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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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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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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Bitwise Asset Management has withdrawn its longstanding Bitcoin ETF application with the SEC, after the proposal was rejected by the commission in October.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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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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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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Telegram Hit By New SEC Evidence Showing Token Trading After ICO

The SEC has produced new evidence in its case against Telegram, which shows that the company was engaged in trading Gram tokens several months after its initial coin offering (ICO). Messaging app Telegram has been embroiled in a lawsuit with the US Securities and Exchanges Commission, which alleges that US$1.7 billion raised from the sale of Gram tokens between January and March 2018 should have been registered with the authority because the tokens constitute a security. Telegram has consistently refuted these claims and published a statement last week to address…

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BlockFi Includes Litecoin and USDC in Lending Portfolio

Cryptocurrency has gone through a lot of new developments over the past few months and today, cryptocurrency lending company BlockFi made a major new announcement. The company, which operates its own platform, announced today that it has added support for two more digital assets. Major Expansion The company announced that from now on, loans can be disbursed in the form of Litecoin as well as in the stablecoin USDC. USDC is backed by the United States Dollar. This is a significant development for Litecoin and USDC, as both those cryptocurrencies…

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Ripple Intends to Expand Further in Brazil Later This Year

Over the course of the past few years, XRP has firmly established itself as the world’s third-biggest cryptocurrency and Ripple, the company which holds the highest number of XRP tokens, has emerged as a big player in the payments business. Over the years, the San Francisco-based company has emerged as one of the biggest names in the payments space and has set up operations in different parts of the world. It boasts of clients from many continents, and in a new development, it has emerged that the company has now…

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Ethereum Network Overcomes Malicious New Year’s Eve Attack

The Ethereum Network was the target of a coordinated attack in recent days, affecting client platform Parity, which threatened to cause significant downtime. Malicious Attack to Undermine Ethereum Network The attack began on December 30 when invalid blocks were sent to the network, which caused node operators using the Parity client, which handles over $50 billion USD in assets and underpins some of the most ambitious projects on the Ethereum blockchain. The invalid blocks caused the node operators using the Parity client to lose sync with the network. Sergio Demian…

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Bitcoin Fell in Q4 | Here are Key Factors to Watch in Q1

2019 was a rollercoaster year for Bitcoin, as the world’s biggest cryptocurrency went on an incredible rally in the first half of the year, but then gave up some of the gains. The second half of 2019 proved to be particularly disappointing for the market as BTC failed to reach the heights that had been expected. Bitcoin ended the fourth quarter with a sequential loss of as much as 21.5%, and the fall in the second half of 2019 was pegged at over 33%. It is quite clear that things…

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