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The last two weeks can only be described as one of the wildest Bitcoin price rides that we’ve ever experienced. The currency started by breaking the five-figure ceiling at $10k, then continued its upward trajectory by surpassing the $18k mark. Cool

Bitcoin’s increase in both price and popularity has resulted in some countries taking stricter measures to try and regulate Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general. China has managed to shut down all their crypto exchanges, while both Bangladesh and Indonesia have prohibited crypto from being used as mediums of exchange.

India also hasn’t recognized Bitcoin as a currency. However, the country doesn’t have rules set up with regard to trading. Because of this, online platforms, of which there are at least 11, have free reign, much to the chagrin of the country’s central bank. India India

However, India has made a habit of issuing warnings to “users, holders and traders of virtual currencies including Bitcoin” of “economic, financial, operational, legal, consumer protection and security-related risks.”

Bitcoin buyers don’t seem to be paying much attention though. In fact, it has been reported that the demand for this seemingly super cryptocurrency far outweighs the supply thereof, resulting in a Bitcoin price of as much as 20% more than international prices.

This isn’t a deterrent for potential buyers. India’s online platforms claim to have at least 30,000 users trading at any given time. These customers have the option of easily purchasing a complete Bitcoin, or a fraction of one.

Satvik Vishwanathan, the co-founder of one of the country’s trading platforms, Unocoin, had this to say to BBC:

           “Last year this time we had 100,000 registered customers. Now we have gone up to 850,000.            The price is surging and from my analysis the people who are investing in Bitcoins are investors            who have big pockets and are willing to take risks on their portfolio.

Bitcoin’s popularity is not just evident on trading platforms. E-commerce platforms in India, such as FlipKart and Amazon, give customer the option of using Bitcoin to pay for their goods by converting them into fiat currency before payment.

However, this lack of infrastructure and regulatory processes could pose a security risk. Vishal Gupta, co-founder of Diro Labs, had this to say on the matter:

“There is no architecture to hold the Bitcoins safely, so right now people are taking a physical print out and keeping that in a locker. What the government can do is start a global wallet registry so that we know who is transacting and where the transactions are being done. If my Bitcoin is stolen then with this global wallet at least you can track it.”

Bitcoin isn’t the only popular kid on the blockchain. Cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum and Litecoin are also attracting the interest of Indian investors, perhaps resulting in regulation measures being implemented sooner rather than later.  Big Grin

'Amitabh Kant, the CEO of India's premier think-tank Niti Aayog, said:
There are revolutionary changes in this sector and huge progressive moves here. Technology is always ahead of government and is a big disruptor. It is important that we keep pace with technology and make regulatory changes. It is an issue that finance ministry has to debate and do inter-ministerial discussions to take it forward.”

Even though its price is reaching record highs, Bitcoin is still prone to bouts of volatility, previously dropping to 50% in a single day. However, this has not deterred major financial institutions like CME, CBOE and Nasdaq from launching Bitcoin futures.

The cynics are still out in full force, with Warren Buffett calling the currency “a real bubble”. Even if said bubble does burst, Bitcoin doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, especially with established firms taking an interest in integrating the currency into the mainstream financial industry.

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Goodbye Ethereum: Kik Plans to Move Its ICO Tokens to Stellar

Mobile messaging startup Kik is planning to shift its Kin token network from ethereum to Stellar, CEO Ted Livingston confirmed on Wednesday.



Speaking in a live question-and-answer session on YouTube, the company’s founder explained that ethereum’s blockchain – which the app is presently based on – is unable to scale to the level that Kin needs, among other issues. The answer, he said, is to shift to the Stellar network, which was first unveiled in 2014 and created by Ripple co-founder Jed McCaleb.

Livingston went as far as to blast ethereum as “the dial-up era of blockchain,” noting that gas prices – which are needed to execute computations – and other transaction fees need to be built into the app to ensure users’ transactions go through. Kik first announced it was contemplating moving onto another blockchain in October, stating that ethereum’s scaling issues meant it “might not be the right solution” at the time.

In Wednesday’s video, Livingston said Kin was pushing the limits of what ethereum could handle with its roughly 10,000 users. The network’s reliability is another factor in the planned move, he said, pointing to recent network congestion as a result of the popular CryptoKitties app.



