Troubled Crypto Exchange QuadrigaCX Goes Offline for ‘Maintenance’

Troubled crypto exchange QuadrigaCX, whose customers have been unable to withdraw funds for months, has been inaccessible for several hours. The Canadian company, which has faced a prolonged banking fight and said its CEO and founder died last month, blamed a system upgrade for the Monday outage. It was not immediately clear when the exchange would go back online. The company did not post any updates about the situation to its Twitter or Reddit pages, though users of both platforms complained about issues accessing the platform throughout the day. Moreover, the…

Bitcoin Price Analysis: Major Support Broken on Expanding Volume and Spread

After weeks of consolidation, bitcoin finally broke through support. The market now finds itself cruising toward prior lows. On expanding volume and spread, the bitcoin market appears ripe for a continuation of the downtrend: Figure 1: BTC-USD, Daily Candles, Broken Support Although the current daily candle has yet to close, unless there is a strong influx of demand hitting the market, it stands to reason that bitcoin will be closing a new daily low for the first time since mid-December. Following the stopping action in the low $3,000s, the bitcoin…

Living on Bitcoin Day 7: A Supposedly Fun Thing I’d Definitely Do Again

This is the seventh instalment of reporter Colin Harper’s “Living on Bitcoin” experience in San Francisco. Find out what happened to him earlier on Day 1 , on Day 2 , on Day 3 , onDay 4, on Day 5 and on Day 6. I woke to the sound of thin but consistent rain against the sailboat. A gentle storm soon rolled in to softly rock the harbor’s rustbucket bedfellows, a few spurts of lightning distant and crackling across the bay. Dustin wasn’t up yet so I made a cup…

BTC Bullish, Bears Yet to Reverse Dec 2018 Gains

Bitcoin price down 4.2 percent at the time of press Jan Van Eck says Bitcoin investors liquidating to Gold Transaction volumes low, bulls have a chance Prices are down 4.2 percent in the last 24 hours but even so, Bitcoin bulls have a chance. A combination of fundamentals and supportive candlestick arrangement mean buyers can still recoup today’s losses and print new highs in days ahead. Bitcoin Price Analysis Fundamentals It has been 11 years of unimaginable price movements, and at one time, Bitcoin changed hands at a whopping $20,000…

FastBitcoins.com Enables Cash for Bitcoin Exchange Via the Lightning Network

Many are predicting that 2019 will be the year Bitcoin’s Lightning Network sees massive growth and becomes a more common way to make bitcoin payments, and a new company based in England’s East Midlands hopes to help with that process. Today, FastBitcoins.com has announced the launch of its cash-based bitcoin exchange, which includes Lightning Network integration. With this new exchange, users will be able to avoid touching the blockchain when they decide to buy or sell bitcoin for cash. The new exchange was founded by former Neo & Bee Managing…

Binance’s BitTorrent Token Sale Sells Out in Minutes Amid Technical Issues

A public sale of 59.8 billion BitTorrent Tokens (BTT), worth roughly $7.2 million, sold out in a matter of minutes on Binance’s Launchpad earlier today, despite technical difficulties that frustrated some users. At 3:00 UTC, the token sale platform opened its doors to BTT investors through two separate sale sessions, one for those paying with the token native to the Tron blockchain, TRX, and the other for those paying with Binance’s native exchange token, BNB. Each BTT token was valued at $0.00012 during the sales, according to sale information posted…

Crypto Startup Wants You to Trade on Exchanges Without Trusting Them

A new protocol aims to allow crypto users to maintain control of their private keys while trading on centralized exchanges. Arwen, a startup formerly known as Commonwealth Crypto, launched a testnet version of its namesake protocol Monday. CEO Sharon Goldberg described it as “a layer-two protocol specifically for trading.” In other words, trades will take place off-chain. As Goldberg explained: “You put a smart contract on a blockchain where it locks up coins and once it’s locked up, you can do all sorts of transactions … without posting those transactions…

Bitcoin News Summary – January 28, 2019

Here’s what happened this week in Bitcoin in 99 seconds.  LocalBitcoins users, be aware of a recent phishing attack. Users of the LocalBitcoins forum were redirected to a phishing site, which harvested their login details to steal deposits. The forum is currently disabled, as were withdrawals. LocalBitcoins users are urged to check out the service’s sub-Reddit for further information. Executives of South Korea’s Komid exchange were jailed for faking trading volume. Dishonest exchanges fake volume to mislead users regarding the popularity of their exchange and coins, which is a…

Chat App Kik Says It Will Fight SEC Over Possible ICO Action

Canada-based messaging app company Kik is planning to fight a likely U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action over its 2017 initial coin offering (ICO). According to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, Kik founder and CEO Ted Livingston said that the firm’s token, kin, works like a currency and is not “an unregistered security” as believed by the SEC. Kik raised almost $100 million via a sale of the token last September. With ICOs having diminished in number, in part due to the threat of regulatory…

Bitcoin Price Watch: BTC Could Extend Decline To $3.2K-3.0K

Bitcoin price failed to stay above the $3,520 and $3,480 support levels against the US Dollar. There is a strong resistance formed near $3,500 and a bearish trend line on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The price tested the $3,400 support and it remains at a risk of more losses towards $3,200 or $3,000. Bitcoin price moved into a bearish zone below $3,500 against the US Dollar. BTC might extend the current decline towards the next key support at $3,200 or even $3,000. Bitcoin…