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After a short recovery, which sent the total market cap above $350bn, digital assets experienced another correction, which started on Wednesday and as of this morning, wiped out more than $70bn in total (-24%). Bitcoin is hovering around $10,000 after sliding to $9,840 during the hours of the Asian markets, which represents a drop of more than 21% on the past week. The rest of the top-30 coins are bleeding more significantly, Ethereum is down 27%, Bitcoin SV is down 40%, Litecoin 26%.
Top News Stories
Co-founder of the world’s largest crypto mining farms, Bitmain Technologies Ltd., is launching a new one-stop platform for over-the-counter trading, lending and custody for digital assets called Matrixport. Wu is a major shareholder along with a clutch of global venture capital firms and Bitmain itself, according to CEO Ge Yuesheng. Headquartered in Singapore, Matrixport has a team of about 100 staffers, dozens of whom were let go from Bitmain.
Creditors of Mt Gox waiting to get their bitcoin back from the long-defunct exchange can now get pennies on the dollar by selling their claims to Fortress Investment Group.
“We review each claim individually but are now generally able to offer $900 per BTC claim, or roughly 200% of the bankruptcy value (which was $451 per BTC claim). We can pay that in Bitcoin, or any fiat currency of your choice. Our payment would be made within 10 business days of the claim transfer confirmation.”
The Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency and blockchain services company is going public through a reverse merger with 8i Enterprises Acquisition Corp. Diginex will be listed on Nasdaq following the deal with 8i, a so-called blank-check company, the companies said. The deal is poised to value Diginex at about $276 million including debt, according to a press release.
China’s central bank is reportedly developing its own digital currency in response to Facebook’s Libra as the latter could purportedly pose a risk to the country’s financial system, the South China Morning Post reported.
Turkey also joined the countries included in the crypto money eco-system. According to the 11th Development Plan, the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey is preparing to issue crypto money.
“I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air,” Trump wrote on Twitter. Trump also mentioned Facebook’s Libra project adding: “If Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a new Banking Charter and become subject to all Banking Regulations, just like other Banks, both National and International.”
A new job listing from investment banking giant Goldman Sachs reveals apparent intentions to pursue digital asset development. The listing seeks a Digital Asset Project Manager under the aegis of the bank’s GS Accelerate in-house incubator program.
During the second day of Jerome Powell’s testimony, he noted that bitcoin is already increasingly taking over gold in the global economy as a store of value. Lawmakers also mentioned their uneasiness regarding bitcoin’s possible long-term challenge to replace the U.S. dollar as the world reserve currency. Powell admitted that this was in the realm of possibility, albeit only in the long term.
Powell: “Don’t assume USD status as reserve currency permanent“.
Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint suspended all services after losing about 3.5 billion yen ($32 million) in a hack that involved Ripple and other cryptocurrencies. Almost three quarters of the stolen funds belonged to customers while Bitpoint owned the rest.
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