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ICObench and its deteriorating credibility

Introduction Boomerang Today’s topic as you have probably noticed in the title is regarding ICObench. Now before I begin ranting about ICObench let me be clear, this is not an attempt to defame ICObench. That being said, I hope this…


The Case for The Bitcoin ETF

  Setting The Stage Imagine a courtroom and Bitcoin making its way to the podium. Seated on the left side of the room are the bullish advocates; opposite to them are the bearish advocates. As Bitcoin passes the barrier and…



Did the Bears Leave Bitcoin?

There is a constant struggle in any investment market between the bulls, a term associated with a rising market, and the bears, a term associated with a declining market. When bears flock to a market, it can mean one thing:…


This Company Helps Bitcoin Millionaires Unleash Their Fortunes

Dave Carlson recently wanted to borrow about $1 million to fund operating expenses at Giga Watt, his cryptocurrency-mining operation based in East Wenatchee, Wash. The mining, which generates new units of cryptocurrency using specialized computers, requires vast amounts of electricity; Carlson said he spends about $250,000 a month on power. He could have exchanged some of his crypto for cash, but he didn’t want to miss out on future surges in value.For Carlson and other cryptocurrency investors, this is the conundrum: They may be millionaires, but very few businesses accept bitcoin, Ethereum or other digital currencies. People who own crypto typically exchange it for U.S. dollars to make purchases, missing out on potential value increases, paying hefty fees or incurring capital-gains taxes.


Circle: Client Base Grows As Bitcoin Collapses

Crypto finance startup Circle isn’t hurting after bitcoin’s recent plunge. In fact, the company has seen a surge in hedge funds and other major investors joining its platform.According to CNBC, the Goldman Sachs-backed company said that month over month it had a 30 percent boost in new clients and was doing 15 times more transaction volume each day than a year ago. This is despite the fact that bitcoin has plummeted more than 50 percent this year.To keep up with the volume, Circle just announced that it was making “Circle Trade” automated so investors can place orders without having to talk to a person.“In May, which was a challenging month, we saw a sharp increase of unique new counter-parties,” Circle founder and CEO Jeremy Allaire told CNBC in a phone interview. “A lot of folks on the institutional side are on-boarding, and getting their ducks in the row.”Until recently, Circle employees would have to manually quote a price over an instant messaging platform such as Skype, then authorize those trades. Now the platform, which facilitates around $2 billion in trades every month, will be able to handle orders and settlements through an automated process.


Crypto responds to the Bank of International Settlement’s bitcoin report

To bitcoin adherents, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are still a work in progress. Yes, its energy usage is an issue but it’s one that developers are aware of any trying to solve.One blockchain professional I spoke to on Thursday compared the BIS report to saying the world would be in trouble if a baby was put in charge. Babies tend to grow up before they are given any responsibility and crypto developers are hard at work helping bitcoin and other digital currencies grow up.”I don’t think many people appreciate just how early stage this technology is,” Jamie Burke, the founder and CEO of specialist bitcoin and blockchain VC fund Outlier Ventures, told the Blockchain Alternative Investment Conference in London on Monday.Something like 98% of bitcoin’s original code base has been rewritten since it was first created in 2009 and developers around the world continue to work on new ideas, solutions, and technology.Allarie said: “I’m deep, deep in it and I’m a pretty technical person and I cannot keep up. There’s so much. I’m not even close. There’s just so much activity and so much innovation happening. I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s just happening at such a pace.”


Bitcoin Price Manipulation Fueled Top Cryptocurrency’s 2017 Rally: Report

Bitcoin’s meteoric price spikes in 2017 were fueled by market manipulation and not merely investor enthusiasm. That’s the conclusion of University of Texas finance professor John Griffin.In his 66-page research paper entitled Is Bitcoin Really Un-Tethered?, Griffin said at least 50 percent of the increase in bitcoin prices in 2017 was manipulated using tether, another cryptocurrency pegged to the U.S. dollar.Professor Griffin, who specializes in spotting financial fraud, said circumstantial evidence suggests there was coordinated price manipulation designed to keep bitcoin prices artificially high.


Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak Wants Bitcoin To Be Single Global Currency

Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, wants to see Bitcoin as the single global currency, echoing comments made by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently.”I buy into what Jack Dorsey says, not that I necessarily believe it’s going to happen, but because I want it to be that way, that is so pure thinking,” Wozniak told CNBC on the sidelines of a financial conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands.Bitcoin will become the global currency for payments after overtaking the dollar’s dominant place within a decade, Dorsey had said in March in an interview to the UK’s Times newspaper.In May, however, Dorsey said the internet was set to have a native currency. He was unsure if it would be Bitcoin, but hoped it would be so.


Bitcoin Daily: U.S., Canada Probe Crypto Scams

In other news, state securities regulators in the U.S. and Canada have announced that they’re cracking down on crypto scams, Reuters reported. Regulators are looking into initial coin offerings (ICOs) and unregistered securities offerings in an operation dubbed “Operation Crypto-Sweep.” Through a task force, regulators have opened 70 investigations in the operation, as 35 investigations enforcement actions are pending or have already occurred. In some cases, regulators have issued cease and desist letters to alleged scams.