Author: JP Buntinx

PayPal Policy Change Forces Consumers to Take Cryptocurrency More Seriously

Making payments online can be done through many different ways. Cryptocurrencies play a growing role of importance in this regard. Taking the crown from the likes of PayPal will not happen overnight. Even so, the latter company is making some policy changes which will not be to everyone’s liking. The PayPal Policy Changes Online payment processors need to keep a close eye on their competitors. This also includes making policy changes which may offend a fair few people. For PayPal, their new direction is pretty straightforward. The variable rate pricing for sending money outside of the US is being...

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Vitalik Buterin has no Multi-Year Plan for Ethereum and That’s OK

In the world of cryptocurrency, having a long-term vision is of the utmost importance. Where Vitalik Buterin is concerned, that vision is not necessarily present. In a recent interview, it became clear the “face of Ethereum” has no plans for this project other than a few months ahead at a time. So far, this hasn’t hindered the project’s chance of success. Vitalik Buterin Isn’t a Big Planner One can easily argue there is no need for a multi-year plan in cryptocurrency. As this industry is still evolving out of its infancy, things tend to change quite a bit. Setting...

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$19 Billion Square’s Market Cap Surges 15% Due to its Bitcoin Venture

Companies venturing into Bitcoin trading are taking a big risk. This largely unregulated market remains subject to a lot of volatility. For Square, their decision to offer Bitcoin trading has paid off in spades. Nomura Instinet analysts claim Square will bee see a “healthy” boost to Q1 earnings thanks to this new feature. Square and Bitcoin Trading  A lot of people were surprised when Square decided to enter the Bitcoin market. Given the current demand for exposure to cryptocurrency volatility, the decision makes a lot of sense. Square Cash introduced the trading of BTC earlier in 2018. It now...

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Rare Buy Sign For Bitcoin Has Emerged: Hedge Fund Manager

Determining the future direction of Bitcoin price is always a gamble. Technical analysis can help people gauge what the market is trying to achieve. According to Dan Morehead of Pantera Capital, this is the moment when the trend will turn bullish. Now is an “excellent” buy opportunity, in his opinion, as the bear market seems over. Dan Morehead Remains a Major Bull Every single year, Bitcoin sees its up and downs. Such cycles are inevitable in the financial world, especially when dealing with speculative assets. For Bitcoin, the most recent bear market seems to be coming to an end....

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European VC Firms Show a Keen Interest in ICOs and Blockchain

Cryptocurrency has been very speculative in nature for as long as most people remember. Given the recent price swings, one would expect there to be less interest in Bitcoin. In Europe, the opposite trend is forming, as VCs flock to virtual currencies en masse. Major VC firms are buying into sales of new coins and even ask investors for their blessing to do so. The Cryptocurrency Appeal Remains Even though 2018 hasn’t been a good year for any cryptocurrency, the global interest remains in place. Even with lower prices, speculators are convinced positive things are bound to happen. Some...

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South Korean Cryptocurrency Exchanges Unveil Self-Regulation Guidelines

South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges aim to self-regulate this industry. That decision has been known for a while now, yet the official rules were unveiled last night. This approach will help provide a more legitimate image for the different cryptocurrencies gaining traction in the region. Additionally, it will also foster a vibrant blockchain ecosystem. South Korea and Self-Regulation Several weeks ago, it became apparent South Korean exchanges wanted more regulation. Rather than leaving the matter in the hands of the government, an industry-wide standard is created by these companies. The main purpose is to boost transparency and counter money laundering...

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Litecoin Trading Arrives on South Korea’s Oldest Cryptocurrency Exchange

Litecoin has always been one of the more popular cryptocurrencies on the market. In recent months however, the currency has lost some of its appeal. With the LitePay deal falling through, a bump in the road was hit. Now that Korbit will launch LTC trading, things are looking up once again. Having the oldest Korean exchange on board is a pretty big deal for any currency. Korbit Taps Litecoin for Trading South Korea is the current hub for cryptocurrency-related activity. Its local exchanges generate a lot of volume every single day. With these exchanges now imposing self-regulation, the industry...

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Kraken to Suspend Trading in Japan due to Rising Costs and Low Volume

Japan is a very important country to cryptocurrency companies. With its open-minded regulation and positive approach to cryptocurrencies, there are a lot of benefits to this region. Surprisingly, the Kraken trading platform is ceasing its service in Japan very soon. This sudden decision is the direct result of rising costs associated with offering services to local customers. Kraken is Exiting Japan This decision by Kraken comes as a big surprise to most cryptocurrency enthusiasts. The company is one of the few Western service providers offering services in Japan as of right now. That situation will soon change, allegedly due...

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Coinsecure Confirms Victims of Recent Hack Will be Refunded

Crypto exchanges have different responsibilities to their clients. In the case of a hack or theft, they need to refund their customers. Coinsecure, an Indian Bitcoin trading platform, will do exactly that. The recent theft affecting several users forces the company to reimburse victims out of their own pocket. The Coinsecure Theft Investigation Coinsecure was recently hacked by an unknown assailant. During this theft, the company lost 438.318 Bitcoin, valued at around $3.3 million. This money has been taken from the company’s Bitcoin wallet. Rumor has it this may have been an inside job by company CSO Dr. Amitabh...

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Samsung Implents Blockchain and Produces Bitcoin Miners, Focuses on Crypto

Blockchain technology is making inroads in many different industries. Samsung, a global technology leader, is now keeping a close eye on this technology. The company plans to incorporate distributed ledgers to manage its global supply network. Samsung also shows a keen interest in manufacturing cryptocurrency mining equipment. The Impact of Blockchain Technology Cryptocurrencies have introduced the world to how blockchain technology can be harnessed for many different purposes. For Samsung, it seems this technology can serve as an immutable record to keep tabs on the company’s global shipments. Incorporating a distributed ledger into the existing supply chain will help...

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