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Ripple Price Passes Historic $1 Milestone

Ripple Price Passes Historic $1 Milestone

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Please share if you find this article interesting. Ripple Price Passes Historic $1 Milestone Chart via CoinMarketCap.com The price of Ripple's XRP token has passed a dollar for the first time in its history.Currently the fourth-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, XRP passed the milestone just before press time, achieving an all-time high of $1.06, as per CoinMarketCap data. The rally in XRP follows months of sideways trading for the cryptocurrency, which took an upwards turn a week ago following positive news flow for banking-focused Ripple, as well as generally surging prices among alternative coins as investors look to move money out of an overstretched and falling bitcoin. Most recently, the company announced in late November that Standard Chartered and Axis Ban...
Writing the Blockchain Rulebook in 2018

Writing the Blockchain Rulebook in 2018

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Please share if you find this article interesting. Writing the Blockchain Rulebook in 2018 Josh Garcia is a fintech and blockchain Lawyer at Cooley LLP, where he helps clients with compliance advice, government enforcement actions and inquiry letters. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review. The regulators are coming. They have formed committees, subpoenaed documents, studied white papers, and will march into 2018 armed with enforcement actions. These actions will be more in the vein of re-actions, as regulators will attempt to stem the darker tides of cryptocurrency: promises of ludicrous returns, Ponzi schemes, and other obvious violations of securities laws. When the gavel lands, even the best-meaning and most honest developers may hav...
Waiting Game: Bitcoin Cash at Record High Ahead of Coinbase Relaunch

Waiting Game: Bitcoin Cash at Record High Ahead of Coinbase Relaunch

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Please share if you find this article interesting. Waiting Game: Bitcoin Cash at Record High Ahead of Coinbase Relaunch Bitcoin cash is resurgent today, despite some controversy over the cryptocurrency's listing on the Coinbase exchange. As per data source CoinMarketCap, the world's third-largest cryptocurrency by market value is up 64 percent over the last 24 hours, and set a lifetime high of $3,816 soon before press time. That follows a previous high of $3,813 set around 02:00 UTC. Notably, the price of the cryptocurrency rose sharply soon before Coinbase announced support for bitcoin cash (BCH) transactions on its platform yesterday. However, trading in BCH was quickly suspended and existing orders were canceled due to claimed "significant volatility." Meanwhile, Coinbase CEO
How Low Can Bitcoin Go? Charts Hint $11k Might Be in Play

How Low Can Bitcoin Go? Charts Hint $11k Might Be in Play

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Please share if you find this article interesting. How Low Can Bitcoin Go? Charts Hint $11k Might Be in Play Bitcoin is increasingly looking topped-out as excitement fades over the recent launch of the first futures products to focus on the cryptocurrency. As per CoinDesk's Bitcoin Price Index, the cryptocurrency was last seen trading at $17,000, down from the record high of $19,783 set on Dec. 17. Overall, bitcoin has depreciated by 4 percent in the last 24 hours, according to data source CoinMarketCap, but it's perhaps the movement behind that figure that's most notable. Bitcoin's 24-hour trading volume has jumped above $19 billion – its highest since Dec. 8. The high volume sell-off indicates strong hands are at play and price weakness could extend over the coming weekend. App
The 2017 Tapscott Prediction Scorecard

The 2017 Tapscott Prediction Scorecard

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Please share if you find this article interesting. The 2017 Tapscott Prediction Scorecard Don Tapscott is the CEO of The Tapscott Group, one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. He has authored over 15 books, including "Blockchain Revolution," published in May 2016 by Portfolio. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review. Notwithstanding our admonition in "Blockchain Revolution" that "the future is not something to be predicted but something to be achieved," a year ago my son Alex Tapscott and I made some predictions for 2017. A key theme was the issue of governance. As we wrote in our submission for CoinDesk's 2016 in Review, "In 2017, we need to get our act together. Decentralization is cr
Bring on the FUD: 2017 Was The Year Bitcoin Became Anti-Fragile

