Bitcoin 

ICOs Raised $118 Million in Q1 2019, Over 58 Times Less Than in Q1 2018

About $118 million has been raised via initial coin offerings (ICOs) in Q1 of 2019, over 58 times less than $6.9 billion, the amount raised during the same period in 2018, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports on March 31. The report cites data provided by ICO analytics website TokenData. The WSJ argues that investors have been scared off by regulators’ actions against non-compliant ICOs, as well as by the general bear market over the past year. One of the latest cases happened in February, when the United States Securities…

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Ethereum 

Bitcoin Pushes Past $4,100 as Top Cryptos See Mixed Movements

Sunday, March 31 — the top 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting mixed, mostly mild, price movements on the day by press time, as Bitcoin (BTC) reaches just over $4,100. Market visualization courtesy of Coin360 Bitcoin has seen nearly no price movement on the day, up just a fraction of a percent trading at around $4,105, according to CoinMarketCap. Looking at its weekly chart, the current price is over two percent lower than the value of BTC one week ago. Bitcoin 7-day price chart courtesy of CoinMarketCap Ethereum (ETH) is holding onto…

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Blockchain 

Meet the 21-Year-Old Entrepreneur Trying to Sell His Failed ICO on Ebay

The bear market has not been easy on the crypto market, especially when it comes to initial coin offerings (ICOs). The demand for small-value tokens issued by relatively unknown projects — some of which eventually might or might not turn out to be viable investments — has been dying out, and the days of “to the moon” meme seem to be well behind. Now, people who jumped on the ICO bandwagon a bit too late are looking for a way out. Enter Ivan Komar, the 21-year-old owner of a startup…

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Bitcoin 

The Implications of Fusing 5G and Blockchain

Analysts have been anticipating the implications of the Internet of Things (IoT) for several years. However, there have been two main impediments to its success: capacity and security. But now, the introduction of a new technology could change that. This year, major carriers like AT&T and Verizon will be introducing 5G, the latest generation of cellular mobile communications. The 5G platform brings a high data rate, reduced latency, energy savings, cost reduction, higher system capacity and massive device connectivity, according to analysts. The combination of 5G and blockchain technology has…

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Bitcoin 

Japan’s Largest Railway Company Considers New Crypto Payment System for Transport Cards

Kazuhiro Tokita, representative director, board member and president at Japanese cryptocurrency exchange DeCurret, unveiled a new cryptocurrency payment system during a business presentation in Tokyo on March 27. Cointelegraph Japan reported on the presentation the same day. The new system would enable the SUICA payment card issued by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East), Japan’s biggest railway company, to be topped-up with cryptocurrency. Still, the report points out that there are no concrete plans as of press time, and that JR East is only considering the implementation. Data released…

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Blockchain 

PwC is Top Recruiter for Blockchain-Related Jobs on Indeed, Big 4 Auditing Firms Follow

Big four auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is the top recruiter for blockchain-related jobs on recruitment platform Indeed, search results showed at press time on March 30. At press time, PwC is responsible for 40 blockchain-related job offers on the platform. Other big four auditing firms are apparently recruiting professionals in this niche on the platform: more precisely, Ernst & Young posted 17 such announcements, while Deloitte posted 10. This leaves KPMG as the only big four auditing firm not recruiting blockchain professionals on the platform. Tech giants IBM and Oracle posted…

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Ethereum 

Bitcoin Stays Near $4,100 as Top Cryptos See Mixed Movements

Saturday, March 30 — the top 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting mixed movements on the day by press time, as Bitcoin (BTC) stays near $4,100. Market visualization courtesy of Coin360 Bitcoin has seen nearly no price movement on the day, trading at around $4,095 after having reported a mid-day high of $4,275, according to CoinMarketCap. Looking at its weekly chart, the current price is nearly one and three quarters of a percent lower than the value of BTC one week ago. Bitcoin 7-day price chart courtesy of CoinMarketCap Bakkt, the company…

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Bitcoin 

Former IBM and Cisco Executive Tom Noonan to Join Bakkt as Chairman of Board

Kelly Loeffler, the CEO of institutional trading platform Bakkt, announced that former cybersecurity expert at IBM, Cisco and Endgame Tom Noonan will become the chairman of its board of directors. The development was reported in a Medium post published on March 29. Per the announcement, the founder, chairman and CEO of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and chairman of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Jeff Sprecher is also joining the board of directors of the company. Alongside him, the post further welcomes Softbank managing partner Akshay Naheta and managing partner…

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Ethereum 

OmiseGo Denies Acquisition by Thailand’s Biggest Private Company

Hasegawa Jun, the founder of Omise — the company behind OmiseGo (OMG) — denied the recent acquisition rumors in correspondence to Cointelegraph Japan on March 30. On March 29, cryptocurrency news outlet The Block Crypto reported that Charoen Pokphand Group, Thailand’s largest private company, had acquired Omise for $150 million. Shortly afterward, Omise answered an inquiry by Cointelegraph Japan, denying the rumors. In his correspondence with Cointelegraph, Jun further noted that he requests The Block to immediately remove the story, publish an apology statement and issue a correction to the…

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