Crypto Market May be Poised for Bullish Breakout

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Bitcoin on Tuesday confirmed another bull flag formation after reversing from its downside correction action. The BTC/USD pair has almost negated the losses made during yesterday’s trading session, bringing the 24-hour gains to 0.46 percent. The pair found a strong intraday support level at 6372-fiat, just ahead of testing the lower trendline of the parallel channel introduced in the previous analysis. It reversed from the said level to retest its interim resistance at 6421-fiat. The BTC/USD pair is now trading at 6427-fiat on a comparatively high volume…

Blockchain.com Wallet Adds Stellar, Announces $125 Mln XLM Airdrop to ‘Drive Adoption’

Cryptocurrency wallet provider Blockchain.com has launched full support for altcoin Stellar (XLM), accompanied by a hefty airdrop of $125 million worth of XLM to its user base. The news was announced in an official blog post today, Nov. 6. Blockchain.com pitched the mammoth offering as “the largest airdrop in the history of crypto and likely the largest consumer giveaway ever,” suggesting that airdrops are “a great way to drive decentralization and adoption for new networks.” The firm underscores that the benefit of crypto airdrops for consumers are that they are…

Crypto Seas Are Calm With Record Low Bitcoin Futures Volatility

Bitcoin (BTC) futures trading on the U.S. Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) hit record low volatility levels in October, in stark contrast to the rocky global equity markets, MarketWatch reported Nov. 5. As Kevin Davitt, senior instructor for The Options Institute at Cboe Global Markets has outlined in a video Nov. 1, the average weekly volatility for the week ending Oct. 26 was just 3 percent for XBT-CBOE Bitcoin futures, the lowest ever level since they launched for trading Dec. 10, 2017. As of Nov. 1, the average weekly XBT…

Mining Giant Bitfury Raises $80 Million in Closed Funding Round as Mining Market ‘Matures’

Bitcoin mining infrastructure provider Bitfury has raised $80 million in a closed funding round, the company revealed in a press release shared with Cointelegraph Nov. 6. The round, which comes weeks after rumors Bitfury was considering an IPO, was led by European venture capital fund Korelya Capital. Other participants included South Korean internet giant Naver Group, Asian institutions Macquarie Capital and Dentsu Japan, as well as Michael Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital. “This private placement will take our corporate governance to the next level, broaden our financial strategic options, and ideally position…

Bitcoin Mining Behemoth Bitmain Releases New 7nm Antminer Hardware

Bitcoin (BTC) mining giant Bitmain has officially released two new 7nm (nanometer)  “Antminer” crypto mining machines, according to an official tweet posted Nov. 5. Bitmain indicated in September that it would be equipping its new Antminer models with next-generation Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) chips. ASIC chips are geared to compute optimally for a specific hashing algorithm and, as Bitmain’s tweet confirms, these latest “acceleration” chips use an SHA256 algorithm, which is based on 7nm Finfet semiconductor manufacturing technology. Today’s tweet from the company reads: “We are officially announcing the release…

Thai Revenue Department to Track Tax Payments Using Blockchain

The Thai Revenue Department has revealed its plans to track tax payments using blockchain and maсhine learning, local news outlet Bangkok Post reported Nov. 5. Ekniti Nitithanprapas, the Revenue Department’s director-general, told reporters that blockchain will be used to verify the validity of taxes paid and to speed up the tax refund process. Machine learning, in its turn, will help reveal tax fraud and create more transparency, Nitithanprapas also noted. The official further noticed that a digital tax collection system based on modern technologies is one of the government’s top…

New Ripple Surge Sees Token Briefly Become Largest Altcoin By Market Cap, Again

Ripple (XRP) overtook Ethereum (ETH) to become the largest altcoin by market capitalization again today, Nov. 6, after gaining 18 percent in 24 hours. Data from CoinMarketCap confirms the latest switcharound of the top two altcoin assets, repeating a pattern that has occurred several times this year. Market capitalization overview. Source: CoinMarketCap XRP shot higher over the weekend as markets reacted to a basket of factors, including fresh uptake of Ripple’s xRapid platform, but it remains unclear which specific factors fuelled the rally. xRapid, the payment network which uses XRP…

The Number of Bitcoin Short Positions Hits 3-Month Low

The bearish sentiment around bitcoin sank to three-month lows earlier today as short positions placed on crypto exchange Bitfinex fell to their lowest level since August 5th. At approximately 11:00 UTC, the number of short positions dropped to 21,434, which represents a 33 percent drop in the past eight days alone. During the same time, longs – or positions that are betting on an increase in bitcoin’s price – also witnessed a notable increase of 10 percent, the current number of which (24,410) marks a three-week high. Indeed, the sentiment here seems…

Andrew Fleming, Former Dow Jones Executive, Joins BTC Inc as Head of Media

BTC Inc, the parent company of Bitcoin Magazine, is excited to announce the hiring of Andrew Fleming to be the new head of its media division. The addition of Fleming to BTC Inc’s management roster is the latest example of an emerging trend of big-name talent leaving institutions in order to join the crypto and blockchain industry. Before coming to BTC Inc, Fleming was the Head of Content Platforms at Dow Jones, parent company of the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Barron’s and many other leading publications. Prior to Dow Jones,…

15 Banks Join DTCC Post-Trade Blockchain as Project Enters Testing

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) has advanced its main blockchain project to a testing phase with 15 global banks, one of the last steps before taking the tech live.  Announced today, U.K.-based Barclays is among the global banks participating in the test, while the other 14 were not named. Together they will be kicking the tires of DTCC’s distributed ledger and cloud-based platform for its credit derivatives Trade Information Warehouse (TIW). Upon successful completion, DTCC expects to move to an “open” testing phase by the end of the year,…