Bitcoin 

UPbit Loses $49 Million Worth of Crypto in Major Hack

UPbit, a South Korean-based crypto exchange, has lost 342,000 worth of ether (ETH), accounting for approximately $49 million USD, in a hack earlier today. UPbit Says Investors Assets Are Safe The exchange has suspended its deposit and withdrawal service after confirming in a statement that the assets had been stolen from the Upbeat Ethereum hot wallet to a previously unknown wallet address. UPbit has said that it will cover the losses but added that it may take at least two weeks before the exchange’s services are fully functional again. Any…

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Cryptocurrency 

Libra Gets First Major Political Backer in US Congress

Libra, the underfire planned cryptocurrency led by Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), has been dominating headlines in the world of crypto for all the wrong reasons. Regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have been staunchly opposed to the development of the coin, labeling it a threat to the economic and monetary sovereignty of nations. However, in a rare show of political support for Libra, Republican Senator for South Dakota Mike Rounds has written to Anchorage to endorse the project. Anchorage, a South Dakota-based trust fund, is one of the 21 founding chartered…

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Blockchain 

Tether Accused of Major Market Manipulation in Trillion Dollar Lawsuit

Tether and its sister company Bitfinex have been accused of creating “the largest bubble in human history” in a lawsuit filed in New York this week. Tether Artificially Inflated Prices The class-action suit filed in the Southern District of New York alleges that the two companies, and a number of affiliated entities, manipulated the crypto market out of up to $1.4 trillion USD. The suit’s central allegations center around long-standing claims that Tether essentially printed billions of dollars worth of tokens to artificially inflate prices and convince the market that there…

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Cryptocurrency 

tZERO, Overstock’s Crypto Platform, Loses a Major Investor

Overstock’s security token platform, tZERO, has lost a major investor following the departure of CEO Patrick Byrne last week. Another Blow for tZERO During interim CEO Jonathan Johnson’s very first investor call in his new role, he confirmed that Makara Capital “will be not investing in tZERO right now.” However, he did mention that Makara would continue to monitor the development of tZERO and possibly reconsider in the future. The news is another blow for Overstock’s security token platform, as in August 2018, Overstock announced that Makara would invest $404 million USD…

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Blockchain 

Bitcoin Survey Shows Major Distrust Abounds for Facebook’s Libra

A new Bitcoin survey asking US citizens about Facebook’s (NASDAQ:FB) new Libra stablecoin has yielded some surprising results. When compared to leading cryptocurrencies, only 2% felt they would trust Libra more than Bitcoin. The results may surprise traders and also raise questions about Facebook’s newest endeavor. Bitcoin Survey A poll of 1,799 US adults was carried out since Facebook launched its Libra white paper in mid-June. The most shocking result was that, as stated, an overwhelming majority of those asked said that when compared with Bitcoin, they don’t trust Facebook’s Libra coin.…

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Blockchain 

Dogecoin Surges 37% on Binance Listing, Major Moves for Altcoins

Dogecoin is surging today, up 37% in earlier trade, on the news that Binance—the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange—has listed it. Dogecoin is one of the most popular digital currencies out there and currently trades at $0.003769 USD per coin. Now, some are speculating if this momentum will help to drive an oncoming altcoin season. Dogecoin is Now on Binance Also dubbed the “memecoin,” Dogecoin was initially created by Billy Markus and Adobe’s Jackson Palmer as a joke alternative cryptocurrency to Bitcoin. The pair had never expected how big it would grow and…

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Cryptocurrency 

Aston Plaza | First Major Crypto-bought Real Estate on Hold

A cryptocurrency venture under construction in Dubai has reportedly been put on hold. British Baroness and multi-million dollar crypto entrepreneur, Michelle Mone, had begun a real estate project called Aston Plaza, which broke ground in 2017. However, citing government inspectors to the site, the project has stopped at only 25% completion. Aston Plaza The $325 million project consisted of two complexes making up 1,300 luxury apartments. At least 150 of those were planned to be sold in Bitcoin. This was the first major development of this size to be available…

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Blockchain 

Ripple Reports Major Growth in XRP Sales in First Quarter

American financial technology firm Ripple, which is responsible for the development of the cryptocurrency XRP, has declared its fiscal first-quarter results. The company, which was founded in 2012, is the largest holder of XRP, the third biggest cryptocurrency in the world, and is based in San Francisco, California. It has offices located around the world. The currency XRP, in itself, is decentralized. According to the Q1 2019 results, the company reported major growth in XRP sales, and that is positive news for the broader crypto market, which has been largely…

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Blockchain 

Coinbase Executive Leaves | 3 Major Departures in 6 Months

According to reports, Coinbase executive Dan Romero is stepping away from his role as vice president of international business. His departure will bring the number of executives to leave the company in the last six months to three. Another Coinbase Executive Leaves Romero announced in a Medium post earlier today that he will be leaving the crypto exchange at the end of April. He joined Coinbase in April 2014. The Coinbase executive didn’t give a specific reason for his departure but simply said he was “planning to take some time to…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Rally | Cryptocurrency Makes a Comeback After Major Slump

Many in the financial world this week were claiming Bitcoin was “dead” after it hit its 2018 record lows this week. What they didn’t predict was a Bitcoin rally. On Sunday, the world’s first digital currency hit just above $3,600 a coin, which is the coin’s record-low this year. Bitcoin hadn’t seen below $3,700 since mid-September 2017, and this past week, the cryptocurrency was down almost -40% for the month. However, on Tuesday night that all began to shift. Bitcoin Rally In around 60 minutes, Bitcoin jumped up in price…

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