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Tether Fires Back At “Flawed” Study, Says Coin is Backed By USD Again

Tether has responded to what it describes as a “flawed” paper written by academics from the University of Texas and Ohio State University, which claimed that a single address on the Bitfinex exchange was responsible for manipulating the surge in Bitcoin value in 2017. Tether Claims Study Was Lacking in Data Professor John Griffin and Amin Shams analyzed over 200 gigabits of data relating to the transaction history between Bitcoin and Tether and found that the surge in value in late 2017 was attributable to one large trader, or a whale…

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Bakkt’s First Week Trading Volumes Hit Just $5 Million USD

Bakkt, the highly anticipated Bitcoin futures contract, recorded just $5 million USD in total trading during its first week. The long-awaited Bitcoin futures platform from The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) launched last week to considerably underwhelming fanfare given the hype surrounding the project since it was initially announced last year. According to ICE, which is also the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, just 623 Bitcoin futures contracts were traded during the first week of Bakkt. Each of Bakkt’s futures contracts represents one Bitcoin, so just over $5 million…

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$6.4 Milllion USD Worth of FSN Tokens Stolen in Fusion Network Hack

Fusion Network, a blockchain-based stablecoin exchange, has announced that $6.4 million USD worth of FSN tokens have been taken from a compromised wallet. The foundation in charge of the network revealed the theft in a blog post on Saturday, September 28. The post stated that one of the network’s wallets, containing 10 million of the Fusion Network’s native FSN tokens and 3.5 million ERC-20 FSN tokens had been emptied. The blog post went on to suggest that the theft may have been an inside job: “There is uncertain evidence showing that theft…

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Overstock’s Crypto Division Invests $2 Million USD in Evernym

Troubled online retailer Overstock has invested $2 million USD in blockchain-based identity firm Evernym through its crypto division, Medici Ventures. Blockchain-Based Identity Technology Evernym was founded in Salt Lake City in 2013 and has developed a blockchain-based technology that allows organizations and governments to issue, accept, and verify credentials that operate similarly to a digital passport. Its digital credential platform, Verity, allows organizations to interact with customers while giving clients control over their data. The technology utilizes blockchain to develop a decentralized ecosystem of digital credentials that is more trustworthy than physical…

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As Ethereum Price Drops, DAI Holds Well Against USD

After the Bitcoin rally subsided back in 2018, there was a lot of talk that the world’s second-biggest cryptocurrency, Ethereum, had the potential to eventually upstage BTC. It did not seem like the most unrealistic claim at the time, but over the past months, it has become abundantly clear that this is unlikely to happen anytime soon. Over the course of the past few days, ETH has had a disappointing time, and the price of the token has continued dropping. However, it was the weakness shown by the stablecoin DAI…

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Blockstack Raises $23 Million USD in First Regulated Token Offering

Blockstack has raised $23 million USD in the first-ever token offering approved by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Blocskstack PBC, which is a decentralized computing network aiming to antiquate data breaches and trust violations, first announced the token sale in July, having received SEC approval to raise up to $28 million USD in a Reg A+ compliant offering. The breakdown of the token offering consisted of $15.5 million USD raised through the sale of  74.3 million Stacks tokens through its Reg A+ sale in the US, and an additional…

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Bitcoin Transaction Worth $1 Billion USD Moved to Single Wallet

Over $1 billion USD worth of Bitcoin was transferred to one wallet today in a major transaction, making it the fifth richest Bitcoin wallet in existence. The Richest Non-Exchange Address A group of large-scale Bitcoin owners, known as whales, moved 94,504 Bitcoins to an unknown wallet, which now becomes the richest non-exchange address, as well as the fifth richest overall. The amount is equal to 0.5% of all the Bitcoin currently in existence. It is not yet entirely clear where the transaction originated from; however, TokenAnalyst believes that at least one…

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Binance to Introduce Own USD Stablecoin with Paxos

Binance is the world’s biggest crypto exchange, and it made a massive announcement yesterday. The world of cryptocurrencies has come a long way since the days when there used to be a handful of tokens and investors generally switched from one token to another. However, over the past few years, a wide range of tokens have come into existence, and perhaps the most interesting ones have been the stablecoins. Key Development These coins are backed by the United States dollar and are hence far more stable than traditional crypto tokens.…

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Elliptic, A Crypto Forensic Startup, Raises $23 Million USD

Elliptic, a British startup firm aimed at tracing suspicious crypto activity, has raised $23 million USD in a funding round led by SBI Holdings. Elliptic to Expand into Asian Markets The Series B funding round was led by Japanese financial institution SBI Holdings and will enable Elliptic to continue expansion into Asian markets where it has recently opened an office in Singapore and will open another in Japan this week. Elliptic CEO and founder James Smith cited Asia as a highly attractive market for the company due to its prominent…

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Bitcoin Drops Below $10,000 USD in Sudden Swing

Bitcoin (BTC) price slides more than $600 in just 30 minutes on Wednesday to fall below $10,000 USD for the first time in over a month. The Catalyst Remains Unknown Bitcoin, which is up almost 200% this year, dropped more than 5% from just under $10,200 US to around $9,600 between 17:50 UTC and 18:20 UTC. It’s the first time the world’s largest cryptocurrency has fallen below the $10,000 USD milestone since July. The catalyst for the dropoff is not yet apparent; however, one analyst believes low trading volumes exacerbated…

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