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Former EU Parliament Member Godfrey Bloom Who Calls Banking System a Scam Bought His First Bitcoin

Former Member of the European Parliament Godfrey Bloom has bought his first bitcoin. The British politician is famed for numerous controversial views, such as calling the entire banking system a scam and the state an institution of theft. Godfrey Bloom Now Owns Bitcoin Godfrey Bloom is a British politician who served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Yorkshire and the Humber from 2004 to 2014. He was elected for the U.K. Independence Party but later served as an Independent. Bloom has also published six books on military history and the Austrian School of Economics. The former MEP…

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ETH Volumes Top $119.5 Billion in Q3: High-Risk Dapps Dominate Tron Network

A recent report says total Dapps transaction volumes reached $125 Billion in Q3 2020, a figure which is $113 billion higher than in Q2 2020. From these volumes, the Ethereum blockchain accounts for 96% or $119.5 billion of the total created value with the majority of this being attributed to the DeFi ecosystem. Still, the report observes that the EOS and Tron blockchain, where gambling and high-risk category account for 60% of activity, are the only competing chains to offer Ethereum a challenge, albeit a very limited one. Compiled by Dappradar, the report says the Ethereum blockchain was able to…

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$8M Worth of ‘Sleeping’ Bitcoin Rewards from 2010 Moved the Day Before ‘Black Thursday’

Over a half a million dollars worth of bitcoin from a May 2010 coinbase reward was transferred to Bitfinex on October 1. A parser recorded the old coins being spent and since mid-February 2020, roughly 33 so-called ‘sleeping bitcoin addresses’ from ten years ago have been spent to-date. Interestingly, 20 out of the 33, 2010-issued rewards moved this year were spent the day before ‘Black Thursday.’ Earlier this week, the software program, Btcparser, recorded an old coinbase reward from 2010 getting spent on Thursday, after the 50 bitcoins sat dormant for over a decade. Btcparser is a Telegram and browser…

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Novogratz: Dangerous Time to Be in Stocks, Bitcoin Has More Upside Than Gold

Galaxy Digital CEO Michael Novogratz explains why it is a dangerous time to be in the stock market right now, leading up to the U.S. presidential election. While bearish on the dollar, Novogratz is bullish on bitcoin and gold but thinks that bitcoin has more upside than gold. Dangerous Time to Be in Stock Market, Buy Bitcoin Billionaire investor and Galaxy Digital CEO Michael Novogratz explained his view on the best investments as the November U.S. presidential election approaches in Wednesday’s episode of CNN’s Markets Now show. “I think in the short run we saw the high in the Nasdaq,…

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$2.4 Trillion Stimulus Package Proposed in US With Second Direct Payments to Americans

A new stimulus package costing about $2.4 trillion is being prepared in the U.S. that includes a second round of stimulus checks for Americans. Since the first coronavirus stimulus package was signed into law, talks of further relief aid have stalled. This new proposal aims to restart the stimulus package discussion. Nancy Pelosi Plans to Introduce a $2.4 Trillion Stimulus Package House Democrats are reportedly putting together a new coronavirus stimulus plan, which would cost about $2.4 trillion, which is roughly $1 trillion less than their previous proposal. CNBC described: The bill would include enhanced unemployment insurance, direct payments to…

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Tether’s Stablecoin Dominance Drops Below 80% as Audit Controversy Lingers On

The total volume of stablecoins in circulation is closing in on the $20 billion mark, while the market-leading coin, USDT’s share of the total circulating supply continues to shrink, data from Coinmetrics shows. According to the data, USDT now accounts for an estimated at 80% of total supply, and the majority of the coins are now issued on the Ethereum and Tron networks. Out of the total supply, the USDT-ETH accounted for approximately 53% while USDT-TRX took just over 20% of USDT’s total circulating supply. On the other hand, USDC, which has a market capitalization of $2.53 billion according to…

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Bitcoin Skeptic Turns Bitcoin Bull: Billion Dollar Company Buys 17K BTC in 74 Hours

Nasdaq-listed company Microstrategy recently bought almost 17K bitcoins within 74 hours, costing about $175 million. The CEO of this billion-dollar company used to be a bitcoin skeptic but has recently become a bitcoin bull when his company purchased $425 million worth of bitcoin. Billion Dollar Public Company Dives Into Bitcoin Microstrategy recently made history in the bitcoin space when it became the first publicly-traded company to spend a material amount of its reserves to buy bitcoin. The company has purchased a total of 38,250 BTC at an aggregate price of $425 million. The first purchase was announced on Aug. 11…

