Chinese regulators unite forces to crack down on crypto

CHina crypto ban again

The Chinese central bank is setting up a “coordination mechanism” with state agencies to continue battling crypto. The Chinese government is getting more serious about cracking down on the cryptocurrency industry as state authorities are bringing forces to combat crypto operations in the country. The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) officially announced on Friday a set of new measures to fight against crypto adoption in China, including promoting stronger inter-departmental coordination in cracking down crypto activity. 10 Chinese state authorities, including the PBoC, the Cyberspace Administration of China and the…

Read More

Cardano launches smart contracts after successful hard fork

Cardano hard fork

Cardano has completed its Alonzo hard fork to introduce Plutus-powered smart contract scripts. On Aug. 12, Cardano tweeted that the upgrade had been completed successfully at epoch 290, facilitating the creation and execution of smart contracts on the public blockchain for the first time. Despite celebrating the milestone, Cardano notes that it is still “early days for the project,” asserting that now is when “the mission truly begins” in a blog post published on the same day: Cardano has announced the completion of its Alonzo hard fork, ushering in its…

Read More

El Salvador Adopt Bitcoin as National Currency

Bitcoin El Salvador

El Salvador’s Bitcoin Law has officially come into effect three months after its parliament passed the historic vote. The Central American nation is now the first country to recognize Bitcoin (BTC) as legal tender. Tweeting earlier in the day, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele remarked “3 minutos para hacer historia — In 3 minutes, we make history.” However, day one of El Salvador’s Bitcoin experiment has been somewhat marred by server capacity errors suffered by the state-issued Chivo wallet. Addressing the situation, President Bukele remarked: “For a few moments it…

Read More

Tether issues additional 1 billion USDT on the Tron network, signalling bullish period

Tether crypto billion

Tether, the largest stablecoin in the world has for some time had its dominance threatened after putting its money-printing on hold. Following multiple reports citing the challenges facing the operation of the stablecoin issuer, Tether has finally released 1 billion USDT on the Tron Network. This means the Tron Network has the largest USDT, boasting 53.5 percent of the 62.8 billion in circulation. As it stands, 32 billion USDT has been Issued on the Tron Network so far. This is followed by Ethereum with 30.9 billion USDT as an ERC-20…

Read More

Bitcoin crashes under $30,000

Bitcoin crush under 30000 usd

Bitcoin dropped under $30,000 for the first time since the end of January on Tuesday 22 June. The world’s leading cryptocurrency has fallen over 27% in value since last Tuesday, when it briefly went above $41,000. The price decline has accelerated in the last two days after China’s central bank urged the country’s financial institutions to cut all money flows to cryptocurrency markets, labelling crypto assets a threat to the safety of the Chinese people’s property. While Bitcoin itself is not illegal in China, mining and trading activities are, and…

Read More

Digital Yuan can be set up on Ethereum

Digital Yuan Ethereum

Yao Qian, Director of the Science and Technology Regulatory Bureau of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, has shared his views on the future of the digital currency developed by China. One might think of Yao Qian as an SEC commissioner. Furthermore, with a friendly attitude towards cryptocurrencies, he’s been equated to ‘crypto mom’ Hester Peirce. Since the inception of the digital yuan back in 2014, Qian has been involved with the CBDC. In a recent conference, he has revealed that there will be more to the digital yuan than a…

Read More

Vitalik burns $6.7B of Shiba to reward generous hodlers

Vitalik SHIBA INU (SHIB)

Vitalik Buterin has burned nearly half of Shiba’s supply in response to the “generosity” of the ‘dog token communities.’ Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has burned nearly half of the supply of the popular Dogecoin clone, Shiba Inu (SHIB). In a statement embedded into the transaction on May 16, Vitalik Buterin explained why he decided to burn $6.7 billion worth of SHIB tokens, emphasizing the “generosity” of the “dog token communities.” “I’ve actually been impressed by how the dog token communities have treated the recent donations! Plenty of dog people have…

Read More

City in North Dakota now accepts cryptocurrency for utility payments

City of Williston

A city in North Dakota is joining the cryptocurrency adoption race in the United States by starting to accept crypto payments. Hercules Cummings, finance director for the City of Williston, announced Thursday that the city administration has partnered with crypto payment firm BitPay to start accepting cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) as payment for utility bills. “We have partnered with BitPay, the largest virtual payment merchant whose partners include Microsoft and Facebook. We are the first municipality in the State of North Dakota, and the third in the nation, to offer…

