Monero XMR

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Monero Price Analysis: Can the Bulls Keep Price Action Above $45 to Prevent the XMR Market from Turning Bearish?

4.3% of the total Monero mined has come from illicit mining malware. Cyber criminals are using the privacy-focused cryptocurrency…

3 days ago

The top 5 cryptocurrencies to watch in 2019

Market sentiment is changing constantly, requiring individuals to adapt their views. As crypto projects grow, stall, or even die, people must change their expectations and speculations. That being said, here are five crypto assets to watch in 2019. 1 - Bitcoin (BTC) This one may be a somewhat obvious pick. Nevertheless, bitcoin has a lot going for it. It has the most institutional interest, by far. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) employed their cash-settled bitcoin futures over a year ago, boosting institutional interest, as well as bitcoin’s credibility. Last year also saw a mass influx of further institutional interest in bitcoin that will carry over into 2019. Interest includes multiple bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF ) proposals and Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) much-anticipated Bakkt platform with bitcoin-settled futures trading. Bitcoin is also the crypto industry’s largest asset, making up 51.8% of the market cap for the whole asset class according to CoinMarketCap at the time of this writing. Bitcoin is also at more than a 75% discount from all-time highs, priced at just over $4,000 on Blockmodo at the time of this writing. In last year’s interview with YouTuber CryptoBobby, notable bitcoin maximalist Tone Vays also mentioned several points as to why bitcoin stands out from the numerous other projects in the crypto space. 2 - Monero (XMR) Monero is another project of interest for 2019. Monero is different than bitcoin, in that it employs anonymity features. Bitcoin can be anonymous as well, but requires added steps to do so, including buying bitcoin over-the-counter (OTC). Monero makes the anonymity process simpler (although Tone Vays and his group have questioned Monero’s anonymity potential). Additionally, Monero is an interesting choice because unlike most crypto assets, Monero was built using different code than bitcoin, and its founder’s identity is also unknown, as is the case with bitcoin. Monero also has a relatively small circulating supply under 20 million. Although it does employ minor inflation over time, based on their model, making for a controversial topic. Currently at around $54 at the time of writing, Monero is at quite a discount from all-time high prices of more than $400. 3 - Ethereum (ETH) Ethereum is another somewhat obvious choice for this year. The project is still the most popular choice for building initial coin offerings (ICOs). According to an ICO report by Suicide Ventures, 87% of ICOs launched their projects on the Ethereum platform as of October last year. Ethereum is the second highest ranking crypto asset by market cap on CoinMarketCap, at the time of writing, and sits at a major discount from all-time high prices of more than $1,300. Ethereum sits at roughly $152 at time of writing. Based on price alone, buying Ethereum now roughly is equivalent to buying Ethereum back in May of 2017. A recent CoinDesk article also mentioned Ethereum’s price chart currently looks similar to bitcoin’s chart back in 2015, near the end of the last bear market. In contrast to potential price upside, however, TechCrunch wrote an interesting article last fall that described a scenario in which Ethereum’s price fell to zero, but the network still succeeded. 4 - Stellar Lumens (XLM) and Ripple’s XRP Regardless of the centralization debate (mostly regarding XRP), both XLM and XRP are making blockchain application headway in the banking sector. Ripple, in particular, has made many headlines over the last several months with its RippleNet. Just recently, RippleNet announced 13 new clients. There is a distinction between Ripple application and parties that actually use the XRP asset. That being said, of the recent 13 new institutional additions to RippleNet, five of them “will use Ripple’s digital asset, XRP, for liquidity when sending customer cross-border payments,” according to a CoinTelegraph report on the subject. It is hard to imagine XRP disappearing at this point. Although some speculate that XRP is still an unregistered security. XRP is a controversial subject when talking about ideals in crypto. Speaking from a profit perspective, however, XRP is below $0.40 at the time of writing, down from almost $4. Stellar is also partnered with powerhouse IBM, and XLM is down considerably from its all-time price high. 5 - Hedera HashGraph Hedera Hashgraph is an interesting project that has yet to hit crypto exchanges for trading. The project differs from blockchain technology. According to Hashgraph’s website, its “platform is lightning fast, fair, and secure and, unlike some blockchain-based platforms, doesn’t require compute-heavy proof-of-work.” Hashgraph is an interesting project due to its possible potential to scale, unlike many blockchain-based crypto assets which have seen substantial scaling issues thus far. According to ICODrops, Hashgraph concluded its ICO last August, fairing considerably well when taking into account 2018’s

3 days ago

Circle CEO: Crypto Will Have a Bigger Impact than the Web

The latest crypto firm to hold its own AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) session on Reddit is Goldman Sachs-backed Circle. The CEO and other members of the peer-to-peer payments company took questions from the community earlier today. Whilst largely a PR piece for the firm to lament its successes of 2018, some interesting developments at Circle were hinted at during the session. CEO, Jeremy Allaire, also stated that he fully expects crypto to have a greater impact on the humanity than the invention of the internet. Circle: Bullish on the Future of Crypto and Bitcoin’s Continued Global Rise in Importance The AMA session began with an introduction in which the Circle representatives taking part stated the firm’s 2018 achievements. It first acknowledged the launch of Circle Invest - a platform aimed at making investing in digital assets as easy as possible for inexperienced users. It then mentioned the CENTRE Consortium and its launch of the USDC stablecoin, which in its short existence has already received a full audit and hit a market capitalisation of almost $3.5 million. Finally, it touched upon the firm’s intention to acquire SeedInvest, a crowd funding platform for pre-vetted startups. After discussion about its newest product launches, the Circle AMA introduction went on to talk about the successes its existing interests had enjoyed during 2018. It stated that the OTC wing of the company, Circle Trade, had already executed over 10,000 trades worth more than $24 billion. Finally, Circle Pay and Circle Research were also acknowledged. Following the introductions, the cryptocurrency community were invited to ask questions to the team of representatives present. Amongst these were the company’s co-founders Sean Neville and Jeremy Allaire. When asked about the Circle’s “central mission”, Allaire responded at length. The CEO stated that the firm wanted to connect every person to an open financial system and that value will one day flow as freely as does information today. Allaire then touched upon what drew him to crypto originally. He stated that he had been interested in decentralised systems since the 1990s and was fascinated by their power to democratise society. This was followed by the CEO’s vision for cryptocurrency in the future: “In my view, crypto is a much more significant and disruptive innovation than the Web, and its impact on society, politics, economics, governance will be far far greater for humanity over time.” One Reddit user known as “beeef21” asked what the firm was doing to educate global regulators. Allaire responded that Circle was investing “an enormous amount” to increase crypto knowledge amongst regulators and has done since 2013: “In general, regulators are keen to learn, and we spend a lot of our time trying to get them to understand the benefits of crypto, how it actually works, etc.” The CEO went on to address what he considers to be the largest regulatory hurdle for a firm like Circle - the lack of direct guidance on how regulators like the SEC classify digital assets. According to Allaire, greater regulatory clarification could “unlock a lot of market activity.” Perhaps the most interesting question for those wondering whether there is room in crypto for multiple different coins was posted by user “jjrolls”. They asked if the Circle staff thought crypto would be more used as a store of value or a medium of exchange in 10 years time. Again, Allaire fielded this question. The CEO stated that Circle expects there to be “millions of different crypto assets” and those that serve different use cases would be able to thrive alongside those tailored for alternate purposes: “... the short-answer is that we thing [sic.] SOV [store-of-value] assets like Bitcoin will become much much larger and more broadly adopted, and that other crypto assets will be used in an incredibly broad array of everyday transactions.” Other notable topics touched upon during the AMA session including the regulatory environment surrounding privacy coins such as Monero, the return of the Poloniex “Troll Box”, and plans to allow users to buy USDC using traditional payment methods such as credit cards. Related Reading: Circle’s CEO Allaire: Every World Currency Will Soon Have a Digital Version Featured Image from Shutterstock. The post Circle CEO: Crypto Will Have a Bigger Impact than the Web appeared first on NewsBTC.

3 days ago

Esposa de um dos homens mais rico da Noruega é sequestrada e resgate é pedido na criptomoeda MONERO

Por: Livecoins Desde os principios dos tempos a mídia ignorante caracteriza as criptomoedas erroneamente como “moedas usadas somente por criminosos”. Mesmo que isso seja comprovadamente falso, as criptomoedas assim como o dinheiro “comum”, estão ligadas ao crime. Um caso de sequestro na Noruega tomou um rumo inesperado relacionado à criptomoeda. Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, de 68 anos, é a esposa de um dos homens mais ricos da Noruega, o magnata dos investimentos Tom Hagen. Ela está desaparecida desde o dia 31 de outubro, segundo a polícia norueguesa. Seu desaparecimento teria sido descoberto quando Tom Hagen chegou à residência do casal. Ele encontrou a casa vazia, com uma carta escrita em norueguês com erros ortográficos. A carta exigia que Hagen pagasse um resgate equivalente a nove milhões de euros (38 milhões de reais). A carta também instruiu Hagen a pagar o resgate usando a criptomoeda focada em privacidade Monero. O que dá 217.059 XMR na cotação da criptomoeda hoje. Embora Falkevik Hagen tenha desaparecido há mais de dois meses, o assunto só chegou ao público esta semana. Isso porque a carta dizia que Anne-Elisabeth seria assassinada se Hagen envolvesse a polícia. Então os esforços de busca pelo paradeiro de Falkevik Hagen precisavam ser realizados em sigilo. A fim de não levantar suspeitas no caso de os suspeitos de seqüestro estarem observando, a polícia norueguesa foi forçada a usar carros civis quando se deslocava na área em torno da residência do casal. Polícia pede ao público para compartilhar informações, marido não pagar resgate A polícia decidiu tornar público o desaparecimento de Anne-Elisabeth, em um esforço para receber informações públicas em potencial sobre onde ela está sendo mantida em cativeiro. Além disso, não houve sinais de vida de Anne-Elisabeth desde o dia de seu desaparecimento. A polícia norueguesa acredita que os seqüestradores suspeitos estão visando a riqueza de Tom Hagen. Hagen é a 172ª pessoa mais rica da Noruega, de acordo com a revista financeira norueguesa Kapital. Até agora, a polícia tem insistido que a família de Anne-Elisabeth não pague o resgate, nem em Monero nem em uma moeda fiduciária. O pedido de resgate a ser pago em Monero deriva da natureza anônima da criptomoeda. Ao contrário de outras criptomoedas, isso significa que o histórico de transações do Monero está oculto, impedindo que um possível resgate seja rastreado. O artigo Esposa de um dos homens mais rico da Noruega é sequestrada e resgate é pedido na criptomoeda MONERO apareceu primeiro em Livecoins.

3 days ago

Crypto Market Wrap: Gone in 60 Minutes, $8 Billion Just Dumped

Market Wrap Crypto markets have just fallen off the cliff; Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Binance Coin and Neo hurting bad. The cycle continues as yesterday’s pump turns into today’s dump. Crypto markets have again failed to hold any short term gains and are falling back once again. Total market capitalization is back below $130 billion as the cycle rinses and repeats and $8 billion gets wiped out in a mere hour or so. Bitcoin bounced off intraday highs of $4,060 twice before beating a retreat. A massive dump has just initiated as one huge red hourly candle knocked BTC back below $3,850 wiping out recent gains and resulting in over 5% declines on the day. Ethereum is in more pain shedding 8.5% back to below $140 as it too falls off the cliff and hits a new low for the week. Market cap is back below $15 billion and Ripple’s XRP is snapping at ETH’s heels again. Only losing 3.5% at the time of writing, XRP is just $100 million behind Ethereum, a re-flippening is imminent. The top ten has all been smashed in the past hour or two, all aside from Tron which is still up on the day by a good 15%. TRX briefly broke the $2 billion barrier before pulling back below it a few hours ago. Bitcoin Cash as usual has been trounced with a 11% slide back below $145, Litecoin and Bitcoin SV are both dropping 8%. The two altcoins in the top twenty getting hit over 10% right now are Binance Coin and Neo, and Monero and Ethereum Classic are not far behind. Things are that bad in the top twenty that another stablecoin has entered it, USDC is now at 19th spot as Maker and Zcash fall back. Tron is the top altcoin in the top one hundred right now, in fact it is the only one making double digits as the rest of crypto land dumps again. Yesterday’s two fomo recipients are dumping all their gains today, namely Holo and Pundi X, both shedding over 15% on the day. Total market capitalization has fallen back to $129 billion over the past hour. This is a loss of over 5.5% on the day as $8 billion exits in less than 60 minutes. Daily trade volume is at $18 billion but it is all outflow at the moment. The sideways channel is still holding up for now but gains over the past week are now digital dust. FOMO Moments is a section that takes a daily look at the top 20 cryptocurrencies during the current trading session and analyses the best-performing ones, looking for trends and possible fundamentals. The post Crypto Market Wrap: Gone in 60 Minutes, $8 Billion Just Dumped appeared first on NewsBTC.

3 days ago

Monero Top Coin For Crypto Criminals, 5% of Total Supply Lost to Malware

Cryptocurrency mining malware took over from ransomware and other forms of malware last year as the top scourge of the internet. It comes as no surprise that Monero is still the coin of choice for crypto criminals looking to pilfer resources from the unsuspecting masses. According to a new study from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and King’s College London, cyber criminals have used malware to mine 4.3% of the entire supply of XMR. “Our profit analysis reveals campaigns with multi-million earnings, associating over 4.3% of Monero with illicit mining,” the report claimed. The two researchers who conducted the study could not ascertain what proportion of this Monero has already been cashed out. They did put a figure on it though which is no small sum; “Although this depends on when criminals cash-out their earnings, we estimate that the total revenue accounts for nearly $57M USD. These measurements exceed (and complement) estimations from parallel work focused on browser-based cryptojacking,” The pair analyzed around 4.4 million malware samples over a 12 year period beginning in 2007 and identified over a million malware crypto miners. The paper cited a relatively low cost and high return as being the primary success of illicit crypto mining. It added that there was a lower threat to users and that antivirus companies have paid little attention. It added that regular changes in the proof of work algorithms could discourage criminals due to the constant need to upgrade mining software. The study revealed that a common approach to disseminating the malicious software was to use legitimate infrastructure such as Dropbox or Github. Rogue mining tools and online services were also prevalent. Bitcoin came in as the second most popular cryptocurrency to mine illegitimately but its popularity has declined over the past three years, due to an increase in hashrate and difficulty. Additionally mining Bitcoin on home computers is no longer viable so criminals switched to ASIC resistant coins such as XMR and BCN. Zcash came in third but it had a fraction of the total compared to Monero and Bitcoin. The Monero community has tried to tackle the problem but to little avail. Last year alone saw a 4000 percent increase in mining malware with the majority flowing into Monero. Even in the midst of a long bear market illicit crypto mining and browser hijacking is still evolving to evade detection and botnets are primed to take off again. Monero may be down 88% from its ATH but that has not deterred cyber criminals one bit. The post Monero Top Coin For Crypto Criminals, 5% of Total Supply Lost to Malware appeared first on Ethereum World News.

