Microsoft Knocks out IBM for Enterprise Blockchain Crown: Report

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Microsoft’s Blockchain-as-a-Service (Baas) platform has taken the top spot in a ranking compiled by market foresight advisory firm ABI Research. Per the report , Microsoft managed to beat competitors in the ranking owing to the advantage it has on the actual implementation front where a wide range of platform services are offered. It also helped that Microsoft’s BaaS platform is deeply integrated with its Azure cloud service, which commands the second-largest market share in the public cloud services market globally. Big Blue IBM came second after Microsoft,…

Bitcoin Price Claws Back to $4,500 But Further Losses May Lie Ahead

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn The bitcoin price on Tuesday nursed extensive losses of over 12 percent against the US dollar, stabbing through $5,000 as it did. BTC/USD Intraday Analysis The BTC/USD index is currently trading at the 4513-fiat price level after a minor jump from its intraday low at 4035-fiat. The knee-jerk reaction after a massive sell-off does not confirm a substantial bias shift. It looks more like a bear pennant formation that is likely to extend the bearish action as it overreaches its downside targets. BTC/USD 1H CHART | SOURCE: COINBASE,…

Capitulation? This Bitcoin Sell-Off Still Isn’t as Extreme as 2015’s

A total of $60 billion has been erased from the value of all cryptocurrencies over the last week, a decline that has many wondering if the ongoing bear market for the asset class has finally come to an end. Defined as a period of depressed activity and sentiment, the bear market has seen the price of bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, decline more than 75 percent from all-time highs set in January. Further, as bitcoin makes up more than 50 percent of the entire market in terms of total capitalization, it’s safe to…

Hoskinson: Satoshi Did “An Amazing Thing”…But There Are Lessons to Learn

Charles Hoskinson is best known today as a co-founder of both Ethereum and IOHK, where he leads the research, design and development of Cardano. But before these projects, there was Bitcoin. Back in 2013, he was the founding chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s education committee and established the Cryptocurrency Research Group. In an interview with Bitcoin Magazine during the recent StartEngine Summit, Hoskinson began by saying that he views Bitcoin as a series of experiments to try and realize two key concepts: “Can we achieve a decentralized form of value…

Just the Facts: An Unembellished Examination of Ross Ulbricht’s Arrest

The Let’s Talk Bitcoin Network hosts several podcasts for regular discussion topics in the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency, including the popular weekly show What Bitcoin Did. As a special event, however, What Bitcoin Did has partnered with the campaign to free Ross Ulbricht to host a detailed analysis of Ulbricht’s arrest and imprisonment, Railroaded, on the LTB Network. Peter McCormack, the host of What Bitcoin Did, has worked closely with the #FreeRoss campaign in the past, having interviewed Lyn Ulbricht multiple times. For this series, however, McCormack took a…

Huobi Group Sets Up Communist Party Committee in Beijing

As part of its desire to forge deeper ties with the Chinese government, Huobi Group, the parent company of digital asset platform Huobi, has formed a Communist Party committee in China, according to an announcement by the company. The new branch was established by a Huobi subsidiary, Beijing Lianhuo Information Service, and will reside in the Haidian District of the municipality of Beijing. Per reports on the South China Morning Post, the Beijing Lianhuo was established earlier this year, wholly owned by Huobi founder and chief executive Li Lin. Lin,…

Federal Election Commission Gives Green Light for Political Mining Pool …

The U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) has given tacit permission for mining pools to donate to political campaigns. The FEC released a memo on their website on November 13, 2018, to provide background information to a formal meeting that would take place on November 15. In it, they addressed a recent request filed by OsiaNetwork LLC for the FEC’s advisory opinion. OsiaNetwork filed this request on September 10, 2018, asking for confirmation on the “permissibility of OsiaNetwork’s business plan.” With little other information publicly available about this startup, it seems…

Bitcoin Price Analysis: Another Red Day Pushes BTC Into Deeper Support Test

Bitcoin has tumbled again today as the market continues to see further downward movement shortly after breaking two areas of market support. So far, bitcoin is down 15% on the day — 25% in 1 week: Figure 1: BTC-USD, Daily Candles, Downward Continuation This drop below support is starting to display hallmarks of market capitulation. After most of the sellers got out of the market earlier this year, bitcoin managed to consolidate sideways for about 9 months in the form of a descending triangle. Last week, after several tests of…

New Cryptocurrency-Based ETP Arrives in Switzerland

Amun AG, a startup in Zug, Switzerland, has received a license from Swiss authorities to offer a new cryptocurrency exchange-traded product (ETP). An ETP is a blanket term to denote a security that derives its price from an underlying asset (e.g. a currency, commodity, stock) and is traded on a regulated stock exchange. It could refer to a number of exchange-traded investment options, including exchange-traded funds (ETF), exchange-traded commodities (ETC) and exchange-traded notes (ETN). Anum has referred to the instrument only as an ETP, and it’s unclear at this time…

Op Ed: It’s Time to Reject Mediocrity, #ExitFiat and Embrace Bitcoin

When the towers in New York fell, I became obsessed with economics. I wanted to follow the money to understand what happened on that dreadful day. During that time of inquiry, I found myself very interested in Austrian economic theory. Soon enough, I realized that the reserve banking system was systemically corrupt. How can you have money based only on debt? How can central banks print debt out of nowhere and demand interest for that? It was a question that caused me to create the world’s first website where people…