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Major Darknet Marketplace for Stolen Cards Shuts Down After Making Over $1 Billion in Bitcoin

The longest-running marketplace for stolen credit cards on the darknet has announced the shutting down of its services. The administrator of Joker’s Stash, founded in 2014, stated that the site would be taken down in February. Site Generated Over $1 Billion in BTC ‘Over the Past Years,’ Claims a Security Research Firm According to the…

Bithumb CEO Predicts Only Four to Seven South Korean Crypto Exchanges Will Survive New Rules

The CEO of the South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has made some predictions regarding the upcoming new rules governing the national industry. In fact, the executive believes there will only be between four and seven exchanges surviving the new regulation. Smaller Companies Unlikely to Meet New Banking, Anti-Money Laundering Protocols on Time During an interview…

Demand for Crypto Soars: Bitcoin Funds Break Records, Goldman Sachs Wants In

Investors are increasingly seeking exposure to bitcoin following the recent months-long price rally. Bitcoin exchange-traded products are seeing record trading volumes. Meanwhile, more big banks are reportedly trying to get into the crypto space, including Goldman Sachs. High Demand for Bitcoin and Crypto Products With the price of bitcoin rapidly rising over recent months, more…

Noise.cash: Social Microblogging App Fueled by Bitcoin Cash Tips Gathers Traction

For quite some time now, bitcoin cash users have been leveraging the web portal read.cash in order to write blog posts, connect with like-minded individuals, and earn bitcoin cash for providing popular content. Now the creators of read.cash have introduced another application called noise.cash, which is similar to the parent platform, but allows people to…

Rice-Based Stablecoin Is Being Launched in Indonesia

PRESS RELEASE. Penjaga Lilin Nusantara, an Indonesian Cooperative in Malang- East java is setting up Ricetron.com a Tron-based DeFi to tokenized rice-based stablecoin. The website aims to invite crypto enthusiasts to stake Tron and mint RET (Rice Economy Token), a governance token that will fund RIC (Rice Inventory Coin) stablecoin. RET token holders will benefit…

Former Canadian Prime Minister Mentions Bitcoin Alongside Gold as Alternative Reserve Currencies

Former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has mentioned bitcoin alongside gold as assets that can possibly act as alternative reserve currencies. However, the former premier still argues that despite the growing questions about the dollar’s reserve status, he does not see any real prospect of that changing anytime soon. Instead, he envisions these alternatives becoming…

Economist Slams ECB Chief Lagarde’s Bitcoin Remarks as Dangerous for Cryptocurrency Regulation

Responding to European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde’s recent remarks about bitcoin, the chief economist at investment firm Tressis said what Lagarde implied was “outrageous†and “dangerous†for cryptocurrency regulation. Economist Says Governments Would Be Happy to Implement Strict Crypto Regulations Daniel Lacalle, fund manager and chief economist at Tressis Gestion, commented on Christine…

Bitcoin Energy Consumption Is Far More Efficient and Greener Than Today's Banking System

While bitcoin and a variety of digital currencies have swelled in value, a number of critics have spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) in regard to the energy consumption proof-of-work (PoW) cryptocurrencies leverage to produce new units of currency. Just recently the software engineer Stephen Diehl expressed his dissatisfaction over the environmental cost of bitcoin.…

xSigma Announces Its ETF-Like Decentralized Fund and Platform

PRESS RELEASE. ZK International Group Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: ZKIN) (“ZKIN“, “ZK International†or the “Companyâ€), a designer, engineer, manufacturer, and supplier of patented high-performance stainless steel and carbon steel pipe products primarily used for water and gas supplies, is pleased to announce its ETF-like decentralized fund and platform, which is the second DeFi project in…

Australian Bitcoin Trader Sues Banks for Systematic Discrimination

An Australian bitcoin trader has filed a lawsuit against two of the country’s biggest commercial banks, accusing them of systematic discrimination when they closed his accounts on short notice. Allan Flynn is demanding compensation of AU$250,000 ($193,000) from ANZ and Westpac banks for closing his accounts immediately after they had been opened, the Australian Financial…

Crypto Derivatives Surge, Bitcoin Options Open Interest Climbs to $9.6 Billion

Bitcoin options open interest has reached $9.6 billion according to derivatives market data as the metric is nearing the high captured on January 7, 2021. Moreover, the aggregate open interest in bitcoin futures is steadily nearing all-time highs. While cryptocurrency spot markets have consolidated, bitcoin-based derivatives markets have seen continuous action. At the time of…

Russian Crypto Exchange Shuts Down Amid Accusations of Exit Scam

The Russian cryptocurrency exchange Livecoin has shut down amid accusations that it has pulled an exit scam. Customers are unable to withdraw their funds and have been asked to provide extensive identifying information which they fear would lead to identity theft. The exchange claims that it was hacked in December. Livecoin Crypto Exchange Closes Down…