3 days ago

Altcoins Daily Preview: NEO and Monero Top Performer, Every Dip a Buying Opportunity

Latest NEO News By adding 20 percent early this week, NEO has the attention of traders. This addition is surely a ray of hope for holders who saw NEO prices drop 95 percent from 2017 peaks. Read: Russia to Buy Billions of Dollars Worth in BTC Next Month, Russian Economist Says The ecstasy is waning and with speculators clamoring for the exits at the face of extreme, market churning market conditions, NEO’s vision remain the same: powering a smart economy vision where digital assets are properly managed via smart contracts. Perhaps it’s because of this grand vision that the space is raving with commentators speculating that the resurgence of NEO prices is because of letter NEO developers at the NEO Competence Centre (NSPCC) in Saint Petersburg received with requests from reportedly from Vladimir himself for a formal collaboration. Also Read: Kraken, CoBINHOOD and Poloniex Ranked Safest Crypto Exchanges by ICORating As reported by Ethereum World News, the letter from Russian Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain (RACIB) back in November recognizes the research efforts of NSPCC. The research entity is driving adoption of NEO technologies in Russia and aside from developing a distributed storage system; NSPCC shall incubate Russian blockchain projects. According to NeoNews, NSPCC special bond with RACIB is as follows: “RACIB was formed to help establish the integration of blockchain into the Russian economy by assisting with the creation of legal frameworks, development and implementation. It also represents the interest of market participants. These goals aligned well with the initiatives of the NSPCC, which along with NEO’s emphasis on compliance made the two organizations a good fit.” NEO Price Analysis After sliding 95 percent to $5.46 by mid Dec 2018, it was only natural for NEO prices to bounce off from bear pits. They are in the progress and from a top down approach, especially in the weekly chart, there are some impressive candlestick arrangement pointing to bulls. NEO may receive a boost from fundamentals but from a technical perspective, aggressive traders can buy at spot prices as they tap the shifting, bullish sentiments. In that case, basis for higher highs are solidly from the double bar bull reversal pattern in the weekly chart. Safe stops would be at Dec 28 lows of $6.9. However, on a more conservative approach, traders should wait for a retest and break above $15. Since prices are slowing down, any close above $10 could buoy bulls and aggressive traders ramping up with targets at $15 pumping prices. Already transaction volumes are picking up hinting at underlying demand and potential uptrend towards $15 favoring short term bulls. Our short-term NEO/USD trade plan will be as follows: Buy: spot, $15 Stops: $6.9, $12 Target: $15, $25 Monero (XMR/USD) Price Analysis Unlike NEO, Monero price action is dull and consolidation inside a bull flag. Other than that XMR is bullish and for trend continuation, our trade conditions must be met. From previous XMR/USD trade plans, we said that the race to $75 is dependent on the volumes behind the rally above $60. So far, bears are yet to reverse Jan 6 gains. As we can see momentum has been made worse by drying volumes and should this slide persist and XMR drop below $50 and later $45, asset prices could retest Dec 2018 lows in a flash. On the other hand, gains above $60 confirm mid-Dec 2018 bulls and could be the grounds for $120 or Nov 2018 highs. Our Monero trade plan will be as follows: Buy: $60 Stop: $50 Target; $75, $120 All charts courtesy of Trading View—Data streams from BitFinex This is not Investment Advice. Do your Research. The post Altcoins Daily Preview: NEO and Monero Top Performer, Every Dip a Buying Opportunity appeared first on Ethereum World News.

3 days ago

Billionare’s Wife Kidnappers Demand a 9 Million Euro Monero Ransom

There are numerous correlations between cryptocurrency and criminal activity. This trend has been apparent for years and only seems to grow bolder every quarter. A group of individuals who kidnapped the wife of a wealthy Norwegian now demands a ransom in Monero. More specifically, they want to obtain 9 million euro worth of Bitcoin. A rather disturbing development for all parties involved. A Major Monero-related Kidnapping It is not uncommon for criminals to try and obtain illicit cryptocurrency payments. Whether it is through malicious software, cryptojacking, extortion, hacking, or darknet activity, all of these avenues are well-documented. What is rather unusual is how people will purposefully kidnap others simply to obtain a big Monero payment. Such a story is currently developing in Europe, where a 9 million euro Monero ransom is currently in the balance. This entire story goes back to late October 2018. Tom Hagen, a wealthy Norwegian individual, noticed his wife was kidnapped from her home near Oslo. A ransom note was left at the scene, which was written in poorly-constructed Norwegian. The culprits made it clear they were going to kill Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen unless they receive a multi-million euro payment as ransom. Additionally, that payment had to be made in Monero, the least traceable cryptocurrency on the market today. Considering how the ransom note also indicated a clear intent to do harm, an investigation was launched immediately. Police continue to advise the family not to make the payment, albeit they are no closer to bringing Ms. Hagen back home either. It remains unclear who is behind the kidnapping or where they may have taken the victim in the process. It is also the first time Norwegian officials have to deal with a cryptocurrency-related kidnapping. Some people might be wondering why no one talked about this kidnapping until this week. The Hagen family and police officials agreed it would be best to keep this story out of the press until some time had passed. As of this week, the entire story became public knowledge, which will potentially lead to some new leads for the police to investigate. Any information is more than welcome at this point. What is rather worrisome is how there has been no proof confirming the kidnapped victim is still alive at this time. While that doesn’t necessarily mean any harm has been done to her, it is something to keep in the back of one’s mind at all times. As such, an open dialog between the kidnappers between the Hagen family will need to be established first and foremost. Assuming Anne-Elizabeth is still safe, the family is willing to begin a procedure to bring her home again. The involvement of Monero will also raise a lot of questions. Although it is the least traceable cryptocurrency on the market, it would appear this currency will continue to attract the attention from criminals as well. Especially if a payment were to be made, there may be further incidents like these in the future. For now, the main focus lies on getting Anne-Elizabeth home safe and sound by any means necessary. When that may happen exactly, remains to be determined. The post Billionare’s Wife Kidnappers Demand a 9 Million Euro Monero Ransom appeared first on NullTX.

3 days ago

Altcoin Arbitrage Today: Big Profits With XMR, ZEC, XLM, ETH, XRP, Dash

In the quest to make money online with cryptocurrencies, just buying and holding is quickly becoming a less favorable approach. Given the sheer volatile nature of all markets, it is often better to look for alternative solutions to make money. Arbitrage opportunities will play an increasing role of importance in this regard. The following six currencies all have intra-exchange price gaps waiting to be taken advantage of. Monero (Bittrex / Bitfinex) Although the Monero arbitrage opportunity is visible every single day, it would appear the price gap is closing rather quickly. Whereas this trading opportunity usually yields a profit of nearly 3%, the price difference has shrunk to 2.38% as of today. That still makes it a more than worthwhile opportunity to check out under the current market circumstances. After all, any profit is better than no profit at all. ZCash (Bittrex / Bitfinex) The spitting image of the Monero arbitrage opportunity above comes in the form of ZCash. It involves the exact same exchanges and yields a profit that is nearly identical, albeit slightly higher. Users who buy ZEC on Bittrex and sell it on Bitfinex will pocket 2.42% in profit per trade, which is more than acceptable. It is also a good coin to combine with the XMR opportunity, as it involves the same trading platforms. Stellar Lumens (Kraken / KuCoin / EXMO) There are quite a few interesting XLM-related arbitrage opportunities on the market today. The XLM price on EXMO is higher than HitBTC, Gate, Kraken, KuCoin, Bitexen, Binance, Gobaba, and Cex. It is also possible to sell XLM on Bitexen or Sistmekoin by buying cheaper coins on Kraken, Binance, or KuCoin. The average profit per trade is roughly 4%, although exploring options on EXMO will yield higher potential profits compared to Bitexen. Ethereum (HitBTC / OKEx / EXMO) There are numerous Ethereum arbitrage options today, although only the more lucrative ones will be listed here. Buying ETH on HitBTC, OKEx, Poloniex, Gate, Binance, Kraken, KuCoin or Bittrex and selling the funds on EXMO will yield a minimum profit of 4.87%. Some trades will even offer gains of up to 5.73%, which makes ETH one of the more lucrative market assets to flip right now. XRP (Bitexen / Poloniex / EXMO) No one will be surprised most of the top currencies, tokens, and altcoins will benefit from the odd pricing structure maintained by the EXMO exchange. XRP Is no exception in this regard. Good money can be made from buying this asset on Bitexen, Gate, HitBTC, OKEx, Poloniex, Binance, Sistemkoin, Kraken, KuCoin, or Bittrex and flipping it on EXMO for profits of 5% and more. Combining several arbitrage opportunities involving the same exchanges is always a good way to make a fair bit of money with minimal effort. Dash (Gobaba / Bittrex / Vebitcoin) Two separate yet appealing Dash arbitrage opportunities present themselves in the early hours of January 10th. The price per Dash on Gobaba is 1.62% lower compared to Vebitcoin, which makes for a rather straightforward trade. There is also the option to buy Dash on Bittrex and sell it on Sistmekoin for a 0.92% profit. Either option is worth considering at this time, especially now that all markets have turned increasingly volatile once again. Information provided by Arbing Tool Disclaimer: This is not trading or investment advice. The above article is for entertainment and education purposes only. Please do your own research before purchasing or investing into any cryptocurrency. Image(s): Shutterstock.com The post Altcoin Arbitrage Today: Big Profits With XMR, ZEC, XLM, ETH, XRP, Dash appeared first on NullTX.

3 days ago

Monero (XMR) Price Analysis – January 10

On the 4- hour chart, the price of Monero is in a bearish trend. From the chart, the bears broke the 12-day EMA and the 26-day EMA to the low of $47 price level. It is likely the crypto's price will revisit the previous lows. Meanwhile, the stochastic bands are approaching the oversold region below the 20% range.

4 days ago

Report Finds 5% Of All Monero Mined Is Through Malware

Monero is the most popular cryptocurrency used by cryptojacking criminals due to its privacy features. According to research by Sergio Pastrana and Guillermo Suarez-Tangil from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and King’s College London, at least 4.32% of all Monero mined is through Cryptojacking. They discovered 2,218 active campaigns that have mined for 720K XMR (approx. $57 Million). Interestingly, the biggest campaign is responsible for 23% of it, or 163K XMR (approx. $18 Million). Cryptojacking has been extremely profitable for criminals due to its ease of deployment and Monero's privacy features. Monero (XMR) is priced at $53.49, losing 0.68% in the last 24 hours.

4 days ago

Tools of the Trade: Monero and Privacy Coins Are Creating More Efficient Criminals

As if the cryptocurrency space wasn’t controversial enough, the emergence of privacy-focused coins such as Monero allow an end user to cloak their identity, making the currency an ideal choice for cyber criminals. In Japan, the Financial Services Agency has banned any exchanges from listing such coins, and privacy coins in general are commonly at the forefront of regulatory discussion, primarily centered around their potential contributions to international money laundering. Monero has already earned the crown for being the cryptocurrency most frequently involved in cryptojacking cases, and now, a new report out of Norway could bring to light additional fears around Monero’s privacy-related functions. Wife of Norway’s Richest Man Held For $10M Monero Ransom Multi-millionaire real estate investor Tom Hagen is listed among Norway’s richest men, however, his wealth has unfortunately made him and his family a target for cyber criminals. Local Norwegian media outlet VG reports that Hagen’s wife, Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, age 68, is suspected to have been kidnapped by a group of criminals who are demanding a $10.3 million ransom for her safe return. The criminals are requesting the ransom only be paid in Monero, likely as a way to hide any trace of their operation so they can get away with the crime unscathed. Related Reading | US Government Aims to Make Privacy Coins’ Use Case Obsolete Hagen’s wife disappeared suddenly from the family’s Lørenskog home on October 31st, and hasn’t been seen since. Police say they’ve been on the case for “several weeks,” but “have no suspects” in the case. The criminals only communicate over the internet, and have shown no evidence of Falkevik Hagen’s well being. A note was discovered in the Hagen family’s household claiming that Falkevik Hagen would be killed if authorities became involved or if the Monero ransom wasn’t paid. Chief investigator Tommy Broeske, however, decided to “go public,” because they “need more information” to help track down the criminals and bring Falkevik Hagen home safely. Monero’s Privacy Features Leave Investigators With No Trail to Follow The case may not be as difficult for the authorities involved if it weren’t for Monero. Monero uses an obfuscated blockchain that prevents outside observers from determining the source, destination, or even the amount being sent in a transaction. As a result, investigators on the case are still left with “no suspects,” despite having assistance from Interpol and Europol, and have Hagen’s wealth behind them. Monero is quickly becoming the cryptocurrency of choice for cyber criminals. Santa Clara-based network and enterprise security company Palo Alto Networks released a report last year that suggested that roughly 5% of all Monero in circulation was mined as a result of malicious cryptojacking software, and that as much as 2% of Monero’s hashpower is derived from cryptojacking scripts. Related Reading | Crypto Mining Malware Still Abundance Despite Market Decline A branch of the United States Department of Homeland Security had already set its sights on Monero and the privacy coins, and may be working to develop tools to trace transactions on the blockchains of privacy coins. Should additional cases arise with such high profile individuals, privacy coins will eventually gain more notoriety and may eventually become banned elsewhere across the globe. The post Tools of the Trade: Monero and Privacy Coins Are Creating More Efficient Criminals appeared first on NewsBTC.

4 days ago

Tracking the rise in crypto-ransoms as Norwegian kidnappers demand payment in Monero

Kidnapping for ransom is an age-old criminal financing tool. But while such demands have traditionally been made in fiat currencies, in recent years, criminals have also been seeking their ransoms in crypto. The relative anonymity of cryptocurrencies makes it much harder for authorities to track down the perpetrators. Law enforcement can identify users’ wallets, but it is much more difficult than sourcing named bank accounts. The latest high-profile case to be reported has taken place in Norway, with the kidnapping of Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, the 68-year-old wife of a Norwegian billionaire. Her abductors have demanded $10.3 million in Monero tokens, local police confirmed Wednesday. The kidnapping occured in October but no reports had been made publicly until this week for security reasons. As of this writing, she remains missing. Monero is a currency best known for its promise of privacy as it prevents users’ transactions from being traced, unlike bitcoin. But considering the ransom demand amounts to nearly 10% of Monero’s total market cap, it would be difficult to conceal such a large transaction even in an anonymous cryptocurrency. The rise of crypto-ransoms The first mass report of a crypto-ransom appeared in January 2015 when kidnappers in Costa Rica demanded $500,000 worth of Bitcoin in exchange for the safe return of Canadian-national Ryan Piercy. A similar attack took place in Hong Kong several later. Attackers released the two victims after they received partial ransoms in crypto. As the price of bitcoin reached its peak, Pavel Lerner, manager of Bitcoin exchange Exmo, was kidnapped by a criminal group in Kiev, Ukraine on December 27th 2017. The Russian national was freed three days later in exchange for over $1 million in bitcoin, although it is unclear whether his family or employees paid it. Crypto-kidnappers have also targeted children. In May 2018, a 13-year-old boy was abducted while playing in Mpumalanga, South Africa. His attackers left a note demanding 15 bitcoin, according to the Guardian. This is thought to have been the first crypto-ransom in the country’s history. Since then, however, another local gang has demanded 5 BTC for the return of a 9-year-old girl. Police have since released the bitcoin address given by the attackers. Other high-profile attacks include 65-year-old Cape Town business tycoon Liyaqat Parker, who was seized from his car in September 2018. His attackers allegedly demanded 50 Bitcoins in ransom, and he was released two months later. Whether the ransom was paid remains unknown as his family has declined to comment, CCN writes. Perhaps not surprisingly, London-based Control Risks, a consultancy specializing in political, security and integrity risk, has recorded a year-on-year increase in the number of reported crypto-related kidnaps. “In 2017, we recorded an average of two cryptocurrency related cases every quarter; however, in the first half of 2018 this average rose slightly, to a case per month,” they wrote in a blog post. They also reported that at least 12 countries have suffered from crypto-ransom kidnaps, including the US, India, and Brazil. Despite its recent proliferation, Control Risks said that crypto-ransom is likely to remain a limited trend for now, as kidnappers need “technical sophistication and are unlikely to move with any haste towards demanding crypto-ransom.” Indeed, according to Control Risks, “several high-profile cases involving crypto-ransoms have ended in the prosecution of the perpetrators.” Image credit: Shutterstock/Mark Agnor The post Tracking the rise in crypto-ransoms as Norwegian kidnappers demand payment in Monero appeared first on The Block.

