BitPay Integration Lets Users Buy Gold With Cryptocurrency

OneGold, an online marketplace for buying, selling and redeeming precious metals, announced a partnership with BitPay on Jan. 13 that will allow crypto users to purchase gold and other valuable metals on Android and iOS devices.  Through the integration with BitPay — a leading Bitcoin payment service provider that currently supports over 30,000 merchants, including Microsoft and Avnet — OneGold’s new mobile app will accept payments in Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ether (ETH), and various stablecoins. In addition, BitPay customers will save 2% when using the service on OneGold.com. …

Analytics Firm Training Students to Detect Cryptocurrency Scams

Cryptocurrency analytics firm CipherTrace has launched “Defenders League,” a program designed to provide students with the training and tools necessary to investigate crypto-related scams.  On Jan. 13 CipherTrace announced partnerships with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Middlesex University London, and the Blockchain Acceleration Foundation (BAF). The Defenders League will initially consist of graduate students from Middlebury and Middlesex, along with BAF students at nine universities located across California. CipherTrace’s chief financial analyst, John Jeffereies, told Cointelegraph that the Defenders League’s objective is to make the crypto economy…

Thomas Carter: The 2 Keys That Will Unlock Mass Adoption of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain in 2020

by Thomas Carter Blockchain technology saw exponential growth in 2019, unprecedented adoption and interest by governments and institutions around the world validating its utility. But here’s where things get really interesting from an investor’s perspective. 2020 is indeed shaping up to be the tipping point towards the widespread adoption of blockchain and cryptocurrency. From a global macro level, the stage is set. “At the end of the ICO craze in 2018 what was apparent was that raising capital with digital tokens was efficient and viable. What also became apparent was…

Why Hybrid Cryptocurrency Exchanges can bring in a better future?

Till the date, there are more than 500 cryptocurrency exchanges launched across various countries. No wonder that the number would still start uprising every day. A Cryptocurrency Exchange is an online platform that allows you to exchange fiat currency for a crypto asset or one digital currency for others. However, not all cryptocurrency exchanges behave equally. There are certain differences in the working of the cryptocurrency exchanges. For now, we are primarily aware of two popular crypto trading platforms called Centralized Exchanges and Decentralized Exchanges. Popular crypto exchanges such as…

4 Signs the Cryptocurrency Altcoin Market May Have Finally Bottomed

Bitcoin (BTC) made a sudden jump of 9% in the past 24 hours. However, altcoin cryptocurrencies have been showing strength recently as well. Recent surges from large caps have been in the double digits with Dash (DASH) surging 50% and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) 30% in the past four days. Is it possible to draw a conclusion that the altcoin market capitalization is potentially bottoming? Let’s find out. Crypto market daily performance. Source: Coin360 Altcoins retraced to their cycle lows Many altcoins have reached their cycle low levels, which means that…

This Bullish Cryptocurrency is Asking for Investors’ “Attention”

It is an ideal time to open a long position on the popular cryptocurrency BAT, according to prominent Twitterati Crypto Michaël. The full-time stock and crypto trader said on Monday that BAT could undergo a massive upside swing that ranges from anywhere between 29 percent and 135 percent. He based his prediction upon his belief that the cryptocurrency is in a strong accumulation zone, noting that the price support area around 2,300-2,450 satoshis could attract traders en masse. “I’m aiming to see whether 2450 or 2300 hold as support,” said Mr. Michaël. The…

Qatar Financial Centre Puts Blanket Ban on Cryptocurrency Businesses

The Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority (QFCRA) announced that virtual asset services may not be conducted in or from the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC). The regulator announced the new measures in a tweet published on Dec. 26, stating that authorized firms are not permitted to provide or facilitate the provision or exchange of crypto assets and related services until further notice. The QFCRA warns: “The Regulatory Authority shall impose penalties in accordance with its rights and obligations […] in case of any violation of undertaking […] activities that are not…

What Is a Cryptocurrency? We Need Clearer Definitions

This post is part of CoinDesk’s 2019 Year in Review, a collection of 100 op-eds, interviews and takes on the state of blockchain and the world. Dr Gina C Pieters is an Assistant Instructional Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago, and a Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at the University of Cambridge. She has been researching cryptocurrencies since 2015. There is an unresolved debate over how to define decentralization in a distributed ledger system, even though decentralization of peer-to-peer payments was…

This Cryptocurrency Plunges 14% With Rumors That Big Investors are Dumping

Blockchain startup Hedera Hashgraph (HBAR) are facing flak on Twitter. Some reports have claimed nodes have been dropped and there are accusations of bullying its community into not using the Hedera logo. This article has been updated based on a brief correspondence with Hedera’s SVP of Communication.  Hedera Says Its Nodes Aren’t Offline This morning it was reported by Twitter user @Scams_alarms that 4 out of 13 of Hedera’s council nodes went offline without any explanation. 4 out of 10 council nodes of @hashgraph went offline without any explanation Team…

China’s Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Trading: A 2019 Recap

While China has waged war on domestic cryptocurrency trading activities since 2017, this year saw it tighten the screws as hype around crypto’s underlying blockchain technology renewed interest in digital assets. Below is a summary of China’s difficult relationship with crypto and how it has evolved in 2019. China does not like crypto trading As Cointelegraph reported in September 2017, Chinese regulators placed a ban on local cryptocurrency exchanges, forcing them to close. Shortly after the ban, news broke that the government sought to crack down on all domestic cryptocurrency…