Goldman Sachs Leads $32 Million Funding Round for Enterprise Blockchain Startup Axon

Enterprise-focused blockchain startup Axoni has raised $32 million in a funding round led by Goldman Sachs and other high-profile banks and venture capital investors, Forbes reports August 14. The $32 million Series B funding round was led by Goldman Sachs and Nyca Partners, with numerous other investors including Wells Fargo, JPMorgan, Citigroup, and Andreessen Horowitz. The fresh investment brings Axoni’s total financing to $55 million to date. Axoni’s co-founder, Greg Schvey, told Forbes that the round represented not just an injection of capital but a “deep strategic” alliance, given that…

Under Pressure: Bitcoin Price Could Defend $5.6K, Charts Say

Down two-thirds from its peak of $20,000, bitcoin (BTC) now risks printing fresh 2018 lows below $5,755. The corrective rally seen over the weekend failed to penetrate a key rising trendline hurdle of $6,480 on Monday, allowing the bears to make a strong comeback. As a result, the leading cryptocurrency fell below $6,000 (February low) and extended the slide to $5,859 earlier today – the lowest level since June 29 – according to Bitfinex data. As of writing, BTC is changing hands at $6,032 – down 6 percent in the…

Blockchain Startup Signs MOU With Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten

Barbados-based fintech startup Bitt Inc. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) to research the possibility of issuing a digital guilder, according to an August 12 press release. The parties signed the MOU in order to develop a central bank digital currency to facilitate financial payments within the monetary union of Curaçao and Sint Maarten. Per the announcement, the bank is looking to “reduce the level of cash usage within the monetary union” and facilitate “more secure, more Anti-Money Laundering…

‘Unhackable’ Wallet Reportedly Breached, Hackers Claim to Meet Bounty Conditions

A group of researchers claims to have have hacked the Bitfi wallet, the Next Web reported August 12. Bitfi’s executive chairman, cybersecurity pioneer John McAfee, has called it “the world’s first unhackable device.” To prove his claim, McAfee challenged security experts to breach the device for a $100,000 bounty starting July 24. Bitfi is a physical device, or hardware wallet, which supports “an unlimited amount of cryptocurrencies,” and revolves around a user-generated secret phrase instead of a conventional 24-word mnemonic seed that has to be written down. Additionally, Bitfi is…

Bitcoin’s Price Falls Below $6K to Near 2018 Low

The price of bitcoin fell below $6,000 on Tuesday, a move that brought the world’s largest cryptocurrency within 2 percent of its 2018 low.  At press time, bitcoin is trading hands at $5,922, printing a 5 percent 24-hour depreciation, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index, up slightly from a low of $5,785 set June 24. Bitcoin is not alone in the sinking ship, however, as the broader market continues to suffer. At press time, the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is below $200 billion, its lowest figure yet seen…

Below $200 Billion: Crypto Market Sinks to New 2018 Low

Falling prices have sent the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies back below $200 billion. Data from CoinMarketCap shows the total market cap slid to $189 billion on Tuesday, a move that follows successive days of market declines. The market cap first rose above $200 billion in November 2017, a development spurred at the time by the listing of bitcoin futures products. Leading the downward push is zilliqa, which has seen the value of its ZIL cryptocurrency fall by 35 percent in the past 24 hours. The decline is accompanied…

Bitcoin Price Hits 7-Month High Against Turkish Lira

Bitcoin (BTC) jumped to seven-month highs against Turkey’s national currency, the lira (TRY), on Monday. The price spike comes after the U.S. imposed sanctions against Turkey on Friday for continuing to hold an American pastor in custody. The resultant economic shock-wave has seen the lira drop to a new lifetime low of 7.20 TRY against the U.S. dollar today, after already having dropped 27 percent last week. On a year-to-date basis, the lira is down more than 80 percent against the greenback. The crash in the lira looks very likely…

“Currencies Of The People” | Finance Author Kiyosaki Is Bullish On Crypto

Bitcoin has recruited another influential bull in the form of Robert Kiyosaki—author of the famous financial self-help book Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Kiyosaki has declared Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general, as the “currencies of the people;” even going one abrasive step further by referring to the US dollar as a scam. According to the famous author, cryptos will outlive fiat currency, of which “the dollar is toast.” Currencies of the People Kiyosaki’s strong opinion was aired on a Sane Crypto Podcast hosted by Kim Hughes. He also took the time not only bash…

Bitcoin Price Move Past $6.5K Would Boost Upside Potential

Against expectations, bitcoin (BTC) defended support at $6,000 over the weekend, opening the doors for a stronger corrective rally above $6,480. Friday’s drop below $6,240 (bear flag breakdown) had created room for a drop to the June low of $5,755. Further, BTC closed below Thursday’s low of $6,183 on Friday, signaling a continuation of the sell-off from the July 25 high of $8,507. However, while the odds were stacked in favor of the bears, a break below $6,000 did not materialize. But it was close: the leading cryptocurrency printed a…

Bull or Bear? How SEC Actions Correlate With Market Prices

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. Earlier this week, the cryptocurrency markets slumped: Bitcoin (BTC) lost its $6,500 support, and Ethereum (ETC) dropped well below the $400 mark (rates stand at $6,620 and $319 respectively by the press time). While it’s important to remember that on such a volatile and scarcely regulated market, news might affect the prices…