because you did not search thoroughly, or because you couldnt find enough data. Rather, theres something increasingly more difficult to analyse than numbers and facts: peoples feelings towards an event. disclaimer: Continued

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15:25

Keiser Report: JP Morgans Bitcoin Bible a plea for help? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Keiser Report: JP Morgans Bitcoin Bible a plea for help? Video RT In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss JP Morgans Bitcoin Bible as a plea for help from central banks to protect their...

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15:12

Swiss Financial Regulators Publish Pretty Reasonable ICO Guidelines "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

FINMA, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, yesterday published guidelines explaining to organisers and investors how existing financial legislation would be applied to initial coin offerings. The document also details the criteria by which the regulator will judge each fundraising effort. The aim is to dispel uncertainty in the space and should allow investors and organisers alike to act with greater confidence.

A press release accompanying the document stated that FINMA felt the clarity the official guidelines would provide were important given the dynamic market and the high level of demand.

Amidst the guidance, the Swiss regulators state that each ICO will be judged independently. There will be no catch-all regulation. They admit that financial market law and regulation are not applicable to all ICOs. Therefore the Swiss agency will consider the manner in which the tokens issued will be used when deciding which existing legislation should govern a coin offering.

They define tokens in three ways: Payment tokens, utility tokens, and asset tokens.

Payment tokens have no other purpose other than to provide a means of payment. They do not interact with specific applications in any unique way. For the purposes of regulation, they must comply with existing anti-money laundering legislation. They will not be treated as securities.

Utility tokens are intended to provide access to an application or service. There will be no regulation of these tokens. However, it seems unlikely that many pure utility tokens will exist.

Asset tokens are more like securities. As such, they fall under securities legislation. They represent assets in a more traditional sense. If a token provides dividends, its an asset token. Likewise, if it represents shares in a particular company. Asset tokens will also fall under civil law requirements. In Switzerland, this is covered by the Swiss Code of Obligations.

FINMA clearly state that hybrid tokens can also exist. From the above guidelines, it appears that most of the existing tokens issued by ICO will fall under more than one of the classifications.

They go on to state that they acknowledge the revolutionary potential of the technology behind ICOs and cryptocurrencies and state that they are participating in the federal governments Blockchain/ICO Working Group. Finally, they reiterate their warning to investors about the highly volatile nature of the space.

The regulation seems to have been well received in the cryptocurrency community...

14:36

The World Needs a New Kind of Currency, Bitcoin: Investor Tim Draper "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Tim Draper, the founder of venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, says the world needs a new kind of currency. Speaking from Stanford, California, Draper, an early investor in Bitcoin and a victim of the infamous 2014 Mt. Gox hack, spoke to Bloomberg TV of his confidence in cryptocurrencies. Draper lost around 40,000 Bitcoins in Continued

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14:34

Durov Brothers File Telegram And TON With SEC, Report $850 Million Already Raised "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The creators of Telegram filed a notice of exemption with the SEC stating that $850 mln has already been raised for Telegram and their TON platform #NEWS

13:36

XinFin ICO Enters Second Week, Announces Institutional Partnership "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

XinFins Hybrid Blockchain ICO was announced last week after launching minimum viable products and ongoing pilot projects with several institutions. The utility coin XDCE offering has now entered its second week.

XinFin, the first of its kind Hybrid blockchain platform is entering into the second week of the ICO for its utility coin XDCE. XDCE is an ERC 20 token that is also 1:1 swappable with the XDC that has utility in hosting masternodes as well as to be used on tradefinex.org platform for Global Trade and Finance beta platform.

XinFin XDC Masternodes can float tokenized or non-tokenized private subnetworks which can be used by banks, utility companies, communities or enterprises for blockchain enabling and tokenizing their assets. XinFin network is a peer to peer contract platform running on stake based DPOS consensus which can use existing approved payment channels or use XDC as a settlement layer only through approved financial institutions. The architecture makes XinFin fully compliant with laws of the land. said Karan Bharadwaj, CTO of XinFin.

TradeFinex.org Platform is the first app launched on the XinFins hybrid blockchain platform aimed at bridging the $27 trillion infrastructure deficit globally. It is connecting buyers, suppliers, and financiers through its trusted network of trade associations, financial institutions, policymakers, and regulators, he added.

XinFin launched the TradeFinex platform at second peer to peer Digital Asset summit organized by Assocham in India and extended the platform to over 450,000 enterprise members of Assocham. Amongst its institutional tie-ups are Global Youth Economic Summit by NM College group that extends the XinFin platform to over 35,000 students of various affiliated colleges. Singapore based Ramco Labs also announced to build hybrid blockchain solutions with XinFin on its XDC01 protocol for global supply chain finance. The upcoming major global expansion includes Canada and Sri Lanka to be announced in the coming weeks.

More information about XinFin is available on the platforms official website: www.xinfin.org. The XinFin token sale is available at www.xinfin.io. The platform also has an active community on Telegram, Twitter, and Slack. To participate in the Slack community, interested participants can find the invite here.

 

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13:00

Number of Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds Rises to 226 Globally "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Number of Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds Rises to 226 Globally

The number of global cryptocurrency hedge funds has reached a record high of 226, according to research firm Autonomous Next. The hedge funds tracked by leading hedge fund database provider Eurekahedge show a return of 1,477.85 percent in 2017 on average.

Also read: Japans DMM Bitcoin Exchange Opens for Business With 7 Cryptocurrencies

226 Crypto Hedge Funds

Number of Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds Rises to 226 GloballyAccording to Autonomous Next, the London-based fintech practice of Autonomous Research, the number of hedge funds focused on trading cryptocurrencies more than doubled in the past four months. Reuters reported:

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12:32

Cryptocurrency Market Recovers to $500 Billion as Bitcoin, Ethereum Record Gains "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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For the first time in February, the cryptocurrency market has recovered to $500 billion, as most major cryptocurrencies including bitcoin and Ethereum recorded large gains in the past two days. Within the past 24 hours, bitcoin recorded a price increase 9 percent, rising from $10,030 to $10,850. Premiums in the South Korean cryptocurrency market have Continued

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12:15

Special Edition A Must-Read Crypto Alert "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Special Edition A Must-Read Crypto Alert by Rich Jacobs Daily Reckoning Im liking what I see from the crypto markets lately. It may sound foolish or dangerous to say this, but hear me out. If you look at...

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12:00

In 10 Years We Won't Have Blockchains "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Instead, we may have something that does what a blockchain does, only faster, cheaper and scalable. It'll look more like a graph than a linear chain.

11:42

Debt Rattle February 17 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Gilles Mostaert Sodom and Gomorrah 1597   Kudlow: Trump Needs A Return To King Dollar (CNBC) The Stock Markets $3 Trillion Trauma (BBG) Why Todays Low Financial Stress Should Stress You Out (Colombo) US Government Is Nowhere Close To Regulating Bitcoin (CNBC) Banks Told Theyre Lagging On Response To Climate

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11:30

PR: London Blockchain Startup FarmaTrust Partners with Mongolian Government to Stop Fake Medicine "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

London Blockchain Startup FarmaTrust Partners with Mongolian Government

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FarmaTrust, a UK blockchain startup and global tracking system has officially signed a partnership with the Mongolian government to pilot a one-year project aimed at preventing the creation and distribution of counterfeit medications. The project will include both governmental and non-governmental parties in Mongolia, including the Specialized Inspection Agency of Tuv Province of Mongolia and the Mongolian e-Government Center NGO.

The pilot project will kickoff in the Tuv Province, a province outside of the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Immediate tasks include conducting feasibility reports and helping government monitoring and inspection of pharmacies, and pharmaceutical supply chains, including warehouses and retailers.

FarmaTrust CEO, Raja Sharif, explains, This project is a great multinational collaboration to mix blockchain and other emerging technologies to secure and optimize the pharmaceutical supply chain. Mongolia is a great starting point. With a population of just 3 million, tracking and implementation can quickly scale on the national level. Mongolia is also important as a strategic middle point between Russia and China, two countries that have experienced large amounts of counterfeit medicine in the past.

FarmaTrust is providing the knowledge and experience in blockchain supply...

11:06

SEC Suspends Trading of Three Companies With Ties to Cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

SEC Suspends Trading of Three Companies With Ties to Cryptocurrency

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has suspended trading in the stocks of three companies with ties to cryptocurrency. One of the three is also planning an initial coin offering. The SEC says it is concerned about the nature of the companies business operations and the value of their assets.

Also read: Japans DMM Bitcoin Exchange Opens for Business With 7 Cryptocurrencies

SEC Suspends Trading of Three Stocks

The SEC has suspended trading in three companies amid questions surrounding similar statements they made about the acquisition of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology-related assets, the agency announced on Thursday. They are Cherubim Interests, PDX Partners, and Victura Construction Group. The three stocks are traded over-the-counter, with a market capitalization of less than $5 million each, according to Factset. The suspension is temporary, beginning on February 16 and ending on March 2.

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11:00

The CryptoKitties Competitors: 4 Ethereum Games That Are Catching Up "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

CryptoKitties may be the best-known ethereum app, but other games are fast winning users and registering notable volumes for expensive collectables.

11:00

ZeroEdge.Bet Opens New Office in London "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

ZeroEdge.Bet, a start-up that is building a blockchain based online casino network, is expanding its reach and will be opening brand new offices in London. The move was prompted by the unprecedented growth of the business, ahead of the proposed ICO dates later this year.

The ZeroEdge team is extremely excited to meet fans and followers of the Zero Edge online casino network when their new offices open within the next few weeks. The team, comprising of a range of experts in their respective fields including online gaming, cryptocurrencies, marketing, support, and much more, have put out the welcome mat for gamblers in the United Kingdom.

This is a great news for us and our community. We are delighted to have our new office in London. One of the reasons for opening an office in London was the access to the skilled job market. Blockchain experts, gambling industry executives, marketing gurus are all there.  Therefore, will be looking to grow our team to help us with our development on every aspect of the business. said Adrian Casey ZeroEdge.Bet CEO

london, zero edge

UK gambling market is one of the largest in the world.

United Kingdom gambling market size exceeds 14 Billion each year. Zero Edge will launch first blockchain based gambling sites in UK market just after ICO finishes and all Zerocoins are distributed publicly.

It is not by coincidence that Zero Edge has chosen London as one of their main centers of operation. Aside from the fact that London is one of the most popular cities in the world, with a vibrant melting pot of global cultures, it also happens to represent one of the largest online gambling markets in the world.

Residents of the UK love to gamble online and do so around the clock at various top online casinos aimed at the UK market. However, up until fairly recently, UK gamblers have been facing the very same problem as gamblers in other parts of the world playing at online casinos where, quite frankly, the house edge is out of control!

This is another reason why Zero Edge has chosen London to open their cutting edge new offices, to begin to roll out their plan to absolutely upset the entire online gambling industry with their unique 0% house edge concept, a first in online casino gambling (and gambling in general).

What is Zero Edge and How Does It Work?

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10:13

ABN AMRO Launches Blockchain Bank Accounts to Kill Escrow Accounts "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Dutch big four bank ABN AMRO has launched a new service wherein bank accounts are issued to individual clients via the blockchain, as alternatives to escrow accounts. ABN AMRO is shifting gears in its blockchain endeavor. The Amsterdam-based banking giant has announced a new service wherein individual client within non-bank organizations entrusted with client funds Continued

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10:00

DCC Realizing the Dream of Inclusive Finance "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The issue of competitive currencies by private-sector organizations and the survival and loss of currencies due to market competition is an ideal institutional system.

Friedrich Hayek, Nobel Prize-Winning Economist

The rise of blockchain technology is making Hayeks dream become reality. There is still much progress to make though; competitive currencies alone are not enough to destabilize the existing traditional financial system, nor to establish a truly desirable one. DCC, the worlds first public chain for distributed banking, is ready to bring real change to the financial markets.

From centralized to distributed banking DCCs vision

Distributed banking is a new kind of cooperative service relationship where financial service organizations collaborate with each other on a decentralized blockchain basis.

Stewie Zhu, Project Leader, DCC

The traditional financial markets are heavily dependent on centralized banking institutions, with key user credit data and transaction data controlled by a handful of mega-sized financial firms. By contrast, DCCs goal is to serve as a public chain for distributed banking, establishing a decentralized financial trading platform. In DCCs framework, each individual has full control over their credit information. Financial institutions are then able to provide multiple competitive services to customers according to their digital credit data and there are no fixed relationships among institutions.

DCCs user account system is based on decentralized DCCID which ensures that transactions and credit data cannot be tampered with. Personal credit data reports are stored in the cloud, while all data transmissions are encrypted for the highest level of security. Blockchains intelligent contract interaction architecture successfully shifts personal data from the grasp of centralized credit institutions to decentralized individuals.

The DCC platform is open architecture too, meaning any party can create intelligent contracts based on open standard protocols or develop DApps (decentralized apps) to expand the DCC environment.

