What Cboe’s Looming Crypto Futures Exit Means for the Bitcoin Price

By CCN: After nearly 18 months of operation, the Cboe bitcoin futures market is closing for good, or at least for the foreseeable future, with the expiration of its last bitcoin futures contract on June 16. Speaking to Bloomberg, Cboe spokeswoman Suzanne Cosgrove revealed that the company does not have plans to release a new product for cryptocurrency trading at this time, reaffirming the closure of its bitcoin futures market that was announced in March. The bitcoin price is up 115 percent year-to-date against the U.S. dollar. | Source: CoinMarketCap…

Bitcoin Reclaims $8K as Coins See Green, Experts Warn of Ominous Stock Market Volatility

Friday, June 7 —  after recent shaky sentiment, the crypto markets are today back firmly in the green, with bitcoin (BTC) breaking back above the $8,000 mark, as Coin360 data shows. Market visualization courtesy of Coin360 Having bullishly surged above the psychological price point of $9,000 in May, bitcoin has since seen significant corrections — briefly trading below $7.600 on June 6. To press time, the top coin is seeing solid green, breaking back above $8,000 to trade at $7,003 — up roughly 1.8% own on the day, according to…

Facebook Sources Say That Stablecoin White Paper Will Come on June 18

Multiple sources are expecting Facebook to launch its stablecoin on June 18, IT and fintech magazine TechCrunch reported on June 6. Citing people familiar with the plans, the publication added strength to existing suggestions from both within and outside the company that its secretive cryptocurrency project would appear this month. Previously, rumors had suggested it would be 2020 before Facebook made a commitment to bring its product, which should focus on remittances, to market. “It’s currently scheduled for a June 18th release of a white paper explaining its cryptocurrency’s basics,”…

Russia’s Largest Bank Confirms It Will Not Develop Crypto-Related Services

The CEO of state-owned Russian bank Sberbank has officially confirmed the institution’s decision to not develop crypto-related services, local financial publication Banki.ru reports on June 7. Herman Gref, Sberbank CEO and a former minister of economics and trade of Russia, claimed that the bank has never had any ambitious plans in the crypto space. Instead, the bank will now focus on blockchain applications for its services. Gref reportedly made his comments in an interview with local free-to-air TV channel NTV at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum. Gref stated that…

Thailand’s Largest Commercial Bank Retracts Tweet Indicating Plans to Use Ripple’s XRP

Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), Thailand’s largest commercial bank, has denied it plans to start using Ripple’s XRP token, contrary to earlier indications. The bank’s denial was communicated in a tweet published on June 7. The bank’s denial was prompted by an earlier post on social media dated June 5, when the bank’s official Twitter handle had responded to a user’s question regarding XRP and revealed ostensible plans to announce details of an unspecified “XRP system […] soon.” With the June 5 tweet having since been deleted, SCB today has firmly…

Corona, Budweiser Owner’s Investment Arm Backs Blockchain ID Startup

United States-based blockchain identity startup BanQu announced that it closed an extension of its series A funding round led by multinational drinks and brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev’s investment arm. The development was announced in a post on June 6. Per the announcement, the undisclosed amount of funds have been raised by ZX Venture to allow BanQu to continue the development of its supply chain transparency and traceability, and continue its geographic expansion. Crunchbase estimates the annual revenue of the funding company — which owns the Budweiser, Corona, Leffe and Becks…

How Justified Is the Exuberance Around Apple’s Developer CryptoKit?

Yannick Sierra, security engineering and architecture manager for Apple, opened up the cryptography session at the 2019 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference and presented the CryptoKit with these words: Welcome to the bitcoin session! (Laughter in the room). Kidding — welcome to Cryptography and Your Apps session! This opening quote ended up being the only reference to cryptocurrencies or blockchain throughout the entire presentation of CryptoKit — Apple’s new framework for app developers designed to simplify building security-enhancing cryptographic functionality. Sierra’s joke was likely in recognition of how eagerly the crypto community anticipated…

Over 74% of Bitcoin Mining is Powered by Renewable Energy

Cryptocurrency investment products and research firm CoinShares estimates that 74.1% of bitcoin (BTC) mining is powered by renewable energy in its bi-annual mining report published on June 5. The report also claims that “at current prices, the average miner is highly profitable, with even older gear and high-cost producers currently able to make positive ROI.” The paper also notes that bitcoin mining operations are concentrated where there is ample renewable energy supply. Still, the report also notes: “The renewables estimate is down from 77.8% in our November 2018 report and…

BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC, BCH, EOS, BNB, BSV, XLM, TRX: Price Analysis 07/06

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. Market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. The white paper for Facebook’s stablecoin might be released as early as June 18, according to multiple sources. This has been an eagerly awaited project as the social media giant along with its sister companies WhatsApp and Instagram can reach millions of customers.   In…

$1.5M in Stolen Bitcoin From 2016 Bitfinex Hack Changes Address

A portion of bitcoin (BTC) stolen from Bitfinex crypto exchange back in 2016 has been moved from hackers’ wallets to an unknown address on June 7, based on several tweets by crypto transaction tracker Whale-alert.io. The movement of stolen bitcoins has allegedly started earlier today at 06:08 AM UTC and involved of six transactions to date, totally worth about 185 bitcoin, or $1.5 million at press time. Five out of six transactions of stolen funds from Bitfinex hack 2016 on June 7. Source: Whale Alert Twitter The amount of recently…