Cryptocurrency 

Tether and Bitfinex Unopposed to Lawsuit Consolidation

Three plaintiffs who have been involved in three separate lawsuits against Tether and its sister company Bitfinex have moved to consolidate their cases into one class-action suit. Court filings by David Leibowitz et al., Eric Young et al., and Bryan Faubus et al., accuse Tether and Bitfinex of creating “the largest bubble in human history” after they allegedly manipulated the crypto market out of up to US$1.4 trillion. All three cases were brought against the companies off the back of longstanding claims that Tether essentially printed billions of dollars worth…

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Blockchain 

Zipmex Exchange Gets Crypto Trading License from Thai Regulators

The popularity of crypto trading has had a meteoric rise over the course of the past few years, and much of the reason behind the rise is due to the establishment of high-class crypto exchanges. In a new development that will come as a further boost to crypto enthusiasts, Zipmex has been granted the highly sought-after digital assets exchange license by the securities regulator of Thailand. Major Details Over the years, Zipmex has emerged as one of the most popular exchanges in the Asia-Pacific region. The new development paves the…

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Blockchain 

Libra Association Sets Up Five Member Oversight Committee

The Libra Association, the non-profit organization overseeing Libra, has established a five-member Technical Steering Committee (TSC) to oversee and coordinate the technical design and development of the Libra network. The responsibilities of the TSC are to direct the technical roadmap of the Libra network, form working groups to fast track research into specific issues, guide codebase development, and build a healthy and engaged community of developers. The association has said that the establishment of the oversight committee is an important step forward in realizing its vision of a self-governing and…

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Ethereum 

Gemini Launches Crypto Insurance Company with $200 Million Coverage

New York-based crypto-asset exchange Gemini has announced an increase in insurance coverage of its custody platform. The cryptocurrency exchange has increased its custody limit to $200 million. This is the largest cold storage insurance limit for any exchange globally. Gemini Launches Insurance Company This move indicates that Gemini Custody expects the demand for its services to increase. Considering the new coverage and the exchange’s reservation for accredited investors, it seems to now want to target large crypto holders in the future. The company is positioning itself to serve high-end crypto…

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Ethereum 

Telegram Token Sales Canceled By Liquid Exchange

Japan-based Liquid Exchange has canceled the sale of Telegram’s Gram tokens and returned funds to customers as the messaging app company remains embroiled in an SEC lawsuit. The exchange has said that it is acting in compliance with the investor agreement, which states that Telegram’s Open Network (TON) should have been launched by October 31, 2019; otherwise it must initiate the process of returning funds to investors. As a result of the longstanding lawsuit brought against the messaging app by the SEC, an injunction has been brought out to prevent…

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Blockchain 

Ethereum (ETH) Soars 35% in a Month

Ethereum (ETH) continues to gather pace after an impressive start to the year. The second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap has already risen to a two-month high of $165 after a 13% rally this week. Over the past month, the cryptocurrency has rallied by more than 35% and is showing no signs of slowing down. Ethereum Price Gain Price gains have coincided with an uptick in trading volume, affirming renewed investor interest in crypto after a roller coaster 2019. Trading volumes have more than doubled to highs of $17.9 million over…

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Ethereum 

Bitwise Withdraws Bitcoin ETF Application with SEC

Bitwise Asset Management has withdrawn its longstanding Bitcoin ETF application with the SEC, after the proposal was rejected by the commission in October. Bitwise first filed an application with the US Securities and Exchanges Commission for what would be the first-ever Bitcoin ETF in January of last year, after several other companies had failed with similar proposals. Bitwise’s application was seen as the greatest hope for a Bitcoin ETF given key differentiations between its proposal and ones that had gone before it. The index was intended to take Bitcoin’s value…

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Ethereum 

Bitcoin Jumps to 2-Month High on CME Futures and Options Boost

Bitcoin (BTC) is the subject of increased buying momentum after coming under pressure early in the year. After plummeting to $6,860, the flagship token has bounced back and is currently staring at a 2-month high of $9,000. The 15%+ rally has come at the back of improvements in fundamentals. Bitcoin Futures Boost BTC According to Valiendero Digital Assets founder and CIO Christopher Brookins, Bitcoin was oversold in the fourth quarter. With the bottom firmly in, Brookins expects the coin to continue powering high amidst a confluence of fundamentals and technical.…

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Ethereum 

CME Bitcoin Options Eclipses Bakkt With a Strong Start

CME Group’s Bitcoin options got off to a good start this week with US$2.3 million traded on the first day, eclipsing the slow start made by rival exchange Bakkt. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) launched its highly anticipated Bitcoin (BTC) options on Monday, with 55 contracts changing hands on the first day alone. An options contract represents a right, but not an obligation, to purchase one Bitcoin futures contract, which represents 5 BTC or approximately US$2.3 million at its current value. CME is a direct rival of Bakkt, a crypto…

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Blockchain 

Will the Real Nakamoto Please Stand Up?

One of the most interesting events in the crypto sphere in the New Year has been the strong gains that have been generated by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin SV (BSV). One pattern that can be discerned from the recent gains in BSV is the fact that it followed one of the two conscientious Bitcoin hard forks. While most of the other cryptocurrencies traded flat, BSV managed to gain as much as 45% over the course of the past 24 hours. It goes without saying that it has given rise to a…

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