4 days ago

Tracking the rise in crypto-ransoms as Norway faces its first kidnapping

Kidnapping for ransom is an age-old criminal financing tool. But while such demands have traditionally been made in fiat currencies, in recent years, criminals have also been seeking their ransoms in crypto. The relative anonymity of cryptocurrencies makes it much harder for authorities to track down the perpetrators. Law enforcement can identify users’ wallets, but it is much more difficult than sourcing named bank accounts. The latest high-profile case to be reported has taken place in Norway, with the kidnapping of Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, the 68-year-old wife of a Norwegian billionaire. Her abductors have demanded $10.3 million in Monero tokens, local police confirmed Wednesday. The kidnapping occured in October but no reports had been made publicly until this week for security reasons. As of this writing, she remains missing. Monero is a currency best known for its promise of privacy as it prevents users’ transactions from being traced, unlike bitcoin. But considering the ransom demand amounts to nearly 10% of Monero’s total market cap, it would be difficult to conceal such a large transaction even in an anonymous cryptocurrency. The rise of crypto-ransoms The first mass report of a crypto-ransom appeared in January 2015 when kidnappers in Costa Rica demanded $500,000 worth of Bitcoin in exchange for the safe return of Canadian-national Ryan Piercy. A similar attack took place in Hong Kong several later. Attackers released the two victims after they received partial ransoms in crypto. As the price of bitcoin reached its peak, Pavel Lerner, manager of Bitcoin exchange Exmo, was kidnapped by a criminal group in Kiev, Ukraine on December 27th 2017. The Russian national was freed three days later in exchange for over $1 million in bitcoin, although it is unclear whether his family or employees paid it. Crypto-kidnappers have also targeted children. In May 2018, a 13-year-old boy was abducted while playing in Mpumalanga, South Africa. His attackers left a note demanding 15 bitcoin, according to the Guardian. This is thought to have been the first crypto-ransom in the country’s history. Since then, however, another local gang has demanded 5 BTC for the return of a 9-year-old girl. Police have since released the bitcoin address given by the attackers. Other high-profile attacks include 65-year-old Cape Town business tycoon Liyaqat Parker, who was seized from his car in September 2018. His attackers allegedly demanded 50 Bitcoins in ransom, and he was released two months later. Whether the ransom was paid remains unknown as his family has declined to comment, CCN writes. Perhaps not surprisingly, London-based Control Risks, a consultancy specializing in political, security and integrity risk, has recorded a year-on-year increase in the number of reported crypto-related kidnaps. “In 2017, we recorded an average of two cryptocurrency related cases every quarter; however, in the first half of 2018 this average rose slightly, to a case per month,” they wrote in a blog post. They also reported that at least 12 countries have suffered from crypto-ransom kidnaps, including the US, India, and Brazil. Despite its recent proliferation, Control Risks said that crypto-ransom is likely to remain a limited trend for now, as kidnappers need “technical sophistication and are unlikely to move with any haste towards demanding crypto-ransom.” Indeed, according to Control Risks, “several high-profile cases involving crypto-ransoms have ended in the prosecution of the perpetrators.” Image credit: Shutterstock/Mark Agnor The post Tracking the rise in crypto-ransoms as Norway faces its first kidnapping appeared first on The Block.

4 days ago

Kidnappers Demand $10M in Monero Ransom for Norwegian Millionaire’s Wife

The wife of one of the wealthiest men in Norway has been missing and is allegedly a victim of kidnappers. The perpetrators have reportedly demanded the ransom to be paid in Monero (XMR). $10M in Monero for Ransom Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hage is the wife of Tom Hagen - one of the richest men in Norway. She has been missing since late October in 2018 and the police fears that she’s fallen victim to a kidnapping. According to a local newspaper Romerikes Blad, someone who is claiming to be the kidnapper of Anne has requested a ransom in the staggering amount of 9 million euros or a little bit more than $10 million to release the woman. The alleged ransom is as high due to the wealth of Anne’s husband - Tom. He is reported to have an estimated fortune of about $200 million, which is roughly around 1,7 billion Norwegian krone. This makes him the 172nd richest man in the country. His fortunes are reportedly coming from electricity speculation. The kidnapper has supposedly requested for the ransom to be paid with Monero (XMR). 1% of Monero’s Market Cap Interestingly enough, the demanded ransom represents a little bit more than 1 percent of the cryptocurrency’s total market capitalization. According to CoinMarketCap, XMR is currently sitting on a market cap of about $900 million - a far cry from its all-time high of near $5 billion at the beginning of 2018. XMR is widely regarded as one of the most private and anonymous cryptocurrencies. Perhaps that’s the reason for which the kidnapper has supposedly requested the ransom to be paid using it in particular. Some government officials have expressed their concerns regarding cryptocurrency-related crime. Live Bitcoin News reported that the City of London Police is exploring ways to educate fraud investigators on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and how they can be used for illicit activities. What do you think about the case of the kidnapped millionaire’s wife and the Monero ransom? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below! Images courtesy of Shutterstock The post Kidnappers Demand $10M in Monero Ransom for Norwegian Millionaire’s Wife appeared first on Live Bitcoin News.

4 days ago

Crypto Market Update Jan.9: Bitcoin Consolidates Around $4000, Altcoins in Green

So far, 2019 had been positive for the Crypto market as the bears have taken a break, and since the beginning of the year, Bitcoin has tried to stabilize around the $4,000 level. Most of the Altcoins had a green week when Ethereum returned to its usual second place in the top market cap list. However, the competition with Ripple is still very tight. Tron had a great week, gaining around 40%. As long as Bitcoin remains stable, investors seem to feel comfortable investing in Altcoins, following the 80-95% drops in value seen in 2018. Interesting examples are Ripple, which has risen more than 100% from its floor of around 4,000 sushi, and Ethereum, which is currently trading around 0.037 BTC after reaching an annual low at around the 0.024 level. As mentioned previously, 2019 is smiling on crypto. However, the gains are not enough to attract new players and investors. The market is still under correction for the 2018 bear market, and it’s too early to declare a reversal. Total Market Cap $137 Billion | Dominance 51.5% in favor of Bitcoin. Crypto News You Can Now Use Crypto to Purchase Nasdaq Tokenized Stocks. Good news for crypto investors as they can now buy tech-heavy Nasdaq digital stocks and other top US stocks, courtesy of DX.Exchange, a newly launched regulated crypto exchange. Binance Launchpad is Back: A New Era For ICOs? A new era is set to begin for blockchain projects after the world’s largest crypto exchange, Binance, reportedly announced that it is introducing a Binance Launchpad platform to help raise funds for new projects every month. Overstock to Become the First Major US Corporation to Pay Taxes with Bitcoin. Barely two months after US state Ohio enabled Bitcoin taxes, Overstock, a popular online retailer, says it will be the first major corporation in the state to pay part of its taxes with BTC next month. The USA is (Currently) Not The Perfect Location For Crypto Businesses: Kraken Sees 300% Increase in the Law Enforcement Requests Received in 2018. Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has revealed that the United State is not favorable for crypto-related companies after receiving more than 470 requests from different US law enforcement agencies in 2018. The 51% Attack on Ethereum Classic (ETC): Coinbase States $450k in Double Spending while ETC Denies. US-based crypto exchange Coinbase has stated that it detected $450,000 of double spending after investigations into the 51% attack on the Ethereum Classic blockchain, which led to the hijacking of about $1.1 million worth of ETC. ASIC Cracks Down on Australian BitConnect Promoter Whose Wife Went Missing. The Australian financial watchdog has busted one of the biggest promoters of a popular Bitcoin Ponzi scheme BitConnect, freezing his assets and making sure he does not leave the country For more news, visit our Crypto News section. Charts This week we have chart analysis of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Monero - Read more here. The post Crypto Market Update Jan.9: Bitcoin Consolidates Around $4000, Altcoins in Green appeared first on CryptoPotato.

4 days ago

Tracking the rise in crypto-ransoms as Norway faces its first attack

Kidnapping for ransom is an age-old criminal financing tool. But while such demands have traditionally been made in fiat currencies, in recent years, criminals have also been seeking their ransoms in crypto. The relative anonymity of cryptocurrencies makes it much harder for authorities to track down the perpetrators. Law enforcement can identify users’ wallets, but it is much more difficult than sourcing named bank accounts. The latest high-profile case to be reported has taken place in Norway, with the kidnapping of Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, the 68-year-old wife of a Norwegian billionaire. Her abductors have demanded $10.3 million in Monero tokens, local police confirmed Wednesday. The kidnapping occured in October but no reports had been made publicly until this week for security reasons. As of this writing, she remains missing. Monero is a currency best known for its promise of privacy as it prevents users’ transactions from being traced, unlike bitcoin. But considering the ransom demand amounts to nearly 10% of Monero’s total market cap, it would be difficult to conceal such a large transaction even in an anonymous cryptocurrency. The rise of crypto-ransoms The first mass report of a crypto-ransom appeared in January 2015 when kidnappers in Costa Rica demanded $500,000 worth of Bitcoin in exchange for the safe return of Canadian-national Ryan Piercy. A similar attack took place in Hong Kong several later. Attackers released the two victims after they received partial ransoms in crypto. As the price of bitcoin reached its peak, Pavel Lerner, manager of Bitcoin exchange Exmo, was kidnapped by a criminal group in Kiev, Ukraine on December 27th 2017. The Russian national was freed three days later in exchange for over $1 million in bitcoin, although it is unclear whether his family or employees paid it. Crypto-kidnappers have also targeted children. In May 2018, a 13-year-old boy was abducted while playing in Mpumalanga, South Africa. His attackers left a note demanding 15 bitcoin, according to the Guardian. This is thought to have been the first crypto-ransom in the country’s history. Since then, however, another local gang has demanded 5 BTC for the return of a 9-year-old girl. Police have since released the bitcoin address given by the attackers. Other high-profile attacks include 65-year-old Cape Town business tycoon Liyaqat Parker, who was seized from his car in September 2018. His attackers allegedly demanded 50 Bitcoins in ransom, and he was released two months later. Whether the ransom was paid remains unknown as his family has declined to comment, CCN writes. Perhaps not surprisingly, London-based Control Risks, a consultancy specializing in political, security and integrity risk, has recorded a year-on-year increase in the number of reported crypto-related kidnaps. “In 2017, we recorded an average of two cryptocurrency related cases every quarter; however, in the first half of 2018 this average rose slightly, to a case per month,” they wrote in a blog post. They also reported that at least 12 countries have suffered from crypto-ransom kidnaps, including the US, India, and Brazil. Despite its recent proliferation, Control Risks said that crypto-ransom is likely to remain a limited trend for now, as kidnappers need “technical sophistication and are unlikely to move with any haste towards demanding crypto-ransom.” Indeed, according to Control Risks, “several high-profile cases involving crypto-ransoms have ended in the prosecution of the perpetrators.” Image credit: Shutterstock/Mark Agnor The post Tracking the rise in crypto-ransoms as Norway faces its first attack appeared first on The Block.

4 days ago

Weekly Price Analysis Overview Jan.9: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Monero

Bitcoin This week the price had a reversal around the $3,600 support level, which was marked on our previous market update. After breaking the resistance at $3,900, there was an attempt to breach the previous resistance at $4,100 which rejected. It’s still too early to determine, but it appears that a bullish flag is being formed on the chart. The next resistance is at $4,300, and support is around $3,900. var tradingview_embed_options = {}; tradingview_embed_options.width = '100%'; tradingview_embed_options.height = '475'; tradingview_embed_options.chart = '3btzuYzV'; new TradingView.chart(tradingview_embed_options); Ethereum Against the dollar, it is on the rise from the low at the end of 2018. Fibonacci retracement levels can be seen on the following charts: resistance around $160 and support is around $140 for the short-term. var tradingview_embed_options = {}; tradingview_embed_options.width = '100%'; tradingview_embed_options.height = '475'; tradingview_embed_options.chart = 'REVeYvLg'; new TradingView.chart(tradingview_embed_options); Against Bitcoin, all Fibonacci levels have been breached, and the next obstacle is the tough resistance around 0.041 BTC which was tested days ago. If the resistance is breached up, the next level is 0.05 BTC. Support lies at 0.036BTC. var tradingview_embed_options = {}; tradingview_embed_options.width = '100%'; tradingview_embed_options.height = '475'; tradingview_embed_options.chart = '5oLR0mRm'; new TradingView.chart(tradingview_embed_options); Bitcoin Cash Bitcoin Cash ABC Against the dollar, traded around $156. Support is at $150. In the short term, resistance is at $170. The coin slightly stabilized after a correction from $230. Since December, there has been a sharp rise, correction down, and stabilization. var tradingview_embed_options = {}; tradingview_embed_options.width = '100%'; tradingview_embed_options.height = '475'; tradingview_embed_options.chart = 'd1oAFmLH'; new TradingView.chart(tradingview_embed_options); Against Bitcoin, the 0.039 BTC level the coin is traded around looks like a support area. Resistance lies at the 0.044 BTC level. var tradingview_embed_options = {}; tradingview_embed_options.width = '100%'; tradingview_embed_options.height = '475'; tradingview_embed_options.chart = 'Z2UqTsSE'; new TradingView.chart(tradingview_embed_options); Bitcoin Cash BSV Against the dollar, traded around the support level as marked on the following chart. It appears that the price stabilized after being supported around the $80 level. In the short term, resistance lies at $92. var tradingview_embed_options = {}; tradingview_embed_options.width = '100%'; tradingview_embed_options.height = '475'; tradingview_embed_options.chart = 'nr1h32M8'; new TradingView.chart(tradingview_embed_options); Against Bitcoin, it seems that BSV is less stable after three attempts to break above 0.032 BTC failed, and the trend seems to have turned bearish. Buyers have weakened, and BSV seems to be heading for support. Meanwhile, holding around 0.021 BTC, Resistance level is at 0.024 BTC. var tradingview_embed_options = {}; tradingview_embed_options.width = '100%'; tradingview_embed_options.height = '475'; tradingview_embed_options.chart = 'TpcXKWjX'; new TradingView.chart(tradingview_embed_options); Monero Against the dollar, a recent rise from $ 37 to $ 57. Then, a correction that found support around $42 which gave confidence to XMR for a second try to break up and re-test resistance again. var tradingview_embed_options = {}; tradingview_embed_options.width = '100%'; tradingview_embed_options.height = '475'; tradingview_embed_options.chart = 'Q1gyHLsZ'; new TradingView.chart(tradingview_embed_options); Against Bitcoin, a nice increase in trading volume strengthens the support level around the 0.012 BTC. Since January there were two failed attempts to break through the resistance at 0.014 BTC. var tradingview_embed_options = {}; tradingview_embed_options.width = '100%'; tradingview_embed_options.height = '475'; tradingview_embed_options.chart = '7BMwTVsU'; new TradingView.chart(tradingview_embed_options); The post Weekly Price Analysis Overview Jan.9: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Monero appeared first on CryptoPotato.

