Ethereum (ETH) Possible March to $250, Up 22 Percent

Ethereum prices up 22 percent from last week’s close Andreas M. Antonopoulos warns of technical community in-fighting Transaction volumes on the rise, likely to propel prices above $170 Andreas M. Antonopoulos is against the toxicity within Ethereum’s developer community. He says this can cause fragmentation and slow down Ethereum (ETH) bulls that are up 22 percent in the last week. Ethereum Price Analysis Fundamentals Open source, public blockchains do symbolize decentralization. As attractive as they may be, they can be a source of fragmentation in an otherwise stable platform. We…

Bitcoin Is Still 50 Percent Undervalued

This interview has been edited and condensed. The author of the “The Bitcoin Big Bang — How Alternative Currencies Are About to Change the World,” Brian Kelly calls himself an optimist when it comes to the future of the cryptocurrencies. CNBC’s prominent commentator, who is also the founder and CEO of digital currency investment firm BKCM LLC, analyzes markets on an everyday basis and tends to be 50 percent right “trading-wise.” We met with Brian Kelly at the Crypto Finance Conference in Switzerland and talked about Bitcoin ETFs, the next…

Argo Blockchain Plans to Terminate Mining Contracts, Cut Costs by 35 Percent

United Kingdom-based cryptocurrency mining provider Argo Blockchain announced it was refocusing its business as part of a major cost-cutting exercise, according to a strategy update published on Feb. 15. Argo, which is headquartered in London with facilities in Quebec, said it would terminate its Mining-as-a-Service (MaaS) operations by April, focusing solely on direct mining. MaaS operators facilitate cryptocurrency mining on borrowed hardware remotely. Explaining its decision, Argo said the ongoing suppression of Bitcoin (BTC) prices and associated reduced profitability of mining had caused it to slim down its expenses sheet.…

Huobi Reports 100 Percent Increase in Trading Volumes in 2018 Over 2017

Major global crypto exchange Huobi has reported a 100 percent growth in trading volume in 2018 over the 2017, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 7. The Singapore-headquartered company has reportedly expanded its staff from 400 employees in early 2018 to more than 1,300 people by 2019, with 15 offices in 12 countries and regions, as Huobi CEO Leon Li told Cointelegraph. Huobi’s over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk has reportedly become one of the most traded OTC platforms worldwide, while the recently launched service Huobi Cloud has…

95 Percent of Cryptos Will Die

Matt Hougan, Global Head of Research at Bitwise Asset Management and president at ETF.com, expressed his idea that most cryptocurrencies will die in an interview with Bloomberg published on Feb. 5. During the interview, Hougan declared that he thinks that “there are 2,000 cryptocurrencies out there, 95 percent of them are useless and will die a painful death” and concluded: “The sooner that happens, the better.” According to Hougan, there is a lot of what he defines as bubble-related bad activity in the crypto industry that is currently “getting cleared…

BitTorrent’s Token Price Spikes 600 Percent Since ICO

BitTorrent token’s (BTT) price has gone up over 600 percent since its initial coin offering (ICO) which sold out in minutes, according to the data from CoinMarketCap on Feb. 4. Peer-to-peer torrent client BitTorrent, which allows users to distribute files over the Internet launched its Tron-based native token BTT in the beginning of January. BTT is purportedly part of a broader ambition to build a decentralized content distribution platform using the digital currency. On Jan. 28, the BTT sale on the Binance Launchpad platform made headlines, netting $7.1 million dollars…

Nearly 80 Percent of Crypto Event Attendees Are Male

79 percent of attendees at crypto events are male, according to a report by events-oriented software firm Bizzabo on Jan. 28. After analyzing the registration information of 100 different cryptocurrency-related events in 15 countries, Bizzabo found that the overwhelming majority of attendees were male. In the course of the survey, Bizzabo took data from the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, Israel, Hong Kong, China and Australia, with the U.S. leading other countries in the number of registrants and attendees at crypto events. 57 percent of attendees were employed…

‘Volume of Transactions in Africa Has Risen 130 percent in 2018’

A site enabling consumers to buy Bitcoin using hundreds of different payment methods says demand is thriving despite declining cryptocurrency prices — with Africa being its biggest market. Paxful says the volume of transactions it has processed from the continent has risen by more than 130 percent — and now, an average of 17,351 trades per day are being made by its users in Africa. As well as enabling consumers to buy crypto using debit cards and platforms such as PayPal, the company has carved a niche in the market…

63 Percent of Senior Execs Lack Understanding of Blockchain Tech

In a survey of institutional investors by the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), 63 percent of respondents believe that senior business executives have a poor understanding of blockchain technology. Cointelegraph acquired a copy of the study on Jan. 22. In December and January the market research company PollRight interviewed 71 institutional investors, including private equity, hedge funds and pension funds on behalf of GBBC — a trading association for the blockchain ecosystem. While most respondents believe that senior business executives do not understand blockchain, 30 percent consider their knowledge of…

Layoffs Did Not Exceed 10 Percent, Mainly Affect Support Staff

Recent layoffs at blockchain software technology company ConsenSys did not exceed 10 percent of staff. The company’s Executive Director of Enterprise and Social Impact Vanessa Grellet spoke to Cointelegraph about the recent developments at the Crypto Finance Conference in Switzerland on Jan. 18. Grellet said that the staff cuts were a “natural movement” and mainly affected support staff, while developers and technical employees were largely unaffected. She said: “I’ve been at the company for two years and a half. When I joined it, we were 60, and we grew to…