Coinbase Is Planning a Year-Long Decentralized Identity Experiment

One of the crypto industry’s biggest players is experimenting with ways to give its users more control of their personal information. Crypto exchange turned corporate unicorn Coinbase has a 17-person team currently exploring decentralized identity solutions. B Byrne, the product manager of Coinbase’s identity team, told CoinDesk he wants to “help people own more of who they are online.” Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Byrne’s approach relies on creating bridges between Coinbase products, such as its mobile wallet, with a built-in decentralized application (dapp) explorer. He explained: “I’m looking at dapps, and…

BitGive Launches Bitcoin Donation Platform GiveTrack 1.0 on Mainnet

Having announced the beta version of its blockchain-based donation platform GiveTrack in 2017, the BitGive Foundation has now launched the GiveTrack 1.0 on the mainnet. The GiveTrack platform was created to bring transparency to the donation process. Using the platform, donations can be made with bitcoin, allowing donors to track the progress of the funds in real time, ensuring donations make it to the intended charities and get used for their intended causes. The latest version of GiveTrack, which was launched at the Latin American Bitcoin and Blockchain Conference in…

Coinbase Adds Zcash to Retail Crypto Trading Service

Less than a week after adding privacy-focused zcash to its professional trading platform, crypto exchange Coinbase is opening trading to its retail customers. The company announced Wednesday that clients using coinbase.com or the Android and iOS apps can buy, sell, send, receive or store zcash, though residents in the United Kingdom and the U.S. state of New York will not immediately have access to these services. The move comes on the heels of Coinbase Pro adding support for zcash last week. At the time, the platform announced that only residents…

7 Major EU Countries to Go Big on Blockchain, What It Means for Crypto

On December 4, seven EU countries led by Malta and France have established a group called the “Mediterranean seven” to encourage and promote the usage of blockchain technology. In the months to come, the seven countries that include France, Italy, Spain, Malta, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain, will work to implement the blockchain in education, transport, mobility, shipping, Land Registry, customers, company registry, and healthcare. The declaration obtained by FT read: “This can result not only in the enhancement of e-government services but also increased transparency and reduced administrative burdens, better…

Aion Token Project Estimates 18-Month Runway After Bitcoin and Ether Sales

Cash is king – especially during a crypto winter. That’s the takeaway from a report out Wednesday from the Aion Foundation, which raised $23 million worth of bitcoin and ether through a token sale in October 2017. Compiled with the help of Deloitte, though not formally audited by the Big Four accounting firm, the report details how Aion has been managing its crypto war chest. According to Aion Foundation CEO Matt Spoke, the foundation has sold off half of the bitcoin and ether it raised for fiat. The sales were…

Bitcoin Price On Track for Biggest Yearly Loss on Record

Bitcoin’s (BTC) recent drop to 14-month lows has left the cryptocurrency on track for its biggest ever yearly loss. Just three weeks ago, the cryptocurrency was changing hands at $6,300 – already a 54 percent year-to-date drop, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index (BPI). The dominant market narrative back then was that BTC would trim losses in the last few weeks of 2018, having bottomed out around $6,000 in five months to October. However, on Nov. 14, BTC nosedived below the crucial 21-month exponential moving average (EMA) support, signaling a…

Bitcoin Price Watch: BTC/USD Remains In Downtrend Below $4,020

Key Points Bitcoin price failed to break the $4,080 resistance level and declined recently against the US Dollar. Yesterday’s highlighted two key bearish trend lines are active with resistance near $4,000 and $4,090 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The price remains in a major downtrend and it could extend losses below $3,800 in the near term. Bitcoin price is still in a bearish zone below $4,020 against the US Dollar. BTC/USD could accelerate losses once there is a break below the $3,740 support.…

Binance Releases New Video Demo of its Decentralized Crypto Exchange

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by adjusted trading volume, has released a new video demo of its decentralized exchange, dubbed Binance DEX, ahead of its launch in early 2019. Released Wednesday, the video demonstrates the trading interface of Binance DEX, along with a web crypto wallet and the explorer for Binance’s native public blockchain, Binance Chain, which the firm says will be made available on a testnet soon. Based on the video, Binance DEX will have a very similar interface to its existing centralized exchange, with some additional features.…

Ripple Price Analysis: XRP/USD Buyers Facing Crucial Resistance

Key Highlights Ripple price declined and revisited the $0.3380 support area against the US dollar. Yesterday’s highlighted important bearish trend line is in place with resistance at $0.3500 on the hourly chart of the XRP/USD pair (data source from Kraken). The pair must stay above the $0.3380 and $0.3360 support levels to bounce back in the near term. Ripple price is under pressure against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. XRP/USD needs to surpass $0.3500 and $0.3540 to gain bullish momentum. Ripple Price Analysis During the past few sessions, there were…

Cardano Price Analysis: ADA/USD Could Extend Declines Below $0.038

Key Highlights ADA price failed to stay above the $0.0380 support and declined recently against the US Dollar (tethered). There was a break below a major bullish trend line with support at $0.0398 on the hourly chart of the ADA/USD pair (data feed via Bittrex). The pair could continue to move down and it is likely to revisit the $0.0350 support level. Cardano price failed to gain momentum against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. ADA/USD declined below $0.0380 and it could continue to move down towards $0.0350. Cardano Price Analysis…