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Grayscale To Move Billions In Bitcoin, Ripple’s XRP, Ethereum, And Litecoin To Coinbase In One Of The Largest Ever Crypto Transfers

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency asset manager Grayscale Investments is today planning to move billions of dollars worth of holdings to U.S. crypto wallet provider and trading platform Coinbase in what could be one of the largest single day transfers of bitcoin and crypto assets ever.

Grayscale, which claims to be the world’s largest bitcoin and digital currency asset manager, is today announcing Coinbase Custody will serve as custodian of the underlying assets for its products, and is expected to transfer nearly $3 billion of assets in fewer than 12 hours to Coinbase.

Coinbase Custody, which is operated as a standalone, independently-capitalized business to Coinbase, will now will oversee Grayscale’s cryptocurrency holdings, including bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, litecoin, and Ripple’s XRP, among other major tokens, as well as Grayscale’s publicly quoted cryptocurrency trusts and its Grayscale Digital Large Cap Fund, which provides exposure to bitcoin and crypto through a market cap-weighted portfolio.

“Grayscale and Coinbase have led the way in providing safe, secure, trustworthy, and regulated access to digital assets. Grayscale is an established, trusted, and valuable partner to its clients and its service providers should be the same,” said Sam McIngvale, Coinbase Custody chief executive.

“As a NY State-chartered trust company, Coinbase Custody is held to the same fiduciary standards as national banks. We also offer some of the broadest and deepest insurance coverage in the crypto industry.”

The move comes as bitcoin and cryptocurrency investors nervously look for signs of how global regulators will react to Facebook’s plans to launch its own cryptocurrency sometime next year, dubbed libra.

Expectations that some of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies, including iPhone-maker Apple and micro-blogging platform Twitter, are increasingly looking to bitcoin and cryptocurrencies as a potential source of revenue has been largely responsible for the rise in the bitcoin price so far this year.

Earlier this month, the New York-based Grayscale reported assets under management of $2.7 billion, an all-time high for the company and up three-fold on the previous quarter.

Last month, Coinbase, the largest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange and wallet service, boasted it has signed up 30 million users since launching in 2012, with eight million new users added over the last 12 months.

Meanwhile, Grayscale last week found that more than a third (36%) of U.S. investors would consider buying bitcoin, representing a potential market of more than 21 million investors.

“Since its introduction in 2009, bitcoin has steadily grown in popularity and today has expanded its reach to a broad mainstream audience,” Grayscale reported.

“Investors are constantly looking for new ways to diversify their portfolios as traditional assets and markets have begun to move more closely in sync with one another.”

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I am a journalist with significant experience covering technology, finance, economics, and business around the world. As the founding editor of Verdict.co.uk I reported on how technology is changing business, political trends, and the latest culture and lifestyle. I have covered the rise of bitcoin and cryptocurrency since 2012 and have charted its emergence as a niche technology into the greatest threat to the established financial system the world has ever seen and the most important new technology since the internet itself. I have worked and written for CityAM, the Financial Times, and the New Statesman, amongst others. Follow me on Twitter @billybambrough or email me on billyATbillybambrough.com. Disclosure: I occasionally hold some small amount of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Source: Grayscale To Move Billions In Bitcoin, Ripple’s XRP, Ethereum, And Litecoin To Coinbase In One Of The Largest Ever Crypto Transfers

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Crypto Analyst Warns 2019 Bitcoin Rally Set to ‘Blow Off’ – Plus Ethereum, Ripple and XRP, Litecoin, Stellar, Tron | The Daily Hodl

From a warning about Bitcoin’s 2019 rally to new support for Stellar Lumens, here’s a look at some of the stories breaking in the world of crypto.

Bitcoin

A prominent crypto analyst warns the 2019 Bitcoin rally is an “exchange driven pump” that’s due for a significant pullback. According to Willy Woo, Bitcoin’s Network Value to Transactions (NVT) ratio is now way out of whack.

“Presently the market price of BTC has outstripped organic investor flow unseen since the bull market mania phases of 2013 and 2017. Never before have we seen such a divergence so early in the bull market.”