Livingston explained in the video:

Quote:“Stellar was built by the guys at Ripple and the thing we like about it is it’s custom-built for an application like Kin. It’s not like ethereum where it’s trying to be everything to everybody, and that makes it general-purpose and slow.”

Over the next few weeks, Kik will test Stellar’s scalability and reliability, according to Livingston.

“It’s very focused on what it’s trying to solve for: fast, reliable and inexpensive transactions for a lot of people,” he said.

A Kik spokesperson told CoinDesk that a limited number of users would begin using the app by the end of December, which represents somewhat of a delay due to the CryptoKitties congestion.

Assuming the tests are successful, Livingston said he foresees a second-quarter rollout of the app, built on Stellar, to all users.

Brady Dale contributed reporting.

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Starbucks Customer Has His Laptop Hijacked for Cryptocurrency Mining

A Starbucks customer in Buenos Aires walked in for a coffee and wound up with more than he’d bargained. After connecting to the store’s free wifi, the man discovered that his laptop had been hijacked for cryptocurrency mining. Starbucks apologized for the failing, but not before malicious code had been installed on the customer’s computer.

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Covert cryptocurrency mining has been a hot topic this year – as have most topics pertaining to cryptocurrency. Websites which surreptitiously use visitors’ CPUs to mine cryptocurrency are extremely controversial. The code can hide in pop-under windows and remain open indefinitely, slowing laptops and other devices to a crawl. Such behavior might be expected of anarchist webmasters, but it’s hard to imagine global corporations stooping so low. That’s what happened to Noah Dinkin however after visiting a Starbucks in the Argentinian capital.
He tweeted:
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In reality, the code was likely using his CPU to mine monero, but the sentiment remains the same. The amount of monero that could be mined via a single CPU is negligible, but with thousands of laptops working in tandem, these miniscule gains can add up. The site responsible for injecting the malicious code makes no bones about its raison d’être, boasting: “Monetize Your Business With Your Users’ CPU Power”.
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After being alerted to the issue, Starbucks, to their credit, responded:
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It’s common practise for corporations to outsource their wifi service to a third party. After the incident emerged, a Starbucks spokesman told Motherboard:
Quote:
Quote:The wifi is not run by Starbucks, it’s not something we own or control. We want to ensure that our customers are able to search the internet over wifi securely, so we will always work closely with our service provider when something like this comes up. We don’t have any concern that this is widespread across any of our stores.
Incidents such as this are more benign than some of the sob stories that are endemic to crypto, such as hacking. Nevertheless, the incident illustrates both the ubiquity of cryptocurrency and the lengths to which enterprising individuals will stoop to claim their piece of the pie. You might not be able to pay for a coffee with cryptocurrency, but your Starbucks coffee can pay for cryptocurrency. The moral of the story? Everything comes with a price – even free wifi.
Do you think it’s wrong for websites to hijack their users’ CPUs for crypto mining? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Bitcoin Payroll Services Will Come to 4,700+ GMO Internet Group Employees


The recent Bitcoin uptrend has certainly introduced a lot of new people to cryptocurrency. Over in Japan, it is no secret that Bitcoin and some altcoins are extremely popular. In fact, one corporation has shown it is willing to pay its employees’ salaries in Bitcoin. GMO Internet Group’s new payroll system will be available to all of its 4,700+ employees. Whether or not anyone will sign up for this service remains to be seen, though.


GMO INTERNET GROUP LAUNCHES BITCOIN PAYROLL
Even though Bitcoin has suddenly appeared on many people’s radars, there are still issues when it comes to obtaining cryptocurrency. Using an exchange or broker can be a tedious process, mainly because there are very few platforms supporting instant purchases. Bank transfers are expensive and can take several business days, which is far from an ideal situation. Using a Bitcoin ATM is another option, but the commission of 5% or more is too steep for most consumers right now.
Earning Bitcoin is another option worth exploring. Employees can use third-party services like Bitwage to convert (part of) their salaries to Bitcoin without their employers being any wiser. It is a great solution, but it’s still somewhat clunky for most people. The involvement of third parties is always a risk, even though most of these services are perfectly legitimate. GMO Internet Group, one of the Japanese giants embracing Bitcoin, has come up with a better solution for its employees.
More specifically, employees of GMO Internet Co. will soon be able to receive part of their salaries in Bitcoin. The new in-house Bitcoin payroll system will launch in February of next year and will subsequently be rolled out to all other branches of the parent company. That is a pretty big and surprising development, even though Japan has shown a very keen interest in Bitcoin for several months now.