4 days ago

Kidnappers Ask for 9 Million Euros in Monero [XMR] as Ransom for Norwegian Billionaire’s Wife

Local news outlet Vg.com reported that 68-year-old Anne-Elisabeth, the wife of a Norwegian billionaire went missing from her home at Fjellhamar on October 31. The police suspect that she has been kidnapped after the alleged kidnappers asked for a 9-million-euro ransom. The kidnappers want the sum to be paid in Monero (XMR), a privacy-oriented coin. Police Reveal the Details The police have worked on a top-secret operation to find Anne-Elisabeth for 10 weeks but decided to release the fact that she is missing only now publicly. The police said that they waited for this long to avoid threats to the life and health of Falkevik Hagen if the news went public. Vg.com also reported that there has not been a “single sign of life from the woman” during the months she has been missing. Apart from Kripos and Okokrim police, Interpol and Europol have also been involved in the search. The Director of Public Prosecutions was also informed of her disappearance. Many Norwegian media outlets also knew of the story but were requested not to publish until the police advised them to do so. Attorney General Tor-Aksel Busch, who also knew of the disappearance at an early stage, declined to comment. According to the police, the woman was kidnapped from her home, and there were no signs of burglary. No video surveillance footage could help the police either. However, they suspect that she was likely attacked in the bathroom. Ransom Messages Ask for Monero VG also reported that the kidnappers have asked for a ransom in Monero, a privacy-oriented cryptocurrency that has been notorious for its association with criminals. Monero’s algorithm doesn’t allow the sender and receiver of the funds to be identified and makes the transaction obscure. The ransom notes were also sent in coded messages, and the alleged kidnappers didn’t want the police’s involvement in the matter. The police had to use false signs on cars when driving to the house. After an investigation of the home, they have reported a critical lack of tracks to follow. VG called on any members of the public who may have information on the matter to contact their Journalists. Kidnappers Ask for 9 Million Euros in Monero [XMR] as Ransom for Norwegian Billionaire’s Wife was originally found on Cryptocurrency News | Blockchain News | Bitcoin News | blokt.com.

4 days ago

$10 million in Monero [XMR] demanded by kidnappers as ransom in Norway

Monero [XMR], a popular privacy coin in the market, is in the limelight as the cryptocurrency is demanded as ransom by kidnappers in Norway. According to the local newspaper, VG, Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, wife of one of Norway’s richest men, Tom Hagen, went missing over ten weeks ago, since October 31, 2018. The kidnappers are demanding nine million euros [$10 million] in the cryptocurrency, Monero. The estimated value of the family is estimated to be around $199 million, and are listed as the 172nd richest family in the country by Norway’s financial Magazine, Kapital. The demand is also one of the reasons for the police to believe that this could be a kidnapping case. The police have been working on this case for a long duration as one of their top secret operations. This is mainly due to concerns regarding the safety of Falkevik Hagen’s life and health. To add on, since the disappearance of Falkevik Hagen, the police have not found any evidence with respect to her safety, according to the reports. The police decided to go public with the case after ten weeks because they wanted more information pertaining the case. They believe that the kidnapping took place at the victim’s house, one of their theories being her abduction from the bathroom. Moreover, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement [Europol] and the International Criminal Police Organization [Interpol] have been informed of the case and are currently involved in it with the police. Tommy Broeske, a Police Inspector said that, at present, their goal is to find the missing woman “alive and reunite her with the family”. He said: “There has been demand for ransom, and serious threats have been made in this case. As things now stand, we advise the family not to pay.” Joaeahina, a Redditor said: “That’s 1% of Monero’s entire marketcap. I hope the kidnappers get caught (not through blockchain analysis but through traditional police work).” Zenb0y, a Reddit user said: “Bitcoin survived silkroad publicity, Monero will survive this kind of happenings. Actually criminals are always early adopters of technology to stay ahead. Look at minicalls, mobile phones, internet etc. Hope they get caught and that the victim will be in good health!” The post $10 million in Monero [XMR] demanded by kidnappers as ransom in Norway appeared first on AMBCrypto.

4 days ago

Kidnappers Demand 9 Million Euros In Monero For Missing Norwegian Millionaire

68-year old Norwegian millionaire Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen has been missing since October 31st. Since the investigation has led nowhere, the police have made some details public. Her husband Tom Hagen, Norway's 172nd richest man found a threat note demanding 9 Million Euros in Monero as ransom. The note also claimed that Anne-Elisabeth would be murdered if the police got involved. There are no signs of life or further communication from the kidnappers. The Interpol and Europol, along with the Norwegian police are investigating the case right now. (VS)

5 days ago

MimbleWimble: History, Technology, and the Mining Industry

A historical overview of MimbleWimble, Grin, & BEAM MimbleWimble, a blockchain protocol focused on fungibility, privacy, and scalability, was released in the wild in July 2016 on IRC channel #bitcoin-wizards by pseudonymous Tom Elvis Jedusor. The paper proposed a novel way of combining transactions to improve the privacy features in a public blockchain. Jedusor’s paper was built on the work of another anonymously posted paper from 2013 using one-way aggregate signatures (OWAS), which required a novel cryptographic primitive, pairing crypto, which wasn’t well trusted in academia. It also drew inspiration from Confidential Transactions and CoinJoin, two privacy proposals by Bitcoin Core developer Gregory Maxwell. The original MimbleWimble paper used the same elliptic curve cryptography Bitcoin uses, catching the attention of many Bitcoin researchers including Andrew Poelstra, a mathematician and applied cryptographer at Blockstream, who further improved on the MimbleWimble white paper, releasing a “precise” version in October 2016. Poelstra’s work has long been focused on privacy, having worked on Confidential Transactions and scriptless scripts in Bitcoin. Originally, it was envisioned that MimbleWimble could either be integrated as an upgrade to Bitcoin or exist as a sidechain, but Pieter Wuille, co-founder of Blockstream and a Bitcoin Core developer, clarified some of the challenges to integrating it as a backwards-compatible change on a 2016 podcast: “Introducing mimblewimble into bitcoin in a backwards-compatible way would be a difficult exercise. It may not be impossible, but it would be hard. I think the way if people were experimenting with this, I would expect it to be an experimental separate chain or sidechain. In a sidechain we would not introduce a new cryptocurrency but it would be a separate chain. There are some downsides to mimblewimble. In particular, it does not have a scripting language...a scripting language is very neat to play with, but it has a privacy downside. Mimblewimble takes this to the other side where you have very good privacy but at the expense of no other features any more.” The trade-off made by MimbleWimble excludes an expressive scripting language, which allows for innovations such as payment channels (e.g., the Lightning Network) and cross-chain atomic swaps, both of which launched in Bitcoin in 2017. Since then, two separate implementations of the MimbleWimble protocol have emerged, both with different considerations around community, ethos, funding, and technical details. The first implementation, Grin, which has become synonymous with MimbleWimble, was released just a few days after Poelsta’s position paper. Pseudonymous Ignotus Peverell, the original owner of Harry’s invisibility cloak, created the Github project ignopeverell/grin, where he provided a partial implementation of the protocol written in Rust, in addition to posting his vision for the project’s ethos. In March 2017, Peverell posted a technical introduction to Grin and MimbleWimble (as the name is now stylized), which serves as the principle reference to the protocol’s specification today. To date, the project is still maintained by a group of mostly anonymous developers, several of whom have taken on Harry Potter pseudonyms in line with the original ethos of the project (including Luna Lovegood, Seamus Finnigan, and Percy Weasley). The first Grin testnet was launched in November 2017 and the project is currently on testnet 4, which is believed to be the last before the project’s mainnet launch. The second implementation, BEAM, is a project started in March 2018 and was formally announced on the one year anniversary of the original Mimblewimble paper release. BEAM was presented in a separate white paper (along with a fully functional mining node and wallet client) and took on a more formal structure similar to Zcash, in stark contrast to Grin’s anarchic, open-source ethos. The BEAM team is led by CEO Alexander Zaidelson, an Israeli entrepreneur. With a defined management/engineering team, pre-sale, a formal foundation, and founder’s tax, BEAM took a very different approach to present a competitive alternative to Grin in the market. In addition to creating the formal structure around the project, the BEAM team made different technical choices to Grin, including decisions related to the monetary policy and hashing algorithm (which are explored below). BEAM launched in early January 2019 with a significant lead on hash-rate. Understanding Bitcoin’s UTXO model and cryptographic primitives Note: This, by no means serves as a comprehensive introduction to Bitcoin or cryptography, but provides enough context such that the uninformed reader should be able to follow along. From the earliest days, privacy and fungibility have been core concerns of Bitcoin users. Through complex network analysis and blockchain analysis, Bitcoin has seen many attempts to de-anonymize transactions. While cryptocurrencies have emerge

5 days ago

Monero Payment Option on Fortnite was “Accident”

Tim Sweeney, the Founder of Epic Games, has revealed in a tweet that the Monero payment gateway previously reported to have been set up on a Fortnite merchandise store, was “accidental”. Actually, Fortnite’s brief foray into crypto was accidental. We worked with a partner to open a merchandise store, and somewhere along the way Monero payment was enabled.https://t.co/vzmSCMey3T — Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) January 6, 2019 This came two days after it was reported that Retail Row, an official Fortnite merchandise store, had implemented a payment option for the anonymous cryptocurrency Monero. The would-be moment of mainstream adoption for the crypto, it turns out, was actually a bit of a blunder. Too early Without dismissing the technology entirely, Sweeney commented further in his Tweets, describing many of the companies staff as “big fans” of the decentralized technology that underpins cryptocurrencies. However, he adds: “A lot more work is needed on volatility and fraud-proofing before bringing it to such a broad audience that includes younger gamers.” Additionally, he goes on to dispel and rumors by saying that Epic Games has no partnerships or future partnerships in place with cryptocurrency firms, adding: “We do read lots of papers and talk to smart people to learn more in anticipation of an eventual intercept.” Follow BitcoinNews.com on Twitter: @bitcoinnewscom Telegram Alerts from BitcoinNews.com: https://t.me/bconews Want to advertise or get published on BitcoinNews.com? - View our Media Kit PDF here. Image Courtesy: BitcoinNews.com The post Monero Payment Option on Fortnite was “Accident” appeared first on BitcoinNews.com.

6 days ago

Fortnite Accepting Monero Was An Accident

The news broke out last week that the merchandise store of popular game Fortnite started accepting Monero. However, according to Tim Sweeney, the game’s company chief, it was an accident and has now been fixed. He said they're fans of decentralized technologies and cryptocurrencies. However, he said stability and fraud-proofing are needed before introducing it to a larger audience that includes young gamers. Crypto enthusiasts will not be able to use their Monero on Fortnite merchandise store now. Monero (XMR) is priced at $53.17, gaining 0.57% in the last 24 hours. (VS)

6 days ago

January Cryptocurrency Predictions Report: Nearly all coins expected to fall, with the exception of Stellar and Cardano

Price comparison site finder.com releases January Cryptocurrency Predictions Survey including forecasts for the end of 2019, 11 coins forecast Nearly all coins expected to fall by February 1, 2019 TRON (TRX), Dogecoin (DOGE) and Litecoin (LTC) to experience biggest drops Stellar (XLM) and Cardano (ADA) are the only coins predicted to increase this month Bitcoin (BTC), Cardano (ADA), and Stellar (XLM) top coins picked for 2019 The experts on personal finance comparison site finder.com’s latest monthly Cryptocurrency Predictions Survey have shared their 2019 forecasts for eight of the top 10 coins by market cap, as well as the top three trending coins, Monero, Dogecoin and NEO. Nearly all coins are expected to fall over the next month, with the exception of Cardano and Stellar, which are expected to increase by 43 percent and 84 percent, respectively. TRON, Dogecoin, and Litecoin are set to experience the greatest drops by February 1, 2019, with forecasted falls of 52 percent, 47 percent, and 35 percent, respectively. While nearly all coins are predicted to decrease over the next month, five of these falling coins are anticipated to recover over the next year. This means that over the course of the year a total of seven coins are predicted to increase in value. The coins predicted to see the greatest growth in 2019 are Stellar, Cardano, and bitcoin, with forecasted growth of 260 percent, 91 percent, and 84 percent, respectively. Bitcoin is splitting opinion among the panellists, with a predicted decrease in value of seven percent this month. However, the panellists expect the coin to recover to US$6,947 by years-end. Alisa Gul, CEO of WishKnish, believes the fact that “the bearish pressure on the global stock market doesn’t seem to have a lasting effect [on price], as does the easing of the difficulty of the validating algorithm” means that “it’s hard right now to see much of a light at the end of this tunnel.” However, Joe Raczynski of JoeTechnologist gives some cause for optimism. While he notes that “Many of the institutional players have said they are done with this experiment (publicly)”, this could be a temporary stance because “if there are any dramatic shifts with the economy (the expectation is slightly more likely than not), bitcoin will be a safe haven”. The six panellists in the December Cryptocurrency Predictions Report include: Craig Cobb: Founder of TraderCobb.com, designed to educate people on crypto trading in a way that is simple, easy and logical Alisa Gus: CEO of WishKnish, a blockchain gamified social market network aimed at helping communities grow, and founding member of the DC Digital Economy Hub Fred Schebesta: Co-founder of global comparison site finder.com and OTC cryptocurrency trading platform HiveEx.com Jimmy Song: Bitcoin core developer, educator and entrepreneur. He is venture partner at Blockchain Capital LLC and teaches bitcoin and blockchain programming at Programming Blockchain Ben Ritchie: COO of Digital Capital Management, a premium digital asset fund. He is also CEO of consulting service Bitcoin Advisors Joseph Raczynski: Experienced technology consultant and manager specialising in blockchain technology, he specialises in AI, cybersecurity and legal technology. The full details of the survey, complete with comments from the panellists, can be found here: https://www.finder.com/uk/cryptocurrency-predictions Jon Ostler, UK CEO at finder.com says, “December surprised quite a few people, with a lot of coins rising fairly consistently. This has continued to be the case so far in January, although our panellists don’t expect this trend to last for all coins. Past experience in this sector also reminds us that a month of gradual price movements can change in a matter of hours. “It is important that people are aware of the volatile nature of cryptocurrencies. When considering the purchase of cryptocurrency, people should always be prepared to do their own research and decide what’s right based on their personal financial circumstances.” For more information on finder’s cryptocurrency predictions, please visit https://www.finder.com/uk/cryptocurrency-predictions. Image(s): Martha Kraft/Shutterstock.com The post January Cryptocurrency Predictions Report: Nearly all coins expected to fall, with the exception of Stellar and Cardano appeared first on NullTX.

