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Can France become the Blockchain Nation?

coinnounce | 12-15-2018

Published on CoinnounceFrench MPs have recently put our a proposal trying to make France become the Blockchain Nation. This is a raft of 20 different proposals all aimed at trying to make France the number 1 Blockchain Nation specifically citing that they do not want to miss the train on this like they did the internet. MPs […]The post Can France become the Blockchain Nation? appeared first on Coinnounce.

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Peter McCormack Tells How He Turned $32K Into $1.2M and ‘Back to Pretty Much Zero’

bitcoinist | 12-15-2018

In an informative, entertaining, comical, and bitterly poignant tweet yesterday, What Bitcoin Did podcast host Peter McCormack explains how he amassed–and lost–his crypto fortune over the last two years. From $32K to Millionaire and Back He starts the Twitter post saying: So here is a thread on how I turned $32,000 into $1.2m and back to pretty much zero (once taxes are paid). Just note, I am not bitter or salty in any way at all, theRead MoreThe post Peter McCormack Tells How He Turned $32K Into $1.2M and ‘Back to Pretty Much Zero’ appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.

Categories: BTC|Regulation|Altcoin
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Ethereum-Based Chat Platform Lays Off 25% of Staff Due to Crypto Market Decline

cointelegraph | 12-15-2018

Status is laying off 25 percent of its staff, saying that those roles are “non-essential” to the company’s long-term growth projects

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Chinese ASIC-Sellers Hurting As Bitcoin Mining on the Wane in China

cryptoglobe | 12-15-2018

Sales on purpose-built cryptocurrency miners, ASICs, was once a brisk trade in Shenzhen’s (China) Huaqiang North District. But times have changed and wholesalers are hurting, seemingly unable to move product. However, the fall in hashrate seems to have stopped.

Categories: Mining|Asia|BTC
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Report: CEO of Largest Romanian Crypto Exchange Arrested on US Warrant

cointelegraph | 12-15-2018

The CEO of crypto exchange Coinflux was reportedly arrested for fraudulent activity on a warrant from the U.S.

Categories: Exchange|Regulation|Blockchain
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Tron DApp Usage Jumps 48% — More Than 1 Million Transactions Last Week

ccn | 12-15-2018

The TRON Foundation launched its TRC20 exchange this week. It is a place for people to exchange tokens issued on the TRON platform. The TRC20 exchange is located at TRX.market. The TRC10 token exchange is still on Tronscan, the primary block explorer and information service for the Tron ecosystem. TRC20 and TRC10 tokens can beThe post Tron DApp Usage Jumps 48% — More Than 1 Million Transactions Last Week appeared first on CCN

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The Flappening: Litecoin Overtakes Bitcoin Cash

cryptoinsider | 12-15-2018

Since emergence of Bitcoin Cash on August 1st 2017, there has been an ongoing rivalry between the big block version of Bitcoin and the already-established digital silver, Litecoin. In many ways, the two coins are very similar: they feature larger blocks than Bitcoin, they have a Keynesian perspective of purpose and utility, and they allow […]The post The Flappening: Litecoin Overtakes Bitcoin Cash appeared first on Crypto Insider.

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French Financial Regulator Blacklists Four Crypto Websites for Unauthorized Offerings

cointelegraph | 12-14-2018

French stock market regulator AMF has blacklisted four crypto-related websites for offering investment schemes without proper authorization

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Bahrain’s Central Bank Issues Draft Crypto Regulations

bitcoin.com | 12-14-2018

The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) has prepared draft rules designed to regulate digital assets and certain aspects of the country’s crypto industry. The move aims to establish Bahrain as a regional leader in the fintech sector and restore its role as a major banking hub in the Persian Gulf.   Also read: New Bitcoin […]The post Bahrain’s Central Bank Issues Draft Crypto Regulations appeared first on Bitcoin News.

