Weekly Recap February 8th, 2021 – Feb 15th, 2021 Welcome to our 2nd weekly recap for February. Overview  Crypto News   [1] Uber CEO Says the Company Will Accept Bitcoin If There’s a Need For It Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has said that the company will accept bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a form of payment if there is a benefit and a need for it. [2] World’s Largest Custodian Bank Moving Into Crypto, Considering Issuing Cryptoassets The oldest bank of the United States, Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE: BK), has revealed it will start financing bitcoin and other digital currencies through the rollout of a new cryptocurrency custody service. [3] Bitcoin ETF Receives Green-light From Ontario Securities Regulator The Ontario Securities Commission has approved a bitcoin exchange-traded fund, according to public records published Thursday. [4] India to Ban Cryptocurrency Investment Completely BloombergQuint reported the news on Thursday, citing an unnamed “senior Finance Ministry official.” The ban won’t be imposed overnight, according to the official, who said the governmentContinue reading »

Weekly Recap February 1st, 2021 – Feb 8th, 2021 Welcome to our 1st weekly recap for February. Overview  Crypto News   [ELON] Elon Musk Supports Bitcoin, Says BTC on the Verge of Broad Acceptance Spacex and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has clarified his position on bitcoin and dogecoin. He confirmed that he supports bitcoin, stating that it is “a good thing.” [1] US Federal Reserve Seeking Manager to Research CBDCs and Stablecoins The U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) has posted a job advertisement that seeks to hire a role related to stablecoins and central bank digital currencies (CBDC). The Fed is looking for a research manager to join its team to assess the “benefits and risks” of digital assets. [2] Swiss Companies Issue First Tokenized Asset for Trading Under New National Blockchain Rules New legal provisions on distributed ledger technology (DLT) went into effect on Feb. 1 in Switzerland. After the implementation, two local companies announced that they had issued the first tokenized asset under the brand-new law. [3] Paypal LaunchesContinue reading »

Weekly Recap Jan 25th, 2021 – Feb 1st, 2021 Welcome to our 5th weekly recap for January. Overview  Crypto News   [1] Publicly-Traded Firm Buys $150,000,000 in Bitcoin, Says Holding BTC Superior to Holding US Dollar Following in MicroStrategy and Square’s footsteps, Bitcoin mining company Marathon Patent Group is now investing a large portion of its treasury reserve in BTC. [2] As Robinhood Shuts Down GameStop Shares, Demand Emerges For Decentralized, Censorship-Resistant Trading With the ongoing saga of Gamestop shares surging as a result of the r/wallstreetbets subreddit, Robinhood and other trading platforms such as WeBull and Apex Holdings (the clearing firm for among others, Public.com) has refused to allow for the buying of more GameStop GME +19.2% shares. [3] Reddit partners with Ethereum Foundation to boost scaling and resources Popular social media network Reddit, which counts over 1.7 billion monthly visits, is deepening its ties with the Ethereum Foundation in what it has formalized as its first-ever blockchain partnership. [4] Ripple Files Legal Response to SEC’s Lawsuit Blockchain companyContinue reading »

Grayscale – An Institutional Approach to Cryptocurrency Grayscale Investments is the world’s largest digital currency asset manager and a subsidiary of the venture capital company Digital Currency Group (DCG) who also owns the digital media company Coindesk. CoinDesk also hosts a conference on digital currencies and blockchain technologies titled Consensus. As an asset manager, the company offers its services to investors looking to invest in Bitcoin as security, without making direct purchases or managing funds themselves. Grayscale was established in 2013 and incorporated into DCG when it was formed in 2015 by Barry Silbert. Grayscale manages multiple investment funds, each for large amounts of various cryptocurrencies such as BTC, BCC, ETH, ETC, LTC, XRP, Zcash, Stellar, etc. The most notable of these being the Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC), which was the first publicly quoted Bitcoin security when it launched in 2013. The Grayscale Digital Large Cap Fund (GDLC), launched in 2018, allows customers to invest in a group of prominent digital currencies. Grayscale funds were approved for public tradingContinue reading »

Weekly Recap Jan 18th, 2021 – Jan 25th, 2021 Welcome to our 4th weekly recap for February. Overview    Crypto News   [1] President Biden Freezes FinCEN’s Controversial Crypto Wallet Proposal President Joe Biden has frozen all new or pending rules introduced during the Trump administration. This includes the FinCEN’s controversial crypto wallet proposal. [2] Andreas Antonopoulos Fights FUD With Facts: Bitcoin Is Safe And Worked As Expected On January 21, 2021, a random dude sent $21 to another random dude. And this is news because that transaction triggered a series of unfortunate events that ended up wiping $84Billion from Bitcoin’s total market cap, driving the community into a panic and causing a drop of more than 11% in the price of the largest cryptocurrency in the crypto ecosystem. [3] GrayScale Bought $1.3 Billion Bitcoin GrayScale has had its most successful week yet, buying close to $1.3 billion bitcoin, up considerably from $500 million a week during December. [4] Grayscale has incorporated six more trusts, including ones for Chainlink andContinue reading »