DCC will ultimately transform the financial market structure, leveraging innovation to drive change from centralized to distributed and decentralized.

Why do we need DCC?

The traditional financial industry is highly centralized.Financial transactions rely heavily on the endorsement and support of large financial institutions, with substantial transaction fees paid out to these institutions. Monopolistic financial institutions have in fact raised lending rates for borrowers and reduced the in...

09:29

Tax-Free Ways to Transfer Bitcoin and Other Crypto: Expert Take "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

You can give cryptocurrency as a gift, and it doesnt trigger income taxes. #EXPERT_TAKE

08:27

Altcoin Analysis: NEO, EOS, LTC, IOT and Lumens "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

It is likely that most altcoins will complete a 3-bar bull reversal pattern known as a morning star right at key support levels in the weekly chart.

LTC, Lumens and EOS/USD will lead the charge and offer wonderful buy opportunities next week.

My advice is for buyers to wait for meaningful entries next week and not to buy at peaks at current prices.

Lets have a look at these charts:

XLM/USD

alt coin XLM/USD Technical analysisXLMUSD Daily Chart for February 17, 2018

In the coming sessions, trading Lumens is pretty much straight forward.

As we can see from the chart, prices are trending higher and with stochastics signals widening, it is likely that prices will continue rally-as it is doing at the moment, meaning every pull back in lower time frames is another clear buying opportunity.

Lets not forget that we are trading from a top-down approach. If this weeks end up bullish, then there will be a sweet confirmation of a 3-bar reversal bull pattern-the Morning Star in the weekly chart.

Therefore, this means any lows that prints in lower time frames is another opportunity to buy on dips with bull targets at $0.70.

IOT/USD

alt coin IOT/USD Technical analysisIOTUSD Daily Chart for February 17, 2018

Todays candlestick looks like...

06:52

7 speakers of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

 

Cryptocurrency investments, blockchain trends and industry development vectors will be discussed at Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Thailand

 

On March 6, Bangkok will host a large-scale international conference on blockchain, cryptocurrency and ICO Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Thailand. The event will be held at the five-star hotel Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit.

Leading experts of the cryptocurrency sector from Thailand, as well as international experts from other countries will speak at the conference. Names and topics of the seven speakers are already known.

Joseph Tsou is the managing director at BlockEx. He has extensive experience in financial services and he is also a fintech expert. The topic of his presentation is Basic concepts of blockchain technology and a review of the cryptocurrency sector: trading, investments and ICO.

Vladislav Sapozhnikov is a co-founder and CEO of a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange Deex.Exchange. This expert in digital assets will talk about why decentralized ecosystems that use BitShares platform are the future of blockchain technology.

The investor and CEO of the DAV Foundation, Noam Copel, dedicates his presentation to everyone who is interested in effective investments and ICO. His report How to evaluate a token covers many aspects from the classification of tokens themselves to the history of the DAO foundation.

Cal Evans is a lawyer and consultant on cryptocurrency agreements at Gresham International. As one of the few experts on international law regarding cryptocurrency, in his report he will cover legal aspect of blockchain projects.

Keith Lim will talk about trends in the blockchain industry and current state of the cryptocurrency market. The expert manages the insurance service Hearti, which is based on blockchain and artificial intelligence.

Head of the SyncFab MFG Token Sale project Jeremy Goodwin is a high-tech enthusiast. He is interested in such innovations as additive and advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, cryptography and decentralization. The topic of his speech will be known later, as well as the topic of the report of another speaker Dr. Jason Corbett managing partner at the Silk Legal law firm.

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06:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.40 AUD
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Bitcoin and United States Dollar "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

0.00010 BTC = 1.11 USD
1.00 USD = 0.00009 BTC
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05:42

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

FOMO Moments

The Asian holiday weekend is upon us and markets are looking good. Most digital assets are in the green and Bitcoin is holding steady at over $10k again. Altcoins are once again being pulled up by their big brother and, as expected, one is standing out from the crowd.

According to Coinmarketcap NEO is the only altcoin trading in double digit gains during this mornings Asian session. Up to $140 from $121 this time yesterday, Neo is having a solid run and is 13% higher. All other cryptocurrencies are marginally up on yesterdays levels. Neo has been one of the few altcoins that has shown a lot of resilience during the big dip on February 6. It dropped to a low of $67 and has since made gains of over 100% over the past ten days. Neos all-time high came in mid-January when it reached $195.

Neo

Often referred to as the Chinese Ethereum, Neo has made steady progress over the past three months. It does not have the wild fluctuations that other altcoins experience and is one of the more stable cryptocurrencies. Neo is a platform, similar to Ethereum, which enables developers to build decentralized applications on. It is being used for a number of ICOs and new projects in the region.

The community is very active and developer conferences are held often across the world. The launch of a new decentralized NEO and GAS powered exchange called Neon is likely to boost prices further however the project is still in pre-ICO stage. As with most cryptos, Neo is traded predominantly in South Korea which has over 30% of the global volume. Market capacity currently sits at $8.9 billion and Neo is ranked at number 7. Over $264 million has been traded in the past 24 hours.

Other altcoins enjoying solid gains during the Asian session are Monero, Litecoin, OmiseGO and Verge.

More on Neo can be found here: https://neo.org/

FOMO Moments is a section that takes a daily look at the top 25 altcoins during the Asian trading session and analyses the best performing one, looking for trends and fundamentals. 

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03:30

Ellen DeGeneres Is Down with Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Ellen DeGeneres is Down with Bitcoin

US daytime television chat show queen, Ellen DeGeneres, featured bitcoin in a recent segment, wondering aloud about its fundamental mysteries with her enthused audience. And while it was a funny look at the cryptocurrency, she managed to expose an often missed demographic to cryptocurrency: baby goat loving moms.

Also read: Citibank India Bans Bitcoin 

Ellen DeGeneres Pokes Fun at Bitcoin

One thing I am down with right now, that I think everybody is learning about, is bitcoin. Whos heard of bitcoin? Who can explain what bitcoin is? Liar. Nobody knows how it works. Nobody, host Ellen DeGeneres, 60, said incredulously during her eponymously named program.   

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is enjoying its 15th year as a daily entertainment talk show. And with over 2,500 episodes under its belt, the Warner Brothers Television distributed program has racked up 59 Daytime Emmy Awards, eclipsing the mighty Oprah. Ellen kicks so much ass, Telepictures signed the show through 2020, even launching a game show component.

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03:04

Visa: Were Not to Blame for Coinbase Overcharges "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Credit card processing giant Visa is pushing back against allegations that it is to blame for unauthorized charges reported by a growing number of Coinbase customers in recent days. Earlier this month, Coinbase users began reporting that they had been overcharged sometimes by as much as 50 times their original purchase for transactions Continued

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03:00

Could the Small Industrial Towns of Canada Provide the Ideal Home for Crypto Miners? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Cryptocurrency mining is more competitive than ever. With enormous rig constructions consuming more energy than many of the nations of the world dominating the once cottage industry, cutting every possible cost is vital. For this reason, miners like cool climates where electricity is cheap. Endless rows of components brute forcing numerical combinations to release cryptocurrency is warm work and extraction units cost money to buy and run. For these reasons, miners have previously favoured the likes of China and Iceland. However, facing increased regulatory pressure in some territories whilst having no clue what they can and cant do in others, it makes sense for them to spread their operations as far and wide and possible. Enter Canada.

Canada, like many so-called First World nations, used to have a lot of heavy industry. However, in the globalised world we now live in, much of this has relocated to parts of the planet more favourable to businesses (or with populations more easily exploitable). Towns like Powerview-Pine Falls in rural Canada used to be home to paper mills and built entire economies around now-defunct industries. When businesses like Tembec Inc. left in 2009, they took with them their capital but left behind an infrastructure tailored to heavy industry.

Almost a decade later, digital currencies could be about to breathe life back into such communities. Several of the planets undisclosed cryptocurrency miners have reached out to the town in the past month with plans to take advantage of both the towns cheap hydro electrical resources, as well as the cool climate. Mayor of Powerview-Pine Falls, Bev Dub, spoke with optimism about the developments in her town to the Financial Post:

Thats why this is so exciting, its something truly new Ive been here 40 years, through all the loss of industry and I cant help but think, you know, is this another world-changing technology coming in? And if we could have any part of it well, its exciting to think theyre coming to us.

However, being so innovative, the town also have their reservations about the nature of the industry that could be heading their way.

Head of China research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), Sophie Lu, explained to the Financial Post the experience of small Chinese towns that had previously housed textiles mills and since welcomed crypto miners. Despite the cheap, abundant electricity they provide, the relationship was fairly one-...

02:34

Cointelegraphs Top People in Blockchain Rating Released "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Cointelegraph ranks crypto and Blockchain industry heavy weights in its own rating. #NEWS

01:30

Patent Stockpiling: Bank of America Holds 45 Crypto-Related Patents "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A patent grants its holder exclusive rights to an invention, such as a piece of technology, for a certain period of time. While designed as a means of protecting the intellectual property of inventors, the system is not without its critics who believe that patenting deters innovation and wastes resources.

Consider crypto founding fathers like Satoshi Nakamoto, individuals and groups who place ideas ahead of profit and are more aligned with open source principles than filing patents and closely guarding their secrets the only secret Satoshi guarded was his/its identity. It may come as a surprise, then, to learn that in the last decade the company that has amassed more cryptocurrency patents than any other  and who, to some, seems to be the antithesis of everything decentralized currency stands for is Bank of America.

According to Bitcoin Patent Report, in the nine years since Bitcoins first block was mined, over 2,000 related patents have been filed. In the cryptocurrencys first few years the number of patents was low averaging under 50 a year. By 2015 that number began to increase, and by 2016 was growing exponentially. In 2017, 1,250 cryptocurrency-related patents were filed.

Some of the companies who feature in the top ten are to be expected, such as Bitflyer and IBM, whose interest in blockchain is well documented. The computing giant has filed a total of 34 cryptocurrency related patents, but is outpaced by South Korean brokerage Coinplug, which is third on the list with 39.

Others on the list are more unexpected, either because they have publicly expressed little interest in cryptocurrency, or are not commonly associated with such cutting-edge technology. It makes sense that MasterCard would have an interest in digital payment systems, for example, but it is surprising to see them ranked ninth for cryptocurrency related patents, with 21 filings. The greatest surprise of all is reserved for the top spot, which as noted above is claimed by Bank of America, having at least 45 patents filed.

Bitcoin Patent Report also revealed that 50% of all crypto-related patents come from China (910), followed by the U.S. (676), the U.K. (112), and South Korea (98). Regardless of the merits of each patent, and the moral case for their very existence, they indicate an unprecedented level of interest in Bitcoin and blockchain technologies.

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00:20

Swiss Regulator Gives Clear Guidelines for Launching ICOs "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Swiss Regulator Gives Clear Guidelines for Launching ICOs

On February 16, 2018, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA put the world on notice by being the first major economy to set out clear guidelines on initial coin offerings (ICOs). In an announcement, the Swiss regulator addressed plans to apply financial market legislation to different tokens as well as lay out how ICO organizers can get proper input from FINMA when planning or launching their initial coin offerings.


The guidelines, offered as a downloadable PDF, show market participants what information is needed to help the Swiss regulator adequately address all issues presented in inquiries to the regulator, as well as how FINMA intends for current financial market legislation to be applied to ICOs. The published guidelines are intended to complement FINMA Guidance 04/2017, which in September 2017 addressed regulatory treatment of initial coin offerings.  

Important to note is FINMAs concern over creating transparency. According to the regulator, Creating transparency at this time is important given the dynamic market and high level of demand.

FINMA also cited an increase in the number of inquiries corresponding with a sharp increase in the quantity of planned and executed ICOs in the country as a motivating factor for the move.

The regulators concern over transparency is clearly illustrated when they state in the guidelines that ICOs raise a variety of legal issues for which there is no relevant case law and no consistent legal do...

00:15

FCC: Bitcoin Miner Interfered with T-Mobiles LTE Network in Brooklyn "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken action against a Brooklyn resident who was using a Bitcoin miner because the machine was interfering with T-Mobiles 700 MHz LTE network in the city. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel commented on the incident in a Tweet:

New York City resident Victor Rosario was issued a Notification of Harmful Interference and was ordered to turn off his Antminer S5 Bitcoin Miner after the FCC discovered that it was interfering with T-Mobiles wireless network. On November 30, 2017, in response to the complaint agents from the Enforcement Bureaus New York Office confirmed by direction finding techniques that radio emissions in the 700 MHz band were emanating from your residence in Brooklyn, New York, the FCC wrote in a complaint posted to its site.

When the interfering device was turned off the interference ceased. You identified the device as an Antminer S5 Bitcoin Miner. The device was generating spurious emissions on frequencies assigned to T-Mobiles broadband network and causing harmful interference.

The FCC warned Rosario that continued use of the device and therefore further interference with T-Mobiles network would be a violation of federal laws, and could subject the operator to severe penalties, including, but not limited to, substantial monetary fines, in rem arrest action to seize the offending radio equipment, and criminal sanctions including imprisonment.