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Billion-Dollar Crypto Fund Says 25% of ICOs in its Fund Could be Securities

ccn | 12-14-2018

In a newsletter to clients sent on Thursday, Pantera Capital CEO Dan Morehead revealed that one in four initial coin offering (ICO) projects the firm has invested in could be considered as securities under U.S. regulations. Morehead wrote: “While we believe the vast majority of the projects in our portfolio should not be affected, approximatelyThe post Billion-Dollar Crypto Fund Says 25% of ICOs in its Fund Could be Securities appeared first on CCN

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Swiss Federal Council: Existing Financial Law Should Be Adjusted to Blockchain Industry

cointelegraph | 12-14-2018

The Swiss Bundesrat said that existing financial law in the country suits the blockchain industry, but needs some tech-specific adjustments

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25% of Pantera Capital ICO Projects May Have to Refund Investors

bitcoinist | 12-14-2018

Crypto hedge fund Pantera Capital says that as much as one-quarter of the projects its ICO fund invested in may be in violation of US securities laws after the SEC decision.  Things keep going from bad to worse for US blockchain companies that held ICOs without registering with the SEC. One of crypto’s largest hedge funds Pantera Capital told Bloomberg that around 25 percent of the digital currency projects in its portfolio may have toRead MoreThe post 25% of Pantera Capital ICO Projects May Have to Refund Investors appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.

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SEC Chair ‘Optimistic’ DLT and Crypto Will Drive Investment Opportunities

bitcoin.com | 12-14-2018

Speaking as part of a testimony to the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Development, the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Jay Clayton expressed optimism that the distributed ledger technology (DLT) sector will “facilitate capital formation.” Clayton also discussed the enforcement actions taken by the SEC in regulating initial […]The post SEC Chair ‘Optimistic’ DLT and Crypto Will Drive Investment Opportunities appeared first on Bitcoin News.

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Crypto Exchange Binance Expands Its Startup Incubator to New Cities

cryptoglobe | 12-14-2018

Leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance has recently revealed that it’s venture arm Binance Labs will be expanding its startup incubator program to Berlin, Buenos Aires, Lagos, Singapore, and Hong Kong in March of next year.

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Dogecoin Price Remains at $0.002 as Market Cap top 20 Looms

themerkle | 12-14-2018

When all cryptocurrencies go through another round of bearish momentum, one would expect every single asset to follow the same pattern. In the real world, however, that is not always the case. Dogecoin continues to surprise a lot of people first and foremost, and its value continues to remains table for the time being. As […]The post Dogecoin Price Remains at $0.002 as Market Cap top 20 Looms appeared first on NullTX.

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Bahrain Central Bank Publishes Draft Cryptocurrency Regulations

ccn | 12-14-2018

The central bank of Bahrain has kicked off a consultative process on cryptocurrency platforms in the kingdom by publishing the relevant draft regulations. According to the Bahrain News Agency, the draft rules — which target the operations of crypto-asset platforms — aim to provide a regulatory framework for the supervision and licensing of these services.The post Bahrain Central Bank Publishes Draft Cryptocurrency Regulations appeared first on CCN

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Russian Deputy PM Says Crypto Price Downturns Justifies Cautious Regulation

cryptoglobe | 12-14-2018

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister said big price downswings in the 2018 cryptocurrency market justified a cautious regulatory approach. Russian lawmakers have been discussing and mulling over crypto-focused legislation, but some officials are warier of the concept. Deputy PM Maxim Akimov said there have also been discussions about stablecoin regulation.

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0x Announces Token Grant Program Within The Snowstorm Of Crypto Winter

ethnews.com | 12-14-2018

0x believes it can warm up development with its grant program.

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Op Ed: Bitcoin Is a Declaration of Our Monetary Independence

bitcoinmagazine | 12-14-2018

Nick Spanos is an early adopter and innovator in the blockchain space. He is best known for launching Bitcoin Center NYC, the world’s first live cryptocurrency exchange, in 2013, right next to the New York Stock Exchange — as immortalized in the Netflix documentary “Banking on Bitcoin.” As part of Bitcoin Magazine’s series of interviews and op eds leading up to the 10th Anniversary of Bitcoin, Nick shares his thoughts an early Bitcoin adopter.Before Bitcoin, I worked tirelessly for liberty-minded political candidates for many years. These candidates, the most prominent of whom was Dr. Ron Paul, spoke out against the Federal Reserve Bank because of its role in inflating the money supply which devalued the life savings of hard-working people. In almost every case, the mass media would sharply (and often unfairly) attack the image of the candidate with half-truths and misinformation, decimating our poll numbers, until they were sure that we would be defeated on Election Day. No matter how hard we worked or how much money we raised, we were no match for what I call the political bosses of today, the mainstream media.After two decades of struggle, I thought I had wasted my life fighting unwinnable battles. Then one day, I read the Bitcoin white paper. I read it half a dozen times and I thought, “Finally, I have a weapon that cannot be destroyed on Election Day.”Bitcoin for me is not an instrument for financi...

