Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Could Revolutionize Governance, Says Cypherpunk Jameson Lopp

Jameson Lopp — a crypto industry figure and self-proclaimed professional cypherpunk — described Bitcoin (BTC) as the first step in a broader transition to an anarcho-capitalist society. Lopp’s comments were made in an interview on the Stephan Livera Podcast, published Dec. 29. According to Lopp, Bitcoin is an experiment that — if successful — could make the transition to an anarcho-capitalist society possible: “I believe that Bitcoin is a very interesting experiment that if is successful in the long run could not only revolutionize money, but revolutionize how we think…

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Bitcoin 

Launch Timeline for Bakkt’s Bitcoin Futures to Be Clarified Early 2019: ICE

  The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) announced an update on the launch of the Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) Daily Futures Contract in an official notice Dec. 31. The document from ICE — the operator of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and creator of digital assets platform Bakkt — states that “[f]ollowing consultation with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission [CFTC], ICE Futures U.S., Inc. expects to provide an updated launch timeline in early 2019 for the trading, clearing and warehousing” of Bakkt’s Bitcoin (BTC) futures contract. The document reiterated that previously the…

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Ethereum 

Stellar Co-founder Brands 90% of Crypto Projects ‘B.S.’

Most financial institutions will not use Bitcoin (BTC), payment network Stellar’s co-founder and CTO Jed McCaleb stated in an interview with Yahoo Finance Dec. 31. Speaking to the online news outlet, McCaleb — who is also known as one of the founding fathers of defunct Japanese Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, as well as the co-founder of Ripple — made an argument in favor of the use of permissionless, open blockchains in finance. He told reporters bluntly: “It doesn’t need to be the bitcoin blockchain, but if it’s not a public…

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Blockchain 

Blockchain Project’s Big Ideas Include Bike That Can Mine Crypto as You Cycle

A blockchain-based platform says it is the first that puts all users and ecosystem participants on an equal level, and has set out its vision for how its platform will develop in the coming months and years. Transcendence describes its blockchain as open source and decentralized, and says it offers full compatibility with existing systems such as AmiCloud, an internet-based file storage and file sharing facility, and the indieGO app store. The company says it wants its platform to offer an open marketplace for developers and artists, giving content creators…

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Bitcoin 

UK Regulators Still Probing 18 Businesses Over Cryptocurrency Dealings: Report

The United Kingdom’s finance watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has revealed that it is investigating 18 companies over cryptocurrency use, local daily news outlet the Telegraph reported Dec. 29. Responding to a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request from the publication, the FCA said it had closed the vast majority of its investigations into cryptocurrency-related businesses since May of this year. Out of a total of 67 such inquiries, it revealed, 49 had come to an end, either by issuing a warning to those involved or admitting there was…

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Ethereum 

Crypto Markets Teeter on New Year’s Eve, With Mostly Losses Across the Board

Monday, Dec. 31 — on the cusp of the new year, all but one of the top 20 cryptocurrencies by market cap are in the red, as data from Coin360 shows. Losses among the larger cryptos are tempered, with most losing 2-3 percent, and losses capped at 6 percent. Market visualization by Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) has seen a mild loss of around 2 percent over the 24 hours to press time, currently trading at $3,816. The closing week of 2018 has been a volatile one, with Bitcoin breaking above $4,200…

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Bitcoin 

Top Cryptocurrencies Mostly in the Red, Bitcoin Falls Below $3,900 Again

Sunday, Dec. 30 — most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies are seeing discreet losses while a few report discreet gains. Bitcoin’s (BTC) price is under $3,900 again, according to Coin360 data. Market visualization from Coin360 At press time, Bitcoin is down a fraction of a percent on the day, trading at around $3,880. Looking at its weekly chart, the current price is substantially lower than the Monday’s high of $4,271, and also lower than $4,011, the price of BTC one week ago. Moreover, the current price is still substantially up…

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Bitcoin 

Chinese Survey Finds Nearly 40 Percent of Respondents Would Invest in Crypto

A Chinese survey of 4,200 respondents has shown that 40 percent are willing to invest in crypto in the future, local Chinese crypto news outlet 8btc reports on Dec. 26. PANews, whose Twitter describes the outlet a news source for sharing blockchain news across Asia, conducted the survey. According to the answers gathered during the crypto-related survey, about half of all the respondents had heard of the following terms: cryptocurrency, digital currency or Bitcoin (BTC). On the other hand, 63 percent of the respondents believe that there is no necessity…

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Blockchain 

White Hat Hackers Earned $878,000 from Crypto Bug Bounties in 2018, Data Shows

White hat hackers have been awarded $878,000 in bug bounties this year, technology news website TheNextWeb reports on Dec. 30. Bug bounties are a type of competition in which companies that develop software invite hackers to break their software and responsibly disclose the vulnerabilities, so they are able to fix them before they are exploited. According to TheNextWeb, hackers earned $534,500 on HackerOne, a bug bounty platform connecting companies with hackers just from Block.one, the company which stands behind EOS. In fact, Block.one is reportedly responsible for 60 percent of…

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Ethereum 

Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, NEO, IOTA, Binance Coin, Stratis

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. The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. While 2017 was a raging bull market in cryptocurrencies, 2018 turned out to be a massive bear market that wiped out more than $720 billion in total crypto market capitalization. We believe that 2019 will bring back the focus on the fundamentals and…

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