Indian Crypto Trader Arrested for Allegedly Using USDT to Launder Money on Behalf of Chinese Online Betting Scammers
2020’s Crypto Performances: The Biggest Token Losers and This Year’s Top-Performing Cryptocurrencies
Digital currency markets have climbed significantly in value all year long, despite the gloomy global economy and the aftermath of Covid-19 responses. Bitcoin prices have been hovering at values not seen since 2017, and the top crypto asset in terms … read more.
Three Years In: A Bitcoin Cash Update From One of Its Founders
It’s been over 3 years since August 1, 2017, the day Bitcoin Cash was born. I know because I was there and part of the loosely knit ‘team’ that launched the Bitcoin Cash project. Now, after some time has passed … read more.
Report: Cryptos Set for Massive Adoption in the US as More Americans Embrace Digital Alternatives to the Dollar
A survey commissioned by Satoshilabs finds that from the 45.8% of American respondents that say they own cryptos, nearly all of them (95%) believe cryptos to be a genuine currency solution. In addition, about 31.7% of those surveyed see crypto … read more.
Gold Bug Frank Holmes Optimistic About BTC Prospects in 2021, Says Halving Cushioned Demand
The well known gold bug, CEO and chief investment officer at U.S. Global Investors, Frank Holmes recently sat down for an interview and discussed his price predictions in regard to the 2021 value of gold. Holmes also said that cryptocurrencies … read more.
Venezuela Pays for Imports From Iran and Turkey With Bitcoin to Evade Sanctions
Venezuela is reportedly paying companies in allied countries, including Iran and Turkey, with bitcoin to mitigate the effects of U.S. sanctions on its economy. The Venezuelan government is also planning to increase bitcoin usage now that it has a dedicated … read more.
Citigroup Downgrades Microstrategy to ‘Sell’ Rating Over ‘Aggressive’ Bitcoin Purchases
Citigroup has downgraded the Nasdaq-listed, pro-bitcoin Microstrategy to a “sell” rating after the company announced that it would offer $400 million convertible senior notes to buy more bitcoin. Microstrategy currently holds about 40,824 bitcoins. Citi Analyst Uncomfortable With Microstrategy’s ‘Disproportionate … read more.
‘Absolutely Inevitable’: Standard Chartered Bank CEO Sees Widespread Cryptocurrency Adoption
Standard Chartered Bank CEO Bill Winters sees the adoption of digital currencies as “absolutely inevitable.” He says there is a role for both private digital currencies and state-backed ones. His bank subsequently announces that it is launching a crypto custody … read more.
Marathon Purchases 10,000 Bitcoin Miners, Machines Will Max Out 100 Megawatt Montana Facility
On December 9, the Nasdaq-listed cryptocurrency mining company, Marathon Patent Group, announced the firm is purchasing 10,000 Antminer S-19j Pro units from the Chinese mining manufacturer Bitmain. According to Marathon, after the acquisition of next-generation bitcoin miners, the company will … read more.
Fidelity Digital to Accept Bitcoin as Collateral for Cash Loans
Fidelity Digital says it will allow institutional customers to pledge bitcoin as collateral against cash loans in partnership with Blockfi. The firm’s decision helps bitcoin investors turn their digital holdings into cash without selling. Fidelity’s targeted clients include hedge funds, … read more.
Indian Crypto Boom: New Traders Flood Exchanges — CEOs Reveal What’s Driving Massive Growth
The Indian cryptocurrency industry is experiencing massive growth. New traders are flooding crypto exchanges, executives from four of the largest crypto trading platforms in India exclusively told news.Bitcoin.com. They also share their views on what drives the Indian crypto market, … read more.
Spain’s Second Largest Bank BBVA Launches Bitcoin Trading and Custody in Switzerland
BBVA, the second-largest bank in Spain, has announced the launch of its bitcoin trading and custody service through its Swiss subsidiary. Beginning with bitcoin, BBVA plans to expand its services for other cryptocurrencies. BBVA Rolls Out Bitcoin Trading and Custody … read more.
Southeast Asia’s Largest Bank DBS Launches Full-Service Bitcoin Exchange
DBS, the largest bank in Southeast Asia, has officially announced the launch of several crypto services, including a crypto exchange. DBS’ crypto trading platform supports four fiat currencies and four cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin. DBS Launches Bitcoin Services DBS officially announced … read more.
Study: Over 13% of All Proceeds of Crimes in Bitcoin Passed Through Privacy Wallets in 2020
According to a study published by the blockchain analysis firm Elliptic, over 13% of all proceeds of crime in bitcoin (BTC) were laundered via privacy wallets in 2020, up from 2% from the figures posted in 2019. 13% of All … read more.
