NYSE Owner: Bitcoin (BTC) Should Be in Retirement Funds, Credit Cards, Retail Stores

NYSE Owner: Bitcoin (BTC) Should Be in Retirement Funds, Credit Cards, Retail Stores

News Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), owner of arguably the most important stock exchange in the world, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), is introducing a new company, Bakkt. The idea is to weave bitcoin core (BTC) into 401(k)s, credit cards, and retail. The project is getting a lot of hype due in large measure to two very powerful backers: Microsoft and Starbucks. Is this the mainstreaming ecosystem enthusiasts have been urging? Also read: Bitcoiners Hope to Have a Friend in Top US Regulator Jay Clayton NYSE Wants BTC in 401(k)s, Credit Cards, Retail Stores ICE’s digital assets head, turned CEO of the new project Bakkt, Kelly Loeffler, explained in a company blog, “Formed by Intercontinental Exchange — an operator of global exchanges, clearing houses, data and listings services — Bakkt will work with companies that include BCG, Starbucks, Microsoft and others, to create an open ecosystem that supports growing needs in the ~$270 billion digital asset marketplace.” ICE quietly owns and operates two dozen regulated markets and exchanges, from the United States and Canada to Europe. It also holds clearing houses in the Netherlands, Singapore, greater Europe, the US, and Canada as well. It has revenues well in excess of $5.5 billion. It’s also the parent company for the NYSE, an exchange with great prestige among traditional finance: the NYSE is 226 years old, and is easily the globe’s biggest exchange by market cap, some $21.3 trillion as of last summer. Ms. Loeffler told Fortune how for over a year ICE built Bakkt in secrecy. The company name is a twist on asset backed securities, Bakkt, which by design is to engender trust. And trust is everything in the legacy marketplace, but it has a decidedly different meaning in the cryptocurrency world. Trust on Wall Street usually means regulations, and lots of them. Indeed, by late Fall this year, Bakkt hopes to have a fully federally regulated space for all things BTC. Fortune notes how “ICE aims to transform Bitcoin [Core] into a trusted global currency with broad usage.” That’s an interesting admission for enthusiasts wondering what Wall Street is ultimately up to with this enormous announcement and marketing/public relations campaign. Trust in the Bitcoin Core ecosystem is established through mathematics, voluntary adoption, by completely bypassing third party fragility, frictions,…

South Korean Crypto Exchange Bithumb to Reopen Withdrawals, Deposits for Nine Cryptos

South Korean Crypto Exchange Bithumb to Reopen Withdrawals, Deposits for Nine Cryptos

South Korea’s leading virtual currency exchange Bithumb is set to reopen withdrawals and deposits today, according to an official announcement August 4.   The world’s twelfth largest cryptocurrency exchange by trade volume noted that the time for resuming withdrawals and deposits has been moved from August 4 at 11 a.m. [Korea Standard Time] to 7 p.m. [KST]. In a separate post, Bithumb stated that it is first reopening the withdrawal and deposit services for nine altcoins, adding that it has been slightly delayed in order “to provide a more stable service environment.” At the end of June, hackers stole around a reported $30 million in crypto from Bithumb, prompting the exchange to temporarily suspend all deposits and payments. Bithumb later amended that the hackers had stolen less than their previous estimation — around $17 million — due to the “ongoing participation, support, and cooperation of the cryptocurrency exchanges and cryptocurrencies foundations across the world.” According to data from CoinMarketCap, Bithumb is ranked twelfth amongst exchanges by adjusted trade volume, with a 24-hour trade volume around $125 million by press time.