The NVT ratio measures the utility value of Bitcoin according to the number of transactions on the network relative to the price. Because on-chain investor volumes are in the normal range, Woo says the only explanation is “a quant fund driven short squeeze devoid of any true investor volume.”

Whales can short squeeze a majority-short market by buying it up until the shorts are liquidated, forcing a torrent of buys that inflate the price, Woo explains.

“If you have sufficient capital. You can keep buying to liquidate the bears. It’s extremely profitable. You only stop when it’s no longer profitable. At the $8k-9k mark the market switched from short to majority long. This put a cap on the profitability of short squeezing.

“I’m awaiting this exchange driven pump to blow off, a proper retrace, and only then do I think real investor flows will come in and drive the true organic bull market.”

Ethereum

Ernst & Young’s global blockchain leader, Paul Brody, says blockchain is poised to trigger a fundamental transformation of how enterprises do business.

The accounting and consulting giant EY is building on Ethereum, and Brody says use cases for audits and supply chain management are some early examples of prime use cases for the technology.

“What I hope you’ll take away from this today is that blockchain is maturing. We have real products, real customers, real use cases, real value creation, stuff that’s in operations, and we also have a road map for where things can and should go in the future and how this can have an ever-bigger impact…

Blockchains we think are going to be the future way in which companies model and manage their business processes and, in particular, we can basically model any process between two enterprises or two agencies or two governments as a combination of tokens to represent assets and items of value and contract.”  

Ripple and XRP

A presentation from Ripple’s chief technology officer David Schwartz is now online. At the We Are Developers in Berlin, Schwartz talks about the future of blockchain beyond the hype.

Litecoin

The Litecoin Foundation’s unique methods for raising funds to support the LTC ecosystem continue.

The Foundation has started to ship custom Litecoin cufflinks and tie bars, with a signed certificate of authenticity from LTC creator Charlie Lee.

Stellar

Crypto.com has added Stellar Lumens (XLM) to its Wallet & Card app.

Users of the app can now purchase XLM at true cost with no fees, with both credit cards and bank transfers supported. People can also use XLM with Crypto.com’s MCO Visa Card, making it easier to convert Stellar’s token into fiat for purchases from everyday merchants.

Tron

Tron’s latest report on the network’s decentralized app ecosystem is out.

According to the report, four new gaming DApps launched on the network this week, along with a decentralized exchange called SunDex.

Source: Crypto Analyst Warns 2019 Bitcoin Rally Set to ‘Blow Off’ – Plus Ethereum, Ripple and XRP, Litecoin, Stellar, Tron | The Daily Hodl

Billionaire John De Mol Takes Facebook to Court Over Fraudulent Bitcoin Ads

John de Mol, a Dutch billionaire and media magnate, has recently sued Facebook over fraudulent bitcoin ads that showed him next to quotes about how much money he purportedly made investing in BTC with a company that was swindling users.

According to Reuters, De Mol’s lawyer has claimed the businessman, who created the reality show ‘Big Brother’ and is one of brains behind the Endemol entertainment studio, is suing the social media giant over damages to his client’s reputation, and over Facebook’s inability to stop the ads from appearing altogether.

De Mol’s lawyers would, as such, like to see Facebook automatically block ads featuring him and cryptocurrencies. The businessman’s lawyer further claimed consumers sent a total of €1.7 million (around $1.9 million) to the scammers, before Facebook reacted to complaints and removed the ads from its platform.

De Mol is also looking to get the names of those behind the fraudulent bitcoin ads, so he can hand them over to authorities. Jacqueline Schapp, one of his lawyers, argued that Facebook’s system of reacting to users reporting problems isn’t good enough.

I don’t know what reality Facebook lives in, but that doesn’t work.

Facebook’s lawyer, Jens van den Brink, revealed the company couldn’t be forced to monitor every ad that goes through it all the time, and that it’s “technically impossible” to block ads with De Mol’s name on it, as other people have the same name.

Van den Brink also added Facebook has met with Dutch financial market regulator AFM this month to discuss ways to combat scammers on its platform. It’s worth noting that Facebook banned cryptocurrency-related ads last year to stop them, but later on lifted the ban.

