Is Donald Trump Preparing to Declare a National Emergency to Gain Wall Funding?

Image: Shutterstock U.S. President Donald Trump has promised to make a ‘major announcement’ on Saturday afternoon. This comes as the partial government shutdown nears the one-month mark. Without going into much detail, Trump said the focus of the announcement would be on the partial government shutdown and the ‘Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border’: I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown, tomorrow afternoon at 3 P.M., live from the Read more …

Opinion: Stop Trying To Build a Better Bitcoin

A team of professors from top US universities have come together to create a new globally scalable decentralized payments system. But with Bitcoin already proving to work as intended for ten years running, would a ‘better Bitcoin’ even stand a chance? MIT and Standford Professors Developing Unit-E The professors formed a non-profit foundation based in Switzerland, called Distributed Technologies Research, backed by Credit Suisse and Pantera Capital. Unit-e, the cryptocurrency it aims to launch later this year, will process up Read more …

Chilean Citizens Will Begin Paying Cryptocurrency Taxes in 2019

Taxpayers in Chile are reportedly going to have to pay taxes on cryptocurrency earnings this year, as the country’s Internal Revenue Service (Servicio de Impuestos Internos, SII) has included a section for cryptoassets in a form that has to be filled on taxpayers’ Annual Income Tax Returns. According to local media, last year the country’s government ruled cryptocurrencies aren’t subject to Value-Added Tax (VAT), as these are seen as “intangible assets.” Chilean taxpayers will pay taxes on crypto-related earnings as Read more …

Crypto Market Wrap: TenX Surging on Reissued PAY Credit Cards

Crypto markets are still flat this Saturday, Tron pulling back after recent gains, TenX surging. As we enter the weekend crypto markets remain inactive. If anything there has been a slight pullback for most crypto assets but total market cap is still hovering just above $120 billion. Over the past 24 hours Bitcoin has dropped to $3,640 before recovering slightly. It is currently showing zero movement on the day and is still trading at $3,670 where it was the same Read more …

Freemium Isn’t Free! Free Mobile Games Generated a Whopping $61 Billion in 2018

Fortnite was last year’s biggest winner with 2.4 billion USD in revenue. Image from Shutterstock. The 2018 end-of-year report by Nielsen-owned gaming research company SuperData has revealed that so-called freemium games – games that are free to play but typically enable microtransactions for users to purchase upgrades and gizmos – are dominating the entertainment market, generating a massive $88 billion in the past year. Unsurprisingly this segment also known as free-to-play or F2P is dominated by Fortnite. The report places Read more …

Did Bitcoin Cash Fail? 500 Days Since the Fork, it Looks Like it Did

Nearly 17 months after the contentious fork that gave birth to Bitcoin Cash, it may be safe to say that the entire purpose of the fork may have been defeated, rendering Bitcoin Cash as little more than just another altcoin. An examination of the available 500+ days worth of data on the bitcoin cash blockchain shows that despite the impassioned arguments and big promises made about its 8 MB block size, it has never come close to filling out this Read more …

Gov’t Shutdown Freezes SEC Activity, But Bitcoin ETF Date Unaffected

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has frozen all pending administrative proceedings due to the government shutdown. According to a legal expert, however, the Commission is not allowed, by law, to delay the decision on VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF past its current deadline.  No More Delays Despite Government Shutdown The SEC has issued an order on January 16th, putting all pending administrative proceedings on hold because it has “experienced a lapse in appropriations.” According to the documents, all proceedings which Read more …

Former Governor of French Central Bank Joins Board of Directors of Blockchain Firm Setl

British blockchain technology group Setl has hired former governor of the French central bank Christian Noyer as a member of its board of directors. The new appointment was confirmed in a blog post published on Jan. 17. Founded in 2015, Setl is a financial company with a focus on blockchain technology. Setl  has built a blockchain-based infrastructure for institutional payments and settlements, with a reported capacity of over 1 billion transactions per day. According to the most recent announcement, Noyer Read more …

ICOs Raised $160 Million in First Half of January, Report Says

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) completed in the first half of January have raised around $160 million. The figure was provided in a report by ICO rating service ICObench shared with Cointelegraph on Jan. 18. ICOs completed by Jan. 15 have managed to raise about 33 percent of the combined amount raised in the previous month of December. Half of that sum was secured by just one project, the report notes. According to ICObench, the number of fundraisers that are set Read more …

Bitcoin Traders Ran $51 Million Crypto Scam, Prosecutors Say

Prosecutors say that a group of bitcoin traders in Taiwan ran a $51 million crypto scam. | Source: Shutterstock Prosecutors in Taiwan indicted seven bitcoin traders for allegedly operating a sham crypto investment scheme that bilked $51 million from more than 1,000 investors. The ringleader was a 47-year-old man whose surname is Lin, Focus Taiwan reported. The alleged scammers were charged with multiple violations of Taiwanese banking and business laws. The group of seven were arrested in June 2018 but were Read more …

Constantinople Hard Fork to Activate in Late February

Core developers of Ethereum (ETH) have postponed the activation of the Constantinople hard fork until late February. The upgrade is now set to be implemented at ETH block 7,280,000, as announced by a team lead at Ethereum, Peter Szilagyi, in a tweet Jan. 18. In his announcement, Szilagyi explains that the activation will take place at block number 7,280.000, which is expected to be mined on Feb. 27, 2019. The upgrade will reportedly be implemented as “a single fork on Read more …

‘No Shot’ for Bitcoin ETF in 2019

Crypto entrepreneur and regular contributor to CNBC, Brian Kelly, claimed that there is no chance for a Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) approval in 2019. Kelly made his remarks in an interview with Cointelegraph at the Crypto Finance Conference, Switzerland, Jan. 18. Discussing the overall state of the cryptocurrency market, Kelly predicted that 2019 will turn out better than 2018. The analyst argued that “we are somewhere close to the end of [the bear market], but we might have another Read more …