Bitcoin Scam on YouTube Masquerades as Coinbase CEO AMA

A popular YouTube channel has been hijacked and is currently live-streaming a purported ask-me-anything (AMA) with Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong. However, the stream, which appears to have been running for 12 hours at press time on April 6, is a scam, encouraging users to send Bitcoin (BTC) payments, with the promise of a non-existent 5,000 BTC giveaway. Classic crypto scam gets a fresh coat of paint The YouTube scam follows a similar format to the well-known Twitter con, whereby a spoof account will be set up to mimic a well-known…

IBM Praises CEO For Playing a Significant Role in Blockchain Development

In a letter to the shareholders, IBM has acknowledged that one of the main achievements of the new CEO is the expansion of its blockchain business. The document notes that its technology portfolio is “built for the future”, with blockchain being one of the technologies underpinning this belief. It denotes IBM as: “…a leader in hybrid cloud, data and AI, security, blockchain, enterprise services”. Discussing the recent appointment of the new CEO, it notes that Arvind Krishna: “Played a significant role in developing IBM key technologies: artificial intelligence, cloud, quantum…

Exchange CEO Forecasts Crypto Market Uptick in Coming Weeks

As the world sits in flux between coronavirus and financial market concerns, AAX crypto exchange CEO, Thor Chan, thinks cryptocurrencies will ultimately make out ok. “During a period of intense panic, many investors fled the markets in search of cash, or to defend their positions elsewhere,” Chan told The Merkle in a March 30 interview, referencing recent plunging crypto and mainstream markets. “Cryptocurrency markets suffered together with all other markets,” he continued, adding: “But over the coming weeks and months, as governments cut interest rates, I think we will see…

Kleiman Estate Calls on Former nChain CEO for Deposition in Craig Wright Case

After a court slammed Craig Wright for producing forged documents and giving perjured testimony in the ongoing legal circus between Wright and Ira Kleiman’s estate concerning the Tulip Trust, Kleiman’s legal team is hard at work finding a key witness.  Wright’s legal team are trying to subpoena former nChain CEO Jimmy Nguyen to provide a deposition. However, it seems like they are having a difficult time tracking him down. Wright’s legal team left a comment on Jimmy’s latest Twitter post on March 29, saying:  “Jimmy — we’ve been trying to…

As Trump Talks Trillions, Binance CEO Predicts $2T Bitcoin Market Cap

After United States President Donald Trump first mooted a $1 trillion stimulus package for the U.S. economy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, people were shocked at what seemed like a gargantuan amount. As Cointelegraph reported a few days later on March 25, a bipartisan deal has been agreed for twice that figure and it suddenly seems far more tangible. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao even tweeted that the new financial dialogue meant a $2 trillion market cap for Bitcoin could be considered “modest”. Will a devaluing U.S. Dollar push…

Bitcoin Price Did Not Crash 60% Due to Coronavirus, Says Binance CEO

The coronavirus pandemic was just the spark that ignited the current global economic meltdown, not its cause, the CEO of Binance says. In a blog post on March 20, Changpeng Zhao, known as “CZ” in cryptocurrency circles, argued that coronavirus had shown that the world’s economy is far too weak. CZ: The economy “should be stronger” Asked whether he felt conditions this year were different from the global financial crisis (GFC) of 2008, he summarized: “In 2008, there wasn’t a pandemic pausing global economy. But I believe the Coronavirus is…

Celsius Network Is Profitable and Resisting Market Downturn, Claims CEO

The Celsius Network is the first major cryptocurrency lending platform that is profitable, according to its CEO and founder Alex Mashinsky. Cointelegraph interviewed Mashinsky to learn more about this achievement, how the latest market downturn has affected its business and his outlook on the industry. According to Mashinsky, the company was profitable in 2019 on a net income basis and in 2020 on a free cash flow basis. In March, Celsius Network is expected to post record revenues of over $2 million.  Mashinsky explains that his company’s balance sheets are…

Inside BeQuant: 3 Days With a Crypto Exchange CEO

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to run a cryptocurrency exchange? Now’s your chance to find out! Take an inside look at the life of BeQuant CEO George Zarya in Cointelegraph’s latest documentary: 3 Days With a Crypto CEO. From pub beers in London to impromptu flights to Malta, from office puppies to World War II cryptography machines, the life of a crypto CEO is never dull. George Zarya is the CEO of cryptocurrency exchange BeQuant. Founded in May 2018, BeQuant Exchange averages over a billion dollars in monthly…

Wilshire Phoenix CEO Explains $168B US Fed Injection and Crypto Correlation

The U.S. Federal Reserve injected $168 billion into finance several days ago, which correlates to Bitcoin’s current falling price. “So long as the broader markets keep falling – expect the same out of Bitcoin,” Bill Herrmann, CEO of alternative investment firm Wilshire Phoenix told Cointelegraph as part of an explanation of the Fed’s recent actions. What’s going on in the market? Traditional markets have plummeted recently surrounding coronavirus fears and oil trade wars. After several previous red days, the Dow Industrial Average (DJI) fell 10% on March 12, concluding the…

Ex-Riot Blockchain CEO Settles in Penny Stock Manipulation Case

On March 6, three individuals including former Riot Blockchain CEO John O’Rourke III agreed to settle with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for $3.5 million over three alleged penny stock pump-and-dump schemes. The terms of the settlement will see Michael Brauser, John Stetson, and O’Rourke pay disgorgement, prejudgment interest and civil penalties. The trio will not admit or deny the allegations laid out in the SEC’s 2018 enforcement action against the trio. “Microcap fraudsters” settle with SEC O’Rourke’s and Stetson will each have to pay penalties exceeding…