A judge at the Amsterdam District Court gave both parties two weeks to come up with a reasonable solution. If they fail to reach an agreement, the judge noted he would rule on the case.

This isn’t the first time celebrities are used to get users to buy into fraudulent cryptocurrency schemes through Facebook’s ads.

Source: CryptoGlobe

Local Bitcoins Removes Cash-for-Crypto Trading Option

Helsinki-based peer-to-peer exchange LocalBitcoins has reportedly removed the option allowing users to buy or sell cryptocurrencies in person for cash.

In a Reddit post Sunday, a LocalBitcoins user pointed out the option was no longer available on the platform, though commenters some suggested the restriction might be limited to the U.S..

The removal of the option – which basically acts as a matchmaker for users to make trades in person – effectively bars LocalBitcoin users from selling and buying bitcoin for cash. LocalBitcoins has also cancelled pending fiat trades, other comments suggest.

The platform has not yet made an official announcement about the change on its blog or Twitter.

In response to the move, LocalEthereum announced has temporarily removed the trading fee on cash-in-person exchanges – effective June 1 to July 1.

LocalBitcoins’ move comes after the company announced in February that it would comply with the European Union’s (EU) new anti-money laundering directive.

Several other P2P cryptocurrency trading platforms still offer an in-person cash option.

Handing over dollars image via Shutterstock

Source: Pivot – Blockchain Community

Move Over Bitcoin And Dogecoin, Elon Musk Is Tweeting About Ethereum

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Elon Musk, the playful Tesla and SpaceX chief executive who has set the world of bitcoin and cryptocurrency on fire in the past, has again caused a stir by tweeting about cryptocurrencies—this time it’s the turn of decentralized app network ethereum.

Bitcoin and the broader cryptocurrency market has been trading sideways since leaping higher at the beginning of this month, with ethereum now only 7% up on its late March price per ethereum token.

Now, Musk, who earlier this month revealed his favorite cryptocurrency, has tweeted the word “ethereum” before replying to ethereum’s creator Vitalik Buterin invitation to attend the ethereum developer conference in October.

Musk tweeted the word “ethereum” then followed it up by tweeting “jk”—perhaps an attempt at preventing Twitter from suspending his account, which has previously been locked after tweeting about cryptocurrencies due to his long association with bitcoin and cryptocurrency give-away scams.

Musk then told ethereum’s Buterin to “stop giving away ETH.”

Musk has recently been embroiled in a row with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) after he tweeted about his plans to take Tesla private last year, with the SEC then claiming that Musk violated an agreement by tweeting information Musk said had already been correctly relayed to investors.

On Friday, Musk and the SEC filed their amended settlement, which lists specific topics that Musk needs legal approval to tweet about. It does not contain anything about bitcoin or cryptocurrencies.

Following the agreement, Bloomberg’s Matt Levine wrote:

“If I were the SEC I would probably have pushed to add a requirement in the amended settlement to the effect of, if Musk is going to tweet a joke about Tesla, he has to add a smiley face or a “j/k” or a “lol” to the end of it. Again, this is an absolutely terrible rule for life, or comedy; it really kills the joke. And I can see why Musk would be concerned with the aesthetics of his Twitter comedy. But the SEC probably shouldn’t be!”

Musk’s latest cryptocurrency comments via Twitter could be a low-key dig at the SEC’s pursuit of him while scammers continue to plague Twitter with misleading impersonations of public figures.

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Musk tweeted the word “etherum” without context.

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The bitcoin price, which has been trapped in a long-running bear market over the last few months following a sudden sell-off in early November, exploded out the gates on at the beginning of April after slowly gathering pace throughout Marchconfirming much speculative data that a bitcoin bull run was imminent.

Musk surprised bitcoin and cryptocurrency watchers earlier this month by saying that the meme-based dogecoin is his “fav” cryptocurrency, even ahead of original cryptocurrency bitcoin, which he’s heaped praise on previously.

Musk, who has become known for his meme-ing Twitter account while running three major U.S. technology and engineering companies, was at this time responding to (another) tongue-in-cheek Twitter poll that found him to be the favorite to take on the mantle of dogecoin CEO, with 49% of the vote.