Bring on the FUD: 2017 Was The Year Bitcoin Became Anti-Fragile

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Please share if you find this article interesting. Bring on the FUD: 2017 Was The Year Bitcoin Became Anti-Fragile Jimmy Song is a bitcoin developer, an instructor for Dev++ and the owner-operator of his own in-depth technical bitcoin seminar called Programming Blockchain. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review. As bitcoin approaches $20,000, continuing to create new millionaires along the way, it's easy to deceive ourselves and think that we could all see this coming. It's hard to remember now, but the mood entering 2017 was a far cry from the optimism that we see in the bitcoin community after something like a 20x price rise. SegWit had not yet activated. The New York Agreement, UASF, bitcoin cash, let alone bitcoin gold, were not in e
Coinbase Halts Bitcoin Cash Trading Abruptly After Exchange Launch

Coinbase Halts Bitcoin Cash Trading Abruptly After Exchange Launch

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Please share if you find this article interesting. Coinbase Halts Bitcoin Cash Trading Abruptly After Exchange Launch Shortly after the sudden news it would add support for the cryptocurrency bitcoin cash, U.S. exchange startup Coinbase has already moved to disable trading of its newest asset. Announced today via a blog post to users, the decision to add the cryptocurrency, the third-largest by market capitalization, comes months after developers backing the effort cloned the bitcoin blockchain, effectively creating a competing network that claimed to enable a greater volume of transactions. Using a mechanism called a hard fork, however, the project created unique complications for exchanges, as by copying bitcoin's ledger at the time of the split, Coinbase users who held bitcoin...
$2,300 and Rising: Bitcoin Cash Eyes Gains Against Bitcoin

$2,300 and Rising: Bitcoin Cash Eyes Gains Against Bitcoin

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Please share if you find this article interesting. $2,300 and Rising: Bitcoin Cash Eyes Gains Against Bitcoin Bitcoin cash scaled new heights today and looks solidly bid against its rival bitcoin (BTC). As per CoinMarketCap, the world's third-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization toppled its previous record high of $2,477.65 (Nov. 12 high) and rose to a new record of $2,501.29 at 09:44 UTC today. Bitcoin cash (BCH) was last seen trading at $2,350 levels, meaning the 21 percent rally seen in the last 24 hours has pushed the gains since its launch to 316 percent. Meanwhile, week-on-week, BCH has appreciated 43 percent. The stellar rally is a part of the broad-based strength witnessed in the alternative currencies since last Tuesday. With bitcoin (large cap) showing signs ...
Blockchain’s 2018 Goal? Human Rights Over Financial Gains

Blockchain’s 2018 Goal? Human Rights Over Financial Gains

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Please share if you find this article interesting. Blockchain's 2018 Goal? Human Rights Over Financial Gains Thessy Mehrain is director of product and innovation at ConsenSys, where she works on dapps and protocols to enable social innovation via the ethereum blockchain. She is also the founder of "Women in Blockchain" New York, a distributed global network building diversity and inclusion. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review series. 2017 was an exciting year for blockchain. Despite the fact that the world today is rife with discord and polarization, there are those who are passionate about building a better future, one where people are empowered to self-organize and the institutions that underpin society actually work for the people
Bitcoin Risks Bearish Price Reversal as Altcoins Surge

Bitcoin Risks Bearish Price Reversal as Altcoins Surge

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Please share if you find this article interesting. Bitcoin Risks Bearish Price Reversal as Altcoins Surge Bitcoin prices are feeling the pull of gravity today, amid solid gains across many alternative cryptocurrencies. Having soared to new record highs around $20,000 over the weekend, the world's largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization has since dropped to sub-$18,000 levels. Bitcoin (BTC) has depreciated by 5.3 percent in today's session, and was last seen changing hands at $17,4500 levels, as per CoinDesks's Bitcoin Price Index (BPI). Meanwhile, ether (ETH) and bitcoin cash (BCH) have both hit new all-time highs today (as per CoinMarketCap), having gained 16.6 percent and 26.6 percent, respectively, in the last 24 hours. With the cryptocurrency market as a whole now wo...