Cryptocurrency 

A Tough December All Around

The cryptocurrency market is taking a tumble again today, marking another crypto downturn for what has been a tough December. BTC has fallen another 11% in the last 24 hours. It had previously fallen 8% only one week ago today. At the time of writing, the world’s largest coin is selling for $3,287 USD. Cryptocurrency Downturn Ripple and Ethereum, the second and third largest cryptocurrencies by market value, have also declined in the last 24 hours. And the losses are great; XRP fell 10.16% and Ethereum an even bigger 15.56%…

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Crypto Playing Cards | New Cards that Will Help Crypto Adoption

Crypto wants to switch up the financial sector. Why not do so while playing cards!? A Switzerland-based company is now selling Crypto Playing Cards online. Crypto Playing Cards There are no Clubs, Spades, Diamonds, or Hearts in this deck. Rather, the cards are all about cryptocurrency. Players will play their hand with the specially designed crypto suits of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and NEO. According to the company: “Every suit has different dominant colors and each character was specifically designed to proudly represent its cryptocurrency. The playing cards are crafted from premium…

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Binance Blockchain | Binance to Launch the Binance Chain

If it wasn’t enough for Binance to be the biggest crypto exchange by trading volume in the world, such is its popularity that it will now launch its own blockchain. Dubbed the ‘Binance Chain’ (give that genius a can of coke), the new blockchain is due to arrive in the “coming months” according to a Tweet today. The Binance Blockchain The Tweet gave a little more detail. It said the following: “Binance is pushing for blockchain adoption and doing many things to help advancement of the industry. E.g. we will have the…

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SEC Charges DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather for ICO Promotions

Nobody gets away with fraud in the SEC’s eyes. The latest pair to be hit with SEC charges include pro-boxer Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled. SEC Charges Mayweather and Khaled The Securities and Exchange Commission charged the pair with the improper promotion of initial coin offerings or ICOs for cryptocurrencies. Neither party revealed to investors that they were, in fact, paid large sums of money to promote certain ICOs. According to CNBC, a settlement announced Thursday disclosed the charges. According to the settlement, Mayweather never spoke of a $100,000 promotional…

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Blockchain Phone | Sirin Labs Finney Device Ready for Shipping

Sirin Labs’ blockchain phone is expected to begin shipping in late December, it was announced today. The phone’s final design was unveiled at an event in Barcelona. Sirin Labs’ Blockchain Phone Dubbed ‘Finney,’ the blockchain phone promises to advance the user experience of decentralized apps, or dApps. The blockchain phone was developed off the back of an initial coin offering in which Sirin Labs raised $157 million earlier this year. However, it’s wondered if the creation of Finney is an example of putting the cart before the horse, as there simply…

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ADAM will Set a Code of Conduct for Crypto Participants

Ten financial and tech companies have come together to establish an Association for Digital Asset Markets or ‘ADAM.’ The groups aim is to create a “code of conduct” for the cryptocurrency sector. ADAM is a Good Boy The body is made up of well-known crypto names. These include Galaxy Digital, BTIG, Paxos—which recently launched the PAX stablecoin—and crypto liquidity solutions provider GSR. Looking to get on the good side of regulators, and no doubt put more of a definite shape on the cryptocurrency market, the group will work with regulators to seek…

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Ohio Accepts Bitcoin for Tax Payments

As Bitcoin heads down the slope, the State of Ohio has just made a move that actually champions the ailing coin. And it’s a vital time for such a move. Ohio has decided to accept Bitcoin for tax payments, becoming the first state to do so. Not only is this move momentous in terms of institutional approval, but its timing is also impeccable—casting a silver lining to what has been a very dark cloud for Bitcoin. Ohio Accepts Bitcoin in the Nick of Time The initiative begins now. Ohio businesses…

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Crypto News | Bitcoin Mining in Norway and the State of the Crypto Market

In today’s edition of Crypto News, we’ll cover why Bitcoin mining is expected to get a lot more expensive in Norway in 2019 and the details of the crypto market hitting its 10-day low. Crypto News: Bitcoin Mining in Norway A Swiss newspaper made the announcement today that its country will be acting to end electricity subsidies for Bitcoin mining. Until now, mining farms operating in Norway have been paying a low rate of 0.48 ore per kilowatt. As of January 2019, it will be raised to 16.58 ore per…

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Bakkt Looks for Support for Its Next Futures Contract

As Bitcoin continues to slide past the $4,500 mark, bullish investors need something to hold onto. Bakkt is trying to give it to them. Intercontinental Exchange, the owner of the NYSE, is fighting the good fight with a plan to make cryptocurrencies mainstream. Bakkt is its plan. The new platform offers regulated trading, clearing and custody, and security. It is a safe environment for consumers to buy, sell, store, and spend digital assets. Bakkt and Bitcoin The platform’s first futures contract will be a Bitcoin one, as it is “the clear crypto…

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Winklevoss Lawsuit | Lawyer States Shrem Committed ‘No Misconduct’

Earlier this month, the NY Times reported that the crypto-famous Winklevoss twins have accused Bitcoin Foundation founder Charlie Shrem of Bitcoin fraud. The Winklevoss lawsuit has now turned into a heated battle between both parties. Winklevoss Lawsuit According to the report by the NT Times, Shrem made several lavish purchases in 2018, that caught the attention of the Olympian twins. The pair filed a civil lawsuit against Shrem accusing him of stealing thousands of Bitcoin from them in 2012. “Either Shrem has been incredibly lucky and successful since leaving prison, or—more likely—he…

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