Musk beat off competition from ethereum co-founder and widely respected crypto developer Buterin, litecoin founder Charlie Lee, and Marshall Hayner, the chief executive of bitcoin and cryptocurrency blockchain payments processor Metal.

Earlier this year the bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets were enlivened by comments from two of the most closely-watched figures in the tech world: Tesla’s Musk and Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey.

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Despite a recent rally, the bitcoin price remains well under where it was most of last year.

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The bitcoin price failed to rally following Musk’s and Dorsey’s light praise of bitcoin and how cryptocurrencies will change the future of money—despite crypto media celebrating wholeheartedly.

While Jack Dorsey and Elon Musk have faintly suggested they see cryptocurrencies, and specifically bitcoin, as exciting new technologies that will likely change the world, neither seem particularly keen to lead the charge.

Musk, who last year got everyone fired up that he might be getting into bitcoin, has called bitcoin’s structure “quite brilliant”, adding “it bypasses currency controls … Paper money is going away. And crypto is a far better way to transfer values than a piece of paper, that’s for sure.”

Speaking on the Ark Invest podcast in February, Musk said it’s “very energy intensive to create bitcoin at this point” and it may not be “a good use of Tesla’s resources to get involved in crypto.”

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Source: Move Over Bitcoin And Dogecoin, Elon Musk Is Tweeting About Ethereum

Stellar XLM/USD Above $0.1130: Latest Updates Regarding XRP’s Competitor

The 8th largest cryptocoin by market capitalization [current – $2.1 bln] is one of the only in the green as today’s market performance with 3.65% in the green leading the BTC market by 4.00%.

The aforementioned value movement marks out a monthly [30 days of trading] gain of 36.144 percent with the positive April crypto trending tending to go higher. Breaking above the monthly declining trend-line opened gates for further increase at least for the days ahead.

Source: Stellar XLM/USD Above $0.1130: Latest Updates Regarding XRP’s Competitor

Enjin Coin Price Gains Another 20% as Bullish Momentum Returns

Due to all of the rather uneasy cryptocurrency market momentum in place right now, it remains to be seen how things will unfold over the next few hours and days. While there is some excitement in certain markets, the top currencies are rather disappointing right now. The Enjin Coin price, which recently saw a major value surge, is still going strong as of right now. Enjin Coin Price Resumes its Uptrend.No one will be too surprised to note some altcoins succeed in noting strong gains whereas the majority of the top coins are struggling. While projects such as Enjin Coinwould certainly benefit from bullish Bitcoin price momentum, it seems they can effectively move on their own as well. That is part of what cryptocurrency so interesting right now, as one never knows where the next batch of profits might come from……

Source: Enjin Coin Price Gains Another 20% as Bullish Momentum Returns

Over 90% of dApps ‘Did Not Record Transactions’, dAppRadar Data Shows | CryptoGlobe

This, according to data from DAppRadar – which was pointed out by Twitter user Kevin Rooke on February 9th, 2019. As Rooks explains in his tweet, 86% of ETH-based dApps had zero users last Saturday, while 93% did not record any transactions. Although there are reportedly around 40 times more developers focused on creating software for Ethereum (when compared to its closest competitors such as EOS and Tron), ETH-based dApps don’t appear to have lived up to expectations. There are about 1,375 “live” dApps built on the Ethereum blockchain, however the number of active users have remained consistently low. According to data from DAppRadar…………….

Source: https://www.cryptoglobe.com/latest/2019/02/over-90-of-dapps-did-not-record-transactions-dappradar-data-shows/

Argentina and Paraguay Settle Export Deal in Bitcoin in Landmark Event

Paraguay has reportedly recently paid for an Argentinian shipment worth little over $7,000 in bitcoin, the flagship cryptocurrency, in an apparent first for both countries. The deal was made as part of new program incentivizing small shipments. According to Cointelegraph en Español, Argentina sold Paraguay pesticides and fumigation products, and paid for the products in BTC, which was then converted to Argentina’s fiat currency, the peso, to pay the agricultural chemicals’ exporter.

Source: https://www.cryptoglobe.com/latest/2019/02/argentina-and-paraguay-settle-export-deal-in-bitcoin-in-landmark-event/

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