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Celsius Will Offer Compounding Crypto Interest As of Feb. 1

The Founder of popular crypto lending and borrowing platform Celsius, Alex Mashinsky, has announced that on February 1 the platform will begin offering compound interest on cryptocurrency deposits. Compound interest is when the interest earned on a deposit is immediately re-invested so that the money earned from interest immediately accrues interest. This leads to exponential… Read more

Hawaiian Bill Would Allow Banks To Hold Crypto Assets

Five Senators in Hawaii have introduced bill SB2594 which would allow banks to hold cryptocurrency and other forms of crypto assets, essentially paving the way for banks to offer crypto wallet and crypto custodian services. Also, the bill lays out the requirements for a bank to be qualified to hold crypto assets, including general policies… Read more

The Number of Bitcoin Addresses With More Than One Bitcoin Has Been Consistently Rising, up 11% in a Year

The number of Bitcoin (BTC) addresses with more than 1 Bitcoin (BTC) has reached 784,000, which is up 11% since last year. Since 2015 the number of addresses with more than 1 Bitcoin (BTC) has doubled. This indicates an increase in Bitcoin (BTC) HODLING, which should theoretically increase the price of Bitcoin (BTC) long term.… Read more

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Trying To Force Miners To Pay A 12.5% Development Tax, Plan Is To Orphan The Blocks From Miners Who Do Not Comply

It appears Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is about to go off the decentralization path. There is a new proposal that will tax all Bitcoin Cash (BCH) miners 12.5%, with all funds being diverted to a ‘development’ fund. This amounts to 112.5 Bitcoin Cash (BCH) per day, or $7 million in 6 months, forcibly taken out of… Read more

Vodafone the Latest Major Corporation to Quit the Libra Association

The Libra Association continues to lose partners due to regulatory pressure, with Vodafone, a British telecommunications giant, announcing their exit. Vodafone says they will instead dedicate their resources to M-Pesa, which is a mobile payments platform that is currently available in parts of Africa, and has plans for global expansion. So far the major credit… Read more

Liberty Reserve, E-gold, and DigiCash: How Early Digital Currencies Proved That Centralization Is a Death Knell

Bitcoin (BTC) was not the first digital currency, there were actually several digital currencies in the pre-Bitcoin era, including but not limited to DigiCash, e-gold, and Liberty Reserve. The failure of these three digital currencies teaches the important lesson that centralization threatens the survival of any non-government currency, as will be described in this article.… Read more

Hodlonaut Launches Second Official Lightning Torch, Passes Through 40 Countries in Three Days

Infamous crypto twitter influencer Hodlonaut has launched the second Lightning Torch, which is essentially the Bitcoin (BTC) version of the olympic torch. When a user receives the Lightning Torch they add a small amount of Bitcoin (BTC) and then pass it on to the next person, and the torch ends up traveling all across the… Read more

India Acknowledges That Bitcoin And Crypto Assets Are Legal

During a Supreme Court case the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which is India’s Central Bank, conceded that Bitcoin (BTC) and other crypto assets are not illegal, and therefore citizens can hold, invest, and trade crypto. Specifically, the RBI says that virtual currencies are not prohibited, rather banks and other financial services have been directed… Read more
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The Number of Bitcoin Addresses With More Than One Bitcoin Has Been Consistently Rising, up 11% in a Year

The number of Bitcoin (BTC) addresses with more than 1 Bitcoin (BTC) has reached 784,000, which is up 11% since last year. Since 2015 the number of addresses with more than 1 Bitcoin (BTC) has doubled. This indicates an increase…

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Trying To Force Miners To Pay A 12.5% Development Tax, Plan Is To Orphan The Blocks From Miners Who Do Not Comply

