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Renters Threaten US Real Estate Market, 20 Million Americans Face Eviction

The aftermath of the coronavirus-provoked business shutdowns in the United States caused a number of market observers to focus on the U.S. real estate and rental markets. As the federal moratorium on evictions reaches its expiry, a recent Aspen Institute report reveals that 20 million renters or around 20% of 110 million American citizens who […]

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Bitcoin ASIC Miner Manufacturing Domination: Bitmain and Microbt Battle for Top Positions

On June 16, 2020, Bitmex researchers published a report that noted bitcoin mining rig manufacturers have consolidated a great deal and in the future, Bitmex researchers predict that “only 2 to 3 players will survive into the longer term.” There’s still a number of SHA256 mining rig manufacturers today, and regional reports claim that the […]

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Covid-19 Economy Fuels Faith in Crypto: Trust In Bitcoin Over Banks Increased 3X Since 2017

Covid-19 Economy Fuels Faith in Crypto: Trust In Bitcoin Over Banks Increased 3X Since 2017The market research organization, The Tokenist, recently published a report called “Comparing Public Bitcoin Adoption Rates in 2020 vs 2017.” The study’s findings give a comprehensive look at the cryptocurrency ecosystem between 2017 and now. The researchers’ survey shows that since the post-Covid-19 economy is setting in, trust in bitcoin has grown 29% in the […]

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S2F Hopium: Report and Twitter Critics Find Flaws With Bitcoin’s Stock-to-Flow Ratio

S2F Hopium: Report and Twitter Critics Find Flaws With Bitcoin Stock-to-Flow RatioIn mid-April, news.Bitcoin.com researched the popular stock-to-flow (S2F), which shows the price of a single bitcoin reaching $55K and even six figures. At the time, analysts questioned measuring bitcoin’s price in this manner and more recently, a few others have been criticizing the method as well. Just recently, a research report written by the author […]

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2 Days After the Bitcoin Halving: Network ‘Remains Strong,’ Higher Fees, Bullish Sentiment

2 Days After the Bitcoin Halving: Network 'Remains Strong,' Higher Fees, Bullish SentimentOn May 11, 2020, the Bitcoin network completed it’s third block reward halving and the network seems to be chugging along just fine. However, it may take a while longer to see the halving’s effect on the mining industry and right now bitcoin transaction fees have risen exponentially. Despite the rising fees, the research firm […]

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3 Reports Look at North Korea’s Lazarus Group, Iran’s Farhad Exchange, and the Crypto Ponzi Futurenet

3 Reports Look at North Korea's Lazarus Group, Iran's Farhad Exchange, and Crypto Ponzi FuturenetOn May 4, 2020, the blockchain surveillance firm Chainalysis published a three-part series covering a crypto Ponzi scheme, North Korea, and Iran’s use of digital currencies like bitcoin. The company’s research papers discuss the Poland-based crypto Ponzi called Futurenet, a hosting service allegedly tied to North Korea, and how Iran-based exchanges are bypassing OFAC sanctions […]

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Tax Office to Contact 350,000 Australians and Remind Them to Report All Crypto Profits

Tax Office to Contact 350,000 Australians and Remind Them to Report All Crypto ProfitsAustralian tax agents have set out to close a gap they say costs the state several billion dollars. Taxpayers who file various work-related claims and investment property deductions or declare income from sharing economy platforms such as Uber and Airbnb may be asked for explanations and receipts. Investors and traders earning income from cryptocurrencies are […]

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Australia Crypto Merchant Trade Sets $74K Monthly Record With BCH Capturing 97%

Australia Crypto Merchant Trade Sets Monthly Record at $74K With BCH Capturing 97% of Spending, Report DetailsCryptocurrency payments in Australia, which have been growing in volume in the past few years, have recently scored another record. Crypto-based merchant trade across the country reached almost $74,000 in February according to a new report. Bitcoin cash has by far the largest share in retail crypto spending and transactions among coins accepted by Australian […]

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Shopify Joins Libra While Quitter Vodafone Advertises Bitcoin on Facebook

Shopify Joins Libra While Quitter Vodafone Advertises Bitcoin on FacebookFacebook’s coin project, Libra, continues to draw attention despite setbacks, including a shrinking pool of backers and a growing number of worried regulators. But now with JP Morgan seeing potential for the social network’s cryptocurrency and e-commerce giant Shopify joining the Libra Association, its chances might have improved. Although, assuring governments that Libra won’t undermine […]

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Tradeblock Estimates Post-Halving Mining Cost of $12,500 per BTC

