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Friday, November 17, 2017

CryptoCurrency News: Gox ICO? CEO Karpeles Floats Token Sale to Revive Bitcoin Exchange



A Mt Gox initial coin offering (ICO)? It's not that much of a far-fetched idea, according to the defunct bitcoin exchange's controversial CEO.

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CryptoCurrency News: UBS CIO: We Aren't Getting Involved With Bitcoin



UBS chief investment officer Mark Haefele says the world's largest money manager will not include bitcoin investments.

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CryptoCurrency News: Ethereum Could Soon Launch Its First Casper Testnet



An experimental consensus algorithm that's long been proposed as a pillar of the ethereum protocol could soon see its first testing.

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CryptoCurrency News: No Fork, No Fire: Segwit2x Nodes Stall Running Abandoned Bitcoin Code



The Segwit2x bitcoin fork may have been formally called off, but as many as 150 nodes still running its code have stopped accepting transaction blocks

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CryptoCurrency News: Internet Archive Adds Bitcoin Cash, Zcash to Donation Options



The Internet Archive, host of the Wayback Machine, has announced it now supports donations in bitcoin cash and zcash.

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CryptoCurrency News: ECB Council Member: Central Banks Considering Crypto Regulation



The European Central Bank's Ewald Nowotny has said that China's recent crackdown has brought new focus on cryptocurrency regulations.

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CryptoCurrency News: Ripple Makes a Splash: XRP Price Looks Up on Amex News



Positive news flow for Ripple seems to be boosting price, while the technical analysis also favors the bulls.

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CryptoCurrency News: Visa Launches First Phase of Blockchain B2B Payments



Credit card giant Visa has launched the trial phase of its business-to-business payments system built with blockchain startup Chain.

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CryptoCurrency News: Up and Away? Bitcoin Price Eyes $8,000 Or Higher



Bitcoin has staged a remarkable "V" shaped recovery from the last week's lows near $5,500, and may be looking at new highs ahead.

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CryptoCurrency News: Friends Don't Let Friends Do Bad Crypto



Our duty to users doesn't end when they leave our site or app. Behaviors learned from us guide interactions with other services, writes Dan Elitzer.

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CryptoCurrency News: Over 20 Banks Join Singapore-Hong Kong Blockchain Trade Network



A number of banks have joined the recently announced blockchain-based trade network pilot jointly set up by Hong Kong and Singapore.

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CryptoCurrency News: Just the Beginning? What the Tezos Lawsuits Mean for ICO Litigation



Class-action litigators in the U.S. appear to be positioning for a potential pop in the hot initial coin offering market.

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[FOREX NEWS] USD/JPY could not go up – 4 reasons why it is falling


The US dollar is retreating and more so against the Japanese yen. This is an extension of the falls seen earlier in the week and they prove once again: what cannot go up must come down. The pair made a false break last week above the 114.50 level. We are now at 112.55 after hitting [...]

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[FOREX NEWS] Draghi hails the solid economic expansion – EUR/USD looks solid


The president of the European Central Bank is speaking for the second time this week. His previous public appearance alongside his top peers from the Fed, BOJ, and BOE. EUR/USD is trading around 1.18. more coming

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CryptoCurrency News: Nasdaq Contemplates Storing Asset Ownership Data on Blockchain



Stock exchange operator Nasdaq filed a patent outlining how to store asset ownership data on a blockchain.

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[FOREX NEWS] AUD: Breaking Out Of Ranges On Crosses; What’s Next & How To Position? – Nomura


The Australian dollar slipped a bit lower amid a not-so-great jobs report. What’s next? Here is the view from Nomura: Here is their view, courtesy of eFXnews: Nomura FX Strategy Research discuss AUD outlook, recommending to tactically positioning for further AUD downside against the EUR via an options structure expiring on Dec-21. “AUD continues to fall [...]

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

CryptoCurrency News: Swiss Firms to Let Traders Short Bitcoin With New Futures Products



Swiss bank Vontobel and Leonteq Securities announced that they will start trading Switzerland’s first two mini futures to short bitcoin on Friday.

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CryptoCurrency News: Europe's Executive Arm Issues Report on Blockchain For Education



EU Commission has released a report titled 'Blockchain in Education' that explains on potentials of the nascent technology in the education industry.

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CryptoCurrency News: Mimblewimble Just Launched Its First Testnet



An experimental blockchain boasting an innovative array of potential features is now entering a new phase of testing.