Facilitating salary payments in Bitcoin is not an easy feat. The world’s leading cryptocurrency is notorious for its wild price fluctuations which have only become more violent over time. These days, a US$500 or even US$1,000 price swing is not unheard of. GMO Internet Group will have to use some sort of exchange rate – probably the one maintained by GMO Coins – with the conversion taking place on the day when the salary is paid. This option has an upper limit of 100,000 yen right now, although that may change over time.
It is rather significant to see such a major conglomerate open the door to Bitcoin adoption. In most cases, companies want nothing to do with cryptocurrency, mainly because such payroll features introduce a lot of hassle. If GMO Internet Group’s effort proves successful, however, we may see similar options pop up all over the world. Getting paid in fiat currency will always be preferred, even though such currencies lose purchasing power every year without any chance of recovering the lost value. Bitcoin is a risk as well, but it also has a fair amount of upside potential.
For the time being, it remains to be seen if there is any interest in such a feature. Japan has become a hub for all cryptocurrency activity, and Bitcoin can genuinely thrive in this part of the world. If employees can have part of their salaries paid in Bitcoin, things will only improve from here on out. Japan also has a vibrant merchant ecosystem where Bitcoin payments are readily accepted, both online and offline.
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What does that mean ?

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The Future of Cryptocurrency Futures Regulation

dd the chairman of the largest electronic brokerage firm in the U.S. to the list of Cassandras warning us of the perils posed by the trading of cryptocurrencies.
In a remarkable open letter in The Wall Street Journal addressed to J. Christopher Giancarlo, the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Thomas Peterffy, Chairman of Interactive Brokers, reacted adversely to a proposal by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to allow Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency derivatives to be cleared in the same clearing organization as other products. The reason? According to Peterffy:
“Cryptocurrencies do not have a mature, regulated and tested market. The products and their markets have existed for fewer than 10 years and bear little if any relationship to any economic circumstance or reality in the real world.” (“Dangers of Clearing Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Derivatives in Same Clearing Organization as Other Products,” The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 15, 2017, p.B5)
The risk is so great that “a catastrophe in the cryptocurrency market that destabilizes a clearing organization will destabilize the real economy,” Peterffy said. His solution is for the CFTC to require that any clearing organization that wishes to clear cryptocurrencies or their derivatives do so in a wholly separate clearing system which is isolated from the systems for other products.
While the potential for catastrophe may be a bit exaggerated, the solution shouldn’t be easily dismissed. It’s not as if the CFTC has ignored problems projected by trading in cryptocurrencies. Actually, the agency has for years been trying strike a balance between making the public aware of the dangers they pose and not seeming too heavy handed in doing so.