Tradeblock Report Estimates Bitcoin's Post-Halving Cost at $12,500 per BTCOn February 7, the blockchain analytics provider Tradeblock published a report about the upcoming BTC reward halving. BTC’s block reward is expected to halve on or around May 12, 2020, and Tradeblock’s report estimates that the cost to mine BTC will be over $12,500 after the halving. Also Read: The Controversial S2F Model Predicts Bitcoin […]

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Digital Remittances Reach Record High of $96 Billion, Fees Charged by Traditional Providers Open Door for Cryptocurrencies

Digital Remittances Reach Record High of $96 Billion, Fees Charged by Traditional Providers Open Door for CryptocurrenciesIn a globalized world where labor follows capital, the remittance industry has been growing constantly in both volume and users. Traditional providers like banks and money transfer companies have been charging high fees for their services which creates opportunities for alternative digital platforms and decentralized cryptocurrencies. Also read: Russians Can Use Qiwi, Sberbank, Yandex Money […]

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5 Mining Operations Command More Than 50% of BTC’s Network Hashrate

5 Mining Operations Command More Than 50% of BTC's Network HashrateThe cryptocurrency community has been discussing mining centralization after a report was published that disclosed five mining operations command more than 50% of the BTC hashrate. At the time of publication, between F2pool, Poolin, Btc.com, and Antpool, the pools are hashing more than 59% of the BTC network hashrate. Also read: Bitcoin Verde’s New Project […]

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Cambodia Announces Own Cryptocurrency as More Details Surface About China’s Digital Yuan

Cambodia Announces Own Cryptocurrency as More Details Surface About China’s Digital YuanWith China still in the lead, other countries are advancing their projects to develop payment systems around central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). Cambodia, for example, has recently revealed it will mint its own coin within months. The news comes as more details about the digital Chinese yuan indicate its main purpose will be to substitute […]

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US Bank Silvergate Sees Growth in Crypto Clients, Despite Decreasing Deposits From the Sector

US Bank Silvergate Sees Growth in Crypto Clients, Despite Decreasing Deposits From the SectorFinancial results released by two U.S. banks providing services to the crypto industry have indicated a decline in deposits from digital currency customers. However, a positive trend has been observed as well. One of the crypto-friendly institutions, Silvergate Bank, has seen an increasing number of crypto clients throughout the year. Also read: Swiss Bank Julius […]

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Deutsche Bank Report: Digital Yuan Could Upset Global Power Balance, Plastic Will Die, Cash Survive

Deutsche Bank Report: Digital Yuan Could Upset Global Power Balance, Plastic Will Die, Cash SurviveA new report from Deutsche Bank Research, Digital Currencies: the Ultimate Hard Power Tool, predicts that cash payments will remain for decades, but the emergence of digital payments “will lead to the death of the plastic card.” The report, which is the third installment in a series on payments by the group, points to economies […]

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Companies Keep Flocking to Swiss Crypto Valley, Over 1,000 Jobs Added in a Year

Companies Continue to Flock to Swiss Crypto Valley, Over 1,000 Jobs Added in a YearCrypto Valley, a fintech-friendly region centered on the canton of Zug, has been expanding to other parts of Switzerland and neighboring Liechtenstein. Despite all the challenges facing the blockchain industry, favorable regulations and improving access to banking and legal services are attracting more and more crypto companies. Their number has increased for a third consecutive […]

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Low Interest Rates Provide Precarious Protection Against Crisis, World Bank Warns

Low Interest Rates Provide Precarious Protection Against Crisis, World Bank WarnsThe latest global debt wave is the largest in the past five decades, the World Bank has acknowledged in a new report. The international institution notes that previous waves of broad-based debt accumulation lead to widespread financial crises. Historically low interest rates this time might not be sufficient to avoid the next meltdown. Also read: […]

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How Dropgangs and Dead Drops Are Transforming Darknet Practices

Since the creation of the Silk Road, authorities have waged a war against the online drug trade with a wave of surveillance and enforcement. However, crypto-anarchists are developing new ways to evade the state’s tentacles as the next technological phase started to emerge in late 2017. On Monday, the Cypherpunk Bitstream podcast discussed the evolution […]

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Italians Love Cash But Are Growing Fond of Crypto, New Stats Suggest

Italians Love Cash But Are Growing Fond of Crypto, New Stats SuggestItaly, one of the world’s largest economies, has faced plenty of financial challenges in the past decade. That’s probably one of the reasons why cryptocurrencies have been faring better there than in other European countries. Italians love cash but are also warming up to its decentralized digital alternative. The number of businesses accepting crypto payments […]

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