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CryptoCurrency News: Coinbase Courts Hedge Funds With Institutional Storage Service



Cryptocurrency wallet and exchange startup Coinbase is launching a new storage service aimed specifically at institutional investors.

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CryptoCurrency News: Dell Subsidiary Considers Blockchain Use in Data Transfers



In a new patent application, Dell subsidiary VMWare outlines how it could integrate a blockchain into a proposed cloud-based data transfer service.

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CryptoCurrency News: Bitcoin Approaches All-Time High As Price Shrugs Sell-Off



The price of bitcoin is spiking, climbing above $7,700 for first time since Nov. 8.

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CryptoCurrency News: Survey: Bitcoin Investors Won't Sell Until Price Nears $200k



New survey data highlights the ideological – and economic – factors driving some investors to purchase bitcoin.

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CryptoCurrency News: $100 Bitcoin? Japan Post Bank's CIO Blasts 'Bubble' Value



Bitcoin's astonishing price rally this year continues to attract skeptics, including the CIO of Japan Post Bank.

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CryptoCurrency News: YouTube Stars Can Now Earn Brave's Browser Tokens



The ad-blocking browser provides YouTubers with an alternative monetization strategy in a year of aggravation with the video site's ad-killing bots.

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CryptoCurrency News: 'Is It Real?': Square CFO Speaks Out on Cash App Bitcoin Trial



The CFO of mobile payments firm Square has explained why the company launched a bitcoin pilot scheme.

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CryptoCurrency News: Bitcoin Cash Dips to $1,000, But a Recovery May Be on the Cards



Bitcoin cash has lost 20 percent in the last 24 hours, but looks to have found a new bottom around $1,000.

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CryptoCurrency News: American Express Opens First Blockchain Corridor With Ripple Tech



American Express just had its "Charles Lindbergh moment," using Ripple's blockchain to connect Santander clients in Europe and the U.S.

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CryptoCurrency News: New Highs in Sight? Bitcoin Moves Back Above $7,500



Bitcoin is showing no signs of stopping its recent upwards surge. As prices climb once again, are new highs on the horizon?

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[FOREX NEWS] USD/CAD falls on upbeat Canadian data, poor US figures


Canada’s manufacturing sales rose by 0.5%, beating expectations. Foreign securities purchases also came out better than expected at 16.81 billion. USD/CAD is falling to 1.2748. This is also due to the series of disappointments in US data. Everything is pushing USD/CAD lower. ADP routinely publishes its jobs report for the US, two days before the official [...]

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[FOREX NEWS] US jobless claims, Philly Fed, import prices all disappoint – USD ticks down


US weekly jobless claims are up to 249K, disappointing expectations. Import prices are only up by 0.2%, also short of predictions. Philly Fed Manufacturing Index completes the losing streak by falling to 22.7. The US dollar is slightly weaker on the uniform misses. The US released a load of economic indicators. The Philly Fed manufacturing index [...]

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CryptoCurrency News: Kik Might Move Its ICO Tokens to a New Blockchain



A high-profile ICO project is re-evaluating whether it will stick with the ethereum network or shift to a more scalable and lower-cost solution.

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CryptoCurrency News: Moldova Eyes Blockchain IDs to Help Curb Child Trafficking



Moldova is considering teaming with a U.N. blockchain identity project to help combat child trafficking in the country, according to a report.

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CryptoCurrency News: Morgan Stanley CEO: Bitcoin Is 'By Definition Speculative'



Morgan Stanley Chairman and CEO James Gorman has added to recent criticism of bitcoin in new comments.

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CryptoCurrency News: Lightning Only? Scaling Bitcoin Might Require A Whole 'Nother Layer



A new paper outlines an additional layer to the Lightning Network that would make payment channels even more scalable.

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[FOREX NEWS] Euro-zone inflation confirmed at 1.4% – EUR/USD stable


No surprises to rock the euro’s boat. Headline CPI is confirmed at 1.4% in October. Core CPI is confirmed at the low level of 0.9%, supporting a looser monetary policy. EUR/USD is ticking lower, but it’s just a few pips, trading around 1.1770. The pair later faces some figures from the US: the Philly Fed [...]

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[FOREX NEWS] UK retail sales rise by 0.3% – GBP marginally higher


It’s not all doom and gloom for the British consumer. Retail sales are up by 0.3% m/m, on top of a small upwards revision. Year over year, sales are down 0.3%, a bit better than -0.6% predicted. Excluding fuel, the volume is up by 0.1% and down 0.3%, all the figures are a bit above [...]

