Full House: Crypto Cards Show a Strong Hand in 2019

Until recently, cryptocurrency debit cards appeared to fall short of expectations. Despite many failed efforts in recent years, crypto debit cards are enjoying a second wind thanks to a surge in crypto prices over the summer. With some of the crypto world’s biggest names launching crypto debit cards, Cointelegraph takes a look at the latest updates in the burgeoning payments sector.  What are cryptocurrency debit cards and how do they work?  Cryptocurrency debit cards are almost exactly the same as the bank card you carry around every day in your wallet,…

Bank of Thailand Is Open to Discuss Libra, Concerned Over Security

Bank of Thailand governor Veerathai Santiprabhob said that the institution is open to discussing Facebook’s Libra stablecoin with the company, local media Xinhuanet reported on July 19. Per the report, Santiprabhob made his remarks at the Bangkok FinTech Fair on July 19, pointing out that Facebook had already contacted the central bank many times. He also noted that the institution had established a new team to study Libra’s whitepaper, but their analysis will take time. “We are not going to rush into a decision of Libra as yet,” Santiprabhob reportedly…

Another Indian Crypto Exchange Shuts Down Operations

Founder of Indian cryptocurrency exchange Cryptokart Gaurang Poddar announced that his company is shutting down in a LinkedIn post published last week. In his post, Poddar described the shutdown of the exchange as “difficult, given the hard work we’ve put in” but concluded that overall the experience was positive and that he was proud of the platform and seemed intent on remaining in the field, asking “If you know anyone interested in launching their own exchange, please let me know.” Poddar announced that he was looking for opportunities in product…

Top-3 Crypto Losers of the Week — Price Analysis

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 HitBTC. The short-term sentiment in the crypto community is one of uncertainty. Facebook’s Libra project, which was expected to attract millions of people to cryptocurrencies, is likely to face stiff regulatory hurdles. Likewise, various politicians around the world, including United States President Donald Trump are voicing their…

Fidelity’s Crypto Branch Files for a New York Trust License: Report

Fidelity’s crypto arm Fidelity Digital Assets Services (FDAS) has applied for a license to operate as a trust in New York State. FDAS has filed an application with the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) for a trust license, crypto media outlet The Block reported on July 20, citing several unnamed sources familiar with the matter. If the license is approved, FDAS will officially be allowed to offer its crypto custodial services in the state of New York, operating as a Limited Purpose Trust Company, the report notes. In…

Coinbase CEO Wants Firm to Move Beyond Trading in Next 5 Years

Brian Armstrong, CEO of major American crypto exchange and wallet service Coinbase,  believes that the firm will be less about trading and more about adoption five years from now. Armstrong wants the firm to connect people in crypto industry  In an AMA session on July 19, Armstrong presented his vision of the company in five years, claiming that he sees Coinbase as not just a crypto trading service provider, but rather a more universal entity driving adoption to crypto. Armstrong pointed out Coinbase’s mission to help grow the global crypto…

Top-5 Crypto Tokens Pronounced ‘Dead’ — XEM and BCC Head the List: Report

Update, July 20: This article was updated to clarify the fact that the performance of particular cryptocurrency tokens is under evaluation and not the projects backing them. In 2017, the cost of Bitcoin (BTC) reached almost $20,000, and in December 2018, its rate fell to $3,187 per token. Nevertheless, it is a solid price movement for a currency, which was created from nothing about 10 years ago. Bitcoin still dominates the portfolios of most crypto investors and is by far the most popular cryptocurrency, meaning its price is less prone…

Bakkt Futures to Launch in the Current Quarter

Managing director and quant strategist at Fundstrat Global Advisors Sam Doctor suggested in a Twitter post published on July 19 that Bakkt’s Bitcoin (BTC) futures contracts will launch this quarter. According to the post, which includes a summary of Fundstrat’s takeaways from the Bakkt Digital Asset Summit held on July 18, the firm’s futures will launch in the current quarter. The launch is set to follow tests announced last month, which are scheduled to start next week. The firm believes that the launch will be a catalyst to accelerate entry…

Scaling Ethereum Before Sharding, Casper

The Ethereum (ETH) team is actively looking for solutions that may help scale the blockchain network, as reported by Cointelegraph on July 15. Co-founder of Ethereum Vitalik Buterin is now considering third-party blockchains that have lower commission rates for transferring information. According to him, the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) blockchain could cope well with this task. The fact is that BCH has a high data throughput — 53 kilobytes per second (KPS) compared to Ethereum’s eight KPS, which are actively used by applications, Buterin revealed. Scalability issues force the hand Over…

Bitcoin Approaches $11,000 With All Top 20 in Green

Saturday, July 20 — crypto markets have seen another upward move, with all top 20 coins by market cap seeing major gains, while Bitcoin (BTC) has approached $11,000 mark again. Market visualization from Coin360 After dipping below the $11,000 threshold on July 14, Bitcoin has approached the price point today, with its intraday high of $10,944, according to data from CoinMarketCap. The biggest cryptocurrency added 3.7% to its price to trade at $10,922 at press time. As Bitcoin has seen significant volatility this week, with its price having dipped below…