China’s Central Bank Wants to Put the Damper on Airdrops: Report

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC), China’s central bank, has its eyes on cryptocurrency companies that run airdrop campaigns in the country. In its most recent financial stability report for 2018, which was published on Friday, November 3, 2018, the bank said there has been a surge in the number of “disguised” Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), including the free distribution of crypto tokens through airdrops, despite its effort to clamp down on their activities. Based on the report, the bank states that the companies running token giveaways are evading China’s…

Just a Ripple? XRP Price Hits One-Month High But Eyes Correction

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Ripple (XRP) on Tuesday established a bullish setup after rising more than 10 percent against the US dollar. The pair broke above the October peak to set a new one-month high at 0.569-fiat. It was previously stuck in a narrow trading range for multiple weeks amidst lower volatility. While the lack of bias-defining price action is itself not significant, the absence of solid bullish momentum, coupled with failed rally attempts of the recent weeks, confirms XRP’s overall downtrend. The latest rally marks the asset’s latest attempt to break…

Blockchain.com Wallet Adds Stellar, Announces $125 Mln XLM Airdrop to ‘Drive Adoption’

Cryptocurrency wallet provider Blockchain.com has launched full support for altcoin Stellar (XLM), accompanied by a hefty airdrop of $125 million worth of XLM to its user base. The news was announced in an official blog post today, Nov. 6. Blockchain.com pitched the mammoth offering as “the largest airdrop in the history of crypto and likely the largest consumer giveaway ever,” suggesting that airdrops are “a great way to drive decentralization and adoption for new networks.” The firm underscores that the benefit of crypto airdrops for consumers are that they are…

The Number of Bitcoin Short Positions Just Hit a 3-Month Low

The bearish sentiment around bitcoin sank to three-month lows earlier today as short positions placed on crypto exchange Bitfinex fell to their lowest level since August 5th. At approximately 11:00 UTC, the number of short positions dropped to 21,434, which represents a 33 percent drop in the past eight days alone. During the same time, longs – or positions that are betting on an increase in bitcoin’s price – also witnessed a notable increase of 10 percent, the current number of which (24,410) marks a three-week high. Indeed, the sentiment here seems…

15 Banks Join DTCC Post-Trade Blockchain as Project Enters Testing

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) has advanced its main blockchain project to a testing phase with 15 global banks, one of the last steps before taking the tech live.  Announced today, U.K.-based Barclays is among the global banks participating in the test, while the other 14 were not named. Together they will be kicking the tires of DTCC’s distributed ledger and cloud-based platform for its credit derivatives Trade Information Warehouse (TIW). Upon successful completion, DTCC expects to move to an “open” testing phase by the end of the year,…

Ripple (XRP) Briefly ‘Flippens’ Ethereum to Become 2nd-Largest Cryptocurrency

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Ripple (XRP), long the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency, capped off an impressive single-day rally with a foray onto the market’s silver podium, briefly evicting ethereum (ETH) from the market cap ranking it has long called home. Ripple (XRP) Challenges Ethereum for Silver Podium The rally, as CCN reported, saw the ripple price rise an astounding 14 percent on a day when bitcoin (BTC) traded sideways, and no other large-cap cryptocurrency rose more than 4 percent. In fact, XRP’s single-day return was triple that of Metaverse ETP, whose 4…

Thailand’s Tax Authority Taps Blockchain to Fight Tax Evasion

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn In its fight against tax evasion Thailand’s tax collection agency will turn to blockchain technology among other measures to fight the vice. According to the director-general of the Revenue Department, Ekniti Nitithanprapas, the government agency will employ blockchain technology in verifying whether owed taxes were paid in the correct amounts. Per the Bangkok Post, distributed ledger technology will be used in hastening the tax refund process by the department which falls under the country’s Ministry of Finance. The director-general of the Revenue Department, who was appointed to…

This Bitcoin Price Chart May Give Early Warning of Next Bull Reversal

That bitcoin (BTC) has likely found a bottom around $6,000 is now generally accepted, so the challenge for investors and traders is to spot the early signs of a long-awaited bullish reversal. Basic technical theory suggests that a bearish-to-bullish trend change is confirmed after the price invalidates a “lower highs” pattern – a series of descending peaks. As such, bitcoin needs to rise above the September high of $7,400 to confirm a major bullish breakout. That would mean the number one cryptocurrency by market cap needs to rally close to…

XRP Nears 50 Cents as Price Rises to One-Month Highs

The price of XRP, the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, jumped 6 percent on Monday, to reach its highest total in 30 days, according to CoinDesk data. At 15:01 UTC, the cryptocurrency rose to $0.49 cents for the first time since Oct. 8, and was last seen trading at $0.4950, marking roughly a 6.14 percent increase since the day’s open. At press time, XRP is the biggest winner among the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, reporting a seven-day gain of 11.13 percent, according to data from CoinMarketCap. XRP’s market…

China’s Central Bank Slams Blockchain Investment ‘Bubble’

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn China’s central bank has called on the government to strengthen supervision into ‘speculative’ financing and investments in the blockchain sector. The Research Bureau of the People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, published a working paper titled ‘What can a blockchain do and cannot do?’ on Tuesday. An early analysis of the working paper by CCN China can reveal that the central bank’s research arm is studying the impact of blockchain and various projects aimed at commercializing the decentralized tech in society. Pointedly, the central bank…