Read More

PayPal Is Building A Super App To Offer Customised Services

PayPal Mobile Cash

PayPal Holdings Inc. is working on building a super app, encompassing payments, finance, crypto-currencies and shopping services all in one “personalised” app. Paypal reported a net profit of $1.6 billion in the first quarter of the current calendar year, up by 28% year-on-year, it said in its financial results. “Over the coming year, we will accelerate our customers’ digital engagement through the rapid innovation of our digital wallet and merchant commerce platform,” said Dan Schulman, President and Chief Executive Officer, PayPal Holdings Inc during an earnings call. “It will be…

Read More

Ethereum price shoots past $3,000 for the first time

Ethereum cz money

Ether, the second-biggest cryptocurrency, was worth $207-per-token just one year ago. Bitcoin and Dogecoin both hit new all-time highs in April, but May appears to be Ethereum’s month. The cryptocurrency, second biggest in the world and the most widely used, hit $3,000 for the first time on Sunday. As is customary with headline-grabbing cryptocurrencies, it’s been a meteoric rise for Ethereum over the last year. It’s price on this day one year ago? Just over $207. The cryptocurrency now has a marketcap of just under $350 billion. It’s been growing…

Read More

MicroStrategy now pays its board of directors in bitcoin

Bitcoin payment

The Nasdaq-listed company said non-employee directors would receive all fees for their service in bitcoin instead of cash. “In approving bitcoin as a form of compensation for Board service, the Board cited its commitment to bitcoin given its ability to serve as a store of value, supported by a robust and public open-source architecture, untethered to sovereign monetary policy,” said MicroStrategy. MicroStrategy further said that it would convert directors’ fees from the U.S. dollar to bitcoin at the time of payment via a payment processor and deposit into directors’ digital…

Read More

The number of Bitcoin ATMs in the US rose 177% over the past year

Bitcoin ATM Installations Growth

Since March 1, 2020, the number of new Bitcoin ATMs installed worldwide is nearing 10,000. According to the latest data from Coin ATM Radar, the current number of machines stands at 16,835, a strong 57.5% increase, or 9,683 new machines, as compared with 7,152 last year. Back in Nov. 2020, Cointelegraph had reported a striking year-on-year increase of 80%. As previously, the vast majority of machines continue to be located in the United States, where 81% (13,699 out of 16,835 machines globally) are installed. Within the U.S., growth has been…

Read More

Blockchain firm aims to build crypto city in Nevada desert

Nevada Las Vegas

CEO Jeffrey Berns says the smart city could incorporate digital currency payments for goods and services as well as records on the blockchain. Blockchain incubator and investment firm Blockchains LLC is stepping up its plans to build a smart city in the Nevada desert east of Reno. In an interview with the Associated Press released Saturday, Blockchains CEO Jeffrey Berns said he had asked the state of Nevada to let him form a local government on the 67,000 acres the firm owns in Storey County. If his petition is successful,…

Read More

Bitcoiners use mining rigs as heaters as temperatures drop

bitcoin green house

Bitcoiners mining cryptocurrency at home this winter have been staving off freezing temperatures by putting them to good use as heaters. According to the Wall Street Journal, crypto miners in France and the United States report their overall heating costs have dropped — even if the temperature in their homes often gets far above what they’d prefer. Thomas Smith, a photographer based in California, has been using mining rigs to heat his home since at least 2019. He’s also been exploring some novel uses, including employing the miners to warm…

Read More

Bitcoin hits $24K

Bitcoin chart 2020

Bitcoin hits a fresh all-time high of $24,210 on Coinbase as volatility ensures the weekend bulls are not yet done. Bitcoin (BTC) set a new all-time high on Dec. 19 as markets continued to deliver surprises in weekend trading. Data from Cointelegraph Markets and Tradingview showed BTC/USD just eclipsing its record level set this week, reaching $24,210 on Coinbase before reversing. Volatility was high as the previous all-time high of $23,777 just gave way before resistance kicked in once again. According to exchange orderbook data, sellers are ready at $24,000,…

Read More