The Daily: Cars and Pizzas for Crypto in Russia, Crypto Valley in South Korea

The Daily: Cars and Pizzas for Crypto in Russia, Crypto Valley in South Korea

The Daily The wide adoption of cryptocurrencies in Russia has been put on hold after the State Duma postponed the final reading of three crypto bills for its fall session. Nevertheless, Russian companies are already planning to introduce crypto payments as soon as the regulations are in place. Among them, a major car dealer and an international pizza chain. Also in The Daily, the governor of Jeju has received support from Bitcoin.com for his efforts to create a Crypto Valley on the island. And while the South Korean province hopes to become a crypto and blockchain hub in Asia, major European banks have decided to base their blockchain initiative in Dublin.    Also read: Hackers in High Demand, China Hires Cryptographer Avtospetscenter and Papa John’s Prepare for Crypto Payments With Russian parliamentarians taking vacation without keeping Putin’s July deadline for adopting comprehensive regulations for the country’s crypto space, Russian companies are left with only one option – to plan for crypto adoption after lawmakers officially recognize cryptocurrencies this fall. Two major businesses have announced their readiness to take advantage of crypto payments once they are legalized by authorities in Moscow. One of Russia’s major car dealers, Avtospetscenter (ASC), has admitted it intends to start selling automobiles for digital money. “We are thinking of selling cars for cryptocurrency. The idea is under development. If there are no obstacles in the legislation, ASC will start selling cars and providing crypto services by 2020 – 2021,” Andrey Turkin, general manager of ASC’s subsidiary Audi Center Taganka, said quoted by Bits Media. Soon, Russians will probably be able to order pizza with bitcoin as well. “Cryptocurrency has every chance of being directly applied in our business. I think, in the future, you’ll be able to buy our pizzas with bitcoin. We have the solutions ready, but for now we are just waiting for the right moment to start it all,” Christopher Wynne, Papa John’s President for Russia, CIS and Poland, revealed in an interview with TASS. Governor of Jeju With Bitcoin.com Wallet Won Hee-ryong, the governor of Jeju in South Korea, has presented some ambitious plans for his province and they involve cryptocurrency adoption with the help of Bitcoin.com and Bitcoin Cash (BCH). Won wants to turn Jeju Island…

Crypto Mining Firm Argo Blockchain Listed on London Stock Exchange, Raises $32 Million

Crypto Mining Firm Argo Blockchain Listed on London Stock Exchange, Raises $32 Million

Mining firm Argo Blockchain PLC has reportedly become the first crypto company to join the London Stock Exchange (LSE), raising around $32 million for a total valuation of about $61 million, The Telegraph reports August 3. London-based Argo offers customers to the ability to mine four cryptocurrencies — Bitcoin Gold (BTG), Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), and Zcash — through their own computers or mobile devices for a monthly subscription fee. The service provides immediate access to the firm’s mining rigs and enables direct deposits of all mined coins to the users’ digital wallets. According to an initial admission document from the LSE, a total of 156,250,000 ordinary shares that represent 53.2 percent of the firm’s issued share capital on admission have been placed at 16 pence per share, valuing Argo at a market capitalization of 47 million pounds (around $61 million). The report notes that the company has raised 25 million pounds (around $32 million), with registered shareholders including Miton Capital, Henderson Global Investors, and Jupiter Asset Management, the Telegraph writes. Jonathan Bixby, a co-founder of Argo, told The Telegraph that Argo’s mining subscription system was developed to “ take the pain and heartache out of participating in the biggest new technology breakthrough since the launch of the internet.” Founded in late 2017, Argo aims to build an international data center management business for assisting in crypto mining as a service (MaaS), which would be available to anyone in the world, the company’s LSE document states. The platform initially launched on June 11, 2018, and all of the subscription packages are currently sold out, according to Argo’s website. Argo’s initial admission notes that the company will be able to both add and remove cryptocurrencies from its offerings in the future. Earlier this week, the world’s second largest Bitcoin (BTC) mining hardware supplier Canaan Creative introduced the “first ever” BTC mining television set with a processing power of 2.8 trillion hashes per second. And on Monday, unnamed sources revealed that crypto mining hardware giant Bitmain is reportedly planning to conduct an overseas initial private offering (IPO) “very soon,” after earning about $1 billion in net profit in the first quarter of 2018.