6 days ago

Altcoin Arbitrage Today: XRP, EOS, XLM, LTC, Dash, XMR

Every day is a new opportunity to make good money in the cryptocurrency industry. Although most people might not feel comfortable with buying and holding currencies, arbitrage trading them involves a bit less risk. It is also subject to a lot of healthy profits at any given time, depending on which currency one flips on specific exchanges. Today offers some good opportunities to make quick money as well. Monero (Bittrex / Bitfinex) Slowly but surely, it becomes more apparent virtually no one is taking advantage of the Monero price gap present between Bittrex and Bitfinex. Every single day, this same opportunity pops up with nearly identical profits waiting to be taken. Buying XMR on Bittrex and selling it on Bitfinex wills till yield a near 3% profit for virtually no effort involved. It is one of the easiest ways to make with cryptocurrency at this time, even though Monero doesn’t always generate a lot of liquidity either. Dash (Koineks / Cex / Sistemkoin) As has become somewhat of the new normal in the cryptocurrency arbitrage world, privacy-oriented altcoins usually have exploitable price gaps between exchanges on the same day. In today’s edition, Dash makes a surprising return in the arbitrage list. Its price on Cex, Koineks, and Bittrex is lower compared to Sistemkoin. Potential profits range anywhere from 0.84% all the way up to 2.89%. EOS (Paribu / Bitfinex) Being able to flip cryptocurrencies on bigger exchanges for a profit is always a favorable option. For users who are interested in exploring the EOS price gap between Paribu and Bitfinex, there is some good money to be made in the coming hours. This price gap can yield an average profit of 1.6% per trade, which is a more than respectable figure at this time. XLM (Paribu / Binance / EXMO) A few interesting XLM-related arbitrage opportunities have become apparent in the past few hours. More specifically, there is a lower price on Paribu compared to Cex, resulting in a potential 0.78% profit. There is also a lower price on Binance and KuCoin compared to EXMO, which can yield a 1.05% profit in the process. All of these options offer an appealing option, especially when considering how most markets remain bearish. Litecoin (Koineks / VeBitcoin / Bitfinex) Selling Litecoin on Bitfinex appears to be more lucrative compared to most other exchanges as of right now. The LTC price on Bitfinex is much higher compared to Koineks, Vebitcoin, Bittrex, Bitstamp, Paribu, Koinim, or BtcTurk. Users can expect an average profit of nearly 1.9%. This is a pretty interesting opportunity to take advantage of, as Litecoin has recently shown some very bullish signs. As such, the demand is potentially higher compared to other days. XRP (Binance / OKEx / EXMO) When trying to flip XRP for a profit, there are plenty of options to choose from as of today. Prices on both EXMO and Bitfinex are significantly higher compared to Binance, KuCoin, HitBTC, OKEx, Cex, Bittrex, Bitstamp, Paribu, and BtcTurk. As such, sourcing liquidity from any of the latter exchanges should yield a profit when selling on either Bitfinex or EXMO. The current average profit is roughly 1.7%, although that figure is bound to fluctuate throughout the day. Information provided by Arbing Tool Disclaimer: This is not trading or investment advice. The above article is for entertainment and education purposes only. Please do your own research before purchasing or investing into any cryptocurrency. Image(s): Shutterstock The post Altcoin Arbitrage Today: XRP, EOS, XLM, LTC, Dash, XMR appeared first on NullTX.

6 days ago

No, Fortnite’s Retail Row is not accepting Monero after all

Monero was recently broadcast as the exclusive cryptocurrency for popular video game Fortnite merchandise sales. However, this has been confirmed to be an accident by Tim Sweeney the game’s company chief: Actually, Fortnite’s brief foray into crypto was accidental. We worked with a partner to open a merchandise store, and somewhere along the way Monero payment was enabled.https://t.co/vzmSCMey3T — Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) January 6, 2019 Retail Row, the retail store catering for Fortnite merchandise, was allowing Monero as an accepted tender for payment for products on the site. Although this was good news for the cryptocurrency industry, Sweeney admits that it was unintentional. Sweeney, who works for the developer company of Fortnite Epic Games, tweeted: “Many of us at Epic are big fans of the decentralized computing tech underlying cryptocurrency, however a lot more work is needed on volatility and fraud-proofing before bringing it to such a broad audience that includes younger gamers.” At the time of the accidental announcement, Monero lead developer Richard Spagni tweeted about the news: Too cool: the Fortnite merch store (https://t.co/KNL4IFCFHk) lets you pay in Monero, so now you can purchase that sweet Durrr Burger onesie without your friends / family / coworkers judging you. https://t.co/XYs1NjGvGp — Riccardo Spagni (@fluffypony) January 1, 2019 As it stands, adoption is not present for cryptocurrency at Retail Row. For now, gamers will have to fork out their cash or credit for the game’s merch. Sweeney’s sentiments, though, make it seem as though it is a concept which could well be on its way. The post No, Fortnite’s Retail Row is not accepting Monero after all appeared first on Coin Insider.

6 days ago

Fortnite’s brief foray into Monero [XMR] was ‘accidental’, says Epic Games founder

Tim Sweeney, an American computer game programmer and a founder of Epic Games, tweeted saying that Fortnite and Epic Games still don’t have any connections or partnerships to accept cryptocurrencies and that there is still a lot of work to be done before that becomes a reality. Tim Sweeney tweeted out saying that this was false and that Epic or Fortnite is not connected to Monero. He tweeted: “Actually, Fortnite’s brief foray into crypto was accidental. We worked with a partner to open a merchandise store, and somewhere along the way Monero payment was enabled.” Moreover, Sweeney said that the folks at Epic Games and Fortnite were huge fans of “decentralized computing” and its underlying technology. He also added that the Fortnite audience includes a younger audience, and since cryptocurrencies are very volatile, there was a lot of work that was needed to be put into making cryptocurrencies as a form of payment for the staggering amount of audience that Epic Games and Fortnite bring to the table. Furthermore, he added: “Googling this, there’s quite a rumor mill out there. No, Epic doesn’t have any cryptocurrency partners and aren’t in any crypto partnership discussions with anyone. We do read lots of papers and talk to smart people to learn more in anticipation of an eventual intercept.” A Twitter user, @cryptochange34 retweeted Sweeney’s post, saying: “So why did @fluffypony claim that Epic was supporting Monero because @GlobeeCom worked with them as part of Project Coral Reef?” To this, Riccardo Spagni aka fluffypony replied saying that he did not. The user, referring to fluffypony’s comment on a Reddit thread said that Spagni comment was misleading. Source: Reddit Spagni replied: “Nope, it’s correct. Epic Games isn’t the merchant.” The user @cryptochange32, commented: “To add, if there was an agreement reached with anybody then why is @TimSweeneyEpic claiming it was a complete accident as if somebody just hit the wrong button in shopify? (I dont really think you can setup a functioning globee account “by accident” but OK)” Tim Sweeney, replied: “There was a series of discussions with many people deciding which international payment methods on the partner’s platform to support based on territory reach. Monero was somewhere in the matrix, and the Epic guys didn’t appreciate that one of those things was not like the others.” The post Fortnite’s brief foray into Monero [XMR] was ‘accidental’, says Epic Games founder appeared first on AMBCrypto.

6 days ago

Altcoin Arbitrage Today: ETH, XMR, BTG, TRX, ADA, DOGE

As the new week has begun, the quest to make money with cryptocurrencies is still in full effect. It would appear there is some genuine interest in different markets, which ultimately leads to arbitrage opportunities. The following options will all yield respectable profits, assuming users can take advantage of them rather quickly. Monero (Bittrex / Bitfinex) It would appear a new Monero arbitrage opportunity presents itself every other day. Either users are not taking advantage of this gap or the price difference continues to establish itself time and time again. A solid 3.36% profit can be earned by buying XMR on Bittrex and moving money to Bitfinex throughout today. Bitcoin Gold (Koineks / Cex / Sistemkoin) A fair few different price gaps have come to the surface as far as Bitcoin Gold is concerned. This particular currency usually seems to introduce some price differences between trading platforms. Buying on Koineks, Cex, or Bitfinex and flipping BTG on Sistemkoin will yield an average profit of 3.3%. It is also possible to buy on CEX and sell on Bitfinex for a smaller 1.16% profit. Tron (Koineks / Binance / Bitfinex) It doesn’t happen all that often two completely different arbitrage opportunities for the same coin involve four unique exchanges. Today is certainly shaping up to be an interesting day in this regard. Buying TRX on Koineks lets users sell on Bitfinex for a 1.96% profit. There is also an option to buy on Binance and sell on Sistemkoin for a 1.17% gain. Both options are appealing in their own regard. Dogecoin (HitBTC / Gate / LiveCoin) Every time a Dogecoin arbitrage opportunity presents itself, there is some good reason to be cautiously optimistic. While there won’t be any spectacular gains to speak of, the potential for a 1.35% profit is still pretty interesting. Buying DOGE on either HitBTC or Gate and selling on Livecoin will do the trick for today. A solid option to make money, as there’s always a demand for Dogecoin. Cardano (Binance / Kraken) Although Cardano arbitrage opportunities have become somewhat rare in recent times, it would appear there is still a price gap between Binance and Kraken right now. This is the sole opportunity yielding the lowest profit per trade, but that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked by any means. A 0.75% profit is still a good way to kick off a new week. Ethereum (Any Exchange / EXMO / Livecoin) A ton of Ethereum price gaps are apparent when it comes to the EXMO and LiveCoin exchanges. More specifically, it would appear one can buy from virtually every single exchange to flip ETH on these two exchanges and score a profit. The average profit is close to 1.2%, depending on where one buys Ethereum from exactly. Information provided by Arbing Tool Disclaimer: This is not trading or investment advice. The above article is for entertainment and education purposes only. Please do your own research before purchasing or investing into any cryptocurrency. Image(s): Shutterstock.com The post Altcoin Arbitrage Today: ETH, XMR, BTG, TRX, ADA, DOGE appeared first on NullTX.

7 days ago

The Daily: Epic Founder Addresses Fortnite Crypto Rumors, Robinhood Recruiting in London

In today’s edition of The Daily we cover reports that Robinhood is working under the radar to hire staff in London for an expansion into the U.K., an auction of seized cryptocurrency in Northern Ireland, and comments from the founder of Fortnite developer Epic Games about rumored cryptocurrency partnerships. Also Read: Mckinsey: Despite Billions of Dollars, Corporate Blockchains Have Achieved Little Epic Games Founder Addresses Fortnite Crypto Rumors Tim Sweeney, the founder of Fortnite developer Epic Games, has taken to social media to address the rumors that his company might be partnering with cryptocurrency projects. “No, Epic doesn’t have any cryptocurrency partners and aren’t in any crypto partnership discussions with anyone,” he stated. “We do read lots of papers and talk to smart people to learn more in anticipation of an eventual intercept.” Further to the above, it is not out of the question that the developer will support crypto one day, as Sweeney added that: “Many of us at Epic are big fans of the decentralized computing tech underlying cryptocurrency, however a lot more work is needed on volatility and fraud-proofing before bringing it to such a broad audience that includes younger gamers.” The rumors began after the merchandise store of the popular video game, Fortnite Retail Row, recently started accepting payments in the privacy-centric coin monero (XMR). Sweeney explained that: “Actually, Fortnite’s brief foray into crypto was accidental. We worked with a partner to open a merchandise store, and somewhere along the way monero payment was enabled.” Robinhood Is Recruiting in London Robinhood Markets, the Menlo Park, California- headquartered brokerage app which has been expanding its crypto service across the U.S., is now reportedly working under the radar to hire staff in London. The stealthily recruiting is supposedly needed for a new office in the British capital ahead of a possible expansion to the United Kingdom. According to Techcrunch, sources within London’s fintech industry reveal that Robinhood is looking for people to work on recruitment, operations, marketing, customer support, compliance and product design. These functions are all needed to launch a local solution tailored to the regulatory needs of the U.K. market. Seized Cryptocurrency Auction in Northern Ireland According to reports from Northern Ireland, a local company will hold an auction of seized cryptocurrency on Monday. The sale involves 167.7 monero (XRP), which was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act by a U.K. law enforcement agency. Aidan Larkin, head of asset recovery at Wilsons Auctions, told the Belfast Telegraph that the company is working with over 40 government agencies from the U.K. and abroad. “Following huge investment into our systems and infrastructure, we are able to offer government and law enforcement agencies throughout the U.K., Ireland and internationally a secure solution so that the ever-increasing problem of seized cryptocurrencies can be managed by an auction company with significant experience dealing with seized assets.” The Northern Ireland company also reportedly won a contract with the Belgium Federal Government’s Asset Management Office to facilitate the seizure, storage and sale of seized cryptocurrencies. What do you think about today’s news tidbits? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. Images courtesy of Shutterstock. Verify and track bitcoin cash transactions on our BCH Block Explorer, the best of its kind anywhere in the world. Also, keep up with your holdings, BCH and other coins, on our market charts at Satoshi’s Pulse, another original and free service from Bitcoin.com. The post The Daily: Epic Founder Addresses Fortnite Crypto Rumors, Robinhood Recruiting in London appeared first on Bitcoin News.

7 days ago

Crypto Market Update: $7 Billion Pump Holding For Now

FOMO Moments Crypto markets making moves on Monday; Litecoin, Cardano and Neo racing ahead, Ethereum sluggish. Another crypto market rally has greeted us this Monday morning as $7 billion flowed back into digital currencies over the past 24 hours. The bounce has taken total market capitalization over $135 billion and the two week trend is still a positive one. Bitcoin had another one of its vertical spikes a few hours ago as the big green candle broke through resistance and topped $4,000. The good news is that BTC has held on to its gains this time and is currently trading at around $4,070, up 6% on the day. Ethereum has not made much this time around, adding a meager 2.5% on the day taking it back over $155. This has enabled XRP to close the gap with a 4% gain on the day to $0.370. The market cap difference between second and third is now $1.2 billion. The rest of the top ten is all green during the Asian trading session today. Streaking off ahead is Litecoin adding 9% on the day and touching $40 for the first time in nearly two months. Stellar has made 6% but that was not enough for it to drop a place to LTC which is now sixth and not far behind EOS which has made 5%. The rest are up between 2 and 4 percent at the time of writing. Big gains have been made by Neo and Cardano in the top twenty with 8 and 12 percent respectively. The three privacy coins Monero, Dash and Zcash are all making over 6% on the day and the rest are 2 to 4 percent higher, only a couple of stablecoins are showing red at the time of writing. The fomo today is going to DEX again which has pumped and dumped by 90% in previous days. REPO is back up again with another 30% pump and Buggyra Coin has also made over 25% on the day. Getting hammered is MobileGo shedding 16%, the only coin in the top one hundred to drop double figures. Total crypto market capitalization has been boosted by $7 billion as it climbs around 5% on the day. Markets have currently settled at around $137 billion which is still within their range bound channel. Daily volume is up to around $17 billion and Bitcoin dominance has crept up half a percent to 51.6%. FOMO Moments is a section that takes a daily look at the top 20 cryptocurrencies during the current trading session and analyses the best-performing ones, looking for trends and possible fundamentals. The post Crypto Market Update: $7 Billion Pump Holding For Now appeared first on NewsBTC.

7 days ago

Woops! Fortnite Merch Curbs Crypto Adoption, Drops Monero (XMR) Option

Fortnite Store [Once] Accept[ed] Monero (XMR) On New Year’s Day, rumors began to circulate around the crypto industry’s social media channels that Fortnite, the world-renowned “Battle Royale” video game that raked in millions upon millions, had begun to accept Monero (XMR) payments on its official merchandise store. After this hearsay circulated, Riccardo Spagni, a leading South African crypto enthusiast and Monero core team member, took to Twitter to explain this industry occurrence. Spagni, who is part of the “Magical Crypto Friends” podcast, confirmed that XMR payments were accepted on the bonafide Fortnite Store via integration with pro-crypto payment processor GloBee. Referencing the video game, he quipped on Twitter that “now you can purchase that sweet Durrr Burger onesie without your friends, family, or coworkers judging you,” evidently touching on XMR’s privacy features. Interestingly, with this integration, the payment processor limited cryptocurrency transactions to XMR, even though it accepts payments via Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, Decred, and XRP. When this news broke, a number of crypto enthusiasts took to social media channels to express their excitement, as integration into a facet of Fortnite, a game that attracts millions of viewers on Twitch day-in, day-out, is evidently an optimistic sign. Many optimists claimed that this integration could spark a newfound bout of adoption for cryptocurrencies, while others (a bit more cynical) noted that Fortnite’s adoption of XMR would push the asset higher, but no the broader market. Not So Fast, Says Epic Games Founder While the GloBee integration was successful for a number of days, with preliminary reports indicating that crypto-friendly users actually transacted XMR, Tim Sweeney, the founder of Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite and of its facets, claimed that the acceptance of XMR was “brief” and an “accident.” Through a Twitter thread that garnered traction in the cryptosphere just recently, the preeminent programmer explained that “somewhere along the way” an unnamed one of Epic’s partners enabled the Monero payment option. Actually, Fortnite’s brief foray into crypto was accidental. We worked with a partner to open a merchandise store, and somewhere along the way Monero payment was enabled.https://t.co/vzmSCMey3T — Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) January 6, 2019 As such, the option to pay via XMR was quickly shuttered. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom for the cryptocurrency community. Via the medium of the aforementioned Twitter thread, Sweeney went on to reveal that “many of us at Epic (implying that he’s included),” are big fans of decentralized ledger technologies. And while Epic employees may be believers, Sweeney noted that progress needs to be made on “volatility and fraud-proofing” before bringing the innovation to the public, especially to the younger demographic who frequent their flagship product in Fortnite. He added that in spite of the rumors, Epic doesn’t currently have any official crypto-centric partners, nor plans for a solid foray into this industry. It isn’t clear what Fortnite foray into the crypto or blockchain world would entail, but if it happens, many optimists in this budding sector believe that it will take the form of a ledger-based token, which would bring the concept of digital assets to the mainstream. Title Image Courtesy of Casey Horner Via Unsplash The post Woops! Fortnite Merch Curbs Crypto Adoption, Drops Monero (XMR) Option appeared first on Ethereum World News.