Agency rules require operators of radio frequency devices to cease operating a device after receiving this type of notification. Operation shall not resume until the condition causing t...

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23:15

FCC: Bitcoin Miner Interfered With T-Mobile Network "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The Federal Communications Commission says a crypto mining rig has caused interference with T-Mobile's LTE network in Brooklyn, New York.

23:11

Decentralized Exchanges Stake Their Claim in the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Decentralized Exchanges Stake Their Claim in the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem

The cryptocurrency ecosystem has continued to take some major hits lately, causing many investors and holders to rethink the way they trade their crypto assets. Several high profile cryptocurrency hacks have made the news in the past few years. In one of the most recent hacks, the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange, Coincheck lost more than $500 million dollars worth of digital coins, adding to a growing perception that cryptocurrencies are particularly vulnerable to hackers.

Yet, as the total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies continues to increase (now above $4 billion), the most recent Coincheck hack may finally be a wake up call for crypto investors and holders.

As the vulnerability of centralized cryptocurrency exchanges is becoming more and more apparent to the cryptocurrency community, some are looking to alternatives in the form of decentralized exchanges.

Unlike a centralized exchange system that handles the trading of cryptocurrencies for its users, decentralized exchanges allow users to control their own funds within their own wallets. Decentralized exchanges do not rely on a third party service to hold a users funds, making them less vulnerable to large hacks. This also means that trades on a decentralized exchange happen directly between users in a peer-to-peer manner. These features make decentralized exchanges less vulnerable and much more transparent than centralized exchanges.

Decentralized exchanges such as AirSwap, Bisq,...

23:00

SEC Halts Trading of Three Companies with Assets Tied to Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has halted trading in three companies claiming acquisitions of assets tied to cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies. The agency said it had questions about their business operations and the value of the companies assets.

Cherubim Interests Inc., PDX Partners Inc., and Victura Construction Group Inc. issued similar press releases stating they acquired the assets from a subsidiary of a private-equity investor. Additionally, Cherubim shared its plans to launch an initial coin offering. In announcing the trading suspensions, the SEC repeated a warning to investors about companies that may be seeking short-term stock boosts by claiming involvement with blockchain technology.

The suspension notice was dated February 15th. The agency explained: The SECs trading suspension orders state that recent press releases issued by CHIT, PDXP, and VICT claimed that the companies acquired AAA-rated assets from a subsidiary of a private equity investor in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, among other things. According to the SEC order regarding CHIT, it also announced the execution of a financing commitment to launch an initial coin offering.

We did receive confirmation that they suspended trading this morning and that it will continue until March 2, Patrick Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of all three companies, said in a telephone interview. We havent made any false claims about anything that we have put out. Johnson is fully cooperating, added that he was surprised by the move and will provide the SEC with any information it requires.

Investors should give heightened scrutiny to penny stock companies that have switched their focus to the latest business trend, such as cryptocurrency, blockchain technology, or initial coin offerings, Michele Wein Layne, director of the SECs Los Angeles office, said in the agencys statement. The SEC can suspend trading for 10 days and ban brokers from activity in a stock until its reporting requirements are met.

In January, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton warned companies about changing their names just to cash in on the cryptocurrency craze. For months, Clayton has been sounding the alarm about initial coin offerings, a market that he has said is probably full of fraud: Fraudsters often try to use the lure of new and emerging technologies to convince potential victims to invest their money in scams.

The suspensions represent the latest move by the agenc...

22:47

Several States Spearhead Bitcoin Adoption in the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Several States Spearhead Bitcoin Adoption in the U.S.

U.S. states with positive attitudes have advanced towards bitcoin legalization a process that a growing number of elected officials consider inevitable, if not desirable. Numerous crypto-friendly bills have been introduced, and some of them have received approval in committees and houses of state legislatures. One wouldnt necessarily think of states like Arizona, Tennessee, and Wyoming as the backbone of a great nations economy. How about pioneers of its future development?

Also read: US Regulator Warns Against Pump-and-Dumps and Advises How to Buy Crypto

Bitcoin Doesnt Stink Arizona Will Take It

For some time now legislators in the Grand Canyon State have been thinking how to facilitate residents receiving incomes and profits in cryptocurrency. If bitcoin is good for ordinary citizens and businesses, it should be good enough for the state coffers, local lawmakers have decided. Last week Arizona got closer to accepting cryptos as legal tender for taxation purposes.

Several bills recognizing coins as currencies have been making their way in the State Legislature, as news.bitcoin.com reported. Two of them, SB1091 and...

22:38

SEC Suspends Trading of 3 Penny Stocks With Tenuous Ties to Cryptocurrency, Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

SEC Suspends Trading of 3 Penny Stocks With Tenuous Ties to Cryptocurrency, Blockchain

Today, February 16, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a press release announcing trading suspension of three companies that acquired AAA-rated assets from a subsidiary of a private equity investor in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, among other things.

The three companies in question, PDX Partners, Inc., Victura Construction Group, and Cherubim Interests, Inc., had trading of their stocks suspended for 10 days by the SEC under the auspices of public interest and investor protection. Neither the SEC suspension orders, nor any of the announcements by the companies surrounding the acquisitions, however, seem to actually focus on blockchain or cryptocurrencies. The assets that were acquired were trust units (shares) in a management company for a private equity fund that invests in at least 12 disparate sectors, including blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

According to the orders of suspension by the SEC, the companies all set off alarm bells for the regulators when Victura Construction and PDX Partners issued press releases on January 4, 2018, related to the pending share acquisitions. Cherubim Interests issued a press release on January 3, 2018, to the same effect but was also cited by the SEC for its delinquency in filings with the SEC.

All three companies are helmed by CEO Patrick Johnson, former NFL journeyman wide receiver. All three companies are penny stocks with outdated financial information and unaudited or poor bookkeeping. These so-called penny stocks are typically a great concern for U.S. regulators as they are often the subject of attempted price manipulation or fraud...

21:38

Hydro-Quebec Mulls Higher Rates as Bitcoin Miners Demands Surge "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Rising demand for Montreals low-cost hydroelectric power among bitcoin miners could spur higher electricity rates. Hydro-Quebec revealed it may consider hiking the cost for bitcoin miners given a flood of pent-up demand in the region, which would thwart the plans of bitcoin miners who depend on low rates for the massive amounts of electricity it requires Continued

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21:30

Chicago Crypto Trader Kim Embezzles $2 Million Worth Of Funds "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A trader at Consolidated Trading LLC faces allegations of wire fraud in the amount of $2 million. Joseph Kim, 24, is accused of embezzling funds in both Litecoin and Bitcoin from his employers coffers. The case is something of a landmark in that it is the first criminal prosecution to involve the cryptocurrency trading industry. Kim was charged on Thursday and is scheduled to appear in court today. Bringing the case is the US Attorney for Chicago, John Lausch.

Consolidated added a digital currency department last September. According to a report in Fortune, Kim was transferred to the unit and within days had started his fraudulent activity. This was after hed expressly agreed to stop all personal trading.

According to the prosecutor, on the weekend of his start, 980 Litecoins were transferred from Consolidated to a wallet that had no connection with the firm. It was the following week that the LTC transfer was found out. When questioned by a supervisor about the missing funds, Kim claimed hed transferred the virtual currency to a personal digital wallet for safety reasons. This, according to the US, would be used only as an intermediary holding space. His superior queried the necessity of this, to which Kim replied that he was experiencing trouble with the exchange Bitfinex and wanted to avoid any further issues.

Kim concluded by stating that hed since returned the Litecoin to a wallet under Consolidated control. When FBI agents searched records for evidence of this, they determined that no such transfer had occurred.

In November, the US contest that Kim stepped his game up. According to the charges, a supervisor noticed that 55 Bitcoin had been transferred to Kim. At the time of writing, a haul of over half a million dollars. Again, superiors questioned Kim. This time, he replied that the transaction of the Bitcoin had been blocked and hed attempted to unblock it. It was understood by the senior employee that the funds would be returned to Consolidateds account.

Some of the funds did indeed make it back to the wallet controlled by the firm. However, 28 remained missing on the weekend of November 25.

The US alleges that Kim had stolen the digital currency. Its thought that he covertly transferred over 284 BTC from company wallets to a personal wallet to use in his own trades. All of these have since been accounted for. Kim is said to have later transferred them back to the Consolidated wallet in two separate transactions.

When confronted again, Kim admitted hed been actively trading for personal gains. He said hed used around 55 Bitcoin that belonged to Consolidated. He put them into short future positions and later converted the Litecoin into Bitcoin too. To cover his margin calls for...

21:24

Gaming Company Atari Announces Investment In Crypto, Share Price Spikes "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Holding company Atari SA, which contains the former gaming company that published Tetris, saw a more than 60 percent share price hike after announcing a crypto investment #NEWS

21:09

Crypto Regulations Not Close US Security Coordinator Says At Conference "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Regs for US on crypto are not close as the government is studying the issues, White House cybersecurity coordinator says. #NEWS

21:00

Crypto Regulation? Not Anytime Soon, Says White House Official "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The White House cybersecurity coordinator said crypto regulation is still far from becoming a reality.

20:35

Coinbase Customers Suffer Erroneous Charges "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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With customers experiencing erroneous credit card charges for cryptocurrency purchases, Coinbase has blamed Visa for the charges but claims it is working with Visa to ensure all affected customers are reimbursed. Coinbase said the charges were caused by Visa reversing and recharging transactions. Coinbase Makes Its Case Over the last few months, banks and card Continued

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20:30

Atari Partners with Infinity Networks Ltd to Launch Own Cryptocurrency: Atari Token "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Atari, the company behind such nostalgic video games as Pac-Man and Pong, is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency, Atari Token. Shares in the Paris-based company have soared more than 60% since it gave further details of its crypto push on February 8th, after originally outlining some of the plans in December.

To make it possible, the company is taking a stake in Gibraltar-based Infinity Networks Ltd and has licensed its brand to the firm. Together they will be building a blockchain-based digital entertainment platform and, as part of that agreement, will create an accompanying digital currency. The name selection is a notable one, given that Atari had previously created an Atari Token to serve as a currency for making in-game purchases. Whether the newly-announced Atari Token will serve that purpose remains to be seen. The company is also expanding its online casino-gaming partnership with Pariplay Ltd to allow gambling with digital currencies. 

Atari CEO Fred Chesnais is quoted in the companys release, saying:

Blockchain technology is poised to take a very important place in our environment and to transform, if not revolutionize, the current economic ecosystem, especially in the areas of the video game industry and online transactions. Given our technological strengths with the development studios and the global reputation of the Atari brand, we have the opportunity to position ourselves attractively in this sector. Our objective is to take strategic positions with a limited cash risk, in order to optimize the assets and the Atari brand.

Atari isnt the only stock that has benefited from links with cryptocurrencies. Last month, shares of Eastman Kodak Co. jumped 245% in two days after it announced its working with a company that promotes paparazzi photos to offer a blockchain-based service for paying photographers. And, this December in perhaps the most strange of such moves the unprofitable iced-tea company formerly known as Long Island Iced Tea Corp. gained 183% in a day after re-branded as Long Blockchain Corp.

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19:35

Ellen DeGeneres on Bitcoin: It's 'Either Worth $20K or Nothing' "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Ellen DeGeneres says she has learned about bitcoin...but only 'a bit.'

19:30

PR: World Blockchain Forum Brings Global Blockchain Elite to Dubai "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

World Blockchain Forum Dubai

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Dubai, UAE

Following the historic response to sister event The North American Bitcoin Conference, held in Miami earlier this year, Keynote has released details of their World Blockchain Forum in Dubai, 16th and 17th April.

Known as a global centre for innovation and investment opportunity, Dubai provides an inspirational backdrop for the 3rd annual World Blockchain Forum. Visionary leaders, economic pioneers and enterprising investors from around the world will come together for one of the most exclusive events on the global blockchain calendar.

As the longest-running crypto-technology conference in Dubai, WBF will delve into the innovative possibilities of blockchain technology, the impact of cryptocurrencies on global financial markets and the shifting landscape of ICOs.

With more than 500 Bitcoin and blockchain innovators and investors expected to attend, WBF Dubai builds on the success of similar events in London, Los Angeles and Chicago as part of the World Blockchain Forum. The two-day event focuses on the future of finance and investment, successful past and future ICOs, regulation & governance, and considers how decentralization continues to disrupt the banking sector.

We are thrilled to host another meeting of brilliant minds in the heart of the UAE and look forward to welcoming leaders of the crypto community from around the globe. Since 2015 we have been committed to bringing more companies and dedicating more resources to the UAE, to bring His Highness Sheikh Hamdans blockchain strategy and vision to life, said Moe Levin, Founder and CEO of Keynote.

World Blockchain Forum Program Details
Held at the stunning Madinat Jumeirah overlooking the Gulf, this years i...

