Bitcoin Price Analysis: Strong Impulse Tests Macro Support Levels

Finally, after about a week or so of a tight, range-bound market, bitcoin poked right through support. This swift move dropped the price nearly 10% in the span of just a few short hours: Figure 1: BTC-USD, Hourly Candles, 11% Drop Not only did this move occur on high spread, it occured on high volume. This level of supply and overall lack of demand is nothing something you would want to see if you are feeling bullish regarding bitcoin’s market structure. Currently, we are sitting right on top of daily…

Canada’s First All-Crypto Legal Firm Opens Its Doors to Global Clientele

Technology lawyer Addison Cameron-Huff launched his new, Toronto-based, all-crypto legal firm on January 3, 2019, Bitcoin’s 10th anniversary, as a statement of his commitment to working for and promoting Bitcoin and cryptocurrency-based businesses. Cameron-Huff has worked as the lawyer for a Bitcoin core developer, several token-based companies, and dozens of crypto startups. As president of Decentral Inc., he managed a staff of 30 and helped to take the company to 750,000 monthly wallet users. As the first, all-crypto legal services firm in Canada, Cameron-Huff expects the ongoing uncertainty around Canada’s…

Bitrefill Channel-Opening Service Makes Accepting Lightning Payments Easy

Crypto payment platform Bitrefill has launched Thor, a service that allows customers to open Lightning channels on demand. Thor will connect to Bitrefill’s node on the Lightning Network, allowing users to receive Lightning payments whether they have bitcoin loaded into their Lightning wallets or not. “This service will let the customer get an empty lightning channel opened to them from Bitrefill’s node, on the Lightning Network. Now anyone can now pay for, or gift, the ability to have a channel opened to a Lightning wallet in order to receive payments…

Nick Szabo and The Winklevoss are More Bullish About Bitcoin than They Are About Gold

Nick Szabo at the Israel Bitcoin Summit Famous cryptographer, computer scientist, and crypto investor Nick Szabo once again defended the high potential of crypto coins as mechanisms of economic promotion in a recent debate in Tel Aviv, Israel. Speaking At the Israel Bitcoin Summit at Tel Aviv University on Jan. 8, Mr. Szabo explained that the use of cryptocurrencies will have a stabilizing and positive effect for countries facing economic sanctions and policies defeated by inflation, monetary devaluation, and incorrect planning decisions. Nick Szabo: Bitcoin Could be Better for Banks…

Research Firm Charts Unspent BTC and Calls a Market Bottom in Q1 2019

“How many unspent bitcoins exist?” “How many bitcoins have been lost?” “How many bitcoins are left sitting in wallets, and how does this affect price?” If any (or all) of these questions have ever popped into your head, you’re in good company: They’ve crossed the minds of analysts at Delphi Digital, the self-named “research & consulting boutique specializing in the digital asset market.” The firm just released research on the current state of the bitcoin market, and they believe they’ve forecasted a potential bottom for its declining prices (FYI, they…

Bitcoin (BTC) Falls 5% Amid Sudden Crypto Market Meltdown

Market Drops Drastically In 2019 First On Wednesday night, The Crypto Dog, a leading Bitcoin analyst, took to his Twitter page, which sports over 100,000 followers, to draw attention to the Ethereum/USD chart, noting that something might happen soon. The chart, which accentuated ETH’s wedge formation, indicated that a breakout (either up or down) was slated to happen. whatever gonna happen I think it might gonna happen soon pic.twitter.com/NvhoThFldI — The Crypto Dog📈 (@TheCryptoDog) January 10, 2019 Just hours after his tweet, Ether, along with BTC and the rest of…

Qtum Completes First Atomic Swap With Bitcoin on Mainnet

Qtum, a blockchain platform that merges the strength of Bitcoin’s blockchain with the Ethereum Virtual Machine to build decentralized applications, has completed its first atomic swap with Bitcoin on mainnet. This is a big, first step for atomic swaps, a feature that allows for on-chain exchanges, or transactions, between cryptocurrencies on two separate blockchains without the need to rely on a third party. For Bitcoin, this is a big step forward in allowing interoperability between other blockchains and itself in a trustless manner. Atomic swaps are not an entirely new…

GMO Mining Halted | GMO Internet Group Loses Mining Revenue

Japan’s GMO Internet Group has published a report on its in-house crypto mining operations. The IT giant confirmed that it took a steep hit in its overall GMO mining revenue. However, it steadily increased its monthly BTC mining rewards. GMO Mining Revenue The company showed “extraordinary loss” from its hardware manufacturing sector in Q4 of 2018. As a result, GMO said it will “no longer develop, manufacture and sell” miners. The company only entered the mining hardware sector in 2017, so that was very short-lived. However, while it will close its hardware…

Bitcoin Wallet Forced to Drop Key Privacy Features From Google Play App

Privacy-focused bitcoin wallet Samourai is having its hand forced by Google. According to a Samourai blog post, the wallet provider is disabling privacy features that are key to its design before its latest version, 0.99.4, hits the Google Play store tomorrow. The removed features include Samourai’s Stealth Mode, remote text message (SMS) commands, and SIM Switch Defense (a measure to protect against sim swaps). The privacy restrictions only affect the version of the wallet available on Google Play. To bypass these restrictions, users can also download what Samourai calls the…

Decentralized Bitcoin Exchange Bisq Has a New UI and DAO

Decentralized exchange Bisq has upgraded its software with an entirely new User Interface (UI) design and the launch of the Bisq Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) on testnet. With the release of the latest update (v0.9), users can finally take the Bisq DAO for a spin, a software design that will reward contributors that work on the project, without oversight from a central authority. This compensation will be done with the project’s token called BSQ. How Bisq Works Bisq is a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange platform that allows users to trade bitcoins…