IBM Crypto Chief Sets Massive Bitcoin Price Target

IBM VP of Blockchain and Digital Currencies Jesse Lund is bullish on Bitcoin – so bullish, in fact, that he set a long-term $1 million price target. Bitcoin Price Has Million-Dollar Potential Lund revealed his long-term Bitcoin price target at the recent Think Conference, in an interview with Fred Schebesta. The IBM executive pointed out that the higher the price of a crypto asset, the more utility it has. Therefore, he thinks people should focus less on the moving prices of crypto assets and more on their utility. “If the price…

So Far, Only Two Businesses in Ohio Have Used Bitcoin to Pay Taxes

According to a recent statement made by Ohio’s state treasurer, so far, only two businesses have filed their taxes in crypto using the state’s crypto tax payment scheme. Speaking at a forum organized by the Ohio State Associated Press on February 19, 2019,Robert Sprague fielded questions about the department’s experiences with the newly launched bitcoin payment option for taxes, which was set up by his predecessor Josh Mandel in December 2018. Sprague, who assumed his position a little over a month ago, states that the country has received only two…

Brutal Bitcoin Winter is Great for Crypto: Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian

Bitcoin investors should not be discouraged by the brutal Crypto Winter because the mass purge is actually good for the long-term health of the industry. That’s the observation of Coinbase investor Alexis Ohanian, better known as the founder of social media network Reddit. ‘This Is the Spring of Crypto Innovation’ Ohanian — the husband of American tennis star Serena Williams — admits that bitcoin is experiencing a prolonged market slump. However, despite the Crypto Winter, he says now is actually the “spring of crypto innovation.” Why? Because the people that remain…

Samsung Galaxy S10 Breaks into the Cryptocurrency Space

Less than 24 hours ago, Samsung Mobile announced the release of its next-generation Galaxy smartphone. The new Samsung Galaxy S10 is beautifully designed, and it includes a new feature that many crypto enthusiasts might appreciate. Meet the Next Generation Galaxy. #GalaxyS10Learn more: https://t.co/UstjA79jjF pic.twitter.com/hXOOfafTH1 — Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) February 20, 2019 Samsung Galaxy S10 In the official press release Samsung explains: “Galaxy S10 is built with defense-grade Samsung Knox, as well as a secure storage backed by hardware, which houses your private keys for blockchain-enabled mobile services.” That’s right. The…

Is BitTorrent (BTT) Success Capping Tron (TRX) Demand?

Tron prices slow down as TRX slip to ninth BitTorrent (BTT) could be capping TRX demand Transactional volumes are low and well below 42 million of Feb 4 Even with low volumes, we retain a bullish outlook on Tron (TRX). It is likely that the decision to reward BitTorrent seeders with BTT and not TRX is behind recent price shrinks. Tron Price Analysis Fundamentals The acquisition of BitTorrent by the Tron Foundation promised to be—and is still is—a massive move by a blockchain start-up whose primary objective is to decentralize…

Digital Asset’s Europe Head Is Latest to Leave Enterprise Blockchain Startup

The upheaval continues at enterprise blockchain company Digital Asset (DA), with the news that Gavin Wells will step down from his role as head of Europe next month. Oliver Hugh-Jones, head of business development for Europe, will assume all of Wells’ client-facing responsibilities, a spokeswoman for DA confirmed to CoinDesk Thursday. Wells’ departure was reported earlier by Risk, a financial industry publication.   “I joined Digital Asset to learn about the technology, but I stayed because of the people I met there,” Wells told the magazine. It is not clear where…

Want to Kickstart the Next Bitcoin Bullrun? Stop Hodling and Start Spending

As a crypto-community, we’re all guilty of trying to predict the next bitcoin bull-run. Just wait until the bitcoin ETF is approved! It’ll explode when Wall Street embraces crypto. Bitcoin will soar when pension funds start buying bitcoin. JP Morgan’s new cryptocurrency will send prices higher! (Just kidding). Instead of sitting around waiting for these institutional changes (which may or may not even happen), we can do something ourselves. Start spending bitcoin. One sure-fire way to increase bitcoin’s price is to increase demand for crypto payments. The more active bitcoin…

Brazilian Bank Aims to Raise $15 Million Through Security Token Offering

A Brazilian investment bank is planning to raise millions of dollars through the offering of a security token. In an announcement Thursday, Banco BTG Pactual said it will back its blockchain-based token with distressed Brazilian real estate assets, with the expectation of raising up to $15 million. It will also establish a secondary market following the sale in order to provide liquidity to the tokens. The offering will allow investors to invest in the Brazilian real estate market and, based on the performance of the tied assets, receive periodic profits. International investors will be…

Dow, Bitcoin Bleed Lower as US & China Tease Trade Deal Outline

The US stock market endured steady losses on Thursday, leaving the Dow’s eight-week winning streak on the ropes. The bitcoin price, meanwhile, continued to mount an unsuccessful push toward $4,000 that has left most crypto assets in the red. Dow Fails to Break Through 26,000 Dow futures traded up throughout much of the pre-market session, putting the index within striking distance of the 26,000 point milestone. However, Wall Street turned sour ahead of the opening bell, and all three major US stock indices dropped when the market opened. The Dow…

QuadrigaCX Has Sent All Its Bitcoin and Ether to ‘Big Four’ Auditor EY

QuadrigaCX’s online wallets for bitcoin and ethereum have nearly been emptied and the funds sent to the failed cryptocurrency exchange’s court-appointed monitor, Ernst & Young (EY). On Feb. 14, 52 bitcoin (BTC) and 960 ether (ETH) were sent to freshly created blockchain addresses from addresses identified earlier as belonging to the Canadian exchange. The amounts matched the balances that EY had previously said it found in the exchange’s “hot” wallets, meaning the active ones connected to the internet. And on Thursday, EY confirmed that, as expected, it had taken control of…