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EU to Launch Comprehensive Crypto Regulation by 2024: Report

The European Union is planning to implement comprehensive cryptocurrency regulation by 2024, two EU reports have reportedly revealed. This follows five European finance ministers calling on the European Commission to put in place “very strong and very clear rules” on cryptocurrency. EU Crypto Regulation Coming Soon A comprehensive cryptocurrency regulatory framework is expected to be put in place within four years, according to two EU documents, Reuters reported Friday, elaborating: By 2024, the EU should put in place a comprehensive framework enabling the uptake of distributed ledger technology (DLT) and crypto-assets in the financial sector. “By 2024, the principle of…

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Rapper TI Cryptocurrency Fraud: Charged and Fined $75,000 by SEC

Rapper TI and four other people, including film producer Ryan Felton, have been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over fraudulent token sales. TI, or Tip as the rapper is also known, is also fined $75,000 by the securities regulator. Rapper TI and Film Producer Charged The SEC announced Friday the charges against rapper and actor Clifford Harris Jr. (often known as TI or Tip), film producer Ryan Felton, and three others over two fraudulent initial coin offerings (ICOs). The SEC also charged two companies, Flik and Coinspark, that conducted the sales. Rapper TI, whom the SEC…

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The Tell Tale Signs of a Scam Crypto Website: Bitcoin-Up.Live

From late March 2020, when the global pandemic Covid-19 paralysed many economies, the appeal of cryptocurrencies has grown. Several statistics show increased interest from downloaded wallet apps to peer-to-peer traded volumes. In many ways, this interest in bitcoin and altcoins is evidence that the policies of central banks are failing. Many professional investors, as well as ordinary people, are losing confidence in fiat currency systems. However, many that are exploring the idea of investing in crypto alternatives are falling victim to scams. It seems more scam crypto sites are roaming the space than bonafide cryptocurrency businesses. It turns out that…

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Morgan Stanley Strategist Recommends Bitcoin as Central Banks Ramp Up Money Printing

Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s chief strategist and head of emerging markets has recommended bitcoin as an alternative investment to stocks amid central banks’ massive money printing policies. He says that alternative assets, like gold and cryptocurrency, could keep doing well while stocks struggle. Morgan Stanley’s Strategist Discusses Stocks, Gold, and Bitcoin Head of Emerging Markets and Chief Global Strategist at Morgan Stanley Investment Management Ruchir Sharma discussed stocks, gold, and also bitcoin in an interview with CNN on Tuesday. The Indian investor and fund manager joined Morgan Stanley in 1996. Sharma began by explaining that tech stocks and risk assets…

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‘Bitcoin Beats Gold on Every Single Measure,’ Says Macro Strategist Raoul Pal

Global Macro Investor CEO Raoul Pal has explained why he believes bitcoin is better than gold in every way. He proclaims that bitcoin is “the hardest form of money” and “the best reserve asset and best collateral asset ever seen.” Bitcoin Is ‘the World’s Best Trade’ Macro strategist and former hedge fund manager Raoul Pal shared some analysis from his monthly global macro investment report early this week. The report is exclusively for Global Macro Investor clients. This month’s core focus is on bitcoin, particularly how the cryptocurrency compares to gold. Pal previously co-managed the GLG Global Macro Fund in…

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Crypto-Friendly Banking Platform Cashaa Expanding in India, US, Africa

Crypto banking platform Cashaa has unveiled plans to expand its services in India, the U.S., Africa, and the Caribbean. In India, the company aims to create “the first crypto-friendly banking platform” that is regulated by the central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Cashaa’s CEO has shared with news.Bitcoin.com. Cashaa Unveils Expansion Plans London-based crypto-friendly banking platform Cashaa has unveiled its expansion plans, having raised $5 million from Dubai-based blockchain investment and advisory firm O1ex. “As a part of its expansion plans, Cashaa is set to launch its global banking services,” the company announced Wednesday. Cashaa CEO Kumar Gaurav…

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Total Value Locked in Defi Jumped 85% in August, $8 Billion in Assets Held