PR: BodyOne Blockchain Ecological Network Energizes the Fitness Industry

PR: BodyOne Blockchain Ecological Network Energizes the Fitness Industry

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release. No one can defeat me as I am the one in full of oriental power”. – the classic and domineering lines in The Legend of the Swordsman – reappeared in Beijing City – the east of the world. Bin Li, who is known as a godfather of fitness club in China, InterValue, which is a leading block chain technology company with the world’s first practical Blockchain 4.0 project capable of supporting large-scale applications and DHZ, which is a professional and scaled equipment manufacturer, have combined and posted a big good message in the field of global blockchain fitness: BadyOne, the first blockchain fitness ecological network, has been launched in Beijing City, China. Meantime, the first blockchain spinning cycles equipped with BobyOne intelligent chips have also been put into mass production. BodyOne has taken a key cross-century step in the fitness industry. As the first block chain fitness ecological network, BodyOne can realize the resources integration, data integration and data value in the fitness industry by use of block chain technology. Its playing method is initiative in the industry. “Exercising is mining and Token holders can share the profit” is the core for the application of its fitness scenes. Starting from the blockchain spinning cycles equipped with intelligent chips, BodyOne can collect the data via smart contract and data model, convert the calories burned in the users’ workout into Tokens directly, upload the data and realize the transaction value so as to create a valuable delivery and trading system in the intelligent fitness industry. The sun rises from the east. Li Bin – the founder of BodyOne Foundation – has lots of oriental philosophical thoughts and is honored by the industry as “Father of Chinese Commercial Fitness”. Having been engaged in the fitness industry for 20 years, he knows well how lazy a person can be and how difficult it is for a person to combat his human nature. So how can he solve the problem? The answer is block chain.…

NYSE Owner: Bitcoin Should Be in Retirement Funds, Credit Cards, Retail Stores

NYSE Owner: Bitcoin Should Be in Retirement Funds, Credit Cards, Retail Stores

News Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), owner of arguably the most important stock exchange in the world, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), is introducing a new company, Bakkt. The idea is to weave bitcoin into 401(k)s, credit cards, and retail. The project is getting a lot of hype due in large measure to two very powerful backers: Microsoft and Starbucks. Is this the mainstreaming ecosystem enthusiasts have been urging? Also read: Bitcoiners Hope to Have a Friend in Top US Regulator Jay Clayton NYSE Wants Bitcoin in 401(k)s, Credit Cards, Retail Stores ICE’s digital assets head, turned CEO of the new project Bakkt, Kelly Loeffler, explained in a company blog, “Formed by Intercontinental Exchange — an operator of global exchanges, clearing houses, data and listings services — Bakkt will work with companies that include BCG, Starbucks, Microsoft and others, to create an open ecosystem that supports growing needs in the ~$270 billion digital asset marketplace.” ICE quietly owns and operates two dozen regulated markets and exchanges, from the United States and Canada to Europe. It also holds clearing houses in the Netherlands, Singapore, greater Europe, the US, and Canada as well. It has revenues well in excess of $5.5 billion. It’s also the parent company for the NYSE, an exchange with great prestige among traditional finance: the NYSE is 226 years old, and is easily the globe’s biggest exchange by market cap, some $21.3 trillion as of last summer. Ms. Loeffler told Fortune how for over a year ICE built Bakkt in secrecy. The company name is a twist on asset backed securities, Bakkt, which by design is to engender trust. And trust is everything in the legacy marketplace, but it has a decidedly different meaning in the cryptocurrency world. Trust on Wall Street usually means regulations, and lots of them. Indeed, by late Fall this year, Bakkt hopes to have a fully federally regulated space for all things bitcoin. Fortune notes how “ICE aims to transform Bitcoin into a trusted global currency with broad usage.” That’s an interesting admission for enthusiasts wondering what Wall Street is ultimately up to with this enormous announcement and marketing/public relations campaign. Trust in the Bitcoin ecosystem is established through mathematics, voluntary adoption, by completely bypassing third party fragility, frictions, and gatekeepers for which…

