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  1. Asked whether you will buy bitcoins, big bull Rakesh Jhunjhunwala answered, "I won't buy it for even $5." In an interview with CNBC International TV, the ace investor said, "Only the sovereign has the right to create currency in the world. Tomorrow people will produce 5 lakh bitcoins, then which currency will go? Something which fluctuates 5-10% a day, can it be considered as currency?" "If a dollar moves 1-2%, it becomes a news, but bitcoin fluctuates 10-15% every day," Jhunjhunwala said. On cryptocurrency trading, he said, "I think it's speculation of the highest order."
  2. Ether, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency, hits a record high above $1,700 KEY POINTS Ether climbed 11% to a price of more than $1,700 on Friday, according to data from CoinDesk. Investors are awaiting the launch of ether futures contracts from the CME next week. The Ethereum network is also undergoing a major upgrade called Ethereum 2.0. Ether, the digital token of the Ethereum blockchain, is the second-largest cryptocurrency in the world by market value.
  3. India plans to introduce law to ban Bitcoin, other private cryptocurrencies Image Credits: Getty Images India plans to introduce a law to ban private cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin in the country and provide a framework for the creation of an official digital currency during the current budget session of parliament. In the agenda (PDF) published on the lower house website, the legislation seeks to “prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India,” but allow “for certain exceptions to promote the underlying technology [blockchain] of crypto
  4. Treasury nominee Yellen is looking to curtail use of cryptocurrency Yellen argues many cryptocurrencies are used "mainly for illicit financing." Enlarge / Janet Yellen, Joe Biden's nominee to be Secretary of the Treasury, at a December press conference. Alex Wong/Getty Images 96 with 62 posters participating Cryptocurrencies could come under renewed regulatory scrutiny over the next four years if Janet Yellen, Joe Biden's pick to lead the Treasury Department, gets her way. During Yellen's Tuesday confirmation hea
  5. Yet another exchange is abandoning this massive cryptocurrency Kraken becomes the latest crypto exchange to drop XRP (Image credit: Shutterstock / Wit Olszewski) Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has become the latest in a series of high-profile platforms to delist XRP, one of the world’s largest digital currencies. The decision was prompted by a lawsuit filed in December by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), against XRP custodian Ripple, it’s CEO Brad Garlinghouse and President Chris Larse
  6. Bitcoin tops $40,000 for first time, pushing cryptocurrency market value past $1 trillion KEY POINTS Bitcoin smashed through $40,000 to hit a new record high on Thursday as the cryptocurrency’s massive rally continues. Bitcoin’s resurgence has been attributed to a number of factors including more buying from large institutional investors. Bitcoin smashed through $40,000 to hit a new record high on Thursday helping to lift the total value of the entire cryptocurrency market above $1 trillion for the first time. The digital
  7. Facebook’s libra currency to launch next year in limited format Long-awaited project to arrive as soon as January, with just one dollar-backed coin. Enlarge NurPhoto | Getty Images 79 with 64 posters participating The long-awaited Facebook-led digital currency libra is preparing to launch as early as January, according to three people involved in the initiative, but in an even more limited format than its already downgraded vision. The 27-strong Libra Association said in April that it had
  8. LONDON (Reuters) - PayPal Holdings Inc PYPL.O joined the cryptocurrency market on Wednesday, allowing customers to buy, sell and hold bitcoin and other virtual coins using the U.S. digital payments company's online wallets. PayPal customers will also be able to use cryptocurrencies to shop at the 26 million merchants on its network starting in early 2021, the company said in a statement. PayPal hopes the service will encourage global use of virtual coins and prepare its network for new digital currencies that may be developed by central banks and corporations, Pre
  9. IRS may put cryptocurrency question at the top of 1040 to catch cheaters Virtual currency profits are taxable under US law. Enlarge Thomas Trutschel / Getty Images News 127 with 63 posters participating, including story author The Internal Revenue Service is considering adding a question to Form 1040—America's primary income tax form—asking tax filers if they dealt in virtual currency in 2020. It would be the agency's latest attempt to crack down on underreporting of cryptocurrency profits.
  10. Mysterious bitcoin wallet emptied of almost a billion dollars of cryptocurrency Recipient address becomes world’s second largest bitcoin wallet (Image credit: Shutterstock / Igor Batrakov) The owner of the world’s largest unattributed bitcoin wallet has emptied their account of almost $1 billion in cryptocurrency. The transaction saw 101,857 BTC (with a market value of circa $933m at the time of writing) delivered to two recipients, with first first receiving 5,000 BTC ($45.8m) and the second 96,857 BTC ($887.4m).
  11. Another one bites the dust It appears the downturn of the cryptocurrency market is having a ripple effect (pun intended) on the industry. Numerous blockchain businesses have been forced to close down or lay off staff to survive – and the latest one is Bitmain. The mining giant is the latest to be hit by the cryptocurrency bear market and is shutting down its Israel-based development center, Bitmaintech Israel, Globes Israel reports. The development center was set up two years ago, and will close this week laying off its 23-people-strong staff in
  12. Razy Malware Attacks Browser Extensions to Steal Cryptocurrency The malware targets victims in multiple, sneaky ways as they move around the web. A Windows malware dubbed “Razy” has been uncovered that sports a toolbox of cryptocurrency theft and fraud tools. Razy works by weaponizing browser extensions in order to perpetrate a range of online scams on unwitting victims. According to researchers at Kaspersky Lab, the trojan targets Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Yandex
  13. It's unclear how quickly China will try to phase out cryptocurrency mining. Enlarge / Mining operations outside China, like this one in Russia, could benefit if the Chinese government cracks down on cryptocurrency mining. OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images The Chinese government is considering a nationwide ban on mining bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Every few years, China's National Development and Reform Commission publishes a list of industries the agency wants to encourage, restrict, or eliminate because they are unsafe, illeg
  14. Some of the brightest minds in America are pooling their brain power to create a cryptocurrency that’s designed to do what Bitcoin has proved incapable of: processing thousands of transactions a second. Professors from seven U.S. colleges including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley have teamed up to create a digital currency that they hope can achieve speeds Bitcoin users can only dream of without compromising on its core tenant of decentralization. The Unit-e, as the virtual currency is called, is the
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    Crypto for care homes - really?

