Cryptocurrency 

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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ICOs 

Colorado ICOs | Regulators Stop Another 18 ICOs

The US federal authorities are strict against ICOs, or initial coin offerings. Projects are being shut down before they can even get started and this is now happening at State level. Colorado ICOs Shut Down Four more ICOs in Colorado were put on notice on Tuesday. This brings the total number of ICOs stopped by the state’s bodies to 18 this month. That number is expected to reach 20 as the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies hinted that two more ICOs are pending. The state’s ‘ICO Task Force’ is investigating…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin (BTC) | Tom Lee Sticks by His $15,000 Price Prediction

Tom Lee, the long-standing Wall Street crypto bull, is sticking to his $15,000 year-end price prediction for Bitcoin (BTC). The Fundstrat Global Advisor voiced his prediction on CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ yesterday. Tom Lee and Bitcoin (BTC) Bitcoin just recently fell to its lowest levels in more than a year yesterday, but Lee remains convinced. Originally, Lee cut his Bitcoin year-end prediction by $10,000—from $25,000 to $15,000. “Days like this, it does make me wonder,” said Lee to CNBC. “These past few days have definitely been a negative development.” The Fundstrat advisor…

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Cryptocurrency 

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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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Lowest Level Hit Again

Bitcoin has hit its lowest level again this year. Is it the beginning of the end for Bitcoin? I bet that question has been asked many times over in 2018. Bitcoin gained house-hold name status around Thanksgiving last year. That was the kind of year Bitcoin had in 2017. Bitcoin’s Lowest Level But now, Bitcoin is down more than 30% since Thanksgiving 2017. But that’s not as bad as being down 60% on the year, 18% this week alone, and hitting the lowest level of 2018 today. At the time…

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Blockchain 

Blockchain Adoption | Sberbank CEO Anticipates 1-2 More Years

The head of Russia’s Sberbank has set tongues wagging after he emerged bullish about the future of blockchain adoption. CEO Herman Gref is forecasting industrial scale adoption in as little as one or two years. Blockchain Adoption Gref believes the technology is on the cusp of entering the industrial development stage of its evolution. Speaking to journalists this week, he said: “The hype around the technology [blockchain] is now over, and the technology is entering the stage of industrial development. It needs a year or two to be implemented at the…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Hits Lowest Level of the Year Thus Far

Today is a bleak day for cryptocurrencies everywhere as Bitcoin hits the lowest level of the year thus far. Where Bitcoin goes, the rest of the market tends to follow, and indeed, the index shows us all the top-ten coins are experiencing double-digit losses. Bitcoin Hits Lowest Level of the Year Currently, Bitcoin is down over 10% and has touched a low of $5,550 a coin. This price is the weakest the coin has been since October 2017 and also puts an end to what was the steadiest period the coin experienced in months.…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin (BTC) Profits Jump $500,000 in Square Q3 Earnings Report

US financial service company Square (NYSE:SQ) just announced that its Q3 Bitcoin (BTC) revenue jumped up from its previous earnings in Q2. Square detailed its full company earnings in a shareholder letter released yesterday. In the third quarter of 2018, we continued to drive strong growth at scale. $SQ https://t.co/HPhSMfVgac — Square IR (@SquareIR) November 7, 2018 Bitcoin (BTC) Revenue Q3 2018 Square released a full digest of its total earning and financial activities. The release was far more colorful and interactive than most public companies’ earnings reports. It included…

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Blockchain 

Public vs Private Blockchain | Ernst & Young’s New Blockchain Prototype

On October 30th, Ernst & Young (EY) announced a world-first for distributed ledgers. Called the Ernst & Young Ops Chain Public Edition, the company created a new blockchain prototype that combines the security of the public ledger model with the privacy of the private ledger model—thus a private blockchain. It does this by using zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) technology on the public Ethereum blockchain. The result, it claims, is a network that will suit the needs of institutions, especially in the financial sector. But why the need to combine the pro’s of both networks,…

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Cryptocurrency 

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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