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Part 2: Ethereum vs NEO – Which blockchain has better scalability and security?

cryptoinsider | 12-14-2018

Ethereum (ETH) and NEO are among the most dominant decentralized application (dApp) development platforms. In this second part of our comparison of these two blockchain networks, we shall examine in detail the different approaches taken by developers of both Ethereum and NEO to upgrade their respective networks. Readers who would first like a broad overview […]The post Part 2: Ethereum vs NEO – Which blockchain has better scalability and security? appeared first on Crypto Insider.

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Bitcoin Sets Fresh 2018 Low at $3,200, Altcoins Plunge

newsbtc | 12-14-2018

Following its recent period of instability, Bitcoin has now plunged to new 2018 lows and has sent the altcoin markets spiraling downwards. Today’s drop has led the overall cryptocurrency market capitalization down to $102 billion, a level not seen since August of 2017. At the time of writing, Bitcoin (BTC) is trading down nearly 6%...The post Bitcoin Sets Fresh 2018 Low at $3,200, Altcoins Plunge appeared first on NewsBTC.

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Brazilian Premier League Soccer Club Launches Crypto 'Fan Tokens'

cointelegraph | 12-14-2018

A soccer club from the Brazilian premier league, Atletico Mineiro, joins Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus in launching its own “fan token”

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U.K. Cryptocurrency Exchange Cubits Shuts Down After $33M Scam

bitcoin.com | 12-14-2018

Cubits, a London-based digital asset trading platform, has been forced into administration after fraudsters reportedly stole €29 million (about $32.5 million) from the exchange in February. The company claimed “it fell victim” to an elaborate scam orchestrated in collusion with three of its clients.  Also read: Former Mt. Gox CEO Could Face 10 Years in Jail […]The post U.K. Cryptocurrency Exchange Cubits Shuts Down After $33M Scam appeared first on Bitcoin News.

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Circle CEO: Cryptographic Tokens Will Represent Every Form of Financial Asset

cryptoglobe | 12-14-2018

Jeremy Allaire, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of FinTech startup Circle, in an interview on Friday (14 December 2018) on CNBC's morning show "Squawk Box", made some very interesting comments about the future of the cryptocurrency sector.

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Blockchain-Based Asset Management Platform Membrana Announces Token Sale Event

coinspeaker | 12-14-2018

CoinSpeakerBlockchain-Based Asset Management Platform Membrana Announces Token Sale EventBlockchain-based trust management platform Membrana has announced its token sale event open to investors and early backers of the project.Blockchain-Based Asset Management Platform Membrana Announces Token Sale Event

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Bahrain’s Central Bank Publishes Draft Regulations on Crypto Assets

cointelegraph | 12-14-2018

New crypto regulations, including license requirements for cryptocurrency service providers, have been drafted by Bahrain’s central bank

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Decentralized Financial Service Platform WORBLI Launches Token ShareDrop Event

coinspeaker | 12-14-2018

CoinSpeakerDecentralized Financial Service Platform WORBLI Launches Token ShareDrop EventWORBLI, a blockchain-based financial service network designed to bridge traditional finance and the blockchain, launches its ShareDrop event.Decentralized Financial Service Platform WORBLI Launches Token ShareDrop Event

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Do We Really Want To Tokenize Everything? And Can We?

coinnounce | 12-14-2018

Published on CoinnounceOver the last year, there has been considerable discussion over the tokenization of physical assets. That is, having something tangible, like a bar of gold, represented by a token on a blockchain, like Ethereum or Bytom, so that there is an immutable record of ownership of the asset. This asset can then be traded or […]The post Do We Really Want To Tokenize Everything? And Can We? appeared first on Coinnounce.

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CoinShares Exec: China Crypto Plan Could Make Dystopian Future a Reality

newsbtc | 12-14-2018

Bitcoin was designed in the wake of the 2008 global economic crisis as a way to take control over money away from central authorities such as governments, banks, and other traditional systems. The decentralized design could also prevent communist countries like China from establishing control over their citizen’s money. However, the very technology powering crypto...The post CoinShares Exec: China Crypto Plan Could Make Dystopian Future a Reality appeared first on NewsBTC.

