Qtum Completes First Atomic Swap With Bitcoin on Mainnet

Qtum, a blockchain platform that merges the strength of Bitcoin’s blockchain with the Ethereum Virtual Machine to build decentralized applications, has completed its first atomic swap with Bitcoin on mainnet. This is a big, first step for atomic swaps, a feature that allows for on-chain exchanges, or transactions, between cryptocurrencies on two separate blockchains without the need to rely on a third party. For Bitcoin, this is a big step forward in allowing interoperability between other blockchains and itself in a trustless manner. Atomic swaps are not an entirely new…

XRP Bullish as Ripple Company make Strides

Ripple Price ranging within Dec 28 high low We expect breakouts above 40 cents to be strong Ripple company progress is solid At spot rates, Ripple (XRP) is ranging against the USD and up 0.4 percent at the time of press. These gains are modest, but as long as XRP is above 30 cents, price rallies towards 80 cents are on the cards. Ripple Price Analysis Overview In the last day, XRP is up 0.4 percent and moving horizontally inside a 6 cents range. Because of Sep 2018 upsides and…

Could Japan’s Approval of the Bitcoin ETF Affect US SEC’s Decision?

On January 7, CCN reported that the Financial Services Agency (FSA) of Japan is considering the approval of the country’s first Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). With the final deadline of the VanEck Bitcoin ETF on the horizon, could the approval of a Bitcoin ETF in Japan have an impact on the decision of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)? Probability of a Bitcoin ETF in US The probability of the approval of a Bitcoin ETF in the U.S. by February remains low. A pro-crypto SEC commissioner Hester Peirce previously…