19:12

US Government Not Passing Bitcoin Regulations Anytime Soon: White House Official "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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The US government wont be passing Bitcoin regulations anytime soon, at least according to one White House official. Rob Joyce, special assistant to the president and White House cybersecurity coordinator, stated during an interview with CNBC that although the government is concerned about Bitcoin and other public cryptocurrencies, officials are still a long way from Continued

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19:09

Munich Security Conference: U.S. Govt. Nowhere Close to Regulating Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, the White House cybersecurity coordinator has stated that the U.S. government is nowhere close to regulating Bitcoin. He particularly emphasised the need to better understand the cryptocurrencys risks and benefits before embarking on any sort of regulatory regime.

Hundreds of world leaders and security chiefs are gathered at Munichs luxury Hotel Bayerischer Hof this weekend in whats been called the Academy Awards for security policy wonks. The Munich Security Conference comprises three days of debates, speeches, and sideline meetings regarding international defence policy, and is attended by top world leaders, as well as CEOs, human rights campaigners, and environmentalists.

Speaking with CNBC, Rob Joyce, special assistant to the President and White House cybersecurity coordinator, said theres a long way to go before the U.S. government starts regulating Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Joyce emphasized the need to better understand the cryptocurrencys risks and benefits before moving forward with any sort of regulation: I think were still absolutely studying and understanding what the good ideas and bad ideas in that space are, he said when asked about the potential for government regulation. So, I dont think its close.

Bitcoin is a decentralized and digital, and unlike fiat currencies such as the dollar its not backed by a central authority. And as transactions are anonymous, the coin has been accused of making it easier for those engaged in illicit activities to hide their money. But this ability that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies offer to avoid traditional restrictions on money and assets is part of what makes it so popular to those who use it. That decentralization is also much of the reason its price swings so wildly.

We are worried. There are benefits to the Bitcoin concept digital cash, digital currencies, Joyce said. But at the same time, if you look at the way Bitcoin works after there is a criminal act that takes place, you cant rewind the clock and take back that currency. Joyce described the inherent problem with this lack of a trail, noting that in the case of credit card theft, for instance, individuals or companies can contact their banks and purchases can be undone and the cash retrieved.

Business and policy leaders are divided over the future of cryptocurrencies and associated technology. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said it will have to be regulated, while South Koreas threat of regulation in early 2018 sent waves across the crypto-world. France and Germany are said to b...

19:00

Atari Joins Growing List of Old Brands Trying To Revitalize Through Cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Atari Joins Growing List of Old Brands Trying To Revitalize Through Cryptocurrency

For generation X-ers, old enough to remember a time when photographs were analogue and games consoles were 16-bit, brands such as Kodak and Atari evoke fuzzy nostalgia. Nothing perfect lasts forever though, and those companies which once dominated their respective spheres have not aged well. Many assumed these 80s stalwarts had already given up the ghost amidst growing financial problems. As it turns out, not only are the Kodaks and Ataris of the world still limping on, but theyre seeking an injection of new blood and fresh capital in the form of an ICO (Initial Coin Offering).

Also read: Kodak Getting Into Bitcoin Mining

The Childhood Companies Coming for Your Crypto

Atari Joins Growing List of Old Brands Trying To Revitalize Through CryptocurrencyKodaks descent from photographic giant to failed firm desperately trying to find its niche is a sad one for anyone old enough to associate the name with better times. In the pre-digital age, companies such as Kodak and Atari were mainstays of popular culture. Times change and the companies that fail to innovate get left behind. Kodaks sudden transformation into crypto miner and ICO entrant has already been picked apart. Ataris has attracted less scrutiny, but bears many of the same hallmarks.

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18:30

Prosecutors Accuse Chicago Trader of $2 Million Crypto Theft "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A Chicago trader has been charged with fraud for allegedly misappropriating $2 million in cryptocurrencies from his employer.

18:24

Switzerland Lays out Guidelines in Support of ICOs "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Switzerlands financial watchdog, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), recently published initial coin offering (ICO) guidelines that reveal the regulator will oversee the fundraisers and regulate them either under anti-money laundering laws, and as securities. The guidelines show FINMA is looking to clarify how token issuers should proceed in the country, as the regulator Continued

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17:30

Swiss Finance Regulator to Treat Some ICO Tokens As Securities "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Switzerland's financial regulator has released new guidelines indicating it will treat some initial coin offerings (ICOs) as securities.

17:22

Crypto Genius James Altucher Seeks $280 Million Valuation for Blockchain Startup Bitzumi "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Crypto genius James Altucher is back, and hes got big plans. Altucher, the so-called face of Bitcoin, and his company, Bitzumi, are seeking to raise $10 million to launch a full-service blockchain startup that will, among other things, feature a cryptocurrency exchange. That figure might not seem like that much, but as the SEC filing Continued

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17:07

The BitCoen Token Sale Is Complete "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

On February 15, 2018, the Bitcoen project completed itstoken sale, having successfully reached the declared hard cap of$2.5 million.

The BitCoen team is working to get the Bitcoen token listed on popular crypto-exchanges.

TheBitCoen token will undergo all the necessary checks, and we expect that in mid-March it will be traded on Bitqi.com, commented Vice-President of BitCoen David Dyshko. Later the token will appear on other exchanges. We want to thank all those who supported the BitCoen project.Your trust is very important tous. During the token sale, we realized that BitCoen is more than a Jewish blockchain project. The idea of BitCoen was supported by different communities: ethnic groups, travelers all who havea need for a single crypto currency that can be used in different countries. So now we can say that Bitcoen is the first Community Open Exchange Network.

The projects geography covers more than 200 countries. According to the companys representatives, most of the requests to purchase BitCoen tokens came from Israel, Russia, Germany, Italy, Spain, England, Turkey, Ukraine, India, Venezuela, Vietnam, Indonesia and Pakistan.

Blockchain 3.0

The BitCoen ecosystem includestheBitCoen token and an offline and online payment system that allows BitCoen to be used in everyday life:the international loyalty program BitCoen (BitCoen Loyalty), the BitCoen wallet (BitCoen Wallet),a marketplace for businesses (Bitoen Platform) and an advertising platform (BitCoen ADV).

The BitCoen blockchain is our own development, says Dyshko. Its uniqueness lies, first, in the speed of 1,000 transactions per minute.Now it is the fastest blockchain in the world. The second unique feature is the absence of a commission for transactions. Third, the BitCoen blockchain is sustainable: it does not involve mining of proof of work or proof of stake. Confirmation of transactions occurs through the protocol of proof of time.That is, high transaction speed is a guarantee of its reliability.

The project team has already started developing a mobile application for the BitCoen wallet. Together with this, negotiations are continuing with potential partners of the project, which will soon become part of a single Bitcoen ecosystem.

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16:45

$10K Again for Bitcoin, But Other Cryptos Outperform "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Another week, another spin of the markets. This time, litecoin came out on top with the world's fifth most valuable crypto posting big gains.

16:30

Trader at Chicago Firm Stole Millions in BTC Faces 20 Year Sentence "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin Trader Facing 20 Year Prison Sentence in $2 Million Caper

Late 2017 will long be remembered as the time when bitcoin went mainstream. Prices were mooning, and the general atmosphere was one of fear of missing out. That sentiment was especially true in trading circles, and more traditional outlets were experimenting with cryptocurrency divisions in order to take advantage. One such experiment went sour, as a trader attempted to play upon relative company ignorance by shorting bitcoin and covering personal margin calls, with the affair ending in million dollar losses and a first of its kind federal prosecution.

Also read: Citibank India Bans Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Trader Faces 20 Years in Prison

Consolidated Trading, LLCs Joseph Kim, according to federal authorities, emailed, Until the end I was perversely trying to fix what I had already done. I cant believe I did not stop myself when I had the money to give back, and I will live with that for the rest of my life. You have every apology I have to give, I am sorry to betray you all like this.

John R. Lausch Jr, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), insists Mr. Kim worked as an assistant trader fora Chicago trading firm that recently formed a cryptocurrency group to engage in cryptocurrency tradingOver a two-month period in the Fall of last year, Kim misappropriated at least $2 million of th...

16:23

Ellen DeGeneres Is Down With Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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If there was any doubt that bitcoin is making its way into the mainstream, Ellen DeGeneres has just dispelled those myths. Telling her audience that shes down with bitcoin, Ellen used her comedic talent to describe bitcoin by comparing the top cryptocurrency to a goat and even talking BTC price. She used her ability to communicate Continued

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15:54

SEC Suspends 3 Companies Claiming Crypto Connection "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The SEC has temporarily halted trading of three companies after comments they made about cryptocurrency and blockchain-related business moves.

15:42

Hardly Anyone at All Is Reporting Their Bitcoin Gains to the IRS "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin IRS(TMU)  According to a recent study from Credit Karma Tax, a very small percentage of the people who own cryptocurrency are actually reporting it to the IRS. Fewer than 100 of 250,000 federal tax returns prepared and filed so far this year through the company have reported cryptocurrency gains and losses, Credit Karma told CNBC on Tuesday. Generally, []

15:37

Strategist Tom Lee Predicts New All-Time Highs for Bitcoin in July "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Tom Lee, co-founder of Fundsrat Global Advisors, the only major Wall Street strategist covering bitcoin, expects bitcoin to reach new highs again in July, according to Bloomberg. The cryptocurrency has been posting some recovery since falling 70% from its Dec. 18 high to its Feb. 6 low. Lee, who urged caution during bitcoins record bull Continued

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15:35

Dont Understand Bitcoin? Think Of It As A Digital Goat, Says Ellen Degeneres "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Ellen Degeneres explains Bitcoin to her live audience by comparing digital currency to an untouchable goat that only exists online #NEWS

15:26

CoinBase Fiat Side Glitch Opens Butts For Hurts "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

An unnamed bug in Coinbase's purchasing system is responsible for multiple cases of SFYL this week, with angry redditards reporting having their bank accounts drained of filthy fiat after making a single purchase on the platform. As always, Coinbase was quick to lay the blame elsewhere, stating We have confirmed that this is an issue occurring downstream from Coinbase, and were working with those parties to reach a resolution.

The glitch went unnoticed from Jan.22 until Feb.11 and "customer service" reps from Coinbase say everyone should rest assured that they will be refunded in full. The company recently made changes to how it handles credit card purchases, listing them as "cash advances" at the point-of-sale, resulting in all the customer's cash being advanced directly to Coinbase's coffers. The front page of r/Coinbase on reddit stands as a testament to the escalating number of rubes who probably now wish they were using actual bitcoin.

15:13

New Steam Game Offers One Bitcoin To First Player Who Cracks 24 Enigmas "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Solve 24 enigmas and win one bitcoin, claims new Steam game set for release Feb. 20. #NEWS

15:00

Japans Financial Regulator To Conduct Inspections Of 15 Unregistered Crypto Exchanges "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Japans financial regulator to inspect unlicensed crypto exchanges after Coincheck hack. #NEWS

14:55

Bitcoin Cash Price Leads the Market as BTC Retreats Below $10,000 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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The cryptocurrency market recovery finally began to stall on Friday, potentially bringing an end to the longest rally of 2018. The Bitcoin Cash price, however, continued to post double-digit percentage gains even as other coins began to trade sideways. Yesterday, the cryptocurrency market cap had reached a pinnacle of $486.5 billion, its highest point since Continued

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14:30

US Regulator Warns Against Pump-and-Dumps and Advises How to Buy Crypto "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

US Regulator Warns Against Pump-and-Dumps and Advises How to Buy Crypto

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued its first warning against pump-and-dump schemes involving cryptocurrencies while giving advice on how to buy crypto. This warning follows previous warnings by two other U.S. regulators.

Also read: Japans DMM Bitcoin Exchange Opens for Business With 7 Cryptocurrencies

CFTCs Warning

US Regulator Warns Against Pump-and-Dumps and Advises How to Buy CryptoThe CFTC issued a Customer Protection Advisory on Thursday to warn the public to beware of and avoid pump-and-dump schemes that can occur in thinly traded or new alternative virtual currencies, digital coins or tokens.

CFTC Director of Public Affairs Erica Elliott Richardson explained, As with many online frauds, this type of scam is not new it simply deploys an emerging technology to capitalize on public interest in digital assets, adding that:

Pump-and-dump schemes long pre-date t...

14:15

Vitalik Buterin To Advise New Ethereum Community Fund Sponsoring ETH Infrastructure "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Vitalik Buterin to advise new Ethereum Community Fund aimed at funding ETH infrastructure. #NEWS

14:05

Silent No More: Ethereum Users Spurn Recovery Code "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Community members have taken to Github to express their discontent over a controversial proposal for lost fund recovery.