BitMEX Research FUD BitMEX’s Research team recently discovered and brought to attention a double-spending attempt on the Bitcoin blockchain, and the result was widespread FUD across the cryptocurrency market. [1/2] There was a stale Bitcoin block today, at height 666,833. SlushPool has beaten F2Pool in a race. It appears as if a small double spend of around 0.00062063 BTC ($21) was detectedhttps://t.co/o8lz9xagYG pic.twitter.com/IEdPu8JEjt — BitMEX Research (@BitMEXResearch) January 20, 2021 Whilst alarming indeed if it had succeeded, the blocks’ confirmation can be easily verified using the associated URL. It is quickly apparent that only one transaction request was confirmed. This has been a thinly-veiled attempt at spreading Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt amongst the particularly newly invested crypto participants. Situations like this happen often as multiple stale, or orphaned blocks are abandoned when conflicting blocks are discovered. It is a fairly common occurrence. User sent 1st transaction (T1), then sent new transaction (T2) that would replace T1.2 blocks were found around the same time: B1 and B2. B1 included T1 andContinue reading »

Weekly Recap Jan 11th, 2021 – Jan 18th, 2021 Welcome to our 3rd weekly recap for January. Overview  Crypto News   [1] Cardano’s Mary hard fork to offer native multi-asset support in February Cardano Founder Charles Hoskinson’s updates have been crucial to the development of the ecosystem over the past year. So is the case this time too, with IOHK’s CEO giving the community some important updates during his latest AMA. During the same, Hoskinson revealed that the Mary hard fork is coming in February, with the same promising to deliver “native multi-asset support” to the Cardano network. [2] Reuters: Gary Gensler, MIT blockchain professor and Obama’s CFTC chair, to head Biden SEC During the Obama administration, Gensler was the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, in which capacity he was in charge of enforcing the many new provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that followed the 2008 financial crisis. [3] Shopify Security Breach Exposes More Ledger Customers’ Sensitive Data A previous security breach at the e-commerce firm Shopify hasContinue reading »

Weekly Recap Jan 4th, 2021 – Jan 11th, 2021 Welcome to our 2nd weekly recap for January. Overview  Crypto News   [1] Banks Can Treat Public Blockchains Like SWIFT and ACH A new interpretive letter from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency paves the way for stablecoins and public blockchains to be fully integrated in the financial infrastructure. [2] Cyprian Hospital Commences COVID-19 Vaccination with VeChain (VET) Solution Mediterranean Hospital of Cyprus has successfully vaccinated some of its staff against the COVID-19 virus, including 100 doctors and personnel. The process was carried out via the VeChain-powered E-HCert COVID-19 solution, according to a blog post on January 5, 2020. [3] XRP About to Leave Top 5 First Time Since 2014 as Cardano (ADA) Soars 40 Percent XRP is on the cusp of being pushed out of CoinMarketCap’s top 5 after Cardano (ADA) soared over 40 percent in a single day. [4] Grayscale Gains $1.9 Billion in Crypto in One Day, While Bitcoin Market Cap Hits Record $700 Billion TheContinue reading »

Weekly Recap December 28th, 2021 – Jan 4th, 2021 Welcome to our 1st weekly recap for January. Overview  Crypto News   [1] Miami’s Mayor ‘Open To Explore’ Investing 1% of City’s Treasury Reserves in Bitcoin In an interesting twist of events, the Mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez, has said that he’s open to exploring the idea of putting 1% of the city’s treasury reserves in Bitcoin. [2] SkyBridge Capital Invested $182 Million in Bitcoin, Says It’s ‘Digital Gold’ SkyBridge Capital, the investment firm run by Anthony Scaramucci, has reportedly already invested $182 million in bitcoin and said in an investor brochure the flagship cryptocurrency is “digital gold.” [3] Bittrex To Delist Privacy Coins Monero, ZCash and Dash in Two Weeks Crypto exchange Bittrex today announced that it will delist privacy coins Monero (XMR), ZCash and Dash on Friday, January 15, at 23:00 UTC. [4] U.S. Congress Members Oppose Treasury Crypto Ruling in Letter In a letter sent to the Treasury on December 31st, 9 congresspeople wrote that they have concernsContinue reading »

Weekly Recap December 21st, 2020 – December 28th, 2020 Welcome to our 4th weekly recap for December. Overview  Crypto News   [1] SEC issues custody-focused guidance for brokers of digital asset securities In a new statement from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. securities regulator says it won’t bring enforcement actions against broker-dealers of digital asset securities that meet a number of requirements during the next five years. [2] White House releases stablecoin report The CME Group, a global markets company, and the world’s largest financial derivatives exchange, has announced that it will be launching Ether futures contracts for institutional traders. [3] Ripple Lawsuit Triggers XRP Led Altcoin Apocalypse Depending on your view, a devastating blow has been dealt to crypto, or a much-needed purge is in progress due to the SEC suing Ripple and two of its top executives for selling XRP tokens which the regulator claims were unregistered securities. [4] New Pro-Crypto SEC Chairman Appointed Elad Roisman has been appointed to chair the U.S. Securities and Exchange CommissionContinue reading »