Bitmain Closes Israeli Blockchain Development Center Citing Crypto Market Conditions

Chinese crypto mining giant Bitmain is closing its development center in Israel and firing local employees, Israeli business news outlet Globes has learned Monday, Dec. 10. Bitmaintech Israel — founded in 2016 to explore the use of blockchain technology, work on the Connect BTC mining pool and develop the infrastructure behind Bitmain’s artificial intelligence (AI) project Sophon — will close this week. All 23 employees will be fired, the Globes reports. Gadi Glikberg, head of the Israeli branch as well as Bitmain vice president of international sales and marketing, is…

Crypto Market Update: Stellar (XLM), Bitcoin Cash, Tron (TRX), ADA Price Analysis

Key Points The total crypto market cap recovered above $105.00B, but struggled near $113.00B. Stellar (XLM) price is up around 2%, but it is facing sellers near $0.1250. Bitcoin cash price is back above the $100 level and it could correct towards $115. Tron (TRX) is struggling to move past the $0.0150 resistance level. Cardano (ADA) price is consolidating above the $0.0300 support level. Bitcoin cash recovered and surpassed the BCHSV value. Stellar (XLM), Tron (TRX) and Cardano (ADA) are up around 2% with a minor bullish angle. Bitcoin Cash…

Major UK Charity Fund Executive Believes Crypto Market Crash Is ‘Just a Bump in the Road’

A major United Kingdom charity fund executive said at the Bloomberg Crypto Summit in London this Friday that the recent crypto market crash is just a “bump in the road,” Bloomberg reports Dec. 7. James Bevan, the chief investment manager at CCLA, told the audience during a panel that he doesn’t see the recent decrease in the value of cryptocurrencies “as an existential crisis”; rather, he noted that he believes this is just “a bump in the road.” Bevan then also compared crypto to traditional finance, stating that “institutional investors…

Crypto Rankings’ Shake-Up Follows Yesterday’s Market Crash as Bitcoin Stays Around $3,400

Saturday, Dec. 8 — Amid a new collapse in the crypto markets yesterday, cryptocurrency ranks are continuously changing as various coins overtake each other by market capitalization. While green prevails among a number of top 100 coins, the markets are trading sideways, with the total market cap hovering at the same levels as yesterday. Market visualization from Coin360 Bitcoin SV (BSV), Bitcoin Cash’s (BCH) hard fork that had been ranked fifth yesterday on CoinMarketCap, is now down on the list, with major stablecoin Tether (USDT) having taken over both BSV…

More Chinese Miners Selling Short Following Crypto Market Slump

Chinese miners are reportedly becoming the biggest short sellers both locally and internationally, following an increased number of hedging operations in the current bear market, Chinese crypto outlet 8BTC reported Thursday, Dec. 6. The severe cryptocurrency market decline in the last month has reportedly caused new generation miners to start hedging their coins to avoid market risks. At the same time, frequent hedging operations make miners the biggest short sellers of Bitcoin (BTC), according to 8BTC. Jin Xin, a Chinese miner who entered the industry in October 2017, reportedly said…

Two US Bills Focus on Cryptocurrency Market Manipulation and Improving Regulations

Two new bills focusing on cryptocurrency market manipulation aim to “position the United States to be a leader in the cryptocurrency industry,” their sponsors claimed Dec. 6. The bills, dubbed “The Virtual Currency Consumer Protection Act of 2018” and “The U.S. Virtual Currency Market and Regulatory Competitiveness Act of 2018” will go before the House of Representatives having been compiled in mid-November. A bipartisan effort, their authors, congressmen Darren Soto and Ted Budd, said they wish to “provide data on how Congress can best mitigate these risks while propelling development…

Poloniex Joins Fight for Institutional Investor Market With Dedicated Accounts

U.S. cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex has launched a dedicated offering for institutional traders, the company announced in a blog post Dec. 4. Poloniex, which merged with financial services company Circle in February this year, currently ranks 47th in the world among crypto exchanges by trade volume. The exchange joins an increasing array of operators looking to service the institutional market, a segment of cryptocurrency traders commentators have tipped to become a major force behind shoring up asset prices next year. “Institutions large and small can enjoy the benefits of our large…

Abu Dhabi Global Market Concludes First Phase of Blockchain-Based KYC Project

An international financial free zone within the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has concluded the first phase of its blockchain-based Know Your Customer (KYC) utility project, according to an ADGM press release, Dec. 4. The Abu Dhabi Global Market’s (ADGM) regulatory body, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) along with Big Four audit firm KPMG have published a review of the project’s “successful” first phase in order to provide key takeaways for members of the financial industry. The review outlines the project’s development over a period of four…

ETH Incubator ConsenSys Gets ‘Lean and Gritty’ in Competitive Market

Major Ethereum (ETH) blockchain startup and incubator ConsenSys plans to streamline and toughen its business style amid an increasingly “crowded” competitive blockchain space. The shift in strategy was reported by online tech journal Breaker on Dec. 3. Breaker cites a letter to staff from ConsenSys CEO and Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin, reportedly sent late last Friday night, which outlines a new phase in the Brooklyn-headquartered company’s work. As per the letter, ConsenSys — which employed over 1,100 employees across 29 countries, as of February 2018 — is entering what Lubin…

First Blockchain Smartphones Appear on the Market: Sirin Labs’ Finney Unboxed

After months of expectation and one of the top-five biggest ICOs of 2017, on Nov. 29 Sirin Labs has launched Finney, the ‘world’s first’ blockchain smartphone. Yet, even with the endorsement of football legend Lionel Messi and a $157.8 million token sale behind it, the $999 device has stepped into uncharted territory, where its built-in cold storage wallet and DApp ecosystem will have to contend with the dominance of Apple and Samsung — as well as the Exodus 1, a rival blockchain smartphone from HTC. Features Most of Finney’s key…