Ethereum (ETH) Price Could Retest $200 Before Fresh Increase

ETH price is currently correcting lower and it recently broke the $212 support against the US Dollar. The price is facing a lot of hurdles on the upside near the $212 and $215 levels. There is a key bearish trend line forming with resistance near $214 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair could extend its decline towards the $200-$202 support area before starting a fresh increase. Ethereum price is currently declining below $212 versus the US Dollar, similar to bitcoin. ETH price is likely…

Oil and Gas Giant Pilots New Blockchain Platform From Modex

Blockchain startup Modex announced the launch of its blockchain-based database platform for simplified blockchain deployment, which will be piloted by Dietsmann, a major oil and gas firm. Simplifying blockchain adoption  On Sept. 19, Modex announced the release of its latest product, the Modex Blockchain Database platform (Modex BCDB) which simplifies the way companies can deploy blockchain technology projects. According to the announcement, Modex BCDB enables companies to start blockchain projects in just a few hours, instead of days or even months. Mihai Ivascu, CEO and founder of Modex said: “With…

Bakkt’s Much-Anticipated Bitcoin Futures Trading Platform Goes Live

Bakkt’s physically settled Bitcoin (BTC) futures trading is now live for trading on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). New option for traders As of 8 PM EST on Sept. 22 (00:00 UTC Sept. 23), Bakkt’s much-anticipated BTC futures trading has launched. The platform is the first of its kind to receive approval from United States regulators and is a product of ICE, the operator of the New York Stock Exchange.   While news of Bakkt’s launch and intention to facilitate BTC futures trading broke over a year ago, the platform itself has…

Kraken and Coinbase Among the Cleanest Crypto Exchanges: BTI Report

The Blockchain Transparency Institute (BTI) has released its latest market surveillance report which states that Kraken and Coinbase are among the cleanest cryptocurrency exchanges in the industry. BTI cleans wash trading from exchanges’ volumes On Sept. 19, the Blockchain Transparency Institute published its 5th market surveillance report that verifies reporting of cryptocurrency exchange volumes. The BTI has been publishing reports since August 2018, and through its proprietary algorithm, BTI cleans all wash trading from exchanges’ volumes. The report states: “Since the start of 2019, global wash trading has reduced by…

Top-20 Cryptos See Major Losses, but Bitcoin Is Up

Sunday, Sept. 22 — crypto markets are seeing a wave of red amid the approaching launch of Bakkt’s physically delivered Bitcoin (BTC) futures on Monday. Bitcoin is the only cryptocurrency out of the top 20 that is attempting to gain momentum today, while the rest are seeing major losses, with some dropping over 7% in the 24 hours prior to press time. Market visualization. Source: Coin360 Bitcoin has continued to hover around the $10,000 threshold throughout the day. At press time, Bitcoin is up around 0.6% and is trading at…

Facebook Buys Chatbot Startup Servicefriend to Integrate Into Calibra

Facebook has acquired the artificial intelligence-based chat-bot startup Servicefriend for customer service for Calibra, the digital wallet for Facebook’s planned Libra cryptocurrency. AI chatbots for Calibra’s customer service A Sept. 19 article by Israeli business newspaper the Marker reported that Facebook has acquired startup Servicefriends in order to build a messaging bot for customer service for Calibra. Announcing Libra and Calibra, Facebook said that it wanted to reach unbanked consumers and give them access to financial services and to make Calibra available through a specially created app and via its…

Altcoins Soar, Zuckerberg Turns on Charm, North Korea’s Coin: Hodler’s Digest, Sept. 16–22

Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Altcoins continue explosive bull run while Bitcoin stalls Not too long ago, Bitcoin (BTC) diehards were warning that altcoins are dead. “The altcoin phenomenon is finished,” RT host Max Keiser said in July. But, based on this week’s performance, the rumors of their death may…

Crypto News From the German-Speaking World: Sept. 16–22 in Review

The German-speaking world saw a number of crypto and blockchain events this week, with the German Federal Government releasing its blockchain strategy and local companies and associations launching new industry initiatives. Here is the past week of German crypto and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph and Cointelegraph auf Deutsch. New DLT public offering is approved by Liechtenstein On Sept. 16, German crypto investment startup Neufund rolled out its blockchain-based public offering platform, following clearance from the Financial Monetary Authority in Liechtenstein. As part of the first…

How Tokenization Is Transforming Film Financing, Wesley Snipes’ Fund

As the world of finance continues adapting to contemporary innovations, it almost cannot help but drag other industries along for the ride — willingly or otherwise. Film is one such sector currently undergoing a quiet revolt, concocting a radical subversion to traditional models of financing. This is partly due to the emergence of distributed technologies such as blockchain, and it has led to a new concept: the tokenization of everything.  In its purest form, tokenization is the act of adding liquidity to real-world assets. A good — if not exact…

Retailers Around the World That Accept Crypto, From Pizza to Travel

Earlier on, when Bitcoin (BTC) arrived on the scene, most cryptocurrency enthusiasts held on to their coins, as there were only so many places they could be spent. Nowadays, the list of marketplaces and retailers accepting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is significantly larger, providing crypto enthusiasts with more options for making real-world purchases. After all, with recognizable organizations like Microsoft and Wikipedia now accepting Bitcoin as payment, conversations about Bitcoin and the power of cryptocurrencies are becoming more prominent. Currently, several fast-food restaurants and coffee shops have started accepting Bitcoin…