A lot has changed during the last month, as the popular decentralized finance (defi) ecosystem has swelled considerably in value. Since the first week of August, the total value locked in defi jumped over 85% in 27 days from $4.2 billion to $7.88 billion on August 30. The total value locked (TVL) in the decentralized finance (defi) economy is nearing $8 billion in value, as crypto funds have poured into the surrounding infrastructure. Statistics from the website defipulse.com show that the current TVL on Sunday, August 30, 2020, is $7.8 billion. The defi lending platform Aave makes up 21.86% of…

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Darknet Giant Empire Market Offline for 36 Hours, Blame Cast at Massive DDoS Attack

According to a number of sources, one of the largest darknet markets in the world, Empire Market has been offline for well over 36 hours. The researcher and analyst Dark.fail has been tweeting about the subject, as the market hasn’t been down for this long since 2019. It seems the popular darknet market (DNM) Empire has been down for well over a day and a half now, and ever since it went offline DNM patrons have been edgy. On Sunday, August 23, 2020, the Reddit forum r/darknet with its 127,000 subscribers is littered with threads and memes concerning Empire’s downtime.…

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Canadian Restaurant Chain Tahini’s Converts All Cash Reserves Into Bitcoin

Canada-based Middle Eastern restaurant chain Tahini’s has converted all of its cash reserves into bitcoin. The company says bitcoin offers a much better alternative to cash savings. From Cash Savings to Bitcoin Middle Eastern restaurant chain Tahini’s has announced via Twitter that its entire cash reserves have been converted into bitcoin. Tahini’s is a small company that started in London, a Canadian city in southwestern Ontario. The Mediterranean restaurant chain currently operates four locations, with three franchise locations about to open up in Ontario. The company tweeted on Tuesday: We just converted our entire cash reserves that were originally used…

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Stock Trader Dave Portnoy Dives Into Bitcoin, Only to Panic-Sell After Chainlink Plunges

High profile stock trader Dave Portnoy has panic sold his bitcoin one week after he got into cryptocurrency. He cited the falling price of chainlink, another of his crypto investments, as the main reason. Dave Portnoy Got in and Out of Crypto in One Week American trader and founder of Barstool Sports blog Dave Portnoy became a headline in the crypto space when he began investing in bitcoin on Aug. 13. He sat down with the founders of Gemini Exchange, the Winklevoss twins, who walked him through buying his first bitcoin. Portnoy invested $200K in BTC, $50K in chainlink (LINK),…

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IRS Prioritizes Cryptocurrency, Now First Question on 1040 Tax Form

The new U.S. tax form is out and the cryptocurrency question is the first one on the main 1040 tax form used by about 150 million people to file their taxes. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires all tax filers to declare whether they have received, sold, exchanged, or acquired any cryptocurrencies. IRS Focuses on Crypto The IRS has published a draft tax form for the 2020 filing. The question about cryptocurrency is now the very first one on Form 1040, the main tax form used by individual U.S. tax filers. Every year, about 150 million people use this form…

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$217 Million Pour Into Grayscale’s Crypto Funds Following Bitcoin TV Ad Campaign

Grayscale Investments announced that it has raked in record investments of $217 million the week its TV commercial campaign launched. The company’s crypto TV commercial kicked off on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX, and FOX Business. Following Grayscale, Michael Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital places a full-page ad in the Financial Times. Record Investment Week After TV Commercial In less than a week after Grayscale’s cryptocurrency TV commercial campaign launched, the company says it has achieved the highest weekly investment inflows into its cryptocurrency products. Grayscale debuted a TV campaign entitled “The history of money” on Aug. 10. It aims to elevate awareness of…

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4 of South Korea’s Largest Banks to Provide Cryptocurrency Services

Four of the top five South Korean banks have reportedly announced their plans to provide cryptocurrency services. The announcements came ahead of the crypto regulation that will soon go into effect in South Korea. Largest Korean Banks Entering Crypto Space South Korea’s largest banks have reportedly revealed that they will be providing cryptocurrency services. With the country’s crypto regulation going into effect next year, cryptocurrency has been attracting the attention of traditional financial institutions, particularly for custody services. Shinhan Bank and Woori Bank have said that they are considering introducing cryptocurrency services ahead of the enforcement of the Special Money…

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