Bitcoin Spikes 5% to $4,100 in 2 Hours, Analyst Says Market Looks Bullish

Within less than two hours, the Bitcoin price surged from $3,920 to $4,137 by more than 5 percent against the U.S. dollar. The Bitcoin price surged above $4,100. The abrupt and strong performance of the dominant cryptocurrency fueled other major crypto assets in the likes of EOS, Ethereum, and Litecoin to record large gains in the range of 4 to 7 percent. Ethereum spiked from $147 to $157 immediately after the initial price movement of Bitcoin by around 6.8 percent. Confidence is Returning to Bitcoin and the Crypto Market Speaking…

Bitcoin Hovers Under $4,000 as Top Cryptos See Mixed Movements

Saturday, Feb. 23 — the top 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting mixed movements on the day by press time. Bitcoin (BTC) is hovering under the $4,000 mark again, according to Coin360 data. Market visualization from Coin360 At press time, Bitcoin is down 0.26 percent on the day, trading at around $3,976 after a brief mid-day high of $4,005, according to CoinMarketCap data. Looking at its weekly chart, the current price is over 8 percent lower than $3,643, the price at which Bitcoin started the week. Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap Ethereum (ETH)…

Russian State Duma to Review Crypto Regulation, Oil-Backed Crypto in Development

The Russian State Duma (the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia) plans to review and adopt new cryptocurrency regulation in March.  The former Energy Minister Igor Yusufov is also proposing an oil-backed crypto, Russian financial outlet Rambler reported on Feb. 21. Furthermore, Rambler reports that the head of the Energia investment-oriented corporation, former Energy Minister Igor Yusufov, also has tangible prospects for proposing an oil-backed cryptocurrency. The construction of the project’s roadmap is reportedly almost at the final stage. In an interview with Rambler, Yusufov reportedly said that…

Derivatives Giant Fidelity Investments Receives and Passes on the Lightning Torch

Financial derivatives giant Fidelity Investments received and passed on the Lightning Torch, as revealed by tweet by the company sent on Feb. 22. Just like the Olympic torch, the Lightning Torch is being passed between members of the Lightning Network community. The trend first reportedly started when Twitter user and Bitcoin (BTC) enthusiast Hodlonaut sent 10,000 satoshis (the smallest, indivisible fractions of a Bitcoin) to another Lightning user, and the user added another 10,000 satoshis and passed it on. Fidelity passed the torch to the Harvard School Blockchain & Crypto…

Texas Crypto Fund Unveils Two New Ways to Value Bitcoin

In a paper published this week, Tuur Demeester’s US crypto fund, Adamant Capital, suggests two new ways of determining the relative market value of Bitcoin. One measures investor sentiment; it’s called Relative Unrealized Profit/Loss Ratio. HODLer Position Change (HPC) is perhaps more interesting. Adamant finds HPC by measuring blockchain “liveliness.” They explain the concept as such: “A blockchain where all the coins move within a single block has at that moment a Liveliness of 100%. A blockchain of two years old with no new block rewards, and where exactly one…

Blockchain Company CasperLabs Appoints Ethereum Researcher Vlad Zamfir as Lead Architect

Blockchain protocol research and development company CasperLabs has appointed Ethereum Foundation researcher Vlad Zamfir as lead consensus protocol architect, a Medium post by the company reveals on Feb. 22. CasperLabs is a company trying to develop the so-called correct-by-construction Casper proof-of-stake (PoS) Ethereum (ETH) consensus algorithm. In a PoS cryptocurrency, block creators are chosen by random selection with the consideration of the user’s wealth in the network and, sometimes, the age of his assets that is often referred to as the “coin age.” Vlad Zamfir infamously stated in March 2017…

Canadian Banks Wary of QuadrigaCX Assets’ Origins, Cite Money Laundering Concerns

Canadian banks have showed hesitation concerning the management of insolvent cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX’s assets, national public broadcaster CBC reports on Feb. 22. QuadrigaCX has faced financial difficulty following the sudden death of its founder Gerry Cotten, who was the allegedly only one with access to the exchange’s cold wallets. As Cointelegraph reported earlier this week, QuadrigaCX has sent its remaining crypto assets from its hot wallets to Big Four auditing firm Ernst & Young, the court-appointed monitor overseeing the case. During Friday’s court hearing, lawyers for the Bank of Montreal…