It’s a case of police entrapment that goes beyond the pale. After a ruling Wednesday by the U.S. Third District Court of appeals, a Florida man will have to face a trial by jury over felony charges in Miami for selling bitcoin to undercover police. Felony Charges for a Victimless Crime? “Espinoza’s bitcoins-for-cash business requires
Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX is filing for protection from creditors, a step taken to avoid bankruptcy. In a statement posted to its website nearly a week after the portal became inaccessible, the exchange announced that it had filed “an application for creditor protection in accordance with the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act,” as part of a
The race is back on to launch the first U.S. bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), after Cboe resubmitted its joint proposal with VanEck and SolidX. Announced Thursday by VanEck digital asset strategy lead Gabor Gurbacs, the Jan. 30 filing would, if approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), allow the Cboe BZX Exchange to list shares
Apple has struggled to win over the Chinese mobile phone market as reports have suggested but Samsung is also having a similar issue. Samsung Electronics revealed that it recorded a 31 percent decline in net profit in the fourth quarter of 2018 as the operating profits of its mobile business plunged by nearly 33 percent.
The U.S. stock market traded higher Thursday but the Dow was mostly excluded from the rally as shares of Microsoft Corp (MSFT) tumbled following a lukewarm earnings report. Dow Flips Green But Trails S&P 500 & Nasdaq The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded lower after the open, mirroring a mostly flat pre-market session for Dow
Another bitcoin ATM operator has received one of New York’s coveted BitLicenses. Cottonwood Vending LLC was granted one of the virtual currency licenses Thursday, the New York Department of Financial Services announced on Twitter, joining a select group of fewer than 20 crypto companies to receive regulatory approval to operate within the Empire State. The
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Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by daily trading volume, enabled credit card payments on its platform to allow users to purchase Bitcoin and other major crypto assets using Visa and Mastercard. The integration of credit card payments into the Binance trading platform comes after Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) emphasized the importance of fiat
Blockchain investment firm Pantera Capital is leading a $4.5 million seed round in Staked, a startup that provides institutional investors with the technical infrastructure for non-custodial staking services. Other participants in the round include Coinbase Ventures, Global Brain, Digital Currency Group, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures and Blocktree Capital. “You’ve got $25 billion of stake-able crypto that’s coming online
View The probability of bitcoin ending its four-year February winning streak in 2019 is high, as the primary trend is bearish for the first time in the last three years. Further, BTC’s failure to capitalize on a bullish pattern on the 3-day chart indicates bearish sentiment is still quite strong. BTC risks falling to December
In the last 24 hours, the crypto market slightly recovered from $111 billion to $113 billion as Bitcoin rebounded to $3,400. Other major crypto assets in the likes of Ripple (XRP) and Ethereum (ETH) recorded gains in the range of three to seven percent against the U.S. dollar. Following the partnership with R3 and SWIFT,
$1.7 billion was stolen from cryptocurrency exchanges, custodial services, and in ICO exit scams in 2018. That’s a dramatic rise from the year before, despite the shrinking market. And according to the Q4 CipherTrace Cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering Report, that money needs to be laundered. But here’s the kicker: with a global wave of regulations going
The NEM Foundation, a community-funded nonprofit established to promote the NEM blockchain, is planning layoffs across its entire 150-person staff in the wake of severe budget cuts and ahead of an imminent restructuring, CoinDesk has learned. The newly elected president of the NEM Foundation, Alex Tinsman, told CoinDesk Wednesday the Singapore-based NEM Foundation now intends to
A new token backed one-to-one with bitcoin is now live on the ethereum blockchain. “Wrapped BTC” (WBTC) officially launched its ERC-20 token Wednesday evening. The project was first unveiled in October as a joint initiative between decentralized exchange startups Kyber Network and Republic Protocol, as well as cryptocurrency custody company BitGo. As stated on the
Even with the declining price of Bitcoin, the “9/11 papers hacker group” has received a significant sum of the flagship cryptocurrency. At current prices, their address has received more than $42,000. In case you missed it, the hackers claim to have acquired a treasure trove of damning documents. Documents related to the most notable foreign
Apple is struggling in China, and many investors expected it. What wasn’t expected is the magnitude of which the technology conglomerate has been unsuccessful in winning over the Chinese market. The decline in iPhone sales in mainland China has also reportedly affected the suppliers of the firm, whose values declined following the open letter of
Pot stock analysts believe that the CBD industry is about to explode. The reason? The $867 billion Farm Bill, signed into law by US President Donald Trump on December 20, officially excluded all cannabis products with 0.3% or less THC from the Controlled Substances Act. (THC is the psychoactive element in marijuana that gets users
“Crypto winter” has come and taken its toll on a number of prominent payrolls. However, a survey by CoinDesk of 66 startups has found that the majority say they’ve managed to avoid serious setbacks or revisions to their product roadmap. Of the 45 who responded to the inquiry, 40 gave a generally positive prognosis about
Ripple has hired a new general counsel, filling a position that had been vacant for several months. Announced Wednesday, Stuart Alderoty will oversee all legal work at Ripple and manage its global legal, policy and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance teams, reporting to CEO Brad Garlinghouse. Alderoty joined Ripple from CIT Group, a top-50 U.S.
It doesn’t look like digital payments firm Stripe is having any second thoughts about its bitcoin breakup. Tiger Global Invests [Another] $100 Million in Stripe A year after sending the flagship cryptocurrency a Dear John letter, the Silicon Valley fintech darling has reportedly achieved a staggering $22.5 billion valuation following a $100 million investment from