China’s Central Bank Wants to Put the Damper on Airdrops: Report

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC), China’s central bank, has its eyes on cryptocurrency companies that run airdrop campaigns in the country. In its most recent financial stability report for 2018, which was published on Friday, November 3, 2018, the bank said there has been a surge in the number of “disguised” Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), including the free distribution of crypto tokens through airdrops, despite its effort to clamp down on their activities. Based on the report, the bank states that the companies running token giveaways are evading China’s…

BTCC Announces the “Indefinite” Closure of Its Mining Pool

BTCC will be shutting down its mining pool by the end of the month. According to a recent notice made by the Hong Kong-based exchange, BTCC will deactivate its mining pool servers on November 15, 2018, and cease all operations entirely come November 30. Citing “business adjustments,” the notice was generally vague about the exact reason for this particular closure. Having started operations in 2014, the mining pool is one of the oldest in the space, while BTCC itself is China’s oldest crypto exchange. BTCC’s mining pool was one of…

Blockchain is Airdropping $125M in Stellar Lumens to Its Wallet Users

Blockchain will be airdropping approximately $125 million worth of Stellar lumens to its users, in conjunction with the Stellar Development Foundation. This marks the largest airdrop in cryptocurrency history. Those interested in taking part must possess a Blockchain wallet and be willing to verify their identity. The first group of customers is set to receive their lumens sometime this week at no charge. Stellar is Blockchain’s first airdrop partner since it launched its official “Airdrops Guiding Principles” framework last month. Jed McCaleb, co-founder of the Stellar Development Foundation, believes airdrops…

Just a Ripple? XRP Price Hits One-Month High But Eyes Correction

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Ripple (XRP) on Tuesday established a bullish setup after rising more than 10 percent against the US dollar. The pair broke above the October peak to set a new one-month high at 0.569-fiat. It was previously stuck in a narrow trading range for multiple weeks amidst lower volatility. While the lack of bias-defining price action is itself not significant, the absence of solid bullish momentum, coupled with failed rally attempts of the recent weeks, confirms XRP’s overall downtrend. The latest rally marks the asset’s latest attempt to break…

Token Sales Drop 90 Percent

With a bear market and a change in sentiment around ICOs, the risk of using such a fundraising mechanism now constitutes a cheaper, more reliable way of hosting a crowdsale. A staggering collapse this year in ICO funding – from $2.5 billion in February to $181 million by September – means that it has become vital for startups to actively reduce their risk and costs. This means trimming the fat where possible. An equitable way of achieving this is through one of the emerging ICO platforms wherein a token sale…

CBOE Bitcoin (BTC) Futures Reach Record-Low Volatility

Bitcoin (BTC) futures hit record low volatility in October on the US Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), MarketWatch reported yesterday. CBOE Bitcoin (BTC) Futures Kevin Davitt, a Senior instructor at CBOE Options Institute, published a video on November 1st outlining the volatility decline. In the video above, Davitt outlines that the average weekly volatility for XBT-CBOE Bitcoin (BTC) futures on the week ending October 26th was just three percent. This is the lowest level of volatility since the futures contracts launched on December 10th, 2017. As of the first of…

Crypto Market May be Poised for Bullish Breakout

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Bitcoin on Tuesday confirmed another bull flag formation after reversing from its downside correction action. The BTC/USD pair has almost negated the losses made during yesterday’s trading session, bringing the 24-hour gains to 0.46 percent. The pair found a strong intraday support level at 6372-fiat, just ahead of testing the lower trendline of the parallel channel introduced in the previous analysis. It reversed from the said level to retest its interim resistance at 6421-fiat. The BTC/USD pair is now trading at 6427-fiat on a comparatively high volume…

Blockchain.com Wallet Adds Stellar, Announces $125 Mln XLM Airdrop to ‘Drive Adoption’

Cryptocurrency wallet provider Blockchain.com has launched full support for altcoin Stellar (XLM), accompanied by a hefty airdrop of $125 million worth of XLM to its user base. The news was announced in an official blog post today, Nov. 6. Blockchain.com pitched the mammoth offering as “the largest airdrop in the history of crypto and likely the largest consumer giveaway ever,” suggesting that airdrops are “a great way to drive decentralization and adoption for new networks.” The firm underscores that the benefit of crypto airdrops for consumers are that they are…

The Number of Bitcoin Short Positions Hits 3-Month Low

The bearish sentiment around bitcoin sank to three-month lows earlier today as short positions placed on crypto exchange Bitfinex fell to their lowest level since August 5th. At approximately 11:00 UTC, the number of short positions dropped to 21,434, which represents a 33 percent drop in the past eight days alone. During the same time, longs – or positions that are betting on an increase in bitcoin’s price – also witnessed a notable increase of 10 percent, the current number of which (24,410) marks a three-week high. Indeed, the sentiment here seems…

Andrew Fleming, Former Dow Jones Executive, Joins BTC Inc as Head of Media

BTC Inc, the parent company of Bitcoin Magazine, is excited to announce the hiring of Andrew Fleming to be the new head of its media division. The addition of Fleming to BTC Inc’s management roster is the latest example of an emerging trend of big-name talent leaving institutions in order to join the crypto and blockchain industry. Before coming to BTC Inc, Fleming was the Head of Content Platforms at Dow Jones, parent company of the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Barron’s and many other leading publications. Prior to Dow Jones,…