Wall Street’s Bitcoin King Defends Crypto Against CNBC FUD

By CCN: CNBC in a recent interview shot a string of arrows seemingly to burst the so-called bitcoin price bubble. Nonetheless, the cryptocurrency emerged unharmed thanks to Bart Smith. The digital asset head of Susquehanna International Group, a Pennsylvania-based trading firm, appeared on Squawk Box to discuss what possibly drove bitcoin up 145% year-to-date. While admitting that it was difficult to narrow down a price rally into specific factors, Smith hinted that the root of bitcoin’s exceptional performance in 2019 maximally lied in one thing: optimism. He said: “There is…

State Farm and USAA Test Blockchain Platform for Insurance Claims Process

United States insurance giant State Farm and military-affiliated bank United Services Automobile Association (USAA) are testing a blockchain-based subrogation solution with real claims data. State farm announced the development in an official press release on May 30. The two insurance titans are using blockchain technology to automate and streamline the subrogation process in insurance claims. The platform purportedly allows them to automatically compile total payments, net the balance, and conduct a regularly scheduled payment between insurers. State farm states that the blockchain solution is being tested with real claims data.…

Cryptocurrency Broker Client Reportedly Aims to Acquire 25% of All Bitcoin Supply

Digital currency investment firm Dadiani Syndicate has reportedly been approached by a wealthy client to buy as close to 25% of the bitcoin (BTC) supply as possible, Forbes reported on May 30. The Dadiani Syndicate is a peer-to-peer network where people trade between each other with cryptocurrency. The firm made news last year when it put 49% of Andy Warhol’s 1980 work “14 Small Electric Chairs” up for sale for bitcoin and other digital currencies. The firm’s founder Eleesa Dadiani reportedly claimed: “One of our clients approached us and said…

Rwanda’s Central Bank Issues PSA on Alleged Cryptocurrency Get-Rich-Quick Scams

The National Bank of Rwanda, the country’s central bank, has issued a public service announcement on alleged cryptocurrency scams, according to an official Twitter post on May 30. The central bank specifically warns the public about initial coin offering (ICO) scams and crypto-based Ponzi schemes, which purport to offer a quick and significant return on investment for early adopters. These sorts of scams have reportedly been active in Rwanda, through firms like Supermarketings Global Ltd, 3 Friends System (3FS) Group Ltd, OneCoin, and Kwakoo (OnyxCoin). The National Bank of Rwanda…

US Ivy League University Rolls Out Online Course in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has introduced an online program on financial technologies, including digital currencies, according to a press release published on May 30. The new online program dubbed “Fintech: Foundations and Applications of Financial Technologies” features lectures and case studies on topics such as payments, cryptocurrency, blockchain technology and crowdfunding, among others. Apart from the university lecturers, the course also features speakers from the leading industry companies, including payment processor Square, marketplace lender CommonBond, and investment advisory firm Vanguard. Anne Trumbore, senior director of Wharton…

‘Trees Don’t Grow to the Sky’

By CCN: Mike Novogratz’s expectation for bitcoin price consolidation is starting to look more feasible since BTC abruptly took a dive today. The high-profile trader believes bitcoin is poised for near-term consolidation to a narrow range despite recent market momentum. Novogratz, who is at the helm of crypto merchant bank Galaxy Digital, reportedly held a conference call today discussing his firm’s Q1 performance. According to Bloomberg, the Wall Street veteran believes that the bitcoin price “probably consolidates somewhere between $7,000 and $10,000,” adding: “You know, trees don’t grow to the…

Coinbase Now Supports Cryptocurrency Token EOS

Major United States-based cryptocurrency exchange and wallet service Coinbase has added support for EOS, according to a press release on May 30. The new addition is reportedly available for trading and storage in most areas covered by Coinbase, with the exception of the United Kingdom and New York at press time. The announcement also notes that there are no transaction fees associated with EOS; the cost is instead paid in computing resources, such as a tax on RAM, CPUs, or network bandwidth. Users that run the network also earn EOS…

Bitcoin Is Weirdly Similar to an Oil Tanker

By CCN: Adamant Capital’s Tuur Demeester, an outspoken crypto analyst and proponent of Bitcoin, said on Twitter that using the flagship cryptocurrency’s blockchain will eventually be as expensive – and rare – as chartering an oil tanker. Even the simple act of opening a Lightning Network channel will be cost-prohibitive and potentially slow once the network user base climbs into the billions. Bitcoin’s Blockchain Is Like an Oil Tanker – You Won’t Use Either of Them At full maturity, using the Bitcoin blockchain will be as rare and specialized as…

Cryptocurrency Custodian Anchorage Adds Insurance Coverage

Cryptocurrency custody services firm Anchorage has added insurance coverage for storing digital assets, it announced in a blog post on May 29. In the post, Anchorage — which raised $17 million in a Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz —  announced insurance coverage for institutions that covers digital assets under custody. The coverage comes as the result of a partnership with major insurance broker Aon.  Previously, Aon stated that the firm was seeing more cryptocurrency-specific protections catering to the new cryptocurrency industry. Anchorage outlined in the post that not…

Neo Upgrade Scheduled For Beginning of June, New Oversize Fee Added

The Chinese-based blockchain platform Neo has announced plans to upgrade its mainnet on June 3 at 9:00 am (GMT), according to an official blog post on May 29. According to the announcement, one of the main consequences of this upgrade is the addition of an oversize fee — measured in the cryptocurrency GAS on the Neo blockchain — for high priority transactions over 1,024 bytes. The oversize fee for these transactions is determined by the formula, (transaction size) * 0.00001 GAS + 0.001 GAS, with a few special case exceptions;…