Social Media Companies Join the Crypto World

The cult of cryptocurrencies is rising with each passing day. But to understand the reason behind this, it is quintessential to know what exactly is cryptocurrency? Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies set up by groups of individuals and secured using cryptography. It is basically a form of digital ledger. Usually, cryptocurrencies are based on the technology called blockchain. A blockchain, originally block chain, is a growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked using cryptography. Each block contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp, and transaction data.…

Bitcoin Dev Demos the First Lightning-Enabled Bitcoin ATM

At the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong’s Lightning Hack Day on March 31, 2019, Bitcoin developer Felix Weis presented a successful demonstration of his Lightning-enabled plugin for a Bitcoin ATM. Weis, who identifies himself on Twitter as a “bitcoin traveler and freelance developer,” demonstrated a Lightning-driven withdrawal using a 20 Hong Kong dollar (HKD) bill and a mobile bitcoin wallet on his cell phone. The software plugin was built in Java over the course of the hackathon weekend. How Does It Work? During the demonstration, Weis’s ATM — for which…

Coincheck Launches OTC Crypto Trading for Institutions

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has launched an over-the-counter (OTC) cryptocurrency trading service aimed at institutional clients, the firm said Monday. While the service seem primarily to serve bitcoin trades, Coincheck said it will consider trades in other cryptocurrencies. Coincheck said its OTC trading desk will allow customers to buy and sell a minimum of 50 bitcoins ($205,423 at press time) “quickly” at one go and at “attractive prices.” The service is available on weekdays between 10 a.m. (13 UTC) and 3 p.m. (18 UTC) Japan time. In an OTC trading service, two…

Here are March’s Best and Worst Crypto Performers

March has been a positive month for the cryptocurrency market on the whole. The 31-day period saw the cryptocurrencies’ combined market capitalization dropping to as low as $125.09 billion, and rising to as high as $146.39 billion. A majority of the crypto-assets performed exceptionally well while a handful of them lost significant value. Below are the best and the worst crypto performers, measured by their market performance, spanning from March 1, 00:00 UTC, to March 31, 23:59 UTC, and as well as their volume distribution, liquidity, and market fundamentals. Best…

Bitcoin Price Posts Biggest Quarterly Gain Since Late 2017

View Bitcoin closed the first quarter of 2017 with 10.91 percent gains – the biggest quarterly gain since the fourth quarter of 2017. While bearish exhaustion is evident, a bullish reversal above $4,236 still remains elusive. A sustained break above that level may not happen in the next few months, as the price seems to be mimicking the bottoming pattern seen in nine months leading up to the October 2015 bull breakout. Bitcoin’s short-term outlook remains bullish as Friday’s close above $4,055 bolstered the bullish setup on the daily chart.…

Bitcoin News Summary – April 1, 2019

Here’s what happened this week in Bitcoin in 99 seconds.  Wuabit crypto wallet will be accessible within WhatsApp. Bitcoin will be supported at launch, with altcoins set to follow. The wallet uses a simple and intuitive chat interface for transactions. This wallet has the potential to boost adoption, as WhatsApp has over a billion users. Major Bitcoin investor, Tim Draper, met with Argentinian president, Mauricio Macri to discuss monetary matters. Draper bet Macri that Bitcoin will increase in value relative to the Argentinian peso. If Draper loses, he pledged…

Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin Futures Volumes Top $150 Million at Kraken Exchange

It’s not just bitcoin futures products that are becoming popular with investors, at least according to one U.K.-based crypto derivatives provider. Crypto Facilities, a subsidiary of the San Francisco-based exchange Kraken that provides bitcoin and ether reference data for CME Group and has offered its own derivatives products for years, has seen trading volume in its altcoin futures markets jump dramatically in recent weeks – in particular, its litecoin and bitcoin cash futures contracts, said head of indices and pricing products Sui Chung. He told CoinDesk that the company had…

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Could Make A Sustained Move Higher

Bitcoin price jumped higher recently and traded to a new weekly high above $4,140 against the US Dollar. The price traded as high as $4,142 and it is currently consolidating gains above key supports. There is a new contracting triangle forming with support near $4,100 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair could decline in the short term, but it remains supported near $4,100 and $4,050. Bitcoin price is trading with a strong uptrend above the $4,040 pivot level against the US Dollar.…

Bitcoin Pushes Past $4,100 as Top Cryptos See Mixed Movements

Sunday, March 31 — the top 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting mixed, mostly mild, price movements on the day by press time, as Bitcoin (BTC) reaches just over $4,100. Market visualization courtesy of Coin360 Bitcoin has seen nearly no price movement on the day, up just a fraction of a percent trading at around $4,105, according to CoinMarketCap. Looking at its weekly chart, the current price is over two percent lower than the value of BTC one week ago. Bitcoin 7-day price chart courtesy of CoinMarketCap Ethereum (ETH) is holding onto…