7 days ago

Tone Vays says Investors Expecting Ripple and XRP to Become a Payments Processor will Lose Money

Popular cryptocurrency analyst Tone Vays recently said that the chances of Ripple and XRP becoming the go-to payments processor are slim to none and investors who believe in the altcoin will ultimately lose their investment. Vays said that “the chances of [crypto facilitated payments] being another crypto like ETH, LTC or XMR are not 0 like Ripple but a tiny fraction above 0, let’s call it a 0.0001% chance.” When asked what chance Bitcoin had to be involved in payments Vay’s responded that there was a “99.999% chance vs all other cryptos. Maybe 51% vs Fiat looking out 25 years.” While some counter that Bitcoin’s slow transaction speed and scaling issues will continue to present adoption challenges, Vays, like many other Bitcoin supporters, appears to believe that the Lightning Network will eventually resolve these issues. (RS)

7 days ago

Fortnite's Merch Store Removes Monero Payment Option as CEO says Listing was 'Accidental'

On January 5, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney announced that Fortnite accidentally added Monero (XMR) as a payment option to the merchandise store. Sweeney said that the listing was “brief” and he intimated that the mistake had already been corrected. Last week crypto-media excitedly reported on Epic Games listing XMR listing the privacy altcoin as a payment option and many, including Monero project manager Riccardo Spagni, suggested the listing was a sign of mass adoption taking place. Currently, the GloBee payment option has been removed from the Retail Row and it appears that Epic Games does not see crypto as a realistic payment option for the time being. (RS)

7 days ago

Crypto Theses for 2019

The following piece originally appeared on Medium. It was written by The Block technical advisor Arjun Balaji and is republished here in its entirety with Arjun’s permission. If you would like to receive regular updates directly from Arjun, you can subscribe to his e-mail newsletter here. As another year wraps up, I started writing an email to close friends and investors on the “state of crypto” and my forecasts. As it got longer, it turned into this sprawling post. A few notes: This write up contains wide-ranging theses and obvious biases (my own) and is by no means authoritative. Please don’t nitpick. Where I make predictions, I try to be as specific as possible (inspired by SlateStarCodex’s format). Not all predictions are quantifiable. Some will be off and many will likely be directionally incorrect. That’s OK. Unless otherwise specified, my criteria for a liquid, actively-traded project “dying” is either (1) < $100k volume/$20m market cap or (2) primary development abandoned, whichever comes first. None of these predictions are normative; in many cases I see momentum in products or approaches I consider fundamentally flawed. C’est la vie—this is an attempt at a descriptive 2019 outlook. Index Bitcoin Ethereum Other Tokens Private Projects Stablecoins Crypto-funds Product Potpourri Crypto Companies Regulation Closing thoughts on prices and adoption Bitcoin 1) After a strong launch in 2018, I see Lightning Network growth continuing into 2019. I predict the number of Lightning nodes with channels will be ≥ 10,000 from ~2,100 now (60% confidence) due to the proliferation of node hardware and hosted solutions (e.g. Nodl.it, Casa’s node) and easy-to-deploy GUIs like Pierre Rochard’s node launcher. I predict network capacity will increase even more from ~$2m notional to ≥ $25m+ notional (75% confidence) due to the lifting of maximum channel limits, dual-funded channels, etc. 2) At least one major exchange will launch a Lightning Network hub for their users as confidence in the stability and security of the network grows over 2019 (50% confidence). If this occurs, my money is on Binance given their iteration speed and product chops or Coinbase, due to increased focus on adoption and “usage” of cryptocurrencies. I’m particularly excited about Cash App’s potential here given 1) they’re a business that understands Bitcoin 2) Jack sees Bitcoin as a path to “financial inclusion” and 3) Jack’s investment in Lightning Labs’ 2018 seed round. 3) A working implementation of Schnorr signatures, for which Pieter Wuille released a draft BIP in July, will make its way into Bitcoin via soft fork by the end of 2019 with ≥ 5% node adoption (75% confidence). 4) Low volatility and lower prices always attracts concern trolls and people who believe they can “change” Bitcoin for the better. The last two years have seen a lot of forks where the codebase is changed but the UTXO set is kept intact. In 2019, I expect to see the opposite: forks with technology kept intact (to merge future upstream changes) where the monetary policy or UTXO set is modified; an example being the Zclassic team forking Zcash to remove the Founder’s Reward). I predict 2019 will see a major fork proposal from Bitcoin OGs “fixing” post-block reward fee market sustainability either by re-appropriating Satoshi’s Bitcoin (e.g. my tongue-in-cheek tweet-proposal for “Bitcoin Freedom”) or by adding predictable, low inflation in favor of the fee-market (50% confidence). 5) 2018 was a big year for Bitcoin privacy and fungibility R&D, with proposals for Taproot and Graftroot from Gregory Maxwell in Q1, a draft BIP for theDandelion protocol in May, and an emergent path for a soft fork upgrade to Schnorr-based signatures. By the end of 2019, there will be a clear roadmap for “good enough” fungibility and privacy on Bitcoin’s base layer across a meaningful set of trade-offs (e.g., speed, confidence level, etc.) (50% confidence). 6) 2018 saw plenty of promising experiments building products around, with, and on top of Lightning. I anticipate 2019 will see significantly improved UX for developers who want to build with Bitcoin, including web3/Truffle-likeJavascript wrappers, hosted node services, better docs, tutorials, etc. which makes me very excited about the potential for new products. Ethereum 7) 2018 was a big year for proof of stake research with June’s deprecation of EIP 1011 (Hybrid Casper FFG), scrapping the hybrid PoW/PoS step in favor of moving to pure PoS. The next phase for Ethereum—first termed Shasper(Casper + Sharding), now called Serenity (Ethereum 2.0)—has six distinct phases, which stretch over several years. There are 8+ dev teams working on independent implementations including: ChainSafe Systems, building a JS implementation called Lodestar 50-person ConsenSys-backed PegaSys, building an enterprise-grade implementation in Java An independent group called Harmony, building a Java implementationbased on the original EthereumJ

7 days ago

Report: Most Major Crypto Assets Show Close Price Correlation

The 2018 bear trend brought an increase in correlation across the leading cryptocurrency markets, with recent research indicating that 10 of the top 15 crypto assets by market cap show a price correlation of more than 64%. Additionally, five cryptocurrency pairs show a correlation larger than 80% for 2018 - ADA and XLM, BTC and LTC, XMR and BTC, ETH and LTC, and XMR and LTC. Also Read: Texas Updates Regulatory Guidance Regarding Cryptocurrency Activities Research Finds Significant Correlation Between Leading Crypto Assets New analysis has found the prices of bitcoin cash (BCH), bitcoin core (BTC), ethereum (ETH), ripple (XRP), eos (EOS), stellar (XLM), litecoin (LTC), cardano (ADA), iota (MIOTA), and monero (XMR) to be positively correlated, with all of said crypto assets found to have an average price correlation of between 64.7% and 74.1% when compared with one another. Five pairings were found to have a correlation higher than 80% - ADA and XLM with 83.6%, BTC and LTC with 83.5%, XMR and BTC with 82.9%, ETH and LTC with 82.7%, and XMR and LTC with 80.6%. Tron (TRX) comprised the sole cryptocurrency examined to produce an average correlation of less than 50%, with an average correlation of 49.6% when compared with other leading markets. The research also noted that Proof of Work cryptocurrencies are generally less correlated with crypto assets utilizing alternative consensus mechanisms. Price Correlation Doubles Year-Over-Year Compared with the previous year, 2018 saw the correlation between many leading cryptocurrencies more than double. BTC’s average price correlation increased by 150% from 29.3% in 2017 to 73% in 2018, while ETH’s correlation increased 154% from 29.2% to 74.1%. XRP saw the greatest spike in price correlation, which increased by 220% year-over-year, while XMR saw the lowest percentage increase in correlation among examined cryptocurrencies - rising 105% from 34.6% to 71%. XLM correlation increased 114% from 30.4% to 64.9%, and LTC correlation increased 132% from 30.9% to 71.8%. 2018 also saw in increase in the volume correlation between leading cryptocurrencies year-over-year, with BTC up from 34.1% in 2017 to 53.2% in 2018, ETH up from 31% to 48.9%, XRP up from 31.1% to 45.2%, and XMR up from 20.3% to 22.8%. XLM volume correlation increased more doubled from 12.5% in 2017 to 28.4% in 2018, as did LTC volume correlation, which increased from 15.8% to 37.3%. Do you expect 2019 to bring a further increase in correlation between the top cryptocurrency markets? Share your thoughts in the comments section below! Images courtesy of Shutterstock At Bitcoin.com there’s a bunch of free helpful services. For instance, have you seen our Tools page? You can even lookup the exchange rate for a transaction in the past. Or calculate the value of your current holdings. Or create a paper wallet. And much more. The post Report: Most Major Crypto Assets Show Close Price Correlation appeared first on Bitcoin News.

8 days ago

Fortnite Founder Big Fan Of “Decentralized Tech” Underlying Crypto

In an unexpected turn of events, the official Fortnite merchandise store recently began to accept Monero (XMR) purchases through crypto-friendly payment service GloBee. That begs the million-dollar question — Is Epic Games, the creator of the aforementioned video game, enamored with cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, blockchain technologies, and the like? A recent tweet from a member of Epic’s top brass indicates that yes, there are a handful of crypto enthusiasts at the development studio. Fortnite Founder Bullish On Blockchain Technology Tim Sweeney, the world-renowned computer engineer and founder of Fortnite creator Epic Games, recently came out in support of the “decentralized computing tech underlying cryptocurrency.” For the buzzword uninitiated, he means blockchain. Touching on the Fortnite’s “brief foray” into cryptocurrencies via its store, the American developer noted that the acceptance of Monero was “accidental,” as somewhere along the way one of the firm’s partners activated support for the privacy asset. Yet, he went on to explain that “many of us at Epic (implying that he’s included),” are big fans of blockchain technologies. And while Epic employees are fans, Sweeney noted that work needs to be done on “volatility and fraud-proofing” before bringing the innovation to the public, especially to the younger demographic who frequent Fortnite. He added that in spite of the rumors, Epic doesn’t currently have any official crypto-centric partners, nor plans for a solid foray into this industry. However, the Unreal Engine programmer noted that Epic continues to read “lots of papers” and talk to “smart people” regarding the subject, specifically in “anticipation of an eventual intercept.” Related Reading: Ethereum Developer ConsenSys Partners With AMD To Bolster Blockchain Industry Video Games And Crypto: They Key To Adoption? Sweeney’s innocuous message could be painting an optimistic picture, as some believe that a crossover between the gaming world and cryptocurrencies could, ironically enough, be a game-changer. Although some are skeptical of the role that video games play in society, a multitude of crypto enthusiasts has claimed that this form of entertainment is the key to global adoption, however silly that may sound. Many forward-thinkers in this budding sector have drawn attention to non-fungible tokens (NFTs), which if integrated correctly, can act as unique, secure, tradable items for games. With the rise of in-game items, like skins in League of Legends and Overwatch, ledger-based NFTs could quickly garner traction, especially as blockchain development continues to mount. But with the rise of in-game currencies, like Fortnite’s very own V-Bucks, simple fungible crypto assets for microtransactions, which may be situated on a platform like Ethereum, could also perform well. And eventually, video game-related tokens could enter the broader crypto ecosystem, allowing consumers, whether young or otherwise, to transact their gaming currencies for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Featured Image from Shutterstock The post Fortnite Founder Big Fan Of “Decentralized Tech” Underlying Crypto appeared first on NewsBTC.

8 days ago

Altocin Arbitrage Today: XMR, ZEC, XLM, ETH, XRP, LTC and 5% Profit

Even on a Sunday morning, there is some good money to be made with cryptocurrency arbitrage. In fact, one could argue some opportunities are even more lucrative compared to the rest of the week. The following six opportunities all offer pretty decent returns, depending on how much liquidity all involved platforms have to contend with. Monero (Livecoin / Bittrex / Bitfinex) Similar to what has happened earlier this week, it would appear the Monero arbitrage opportunities remain in place. There is still a rather interesting price difference between Livecoin or Bittrex and Bitfinex. Flipping XMR between these platforms will yield a profit of 1.9% on average, which makes for a rather decent money-making opportunity. ZCash (Bittrex / Bitfinex) As has become somewhat of a norm in the world of altcoin arbitrage, every time an XMR opportunity arises, the same will apply to ZCash. Today is no exception in this regard, as users who explore the Monero opportunity above can also scoop up ZEC on Bittrex and flip it on Bitfinex for a 2.18% profit. Killing two birds with one stone and getting paid to do so is always a favorable outcome for all parties involved. Stellar Lumens (KuCoin / HitBTC / EXMO) It has been a while since an arbitrage opportunity actively involved the EXMO exchange. Every now and then, such an opportunity will present itself and in rather spectacular fashion. Buying XLM on either KuCoin, Bitexen, HitBTC, Gate, Sistemkoin, Kraken, or Binance and selling it on EXMO will yield over 5% in profit. This is an exciting price gap to explore, all things considered. Ethereum (Poloniex / Livecoin / EXMO) It would appear the altcoin arbitrage opportunities in EXMO are coming out in force today. That is a good thing, as it shows this exchange is getting some attention again. Buying ETH on Binance, Kucoin, Poloniex, Gate, Livecoin, HitBTC, OKEx, or Kraken will yield an average profit of nearly 5% when selling the funds on EXMO. Litecoin (Bittrex / Bitstamp / Koinim) There are quite a few different Litecoin arbitrage opportunities to keep an eye on right now. This is primarily due to the Litecoin price increase, which may continue for some time to come. Buying LTC on Bittrex, Binance, or Bitstamp and selling on Bitfinex, Sistemkoin, Paribu, Koinim, or Btcturk will yield a profit of up to 2.6%. A viable option to check out under the current market circumstances. XRP (Any exchange / EXMO) There are so many different XRP arbitrage opportunities to take advantage of right now. It would appear any exchange that isn’t EXMO has a lower price for XRP, which makes for a rather straightforward trade. Profits will range anywhere from 1.8% all the way to 5.3% in quick succession. Information provided by Arbing Tool Disclaimer: This is not trading or investment advice. The above article is for entertainment and education purposes only. Please do your own research before purchasing or investing into any cryptocurrency. Image(s): Shutterstock.com The post Altocin Arbitrage Today: XMR, ZEC, XLM, ETH, XRP, LTC and 5% Profit appeared first on NullTX.