Categories: Asia|BTC|Technology
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WallCoin: US Lawmaker Recommends Using Cryptocurrency to Fund Trump's Mexico Border Wall

cryptoglobe | 12-14-2018

Warren Davidson, an American politician and member of the US House of Representatives from the state of Ohio, has recommended using a cryptocurrency to fund President Trump’s project - which involves building a wall across the US border with neighboring country Mexico. Trump Administration’s plans to build the wall have not been well received by some, however this has not deterred Davidson and other US lawmakers (who support the initiative) from proposing various ways to fund the project.

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Crypto ICO Price Continues to Fall, Likely Due to Growing Regulatory Pressure

newsbtc | 12-14-2018

Blockchain and crypto projects that raised millions of dollars via tokenized crowdfunding means are now lining up to return their capital to their original investors. Because apparently, they were not allowed to raise funds in the first place. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has gone after these startups for reportedly violating existing securities laws. The...The post Crypto ICO Price Continues to Fall, Likely Due to Growing Regulatory Pressure appeared first on NewsBTC.

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EU Parliament Calls for Action on Blockchain Adoption in Trade

coindesk | 12-14-2018

The European Parliament has called for measures that would prepare the region to use blockchain to benefit trade.

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TransferGo’s Series B Funding Round Acquires $17.6 Million

coinspeaker | 12-14-2018

CoinSpeakerTransferGo’s Series B Funding Round Acquires $17.6 MillionTransferGo announces that they have successfully completed their Series B funding as scheduled. The latest funding includes $830,000 in equity crowdfunding through Seedrs. TransferGo’s Series B Funding Round Acquires $17.6 Million

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Crypto-Friendly Money App Revolut Wins EU Banking License

coindesk | 12-14-2018

Revolut, provider of a mobile finance app that offers crypto trading, has been granted a banking license from the European Central Bank.

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Russia Says Venezuela’s Petro Acceptance ‘Not Happening’

bitcoinist | 12-14-2018

Russia has not discounted the idea of using state-issued cryptocurrency Petro in commercial operations with Venezuela. Russia: No Petro Payments ‘Yet’ Those were the words of deputy finance minister Sergey Storchak speaking to reporters this week, local news outlet RIA Novosti reported December 13. Petro, which the Venezuelan government hopes to use to shore up its rapidly failing economy and bypass western sanctions, formally launched in October. President Nicolas Maduro has since artificially raised itsRead MoreThe post Russia Says Venezuela’s Petro Acceptance ‘Not Happening’ appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.

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XYO Network Partners With Esri For Blockchain Enabled Geographic Information System

ccn | 12-14-2018

XYO Network, a blockchain-based geographic information system (GIS) with an Ethereum token and its own blockchain network, announced today a partnership with Esri, one of the world’s oldest and largest GIS systems and mapmakers, a company founded in 1969. The partnership came about when XYO hired a former Esri employee and the partnership became anThe post XYO Network Partners With Esri For Blockchain Enabled Geographic Information System appeared first on CCN

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Basis stablecoin project will shut down and return all funds

cryptoinsider | 12-14-2018

The Basis stablecoin project must close operations due to regulatory difficulties. Basis received $133 million in funding as a highly anticipated stablecoin venture.The post Basis stablecoin project will shut down and return all funds appeared first on Crypto Insider.

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Crypto Platform Revolut Receives Banking License from European Central Bank

cryptoglobe | 12-14-2018

Revolut, a UK-based financial firm that allows users to buy, sell, and store digital currencies such as bitcoin (BTC), XRP, and ethereum (ETH), has announced that it has received a banking license from the European Central Bank. Established in 2015, Revolut has managed to raise $336 million in order to develop its suite of financial products. The new banking license will allow Revolut to provide a broader range of regulated financial services to its clients. According to Revolut’s management team, there is some “behind the scenes” work that needs to be done, before the company can start offering full current accounts, overdraft protection, and various other traditional financial services.

