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XRP Overtakes Ethereum Despite Looming ‘Constantinople’ Upgrade



XRP has reclaimed the position of the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap from ETH just days before Ethereum’s ‘Constantinople’ hard-fork upgrade.  Pre-Fork Drop On January 16th, Ethereum is scheduled to undergo a network-wide system update called ‘Constantinople’. Among other things, the implementation of the upgrade will reduce the block reward from 3 ETH/block to 2 […]

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Bakkt Expands Compliance Capabilities With Its First Acquisition



Fresh from completing its maiden funding round, Bakkt announced its first acquisition on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. The daughter company of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) is also eyeing the possibility of expanding beyond the U.S. market. Bakkt Acquires RCG Back Office Bakkt announced the news of the acquisition via a Medium post by CEO, Kelly Loeffler. […]

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‘Is The Bottom In? Not Yet,’ According to Bitcoin Price Analyst Willy Woo



Bitcoin’s technical analysts have begun disagreeing about the future of the Bitcoin price as the cryptocurrency sets three-week lows January 14. Shirakashi: ‘Strong Case’ Bitcoin Has Bottomed In a Medium post and on Twitter, Renato Shirakashi and Woobull.com creator Willy Woo offered differing opinions about what the short-term had in store for Bitcoin, debating whether […]

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Expect ‘Large increase’ in Cryptocurrency Taxes Filed for 2018, Says Bittax CEO



Bitcoinist spoke with Gidi Bar Zakay, CEO and founder of Bittax at the recently held Israel Bitcoin Summit in Tel-Aviv about cryptocurrency tax obligations for users and how the regulatory landscape is taking shape around the globe.  Bitcoinist: Why did you decide to launch Bittax? Are Bitcoin taxes too cumbersome to calculate for the average person?  […]

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SEC Report: Examining Cryptocurrency a Priority in 2019



The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) listed the cryptocurrency market as one of the six focus points of its compliance monitoring activities for 2019. Spotlight on the Cryptocurrency Market According to a report titled “2019 Examination Priorities,” OCIE says it plans to shine the […]

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Lightning Network Without Invoices Brings Us Closer to Streaming Money



A new feature for Bitcoin’s Lightning Network (LN) implementation allows users to send funds instantly without needing to first create an invoice. Sphinx Enables ‘New Use Cases’ The latest upgrade, ‘Sphinx,’ which developers describe as being a “work in progress,” is nonetheless already available to anyone. “The coolest part about this new feature is that […]

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Quantum Threat



IBM has just come out with the world’s very first commercially available quantum computer known as the Q System One.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, quantum computers think a bit differently than the PCs and smartphones we have now and are much better at solving complex mathematical problems. The release of this new computer […]

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