Western Union Partners With Stellar Collaborator Thunes for Mobile Wallet Transfers

Payments giant Western Union (WU) is partnering with Stellar (XLM) collaborator Thunes to enable WU clients to transfer funds directly to mobile wallets globally. The development was announced in an official press release published on March 21. Thunes is the latterly rebranded trading name of TransferTo — a cross-border payments network focused on emerging markets. TransferTo had previously partnered with open source blockchain project Stellar to trial the integration of blockchain-powered settlements into its services. According to Western Union’s press release, the partnership with Thunes will focus on enabling the…

Bitcoin Price Drops Back Below $4K But Bull Outlook Still Intact

View Bitcoin failed to capitalize on a bull breakout above $4,040 yesterday, but the short-term outlook remains bullish as the higher-lows pattern is still intact. A convincing break above the three-day chart resistance of $4,040 still looks likely and could be followed by a rally toward the recent high of $4,190. The immediate outlook would turn bearish if prices find acceptance below $3,920 (previous day’s low). A bearish close, if confirmed, could yield a drop to $3,700–$3,658 (Feb. 27 low). Bitcoin (BTC) has dropped back from levels over $4,000, but…

Prediction Startup Numerai Raises $11 Million in ICO

American prediction market startup and hedge fund Numerai (NMR) has raised $11 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) to launch its project Erasure, Numerai tweeted on March 21. Introduced in late 2016, Numeraire network provides a blockchain and cryptographic token-based ecosystem for incentivizing anonymous data scientists to create predictive models. Based on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain, Numeraire tokens are used in trading market predictions on the startup’s platform. Numerai founder Richard Craib said that the funds from the recent ICO will be mostly spent on hiring engineers for Erasure,…

Bitmain Plans to Set Up 200,000 Crypto Mining Machines in China

Cryptocurrency mining giant Bitmain is reportedly planning to set up 200,000 units of mining equipment in China to benefit from low-cost hydroelectric power in the country, crypto media outlet CoinDesk reported on March 21. A source from China familiar with the matter reportedly told CoinDesk that Bitmain will install 200,000 units of their own mining machines to take advantage of cheap hydroelectric power costs during the summer following the excessive rains in southwestern China. The mining equipment is estimated at around $80 million to $100 million. The crypto mining giant…

Redditors Call Out Reported Scam on Blockchain-Based Prediction Platform Augur

At least one scammer is reportedly gaming other users on the blockchain-powered event betting platform Augur by creating deliberately invalid markets, according to a Reddit thread published on March 20. Created by the non-profit Forecast Foundation, Augur is an Ethereum (ETH) mainnet-based predictions platform, which launched in July 2018. The platform allows users to stake tokens to bet on predictions of the outcome of a given event. The reported scam entails a bad actor creating a predictions market that contains subtle contradictions or inconsistencies in its wording, which will ultimately…

Bitcoin Price Charts Echo Pattern Seen Before 2015 Bull Market

View Bitcoin’s drop from a record high of $20,000 clocked in December 2017 has ended up creating a falling channel similar to the one created in the 18 months leading up to the long-term bullish reversal seen in October 2015. If the same sequence of events unfolds, BTC could see a channel breakout later this year. An early move out of the falling channel cannot be ruled out, but may not yield stronger rally while the crucial 21-week moving average is trending south. The short-term bullish view put forward by…

Funding Platform SeriesOne Partners With Polymath to Use Its Security Token Protocol

United States-based crowdfunding platform SeriesOne has partnered with security token protocol platform Polymath, according to a press release published on March 19. The new partnership intends to create a digital securities offering ecosystem via the SeriesOne platform. According to the press release, the partnership between SeriesOne and Polymath will let token issuers create and manage regulatory-compliant security tokens from the initial offering stage to trading on a secondary exchange. SeriesOne CEO Michael Mildenberger expressed confidence that Polymath’s security token protocol, ST-20, is set to improve the process of raising capital…

Digital Asset Holdings Gets Permanent CEO 3 Months After Blythe Masters Leaves

United States distributed ledger technology (DLT) provider Digital Asset Holdings has appointed a new permanent CEO after Blythe Masters quit the post last year, the company confirmed in a press release on March 19. Digital Asset, which Masters began running in 2015, specializes in building DLT-based solutions for various financial entities. Founded in 2014, the company remained with a temporary CEO — chairman of the firm’s board, AG Gangadhar — for three months after Masters confirmed her departure in December. Now, the slot will be filled by Yuval Rooz, Digital…

Bitcoin Struggles to Pass Key Price Resistance Over $4K

View Bitcoin could rise to recent highs near $4,200 in the short-term if prices validate the bullish outside reversal or “engulfing” candle created in the three days to March 16 with a convincing break above $4,040 (high of the engulfing candle). Any spike to $4,200, however, would likely be short-lived as long as the 21-week simple moving average (currently located at $4,073) is sloping downwards. A break below $3,927 (triangle low on the 4-hour chart) could yield a pullback to support lined up at $3,850. Bitcoin’s (BTC) bulls need to…

$25 Million in 2 Weeks: BlockFi Booms as Bitcoin, Ether Investors Seek Interest

The Takeaway BlockFi’s interest-yielding deposit accounts, launched in beta in January and fully live this month, have attracted more than $35 million in crypto. Most of it is being lent to institutional borrowers. BlockFi’s terms of service give the company significant leeway over how it uses depositors’ funds and what interest rate it can pay them. This flexibility is needed for the company to grow fast, CEO Zac Prince says. Institutional investors borrow crypto at individualized terms, at interest rates from 4 to 12 percent, and BlockFi can call in…