Bitcoin Price Booms, App Launches and Acquisitions: This Week in Crypto
Make sure you check out our previous edition here, now let’s go over what happened in crypto this week. Also, make sure you subscribe for this week’s edition of The CCN.com Podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts .
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- Bitcoin increased nearly 18% this week after months of slow decline. The price peaked at just over $7,500 Opinions are mixed on wether or not this trend will continue. BitMEX CEO Authur Hayes said in an interview with CNBC this week that prices would likely go higher, but not hit $10,000. He further explained that he “would like to see us test $5,000” for the currency to really bottom out. The opinion sharply contrasts with that of long time bear Barry Silbert who speculated that Bitcoin’s price had finally bottomed. He’s attributed this to a large influx of institutional money, which now makes up 56% of the nearly $248 million invested in the GBTC . Other bulls include former Goldman Sachs executive Christopher Matta who speculated that Bitcoin could see $15,000 this year and Billionaire Marc Lasry who speculated Bitcoin could see $40,000 within a few years.
- Ethereum is up 5% this week to $466.65. The currency hit the crucial $500 level before falling back down to $466.65 resulting in the respectable gain we saw this week.
- The Entire Market Cap is up 11% this week following large price increases by Bitcoin and a mini-bull run across the entire market. Stellar, which was also awarded Sharia certification this week, increased by nearly 35% before sliding nearly 10% as the market receded. This phenomenon is representative of a larger trend across the market which affected TRX, XRP, ADA, and EOS among others. It’s also noteworthy that CoinMarketCap has removed it’s volume requirements for cryptocurrency exchange listing.
- Chile to re-open Exchange Orionx’s Bank Account: Chilean Court of Appeals has recently ruled that state-owned Banco Estado has to re-open the account of bitcoin exchange Orionx, after it seemingly illegally shut it down.
- G20 Watchdog develops ‘Vigilant’ monitoring framework: The Financial Stability Board , a global finance monitoring watchdog created by the G20, has published a new framework for monitoring cryptocurrencies. The framework aims at” identifying financial stability concerns in a timely manner”.
- Dogecoin listed on Robinhood Crypto: Dogecoin, the parody cryptocurrency created in 2013, became the fifth currency to be listed on the app. Current currencies include Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin. The coin is an odd choice considering it’s low market cap and rank, and the fact that it’s own creator doesn’t support it.
- BitPay receives 8th BitLicense: Cryptocurrency payment processor BitPay has become the eighth firm to receive a “BitLicense” from the NYDFS . BitPay becomes the first standalone payment processor to be allowed to process cryptocurrency payments for New York merchants and residents.
- Brazilian Police Bust Gang Who Used Bitcoin to Launder Millions of Dollars: Brazil’s Federal Police has recently arrested 12 individuals connected to a gang that allegedly used bitcoin to launder “millions of dollars” earned smuggling drugs into Europe, Asia, and Africa.
- Hong Kong Trade Finance Will Fight Fraud With a Blockchain-Based Platform: The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has partnered with Chinese Ping An to release a blockchain-based trade finance platform. The joint effort is expected to speed-up the process and prevent fraud. The effort now includes 21 enterprise participants .
SEC Shutters Kodak-Branded Bitcoin Mining Rig ‘KashMiner’: The developer behind the purported and much-publicized Kodak-branded bitcoin mining equipment has officially halted operations. The company, which originally claimed to be a licensee of the Kodak brand, has been exposed as having no ties to Kodak and having a product which was simply a Bitmain miner with Kodak branding.
- MLB to Launch “MLB Crypto” dApp game: Major League Baseball announced this week that it would be launching a dApp for buying and selling digital avatars representing moments in baseball games. The move comes as a way to attract younger crowds to baseball who have largely shunned the sport.
- Go Blockchain Game to Launch: Lee Sedol The Go World Champion who lost to Google AI AlphaGo in 2016 has announced a blockchain based version of Go, in collaboration with The Blockchain, Inc . The project, named GoBlock will run on the Ethereum network and follow in the steps of other Ethereum based games such as MLB Crypto, CryptoKitties, and CryptoZombies.
- Thai Bond Market Association to Launch ‘Bond Coin’: The Thai Bond Market Association has announced that it will create “Bond Coin”: a custom token on a private blockchain between permissioned participants including issuers and investors alongside regulators and registered firms.
- BlackRock Exploring Crypto: BlackRock, the largest exchange traded fund provider with over $6.3 trillion assets under management, is reported to have created a working group to look at ways to gain exposure to blockchain. and cryptocurrencies
- EURS Onboards First Institutional Client: STASIS, the crypto ecosystem which recently launched the stablecoin EURS that is paired exactly against the Euro recently announced that it had onboarded its first institutional client. This marks a major milestone for Malta based STASIS and stable coins as a whole.
- Messaging Giant LINE’s Cryptocurrency Exchange Begins Global Operations: Japanese mobile giant LINE has officially launched operations of its Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange BITBOX with support for 30 cryptocurrencies including bitcoin. The exchange, announced on Tuesday, will support crypto-only trading pairs.
- PwC Director Quits, Joins Cryptocurrency Exchange as CEO: A director at ‘big four’ accounting giant PWC in Australia has quit the firm to join crypto exchange bitcoin.com.au as its newest CEO. The company hopes to bring crypto products to corporate pension plans and capitalize on millennia’s love of crypto and a trend toward self-managed funds.
- Boeing to Use Blockchain to Track Unmanned Air Vehicles: Boeing is partnering with artificial intelligence firm SparkCognition to develop a decentralized blockchain based platform capable of ‘tracking unmanned air vehicles in flight and allocate traffic corridors and routes’ to ensure secure transportation, the company said in an announcement on Tuesday.
- Kik Beta App ‘Kinit’ Goes Live on Google Play after $100 Million ICO: Kik rolled out its much anticipated standalone app, KinIt this week. Kin has raised over $100 million so far and this app is the first standalone app to utilize Kin.
- Oracle Launches Blockchain Cloud Service Platform: Oracle has formally launched its much-anticipated blockchain service, and many global organizations have already jumped aboard the platform. The platform, originally reported in May, is based on Hyperledger Fabric and includes a full featured IAAS.
- Mastercard Files Patent to Link Cryptocurrency With Fiat Accounts: The patent describes a method for the storing of both fiat and cryptocurrencies under one profile. The patent follows patents by Mastercard for anonymous transactions, travel itinerary bidding, and coupon authentication. It remains unclear wether these patents are meant to maintain Mastercard’s hold over the payment space or if they intend to do anything with the patents.
- $20 billion Hedge Fund Joins Coinbase: A$20 billion hedge fund — whose name was not disclosed by sources — began using Coinbase Prime following its launch earlier this year, perhaps a sign that cryptocurrency is preparing to emerge as a mainstream asset, at least among alternative investments.