Elon Musk Reveals His True Opinion on Bitcoin and Crypto

After a long and cryptic series of tweets on Bitcoin (BTC), SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk elaborated his stance on cryptocurrencies in a Jan. 20 podcast. Noting that he’s “neither here nor there on Bitcoin,” Musk focused on its use for illegal transactions. The billionaire has recently been in the spotlight for several short and cryptic tweets related to cryptocurrency. On Jan. 10 he published a tweet saying “Bitcoin is *not* my safe word.” This follows an equally cryptic tweet from April 2019, saying “Cryptocurrency is my safe word.” …

Your PGP Key? Make Sure It’s Up to Date

Identity thieves now have another tool at their disposal: bitcoin hashing power.  That’s the conclusion from a new cryptanalysis paper published earlier this month on SHA-1 (pronounced “shaw”), a once-popular hash function created by the National Security Agency and disapproved in the mid-2000s after failing against theoretical hack attacks. SHA-1 continues to see use in certain circles, such as on source code program Git and other legacy products for sending secure transmissions on computers, according to Gaetan Leurent of France’s National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology and…

UK Cricket Club Will Issue this Season’s Tickets Over a Blockchain

A county cricket club in the U.K. is to use blockchain-based ticketing for all domestic and international fixtures played at its home ground in 2020. According to a report Friday from industry magazine, TheTicketingBusiness, Lancashire Cricket Club developed the new solution in partnership with the blockchain ticketing provider TIXnGO. The new blockchain tickets are said to be entirely traceable, unique to the purchaser and nearly impossible to counterfeit. The system also includes a new facility that simplifies the process of transferring or reselling tickets. Following 18-months of development, the new…

Exchanges Hold More Bitcoin Than Ever as Coinbase Wallet Nears 1M BTC

United States cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase will soon hold a million Bitcoins (BTC) in its cold wallets in a controversial first for the industry. According to data from news and information resource Longhash released on Jan. 23, Coinbase’s cold wallets contained around 970,000 BTC ($8 billion) as of Jan. 1. Coinbase weeks away from 1 million BTC If current growth continues, the company will reach the 1,000,000 BTC mark by February. Coinbase cold wallet balance, 2019-present. Source: Longhash The trend underscores growing tendencies to interact with Bitcoin via exchanges, with the…

10% of Central Banks Surveyed Close to Issuing Digital Currencies: BIS

A fifth of the world’s population may well have access to a central bank digital currency (CBDC) in as little as three years, according to a new survey. An annual study carried out by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) asked 66 central banks if they were working on CBDCs and, if so, what type and how far along they were. Released Thursday, the report found that 80 percent of banks surveyed were engaged in some form of work surrounding CBDCs, with nearly 40 percent having moved to experiments and…

Bitcoin is Tanking Despite Coronavirus Fears, Showing Lack of Characteristics as Safe Haven

Bitcoin prices on Friday are plunging after marking their highest levels in over two months, hurt by an improving outlook of the eurozone economy, the stronger dollar, and – none the least – the Coronavirus outbreak in China. The benchmark cryptocurrency’s spot rate fell by 1.66 percent to $8,246.14 as of 11:20 UTC today. At the same time, its futures listed on Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) slipped 1.49 percent to trade at $8,245. The moves downhill put bitcoin at the risk of closing this week in red, it’s first negative session…

Notes From the WEF: Cash Is Dead, Long Live Digital Cash

DAVOS, Switzerland – Consensus is building on one issue at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland: Cash is dead. “Physical money is out,” said B.S. Kohli, an economic advisor to the head of the Indian state of Punjab. Mothanna Gharaibeh, Jordan’s minister of digital economy and entrepreneurship, agreed. As of this year, Gharaibeh said, Jordanians can no longer pay for government services, from taxes to hospital bills, with cash. They must use electronic payment systems like bank transfers or mobile wallets.  “It’s going to be a tough transformation,” he said,…

Tether Launches Gold-Backed Stablecoin and Begins Trading on Bitfinex

Tether is now supporting a gold-backed stablecoin, Tether Gold (XAU₮), according to a Jan. 23 press release. One token represents ownership of one troy fine ounce of physical gold, currently worth approximately $1,550. The new product is available as an ERC-20 token on the Ethereum blockchain, as well as a TRC20 token on Tron (TRX). The funds are said to be backed by physical gold held in a “Switzerland vault,” the press release reads. According to Tether, its gold offering is the only product among its competition that does not…

Continued Losses See Bitcoin Erase 40% of Recent Price Rally

Bitcoin’s price pullback has gathered steam in the last 24 hours, erasing a major portion of the cryptocurrency’s recent gains. The top cryptocurrency dived out of the $8,460–$8,750 congestion zone during the European trading hours on Thursday, signaling a continuation of the pullback from Sunday’s high near $9,200. So far, the follow-through to the range breakdown has been bearish. The cryptocurrency fell to $8,230 soon before press time – the lowest level since Jan. 14, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index. Notably, bitcoin has now erased nearly 40 percent of…

Celsius to Begin Offering Compounding Interest on Crypto Deposits

Cryptocurrency lending and borrowing platform Celsius announced that it would be implementing compounding interest on cryptocurrencies deposited in its wallet, starting Feb. 1. The announcement came with a number of other updates in a Twitter AMA (ask me anything) with founder Alex Mashinsky on Jan. 22. Compounding interest was a feature requested by the Celsius community, and brings the community-driven app in line with venture capital-backed competitors like BlockFi, and traditional financial services. In announcement sent to Cointelegraph the firm stated: “You asked for it, and we delivered! Starting February…