Op Ed: With Bitcoin, Anarchy Is the Point, Not the Problem

Last week, there was a panel at SXSW that was effectively a debate on the merits of permissioned blockchains versus permissionless systems like Bitcoin. I listened to the entire audio of the panel discussion, after Programming Bitcoin author Jimmy Song tweeted it out the other day, and I thought he did an awesome job of pointing out the key value proposition of Bitcoin and why it is not worth comparing to permissioned systems. What Was the Innovation With Bitcoin? As Song covered in his remarks during the panel, the key…

Bain-Backed Crypto Exchange Seed CX Is Expanding to Asia

Chicago-based cryptocurrency exchange Seed CX, which Bain Capital backed last year, is expanding to Asia. The institution-focused exchange announced Thursday that it has teamed up with Singapore-based trading infrastructure technology provider Hydra X for the effort. The partnership will allow Seed CX to integrate its platform with Hydra X’s trading platform Sigma, which is currently in beta. Once the integration is complete, Seed CX users will be able to view prices, trade and monitor their portfolios on the Sigma platform, as well as have access to a fiat-cryptocurrency gateway, according…

How Bitcoin Higher High Formation Could Push It to $2,000

The next upside push in the bitcoin market could prompt the cryptocurrency a form new bottom below $3,100. Josh Rager, a hugely followed cryptocurrency market analyst, pitted the current bitcoin price action against another one from the year 2015. He found striking similarities between them, mainly related to a higher high and a higher low formation and their relationship with declining volume. Bitcoin Price Performance Comparison | Source: Josh Rager In the 2015 chart, BTC could be seen pursuing a long-downtrend action towards $200-250 range. Following a so-called bottom formation,…

Mt Gox Creditors Warn Mass Sale Could Put Bitcoin Fork Prices At Risk

Mt. Gox Legal, a group of around 1,000 creditors of collapsed crypto exchange Mt. Gox, has prepared a draft proposal representing its consensus on how the exchange’s remaining assets should be paid out, according to a document obtained by CoinDesk. Mt. Gox trustee, Nobuaki Kobayashi, released new details this week on the amounts of secured cryptocurrency (in bitcoin and bitcoin cash) and fiat currency it has approved for payouts to the estate’s many creditors as part of the civil rehabilitation process. In total, Kobayashi said, the balance of the exchange is 69,553,086,521 Japanese yen…

Bear Market Will Stop Crypto Exchanges Faking Volume, Says Researcher

A report by the Blockchain Transparency Institute (BTI) claims that many exchanges are using bots to fake trading volume. Their research shows that wash trading affects over 80% of the top 25 bitcoin pairings. Furthermore, allegations of this being a deliberate business practice present significant concerns for the industry. Which is already struggling to gain mainstream acceptance. Wash Trading Wash trading is where a trader sells and then immediately buys a financial instrument. This practice manipulates legitimate makers and takers into believing a trading pair is more active than it…

WSJ’s ShapeShift Exposé Overstated Money Laundering by $6 Million, Analysis Says

When it comes to cryptocurrency transactions, questions about alleged money-laundering quickly get thorny. A Wall Street Journal investigation from last September, titled “How Dirty Money Disappears Into the Black Hole of Cryptocurrency,” claimed the crypto conversion platform ShapeShift had facilitated at least $9 million worth of money laundering over several years with “a parade of suspected criminals.” Now, at ShapeShift’s request, the blockchain analytics firm CipherBlade recreated the 2018 report and found less than $3 million in transactions involving potentially “tainted” funds. The main distinction here is that CipherBlade focused…

Bitcoin Price Drops Back Below $4K But Bull Outlook Still Intact

View Bitcoin failed to capitalize on a bull breakout above $4,040 yesterday, but the short-term outlook remains bullish as the higher-lows pattern is still intact. A convincing break above the three-day chart resistance of $4,040 still looks likely and could be followed by a rally toward the recent high of $4,190. The immediate outlook would turn bearish if prices find acceptance below $3,920 (previous day’s low). A bearish close, if confirmed, could yield a drop to $3,700–$3,658 (Feb. 27 low). Bitcoin (BTC) has dropped back from levels over $4,000, but…

Overstock’s tZERO Exchange to Launch Bitcoin Trading App This June

Overstock’s security token platform tZERO is going full crypto. Until now, security tokens had been the startup’s priority, but this summer, tZERO plans to launch its own mobile trading app for buying and selling bitcoin and, possibly, ether, CEO Saum Noursalehi told CoinDesk Thursday. The app for IOS and Android devices is scheduled to launch in June and is being developed by Bitsy — a crypto startup in the portfolio of Overstock’s venture arm Medici Ventures. “That’s part of the reason we acquired Bitsy — to accelerate time to market…

Prediction Startup Numerai Raises $11 Million in ICO

American prediction market startup and hedge fund Numerai (NMR) has raised $11 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) to launch its project Erasure, Numerai tweeted on March 21. Introduced in late 2016, Numeraire network provides a blockchain and cryptographic token-based ecosystem for incentivizing anonymous data scientists to create predictive models. Based on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain, Numeraire tokens are used in trading market predictions on the startup’s platform. Numerai founder Richard Craib said that the funds from the recent ICO will be mostly spent on hiring engineers for Erasure,…

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Looks To Reclaim $4,000 After Sharp Sell-off

Bitcoin price traded to a new weekly high above $4,060 and later declined sharply against the US Dollar. The price broke the key $3,960 support level and tested the next main support at $3,875. There is a short-term connecting bearish trend line formed with resistance near $4,015 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The recent rebound was positive, but it won’t be easy for buyers to reclaim $4,000 and $4,020. Bitcoin price rebounded sharply after a massive drop below $3,900 against the US Dollar.…