Bitcoin Price Will Soar over Next Three Years: Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire

The bitcoin price will rocket over the next three years, and cryptocurrency valuations will spike accordingly, says Jeremy Allaire, the co-founder and CEO of Circle, a peer-to-peer payments technology company backed by Goldman Sachs. While Allaire was reticent to set a specific bitcoin price target, he predicts that its value will unquestionably be a lot higher in …

PayPal Gets into Blockchain, But Only Internally Among Employees for Now

Payments platform PayPal has so far avoided Bitcoin acceptance and, at least visibly, not considered blockchain for its platform. Now, it has launched an internal blockchain-based employee incentive program. A production of PayPal’s innovation lab, in San Jose, California, the platform took 25 strong team six-months to build and went live this November, according to …

Europe’s Top Asset Manager Calls For Crypto Ban While U.S. Firms Build

According to a Reuters report, Allianz Global Investors (GI) CEO Andreas Utermann encouraged regulators to outlaw crypto. At a conference held in London, directed toward Andrew Bailey, the head of Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority. Utterman said: “You should outlaw it [crypto]. I am personally surprised that regulators haven’t stepped in harder.” Regulators Aren’t Outlawing Crypto …

Cardano Founder Charles Hoskinson Unveils New Smart Contract Tools

IOHK, a leading blockchain research and development firm, announced two tools developed by a world-leading team for writing smart contracts for the Cardano blockchain. The apps are called Plutus and Marlowe and were launched in test format at the first PlutusFest conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. These powerful tools will enable start-ups, the financial services and …

Japanese Prosecutors Want Former Mt Gox CEO Jailed for 10 Years

The former CEO of the now-defunct bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, Mark Karpeles, could face up to decade in prison if prosecutors have their way. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, prosecutors are seeking a 10-year jail term for Mark Karpeles for embezzlement. Among the claims made by prosecutors at the Tokyo District Court include the …

Bullion Giant APMEX & BitPay Partner to Sell Gold for Bitcoin

Global crypto payment provider BitPay has announced the OneGold precious metals and digital gold marketplace is now accepting Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, according to a press release. OneGold — founded by APMEX, a leading precious metals retailer, and Sprott, an alternative asset manager — is focused on giving investors the ability to combine the “key …

Poloniex Extends Fee-Free USDC Trading

As we previously reported, Circle’s Poloniex participation in the stablecoin wars is evident in their decision to not charge fees on use of USDC on their platform. For the month of November, trades in USDC were not charged any fees at all. According to an e-mail blast from Poloniex, this amounted to more than $500,000 …

UK Parliament Member Wants You to Pay Your Taxes with Bitcoin

A member of the British Parliament wants UK residents to be able to pay their local taxes and utility bills using bitcoin. Eddie Hughes, a conservative MP (member of Parliament) for the Walsall North constituency, said this would be a great first step toward mainstream adoption of crypto. Hughes said it’s time for other members …