Government-Backed Tokenized Gold With ‘Killer Features’

The Universal Protocol Alliance — a consortium of crypto firms comprising Bittrex Global, Ledger, CertiK, and Uphold —  has launched a token backed by the Western Australian government-owned Perth Mint. The tokens, dubbed ‘Universal Gold’ or UPXAU, can be purchased on Uphold and spent using the firm’s debit card. Investors can purchase UPXAU from $1 with no investment limits. Unlike mainstream gold products which often have 0.4% monthly custody fees, the token is free to hold. In a July 30 announcement, JP Thieriot, Uphold’s chief executive, said the token had…

‘The Full Reality of ETH 2.0 Is Still Years Away’

Kosala Hemachandra, the founder of MyEtherWallet (MEW), has told Cointelegraph the fully-fledged version of ETH 2.0 is still years away. The first phase of the Ethereum 2.0 upgrade was originally set for Jan 2020 but then postponed to coincide with this week’s fifth anniversary.  It’s since been delayed again with a launch now expected sometime between November and early 2021. While Hemachandra believes Phase 0 will launch sometime this year, he points out the full version of ETH 2.0 will not be up and running before 2022: “I think the…

Tokenized Real Estate Hasn’t Lived Up to the Hype: Property Researcher

As the initial coin offering (ICO) boom subsided and the 2018 crypto bear trend began to set in, many analysts predicted that security tokens may drive the next market cycle — with the vast capital locked in the real estate sector being eyed hungrily for tokenization. However, with the Bitcoin halving, Ethereum 2.0, and the emergence of DeFi capturing the imagination of crypto markets recently, real estate tokenization is no longer the flavor of the month, and some are questioning its viability. Real estate tokenization in 2017/2018 In an article…

XRP Is Up 30% and Has 30 New Whales

The number of accounts holding more than one million XRP has increased by 3.7% with 30 new whales appearing over the last two weeks, according to Santiment’s holder distribution chart.  These investors now hold between $240,000 and $2.4 million in XRP each, which has contributed to upwards pressure on price. After a fairly uninspiring few months, XRP has seen a price rise of over 30% from $0.19 to $0.25 in a fortnight. At least 30 big investors with deep pockets believe the price rise is set to continue. XRP Holder…

Russian Interest in Paxful’s P2P Platform Surges 350%

Data from Bitcoin (BTC) marketplace Paxful shows a huge surge of interest in cryptocurrency peer-to-peer trading in Russia, with 350% growth on a year-over-year (YoY) basis. According to the study, from the period of May 2019 to May 2020, Paxful is now seeing an average monthly trading volume of $4M in Russia. The company says that this number “exceeds expectations,” together with the YoY usage increase figures. The last three-months saw a 42% increase, with May recording the best monthly performance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus is one of…

William Shatner’s NFT Collectibles Sell Out at Warp Speed

Digital collectibles featuring personal memorabilia from the actor best known as Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise have sold out in just minutes. Non-fungible token (NFT) trading cards featuring images from William Shatner’s personal life and career, from the 1930s to today, sold out in nine minutes according to WAX. The online marketplace for virtual items offered 10,000 “packs” for sale, featuring roughly 125,000 digital collectibles in total. Collectors can now buy, sell, and trade the cards amongst themselves. Some of the scenes included Shatner’s headshots and characters from his…

Is the Growing Correlation Between Bitcoin and Gold a Bullish Sign?

As Bitcoin (BTC) rallied to its 2020 high of $11,392 this week, its correlation with gold increased and at the moment, BTC’s monthly correlation with gold on daily returns sits at 0.66, according to data from CryptoCompare.  The correlation started to increase as gold broke through $1,900, nearing a new high before pulling back alongside Bitcoin.  The increase in correlation represents a trend shift as the relationship between the two had previously been falling according to data from Kraken exchange’s research team. BTC monthly correlation on daily returns. Source: CryptoCompare…

The Future of Crypto Mining is All About Computing Power, Says RRMine Global CEO

RRMine Global CEO, Steve Tsou, said at a Cointelegraph China Great Bay Area International Blockchain Week pre-event interview on July 29 that the future of crypto mining will transit from labor-intensive companies to technology-intensive and capital-intensive companies. It will be all about computing power. Computer power and the digital economy With the rapid development of new generation information technologies such as 5G, big data and cloud computing, the demand for computing power will likely increase. Tsou believes that a computing power revolution is imperative. He continued:  “Therefore, as a new…

This Coin’s Supply Goes Down as the Price Rises

Ampleforth (AMPL) is a cryptocurrency built with an elastic supply that expands and contracts depending on demand. According to its co-founder Evan Kuo, the team was trying to learn from the failures of the gold standard and Bitcoin (BTC) to create a more flexible monetary system. Investors hoard Bitcoin & gold Although many in the crypto space perceive the finite inelastic supply of Bitcoin and gold as a major advantage over fiat, Kuo disagrees: “The only problem with gold arises when you start to use it as a base money…

Binance Confirms Crypto Debit Cards Shipping to Europe

Binance has confirmed the shipping of its crypto debit cards to Europe following a tweet from Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, or CZ, several days ago. “We began shipping a limited quantity of Binance Cards on July 24,” a Binance representative told Cointelegraph in a July 27 email. “The cards are being shipped to users in European Economic Area,” the representative added.   CZ posted on social media about the card shipments CZ tweeted the news out in an unofficial capacity on July 25. “This started shipping in limited quantities as…