South African Investors to Lose $13 Million as Bitcoin Scammer Declared Bankrupt
Jul07

South African Investors to Lose $13 Million as Bitcoin Scammer Declared Bankrupt

A South African high court has declared an alleged bitcoin scam mastermind, Willie Breedt, bankrupt. The court decision follows an application by one disgruntled investor, Simon Dix, a News24 report states. Willie Breedt is the CEO of the defunct Vaultage Solutions (VS), the company at the center of the alleged cryptocurrency scam. According to South African media reports, an estimated 2,000 investors invested a total of 227 million...

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Crypto Derivatives Volumes Crash 36% to $393 Billion in June, a Low for 2020
Jul06

Crypto Derivatives Volumes Crash 36% to $393 Billion in June, a Low for 2020

Crypto derivatives trading volumes plunged 36% to $393 billion in June, the lowest they have reached in 2020, according to a new report by Cryptocompare. The decline may be the result of a lull in investor interest in the instruments during the month in review. In May, derivatives – contracts signed by at least two people to buy or sell a digital asset at an agreed price in the future – soared to a record high $602 billion, possibly...

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Developer Reveals Layer-Two Private Messaging and Payment System on Bitcoin Cash
Jul06

Developer Reveals Layer-Two Private Messaging and Payment System on Bitcoin Cash

On July 4, 2020, the Bitcoin Cash proponent Cain published an interview with the blockchain developer, Shammah Chancellor, about a new project called Stamp Chat. At its basic level, “Stamp is a prototype of a layer-2 private messaging and payment system on Bitcoin Cash. It implements stealth [plus] confidential transactions on top of Bitcoin Cash using layer-2 protocol technologies.” This week Bitcoin Cash supporters were introduced...

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European Blockchain Ecosystem Needs €350 Million for the Next 18 Months
Jul06

European Blockchain Ecosystem Needs €350 Million for the Next 18 Months

A study report by Leadblock Partners, an appointed representative of Sapia Partners LLP, finds an accelerating growth of the European blockchain ecosystem. The findings of the Leadblock Partners study suggest European respondents have a funding need for €350 million for the next 18 months. The European Enterprise Blockchain start-up ecosystem is mainly composed of early-stage start-ups at the pre-seed to series A-stages. About 60% of...

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Bitcoin Volatility Hits Three-Year Low, Sparking Fears of Massive Sell-Off
Jul06

Bitcoin Volatility Hits Three-Year Low, Sparking Fears of Massive Sell-Off

The cryptocurrency data analytics and research company, Skew has warned that bitcoin could see a massive sell-off due to declining volatility. The data analytics firm says that bitcoin (BTC) realized volatility hit 20% over the past 10 days – it’s the lowest 10-day reading in nearly three years. “Last time we reached that level, we had the great sell-off of November 2018 shortly after,” Skew cautioned on Monday. Back then, the price...

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Video: How To Install MyNode on Your Old Casa Node
Jul06

Video: How To Install MyNode on Your Old Casa Node

Bitcoiners attempting to do their part to secure the network, and run their own full nodes that fully validate transactions and blocks, often turn to hardware and software solutions provided by a range of groups. But those who were leveraging node hardware provided by Casa are now in search of a new solution. Casa no longer supports its node hardware with ongoing updates, leaving plenty of Bitcoiners wondering how they can keep an...

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The Tokenized Metaverse: Non-Fungible Token Sales to Surpass $100 Million
Jul06

The Tokenized Metaverse: Non-Fungible Token Sales to Surpass $100 Million

On July 1, 2020, the partner of Polynexus Capital, Andrew Steinwold, detailed that the sales of blockchain-powered non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are about to cross the $100 million mark. The popularity of NFTs has grown massive since 2017, as blockchain cards, collectibles, digital artwork, virtual land parcels, and extensible virtual game items have become all the rage. Blockchain-Fueled Non-Fungible Token Assets Close to $100M in Sales...

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700,000 Expedia Hotels Can Now Be Paid With Cryptocurrencies via Travala
Jul06

700,000 Expedia Hotels Can Now Be Paid With Cryptocurrencies via Travala

More than 700,000 Expedia Group hotels and accommodations are now available via crypto-friendly travel booking platform Travala. Bookings can be paid with more than 30 cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin. Despite covid-19, Travala saw a 170% increase in booking revenue from its 2 million properties in 230 countries. Travel With Crypto via Expedia and Travala Cryptocurrency-friendly travel booking platform Travala announced on Monday...

