A status update on the Kin ecosystem and Kin tokens

Much has been written about the Sept. 30, 2020, decision by Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission vs. Kik Interactive.  In that order, the judge ruled in favor of the SEC’s motion for summary judgement, applying the Howey Test in the course of determining that Kik Interactive had violated the federal securities laws by selling contractual rights to acquire Kin tokens and later by issuing and selling the Kin tokens themselves. Less has been said about the actual final…

Anthony Scaramucci says holding Bitcoin as safe as owning bonds and gold

Anthony Scaramucci, the head of SkyBridge Capital and former White House communications director, believes Bitcoin’s (BTC) value proposition has strengthened significantly now that governments have addressed many of the risks associated with the digital asset.  In an opinion article published on CNN, Scaramucci and fellow SkyBridge executive Brett Messing argue that Bitcoin has become a viable option for long-term investors seeking refuge from inflation. The authors also claim that holding Bitcoin is far less risky today than it was a few years ago when regulations and infrastructure were still underdeveloped. …

Digital ID solves the privacy dilemma

A year unlike any other, when much of life went online, created a compelling case for digital identity. Talk of “immunity passports,” privacy-protecting contact tracing apps and even a potential move to online voting systems all speak to the need for robust digital identities. In July 2020, the World Economic Forum published a briefing paper covering the risks and opportunities around “the internet of bodies.” From wearable technology to connected medical implants, it’s evident that our future digital identities could comprise more data than we ever thought possible. But the…

The United States updates its crypto AML/CFT laws

Against great push back from the crypto industry and as the price of Bitcoin (BTC) reached new all-time highs several times during the last couple of months, the United States has updated its cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism laws. Related: COVID-19 pandemic spurs crypto law updates in J5 countries The Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 and the Corporate Transparency Act Last December, the Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act and, as part of that legislation, passed the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 and the Corporate Transparency Act.…

Empty stadiums get blockchain and soccer to play together

In a first for professional soccer, Spanish team DUX Internacional de Madrid has used crypto to buy a new player. Ex-Real Madrid player David Barral is a new acquisition for the club facilitated by the cryptocurrency trading company Criptan. Although technically this is not the first recorded Bitcoin (BTC) transfer, amateur Turkish club Harunustaspor bought 22-year-old player Omer Faruk Kiroglu back in 2018 for 0.0524 Bitcoin and 2,500 Turkish Lira. This move was performed to gain attention for the club in international media for doing “something new” but not necessarily…

It’s time for Hollywood to move to blockchain. Yes, you read that right

The greatest empires over the course of history have come and gone — the Romans, Greeks, Babylonians, Mongols, Persians, Egyptians, Ottomans and, most recently, the British. Much in the same way that history has recycled the powers of the world, so do cultural and economic institutions around us fall to the same fate.  Like these empires that governed their corners of the world, Hollywood dominated its own — the film industry. Audiences have enjoyed the fruits of this cultural empire just as they have enjoyed perks produced from other exclusive…

The impact of Bitcoin hacking incidents in the crypto market

In the 2013–2017 period, 29 hacks occurred in the Bitcoin market where a total of 1.1 million Bitcoin were stolen. Noting that the average price for Bitcoin (BTC) in December 2020 exceeded $20,000, the corresponding monetary equivalent of losses is more than $22 billion, which strongly highlights the societal impact of this criminal activity.  What did crypto exchanges do to address this problem? Nowadays, about 90% of exchanges use some kind of cold storage system, which means that digital assets are stored offline. Keeping Bitcoin offline considerably reduces the threat…

Why one Bitcoin on-chain analyst is short-term bearish on BTC price, for now

Ki Young Ju, the CEO at CryptoQuant and an on-chain analyst, says Bitcoin (BTC) is neutral to short-term bearish for the time being. There are two major indicators that have been useful in spotting trend reversals in the ongoing bull cycle. First, whenever the Coinbase premium appeared, which means BTC is trading higher on Coinbase than on Binance, for example, BTC saw bullish momentum. Second, the momentum of Bitcoin strengthened when it saw large outflows from Coinbase. In the past several days, however, neither of these two indicators have shown any…

Retail traders, not hotshots like MicroStrategy, made Bitcoin in 2020

The twists and turns of 2020 made it arguably the best year on record to be a trader, especially if you were involved in cryptocurrencies. May’s third Bitcoin halving, coupled with the euphoric market volatility that swept global markets, made 2020 a year of gains and opportunities for crypto traders. By November, it was already clear Bitcoin (BTC) and other major cryptocurrencies had cemented their status as a recognized asset class among retail and institutional traders alike, having outshined all other major asset classes in the world. Bitcoin’s renewed bull…