8 days ago

UK Firm To Auction Off Seized Cryptocurrencies For The First Time

Wilsons Auctions, an independent auction house in Northern Ireland is set to auction off Seized Cryptocurrencies. 167.7 Monero (approx. value of £6,655.36) will be auctioned off via a 24-hour live auction in which investors worldwide can participate. While law enforcement agencies worldwide have regularly auctioned off seized cryptocurrencies, this is the first time that one such auction will take place in the UK. Wilsons won a contract with the Belgium Federal Government’s Asset Management Office to facilitate the storage and sale of seized cryptocurrencies. A UK law enforcement agency seized the funds under the Proceeds of Crime Act. (VS)

8 days ago

UK’s First Auction of Seized Cryptocurrency by Independent Body Scheduled

An independent auction house in Northern Ireland has become the first of its kind worldwide to facilitate a sale of seized cryptocurrency assets. The sale of 167.7 monero coins with a current exchange rate of £6,655.36 is to sell via a 24-hour live auction, enabling investors to have the chance to take part and place bids on the crypto. This is not the first time that seized cryptocurrency assets have been sold off in this way by an independent auctioneer. Last year, Bavarian prosecutors auctioned off seized cryptocurrency worth nearly USD 14 million, estimated to be the highest such sale in German history. That sale involved 1,312 Bitcoins (BTC) and other digital currencies including 1,399 Bitcoin Cash, 1312 Bitcoin Gold, and 220 Ethereum. The funds were confiscated as part of an investigation into online platform LuL.to In October of 2018, the US Marshals Service (USMS) announced that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) was auctioning off approximately USD 4.2 million of the cryptocurrency acquired from various criminal proceedings. The auction overseen by Wilsons of Northern Ireland will be the first of a series after winning a contract with the Belgium Federal Government’s Asset Management Office to facilitate the storage and sale of seized cryptocurrencies. The company is currently working with 40 government and law enforcement agencies across the globe in order to auction off assets impounded by police. The auction house’s head of recovery said that the company was: “Able to offer government and law enforcement agencies throughout the UK, Ireland and internationally a secure solution so that the ever-increasing problem of seized cryptocurrencies can be managed by an auction company with significant experience dealing with seized assets.” Follow BitcoinNews.com on Twitter: @BitcoinNewsCom Telegram Alerts from BitcoinNews.com: https://t.me/bconews Want to advertise or get published on BitcoinNews.com? - View our Media Kit PDF here. Image Courtesy: Pixabay The post UK’s First Auction of Seized Cryptocurrency by Independent Body Scheduled appeared first on BitcoinNews.com.

8 days ago

Following Fortnite’s Acceptance of Monero, Investors Optimistic on Crypto

A popular cryptocurrency recently made its way into the checkout payment option of a top-rated video game. And yes, it was not Bitcoin. Monero, a privacy-enabled offspring of the same technology that powers the Bitcoin payment protocol, can now be used to purchase gaming merchandise on Fortnite. The online video game, first released in 2017, is a cooperative shooter-survival competition which has drawn in more than 125 million users across the world. According to Holiday 2018 consumer reports, youngsters were keen on using a cryptocurrency as a payment option - instead of cash - on Fortnite merchandise store. “Today we have strayed from the path of righteousness,” a Redditor commented. “But seriously, that’s some pretty awesome adoption. Even if no one uses it, it’s a fantastic exposure of millions of people who might ask “What’s that groovy M? And why is it better than regular payment?”. The event sparked one of the many debates about teenagers’ growing interest in decentralized assets. The generation that is going to build the next financial trend, as opinionated by ShapeShift’s Erik Voorhees, wants a break from the Wall Street version of money - and in a couple of years, they will drive more adoption to the crypto space. Within a couple years, the average 16 yr old Xbox player will understand more about crypto than the average Wall St. banker. https://t.co/OvQOpcJpR3 — Erik Voorhees (@ErikVoorhees) January 4, 2019 The discussion has spread to a point where teenagers are reportedly finding banks too slow to catch up to their space. They are not ready to wait in queues to set up their bank accounts or wait for their payment requests to get approved in 3-5 “working” days. Cryptocurrencies attract them for being more independent and faster than any traditional financial regime. My oldest son already know more about Blockchain and Crypto at 11 yr than most other people i know... — Jonas Karlberg (@jonas_karlberg) January 4, 2019 Outside the world of young, however, crypto continues to feel the heat from its older and more matured critics. American-Iranian economist Nouriel Roubini called bitcoin a “mother of all scams” before the US Congress. Warren Buffet, an investment kingpin, said that bitcoin lacks intrinsic value, adding that probably it is “rat poison squared.” Legendary investor Gary Shilling called the cryptocurrency a “Ponzi scheme.” The anti-crypto opinions mostly include criticism about crypto’s excited use-case in the new financial world. They believe that the whole sector, barring centralized digital currencies, is destined to go down as the most significant financial scam the world has seen ever. Crypto world argues that mainstream economists do not focus on the crypto’s technological aspects - that their views are limited to their definition of deflationary economy. Shilling, for instance, has admitted that he does not understand how Bitcoin works. Buffet has been in a similar scenario during the introduction of Amazon and Google stocks back in the 90s. He had predicted that these companies would fail, without understanding what they were looking to create in a longer run. Fortnite, at best, is experimenting with what could be the future of finance. It could lead many other investors to look into the potential opportunities presented by the crypto space. In the end, what Monero has today is a potential user base of millions of people. If the next generation of school children grow up to understand the separation of money and state, then bitcoin will have succeeded. — Erik Voorhees (@ErikVoorhees) August 14, 2012 The post Following Fortnite’s Acceptance of Monero, Investors Optimistic on Crypto appeared first on NewsBTC.

8 days ago

Crypto Tidbits: Bitcoin Turns Ten, Ethereum Berated, Buy Fortnite Merch With Monero

Crypto’s 2019 arguably started with a bang, which was in stark contrast to the holiday season’s lull. The Bitcoin Network, for one, turned ten years old, just as a number of bullish development blessed crypto startups. Many hope that this positive momentum will continue to influence this industry in the months to come. Crypto Tidbits: Paypal Bans The Hacker News: Last week, The Hacker News (THN), a well-respected cybersecurity news portal, took to Twitter to express its distaste towards Paypal. According to THN’s company statement on the matter, Paypal permanently banned its accounts without mentioning a specific rationale. Paypal even purportedly rubbed salt on THN’s wound, so to speak, claiming that it would be holding wallet funds for six months, failing to cite a reason yet again. After some warranted banter, the American financial services firm explained that “specific reasons for such a decision is proprietary & [will not be] released,” skirting THN’s inquiry for the umpteenth time. This quip caused Bitcoin proponents to begin touting crypto’s merits. Matt Odell, a Bitcoin advocate, claimed that when there’s nowhere left to turn, BTC is always there. Marty Bent, a crypto-centric media creator, explained that payment processors have begun to lose their minds, likely referencing the worldwide theme of growing digital censorship. Bent added that it’s time to “level up” through Bitcoin, which will leave the “power drunk companies” in the dust. Crypto Startup Digitizes Tesla, Apple, Nasdaq Stocks As Ethereum Tokens: DX.Exchange, a crypto startup headquartered in Estonia and Israel, will be tokenizing the shares of Tesla, Apple, Facebook, and seven other Nasdaq-based stocks. This system will allow the firm’s users to trade the aforementioned stocks on the Ethereum blockchain, even when American markets are shuttered for the night or weekend. Eventually, the fintech company intends to expand its offerings to equities listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Tokyo’s Nikkei, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng. These digital representations of stocks will be fully-collateralized, with MPS MarketPlace Securities, acting as the centralized counterparty. Mike Novogratz Doubles-Down on Crypto: Mike Novogratz, a former Fortress Investments top brass turned fervent cryptocurrency investor, bought 7.5 million ordinary shares of Galaxy Digital, a crypto-friendly merchant bank he founded, for a grand total of $7.42 million Canadian dollars ($4.8M U.S.). With this purchase, he now controls 80% of Galaxy (GLXY) stock. When this news broke, the shares of the firm surged by 40% on the day, moving up to $1.4 Canadian dollars apiece. Fortnite Merchandise Store Adopts Monero Payments: Per Riccardo Spagni and the Monero core team, the Fortnite merchandise store now takes payments in the privacy-centric cryptocurrency. This integration was enabled by Globee and paid for by a number of Monero community members and the aforementioned payment processor itself. Referencing the popular “Battle Royale” game, Spagni quipped on Twitter that “now you can purchase that sweet Durrr Burger onesie without your friends, family, or coworkers judging you,” evidently touching on Monero’s inherent privacy features. Interestingly, Globee accepts Bitcoin, along with a number of other leading cryptocurrencies, but the payment medium limited cryptocurrency transactions to solely XMR. Bitcoin Blockchain Turns Ten Years Old: On January 3rd, 2019, the Bitcoin blockchain celebrated its tenth birthday. Just ten years ago, Satoshi Nakamoto made the first transaction using BTC. Due to the importance of this auspicious day, the cryptocurrency community was evidently joyous and in a celebratory mood. BitMEX put a multi-page advertisement in The Times in an evident reference to Bitcoin’s origins. A number of decentralists celebrated Proof of Keys, an initiative headed by early crypto entrepreneur Trace Mayer that implores investors to withdraw their cryptocurrencies from exchanges. Prominent cryptocurrency content creators celebrated the day by singing One Million Dreams, a song from the blockbuster movie “The Greatest Showman.” Bitcoin Advocate Tuur Demeester Bashes Ethereum: Last week, Tuur Demeester, an altcoin cynic, Bitcoin proponent, and investor, compiled his years of skepticism towards Ethereum, issuing a 50-part Twitter thread on the matter. Through his scathing messages, Demeester, the founder of Adamant Capital, a so-called “Bitcoin Alpha Fund,” conveyed a multitude of reasons why he’s skeptical of the project. The Bitcoiner noted that Ethereum’s underlying architecture and culture is the stark opposite of Bitcoin’s. Yet, the former project is apparently still seeking to achieve decentralization and immutability, while becoming a store of value, an asset issuance platform, and a smart contract facilitator. He added that Ether’s current market capitalization of ~$15 billion is overinflated, as he sees the project as a “science experiment at best.” Sin

9 days ago

BitPay: Bitcoin Payments Not Dead - They Have Only Gone Niche

Cryptocurrency as a mode for payment for goods and services are becoming more mainstream. In September 2017, the Lynx Art Collection started receiving cryptocurrency payments for artworks that were cryptocurrency-themed. Monero, Bitcoin and Litecoin payments were accepted. Since then, the dealership has received more than 500 cryptocurrency payments for different prints and artworks. This gallery is one example of the growing merchant adoption of bitcoin and cryptocurrency payments in place of fiat money. BitpPay, a cryptocurrency payments processor, estimates that the average value of purchases made with cryptocurrency doubled from 2017 to 2018, from $338.53 to $678.77. (VK)

9 days ago

Easy Altcoin Arbitrage Profits With IOTA, XMR, ETC, BTG, LTC, TRX

During the weekends, there are a few different money making opportunities where cryptocurrencies are concerned. It has become more than apparent the fight to make money is still in full effect. With arbitrage trading, the following six options present some very appealing options at this time. No stone should be left unturned when there are profits to be scored by trading cryptocurrencies. IOTA (Gate / Binance) For the second day in a row, an IOTA-oriented arbitrage opportunity presents itself. That is rather unusual in this day and age, as IOTA is usually valued the exact same across many different trading platforms. For those willing to score a quick buck, buying MIOTA on Gate and selling it on Binance can yield a 1.65% profit. It is not the biggest direct arbitrage gap in history, but still a worthwhile option to explore regardless. Monero (Poloniex / Gate / Bitfinex) A few different arbitrage opportunities present themselves where Monero is concerned right now. Buying on Poloniex, Gate, Bittrex, or HitBTC and selling on Gobaba will yield an average profit of 1.1% per trade. The more lucrative option is to buy on Livecoin or Bittrex and sell XMR on Bitfinex, which can yield a profit ranging from 2.41% up to 4%. A very impressive opportunity, although Monero is not the most liquid altcoin market. Ethereum Classic )Binance / KuCoin / Gobaba) After a brief spell of absence, it seems Ethereum Classic is back on people’s arbitrage radar. That in itself is always a good development, a sit gives traders many more options to work with. For today, buying ETC on Binance, KuCoin, or Gate and selling it on Gobaba will yield an average profit of 0.87%. A very small opportunity, when considering some of the alternatives, but still an offering worth looking into. Tron (Koineks / Bitfinex) As has become somewhat of a normal trend in the world of altcoin arbitrage, Tron’s price differences between trading platforms are usually worth taking advantage of. At this time, it seems the TRX price on Koineks is 2.35% lower compared to Bitfinex, which makes for an interesting price gap to exploit. Both platforms should, in theory, have plenty of trading volume to ensure this gap yields some proper profits. Litecoin (Bitstanp / OKEx / Bitfinex) For those users who like to trade and flip Litecoin between exchanges, numerous options present themselves. It is plausible to buy LTC on Binance, OKEx, or Gate to sell funds on Gobababe for a 0.82% profit. The lucrative option comes in the form of buying on Bitstamp, Paribu, or Koinim and selling on Bitfinex for an average profit of 2.3%. Another interesting option for those who want to make some easy money over the weekend. Bitcoin Gold (Cex / Bitfinex) Although the current Bitcoin Gold arbitrage opportunity may not yield any major profits in the process, diversification is key in the cryptocurrency industry at all times. The same rule applies to exploring arbitrage options, as focusing on just one or two markets will not work out. Buying BTG on Cex and selling it on Bitfinex can yield a gain of 0.9% per trade. It is a good option once all other opportunities on this list have been exhausted. Information provided by Arbing Tool Disclaimer: This is not trading or investment advice. The above article is for entertainment and education purposes only. Please do your own research before purchasing or investing into any cryptocurrency. Image(s): Shutterstock.com The post Easy Altcoin Arbitrage Profits With IOTA, XMR, ETC, BTG, LTC, TRX appeared first on NullTX.

9 days ago

Crypto Market Update: Ethereum Increases Gap Over XRP to $2 Billion

FOMO Moments Crypto markets moving slowly; Ethereum extending the lead over XRP, Tron is flying. Crypto markets have gained marginally as we start the weekend but things are generally mixed for individual coins and tokens. Total market capitalization has remained above $130 billion but has not moved a great deal over the past 24 hours. Bitcoin has been pretty flat over the past day but is up a tiny bit on yesterday’s levels trading at $3,870 at the time of writing. Volume has increased again back to over $5 billion indicating more gains could be forthcoming. BTC is down a little on last weekend’s prices but the difference is negligible. Ethereum is accelerating away from XRP in third and the gap is now almost $2 billion in market cap. ETH reached an intraday high of $160 before pulling back slightly, at the moment it is still up over one percent to $158. Conversely XRP has fallen 1.8% back to $0.357. The top ten crypto assets are generally mixed with more red than green showing during the Asian trading session this Saturday. Bitcoin Cash continues its slide south of $160 with another 3% lost today. Tron is the biggest gainer with over 8% made at the time of writing, momentum coming from Binance including BitTorrent’s BTT token on its Launchpad and ETH gaming developer EtherGoo switching over to the Tron network. The top twenty altcoins are also a mixed bag at the moment. Binance Coin and Monero are making small gains while Iota and Zcash are falling back a little. The rest are not really moving much with less than a percent difference from yesterday’s prices. Yesterday’s fomo pump is still pumping today as REPO adds another 40% and makes it into the top 70 cryptocurrencies. DEX is still pumping and dumping with a similar gain on the day and Dentacoin has also made over 20% today. Getting the red end of the stick in the top one hundred is Holo dropping 9% at the time of writing. Total crypto market capitalization has not moved a lot since yesterday and is currently at $132 billion after reaching a low of $128 billion last night. Trade volume is up marginally to $16 billion but a sideways channel seems to be forming at this level. Markets have been pretty flat all week but are up almost 5% on the same time last month. FOMO Moments is a section that takes a daily look at the top 20 cryptocurrencies during the current trading session and analyses the best-performing ones, looking for trends and possible fundamentals. The post Crypto Market Update: Ethereum Increases Gap Over XRP to $2 Billion appeared first on NewsBTC.