The Foundation for Economic Education Announces Two Major Gifts From Bitcoin.com Founder Roger Ver

PRESS RELEASE. 19th January 2020, St Kitts & Nevis & Atlanta – The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE.org) announced today that Bitcoin.com founder and early cryptocurrency investor Roger Ver has made two gifts totaling $2,000,000 in Bitcoin Cash (BCH) to support FEE’s work in advancing individual liberty and educating students around the world on the…

European Parliament Petitioned to Create Crypto Crime Compensation Fund

A petition has been submitted to the European Parliament, asking to implement a scheme to compensate crypto-related victims. The crimes mentioned in the petition 0421/2020 include fraud, piracy, and extortion. Petition’s Author Represents Victims in the Bitsane Alleged Scam Case According to the author, lawyer Jonathan Levy, the petition asks the bloc to implement a…

Ex-Real Madrid Football Player Joins a Spanish Lower Division Club in Deal Financed With Crypto

In a possible first for Spanish football, DUX Internacional de Madrid, a lower division side says it has used crypto buy a new player. The player, David Barral moved to his new club after Criptan, the new club sponsor facilitated the acquisition. Criptan is a cryptocurrency trading company that is registered in Valencia, Spain. Meanwhile,…

Iran Seizes 45,000 Bitcoin Miners for Illegally Using Subsidized Government Electricity: Report

Police in Iran have reportedly seized 45,000 bitcoin mining rigs for illegally using subsidized electricity from the state-owned power utility Tavanir, the local Tasmin News Agency reported this week. According to Mohammad Hassan Motavalizadeh, head of Tavanir, the efficient application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) bitcoin miners had been consuming 95 megawatts (MW) per hour of electricity…

EU Seeks to Curb Reliance on US Dollar After American Sanctions Exposed Financial Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

The European Union (EU) is reportedly planning to reduce its reliance on the U.S. dollar-based financial system, after American sanctions on Iran exposed the vulnerabilities of the bloc’s financial infrastructure. According to officials, who are now determined to challenge the dollar’s supremacy, the renewed desire to boost the role of the euro currency is also…

Ecuadorian Presidential Candidate Proposes a National Cryptocurrency but It Won't Replace the Dollar

An Ecuadorian presidential candidate hinted at creating a cryptocurrency in the country as part of its government agenda. Giovanny Andrade said that the national crypto aims to “facilitate†transactions across the country. Crypto Could Be Backed by Gold During an interview with Primicias, Andrade, representing the Union Ecuatoriana party, believes its cryptocurrency idea is a…

Freedom Fighting Atilis Gym Chooses to Accept Crypto Donations- BCH Supporters Set Gym Up With an Uncensorable Fundraiser

After the co-owner of the Atilis Gym in New Jersey appeared on TV and told the public the state confiscated over $173k from the gym owner’s bank account, Ian Smith revealed Atilis Gym has now set up a crypto wallet. Smith explained that a number of people didn’t want to donate using the Gofundme platform,…

Crypto Prices Consolidate, Handful of Altcoin Markets Pop, Bitcoin Accumulation Addresses Rise

The price of bitcoin and a number of digital assets have been consolidating this week, after a number of crypto markets dropped over 25% the week prior. The entire crypto-economy is hovering just below the $1 trillion mark at $987 billion, gaining 1.3% during the last 24 hours. Crypto Asset Markets Consolidate A good number…

TNABC Miami's Eighth Annual Conference Goes Virtual, Event Underscores Technology's Important Role

On January 28-29, 2021, The North American Bitcoin Conference (TNABC) is preparing to kick off its eighth exhibition with another cryptocurrency and blockchain-focused event. The event organizers have lined up more speakers than ever, as this year’s TNABC is going to be 100% virtual due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. TNABC’s creators say that this…

Building a Decentralized and Uncensorable Internet — The Nexus Protocol

PRESS RELEASE. On December 21st, 2020, the Nexus Protocol white paper was released. The new internet will be driven by a blockchain-based operating system (LX-OS) and communications protocol (Nexus Protocol), that will be connected by a distributed satellite-based mesh network. The white paper contains technical specifications and mathematical models that showcase and prove the viability,…

Grayscale's Michael Sonnenshein Says Institutional Investors 'Looking for Broad Exposure' as Company Raises $700 Million in One Day

Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein says institutional investors are also exhibiting a growing interest in diversifying their investments by choosing other crypto assets besides bitcoin. Sonnenshein, who was recently appointed to the CEO position, made the comments just before the revelation that the company had raised more than $700 million in a single day. The asset…

Anchorage Obtains Federal License to Operate as Crypto Bank

The U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has granted conditional approval to crypto custodian Anchorage to launch the first federally chartered digital asset bank in the country. In a statement on Jan. 13, 2021, the OCC said the company received the national trust banking charter, which allows it to create Anchorage Digital…