Report: Crypto Markets Moods Change Two Months After New Trends

Report: Crypto Markets Moods Change Two Months After New Trends

Markets and Prices It takes about two months for the public sentiment to adjust to new trends in the cryptocurrency markets. That’s according to a recently published report whose authors have examined the changes in the opinions of thousands of active followers of crypto markets over a period of nine months. They found that the collective mood can be bullish long after a downward trend has started.  Also read: Boerse Stuttgart to Host Crypto Trading and Coin Offerings Optimistic Mood Persists Despite Decline in Prices Investors, traders and market watchers need two months to adjust to new long-term trends in the cryptocurrency markets, a study conducted by the fintech company Cindicator has revealed. For example, one of the key findings is that in January and February of this year the collective mood was still bullish and most participants were forecasting growth, despite a clear downward trend. Sentiments changed in March after the total capitalization had already fallen below $300 billion during the previous month. The “Collective Crypto Mood Swings” report is based on data from over 111,000 users of Cindicator’s mobile and web applications that allow them to make daily forecasts about a range of digital and traditional assets. They are asked almost 200 questions every month about the likelihood of certain events and are granted points for correct predictions but lose points in case of incorrect answers. At the end of each month, the “analysts” are rewarded in ETH if they have earned at least 1 point. The survey covers the nine-month period between September 2017 and May 2018. The company also claims that 5,000 traders and investors are using indicators created by combining collective forecasts based on the opinions of these subscribers who come from more than 135 countries and are active followers of crypto markets from different age groups and backgrounds. Their inputs are enhanced by AI using machine learning algorithms and a neural network to produce predictions with high accuracy. According to the authors, the expectations regarding crypto markets change similarly to those about other asset classes. It took investors 60 to 100 days on average to adapt to a new long-term trend in the markets of the different assets they were asked about. The researchers also found that the higher…

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao: With Tether ‘Concern is Always There’

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao: With Tether ‘Concern is Always There’

News During a recent conference in South Korea, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao responded to questions about the company’s relationship with controversial stablecoin Tether. He acknowledged that “concern is always there,” according to regional reporting. Binance is one of the largest holders of Tether. Also read: Bitcoiners Hope to Have a Friend in Top US Regulator Jay Clayton Binance CEO Voices Concern Over Tether According to Anca Faget of Romania-based Coindoo, the CEO of Binance, Changpeng Zhao, responded to questions about the company’s relationship with controversial stablecoin Tether. One question came from Ran Neu-Ner who asked about the impact a Tether crash would have on Binance. Mr. Zhao Mr. Zhao answered, “We have seen fiat currencies go down in history a lot. Probably more times than they have been in cryptocurrencies. So yes, the concern is always there and that’s also why we’re listing other stable coins as well, so we actively promote other stable coins including True USD and others.” Binance launched in the summer of last year with an initial coin offering that raised around $15 million. It’s a cryptocurrency exchange, catering to a multi-language, international clientele. This year has been a busy one for the exchange. On its way to a very ambitious goal of earning $1 billion this year, Binance invested in a Maltese bank, is attempting to conquer the South Korean market, and recently teamed up with Libra Credit. Tether and Bitfinex  Mr. Neu-Her also asked about the connection between Tether and Bitfinex. Many in the ecosystem have long accused both of bitcoin price manipulation, with some actually attributing the entire price run-up of 2017 to Tether’s inflation (another study, however, came to the opposite conclusion).“I haven’t personally seen their bank accounts,” Mr. Zhao assured, “but from a logical point of view they have so many profits from their regular exchange business, they don’t need to do anything crazy about the Tethering. I think the reason they cannot release their bank account details is because if they release whichever bank they’re using, then the bank account gets shut down,” the CEO said at a Korea Blockchain event. Ironically, accusations against Tether have slowed toward the middle of this year. When yet another study suggests a Tether collusion, this time between it and Kraken, the exchange took to…

