Top Cryptos See Slight Growth as Bitcoin Approaches $4,000

Saturday, March 9 — most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting slight gains on the day by press time. Bitcoin (BTC) is approaching the $4,000 mark again, according to Coin360 data. Market visualization from Coin360 At press time, Bitcoin is up just under one percent on the day, trading at around $3,960, according to CoinMarketCap data. Looking at its weekly chart, the current price is nearly three percent higher than $3,851, the price at which Bitcoin started the week. Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap In Bitcoin news, Twitter…

Over 80 Percent of Total ETH Supply is Held by 7,572 Addresses: Research

Over 80 percent of the total circulating supply of Ethereum (ETH) is held by 7,572 addresses, claims a report released by digital asset research company Delphi Digital on March 7. More precisely, the data contained in the report claim that over 80 percent of the total supply of ETH coins are held by addresses with a balance higher than 1,000 ETH. The number of such addresses adds up to 7,572. The research breaks down the total number of addresses by volume of ETH they contain, stating that 6,490 addresses hold…

CEO of Crypto City Project Bitcointopia Pleads Guilty to Selling Land He Didn’t Have

Morgan Rockcoons, also known as Morgan Rockwell, has pleaded guilty to two cryptocurrency-related charges in San Diego federal court this week. Rockcoons admitted both to selling land he didn’t have for a crypto city project dubbed “Bitcointopia” and to operating a money transmitting business without a license, daily news outlet the Los Angeles Times (LA Times) reported on March 8. Per the report, Rockcoons first attracted the attention of law enforcement in 2015 with his Bitcoin (BTC)-fiat currency exchange services, which he advertised online. The LA Times reports that under…

Ethereum Has More Than Twice as Many Core Devs per Month as Bitcoin: Report

Ethereum (ETH) has the most developers working on its base protocol of all cryptocurrencies, not counting community project developers, according to a report by crypto asset management firm Electric Capital. The report was published in a Medium post on March 7. Per the post, the company fingerprinted over 20,000 code repositories and 16 million commits to obtain data, which reveals that on average 216 developers contribute code to ETH repositories every month. The company also specifies that this data “is undercounting the number of Ethereum developers since we do not…

Cryptocurrencies Surge 30%-100%. Why Momentum Can Boost Bitcoin Price

Bitcoin has remained relatively stable in the $3,800 to $3,900 range over the past week while crypto assets like Enjin Coin (ENJ), Litecoin (LTC), ICON (ICX), and Kyber Network (KNC) surged by 30 percent to 100 percent. 7-Day Price Chart of Kyber Network (Source: Coinmarketcap.com) Off of the reported partnership between Enjin and Samsung, the price of Kyber Network spiked by 60 percent overnight. In late January, the Enjin team revealed that it integrated Kyber, Changelly, and Bancor to convert 200 tokens from thousands of trading pairs natively on the…

Canadian Federal Tax Agency Targets Bitcoin Investors

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has apparently been specifically targeting bitcoin and crypto investors as part of its broader tax strategy to keep tabs on their cryptocurrency investments, including how they purchase these assets. Forbes reported on this story in early March, detailing some of the tactics of the CRA, which include audits and questionnaires. In addition to subjecting cryptocurrency investors to audits, many of these same users have also been sent “comprehensive questionnaires to fill out regarding their bitcoin-related activity over the past years.” Reportedly, some sixty audits are…

Decentralized Exchange Hodl Hodl Is Launching a Bitcoin-Based Prediction Market

Hodl Hodl, a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency exchange, has announced that it is launching a prediction market on Bitcoin. Slated for launch in the spring of 2019, it would be the first Bitcoin-based prediction market to go live on Bitcoin’s mainnet. A prediction market is a novel application of blockchain technology. The betting platforms allow users to secure odds, futures and outcomes with smart contracts. Two users place funds (traditionally, ether) into a smart contract to bet on futures for any given outcome; when the outcome arrives, the smart contract automatically pays…

Revolut Launches Auto-Exchange Feature for Select Crypto and Fiat Currencies

Revolut, a mobile finance and payment application based in the U.K., has launched a service that makes it possible for its clients to “auto-exchange” fiat and digital currencies on its platform. The new feature is intended to make it possible for users to protect themselves against volatilities in the crypto market. Per a company blog post, Revolut users can automatically exchange “fiat currencies, such as the US dollar (USD) to ether (ETH) or bitcoin (BTC), to XRP,” and vice versa, based on a predetermined target rate. Customers can set it…

Bitcoin Price Analysis: New High Paves Potential Reversal Setup

After days and days of consolidation, bitcoin finally managed to break a new high for the first time in almost two weeks. This new high, so far, has been short lived, however, as it was almost immediately sold into by eager bears: Figure 1: BTC-USD, 4-Hour Candles, New High Our current 4-hour candle is seeing a relatively easy retracement after days and days of an upward grind. We managed to close a new high, but it was quickly rejected and, depending on where the currently daily closes, could lead to…

NEM Foundation Releases Restructuring Plan Amid Financial Difficulties

The NEM Foundation has released its plan for a financial and organizational restructuring on March 8. The plan comes in the wake of news earlier this year that the foundation was running low on its native XEM tokens. On Feb. 20, the foundation decided to release 210 million XEM tokens ($8.7 million) from reserves, the first 25 million ($1.04 million) of which will be used “to set up processes and structures for a new product-focused, revenue-driven approach for NEM Foundation.” The new tokens will purportedly fund the NEM Foundation’s efforts…