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[FOREX NEWS] AUD/USD: Mixed jobs report, mixed reaction


The Australian economy gained only 3.7K jobs in October, significantly below the 18.9K that was expected. On the other hand, the previous figure was revised up from 19.8K to 26.6K, softening the blow. The unemployment rate fell to 5.4%, beating expectations and standing at the lowest since February 2013, the best in over four and [...]

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CryptoCurrency News: 'Big Four' Firm KPMG Joins Blockchain Advocacy Group



'Big four' consulting firm KPMG has announced it is joining the industry trade group, the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance.

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India's Supreme Court Calls on Government to Regulate Bitcoin

The court asked India's central bank and several government agencies to respond to a petition that expressed concern about tax dodges and ransomware.


The Indian Supreme Court has asked the government to respond to calls to regulate bitcoin.

Three justices issued a notice to the central bank, the market regulator, the tax department, and several other agencies, asking them to answer a petition on the matter, the Hindu, an Indian newspaper, reported Tuesday.

The original petition to the court expressed concern that bitcoin can be used to conduct transactions across borders without a trace, making it an attractive tool for ransomware attackers and tax cheats.

According to the petition:
"The lack of any concrete [control] mechanism pending the regulatory framework in said regard has left a lot of vacuum and which has resulted in total unaccountability and unregulated Bitcoin (crypto money) trading and transactions."


The petition goes on to state that bitcoin exchanges in India add 2,500 users per day, and that some 500,000 residents now hold bitcoin. As of 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, the exchange rate between Indian rupees and bitcoin was more than 470,000.

As a result of its adoption, bitcoin usage may affect "the market value of other commodities," according to the petition, which pleaded with the court for an "urgent direction" for the government to intervene.

The petition noted that some countries are beginning to either regulate or ban bitcoin, citing China's crackdown on exchanges and Russia's attempts to block bitcoin websites.

India has typically adopted a "wait-and-see" stance on cryptocurrencies, discussing their role in the world's largest democracy but not taking concrete steps to regulate or prohibit them.

In April, the government formed a committee to study cryptocurrencies and propose new regulations.

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CryptoCurrency News: Tezos Founders Hit With Second Class Action Suit



A second class action lawsuit has been filed against the founders of blockchain startup Tezos, alleging violation of U.S. securities law.

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CryptoCurrency News: Brokerage Chief: Bitcoin Futures Must Be Quarantined



A well-known electronic brokerage firm is issuing dire warnings against the CME Group's plan to launch a bitcoin futures contract next month.

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CryptoCurrency News: Fujitsu Eyes Cryptocurrency Trading With Cross-Blockchain Payments Tech



Japanese IT firm has unveiled a new payments technology designed to facilitate transactions between blockchains.

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CryptoCurrency News: Alleged Bitcoin Launderer Faces Extradition Hearing Next Month



An alleged money laundered tied to the BTC-e bitcoin exchange and wanted by both Russia and the U.S. will attend an extradition hearing next month.

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CryptoCurrency News: Wealth Manager Canaccord: ICOs Could Become Commonplace



Initial coin offerings (ICOs) could one day come to be seen as similar to inital public offerings (IPOs), according to a new report.

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CryptoCurrency News: Parity Team Publishes Postmortem on $160 Million Ether Freeze



Parity has released new details on how a critical code flaw resulted in the freezing of $160 million worth of ether.

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CryptoCurrency News: Prudential, StarHub to Launch Blockchain Trade Platform In Singapore



Insurance giant Prudential has partnered with Singapore telco StarHub to launch a new blockchain-based digital trade platform for enterprises.

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[FOREX NEWS] USD: Stalled; Most Of Good News On US Tax Cuts Look Already Incorporated – Barclays


The US dollar is on the back foot due to some safe-haven flows. But what about the main driver of the greenback? The team at Barclays examines the tax cuts issues. Here is their view, courtesy of eFXnews: Barclays Capital FX Strategy Research discusses the USD near-term outlook, noticing that its momentum has stalled after [...]

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CryptoCurrency News: You Want Democracy? Try a Hard Fork



The mere option of forking not only empowers cryptocurrency users when they leave a project, but also when they stay, writes Taylor Pearson.

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CryptoCurrency News: Code Name Babylon: Cobalt Is Spinning Off a New Blockchain Subsidiary



Distributed ledger startup Cobalt is seeking to spin off part of its technology in a bid to win ground in a wider variety of enterprise use cases.

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