    Crypto for care homes - really? Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image captionResidents of the Carlauren care homes can pay for their rooms with crypto-cash Thought the crypto-currency and blockchain craze had faded away? Think again. In recent weeks, messages about all sorts of schemes involving creating new coins and exploiting the wondrous blockchain technology have popped into my inbox. The most bizarre of all was from a company planning to get residents of upmarket c
  16. North Korea is developing its own cryptocurrency—at least according to Alejandro Cao de Benos, a Spanish aristocrat and IT consultant who serves as a sort of international liaison for the country’s totalitarian, militaristic government. Per a report in Vice News on Wednesday, North Korea threw a “first-ever blockchain and cryptocurrency conference in April,” with Cao de Benos saying the country now feels ready to dip its toes into the market with an offering of its own. Cao de Benos, who managed both the conference and works with the Committee for Cultural Relations fo
  17. The US Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard said yesterday that Facebook must overcome a “core of legal and regulatory challenges” before facilitating payments with its ‘cryptocurrency’ Libra. Brainard went on to note that life could become more complicated for central banks overseeing monetary policy if an external stablecoin like Libra gained mainstream adoption, Reuters reports. However, the governor said the Fed was not in a rush to issue its own digital currency, adding it raised “profound legal, policy, and operational questions.” “It sh
  18. Malicious Tor Browser Steals Cryptocurrency from Darknet Market Users A trojanized version of the Tor Browser is targeting dark web market shoppers to steal their cryptocurrency and tracks the websites they visit. More than 860 transactions are registered to three of the attackers' wallets, which received about $40,000 in Bitcoin cryptocurrency. Careful impersonation The malicious Tor Browser is actively promoted as the Russian version of the original product through posts on Pastebin that are have been optimized to rank high in queries for drugs, cryptocu
  19. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Well, that's not entirely fair if you are a firm believer in the future of blockchain technology and crypto currencies in the end user space. That was the spotlight feature on the original HTC Exodus 1 and the same is true for the newly announced Exodus 1s. The phone doubles as a hardware ledger and this time around has a few other crypto tricks up its sleeve. But more on that in a bit. First thins first, however, the hardware itself. There really is no way around it, the 1s has pretty terrible hardware for 2019. You are looking at a Sna
  20. It’s the first such auction in the UK. A UK police force auctioned off more than £240,000 of cryptocurrency that they confiscated from the teenage hacker behind the 2015 TalkTalk breach. In April 2018, police discovered that Elliott Gunton was stealing personal data in exchange for hundreds of thousands of pounds in cryptocurrency. According to BBC, he admitted to five charges, including computer misuse and money laundering. He was sentenced to 20 months jail time and ordered to pay bac
  21. Indeed, Bitcoin accounts for almost 70% of all the digital-asset global market value, but you’d be forgiven to think that it is the most widely used crypto in the world. While concrete data on trading volumes is hard to be revealed in this usually murky sector of finance, figures from CoinMarketCap.com indicate that the token with the most daily and monthly trading volume is Tether, which is 30 times smaller than Bitcoin in terms of market capitalization. Tether’s trading volume outpaced Bitcoin for the first time in April and has continuously transcended i
  22. The true vulnerability at the heart of SIM-swap attacks on crypto accounts lies in crypto exchanges' and email providers' variable implementation of 2FA. Recently, I shared with you how alarmingly simple it was to not only "hack" my own email account but then to use that compromised account to hack my other online accounts. Given how SIM-swap attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges escalated in 2019, I wanted to better understand these modern-day bank heists as we go into the new year. My hunch was that SIM swappers were using hijacked phone numbers like a set of keys to o
  23. Most major cryptocurrencies are at or near 2019 highs. Enlarge Thomas Trutschel / Getty Images News Last Wednesday we reported that bitcoin had risen to $6,000 for the first time this year. On Monday, just five days later, bitcoin reached a new 2019 high of $8,000. As I write this, one bitcoin is worth about $7,900. Of course, bitcoin reached much higher levels in late 2017 and early 2018. Bitcoin's current price just under $8,000 is less than half the all-time high of $19,500 set in December 2017. Bitcoin w
  24. Facebook seeks investors for planned cryptocurrency, merchants who might accept it. Enlarge / Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg checks his phone during the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 13, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Drew Angerer/Getty Images If Facebook's pivot from town square to private living room wasn’t laden with enough irony, here’s a new twist: Big business, it appears, has been invited to join us by the fireplace. On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported new potential detail
  25. Binance says it's working to uncover the source of compromised photos following an extortion attempt. Affected users will receive special memberships. Hackers have taken a toll on Binance. In May, the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange by volume suffered a hack that saw roughly $40 million of its reserve funds disappearing into thin air. Then, just earlier this month, the company became the subject of a blackmailing and extortion attempt from a hacker who allegedly gained access to several users’ photo IDs originally used for KYC purposes.
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