India’s cryptocurrency market has gingerly started to ramp up activity after the Supreme Court overturned a controversial ban in March that prohibited banks from dealing with exchanges.
Sunday ended a bad week for bitcoin, with a dip below $9,000 kept to a brief flirtation—investors hope. But there’s plenty of optimism to go around, as two models predict big bitcoin price increases coming—possibly mirroring or surpassing the 2017 bubble’s $20,000 mark. And China surprised absolutely no one by announcing that it will be tracking large(ish) digital yuan transactions by default.
For eight months, the encrypted messaging app and the regulator have been coming to blows—with the SEC claiming the company’s $1.7 billion sale of gram tokens was an illegal securities sale. Under the deal announced on June 26, Telegram would pay an $18.5 million penalty and return $1.2 billion—about 70% of the funds raised—to investors.
The economy is doing Bitcoin no favors, with bad news and advancing COVID-19 pushing the still stock-market-aligned cryptocurrency within a few dollars of dropping below $9,000. Meanwhile, Ripple Executive Chairman Chris Larsen says China is winning the blockchain war. Researcher says Satoshi Nakamoto was AWOL from Bitcoin’s genesis block. New York is retreating ever-so-slightly from its super-strict BitLicense, making the prestigious but frequently fled crypto exchange qualification as it turns five.