9 days ago

First Ever Mimblewimble-Based Privacy Coin Beam Goes Live

Beam announced its live mainnet launch just in time for the 10th anniversary of Bitcoin. Based on the Mimblewimble protocol, the brand-new cryptocurrency has a few lofty goals, and among them is to make cryptocurrency transactions “drastically” more confidential. Another noteworthy aspect about the cryptocurrency that could end up rivaling Zcash and Monero is that Beam is the first ever project to implement the ‘Mimblewimble’ protocol. This was a widely applauded blockchain protocol proposed anonymously in 2016 (sound familiar?) with the goal of bringing privacy back to crypto transactions. If it all sounds like a bunch of Harry Potter Hocus Pocus to you, that’s probably because it is. The Mimblewimble protocol derived its name from a spell in the children’s books that prevents people from spilling secrets. Beam: First Project to Use the Mimblewimble Protocol The main premise behind the anonymous Mimblewimble protocol is to offer crypto transactions that are significantly more confidential than those made with Bitcoin, Ethereum, or even “privacy” coins like Monero. Cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin in particular, originally emerged as a way of allowing for privacy-oriented value storage and transfer. However, as time went by, it became clear that Bitcoin was not as anonymous as people thought. Data leaks could easily lead to the mapping of public addresses using blockchain forensics. To tackle these issues, cryptocurrencies like Monero and Zcash appeared on the scene, but not without their own issues. To start with, while these coins have a strong inclination toward privacy, not all their transactions are ultimately private. And both blockchains face similar scalability issues. Beam, then, is setting its sights on becoming the ultimate ‘storage-of-value’ and payment cryptocurrency, continuing the revolution set out by Bitcoin, through its focus on anonymity. After all, true confidentiality and scalability for financial transactions is a requirement not just of institutions and investors, but individuals as well. Both of these factors are considered necessary for true mainstream adoption of crypto to occur. CEO of Beam Alexander Zaidelson said: Sovereignty over one’s own information is a basic human right, and applies to all aspects of life, and especially to financial transactions... Everyone, from the largest institutional investors to the individual cryptocurrency holder, should have the right to decide on what to disclose and to whom. Combining Mimblewimble with Other Features Beam will combine Mimblewimble with additional features in order to offer true privacy to users on its network. The Beam blockchain remains a distributed ledger that allows for decentralized validation of transactions. However, no observer can obtain any private information about the sender, receiver, or amount transacted. Thanks to the Mimblewimble Transaction Cut-through feature, the blockchain size is expected to be between 3-10 times smaller than Bitcoin (if the same amount of usage is taken into consideration). Another interesting feature about Beam is that users will have the option of opting in for audits of their accounts and transactions, which could be extremely useful for tax and accounting purposes. Beam is brand-new on the mainnet and, according to its creators’ announcement on Medium, likely to contain bugs, defects, and errors while they work on implementing improvements. As developers begin to add key features like atomic swaps with Bitcoin, mobile wallet, pool support, and bitcoin wallet integration, Beam has the potential to attract traditional crypto users that left the market due to privacy concerns, or who fail to see coins like Monero as an attractive option. Financial institutions are also likely to see the value in a blockchain that allows for private transactions for its customers. Can Beam and MimbleWimble rival privacy-focused coins like Monero and ZCash? Share your thoughts below! Images courtesy of Shutterstock The post First Ever Mimblewimble-Based Privacy Coin Beam Goes Live appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.

9 days ago

Daily Crypto Roundup 1/2/2019

Today in the headlines, Bakkt raised over $182 million, online shopping giant DMM closed mining operations, and bitcoin confirmed one of its worst monthly losing streaks. HitBTC also froze customer withdrawals, and Fortnite added Monero as a payment option. Catch up on the details! Bakkt Secures $182.5 Million In First Capital Raise Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) much-anticipated Bakkt crypto exchange has already secured more than $182 million in funds for the project. “Despite depressed bitcoin prices, the project has attracted significant attention from major investors, including Microsoft’s venture capital arm, M12, Pantera Capital, and more,” Crypto Insider reported today. The Bakkt platform will host cryptocurrency futures trading backed by real crypto assets. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) already host cash-settled bitcoin futures. These futures, however, do not directly interact with the crypto assets themselves. Read on Crypto Insider E-Commerce Giant DMM Quits Cryptocurrency Mining Business According to a CoinDesk report on news from Nikkei, DMM.com, a sizeable Japanese online shopping site, is reportedly closing (withdrawing) its mining operations in Japan, which began early last year. DMM decided to shut down said mining last September, feeling the effects of a drawn-out bear market on mining profits. “The report added the withdrawal process, including the sale of its mining machines, could continue until the first half of 2019,” CoinDesk noted. Read on CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Suffers Worst Monthly Losing Streak In 7 Years December’s close finalized bitcoin’s “longest monthly losing streak in seven years,” CoinDesk reported today. December started the month off at $4,241. By the end of December, bitcoin had fallen 13%, down to $3,689. December capped off the fifth month in a row that bitcoin had closed monthly prices lower than their opening prices. CoinDesk reported this as the worst monthly losing streak since late 2011. Read on CoinDesk HitBTC Account Freezes In Spotlight As Trace Mayer, John McAfee Claim Foul Play The HitBTC crypto exchange allegedly closed customer withdrawals yesterday. This account freeze suspiciously came just two days before Trace Mayer’s Proof of Keys celebration on January 3. The Proof of Keys event urges cryptocurrency holders to withdraw all their funds from third parties (exchanges and the like) into private storage to prove third-party solvency. “On both Twitter and Reddit, users acknowledged that the practice of freezing accounts had occurred often in the past, and that the timing two days before Proof of Keys was not necessarily deliberate,” CoinTelegraph reported today. Although, at the time of CoinTelegraph’s report, HitBTC had not responded to a tweet of concern Mayer sent out regarding the situation. Read on CoinTelegraph Fortnite Merchandise Store Starts ‘Exclusively’ Accepting Monero As Payment Method According to CoinTelegraph’s report on a recent Monero announcement tweet, popular video game and ecosystem Fortnite now “exclusively” allows Monero (XMR) as a payment choice. Fortnite boasts over 125 million users, with developer Epic Games worth more than $15 billion. Readers will remember last October, which saw scammers use malware to target bitcoin holding Fortnite players. Read on CoinTelegraph The post Daily Crypto Roundup 1/2/2019 appeared first on Crypto Insider.

9 days ago

Monero is now the “exclusive” cryptocurrency directly supported by Fortnite’s merchandise store

Since January 1, the official Fortnite merchandise store, Retail Row, has been accepting cryptocurrency directly. Monero has “exclusively” secured the position as Fortnite’s direct cryptocurrency payment option, as reported by the project here. There are over 125 million gamers playing Fortnite worldwide, so it is a huge opportunity for Monero to expand its user base and awareness. While users can still pay with other tokens, such as bitcoin, litecoin, and ripple, thanks to the crypto payments service GloBee available at Retail Row, only monero payments are processed directly by the store. As of the time of this report, monero is trading up 14% from yesterday. Customers without no cryptocurrency wallets can still pay for merchandise using conventional payment options, such as credit cards or PayPal. The post Monero is now the “exclusive” cryptocurrency directly supported by Fortnite’s merchandise store appeared first on The Block.

10 days ago

Daily Crypto Roundup 12/2/2019

Today in the headlines, Bakkt raised over $182 million, online shopping giant DMM closed mining operations, and bitcoin confirmed one of its worst monthly losing streaks. HitBTC also froze customer withdrawals, and Fortnite added Monero as a payment option. Catch up on the details! Bakkt Secures $182.5 Million In First Capital Raise Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) much-anticipated Bakkt crypto exchange has already secured more than $182 million in funds for the project. “Despite depressed bitcoin prices, the project has attracted significant attention from major investors, including Microsoft’s venture capital arm, M12, Pantera Capital, and more,” Crypto Insider reported today. The Bakkt platform will host cryptocurrency futures trading backed by real crypto assets. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) already host cash-settled bitcoin futures. These futures, however, do not directly interact with the crypto assets themselves. Read on Crypto Insider E-Commerce Giant DMM Quits Cryptocurrency Mining Business According to a CoinDesk report on news from Nikkei, DMM.com, a sizeable Japanese online shopping site, is reportedly closing (withdrawing) its mining operations in Japan, which began early last year. DMM decided to shut down said mining last September, feeling the effects of a drawn-out bear market on mining profits. “The report added the withdrawal process, including the sale of its mining machines, could continue until the first half of 2019,” CoinDesk noted. Read on CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Suffers Worst Monthly Losing Streak In 7 Years December’s close finalized bitcoin’s “longest monthly losing streak in seven years,” CoinDesk reported today. December started the month off at $4,241. By the end of December, bitcoin had fallen 13%, down to $3,689. December capped off the fifth month in a row that bitcoin had closed monthly prices lower than their opening prices. CoinDesk reported this as the worst monthly losing streak since late 2011. Read on CoinDesk HitBTC Account Freezes In Spotlight As Trace Mayer, John McAfee Claim Foul Play The HitBTC crypto exchange allegedly closed customer withdrawals yesterday. This account freeze suspiciously came just two days before Trace Mayer’s Proof of Keys celebration on January 3. The Proof of Keys event urges cryptocurrency holders to withdraw all their funds from third parties (exchanges and the like) into private storage to prove third-party solvency. “On both Twitter and Reddit, users acknowledged that the practice of freezing accounts had occurred often in the past, and that the timing two days before Proof of Keys was not necessarily deliberate,” CoinTelegraph reported today. Although, at the time of CoinTelegraph’s report, HitBTC had not responded to a tweet of concern Mayer sent out regarding the situation. Read on CoinTelegraph Fortnite Merchandise Store Starts ‘Exclusively’ Accepting Monero As Payment Method According to CoinTelegraph’s report on a recent Monero announcement tweet, popular video game and ecosystem Fortnite now “exclusively” allows Monero (XMR) as a payment choice. Fortnite boasts over 125 million users, with developer Epic Games worth more than $15 billion. Readers will remember last October, which saw scammers use malware to target bitcoin holding Fortnite players. Read on CoinTelegraph The post Daily Crypto Roundup 12/2/2019 appeared first on Crypto Insider.

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What Is Electroneum? Introduction to ETN Token

What Is Electroneum? Electroneum is a blockchain-based payment platform designed specifically for use on mobile devices like smartphones. It’s claimed to be the first Know-Your-Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money-Laundering (AML) compliant cryptocurrency. ETN, Electroneum’s native crypto, is virtually mined using mobile devices. The cryptocurrency has a massively loyal and committed following - its marketing strategy has tended toward virality, which has gained it over 2.7 million registered users (January 2019). As well as an impressive 129k Twitter followers, the project has attracted 143k Facebook users - interesting because FB is not a platform not known for crypto projects. Many don’t even have a Facebook page. This could illustrate that there is a strong following beyond crypto devotees - which would, of course, be exactly what the team would want to see. Of course, 2.7 million registered users does not measure active use, just as Bitcoin’s 22 million wallets doesn’t suggest that 22 million people are using Bitcoin today. But it’s a remarkably strong performance - and proves the power of integrating with major players like Google’s Play Store. The core development team of 12 is headed by SiteWizard co-founder Richard Ells. Its initial goal during its 2017 inception was to replace in-game currencies for mobile games. Gambling platforms were a natural evolution, as were mobile payments. Based in the U.K., the project is also still focused on emerging economies with large unbanked and underbanked populations. It was initially a soft fork of the Monero code but hard forked on May 30, 2018 at block 307500 to its own code. Part of the reason was to streamline code, and the other was to welcome ASIC rigs to the network, as Monero forked to resist GPU-based ASIC mining. Now the project is focused on mobile payments and has partnerships including telecommunications payment behemoth XIUS, e-commerce company BMedia, and more. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t still true to its gaming roots - its partnership with Mobile Streams PLC’s gaming platform exposes it to the service’s 750,000-strong subscriber base in Latin America. Is Electroneum the next big chain on the block, or is it all just a great white hype? We’ll start our research by examining the market performance of ETN, Electroneum’s proprietary cryptocurrency token. ETN Cryptocurrency Summary The peak price of ETN so far was $0.185470 on January 6, 2018. As of January 2nd, 2019, the circulating supply is 8,660,074,174, out of a total supply of 21,000,000,000 ETN. The team chose 21 billion over Bitcoin’s 21 million cap to encourage user adoption and satisfaction of earning a full coin instead of a minute fraction of one. The Electroneum ICO crowdsale occurred from September 14 through October 23, 2017. Twenty-nine percent of the total supply was made available to the public during the ICO, raising $40 million worth of ETH. [{"date":1514999055000,"value":0.0891296,"volume":6323970},{"date":1515085457000,"value":0.0828712,"volume":7804990},{"date":1515171856000,"value":0.114219,"volume":14173100},{"date":1515258256000,"value":0.218755,"volume":50984700},{"date":1515344656000,"value":0.174513,"volume":30050600},{"date":1515431056000,"value":0.158732,"volume":14915000},{"date":1515517457000,"value":0.168621,"volume":10399700},{"date":1515603856000,"value":0.158775,"volume":8450510},{"date":1515690256000,"value":0.152799,"volume":7719450},{"date":1515776656000,"value":0.149177,"volume":6340560},{"date":1515863056000,"value":0.179587,"volume":15773400},{"date":1515949456000,"value":0.160841,"volume":7974030},{"date":1516035856000,"value":0.161677,"volume":6816240},{"date":1516122261000,"value":0.125843,"volume":8670150},{"date":1516208661000,"value":0.0932108,"volume":7685810},{"date":1516295061000,"value":0.125274,"volume":7136780},{"date":1516381461000,"value":0.120053,"volume":4580090},{"date":1516467863000,"value":0.152585,"volume":14954300},{"date":1516554262000,"value":0.127335,"volume":6070170},{"date":1516640662000,"value":0.119012,"volume":4916250},{"date":1516727062000,"value":0.129039,"volume":4885680},{"date":1516813463000,"value":0.122591,"volume":3768580},{"date":1516899862000,"value":0.120301,"volume":3823250},{"date":1516986262000,"value":0.115058,"volume":4287090},{"date":1517072662000,"value":0.112921,"volume":3777030},{"date":1517159062000,"value":0.104875,"volume":3827660},{"date":1517245462000,"value":0.0964721,"volume":7026650},{"date":1517331863000,"value":0.0816634,"volume":3902110},{"date":1517418262000,"value":0.0797021,"volume":3763750},{"date":1517504663000,"value":0.0615434,"volume":3171850},{"date":1517591063000,"value":0.0764358,"volume":7705450},{"date":1517677463000,"value":0.0743658,"volume":4554000},{"date":1517763863000,"value":0.0640516,"volume":2495870},{"date":1517850263000,"value":0.0514354,"volume":2923990},{"date":1517938463000,"value":0.0497075,"volume":4955980},{"date":1518024863000,"value":0.0725776,"volume":663590

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