Report: Crypto Markets Moods Changes Two Months After New Trends

Report: Crypto Markets Moods Changes Two Months After New Trends

Markets and Prices It takes about two months for the public sentiment to adjust to new trends in the cryptocurrency markets. That’s according to a recently published report whose authors have examined the changes in the opinions of thousands of active followers of crypto markets over a period of nine months. They found that the collective mood can be bullish long after a downward trend has started.  Also read: Boerse Stuttgart to Host Crypto Trading and Coin Offerings Optimistic Mood Persists Despite Decline in Prices Investors, traders and market watchers need two months to adjust to new long-term trends in the cryptocurrency markets, a study conducted by the fintech company Cindicator has revealed. For example, one of the key findings is that in January and February of this year the collective mood was still bullish and most participants were forecasting growth, despite a clear downward trend. Sentiments changed in March after the total capitalization had already fallen below $300 billion during the previous month. The “Collective Crypto Mood Swings” report is based on data from over 111,000 users of Cindicator’s mobile and web applications that allow them to make daily forecasts about a range of digital and traditional assets. They are asked almost 200 questions every month about the likelihood of certain events and are granted points for correct predictions but lose points in case of incorrect answers. At the end of each month, the “analysts” are rewarded in ETH if they have earned at least 1 point. The survey covers the nine-month period between September 2017 and May 2018. The company also claims that 5,000 traders and investors are using indicators created by combining collective forecasts based on the opinions of these subscribers who come from more than 135 countries and are active followers of crypto markets from different age groups and backgrounds. Their inputs are enhanced by AI using machine learning algorithms and a neural network to produce predictions with high accuracy. According to the authors, the expectations regarding crypto markets change similarly to those about other asset classes. It took investors 60 to 100 days on average to adapt to a new long-term trend in the markets of the different assets they were asked about. The researchers also found that the higher…

Canaan Creative Announces World’s First Mining TV Set

Canaan Creative Announces World’s First Mining TV Set

News The world’s second largest manufacturer of bitcoin miners, Canaan Creative, has unveiled what the company describes as the world’s first bitcoin mining TV set. Also Read: High Times Becomes the First IPO to Accept Cryptocurrencies Canaan Creative to Launch Avalon Mining Television Canaan Creative has announced that it plans to sell a 43” television set that doubles as a bitcoin mining rig – dubbed the “Avalonminer Inside.” Canaan, the world’s second largest manufacturer of mining rigs, stated that its television is equipped with A3210 16nm ASIC chips and is capable of processing at a power of 2.8 terahashes per second. Canaan also states that the Avalon mining TV is powered by artificial intelligence, can calculate the profitability of bitcoin mining in true-time, will include a voice control feature, and features 4K resolution. The television will also facilitate the purchase of entertainment content or physical gifts through Canaan Creative’s platform. Canaan has indicated that it plans to predominantly sell the Avalonminer Inside to businesses intending to distribute the TVs to retail customers. Canaan Expands Product Line Earlier this year, Canaan filed for initial public offering with the Hong Kong stock exchange. According to its filing, the company took in $1.3 billion yuan (approximately $200 million USD) during 2017 – comprising a 27-fold increase in its year-over-year revenue. The company sold almost 300,000 Avalon mining rigs in 2017, reportedly representing 19.5% of the processing power generated by the global mining industry. In its filing, Canaan indicated its desire to expand its product line, stating: “If we cannot maintain the scale and profitability of our single line of system products and, at the same time, offer new products, our ability to continue to grow will suffer.” Beijing-based analyst, Xiao Lei, has largely dismissed the project, describing the mining television as “look[ing] more like hype,” adding “It will be more meaningful if these companies are able to embed the mining function into existing major TV brands.” The company has indicated that it has no plans to develop additional cryptocurrency-centric home appliances. What is your reaction to Canaan’s mining TV? Share your thoughts in the comments section below! Images courtesy of Shutterstock At Bitcoin.com there’s a bunch of free helpful services. For instance, have you seen our Tools page? You…