14:01

Hackers Injected Cryptocurrency Mining Malware into 4,275 Government Websites They Only Made $24 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Earlier this week, hackers infiltrated Browsealoud, a free text-to-translation tool, and injected the Coinhive cryptocurrency mining malware script into the tools JavaScript codebase. Consequently, the estimated 4,275 websites using Browsealoud including some operated by government agencies in the US and UK became unwitting pawns in a cryptocurrency mining malware gambit, believed to be Continued

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13:48

Japan: Crypto Group Merger For Self-Regulation Is Not Fact Says Executive Director "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Nothing final about their self-regulatory merger, Japanese crypto group director says. #NEWS

13:41

Bitcoin Foundations Llew Claasen Says Bitcoin Will Hit $40,000, 90% Of Altcoins Will Fail "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Llew Claasen predicts Bitcoin to hit $40,000 by the end of 2018, while claiming that 90% of altcoins are doomed to fail. #NEWS

13:03

Spains Government Prepares to Lure Blockchain Firms, ICO Issuers "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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The Spanish government is reportedly preparing legislation that includes possible tax incentives to lure blockchain companies into the country. The Peoples Party (PP) of Spain, the countrys ruling party, is weighing up legislation to specifically attract blockchain firms due to the technologys potential in a number of industries including finance, education, and health, according to Continued

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13:00

Bitcoin Isnt the Currency for Money Laundering, US Bank Pays $613m Fine "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Money laundering has always been a big problem in the financial sector. Turning dirty money into clean money makes it nearly impossible to trace criminal activity. One could argue money laundering is a sold as the banks themselves. US Bancorp is fined $613m to settle willful violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. It is once again evident financial institutions are the go-to solution to launder money. Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, on the other hand, are very small fish in this cesspool.

Addressing money laundering problems is not easy by any means. With so many people involved in these processes, its only natural some transactions go by unnoticed. Banks staffers often fail to recognize or report suspicious transactions. In the case of US Bancorp, it will cost them a hefty penny. With $613m in fines to be paid, some bank members will be to blame. It also shows how relatively easy it is to launder funds through the banking system. There are quite a few institutions who either dont flag transactions or do not bother to deal with the reporting side of things.

US Bancorp Fined for Money Laundering

Most of the fines will be paid to the US Treasury. The remainder will go to FinCEN, The Federal Reserve, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. While such a fine is steep, its usually a drop in the bucket. Entities such as US Bancorp can make a lot more money from processing these illicit transactions like normal. They collect fees for every transaction, after all. This fine will not necessarily make any big dent in their earnings. More worryingly, people will probably forget US Bancorp was even involved in this scandal in a few months from now.

It is uncanny how these are the same banks who tell people Bitcoin is a tool for criminals and terrorist. Unlike the systems used by US Bancorp and consorts, Bitcoin is as transparent as it can get. There is a degree of pseudonymity, but people can flag transactions in real-time. All information other than users identities is public and traceable. Converting Bitcoin to real money needs to be done through brokers or exchanges. These companies perform ch...

13:00

Bitcoin Cash Hits $1.5K Amid Short-Term Bull Reversal "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin cash has rallied sharply from recent lows, but still remains trapped inside a bearish pattern, price charts indicate.

12:58

From Gibraltar to Australia: How Countries Approach ICOs "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

With the boom in ICOs over the last year or so, there has been an increased need for regulation, however, with no global standard, different countries are taking different approaches. #INFOGRAPHICS

12:30

Japanese Crypto Associations Merging to Restore Trust Across the Industry "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Japanese Crypto Associations Merging to Restore Trust Across the Industry

Japans two cryptocurrency associations have reportedly decided to merge in order to restore trust in the industry and accelerate self-imposed rules. Once approved by the Japanese financial regulator, the new organization will have the power to set penalties for breaches of self-regulation.

Also read: Japans DMM Bitcoin Exchange Opens for Business With 7 Cryptocurrencies

Two Crypto Associations Merging

Japan currently has two cryptocurrency industry associations: the Japan Blockchain Association (JBA) and the Japan Cryptocurrency Business Association (JCBA). The former is headed by Bitflyer CEO, Yuzo Kano, and has a total of 88 members, while the latter has a total of 154 members, according to Minkabu publication.

Japanese Crypto Associations Merging to Restore Trust Across the IndustryThe two organizations have reportedly been in talks to merge after the hack of one of the countrys largest exchanges, Coincheck,...

12:20

Tether Creates Over 146 Mln New EUR, USD Tokens Based On Ethereum Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

60.1 mln Ethereum-based USDT tokens and 86 mln EURT tokens come from Tether. #NEWS

12:10

Japan's Finance Watchdog to Inspect 15 Unlicensed Crypto Exchanges "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The Japanese government said today that inspections will take place at 15 unlicensed cryptocurrency exchanges in light of a recent major hack.

12:06

Research Shows British Companies Are Diversifying Crypto Stockpiles, No Longer BTC-Focused "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Survey shows that British business with crypto stockpiles have diversified beyond BTC to altcoins #NEWS

11:58

The Guide for Starting a Crowdsale Contract for ICOs "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Every other company, especially the ones dealing with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology wants to host its own crowdsale and raise funds. This has led to an unprecedented rise in interest among people, who wish to know more about the whole token sale process. This article aims to provide a brief insight into some of the steps ought to be taken by those who are embarking on an ICO campaign.

Only a small portion of companies opting for an ICO tend to complete it with performance much better than earlier expectations. Some of the things to be considered include

Getting Started

The most important part of any project is the team itself. With a team and a business plan in place, the next logical step is to have a solid business plan, followed by the project implementation. The most important and complex task of this stage is the creation of Crowdsale contract (The ICO Contract).

What is the Crowdsale Contract?

The crowdsale contract is a program for the development and distribution or sale of the projects tokens. There are different ways for developing the contract, each having its own pros and cons and level of simplicity and reliability.

The Ways for Creating Crowdsale Contract

  1. Using the Internal Resources

Just like any other project, the projects own resources are the primary or initial resources used by the project manager for creating the contract. In case of insufficient availability of in-house funds and expertise, this method is risky. This is because Ethereum network and Solidity programming language are significantly different from traditional program, requiring a higher investment. We have many examples where millions of US dollars were lost or frozen due to inappropriate resources used by the developer.

  1. Finding the Best Developer

In view of the above challenge, the recommended way to create the contract is to find the most suitable developers as per the nature of the project. This may seem as a simple task considering the growing popularity of blockchain and increasing number of people willing to invest in it. However, the following challenges usually arise during the process.

  • Lack of expert developers
  • High cost charged by the developers
  • Lack of Tools to evaluate developers skills
  • Need for testing and auditing by a third party

Considering these challenges, finding the best qualified specialists and audit firm, becomes a time-taking process.

  1. Go for an ICO Agency...

11:57

Japans Cryptocurrency Industry is Launching a Self-Regulatory Body "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Japans two primary cryptocurrency industry groups are merging to form a new self-regulatory entity following the recent $530 million hack of Tokyo-based exchange Coincheck. The unnamed new entity is set to launch April 1, the Nikkei reports, a year to the day after Japans revised Payment Services Act which recognizes bitcoin as a legal

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11:30

PR: Anonymous and Decentralised ID by Biometrids "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Anonymous and Decentralised ID by Biometrids

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Identity theft is one of the biggest crimes afflicting countries like the United States and Britain. According to a recent report, in 2016 alone, American citizens lost about USD 16 Billion due this misdemeanour. This figure increases to a staggering USD 106 Billion if we considered a ten year period up to 2016. In the United Kingdom, home to one of the financial capitals of the world, identity theft has doubled over an eight year period ending 2016. Clearly, investors are at risk while transacting money online.

Thankfully, there is a way out of this mess and Biometrids leads the way to minimizing identity theft.

Biometrids What do they do?

This company specialises in the creation of anonymous and decentralised IDs and is revolutionizing the blockchain ecosystem. Using Machine Learning, the Biometrids platform uses facial recognition to verify people as per their credentials.

There are two key terms that are used here, anonymous, and decentralised.

How do they do it?

IDs are anonymous because the usage of the blockchain platform ensures that everyone remains invisible. Their identities are never revealed and therefore the users are safe from any fraudulent dealings.

The entire process is decentralized too because the process of authentication of online identities can be vetted by any user on the platform.

Organizations looking to avoid online identity theft can connect with Biometrids through an API.
Adopting the Biometrids platform, it is possible to execute the following;

1. Ensure that the concerned parties are genuine
2. Identify impostors and avoid identity fraud
3. Use this technology to identify people from other countries where it is not in use currently
4. The decentralized nature o...

11:30

0x Introduced in South Korea, Will Upbit Leads its Momentum? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

South Korea has quickly become a critical region for all cryptocurrencies. Any local exchange is of great interest to both Korean and international traders. When companies such as Upbit add a new coin to be traded, there will be a genuine interest in it. In the case of 0x, it will be interesting to see how it performs in South Korea. The addition of XRZ to Upbit may herald a new era for this project as a whole.

South Korea has become the new China for alternative cryptocurrencies. More specifically, it was very important for altcoins to get listed on Chinese exchanges in the past. Such developments often resulted in major price gains and overall positive momentum. Ever since China became a trivial cog in the cryptocurrency machine, South Korea has taken its place. Any currency listed on Korean exchanges is worth keeping an eye on. Upbit, the countrys second-largest exchange, is adding new coins on a rather regular basis right now.

Upbit Adds 0x to Their Platform

Their latest addition comes in the form of ZRX, the native token of the 0x protocol. It is an interesting choice, for many different reasons. A lot of people consider 0x to be the cryptocurrency-related protocol worth keeping an eye on. This decentralized exchange framework is of great interest to a lot of traders. Slowly but surely, the industry is moving to decentralized exchanges rather than centralized counterparts. Even so, companies such as Upbit will always have a place in the world of cryptocurrency exchanges.

With the Korean exchange now listing 0x as a trading market, an interesting situation is created. It seems the company lists all tokens traded on the Bittrex exchange. More specifically, 0x was added to Bi...

11:00

Is Bitcoin a Waste of Resources? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Is Bitcoin a Waste of Resources? Stephen Williamson Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Early Edition 2018         Abstract: Do Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies play a useful social role, or do they represent a social waste? Bitcoin is a decentralized recordkeeping system, with updating of the record of transactions in the blockchain. Potentially,

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11:00

Pullback on Hand? Bitcoin Shows Weakness Above $10K "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Having found weak hands above the $10,200 mark in Asian hours, bitcoin has slipped back into four figures.

10:44

Accidental Charges Lead To Coinbase Users Losing Thousands Of Dollars, Refunds Promised "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Coinbase exchange has acknowledged an error that led to overcharging customers, promises refunds in full to all affected #NEWS

10:29

South African President Steps Down as Banks Embrace Blockchain Technology "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Jacob Zuma corruption scandal damaged one of Africas biggest economies #EXPERT_TAKE

10:15

Blockchain Backed By Silver! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Blockchain Backed By Silver! Video Truth Never Told Video Source

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10:00

Vitalik Hopes New Ethereum Fund Will Deliver on Hype "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A group of notable ethereum startups are partnering to create a new financial fund designed to boost the blockchain's ecosystem.

10:00

As Bitcoin Goes Over $10,000, Analyst Makes Big Predictions For 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Unrepentant cryptocurrency bull Tom Lee predicts Bitcoin will reach $25,000 in 2018 and $125,000 by 2022.

Aggressive Predictions For Bitcoins Future

Tom Lee was the first major Wall Street analyst to cover Bitcoin and has remained bullish about the cryptocurrency market since. In his latest report, Fundstrat Global advisors head of research called for some high numbers in the coming years.

Having analyzed 22 bitcoin depreciations of more than 20% he found that recoveries take 1.7 times the duration of a decline in a bull market, to which he added that this is still a bull market. Given that trend, Bitcoin would make a complete recovery by July.

We expect bitcoins major low to be $9,000, and we would be aggressive buyers around that level. We view this $9,000 as the biggest buying opportunity in 2018.

Lee said in his report on Thursday

Lees formula for valuing bitcoin measures money supply growth, the ratio of alternative currencies like gold to the money supply and a digital currencies share of those alternatives. He also expects to see substantial interest in crypto commodities from institutional investors in the coming year.

Lee said in his report that the $10,000 mark, which Bitcoin recovered this week, is an important psychological key for investors watching the recovery. Noting that the bottoms of the recent decline have all been V-shaped he went on to predict some big numbers.

Lee said on CNBCs Fast Money that he expected bitcoin to go to $25,000 by July of this year and then double that by years end. $25,000 was a mark he previously set a four-year goal, which he now has reassessed to $125,000.

These may sound like grandiose predictions but coming from the man who called the new year drop of roughly 50% a buying opportunity not completely unexpected.

We can see a case for Bitcoins resilience here given the sharpness of the recent decline.

Tom Lee

Blue Chips Will All See Tremendous Growth

He moved on from bitcoin in his report to make some equally impressive predictions concerning other Blue Chip cryptocurrencies.

He expects Ethereum to reach $1,900 by years end, up 90% from present value.

Lee also predicts the Chinese developed NEO currency will gain 50 percent from Thursdays v...

