Cryptocurrencies

Ethereum Second-Layer Scalability Still Needs Work, Says Starkware CEO

Uri Kolodny, co-founder and CEO of blockchain firm StarkWare, told Cointelegraph that Ethereum second-layer scalability solutions still need some work. Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin claimed on June 1 that the blockchain’s layer-two scaling initial deployment has “basically” succeeded. Kolodny — on the other hand — told Cointelegraph that he is not as convinced: “I wouldn’t …

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US Turmoil and Negative Interest Rates – Billionaire Michael Novogratz Says ‘Watch Gold and Bitcoin’

For the first time since October 2019, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell admitted to leveraging quantitative easing (QE) tactics. Powell explained on Friday, the central bank is now comfortable with leveraging QE on a regular basis. Furthermore, the Fed is planning on utilizing negative interest rates in the near future, according to a number of …

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Antonopoulos: Drop in Oil Prices Give US Miners a Competitive Edge

Bitcoin educator Andreas Antonopoulos sees the recent downturn in oil prices as a net positive for crypto miners worldwide, particularly those at the Bitmain mining facility in Texas. In a video he posted to his YouTube channel on May 27 titled “Down the Rabbit Hole”, Antonopoulos said the falling oil prices will benefit crypto miners …

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For the Blockchain Industry, the COVID-19 Clock Is Ticking

Blockchains reached a feverish level of hype following the ICO mania of 2017. Peddled as the panacea to the world’s ills, many of such promises ill-intentioned, initial coin offerings raised enormous sums of funds within minutes as the public’s focus shifted to the wild world of cryptocurrencies. Once the hype faded, the emerging narrative surrounded …

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Art Piece Titled “I Can’t Breathe” Sold for Crypto at Auction

Osinachi, a self-taught Nigerian digital and crypto artist, has sold his latest “I Can’t Breathe” digital art piece on May 31 for 7 Etherum (ETH), about $1,703 at press time on a blockchain art social network site SuperRare. Funding goes to a cause Osinachi’s piece reflects on the violence that unravelled in an American city …

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Indian Banks Still Cryptophobic Despite No Banking Prohibition

In a recent response to a Right to Information query, the Reserve Bank of India, the Indian central bank, has stated that there is no prohibition on banks to provide bank accounts to cryptocurrency traders. But some banks have been arbitrarily denying services to crypto users and are still doing so. If there is no …

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Crypto and Fiat Currencies Are Worlds Apart, Here Are the Reasons Why

One of the core narratives of Bitcoin (BTC) since inception is the oft-stated goal of separating money and state. While this has certainly been a powerful creed in the currency’s early adoption by the crypto-anarchist and techno-libertarian communities, what does this actually mean? It’s quite simply a call for a neutral form of money. When …

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Swiss Regulators Green Light Crypto Transactions for Local Bank

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, or FINMA, has authorized InCore bank to carry out digital assets transactions, allowing customers worldwide to access and transact within the bank. The official announcement represents an important step in creating a blockchain-friendly environment across the EU banking sector. InCore bank becomes the first Swiss business-to-business bank approved to …

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Bitcoin Rising, Satoshi Discoveries, & Google Enters the Race: Bad Crypto News of the Week

It’s been a strange week for BTC as we move forward in our new mining rewards era. The price ends the week down but a late rally has pushed it back over $9,000. Technical analysts expect Bitcoin to continue rising based on the liquidation range of short positions, a discussion of cryptocurrency in Goldman Sachs’s …

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3 Common Compliance and Regulatory Pitfalls to Watch for in 2020

Regulations are not going anywhere. On the contrary, financial service providers face more regulatory challenges and higher costs than ever before. During the early days of cryptocurrencies, a “Wild West” culture emerged when regulators, uncertain on how to tackle this thing called blockchain, paid little attention to the thefts, scams and hacks plaguing the virtual-asset …

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