Real or Excuse for Dismal Poll Numbers?

Tulsi Gabbard supporters and detractors sparred on social media over the weekend on the hashtag #TulsiMediaBlackout Her critics say her campaign is astroturf, and most of her supporters are actually “Russian bots” unleashed by the Kremlin. Her supporters say the media is ignoring her because she’d actually shake up the status quo. Are they right? Starting late Friday night and building to a crescendo Saturday, #TulsiMediaBlackout is trending on Twitter. The hashtag refers to claims by supporters of Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard that the media is sweeping her presidential campaign…

Bitcoin Moves 30% in December Since 2015 — Will 2019 Be Different?

At just over 10 years old, crypto’s largest asset Bitcoin (BTC) has made a name for itself as a volatile asset, as shown by its past price action. December, in particular, has seen a notable chunk of this volatility with price moving more than 30% since 2015.  As 2019 nears its end, Bitcoin looks back on a standout year in terms — up over 100% from the yearly lows in February of around $3,350. By the end of June, BTC/USD found itself up near $13,800. Then after several months of…

European AML Regulations Follow the US Path With a Six-Years’ Delay

In January 2020, the regulatory landscape for crypto businesses will completely change in the European Union in comparison with the last decade — and these changes will touch all those who store clients’ crypto funds or provide fiat-to-crypto exchange services, at minimum. Not long ago, the Anti-Money Laundering regulations were extended to cover cryptocurrency custodian wallet service providers and crypto-to-fiat exchanges in the EU. The legislation known as the EU Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive entered into force on July 9, 2018, and shall be transposed into the national legislation of…

Battleborn Shutting Down Showcases Problem With Online Games

Battleborn is a free-to-play online FPS game. Battleborn is being fully shut down in 2021. This shows that online-dependent games have less value than offline ones. Battleborn is an online FPS game with a heavy focus on a colorful cast of characters. It released back in 2016 and was trying to capitalize on the massive popularity of MOBA games. Thanks to mediocre reviews, the implementation of micro-transactions post-launch, and numerous other factors, it didn’t sell terribly well. Dwindling player numbers and a lack of income seem to have finally taken…

The Mechanics of Market Manipulation

The action began at 3am UTC, with a sell order roughly 6 percent below the market price and hundreds of times larger than the norm on the exchange at that time. As that order fulfilled available bids, the ask price moved lower, dragging the market price down until it reached $6,276, at which point the selling stopped. A chronological calculation shows the sellers sold about 2,905.7 units of bitcoin, in aggregate at about $2.5 million below what they would have realized at a bitcoin market price of $7,700. At the…