It’s been an interesting month, with China again charging to the forefront. Bitcoiners seemingly love nothing more than discussing the relative merits of Chinese actions and policies towards Crypto. The number of “China bans Bitcoin” headlines is matched only by the number of “China unbans Bitcoin” headlines. November was all about China and Google Translate has been working overtime. The three main stories, in order of importance:

Xi Unwind

The end of October saw the “SatoXi” rally. If you remember, Xi stated that Blockchain was going to be a core focus. At the same time a number of other smaller events took…


SUMMARY

  • Bitcoin’s dominance is up by 1% (68.6%), the total market cap is down by 3.9% ($296bn)‚ and overall volume is down by 20% ($48bn) on the previous week. Bitcoin is down by 2.2%, Ethereum by 7.9%, XRP is down by 7.6%, and Litecoin by 10.8%. The best performers among the top-30 crypto were Binance Coin (7.2%) and Bitcoin (-2.2%).
  • China’s Digital Currency is Ready After Five Years of R&D
  • Allianz to Create JPM Coin-Like Payment Token
  • Mastercard Eyes Digital Assets Wallet
  • Facebook Hires US Senator Former Aide to Lobby for Project Libra
  • Goldman-Backed Apple Card Restricts Digital Assets Purchases
  • Seychelles…

SUMMARY

  • Bitcoin’s dominance is down by 5.3% (67,9%), the total market cap is up by 16.2% ($308bn)‚ and overall volume is up by 25% ($60bn) on the previous week. Bitcoin is up by 22.5%, Ethereum by 8.6%, XRP is up by 3.6%, and Litecoin by 5.6%. The best performers among the top-30 crypto were Tezos (42.8%) and Bitcoin (22.5%).
  • Mining Firm Canaan Secretly Files for US IPO
  • Walmart is Looking to Rival Facebook’s Libra
  • Square Generated $125 Million from Bitcoin in 2Q19
  • NKB Group and Sony Co-Lead €13 Million Raise for Bitwala
  • China’s Central Bank Calls for Speeding Up R&D of…

Information technology has fundamentally changed every aspect of our lives. The notable exception is, well, IT itself.

There are plenty of innovative IT departments, but a walk through an average one is not so different today, to how it was a decade ago, and in some fundamental ways, they haven’t really changed at all.

Many companies address modern trends by creating new innovation teams for websites, analytics, blockchain, or the IoT. But the core of their IT hasn’t principally changed, it remains extensive, complex, and drains most of the effort and costs.

Many SMEs in Central Europe I have visited…


SUMMARY

  • Bitcoin’s dominance is down by 1.1% (64.5%), the total market cap is down by 7.7% ($265bn)‚ and overall volume is down by 5.9% ($48bn) on the previous week. Bitcoin is down by 9.1%, Ethereum by 5.4%, XRP is down by 5.1%, and Litecoin by 8%. The best performers among the top-30 crypto were V Systems (14.3%) and Maker (1.2%).
  • Circle is Moving Majority of Poloniex Operations Offshore
  • Iran to Legalize Crypto Mining
  • Daimler is Building Hardware Wallet
  • GitHub Starts Blocking Developers in Countries Facing US Trade Sanctions
  • The Amount of Untouched Bitcoin for at Least Five Years at All-Time High

22 July 2019 / #70

SUMMARY

  • Bitcoin’s dominance is down by 0.9% (65.2%), the total market cap is up by 3.6% ($287bn)‚ and overall volume is down by 17% ($51bn) on the previous week. Bitcoin is up by 3.5%, Ethereum by 0.7%, XRP by 5.8%, and Litecoin by 12.8%. The best performers among the top-30 crypto were Bitcoin SV (43.7%) and Tezos (21.7%).
  • Fidelity’s Arm Has Officially Applied to Operate in New York as Trust
  • Bakkt’s Test Net Launch on Monday
  • Iran to Launch Gold-Backed State Cryptocurrency
  • Bitcoin Network is Moving $3 Billion daily, up 210% since April
  • Securitize Publishes Adoption…

15 July 2019 / #69

SUMMARY

  • Bitcoin’sdominance is up by 5.8% (65.8%), the total market cap is down by 15.3% ($277bn)‚ and overall volume is up by 43% ($88bn) on the previous week. Bitcoin is down by 11%, Ethereum by 26%, XRP is down by 21%, and Litecoin by 26%. The best performers among the top-30 crypto were V Systems (16.2%) and Bitcoin Gold (4.6%).
  • Fed to Probe Facebook’s Libra as Powell Points Out Concerns
  • US Lawmakers Draft “Keep Big Tech Out of Finance“ Bill
  • Goldman Sachs Ramps Up Development of New Crypto Project
  • Fed Chairman Powell: Bitcoin Is A Store…

We have all heard stories of how much energy — and greenhouse gas emissions — blockchain is responsible for. So it came as a surprise when the World Economic Forum published a report entitled “Building blockchains for a better planet”, outlining the many blockchain use-cases designed to help the environment. It claims the distributed ledger may enable next-generation monitoring, reporting, and even humanitarian relief.

Make no mistake here, blockchain’s impact on the environment has been, at least so far, unquestionably and astronomically negative. …


8 July 2019 / #68

SUMMARY

  • Bitcoin’s dominance is up by 1.5% (62.2%), the total market cap is up by 3.5% ($327bn)‚ and overall volume is down by 31% ($61.6bn) on the previous week. Bitcoin is up by 3.9%, Ethereum by 3.1%, XRP is down by 3.8%, and EOS is up by 0.6%. The best performers among the top-30 crypto were Crypto.com Chain (31.5%), Tezos (26.7%) and Monero (14.4%).
  • TD Ameritrade-backed ErisX Gets Green Light To Settle Futures in Bitcoin
  • BitMEX to Launch Bitcoin Zero Coupon Bond in the Next Few Weeks
  • CME’s Bitcoin Futures Sees a 30% Increase in Total…

1 July 2019 / #67

SUMMARY

  • Bitcoin’s dominance is up by 3.7% (61.3%), the total market cap is down by 2.8% ($316bn)‚ and overall volume is up by 27% ($89.3bn) on the previous week. Bitcoin is up by 17.5%, Ethereum by 13%, XRP is up by 7%, and EOS is up by 1.4%. The best performers among the top-30 crypto were NEO (20.1%), Monero (17.8%) and Bitcoin (17.5%).
  • Bitcoin IRA Launches Crypto Retirement Accounts
  • Amazon-Owned Twitch Quietly Brings Back Bitcoin Payments
  • JPMorgan to Start Customer trials of Its JPM Coin
  • Goldman Sachs Explores Creation of Digital Coin
  • Swiss SIX Stock Exchange…

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