Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH Could Extend Losses Below $80

Key Highlights ETH price failed to recover above the $90 resistance and declined recently against the US Dollar. There is a new connecting bearish trend line formed with resistance at $89 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair is likely to decline further below the $83 and $80 support levels in the near term. Ethereum price declined further below key supports against the US Dollar and bitcoin. ETH/USD could accelerate losses if there is a break below $80. Ethereum Price Analysis Recently, there was a…

South Korean Tech Giant Kakao Invests in Blockchain Project Orbs

Israeli hybrid blockchain platform Orbs has announced that it is entering an investment partnership with the venture arm of South Korean internet group Kakao. Created to serve as a pioneering public blockchain system offering unprecedented flexibility and utility, Orbs permits business dApp developers to deploy over a highly secure and liquid network that comes with production-ready scalability. Kakao, on its part, is an internet business giant that has made headlines for pushing to integrate crypto payment solutions across its range of interests which include ride-hailing, instant messaging, payment processing, and…

Europe Takes Serious Steps Towards Blockchain Adoption

After months of monitoring and observing the “promising and challenging” potential of distributed ledger technology (DLT), the European Union (EU) is finally making a turn into the blockchain industry. How it all started Back in February 2018, the European Commission (EC) launched the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, aimed to support European cross-border engagement with the technology and its multiple stakeholders and to unite the economy around blockchain. Since its official launch, the newly established organization — supported by European Parliament — has released three thematic reports: the first one…

UCLA Launches First Accredited Blockchain Engineering Course

Blockchain courses are being adopted by more institutions as a way of teaching and equipping the next generation of crypto engineers to meet the ever-increasing demand for the technology and its applications. Now, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is gearing up to offer its first blockchain engineering course, thanks to a sizable donation from MouseBelt Blockchain Accelerator.  UCLA to Offer Accredited Blockchain Course The university, which previously organized blockchain and cryptocurrency seminars through its Anderson School of Management, has now announced that it will be running a full technical…

Blockchain Developer Leads List of Most Rapidly Growing Jobs

The role of blockchain developer is the most rapidly growing emerging job in the United States, according to the 2018 U.S. Emerging Jobs report by LinkedIn released on Dec. 13. In the course of preparing the report, LinkedIn used data from its Economic Graph to analyze the positions that companies are hastily hiring for, as well as skills related to those positions and roles that have emerged over the past five years. The professional social network found that the role of blockchain developer has registered an increase of 33 times…

Church’s Chicken Starts Accepting Dash in Venezuela After KFC Confusion

American fast food chain Church’s Chicken has started accepting payments in cryptocurrency Dash (DASH) at its locations in Venezuela, according to an official Facebook announcement on Dec. 12. According to Dash News, the cryptocurrency is accepted in all 10 restaurant locations in Venezulea. Dash has also completed its first transaction at Church’s Chicken and uploaded a video of the event on its official YouTube channel. The restaurant claims to be the first global fast food chain to accept payments in crypto. The announcement from Church’s chicken follows some confusion regarding…

Crypto Users Increased to 35 Million in 2018

As we approach the new year, it’s time to reflect on all that happened in 2018. In the cryptocurrency sector, there were a few ups and downs, more so than in 2017, the year the crypto boom took flight. But while various companies (and coins) had their share of plunges, the number of crypto users in 2018 doubled. Well, almost. Crypto Users in 2018 On Wednesday, December 12th, the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance published a study detailing the number of ‘verified’ crypto users the sector gained in 2018. The…

Security Token Platform TokenSoft Invests in SEC-Regulated Broker-Dealer

Security tokens platform TokenSoft Inc. has invested in a company that is purportedly a United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)-compliant broker-dealer, according to a press release published Dec. 13. TokenSoft is a platform that provides a suite of technology and security products for the sale, issuance, and management of security tokens and other digital assets. Security tokens often promise investment returns and value appreciation, in addition to allowing holders to purchase goods and services. The company in which TokenSoft invested is now renamed TokenSoft Global Markets, LLC, while TokenSoft…

Crypto-Friendly Banking App Revolut Obtains EU Banking License

Crypto-friendly fintech startup Revolut has obtained a banking license in Lithuania, technology news outlet TechCrunch reported Dec. 12. As the report states, the startup obtained a license through the Bank of Lithuania and “is leveraging passporting rules to operate in other European countries.” The mentioned “passport rules” are laws permitting the operation of banks that are part of the European free market on the territory of other member states. In the coming months, Revolut’s users in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Poland are expected to get a “true current…

Gaming Hardware Firm Razer Launches Token-Based Loyalty System and Desktop Miner

United States-based gaming hardware manufacturer Razer has redesigned its native virtual currencies and loyalty system and launched a desktop mining app, according to a blog post published on Dec. 12. Founded in 2005, Razer has become a leading gaming hardware and software manufacturer in the U.S., Europe, and China. The company’s software platform reportedly has more than 50 million users. In the first six months of 2018, Razer’s revenues were $274.2 million. Razer has redesigned its native reward system and virtual credits Razer zGold and Razer zSilver. Launched in 2017,…