China to Release Its Own Cryptocurrency Soon

Cryptocurrency may have been completely unknown for most people around half a decade ago, and most of the banks in the world did not even take it seriously. However, things have changed dramatically over the past few years, and many banks are now considering the possibility of launching their own digital currencies. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) announced its own cryptocurrency last month, while American banking giant J. P. Morgan (NYSE:JPM) has come up with its own as well, and in a new development, it has emerged that the Chinese central bank is close to…

This Crypto Is Worth Less Than 1 Cent. VCs Are Betting Millions on Its Future

Not all token sales led to quick failures or cash grabs. Some were part of a broader, albeit ambitious, business strategy. The blockchain startup Patientory, which makes a consumer health app and offers enterprise data management services to hospitals and clinics, just closed a $5.2 million Series A including R/GA Ventures. This comes as the startup’s first funding round since it split off from the Patientory Association, a nonprofit created after the May 2017 initial coin offering (ICO) of ethereum-based PTOY tokens raised $7.2 million. “With the token, it basically…

Bitcoin’s Bulls Now Have a Target of $13.2K, Monthly Chart Suggests

View Bitcoin charted an “inside bar” pattern last month, making $13,200 the level to beat for the bulls. A convincing move above $13,200 would imply a resumption of the rally from lows near $4,050 seen in April. A break below $9,049 (July’s low) would confirm a bearish inside bar reversal on the monthly chart. The hourly chart indicates prices could drop below $11,000 in the next 24 hours or so. The bearish case would weaken if lower-highs pattern on the hourly chart is invalidated with a move above $11,431. Bitcoin…

Coinbase Backs $4.3 Million Raise for New Crypto Derivatives Exchange

A new cryptocurrency derivatives exchange that hasn’t yet launched has already won backing from major investors including Coinbase. Called Blade, the exchange platform is planning to go live in a few weeks with a focus on perpetual swaps, TechCrunch reported Monday. The firm was founded by Jeff Byun and Henry Lee, who had previously launched a delivery startup that crypto-friendly payments firm Square acquired in part in 2017. The two have now brought some of the same investors in to back their new Blade venture. Aside from Coinbase, investors in the $4.3…

60 Latin American Banks Can Now Use Bitcoin for Cross-Border Payments

A leading bank technology provider in Latin America is partnering with cryptocurrency exchange Bitex to facilitate cross-border payments over the bitcoin blockchain. “The integration of Bitex into Bantotal program represents a major step in the breakthrough of blockchain technology in banking,” said Bitex Chief Marketing Officer Manuel Beaudroit. Bantotal is a core banking service provider based in Uruguay that services over 60 different financial institutions across 14 different countries. According to a Bantotal spokesperson, an estimated 20 million people use Bantotal’s money management services. “Bantotal is one of the biggest…