The CFTC’s reach is quite broad. The agency’s regulatory powers extend to exchange actions and the review and approval of futures contracts, and it has the power to issue any rule it finds necessary to accomplish the mission of the Commodity Exchange Act, to foster open, transparent and financially sound markets [7 U.S.C. § 12(a)(5)]. Before it approves a contract for trading, the CFTC must determine that it is in the public interest by assessing whether its use for price discovery and hedging serve a genuine economic purpose [7 U.S.C. § 19(a)(2)]. The CFTC also uses its power to prevent fraud and market manipulation to assert jurisdiction over commodity trading in spot markets.
The CFTC took the occasion of a settlement with an unregistered swap execution facility to declare that Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are commodities and subject to regulation as such [In the Matter of Coinflip, Inc. d/b/a Derivabit and Francisco Riordan, CFTC Docket No. 15-29 (Sept. 17, 2015)]. Only recently, the CFTC circulated a “Primer” on virtual currencies to educate the industry and investing public on their nature and, perhaps most important, the risks they pose [“A CFTC Primer on Virtual Currencies” (Oct. 17, 2017)].
To date, market commentators, like the CFTC, have focused on a number of valid concerns about cryptocurrencies: They’re a bubble. They pose security risks. They’re a ready vehicle for fraud and money laundering. Peterffy’s point is different: That cryptocurrencies will, in the end, damage clearing and trading firms that deal in the currencies, and even those that don’t, and the exchanges.
It’s a point well taken. Consider this: Futures margin rates range from 2% to 8%. The more aggressive trading firms set their rates at the lower end of the range to attract business. When losses exceed the amount margined, the broker must cover them first and then try to collect from the client.
This year, the price of Bitcoin has been up by as much as 1000% and that of Ethereum more than 2000%. Those prices might rise. But no one should be surprised if they collapse by 50% or more. Unlike, say, an agricultural commodity or an equity index, cryptocurrencies have no real economic function, and there is often no apparent or fundamental reason for their price movements.
That’s why, according to Peterffy, trading and clearing firms, especially those which don’t have much money to lose, will collapse along with the price of cryptocurrencies – and take firms which don’t even trade in the currencies with them, and maybe the exchanges as well.
That’s where the CFTC comes in. So far, its attempts at gentle persuasion don’t appear to have been terribly effective. The CFTC has far more authority than it has used. Maybe it’s time for the CFTC to set aside its reluctance to put a thumb on the scale and recognize that it’s in the public interest to be proactive and adopt Peterffy’s suggestion or even place limitations on liability for cryptocurrency futures. Will that happen? Place your bets.
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Bitcoin Price Watch; Here Are Tonight’s Key Levels
Here’s a look at what we’re looking at in the bitcoin price this evening.
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So we are now closing in on the end of the day in Europe and it’s time to take a look at how action matured throughout the day in the bitcoin price today and – in turn – to put forward a strategy that we can incorporate into our operations in an attempt to pull a profit from the market on any volatility.
As ever, before we get started, take a quick look at the chart below so as to get an idea where things stand and where we are looking to jump in and out of the markets as and when things move. The chart is a one-minute candlestick chart and it’s got our primary range overlaid in green.
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As the chart shows, the range we are going to be using for the session this evening comes in as defined by support to the downside at 16879 and resistance to the upside at 16990. We are going to stick with our standard breakout approach for the time being and if this changes we will update accordingly. The only reason it would change is if we saw a substantial breakout followed by some corrective (and, subsequently, consolidation) conditions so, realistically, we may be looking at tomorrow morning before any of that sort of action hits the tape.
Anyway, let’s get back to the present.
We’ve outlined our range so let’s look at the entry points.
If we see price break through resistance (so, to the upside), we will look to enter long on a close above that level towards an immediate upside target of 17050. A stop loss on the trade somewhere in the region of 16975 looks good from a risk management perspective.
Looking the other way, if we get a close below support, we’ll jump in to a short trade towards an immediate target of 16820.
Let’s see what happens.
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Bitcoin Gold Price Technical Analysis – BTG/USD Holding 100 SMA

Bitcoin gold price is slowly moving higher towards $300 against the US Dollar. BTG/USD is holding the $240 support and is eyeing more gains.
Key Points
  • Bitcoin gold price is trading with a nice bullish tone above the $240 support against the US Dollar.
  • There is a crucial ascending channel forming with support at $230 on the hourly chart of BTG/USD (data feed from Bitfinex).
  • The price is currently holding the $240 support and placed nicely above the 100 hourly simple moving average.
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Bitcoin gold price is slowly moving higher towards $300 against the US Dollar. BTG/USD is holding the $240 support and is eyeing more gains.
Bitcoin Gold Price Support
There was a break above the $280 resistance in bitcoin gold price against the US Dollar. The price traded as high as $295.58 before it started a downside correction. It moved below the 38.2% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $190 low to $295 high. However, the downside move was protected by the $240 support and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
Moreover, there is a crucial ascending channel forming with support at was a break above a major bearish trend line at $230 on the hourly chart of BTG/USD. The channel support and the 100 hourly SMA acted as a major buy zone above $240. Lastly, the pair found bids near the 50% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $190 low to $295 high. Therefore, it seems like the $240 support rejection was important and the price is now set for an upside move.
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The price might head higher towards the $280 resistance. Once there is a break above the $280 level, the price can retest the $295 high. Above the mentioned $295, the price will most likely move above the $300 level.
Looking at the technical indicators:
Hourly MACD – The MACD for BTG/USD is currently slightly in the bearish zone.
Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTG/USD is currently just above the 50 level.
Major Support Level – $240
Major Resistance Level – $300
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