It appears Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is about to go off the decentralization path. There is a new proposal that will tax all Bitcoin Cash (BCH) miners 12.5%, with all funds being diverted to a ‘development’ fund. This amounts to 112.5…
Hodlonaut Launches Second Official Lightning Torch, Passes Through 40 Countries in Three Days
Infamous crypto twitter influencer Hodlonaut has launched the second Lightning Torch, which is essentially the Bitcoin (BTC) version of the olympic torch. When a user receives the Lightning Torch they…
The Altcoin Mining Industry Is Withering, with Bitcoin Mining Now Accounting for More Than 80% of Total PoW Crypto Mining Revenue
According to new data published by Yassine Elmandjra, a cryptocurrency analyst for ARK Invest, Bitcoin (BTC) mining now accounts for over 80% of all Proof of Work (PoW) mining revenue.…

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Ethereum-Based Payment Protocol Launches Streaming Payments
The Ethereum (ETH) based payment protocol Sablier now facilitates continuously streamed payments, innovating the way that workers can be paid.…
Atomic Swaps Between Bitcoin and Monero Could Be Possible In the Near Future
Atomic swaps between the Bitcoin (BTC) and Monero (XMR) blockchains could be possible in the near future, perhaps even sometime…
New Software Uses Replace-By-Fee To Make Ethereum Wallets Impenetrable
Robert Forster has written a new type of Ethereum (ETH) wallet software that uses the Replace-By-Fee protocol to make wallets…
Apple and Google Cracking Down on Mobile DApps
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Poloniex Leaks an Undisclosed Amount of Customers' Data

Poloniex has leaked an undisclosed amount of customers' data, prompting the exchange to send out password change emails to users, as well as a request that all users upgrade to 2-factor authentication (2FA) in order to avoid any more account breaches. In other words, it seems Poloniex has been hacked, putting accounts at risk of…
The Brave Browser Requires Users to Hand Over Full Identification Information Before Receiving Basic Attention Token (BAT) Rewards, Which Is a Complete Affront to Its Anonymity-Oriented Audience
The Brave Browser is branded as being a secure, fast, and private web browser. Much of the content on its website discusses how the browser does not collect personal data…
NULS Dev Team Loses $500,000 In Hack, Will Hard Fork To Mitigate The Damage
An account owned by the NULS dev team has been hacked due to a security vulnerability, resulting in the loss of 2 million NULS, which is approximately 2% of the…
Maker DAO Had a Critical Flaw That Could Have Led to the Theft of $340 Million of Ethereum (ETH) and Billions of Dollars of Additional Damage, Maker Foundation Reluctantly Patches This Security Flaw After Vulnerability Goes Public
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India Acknowledges That Bitcoin And Crypto Assets Are Legal

During a Supreme Court case the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which is India’s Central Bank, conceded that Bitcoin (BTC) and other crypto assets are not illegal, and therefore citizens can hold, invest, and trade crypto. Specifically, the RBI says…

Deribit Moves to Panama to Escape Harsh European Regulations

The Amsterdam-based cryptocurrency futures and options trading platform Deribit is moving to Panama in order to escape harsh regulations. The move is expected to become official on February 10, after which point Deribit will operate under the Panamanian company DRB…
SEC to Make Crypto Regulation a Priority in 2020
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has announced that they will be making the crypto industry a priority in 2020. Specifically, the OCIE…
Qatar Financial Center Bans Crypto Businesses
The Qatar Financial Center, located in the capital Doha, has banned all ‘virtual asset services’, with a virtual asset being defined as anything that can act as a substitute for…

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Binance CEO Says Exchanges Are a Safer Place to Hold Crypto Than a Wallet, Which Is Incorrect

Peter Schiff created a flurry of controversy on Twitter when he lost access to his Bitcoin (BTC) wallet, apparently due to the wallet becoming corrupted, and his password supposedly no longer being valid, which does not make that much sense. In any case, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao responded that most people do not have the…
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Bitcoin Is Fundamentally Better Than Gold As Both a Currency and a Financial Safe Haven
For perhaps the entire history of human civilization gold has been used as a form of currency, and in more recent times gold is considered one of the top financial…
Bitcoin Will Rally If the Strait of Hormuz Gets Blocked or Disrupted Due to a War with Iran
A recent Crypto.IQ article predicted that if the conflict between Iran and the United States escalated any further, Bitcoin (BTC) and precious metals would rally while stocks would simultaneously weaken.…