09:17

Bitcoin Price Surges to $10,000 as Market Continues to Recover to $500 Billion "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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The bitcoin price has surpassed the $10,000 mark, which analysts including BitFury vice chairman George Kikvadze described as a psychological threshold, as the entire cryptocurrency market recorded large gains. Bitcoin In yesterdays report, CCN noted that bitcoin is in an ideal position to break through the $10,000 mark, given its strong volume across all major

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09:00

Cardano Price Technical Analysis ADA/USD Just Broke Crucial Support? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Highlights

  • ADA price struggled to gain momentum above the $0.40 level and moved down against the US Dollar (tethered).
  • There was a break below a major ascending channel with support at $0.3800 on the hourly chart of the ADA/USD pair (data feed via Bittrex).
  • The pair has to stay above the $0.3700 support to avoid further declines in the near term.

Cardano price is slightly bearish against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. ADA/USD may decline a few points, but it may later bounce back to retest the $0.40 resistance.

Cardano Price Resistance

There was a steady price action in ADA price recently above the $0.3500 level against the US Dollar. The price even traded above the $0.4000 resistance, but it was not able to gain upside momentum. A high was formed at $0.4044 from where the price started a downside correction. It moved below the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $0.3420 low to $0.4044 high.

More importantly, there was a break below a major ascending channel with support at $0.3800 on the hourly chart of the ADA/USD pair. The pair is now trading below the $0.3900 level. However, the downside move was protected by the 50% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $0.3420 low to $0.4044 high. The pair is currently holding the $0.3700 support and it must stay above the mentioned levels. If it fails to stay above the $0.3700 level, it could even test the 76.4% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $0.3420 low to $0.4044 high at $0.3553.

Cardano Price Technical Analysis ADA USD

On the upside, the price may continue to struggle near $0.4000. A successful break above the $0.4000 level could ignite more gains toward $0.5000 in the near term.

Hourly MACD The MACD for ADA/USD is currently in the bearish zone.

Hourly RSI The RSI for ADA/USD is moving lower and is currently below the 50 level.

Major Support Level $0.3700

Major Resistance Level $0....

09:00

Japanese Crypto Associations Merge for Self-Regulation "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The crypto industry in Japan is still reeling from the half million dollar Coincheck heist last month. The fallout from one of the largest digital currency hacks in history was wide reaching. Further calls for safeguards and regulation have been made in what is currently the worlds most crypto friendly nation. Rather than a heavy handed approach from the government, two of Japans leading cryptocurrency associations are about to merge to self-regulate the ecosystem.

Self-regulation over government restriction

It was reported today that, according to sources, Japans two cryptocurrency industry groups are in talks to form a self-regulating body. The Japan Blockchain Association and the Japan Cryptocurrency Business Association are expected to merge as early as April with the intention of implementing further safeguards to protect traders and investors.

The move comes in the wake of the Coincheck hack which resulted in over $530 million in XEM tokens being stolen from the Tokyo exchange. The amalgamation would reassign the heads of both organizations into one self-regulatory body however no definite decisions have been made yet.

Neither association would release any details to the media however the move is a positive one and would bring about a safer environment for crypto users, merchants and exchanges. The Coincheck hack revealed a number of flaws in Japans crypto ecosystem but instead of the government taking a heavy handed approach, as in neighboring China, more proactive and constructive solutions are being sought.

Japan leads the way

The Southeast Asian nation is currently one of the world leaders in cryptocurrencies with reports that over 50% of the global trade last month was made in Yen. According to analytics website Coinhills Japanese exchange bitFlyer is the top exchange for daily Bitcoin trade, with over 314,000 BTC traded in the past 24 hours. Like South Korea, the country has some huge exchanges and its citizens are free to trade providing they remain lawful and do not use cryptocurrencies for any shady purposes.

Self-regulation has to be the way forward as governments are too quick to clampdown on things they cannot control or comprehend. Cryptocurrencies are a prime example and for this embryonic industry to prosper more nations should follow Japans lead.

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08:01

Japanese Cryptocurrency Coincheck Faces Lawsuit over Withdrawals "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Investors have opened legal proceedings against embattled Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck. The Tokyo based platform was the victim of a major hack last month, with a reported loss of $530 million worth of XEM. The platform quickly closed both fiat and cryptocurrency withdrawals following the breach, in an attempt to prevent further possible loss. Whilst Yen

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08:00

Spanish Government Eyes Tax Benefits for Crypto Companies "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Spain's ruling political party is reportedly drafting legislation that it hopes will help woo cryptocurrency and blockchain companies to the country.

07:55

Half of Large British Businesses Hold Stockpiles of Cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Half of Large British Businesses Hold Stockpiles of Cryptocurrency

A new poll of IT mangers at large UK businesses found that exactly half keep stockpiles of cryptocurrency for various reasons. Unlike what some might imagine, only a very small fraction of the companies that are holding bitcoin claim to be doing so as preparation for a ransomware attack.

Also Read: Coinbase Develops Bitpay Competitor Supporting BTC, BCH, ETH and LTC

Big British Bitcoin Survey

Half of Large British Businesses Hold Stockpiles of CryptocurrencyA new research commissioned by software developer Citrix (NASDAQ: CTXS) has found that 50% of large British businesses have stockpiles of cryptocurrency. The study, which was carried out in partnership with One Poll, surveyed 750 IT decision makers within large UK businesses of 250 employees or more. It...

07:30

Ripple Price Technical Analysis XRP/USDs Downsides Remain Supported "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Highlights

  • Ripple price traded as high as $1.1024 before starting a downside correction against the US dollar.
  • Yesterdays highlighted ascending channel with current support at $1.0080 is intact on the hourly chart of the XRP/USD pair (data source from SimpleFx).
  • The pair may extend the current decline, but it is likely to find support near $1.0000 and $1.0080.

Ripple price is currently correcting lower against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. XRP/USD remains well supported on the downside above the $1.00 handle.

Ripple Price Support

Recently, we saw a nice upside move in Ripple price above the $1.00 level against the US Dollar. The price traded above the $1.10 level and formed a high at $1.1024. Later, a downside wave was initiated and the price moved below the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $0.9136 low to $1.1024 high. However, there are many supports on the downside such as $1.0000 and $1.0080.

More importantly, yesterdays highlighted ascending channel with current support at $1.0080 is intact on the hourly chart of the XRP/USD pair. The pair extend the current correction pattern, but the channel support and $1.00 are major buy zones. Furthermore, the channel support is near the 50% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $0.9136 low to $1.1024 high. The last but not the least, the 100 hourly simple moving average is also positioned around the channel support and $1.00 to prevent declines.

Ripple Price Technical Analysis XRP USD

Therefore, the $1.00 handle is a major buy zone. A break below $1.00 could push the price back in the bearish zone. On the upside, an initial resistance is at $1.10. Above $1.10, the price has to surpass $1.15 for more gains.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD The MACD for XRP/USD is currently reducing its bullish slope.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) The RSI for XRP/USD is struggling to stay above the 50 level.

Major Suppor...

07:25

Bitcoin Comes Out On Ellen DeGeneres Show, Mainstream Exposure "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Ellen DeGeneres has presented a hilarious send-up of it on her highly popular talk show, taking bitcoin and cryptocurrencies to a different level of mainstream exposure.

The fact that Ellen stood in front of her audience and did a partial breakdown on how cryptocurrency works using the image of an adorable baby goat shows how far out of the shadows bitcoin has come.

Bitcoin has Moved into Mainstream Media

Not long ago Bitcoin was talked about in the same hushed tones as the dark web and was only mentioned in the media as the currency of cybercriminals. It was how international drug dealers and human traffickers funded their criminal empires.

Today though references to Bitcoin have become commonplace in the news cycle and as fodder for comedy shows.

The general premise of which is that cryptocurrency is a little-understood, nerd based system of trading pseudo-money. Good for a laugh but in the end just another fad that will surely pass along like Zumba or the pet rock.

Though most of the send-ups of Bitcoin are about as tin can as the Ellen breakdown where she simply glosses over the system with a shoulder shrug and an eye roll to elicit laughs there have been some genuinely hilarious skits that deal with the complexity of Blockchain technology.

Still a Laughing Matter

A fake commercial for Bitcoin that aired on the Seth Meyer show presented three women having coffee and playing cards when one goes into the most abstract breakdown of digital currency, Blockchain and the crypto market your likely to hear outside of a Reddit thread while one friend pretends to understand every nuance and the other becomes incredulous about the jibberish.

Likewise the often subversive and consistently off-kilter Conan OBrien aired a breakdown of Bitcoin by its founder Marcus Ortman who rambles away using half technical, half new age lingo, even at one point parsing the famous flat circle speech from True Detective. Finally, Conan tries to corner him on giving a straight answer. At which point Ortman throws a smoke bomb and tries to disappear but cant even get that right.

Bitcoin has moved out the murky depths of the dark web to the spotlight of mainstream media even if its only to be either derided or laughed at. Whether it be grumpy old billionaires calling it Poisonous and asinine or comedians poking fun at the complex technology the message is clear. Bitcoin is a thing for tech weirdos, like dungeons and dragons.

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06:55

Bank of America Has Filed More Cryptocurrency Patents Than Any Other Company "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bank of America Has Filed More Cryptocurrency Patents Than Any Other Company

Think of cryptocurrency developers and names like Satoshi Nakamoto, Gavin Andresen, and Nick Szabo spring to mind. Individuals who place principles ahead of profit and are more aligned with open source principles than filing patents and closely guarding their secrets. The only secret Satoshi guarded was his identity. It may come as a surprise then to learn that in the last decade, the company that has more cryptocurrency patents than any other is in many bitcoiners eyes the antithesis of everything decentralized currency stands for Bank of America.

Also read: Crypto Exchanges Launch P2P Platforms from Latvia and Bulgaria

Bitcoin Patents Pile Up

Since Bitcoins genesis block was mined nine years ago, over 2,000 related patents have been filed, Bitcoin Patent Report reveals. In the cryptocurrencys early years, the number of patents was low, averaging under 50 a year, but by 2015 that figure began to pick up and by 2016 was growing exponentially. Some of the companies whose names feature in the top ten are to be expected, such as Bitflyer and IBM, whose interest in blockchain is well documented. The computing giant has filed a total of 34 cryptocurrency related patents, but is outplaced by South Korean brokerage Coinplug, which is third on the list with 39.

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06:33

Altcoin Analysis: NEO, EOS, LTC, NEM and Lumens "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Besides EOS/USD, most high cap altcoins are trading above the middle BB-a level which is important in our analysis.

Even though we saw a general slowdown in bullish momentum, we expect prices to bounce back today or tomorrow and with every low these alt coins make, buyers should take advantage of the free discount and load up their longs when a stochastics buy signal prints preferably in the 4HR chart.

I will be watching how EOS and NEO turn out at the end of the day because all we need is a push and close above $11.5 and $130 respectively.

Lets have a look at these charts:

XLM/USD

alt coin XLM/USD Technical analysisXLMUSD Daily Chart for February 16, 2018

Prices are oscillating around our main resistance line at around $0.50.

While yesterdays prices were largely bearish with no definitive close above the middle BB as per our forecast, we shall still retain our bullish skew.

At the moment, we can see that bull momentum is increasing. This is definitely supportive of buyers who should be looking for buy opportunities in lower time frames.

Zooming in, price action development especially in the 4HR chart looks perfect and it that regard, Lumens reaction at around $200 looks to be a perfect spring board for buyers.

IOT/USD

alt coin IOT/USD Technical analysisIOTUSD Daily Chart for February 16, 2018...

06:13

Bitcoin Price Technical Analysis for 02/16/2018 One More Hurdle to Clear "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin Price Key Highlights

  • Bitcoin price has broken past its inverse head and shoulders pattern neckline to show that an uptrend is in the cards.
  • Price is hitting another upside barrier at its descending trend line, though, and this might prompt profit-taking.
  • Technical indicators are also suggesting that the rally is overdone.

Bitcoin price is testing the descending trend line on its 4-hour time frame, and moving past this hurdle could mean more gains.

Technical Indicators Signals

The 100 SMA is below the longer-term 200 SMA to signal that the path of least resistance is to the downside. This suggests that the downtrend is more likely to resume than to reverse.

The 200 SMA also lines up with the descending trend line to add to its strength as resistance. This means that it would take a strong catalyst to trigger and sustain an upside break.

Stochastic is indicating overbought conditions, though, so selling pressure could still pick up. Similarly, RSI is in the overbought region and looks ready to turn lower, so bitcoin price might follow suit.

Market Factors

Bitcoin price has drawn a lot of support from easing regulatory concerns, stemming from the US Senate hearing and remarks from South Korean officials suggesting that they are open to introducing something like BitLicense.

Recall that Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chair Christopher Giancarlo and Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Jay Clayton mentioned that they have no plans on banning bitcoin. Instead they plan on regulating the industry without quashing development.

More positive updates like these could help improve the sentiment in the industry. Apart from that, the continuation of risk-taking in higher-yielding assets like stocks and commodities has also benefitted bitcoin.

