• According to Bitwise, CoinBene is a 'suspicious' exchange (via Bitwise).
    Bitcoin

    95% of all Bitcoin trades are fake, Bitwise tells SEC

    In a filing to gain approval of an ETF, Bitwise Asset Management proposes tracking 10 ‘honest’ exchanges to alleviate market manipulation concerns

    In an attempt to gain regulatory approval for a Bitcoin exchange traded fund (ETF), Bitwise Asset Management attacked the accuracy of data listed on cryptocurrency tracking site CoinMarketCap.com. The claim came in a study filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and made public on March 21.

  • Dollar coins
    Alt coins,  Tether,  United States

    Circle and Coinbase stablecoin not approved by regulator

    Both companies are regulated, but their coin is another story

    Circle’s “stablecoin” just got a big boost from one of the largest retail cryptocurrency exchanges, but there’s a nuanced issue: the token itself isn’t regulated, at least as far as one of its overseers is concerned. On Tuesday, Circle—the peer-to-peer payment service that owns crypto exchange Poloniex—and Coinbase announced the launch of CENTRE, a consortium that aims to facilitate the adoption of stablecoins. Those are tokens that are supposed to be pegged to fiat currencies by holding them in reserves. Circle’s USD Coin (USDC) is being marketed as safe, allowing users to “move dollars anywhere in the world in minutes instead of days. Cheaply and securely.” What’s more, Circle’s status…

  • newspapers
    Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Ethereum,  Media,  Ripple,  Tether,  United States

    Must-reads for September 26, 2018: Bitmain’s IPO filings, Dimon does blockchain, and other fun reads

    Here are the crypto stories you should be watching today

    The World’s Biggest Crypto Company Just Opened the Books for Its IPO (Bloomberg) If the word “Bitmain” isn’t aready synonymous in your head with “Bitcoin,” it’s time that it is. The China-based company makes the bulk of the ASIC mining machines that mine Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. And mining groups controlled by Bitmain oftentimes control more than half of all of Bitcoin’s network hashrate. It turns out mining all that crypto is equivalent to mining fiat. Bitmain, which on Wednesday filed to go public in Hong Kong, had a $742.7 million profit on $2.8 billion in revenue in the first half of 2018. Its return on equity is close to…

  • stellar
    Alt coins,  Media

    Stellar’s not-so-stellar few days

    Facebook denies friending Stellar

    Stellar’s lumen has gone dark on Poloniex, capping a wild few days of rumors and refutation of rumors. Depositing or withdrawing the token has temporarily been halted on the Circle-owned trading platform days after Facebook said it wasn’t working with the crypto company. On Friday, Business Insider published a report claiming, “In recent months, Facebook’s blockchain team, led by the former PayPal executive David Marcus, has met with the open-source payments-technology company Stellar about some of those opportunities, people familiar with the talks told Business Insider.” The BI story cited “a Stellar insider,” for some fairly pro-Stellar spin: “‘They’d be taking the rug out from under the banks,’ the person…

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