Man Jailed for Role in $25 Million Ponzi Scheme Involving a Failed Crypto
A South Florida federal district judge has sentenced Jose Angel Aman to 84 months in prison for his role in perpetrating a $25 million diamond Ponzi scheme. In addition, the judge ordered Aman to pay over $23 million in restitution … read more.
Bitcoin Is Going Through the Roof in Argentina While the Government Imposes New Taxes
Argentina’s Senate approved an extraordinary one-time wealth tax to fight the coronavirus pandemic by seeking to boost government revenue and targeting millionaires with assets of more than 200 million pesos ($2.5 million). At the same time, the country still faces … read more.
Crypto Billionaires: Ripple’s Jed McCaleb Now World’s 40th Richest Person, Cofounder Sells 29 Million XRP Last Week
According to onchain data analytics researchers, one of the founders of the company Ripple, Jed McCaleb allegedly sold 29.5 million XRP in a single day. McCaleb, an early cryptocurrency investor, and self-made entrepreneur is one of the richest men on … read more.
Twitch Director Shaan Puri Moves 25% of Net Worth Into Bitcoin to ‘Front Run Wave of Institutional Capital’
Twitch director and former CEO of Bebo Shaan Puri announced that he has put 25% of his net worth into bitcoin. He believes that bitcoin presents “a rare opportunity to front run a wave of institutional capital.” Shaan Puri Puts … read more.
Growing Bitcoin Adoption Hurting Gold Market, Gold Price Will Continue to Weaken, Says JPMorgan
The rise of bitcoin is hurting the gold market and may continue to do so for many years to come as institutional adoption grows, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co strategists. Led by Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, the strategists noted the declining … read more.
Restaurant Chain That Converted Cash Reserves Into Bitcoin Says Gold’s Safe Haven Days Are Numbered
A great number of companies have been converting cash reserves into bitcoin during the last few months. At the end of August, the Mediterranean restaurant chain Tahini’s announced the Canadian company converted all of their cash reserves into bitcoin. On … read more.
Russian President Vladimir Putin Signs Order Compelling Government Workers to Disclose Crypto Holdings
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an order compelling the country’s government workers to disclose their cryptocurrency holdings. The order stipulates that employees must submit details of where they bought the digital assets and the value thereof by June 30, … read more.
Ten Years Ago Satoshi Nakamoto Logged Off – The Final Message from Bitcoin’s Inventor
Ten years ago today, the pseudonymous programmer (or programmers) Satoshi Nakamoto logged into the forum bitcointalk.org one last time, and left the Bitcoin community for good. The day prior Nakamoto wrote a final message to the crypto community by offering … read more.
Ledger Wallet Customer Data Leak Invokes Threats, Phishing Scams, User Allegedly Loses Life Savings
The cryptocurrency hardware wallet firm Ledger was hacked last June and over a million emails were exposed, according to reports from the company at the time. Months later, the hackers who obtained the Ledger data emailed clients, sent texts to … read more.
Crypto Founder Faces 10 Years in Prison Over Millions of Dollars in Exit Scam Without Paying Taxes
A cryptocurrency founder has been arrested and is facing up to 10 years imprisonment for tax evasion after running an exit scam. He allegedly made millions of dollars from his cryptocurrency and used an elaborate scheme to avoid paying taxes. … read more.
Morgan Stanley Strategist: Bitcoin Rising to Replace US Dollar as World’s Reserve Currency
Morgan Stanley’s global strategist has made a case that bitcoin is making progress towards replacing the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency. “Do not assume that your traditional currencies are the only stores of value, or mediums of exchange, … read more.
US Lawmakers Caution Against Regulations Restricting Use of Self-Hosted Crypto Wallets
Four U.S. lawmakers have sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, warning of the risks of restricting the use of self-hosted cryptocurrency wallets. Their concerns follow reports that the Treasury Department may be on the verge of imposing such … read more.
Thailand’s Largest Bank Snubs Ripple – Selects Stellar-based Blockchain for Cross Border Remittances
In an apparent snub to Ripple, Thailand’s oldest bank, Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) is set to open a new cross border remittances corridor in partnership with Lightnet, a fintech company that uses the Stellar blockchain. SCB says the partnership opens … read more.
Vitalik Buterin Warns Current Crypto Wallets Are Not Ready for Mainstream Adoption
The cofounder of the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency, ethereum, warned about crypto wallet vulnerabilities, claiming the tools are not ready for widespread adoption and encouraged to open more discussions on security matters. Buterin Calls for More User-Friendly Crypto Wallets for Non-Technical … read more.
Microstrategy Completes $650 Million Capital Raise to Fund More Bitcoin Purchases
Microstrategy Inc. has raised $650 million from the sale of convertible senior notes so that it could buy more bitcoin. In a note to investors on Dec. 11, the business intelligence and mobile software firm said it completed the sale … read more.