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Bitcoin Cash Tanks 13 Percent as Major Cryptocurrencies All Fall Hard

cointelegraph | 12-14-2018

Bitcoin Cash tanks 13 percent as major cryptocurrencies all fall hard

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Top Crypto Exchange Binance Adds Circle’s USDC to Its Combined Stablecoin Market

cointelegraph | 12-14-2018

Major crypto exchange Binance has added Circle’s USD-pegged stablecoin USD Coin as a quote asset for several new trading pairs in its combined Stablecoin Market

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Its ICO Portfolio ‘Could’ See 25 Percent Refund Rates Over Non-Compliance, Says Pantera Capital

cointelegraph | 12-14-2018

Ongoing compliance crackdown in the U.S. sparks warning from Pantera Capital, with 25 percent of its ICO portfolio at risk

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Robinhood Disrupts Traditional Banking Offering 3% Interest on Saving Services

coinspeaker | 12-14-2018

CoinSpeakerRobinhood Disrupts Traditional Banking Offering 3% Interest on Saving ServicesThe traditional banking system has ‘fleeced’ their unsuspecting customers through hidden charges on most services. Robinhood has intervened to salvage the deteriorating situation.Robinhood Disrupts Traditional Banking Offering 3% Interest on Saving Services

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AMF Adds Crypto and Wine Trading Scams to its Warning List

financemagnates | 12-14-2018

The French regulator says the companies have been offering their services without proper licensing

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Bitcoin’s Price Fell, But Interest Remained High in 2018

livebitcoinnews | 12-14-2018

Bitcoin sure peaked everyone’s interest in 2018. While it’s price may have been something of a letdown, the asset itself continued to intrigue members of the public well into the year. Internet Bitcoin Searches Were High Bitcoin has proven to be something of an enigma over the past 12 months. While the currency ultimately reached...The post Bitcoin’s Price Fell, But Interest Remained High in 2018 appeared first on Live Bitcoin News.

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Dallas Crypto Startup Ordered to Repay Investors $2.7 Million on Defrauding Charges

ccn | 12-14-2018

The Dallas-based crypto startup AriseBank has been ordered to repay investors to the tune of $2.7 million to fix allegations that the firm was defrauding their investors. Authorities have finally put an end to the ongoing AriseBank saga that has been hanging over the heads of the startup’s founders Stanley Ford and Jared Rice forThe post Dallas Crypto Startup Ordered to Repay Investors $2.7 Million on Defrauding Charges appeared first on CCN

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Pantera: Most Projects in Our Portfolio Not Affected by SEC’s View of ICOs

cryptoglobe | 12-14-2018

On Thursday (13 February 2018), Pantera Capital, one of the leading investment firms focused on blockchain technology and cryptoassets, said that the vast majority of the crypto projects it had invested in should not be affected by the U.S. SEC's negative stance towards ICOs.

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Blockchain Token Projects Can Bypass U.S. Securities Registration Requirements, Says SEC Official

coinspeaker | 12-14-2018

CoinSpeakerBlockchain Token Projects Can Bypass U.S. Securities Registration Requirements, Says SEC OfficialGood news for blockchain token projects concerning their ability to bypass U.S. securities registration requirements. While before they had to stand in the queue to fill out all the documents, now they can obtain so-called no-action letters from the SEC.Blockchain Token Projects Can Bypass U.S. Securities Registration Requirements, Says SEC Official

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Ethereum Price Struggles for Stability Below $90

themerkle | 12-14-2018

To gauge the overall cryptocurrency market sentiment, most people look to the top currencies ranked by market cap. As of right now, none of those markets look too appealing. In the case of Ethereum, the price continues to fall at a very rapid pace. As this currency is now valued at under $87 per ETH, […]The post Ethereum Price Struggles for Stability Below $90 appeared first on NullTX.

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Binance Announces Global Expansion Introducing Its Crypto Incubator to 5 New Cities

coinspeaker | 12-14-2018

CoinSpeakerBinance Announces Global Expansion Introducing Its Crypto Incubator to 5 New CitiesWith a view to support the most talented teams in different corners of the world, Binance will expand its incubation programs to 5 new cities.Binance Announces Global Expansion Introducing Its Crypto Incubator to 5 New Cities

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Crypto Bull Tom Lee is Sure that Bitcoin Fair Price Makes at Least $13,800

coinspeaker | 12-14-2018

CoinSpeakerCrypto Bull Tom Lee is Sure that Bitcoin Fair Price Makes at Least $13,800According to cryptocurrency bull Tom Lee, Bitcoin is underestimated, and its fair price should be about $10,000 above where it is trading now.Crypto Bull Tom Lee is Sure that Bitcoin Fair Price Makes at Least $13,800

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