Blockchain Art Registry Acquires Database With Info From 4K Auction Houses

The blockchain-based art registry startup Artory has acquired auction house database Auction Club, according to a tweet from Artory on March 21. Auction Club is a subscription-only database containing sales information from more than 4,000 international auction houses. According to industry media outlet The Art Newspaper, the move is set to make Auction Club’s sales data — reportedly gathered from around 250 businesses in 40 countries — public for the first time. The data will be available in Artory’s registry beginning in May, the report states. Artory’s CEO, Nanne Dekking…

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, EOS, Bitcoin Cash, Binance Coin, Stellar, Tron, Cardano: Price Analysis, March 22

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. Market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. The crypto markets are eagerly awaiting the launch of institutional trading platform Bakkt. Its launch is expected to attract large investors whose involvement is needed to propel markets to the next level. Without even starting operations, investors are already valuing it at $740 million.…

Bayer’s Agricultural Division Partners With ConsenSys-Backed Startup BlockApps

The agricultural division of pharmaceutical and life science giant Bayer AG, Bayer CropScience, is collaborating with ConsenSys-backed Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) startup BlockApps. BlockApps revealed the news to Cointelegraph on March 22. Germany-based Bayer CropScience has been working on a number of blockchain initiatives with BlockApps since early 2018, a BlockApps spokesperson told Cointelegraph. One of the largest pharmaceutical firms globally, Bayer acquired American agrochemical and agricultural corporation Monsanto in June 2018. A BlockApps representative said that more details can be expected during Blockchain for Food and Beverage Supply Chain conference that…

Crypto Markets Report Slight Gains While Gold Rises

Friday, March 22 — All the top 20 cryptocurrencies, except Tether (USDT), are in the green, having overcome yesterday’s drop. Market visualization from Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) is up 0.31 percent over the past 24 hours, and is trading at around $4,045 at press time. The coin started the day at $4,029, with a jump to as high as $4,053 in the middle of the day. In terms of a weekly view, Bitcoin has gained around 1.9 percent, while in terms of the month BTC has increased by just one percent.…

We’re ‘Diligently’ Working on All Crypto-Related Applications, Including Bakkt’s

United States regulator the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is actively working to approve multiple crypto-related applications, including for Bitcoin (BTC) futures from institutional trading platform Bakkt. A CFTC commissioner revealed the news in remarks to cryptocurrency news network Blocktv in an interview on March 19. Answering a question about the status of Bakkt’s application, which has seen multiple delays, commissioner Dan Berkovitz avoided a direct update on the project, instead saying that the CFTC was trying to assist all cryptocurrency-related products in obtaining the necessary approval for launch in…

BlockFi Lowers Interest Rates for Top Tier Crypto Deposit Accounts

Crypto wealth management and lending company BlockFi has lowered the interest rates for their biggest cryptocurrency deposit accounts, according to an official blog post on March 22. BlockFi launched the BlockFi Interest Accounts (BIA), cryptocurrency accounts supporting Ethereum (ETH) and Bitcoin (BTC), earlier in March. The accounts initially offered a 6.2 percent annual interest paid monthly in crypto. The company’s further analysis showed that almost 75 percent of the clients have a balance of less than 5 BTC or 150 ETH, while the median account balance is $7,000. Per the…

Central Banks Should Leave Crypto to Facebook and JPMorgan: PwC Partner

Central banks should leave issuance of digital currencies to corporations such as Facebook and JPMorgan, according to a blockchain and financial partner at PwC France, Forbes reports March 22. According to PwC France’s Pauline Adam Kalfon, central banks should stay away from the issuance of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) until large corporations test out the tokenization of fiat currencies themselves. Only when cryptocurrencies are “battle-tested by corporations,” should central banks make a move towards the crypto space, Kalfon argued, adding that it will reduce the likelihood of potentially negative…

BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes Says Bitcoin Will Test $10,000 in 2019

Arthur Hayes, co-founder and CEO of cryptocurrency trading platform BitMEX, has predicted that Bitcoin (BTC) will get back to the $10,000 price point this year. Hayes shared his predictions in a newsletter published on March 22. According to Hayes, the market recovery will begin in early fourth quarter of 2019. Hayes said: “The 2019 chop will be intense, but the markets will claw back to $10,000. That is a very significant psychological barrier. […] $20,000 is the ultimate recovery. However, it took 11 months from $1,000 to $10,000, but less…

Major Latin American E-Commerce Company Bans Cryptocurrency-Related Ads

The largest e-commerce company in Latin America, Mercado Livre, has banned cryptocurrency advertising on their website, Cointelegraph em Português reported on March 18. The development was revealed in an exclusive interview with Cointelegraph em Português after the company’s users reported receiving of emails informing them about the change in Mercado Livre’s policy. The new policy requires all users to remove their listings pertaining to digital currency, otherwise all listings will automatically be taken down from the platform starting March 19. One of the users received a letter, saying: “We would…

Russian State Duma Defers Consideration of Bill on Digital Financial Assets

The State Duma of the Russian Federation has deferred consideration of the bill “On Digital Financial Assets” to April 2019,  local media outlet TASS reported on March 20. The second reading of the draft federal law “On Digital Financial Assets” has reportedly been rescheduled for April, following a decision made at the morning voting on the agenda of the plenary session. The initiative was taken by the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Financial Market, Anatoly Aksakov, although he did not explain his motives. The bill “On Digital Financial…