John McAfee Blows His Own Horn Over Bitcoin Price Predictions

The media and others have it all wrong when it comes to predicting Bitcoin’s price movements. This according to John McAfee who believes he’s the only one who can make such calls accurately. The founder of software giant McAfee took to Twitter this week to give his thoughts. But I Already Said That! It’s been several months since McAfee tweeted specifically about Bitcoin’s price. It seems the latest predictions made by several people didn’t sit well with him. One of the things that go hand-in-hand with Bitcoin and other cryptos…

Derivatives Giant Fidelity Investments Receives and Passes on the Lightning Torch

Financial derivatives giant Fidelity Investments received and passed on the Lightning Torch, as revealed by tweet by the company sent on Feb. 22. Just like the Olympic torch, the Lightning Torch is being passed between members of the Lightning Network community. The trend first reportedly started when Twitter user and Bitcoin (BTC) enthusiast Hodlonaut sent 10,000 satoshis (the smallest, indivisible fractions of a Bitcoin) to another Lightning user, and the user added another 10,000 satoshis and passed it on. Fidelity passed the torch to the Harvard School Blockchain & Crypto…

Canadian Banks Wary of QuadrigaCX Assets’ Origins, Cite Money Laundering Concerns

Canadian banks have showed hesitation concerning the management of insolvent cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX’s assets, national public broadcaster CBC reports on Feb. 22. QuadrigaCX has faced financial difficulty following the sudden death of its founder Gerry Cotten, who was the allegedly only one with access to the exchange’s cold wallets. As Cointelegraph reported earlier this week, QuadrigaCX has sent its remaining crypto assets from its hot wallets to Big Four auditing firm Ernst & Young, the court-appointed monitor overseeing the case. During Friday’s court hearing, lawyers for the Bank of Montreal…

Apple ‘Project Titan’ Could Mean an Electric Van, Not a Multi-Billion Acquisition of Tesla

Forget plunking down tens of billions of dollars to acquire Tesla, Apple’s rumor mill is churning out gossip that the iPhone maker plans to debut its own electric van. This latest rumor was kicked off by a German business publication this week. It’s just the latest of a string of ways that observers have said Apple should spend its mammoth $245 billion in cash on hand. Vans, Not Cars in the Wheelhouses Up until Manager Magazin’s report, there had been speculation of Apple honing in on a van as an EV…

Stamps.com Shares Plummet Over 50% after ‘Exclusivity’ Break Up With USPS

Shares of online mail-supplies firm Stamps.com plunged by over 50% in pre-market trading on Friday after the company disclosed during the fourth quarter and full-year 2018 earnings call that it will not renew its exclusive agreement with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Per Stamps.com’s CEO, Kenneth McBride, prevailing shipping trends have made it necessary to broaden the choice available to customers. Consequently, the online mail supplies firm was left with no option but to ‘embrace other carriers’, according to MarketWatch: Our customers can no longer survive on just the USPS,…

Adviser: Pot Stocks Will Mimic Crypto Boom

Wealth manager Carol Pepper says cannabis stocks are the next “huge growth area” in alternative investing. With an actual physical product, pot stocks could soar like Bitcoin in 2017, but unlike the cryptocurrency, they won’t follow that boom with a bust. Pot Stocks Earn Bump from Legalization Progress Recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018, opening the North American market to pot companies and laying the groundwork for cannabis-infused drinks and other products. The US could quickly follow Canada’s trailblazing. Though it’s still banned at the federal…

OKEx C2C Platform Adds Ripple (XRP) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH)

OKEx has just listed Ripple (XRP) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) on its customer-to-customer platform, according to a report released this morning by Cointelegraph. The customer-to-customer platform is the cryptocurrency exchange’s newest venture. At the time of writing, OKEx is the top cryptocurrency exchange by its 24-hour trade volume. OKEx Adds Ripple (XRP) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) OKEx users can now buy or sell XRP and BCH with five supported fiat currencies. The fiat currencies include the British Pound (GBP), Chinese Renminbi (CNY), Vietnamese Dong (VND), Russian Ruble (RUB), and the Thai…

Parity Developer Quits Ethereum Projects Amid Outrage Sparked by Recent Tweet

Afri Schoeden, release manager at blockchain infrastructure firm Parity Technologies, has quit all Ethereum projects after a controversial tweet that sparked outrage on social media. Schoeden spoke to blockchain media BreakerMag on Thursday, Feb. 21. In his tweet, Schoeden reportedly criticized Serenity, also known as “Ethereum 2.0” — a final upgrade for the Ethereum network that brings its mainnet over to a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus algorithm. The tweet, which has since been deleted, reportedly read: “Polkadot delivers what Serenity ought to be…” Polkadot is Parity’s upcoming protocol aimed at linking…

Stanford Researchers Develop Privacy Mechanism for Ethereum Smart Contract

Researchers from the Stanford University and Visa Research have developed a privacy mechanism for Ethereum (ETH) smart contracts. A paper describing the mechanism was published on Stanford University’s Applied Cryptography Group website on Feb. 20. According to the paper, the researchers created “a fully-decentralized, confidential payment mechanism” called “Zether” that is consistent with both Ethereum and other smart contract platforms. The developers reportedly developed a new smart contract —  that can be executed either individually or by other smart contracts — that maintains the account balances encrypted and enables the…

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, EOS, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Stellar, Tron, Binance Coin, Cardano: Price Analysis, Feb. 22

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. Market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. The fundamentals of the crypto space have been improving over the past year. These developments are not going unnoticed by the institutional players. Though they have not committed huge sums of money, they have started testing the waters. Crypto hedge fund Pantera Capital, which…