Sparkswap, World’s First Lightning Atomic Swap Exchange, Now in Beta

Bitcoin’s first decentralized exchange to make use of the Lightning Network’s Atomic Swaps is now in beta. Sparkswap, an exchange with backing from Pantera Capital (which announced its ambitious mission to become the most decentralized bitcoin exchange on the market in August 2018), has now opened its beta to users. Leveraging the Lightning Network, the exchange is non-custodial and trading is decentralized. Users will be able to execute buy and sell orders between each other directly and, thanks to atomic swapping, they’ll also be able to trade coins across blockchains.…

Cryptocurrency Witnesses Better Returns than Equities This year

Good days may be ahead for cryptocurrencies. The sentiment of digital assets is improving slowly after witnessing a bear trend in 2018. The total cryptocurrency market cap has increased considerably by over $50 billion USD since the beginning of 2019. Many digital assets are outperforming the market when compared to the largest indices worldwide. CCI30 Increases by 40% Since the beginning of this year, the CCI30 (Cryptocurrency Index 30) has gained as much as 40%, reversing the initial downtrend. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), which witnessed a drop in the middle of…

Will Ripple (XRP) Drop to 34 Cents? xRapid and Building Determiners

Ripple (XRP) up 14 cents in the last week Building and strategic partnership will drive adoption helping support Ripple (XRP) prices Chris Larsen is part of the IMF Advisory Board, remains the co-founder of Ripple and recently donated $25 million in XRP at the San Francisco State University. Whether that will elevate Ripple Inc profile, we are not yet visible but what is clear is that Ripple (XRP) buyers are back. Ripple Price Analysis Fundamentals Not surprising, Ripple is actively building and on the other, they are striking partnerships, and…

‘Bitcoin Price’ is a Meaningless Metric: Russian Economist

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Sparkswap Raises $3.5 Million From Initialized, Pantera for Lightning-Powered DEX

UPDATE (April 8, 13:40 UTC): The funding round was led by Initialized Capital, not Pantera Capital. The headline has been updated. A San Francisco-based decentralized exchange (DEX) called Sparkswap launched Monday, becoming the first North American exchange to fully integrate the lightning network, a bitcoin scaling solution. Sparkswap is funded by a $3.5 million seed round led by Initialized Capital, with involvement from venture capital firms such as Pantera Capital and Foundation Capital. This lightning-powered DEX – which differentiates itself from traditional exchanges by requiring users to custody their own…

Crypto Market Storms to 2019 High as Trump Calls for ‘Rocketship’ Fed Policy

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GM, BMW Back Blockchain Data Sharing For Self-Driving Cars

Car giants General Motors and BMW are backing blockchain tech as a way to share self-driving car data among themselves and other automakers. It’s all part of a bid to unlock valuable data held in silos which will ultimately get autonomous vehicles on the road sooner. Exploratory work in this area is being done under the auspices of the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI), a consortium formed last year to harmonize the development of distributed ledger technology (DLT) across the car industry. CoinDesk has learned that the next MOBI working group…

Bitcoin News Summary – April 8, 2019

Here’s what happened this week in Bitcoin in 99 seconds.  Professional crypto traders suggested that this week’s dramatic price rise was a result of a major short squeeze in a low liquidity environment. A major Bitcoin buy order was split between at least three major exchanges, and the resulting upwards price pressure led to $500 million in desperate short-covering occurring within an hour on BitMEX. As usually happens when Bitcoin price news is trending, search volume is exploding. Google Trends reveal that search interest for the keyword “Bitcoin” is…

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Defies Gravity, Looks to Trade Higher

The price retested the $5,360 resistance and it looks set to trade further higher in the near term. There was a break above a short term contracting triangle with resistance at $5,155 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair is likely to surge towards $5,500 or even $5,600 once it successfully clear the $5,360 resistance. Bitcoin price is climbing higher towards key resistances against the US Dollar. BTC could accelerate gains along with Ethereum once it clears the $5,360 resistance area. Bitcoin Price…

Repeating Fibonacci Cycles Could See Bitcoin Hit $7,500

Patterns are everything and market analysts are constantly scanning charts, both current and previous, for patterns and cycles that could indicate where prices may go next. Bitcoin fervor has hit a new 2019 high over the past few days as BTC finally broke its long term resistance and surged upwards. Where it will go next is the question everyone wants an answer to. Fibonacci Could be Key Fib retracement levels are one of the most popular tools that traders use to determine entry and exit points as they serve as…