Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, EOS, Binance Coin, Stellar, Cardano, TRON: Price Analysis May 17

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. Bitcoin witnessed a flash crash on Bitstamp exchange when it plunged to a low of $6,178. The fall was triggered by a sell order of about 5,000 bitcoins at $6,200. Some people speculate that the order might have been mistyped $6,200 instead of $8,200.…

Cryptocurrency Project OneCoin Denies Ponzi and Pyramid Scheme Claims

Cryptocurrency project OneCoin is denying claims that it is a “hybrid ponzi-pyramid scheme” and scam, news outlet Samoa Observer reported on May 14. OneCoin is purportedly a cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme project, that raised hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide by luring investors with the promise of big returns and minimal risk. An investigation by the United States found that the project’s founders had generated 3.353 billion euros ($3.769 billion) in sales revenue. In April, a church in the Pacific nation of Samoa became at the center of scrutiny after ministers…

Russian Sberbank Demands Client Provide Data on Cryptocurrency Revenue

Russia’s largest bank Sberbank has requested that a client provide information on their income from cryptocurrency, the Russian version of Forbes reported on May 17. Co-founder of cryptocurrency trading platform Toxenbox.io, Vladimir Smerkis, told Forbes that the unnamed client received a letter from Sberbank requiring disclosure of their crypto revenue. The letter based its demand on Federal Law No. 115, “On Combating Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing.” The client had reportedly already informed the bank about their income from exchanging cryptocurrencies. Specifically, Sberbank wanted to know the client’s crypto wallet…

Coinbase Earn Now Available to the Public in Over 100 Countries

Major crypto platform Coinbase has opened its Coinbase Earn program to the public in over 100 countries, according to a press release on May 17. As Cointelegraph reported, Coinbase first announced the program at the end of 2018 as an invite-only initiative. This pilot period let users earn cryptocurrency by learning about the ERC-20 token “0x” (ZRX). Coinbase stated that according to a survey they conducted, uninformed users were reluctant to invest in crypto but were eager to learn: “…one of the biggest barriers preventing people from exploring a new…

Goxtrade Advertises Unaffiliated Staff and Misleading Contact Information

Purported bitcoin (BTC) exchange Goxtrade has been accused of being a scam, technology news publication TechCrunch reported on May 17. Chief among the report’s revelations is that Goxtrade takes photos of unaffiliated people from social media sites and compiles them to make its online staff gallery. Goxtrade reportedly even retains some of their real names. Amber Baldet, co-founder of blockchain startup Clovyr, is one person whose name and picture were featured on Goxtrade’s staff roster. She responded to the appearance on Twitter: “Fraud alert: I am not a developer at…

Crypto Bulls and Bears Wrestle on What Comes Next for the Bitcoin Price

By CCN: Many in the crypto community remained calm and banded together despite the steep drop in the bitcoin price on the heels of an otherwise incredibly bullish month. Bitcoin’s value was slashed by approximately $21 billion in the last 24 hours, with the BTC price currently holding above the $7,000 threshold. The declines were traced back to a mega sell order on Bitstamp exchange, either creating an opportunity for investors who missed the previous run or providing a warning before the other shoe drops. Of course, crypto bulls and…

Bitfinex Will List Its New Exchange Token Starting Monday

Crypto exchange Bitfinex will list its new exchange token, LEO, on Monday after purportedly raising $1 billion from the initial offering. In an announcement Friday, Bitfinex said that the token – whose full name is apparently UNUS SED LEO, also the name of the token’s formal issuer – will be listed on its platform and tradeable against bitcoin, the U.S. dollar, the tether stablecoin, ether and EOS. The company was first rumored to be considering a token sale last month, to make up for an $850 million shortfall in funds. The…

SEC Uncertainty Looms Over Token Summit – Again

It looks like Kik won’t sue the SEC after all, founder Ted Livingston told CoinDesk. In a widely circulated story, the Waterloo, Ontario, company had promised legal action against an expected regulatory action, but the odds that Kik will pursue that seem to be diminishing, even if the company’s legal expenses are not. Nevertheless, Livingston would prefer the SEC take any action rather than continuing to delay. “What we’re saying to them is, ‘Stop dragging this out, if you want to go to court, if you think there is an…

Bloq Labs’ Titan Aims to Simplify Crypto Farming

Titan, a new product from Bloq Labs, aims to make it easier to set up and run new blockchain miners in global farms. The software is essentially a web-based mining manager for owners of large setups. You install it onto your machines and then launch a server that will collect and analyse all of the miners on your network. Once it has everything sorted, it will show their output, allow you to manage security and uptime, and generally makes it easy to see your network at a glance. It also…

Facebook Registers Secretive ‘Libra’ Cryptocurrency Firm in Switzerland

According to a Reuters report, Facebook registered a new company, Libra Networks, in Geneva on May 2. This coincides with the slow roll-out of their internal cryptocurrency that will define the company’s first foray into blockchain technology. Facebook Global Holdings is a stockholder in the new company and it will, according to Reuters, “provide financial and technology services and develop related hardware and software, plans submitted on the Swiss register reveal.” Facebook’s march towards crypto has been slow and steady. The company’s latest move, the hiring of two Coinbase compliance…