AARP Tells Retirees that Bitcoin is Mainly Used by ‘Bunch of Criminals’

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has ascribed a bizarre definition to bitcoin in a caustically worded article on its website published on Wednesday, Oct. 10. In the slideshow post titled “Improve Your Financial Literacy With This Glossary,” a heavy dose of contempt is specifically reserved for the description of bitcoin and blockchain in …

Mixed Signals Arising. When Moon?

Bitcoin price continues to move side-ways and there isn’t much volume coming into cryptocurrency. There are some catalysts that could potentially kick-start another bull-run, however, uncertainty is an important characteristic of any market; it becomes quite hard to predict the best time-frame to put some fresh cash into cryptocurrency. My non-professional advise? Don’t try to …

Inside the Wall Street Practice that Could Ruin Bitcoin

Note: This is part 3 in a multi-part article series exploring rehypothecation and commingling in bitcoin and other cryptocurrency markets. Part 1 and part 2 are interviews with Caitlin Long and parts 3 and 4 ask the question, “How did we get to a place that where laws look like this?” In order to understand …

Former PayPal CEO Brands Bitcoin a ‘Cult’, Trashes Use Cases

Bitcoin believers and enthusiasts beware, you could be unwitting members of a cult if Bill Harris is to be believed. Speaking on CNBC’s Fast Money program, the former CEO of payments services firm PayPal claimed that bitcoin’s supposed advantages are non-existent. “The cult of bitcoin make many claims — that it’s instant, free, scalable, efficient, …

Ethereum Founder Defends Tether Against Bitcoin Manipulation Claims

One of the cryptocurrency community’s most respected voices is throwing his support behind tether (USDT), the controversial “stablecoin” that critics allege has been used to manipulate the bitcoin price. Joseph Lubin, an Ethereum co-founder, told Yahoo Finance that he “believes” USDT is backed by physical dollars at a 1 to 1 ratio, as the token’s …

What Experts Think about a Possible Bitcoin ETF

Since 2017, SEC has turned down at least three bitcoin ETF applications (including the Winklevoss twins on two occasions) from different groups citing specific reasons for such denials. This has not stopped the surfacing of new applications. Just last month three groups that have been turned down before (CBOE, VanEcK and SolidX) returned with revised …

Bitcoin’s Killer App is Ransomware, Not Payments: Stripe COO

Stripe, a digital payments provider, took a pioneering role with bitcoin in 2015 when it introduced a tool that allowed merchants to accept bitcoin. This past April, the company discontinued the service. The company’s COO, Claire Hughes Johnson, told Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference Tuesday that the reason behind the firm’s abandonment of BTC is that …

Watch Out Bears, Crypto’s Only Getting Started: Coinbase CTO

Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan ignited a Twitter firestorm yesterday when he tweeted that while 63% of the world’s adults own smartphones, only 8% of those in the U.S. and less than 1% worldwide  own cryptocurrency, indicating there is a potential user base that is 60 times larger than the existing user base. Some agreed that …

Bithumb Hack ‘Doesn’t Change the Fundamentals of Bitcoin’: Charlie Lee

Charlie Lee, the founder of Litecoin, went on CNBC’s Fast Money program on Wednesday to discuss the recent hacking of South Korea’s cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb, among other developments in the crypto sphere. Speaking via telephone, the founder of the world’s fifth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap pointed out that while it is normal for cryptocurrency investors to …