Besides, the move all the way to the $10,000 area of interest could bring more buying interest as this could signal an end of the correction. A sustained move past the next $12,000 area of interest could confirm that buying momentum is in play, attracting even more buyers.

 

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06:00

As Bitcoin Soars, So Do Coinbase Customer Complaints "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

In recent weeks, Coinbase users have voiced a litany of complaints about the U.S. mega-exchange: missing wires, unreleased bitcoin, disabled accounts.

06:00

Ethereum Price Technical Analysis ETH/USD Eyes More Upsides "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Highlights

  • ETH price is rising and is currently trading above the $920 level against the US Dollar.
  • There is a key bullish trend line forming with support at $890 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via SimpleFX).
  • The pair may continue to rise and it could even break the recent high of $936 for more gains.

Ethereum price is trading with bullish price action against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. ETH/USD may soon break the $935-940 levels to gain further upside momentum.

Ethereum Price Support

There were bullish moves above $860 during the past few sessions in ETH price against the US Dollar. The price was above the move above the $900 and $910 resistance levels. It traded as high as $936 and is currently consolidating gains. It moved down once and traded below the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $868 low to $936 high.

However, the downside move was limited and the pair found support near $890-900. Moreover, the 50% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $868 low to $936 high acted as a support. There was an upside reaction and the price moved back above the $910 level. On the downside, there is a key bullish trend line forming with support at $890 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD. The pair is trading with a positive bias above the $920 level. Any dips from the current levels remain supported around the $900 and $890 levels.

Ethereum Price Technical Analysis ETH USD

On the upside, the pair may soon move above the $935 level once again. Once it break $935, it could even move above the $950 level. Further above $950, there could more gains toward the $980 level.

Hourly MACD The MACD has slightly reduced the bullish slope, but it is still positive.

Hourly RSI The RSI is once again moving higher after testing the 50 level.

Major Support Level $900

Major Resistance Level $935

 

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06:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

1.00 AUD = 0.00008 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.30 AUD
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Bitcoin and United States Dollar "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

0.00010 BTC = 1.05 USD
1.00 USD = 0.00010 BTC
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05:55

Mining Crypto In a Browser Is a Complete Waste of Time "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Mining Crypto In a Browser Is a Complete Waste of Time

Malware that surreptitiously mines cryptocurrency while you browse the web is big news right now literally in the case of news outlet Salon, which has enabled it as an opt-in feature. One thing that it certainly isnt, though, is big business. Every other day, media outlets seem to be running stories about the latest cryptojacking scams. While these tales are mostly true, the extent of the problem has been vastly overstated. Smart criminals arent covertly crypto mining in-browser, not because theyre incapable of doing so, but because even at scale it simply isnt profitable.

Also read: Nuclear Engineers Arrested for Mining Cryptocurrency Using Government Supercomputer

Cryptojacking Malware

Browser Mining Crypto Is a Complete Waste of TimeLast weekend, it emerged that...

05:30

Central Banks Are Preparing To Take Control Of The Blockchain (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Central Banks Are Preparing To Take Control Of The Blockchain Video X22 Report The Canadian housing crisis is imploding, sales have dropped on existing homes. Inflation is starting to pick up, once inflation gets going the central bank will...

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05:08

Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis BCH/USD Zooms Above $1,400 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Points

  • Bitcoin cash price surged higher and it was able to break the $1,400 resistance against the US Dollar.
  • There is a major bullish trend line forming with support at $1,350 on the hourly chart of BCH/USD (data feed from SimpleFX).
  • The pair is currently correcting lower, but it remains well supported on the downside at $1,380.

Bitcoin cash price is gaining upside momentum above $1,400 against the US Dollar. BCH/USD may correct in the short term, but it remains in an uptrend.

Bitcoin Cash Price Uptrend

There were continuous gains in bitcoin cash price from the $1,300 swing low against the US Dollar. The price was able to move above two important resistance levels at $1,365 and $1,380. It cleared the path for an upside push above the $1,400 resistance. There was a major upside move and the price even traded above the $1,450 level and formed a high near $1,476.

A downside correction is underway from the $1,476 high, but the price is well above the 100 hourly simple moving average. An initial support on the downside is around the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $1,295 low to $1,476 high. There is also a major bullish trend line forming with support at $1,350 on the hourly chart of BCH/USD. The pair remains well supported on the downside around the $1.400 and $1,380 levels. Moreover, the 50% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $1,295 low to $1,476 high is around $1,385.

Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis BCH USD

Therefore, the $1,380-1,400 levels are decent supports. On the upside, the price may resume it uptrend above the $1,460 level. Above the recent high of $1,476, the price could even break the $1,500 level.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD The MACD for BCH/USD is gaining momentum in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) The RSI for BCH/USD is correcting lower from the overbought levels.

Major Support Level...

05:02

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

FOMO Moments

Xn nin kui l, Happy New Year. It is the year of the dog but the bulls seem to be dominating the markets this morning in Southeast Asia. Most cryptos are trading higher today with the exception of Litecoin which has cooled off a little from its two day surge. Bitcoin has broken through the $10k barrier and its siblings are hanging on for the ride. One coin is of course trading higher than the rest this morning and that is VeChain.

According to stats from Coinmarketcap VEN is up 15% on the day. The token is currently trading at $5.82, up from $5 this time yesterday, over the week it has shown a 42% climb from just over $4. VEN spiked to an all-time high of $9.37 on January 22 and has been falling ever since until a turnaround on February 14.

VeChain

VeChain claims to be a product based crypto which has implemented blockchain solutions across various industries such as luxury goods, liquor and agriculture. The concept is to ensure quality and transparency for luxury brands and products to battle against a growing black market of counterfeit goods. Customers can use the system to claim ownership of luxury items which will be entered into their distributed ledger.

The company is set to rebrand on February 26 at a flamboyant event in Singapore. VEN tokens will be converted into VET tokens to reflect moving to a new advanced blockchain called VeChain Thor. This is likely to have spurred greater interest in the altcoin which is currently outperforming all others in the top 25.

VeChain is largely traded on Binance which has over 50% of the volume, $135 million of which has passed hands in the last 24 hours. VeChain is currently at 17 in the market capacity charts with a total cap of $2.7 billion. There is a total supply of 873 million tokens with 470 million currently circulating.

The only other altcoin enjoying double digit increases in Asia this morning is Bitcoin Cash, up an impressive 13.7% on the day.

More on VeChain can be found here: https://www.vechain.com/

FOMO Moments is a section that takes a daily look at the top 25 altcoins during the Asian trading session and analyses the best perfor...

05:00

Cryptocurrency Exchange Coinbase Glitch Overcharges Users, Investigation Ongoing "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Coinbase has admitted that a glitch in its system has been overcharging customers for several days, even after investors posted complaints on content sharing platforms like Reddit about being charged multiple times for a single transaction.

Overcharged Coinbase Customers Vent on Reddit

San Franciscos Coinbase is the leading cryptocurrency wallet and brokerage which also oversees Global Digital Asset Exchange (GDAX), and up until recently, a trusted destination to buy, trade and sell bitcoin and other digital currency.

Coinbase officially admitted to the glitch on February 15, responding to the outrage of customers posting on Reddit that a problem in their system has been creating multiple charges for single transactions.

[Coinbase] drained my bank account and now I have nothing,

One user cried out on Reddit.

Welp officially broke, charged 171000$ on my account,

said another user.

Coinbase reacted, posting directly to Reddit yesterday.

We can confirm that the unexpected charges are originating from our payment processing network, and are related to charges from previous purchases. To the best of our knowledge, these unexpected charges are not permanent and are in the process of being refunded.

Soon after this post though Coinbase released another statement passing the buck.

Coinbase Traces Problem to New MCC Code

We have confirmed that this is an issue occurring downstream from Coinbase, and were working with those parties to reach a resolution.

Ultimately the exchange blamed the way credit-card companies have changed their policies for buying cryptocurrency. Now treating the purchases as cash advances, carrying all of the fees and higher percentages along with them.

They detailed the situation in a statement given to The Next Web.

Were currently investigating an issue where some customers were charged incorrectly for purchases of digital currency with credit and debit cards.

This is related to the recent MCC code change by the card networks and card issuers charging additional fees. We have identified a solution and future purchases will not be affected. We will ensure any customer...

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04:40

'Hundreds' of Crypto Miners Said to Be Descending on Quebec "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Hydro-Quebec may charge an industry-specific rate to crypto mining farms to deal with overwhelming demand for Quebec's cheap energy resources.

04:01

GPU Shortage Hinders Scientific Research Cryptocurrency Miners Blamed "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

GPU Shortage Hinders Scientific Research Cryptocurrency Miners Blamed

After gamers, scientists have now raised the alarm about the deficit of video cards caused by excessive demand in the crypto mining industry. Researchers trying to pick up radio signals from stars and extraterrestrials say they need more of the latest GPU chips for their data processing equipment. According to media reports, a leading manufacturer may soon offer a graphics card dedicated for mining to mitigate shortages.

Also read: AMD Increases GPU Production to Match Crypto Mining Demand

Efforts to Eavesdrop on ETs Impeded

Radio-astronomers working on SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) projects said they need more GPUs to upgrade their equipment. The scientists want to expand operations at two observatories but cannot find enough of the new powerful chips, BBC reported. Some telescopes need about 100 graphics cards to process data from large listening arrays. They are used to detect signals from space, some of which may be emitted by other civilizations.

Demand for graphics processing units has soared in recent months and cryptocurrency miners have been blamed for the shortages. Investors buy in bulk the latest GPUs on the market, which can process more crypto transactions and return higher profits. Cards are used in mining rigs mainly for altcoins like ethereum and monero. Bitcoin mining requires a certain processing capacity and is performed by s...

03:22

Happy Chinese New Year, and How Crypto Will Remember the Last One "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Happy Chinese New Year! Lets have a look on what happened in the world of crypto in the year of the Rooster. #INFOGRAPHICS

02:30

No, 'Litecoin Cash' Isn't Bitcoin Cash All Over Again "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Litecoin cash, that's like bitcoin cash, right? As always in crypto, branding might be deceiving when it comes to a new upstart project.

02:05

Berkshire Hathaway: Bitcoin Is Disgusting, Detestable, Noxious Poison "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Berkshire Hathaway: Bitcoin is Disgusting, Detestable, Noxious Poison

Daily Journals annual shareholder meeting usually involves Berkshire Hathaways vice chairman, Charlie Munger, giving his overview of things economic. This Valentines Day, the 94-year-old right-hand man of Warren Buffett took the opportunity to savage the worlds most popular cryptocurrency, bitcoin.

Also read: Citibank India Bans Bitcoin 

Berkshire Hathaway Wants Cops Unleashed on Bitcoin

If its not a religious affair, it sure has that feel. The grand cardinal of retail finance, Charlie Munger, was plopped into a chair, and assembled hordes gathered to hear investment wisdom from the Oracle of Omahas saintly priest. To say Mr. Munger is a successful investor is to place too general praise on the man: arguably he is among the most bankable gurus of all time.

From Los Angeles, Mr. Munger came right out with it: I never considered for one second having anything to do with [bitcoin], I detested it the minute it had been raised. The more popular it got, the more I hated it. Its just disgusting that people have been taken in by this.

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02:04

Moneros XMR Breaks Through $300 Despite its Mining Controversy "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Moneros XMR has been seeing massive gains recently. This is despite a piece of malware that has been concerning the cryptocurrency crowd. XMR tested the $300 resistance level on Thursday after seeing its second consecutive bullish market sentiment.

What is Moneros XMR?

Monero is an open-source cryptocurrency created in April 2014. It focuses on privacy and decentralization. It runs on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and FreeBSD.

Moneros token, XMR, has enjoyed a steady increase in adoption since its release. Dark web marketplaces including AlphaBay and Oasis have embraced the cryptocurrency, reportedly due to popular demand.

Moneros Malware Controversy

Monero hit the headlines recently thanks to a piece of malware mining it in secret on Android devices. The malware redirects users to websites that tap into a devices processing power to mine the Monero cryptocurrency.

For example, U.S. online news publication, Salon has adopted this unconventional alternative to ads to make money. They are using a readers computing power to mine Monero.

The way they do is by giving readers that dont want ads to appear on content an option to suppress ads. This allows Salon to use a readers unused computing power to mine virtual currency.

XMR Price Action

XMR saw similar types of patterns in terms of gains and pullbacks as other major cryptos in the past month. XMR/USD has pierced through the 50% Fibonacci retracement level of $273. It is testing the $300 level at the time of writing.

The pair remains below the daily Ichimoku cloud. However, the Tenkan line appears to be crossing above the Kiju line, signaling the medium-term bullish momentum to continue.

Monero-XMR-Technical-AnalysisMonero-XMR-Technical-Analysis...