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Bitcoin Entrepreneur Brock Pierce Joins the 2020 US Presidential Election
Jul06

Bitcoin Entrepreneur Brock Pierce Joins the 2020 US Presidential Election

Blockchain entrepreneur and former Disney child actor, Brock Pierce, is running for President of the United States this election. Pierce announced he was running during America’s Independence Day celebration on July 4, the same day Kanye West revealed his candidacy. Pierce is an advocate of technology and cryptocurrencies and he wholeheartedly believes “entrepreneurs are essential to the rebuilding of this nation.” On July 4, 2020,...

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A New Price Valuation Model Says $10,670 Fair Value For Bitcoin
Jul06

A New Price Valuation Model Says $10,670 Fair Value For Bitcoin

Seba, a Switzerland based bank, is proposing a Bitcoin valuation model that places its fair value at $10,670. At this price, the model suggests Bitcoin is trading at a significant discount, at just above $9,100. In a blog posting this past Thursday, Seba says the model’s estimate relies on the same concepts as other valuation models. It draws comparisons with the FX space. “In the FX space, for instance, Purchasing Power Parity (PPP)...

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Encryption Crackdown: Private Phone Network With 60,000 Users Dismantled by Law Enforcement
Jul05

Encryption Crackdown: Private Phone Network With 60,000 Users Dismantled by Law Enforcement

An international law enforcement team has brought down an encrypted phone network with 60,000 users worldwide. The platform was one of the largest providers of encrypted communications, widely used by organized crime groups. UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), Europol, Eurojust, and several other authorities announced on Thursday that they have infiltrated and taken down an encrypted phone platform widely used by organized crime groups...

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Cryptocurrency-Focused Docuseries Airs to Millions of Viewers via the Discovery Science Channel
Jul05

Cryptocurrency-Focused Docuseries Airs to Millions of Viewers via the Discovery Science Channel

A new docuseries called “Open Source Money” recently aired on July 4 and premiered on the Discovery Science channel. The new show gave millions of Discovery viewers information concerning bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings, and blockchain technology. The cryptocurrency-focused show airing on Discovery will continue this summer with a number of episodes broadcasting once a week. “Open Source Money” is the name of a new...

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Food and Cash Shortages Push Cubans Toward Permissionless Cryptocurrencies
Jul05

Food and Cash Shortages Push Cubans Toward Permissionless Cryptocurrencies

The Nation of Cuba is dealing with a national food crisis, as Venezuela has stopped offering aid to the small island nation. Moreover, the coronavirus outbreak has caused a shortage of cash couriers called “mules” and everyday items are becoming scarcer. Amid the crisis, a number of Cubans are resorting to leveraging cryptocurrencies like bitcoin to curb inflationary pressure, and the country’s first peer-to-peer bitcoin exchange...

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Bitcoin-Friendly Kanye West Running for US President 2020, Taking on Donald Trump and Joe Biden
Jul05

Bitcoin-Friendly Kanye West Running for US President 2020, Taking on Donald Trump and Joe Biden

Kanye West announced on Independence Day that he is running for president of the United States in 2020, taking on Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Responding to the bitcoin-friendly singer with 21 Grammy Awards, Tesla and Spacex CEO Elon Musk said West has his full support. Kanye West Running for President 2020 Kanye West is one of the world’s best-selling musicians, with over 140 million records sold worldwide. He...

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4th Amendment Does Not Protect Bitcoin Data, US Fifth Circuit Court Rules
Jul05

4th Amendment Does Not Protect Bitcoin Data, US Fifth Circuit Court Rules

A Fifth Circuit panel of judges recently ruled that Fourth Amendment rights do not apply to cryptocurrency transaction data that stems from an exchange. The U.S. court ruled against the defendant, Richard Gratkowski, who attempted to leverage the Fourth Amendment in an appeal. According to the ruling of a three-judge panel from the Fifth Circuit courts, the American government’s Fourth Amendment does not apply to bitcoin transactions...

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