What Crypto Bear Market? Japanese Banking Giant SBI Will Soon Mine Bitcoin

SBI Holdings, a major financial and banking giant in Japan, has formally announced the launch of SBI Mining Chip Co., Ltd., officially entering the bitcoin mining industry. In recent months, the most dominant forces in the global bitcoin mining industry in the likes of Bitmain, Cannan, and Japanese internet conglomerate GMO have struggled to adjust to market conditions. As the bitcoin bear market extended to a 15-month correction, despite the gradual increase in hash power, the demand for bitcoin mining due to the general decline in profitability of mining noticeably…

Mt Gox Settlement and $593 Million of BTC and BCH, Will Bitcoin Rally?

Bitcoin prices steady after yesterday’s sell-off Mt Gox trustee approved 802,521 BTC as claims Volumes stable but below average Wholesale liquidation of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash stash in the hands of Nobuaki could heap pressure on responsible exchanges. Besides, it will also cause unnecessary price fluctuation that may work against victims triggering a sell-off towards Dec 2018 lows. Bitcoin Price Analysis Fundamentals All eyes are on Nobuaki Kobayashi and how he plans to compensate victims of the now defunct Mt Gox following his approval of “802,521 BTC, 792,296 BCH and…

Bakkt Delay Due to CFTC Concerns Over Its Planned Custody of Clients’ Bitcoin: WSJ

Much-anticipated crypto platform Bakkt’s plans to store customers’ Bitcoin (BTC) from its Bitcoin futures could cause further delay on obtaining approval from United States regulator the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The news was reported by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on March 21, citing anonymous sources. When Bakkt was first announced back in August, the platform had revealed that its first product would be Bitcoin futures that are physically delivered daily, subject to CFTC approval. Bakkt also said that it planned to hold Bitcoin on behalf of its clients…

Op Ed: With Bitcoin, Anarchy Is the Point, Not the Problem

Last week, there was a panel at SXSW that was effectively a debate on the merits of permissioned blockchains versus permissionless systems like Bitcoin. I listened to the entire audio of the panel discussion, after Programming Bitcoin author Jimmy Song tweeted it out the other day, and I thought he did an awesome job of pointing out the key value proposition of Bitcoin and why it is not worth comparing to permissioned systems. What Was the Innovation With Bitcoin? As Song covered in his remarks during the panel, the key…

How Bitcoin Higher High Formation Could Push It to $2,000

The next upside push in the bitcoin market could prompt the cryptocurrency a form new bottom below $3,100. Josh Rager, a hugely followed cryptocurrency market analyst, pitted the current bitcoin price action against another one from the year 2015. He found striking similarities between them, mainly related to a higher high and a higher low formation and their relationship with declining volume. Bitcoin Price Performance Comparison | Source: Josh Rager In the 2015 chart, BTC could be seen pursuing a long-downtrend action towards $200-250 range. Following a so-called bottom formation,…

Mt Gox Creditors Warn Mass Sale Could Put Bitcoin Fork Prices At Risk

Mt. Gox Legal, a group of around 1,000 creditors of collapsed crypto exchange Mt. Gox, has prepared a draft proposal representing its consensus on how the exchange’s remaining assets should be paid out, according to a document obtained by CoinDesk. Mt. Gox trustee, Nobuaki Kobayashi, released new details this week on the amounts of secured cryptocurrency (in bitcoin and bitcoin cash) and fiat currency it has approved for payouts to the estate’s many creditors as part of the civil rehabilitation process. In total, Kobayashi said, the balance of the exchange is 69,553,086,521 Japanese yen…

Square Is Hiring New Crypto Engineers — And It Wants to Pay Them in Bitcoin

Payments startup Square plans to hire a number of engineers and a designer to work on its crypto initiatives, according to tweets from CEO Jack Dorsey. Dorsey, who also founded and runs Twitter, announced Wednesday evening that Square plans to hire three or four engineers and one designer “to work full-time on open source contributions to the bitcoin/crypto ecosystem.” A Square spokesman said there was no additional information to share beyond the tweets. Perhaps more notably, these new hires have the option of being paid in bitcoin, Dorsey said. All…

Bitcoin Price Drops Back Below $4K But Bull Outlook Still Intact

View Bitcoin failed to capitalize on a bull breakout above $4,040 yesterday, but the short-term outlook remains bullish as the higher-lows pattern is still intact. A convincing break above the three-day chart resistance of $4,040 still looks likely and could be followed by a rally toward the recent high of $4,190. The immediate outlook would turn bearish if prices find acceptance below $3,920 (previous day’s low). A bearish close, if confirmed, could yield a drop to $3,700–$3,658 (Feb. 27 low). Bitcoin (BTC) has dropped back from levels over $4,000, but…

Overstock’s tZERO Exchange to Launch Bitcoin Trading App This June

Overstock’s security token platform tZERO is going full crypto. Until now, security tokens had been the startup’s priority, but this summer, tZERO plans to launch its own mobile trading app for buying and selling bitcoin and, possibly, ether, CEO Saum Noursalehi told CoinDesk Thursday. The app for IOS and Android devices is scheduled to launch in June and is being developed by Bitsy — a crypto startup in the portfolio of Overstock’s venture arm Medici Ventures. “That’s part of the reason we acquired Bitsy — to accelerate time to market…

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Looks To Reclaim $4,000 After Sharp Sell-off

Bitcoin price traded to a new weekly high above $4,060 and later declined sharply against the US Dollar. The price broke the key $3,960 support level and tested the next main support at $3,875. There is a short-term connecting bearish trend line formed with resistance near $4,015 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The recent rebound was positive, but it won’t be easy for buyers to reclaim $4,000 and $4,020. Bitcoin price rebounded sharply after a massive drop below $3,900 against the US Dollar.…