• Protestors in Hong Kong (Photo by Oscar Chan from Pexels).
    Asia & Australia,  Bitcoin

    Hong Kong’s Bitcoin spike: Foresight or fluke?

    A tremendous jump in trade volume on a small Hong Kong P2P exchange was touted as proof that Bitcoin is the new gold. But it may have just been a whale’s splash

    Bitcoin trades in Hong Kong saw a massive spike at the end of September—blowing past even the volumes seen at the height of the 2017 bubble—simultaneous to political unrest in the Chinese territory.     With nearly $12.3 million HKD (equivalent to $1.5 million in USD) traded in the week ending September 28 according to charts on peer-to-peer trading site Coin.dance’s LocalBitcoins, it was hard not to see a connection with escalating protests, anti-Chinese bank sentiment, and vandalism that recently caused ATMs to run dry, and panic-buying reported at supermarkets on October 7. It’s especially interesting considering the same Bitcoin (BTC) volume jump was seen, on a smaller scale, during the last…

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    Cryptocurrencies

    Bitfinex, Tether again face market manipulation accusations

    The embattled cryptocurrency exchange and stablecoin issuer jointly announced that a “meritless and mercenary lawsuit” is coming.

    It seems the New York Attorney General is not the only person accusing sister companies Bitfinex and Tether of breaking the law. A paper accusing the companies of market manipulation designed to boost the price of Bitcoin will be published soon.

  • PayPal's move is a personal blow for David Marcus, the man heading up the Libra project. Earlier in the decade, he was president of PayPal (via Wiki commons).
    Libra

    PayPal quits Libra cryptocurrency project

    We’re better off without you, the Libra Association’s head of policy said after PayPal withdrew from Facebook’s controversial stablecoin project

    PayPal has formally withdrawn from the Libra Association, the payments company announced on October 4.