Kraken Exchange Offers $100K Reward for Missing QuadrigaCX Crypto

Crypto exchange Kraken is offering up to $100,000 to anyone who can help solve this year’s biggest blockchain mystery: what happened to QuadrigaCX’s coins? Kraken announced Thursday it would pay the reward to users who could help it locate the missing funds. Any tips sent to the platform will, in turn, be shared with law enforcement, the company said in a blog post. The reward is payable in fiat or cryptocurrency. To participate, Kraken is encouraging users to listen to a pair of podcasts that outline both what is already known…

Bittrex Leads $1.5 Million Round for South African Crypto Exchange VALR

Global crypto exchange Bittrex led a $1.5 million seed round in South African trading platform VALR. Bittrex CEO Bill Shihara told CoinDesk the South African market has “tremendous untapped potential.” Fellow VALR investor Michael Jordaan of Montegray Capital told CoinDesk that VALR’s support for 50 cryptocurrencies will offer the most diverse range of assets of any African exchange when it opens to the public on March 1. “The VALR team has the potential to change the cryptocurrency landscape in South Africa and globally,” Jordaan said. VALR co-founder and CEO Farzam Ehsani…

Facebook Coin Rumors Continue to Circulate

There have been Facebook coin rumors for months in the crypto community and today, the New York Times stirred them up again. According to the New York Times report, Facebook is currently working on its own digital currency to integrate into its messaging services. Facebook Coin Rumors A few months ago, Bloomberg released an article about Facebook developing its own stablecoin to be used on its WhatsApp messaging app. This was the start of the rumor mill, although many have discussed in the past the potential of the advertising giant adopting…

Veteran Trader Explains His Oddly-Specific Bitcoin Price Target

Veteran trader Peter Brandt has an oddly specific bitcoin price target – $67,193. Brandt, who boats of 40-plus years’ experience in commodity trading, arrived at this figure by taking the combined value of the 33,000 tonnes of central bank-owned gold and dividing it by bitcoin‘s fully-diluted currency supply of ~21 million coins. $67,193This is what one $BTC will be worth if the the composite value of Bitcoin (at 21 MM mined) equals the value of the 33k tonnes of Gold $GC_F #GOLD held by the world’s central banks. — Peter…

Russia Crypto Adoption | President Putin Orders Crypto Regulations

According to a document published on the Russian President’s official website, Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian Government to adopt cryptocurrency regulations by July 1st this year. The move will help Russia crypto adoption. Setting the deadline, the Russian President has ordered the body to enforce crypto-related regulation for the digital assets industry. Russia Crypto Adoption The transcript reads the following: “Federal laws aimed at the development of the digital economy, including determining the procedure for conducting civil law transactions in electronic form, as well as regulating digital financial assets…

Grim Stories of Ethical, Privacy Abuses Emerge About Coinbase’s New Partners

When Coinbase acquired Neutrino for an unspecified amount in February 2019, the news looked like business as usual: A cryptocurrency juggernaut had made another acquisition. But the company in question, specifically the ties it has to the unethical practices of one of its predecessors, suggests that the monolithic Coinbase may be joining the oligarchic ranks of its privacy-hostile, too-big-for-consumer-comfort counterparts in legacy tech. The Ties That Damn On its website, Italian blockchain analysis company Neutrino proudly advertises that its proprietary software offers all-in-one “solutions for law enforcement” and “financial services.”…

Blockchain Advocacy Coalition Sponsors Bill to Allow Crypto for Legal…

Activist group Blockchain Advocacy Coalition (BAC) has sponsored a bill in California’s 19th State Assembly District, set to allow legal cannabis businesses in the district to pay their state taxes using cryptocurrency. The bill was proposed by Assemblymember Phil Ting on February 20, 2019. If put into law, it would affect California’s many cannabis businesses. Logistical Barriers: Delivering Bags of Cash One of the most prominent driving factors behind this bill, and where the decentralized nature of financial blockchain technology really has a chance to shine, is the fact that…

Constantinople Will Improve Ethereum But Will ETH Dump?

Ethereum prices bearish, strong liquidation at $170 Constantinople in progress Transaction volumes increase in last weeks but will accumulation trigger bulls After previous attempts flopped, we expect the ongoing Constantinople upgrade to be a success. Whether that will rouse price action, we don’t know, but for bulls to be firmly in control, prices must rally above $170 or Dec 2018 highs. Ethereum Price Analysis Fundamentals As you read this, Constantinople software upgrade may be in progress and the second stage of the Metropolis could see Ethereum trudge closer to proof…

Ripple (XRP) Volumes More than Doubled in Feb, Prices in Range Mode

Ripple (XRP) prices in range mode Miguel Vias of XRP Market put to an end bribing rumors Transactional volumes in an uptrend Although it is overwhelmingly bullish that CoinBase Pro now supports XRP trading pairs, bribing rumors is a stain. Miguel Vias of XRP Markets took to twitter stating that the listing was an independent CoinBase decision. All the same, Ripple (XRP) is in consolidation above 30 cents. Ripple Price Analysis Fundamentals Now that XRP is available for trading at CoinBase Pro, the army should be jubilant. However, that is…

Will Bitcoin (BTC) Collapse Because of Feb 24 Sell Off?

Bitcoin prices in range mode LocalCoinSwap launches a service allowing buying or selling of crypto without KYC Transactional volumes shrink to 15k in the last four days. Fiat—crypto on-ramps are indispensable liquidity doors. Enthusiasts and investors now have an option to buy or sell crypto without KYC. All the same, it is until prices race above $4,500 is when we expect prices to rally towards $6,000. Bitcoin Price Analysis Fundamentals In a largely unregulated environment, regulators are demanding compliance from platforms facilitating fiat to crypto or crypto to fiat conversions.…