IMF Says Only 23% of Central Banks Can Legally Issue Digital Currencies

Researchers at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have examined the central bank laws of 174 IMF members to answer the question of whether a digital currency is really money. They found that of all the central banks studied, only about 23%, or 40 central banks, “are legally allowed to issue digital currencies.†IMF Explores if…

Rapid Profits: Bitcoin Hashrate Accelerates While Mining Difficulty Touches All-Time High

The Bitcoin network’s hashrate has been operating at very high processing speeds during the last few weeks, as the overall hashrate touched a whopping 171.2 exahash per second (EH/s) on Monday. Moreover, the network’s mining difficulty has also touched an all-time high (ATH) at 20.61 trillion, the highest difficulty the network has ever experienced in…

Noise.cash: Social Microblogging App Fueled by Bitcoin Cash Tips Gathers Traction

For quite some time now, bitcoin cash users have been leveraging the web portal read.cash in order to write blog posts, connect with like-minded individuals, and earn bitcoin cash for providing popular content. Now the creators of read.cash have introduced another application called noise.cash, which is similar to the parent platform, but allows people to…

Omni II Launched, 2021 Events Planned for Interested Investors

PRESS RELEASE. Omni Futures LLC has received significant interest since its recent founding and is starting series A funding from additional investors for a new project, Omni II, to develop additional infrastructure in cryptocurrency mining. According to Ali Farhat, Managing Director of Omni Futures, “Overwhelming interest in a new proprietary mining technology has shown demand…

Steve Forbes Says Bitcoin's Fixed Supply Limits Its Ability to 'Meet the Needs of a Growing Economy'

American publisher Steve Forbes has attacked bitcoin’s fixed supply saying this feature actually curbs the ability of the crypto to “meet the needs of a growing economy.†He also argues that bitcoin cannot replace the dollar because it is presently too volatile to function as money. Forbes insists that money only works best if it…

Demand for Crypto Soars: Bitcoin Funds Break Records, Goldman Sachs Wants In

Investors are increasingly seeking exposure to bitcoin following the recent months-long price rally. Bitcoin exchange-traded products are seeing record trading volumes. Meanwhile, more big banks are reportedly trying to get into the crypto space, including Goldman Sachs. High Demand for Bitcoin and Crypto Products With the price of bitcoin rapidly rising over recent months, more…

IMF Tells Governments: Spend as Much as You Can and Then Spend More

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called on countries worldwide to spend as much as they can and then spend more. She admitted that this is a “very unusual†policy for the IMF but it is needed to revive economies. Many people are interpreting her statement as very bullish for bitcoin. IMF…

Dollar-Cost Averaging Crypto Profits: Low-Risk Bitcoin Investing Without All the Stress

Bitcoin prices and a number of other digital assets have grown significantly in value during the last decade. Some people have made millions and even billions throwing down everything they have during the cryptocurrency’s earliest days of price discovery. However, there’s another method of investing called dollar-cost averaging or DCA, a scheme that’s considered far…

Pre-Register Now on Aladdin Exchange to Receive 100 TNC Coins

PRESS RELEASE. UAE-based crypto exchange Aladdin opens its platform for pre-registered users. This digital asset exchange is the newest one in the cryptocurrency market. As part of its pre-launching event, the Aladdin Exchange team invites everyone to pre-register and refer people to join the crypto exchange before its official launching. By doing the pre-registration and…

Paypal to Earn $2 Billion in Revenue From Its Bitcoin Business, Says Analyst

Mizuho Securities analyst Don Dolev has forecast that Paypal will earn up to $2 billion in revenue from its bitcoin business by 2023. This year, he expects that the payment giant’s overall revenue will climb 20%. Dolev says there has been a “dramatic increase in engagement due to crypto,†with 50% of Paypal crypto users…

Polkadot Flips XRP to Become the Fourth-Ranked Crypto After Price Spikes 100% in Less Than a Week

Dot, the native token of the Polkadot network, has flipped XRP to become the fourth-ranked token after its price rallied by more than 40% in just 24 hours. Since January 11, the token has now gone up by more than 100% to set a new all-time high (ATH) of $18.06 on January 16. With its…

India Seizes Bitcoins Worth $1.2 Million From Hacker of Government Website and Crypto Exchanges

Indian police have seized $1.2 million in bitcoin from a hacker who allegedly hacked a government website, online game portals, and cryptocurrency exchanges. He was previously arrested for stealing $1.5 million from an Indian state government. Indian Police Seize Bitcoins From Hacker The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) Police have revealed that bitcoins worth Rs…

Gold Exceeds U.S. Dollars in Russia's Reserves as Putin Focuses on De-Dollarization

Russia is now holding more gold than U.S. dollars in its reserves for the first time, according to the latest report by Russia’s central bank. Russian President Vladimir Putin has made de-dollarization his country’s key policy to reduce the Russian economy’s exposure to the U.S. dollar amid heavy sanctions. Russia Now Has More Gold in…