02:00

Number of Crypto Hedge Funds Skyrocketing Big Players Are Coming "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

16Fintech research house Autonomous NEXT has been researching crypto hedge funds which have more than doubled in number in the four months leading up to today, February 15th. The firm recorded a record high of 226 global hedge funds, up from 110 global hedge funds on October 18th. That itself was up from 55 funds on August 29th and just 37 at the start of 2017. Assets under management hit between $3.5 and $5 billion, according to the Autonomous NEXT.

The surge in funds comes at a somewhat volatile time for cryptocurrencies. After hitting a record high of $20,000 in December, Bitcoin lost nearly 70% of its value briefly slipping below $6,000 in January. The coin has since recovered some of those falls, sitting at just above $10,000 as of today. (Read our article Hedge Fund Investor: Bitcoin Already Hit Bottom, Ready to Surge to learn more about Bitcoin price predictions for the near-future).

Rival cryptocurrencies have also seen declines. The market cap of all virtual currencies their price multiplied by the number of coins issued currently stands at around $465 billion, according to Coinmarketcap, down from more than $830 billion in early January.

While the softer prices of crypto assets does create a more difficult environment for investors, I do not think it will pause the influx of funds and other financial institutions building products in the space, Autonomous NEXT partner Lex Sokolin said. It would take the extreme case of the entire space contracting by 80% and high regulation before the flow of funds turns around.

Some invest in just Bitcoin, taking both long and short positions, some buy several different cryptocurrencies, and others exploit the arbitrage between different exchanges prices. These different approaches mean that some players are, despite the markets, making a profit. Token Capitals $500 million EKT Active Fund, which invests in initial coin offerings (ICOs) made 6.5% in January, a spokesman for the company said.

BitSpread, a Cayman-registered hedge fund, returned around 4.8%. BitSpread, with more than $100 million under management, makes money by market-making and exploiting arbitrage across different exchanges rather than going long or short. The companys founder Cedric Jeanson said the funds market-neutral strategy meant it could make money even if the price of Bitcoin and its rivals collapsed. Since its launch in May 2017, the company has turned profits every month.

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01:10

Cryptocurrencies and the Powers That Be "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Cryptocurrencies and the Powers That Be by Jim Rickards Daily Reckoning Remember the days (about six months ago) when bitcoin was going to revolutionize banking and disintermediate the mean nasty banksters? Well, a funny thing happened on the way...

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01:00

The Basic Guide on How to Claim and Sell Bitcoin Forks "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Warning: There are ample risks involved in getting and selling forkcoins as it also needs much advanced knowledge. If you do these steps, it means you are accepting all of the risks involved:

  • Using Bitcoin private keys and disclosing them
  • When certain software is being run and installed
  • Actively trading as well as being present on different exchanges

For more information, you can see this video first:

By the time this article is being written, you can get around 2,000 USD freely in each bitcoin you have in your wallet which was acquired before 1st of August, 2017.

Given that most of this value is made of Bitcoin Gold and Bitcoin Cash (approximately 1% and 12% of Bitcoin respectively). Airdrops of Byteball (unclaimable in any indicative amount) and Clams (still claimable at May 2014 dated addresses).

You will have around 200 to 300 USD of free money availabl in each bitcoin you have acquires since months of November or December 2017, except for BCH and BGP. Although this number is only an educated guess, obviously. The accurate total amount will vary on the present availability and pricing of a number of markets and also the appearance of new forkcoins.

bitcoin fork 2018

Stated in a current headline of Bloomberg that there will be a significant amount of more forks coming.

Now, it is solely up to you to see if the prize is worth with the amount of effort needed to get these coins. You should know that your financial privacy would only be in danger via this procedure, since the data on your BTC holdings will be disclosed to a lot of different services, exchanges and networks. But, the risk financially are just insignificant if you are able to act in accordance with the #1 Rule:

#1 RULE when Getting Bitcoin Forks (Absolutely Important!)

Getting all the forks needs you to utilize your Bitcoin wallet private keys, which holds your Bitcoin by the moment the coin was forked. This method can only be effective if and only if you have already transferred your Bitcoin to another wallet and you already have another set of private keys.

Tip: This is a perfect time to move your Bitcoins to a so-called hardware wallet or HW. If you have utilized a HW already, try to get a second one in order to keep your standard of security upon getting!

An Instance of Safe-Getting Process

Let us have Super BTC (SBTC) as an example. It was bifurcated around 12th of December, 2017 (its BTC block height is 498,888). Whatever amount of Bitcoin you have had in your BTC wallet at the same moment, youll now have as muc...

00:30

Five Siberian Power Plants Attracting Crypto Miners With Surplus Electricity "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Five Siberian Power Plants Attracting Crypto Miners With Surplus Electricity

Cryptocurrency miners will soon be able to benefit from surplus electricity and the cold climate at five power plants located in Siberia. Russian energy company En+, which owns those power plants, is already in talks with investors to build crypto mining farms near them.

Also read: Japans DMM Bitcoin Exchange Opens for Business With 7 Cryptocurrencies

Five Power Plant Sites

Five Siberian Power Plants Attracting Cryptocurrency Miners With Surplus ElectricityRussian energy company En+ Group is actively preparing to offer electricity to cryptocurrency miners at some of its power plants, Vedomosti reported on Wednesday.

En+ CEO Maxim Sokov was quoted saying, We are talking about five sites. They are in the Irkutsk Oblast, a federal subject of Russia, located in southeastern Siberia. Two sites are near the town of Ust-Ilimskin, one is near the city of Bratsk, and the other two are near the city of Irkutsk.

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00:00

CoinHoarder Steals Over $50 Million in Cryptocurrencies Using Google Ads "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

According to a report published Wednesday, February 14th by Ciscos Talos Intelligence Group, a team of Ukrainian hackers dubbed CoinHoarder has stolen more than $50 million in cryptocurrency from users who were under the impression they were accessing Blockchain.info, one of the most popular providers of virtual currency wallets.

The report details how thieves preyed on their victims using a simple technique: Buying Google ads on popular search keywords related to cryptocurrency to poison user search results and snatch the contents of crypto wallets. This meant people Googling terms like blockchain or Bitcoin wallet, saw links to malicious websites masquerading as legitimate domains for Blockchain.info wallets. Fooled into believing they had come to the right place, victims then entered private information that allowed the hackers to gain access to their actual wallets and take their virtual currency.

The poison ads included spoofed links with small mistypes like blokchien.info/wallet and block-clain.info, which sent visitors to pages that mirrored actual websites of the company Blockchain, which runs both the domains Blockchain.info and Blockchain.com. According to Ciscos report, the legitimate sites appeared lower in the results than the poisoned links.

The attackers needed only to continue purchasing Google AdWords to ensure a steady stream of victims, the Talos team led by Jeremiah OConnor and Dave Maynor said in their report. Cisco, which investigated the massive phishing campaign for more than six months in partnership with Ukraines Cyberpolice, noted that the Coinhoarder groups method has since become increasingly common in the wild, with attackers targeting many different crypto wallets and exchanges.

The Coinhoarder thefts occurred over the course of three years but surged at the end of 2017 as Bitcoin prices soared close to $20,000, with $10 million stolen between September and December. In one run, the hackers made off with $2 million in the span of fewer than four weeks, the Talos researchers said. Further, its very likely the value of the steals total much more than $50 million now, as Talos based its calculations on cryptocurrency prices at the time of the theft.

Cisco found that the Coinhoarder scam disproportionately ensnared those from underbanked regions where cryptocurrency has caught on as an alternative means of storing wealth: Residents of Af...

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22:32

CFTC Advisory Committee Recommends Creation of Virtual Currency Subcommittee "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

CFTC Advisory Committee Recommends the Creation of a Virtual Currency Subcommittee

On Wednesday, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Committees (CFTC) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) held a public meeting at its Washington, D.C., headquarters. During the meeting, members of the Bitcoin and cryptoasset industry shared information regarding this emerging market and offered guidance on how the CFTC may approach regulating the space in 2018.

Multiple participants in the public hearing made comments to differentiate between different types of cryptoassets and their associated technologies.

Potential regulation around cryptoasset exchanges was also discussed as a potential area for further regulation, as has been noted by regulators worldwide over the past few months.

By the end of the portion of the public hearing dedicated to virtual currencies, the TAC voted unanimously to recommend that the CFTC create a subcommittee for this new asset class.

Differentiating Between Different Types of Cryptoassets

One of the key points made by those who were invited to speak about the cryptoasset industry was that all of these tokens or coins should not necessarily be treated equally. For example, during his opening remarks, Coin Center Executive Director Jerry Brito discussed the differences between traditional cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, and initial coin offerings (ICOs).

Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are commodities, of course, as the SEC has previously [said].  Questions remain however about the borders [around] these categories and about how one can responsibly share tokens to future investors, noted Brito.

Special Counsel Ga...

22:30

Were Back! Bitcoin Price Back Above $10,000 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The price of Bitcoin appears to be recovering well from the dramatic fall it experienced at the end of last year. The cost to buy a single unit of the worlds most popular cryptocurrency reached a two week high on Thursday, topping out at just above the $10,000 point. The second time passing, the five-digit psychological barrier seemed to offer little resistance as the price barely paused between $9,000 and the two week high.

The recent price surge seems largely driven by various news events clearing the fear and uncertainty surrounding the space of late. So far in 2018, doubt was cast over the market thanks to South Koreas musing over a cryptocurrency ban. The government there had mentioned the possibility of them taking such a harsh step but have since stated that there is no intention to eradicate the crypto-craze thats been sweeping the nation for some time. One report suggests that instead of the government there are others seeking to license cryptocurrency exchanges. This would serve to further legitimise the industry, as well as making the environment safer for investors.

Elsewhere, the latest round of SEC Senate hearings about Bitcoin is doing their fair share to dispel the doubt about cryptocurrencies thats been creeping in since late December. During the hearing, the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Christopher Giancarlo, said:

We owe it to this new generation to respect their enthusiasm for virtual currencies, with a thoughtful and balanced response, and not a dismissive one.

Whats good news for Bitcoin is usually good news for the entire space. This was highlighted by similar gains across all major cryptocurrencies. Many within the top 20 by market cap have seen price leaps between two and 25 percent in the last 24 hours. This is according to industry price website Coinmarketcap.

Meanwhile, Tom Lee of Fundstrat Global Advisors believes that the price per BTC should exceed the previous all-time high by July of this year. The longtime Bitcoin advocate noted in a report earlier today that during bull periods of upward trends, Bitcoin recoveries take 1.7 times the amount of time the initial decline lasted for. For Lee, this implies that 85 days are needed to recover prior highs this is July 2018. His end of 2018 price call remains $25,000.

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Bitcoin.de Review: Is It a Legit Exchange? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The post Bitcoin.de Review: Is It a Legit Exchange? appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

As the .de in the name suggests, Bitcoin.de is a Bitcoin marketplace based in Germany. First of all, its important to note that this isnt a traditional Bitcoin exchange such as Bitfinex or Bitstamp. The best comparison to make is with LocalBitcoins in that its a platform that connects buyers and sellers, much like an [...]

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CFTC Issues Investor Warning on Cryptocurrency Pump-and-Dump Scams "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The post CFTC Issues Investor Warning on Cryptocurrency Pump-and-Dump Scams appeared first on CCN

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a warning advising investors to avoid falling prey to cryptocurrency-based pump-and-dump schemes. The Customer Protection Advisory, which was published by the chief US market regulator on Thursday, urges investors to conduct their own research before investing in cryptocurrencies, particularly ones that have small market caps and illiquid Continued

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Try the Brave Browser and Give Brave Payments a Go "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

We have been following the new Brave browser that promises to give you better and safer browsing experience by blocking ads and trackers and revolutionize the way people support their favorite websites and Youtubers. We have been following the development of the browser and the evolution of the Brave Payments for quite a while now and this blog has been a verified Brave publisher for almost a year now.

Unfortunately based on our experience it seems that Brave does need a lot of work in making their Brave Payments feature really usable and the tokens available in the hands of many people in order for them to use them. It is not that the company hasnt been trying to do so, it just seems that there is much more work still left to do based on our own experience. For almost a year being part of the Brave movement we have received a staggering 2.07 BAT tokens as contribution form our readers, something we are thankful for, but at less than a dollar value total it is hardly something that can help us remove traditional ads for now

The latest effort by Brave to promote their browser is targeted at content creators such as us that can promote the Brave browser to their readers and possibly get some more tokens in return if the users keep using the software. So if you have not yet tried the Brave browser you might want to give it a go and if you like it (it is free after all and works very well) you may also support us this way.

To give the Brave browser a try and to check out the Brave Payments feature

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Big Money: Billionaires Piling Crypto "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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The only billionaires who are opposing Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are those who didnt see it coming. It makes perfect sense for an influential billionaire to publicly condemn it in order to create a buying opportunity for himself. Some, though, have been on top of their game and nailed the rise of cryptocurrencies. The Winklevoss twins []

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What Do We Know About Florida? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

In this video, Jason Bermas talks about the tragedy in Parkland Florida and how all the signs were there yet no one seemed to listen, as well as some of the common denominators in these type of events.

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