Bitcoin BTC Needs to Pass 8200 to Kickstart Next Leg Higher

Bitcoin (BTC) Needs to Pass $8,200 to Kickstart Next Leg Higher

Bitcoin Needs $8,200

Over the past few days, Bitcoin (BTC) bulls have made their presence known once again, boosting the leading cryptocurrency from a multi-week low of $7,450 to $8,150 as of the time of writing this. While this solid price action, which comes after BTC has ostensibly topped at $9,100, has many enthused, the trend isn’t bullish just yet.

In a recent podcast with Forbes contributor Benjamin Pirus, prominent analyst Ledger Status, known as Brian Krogsgard off of the ‘interwebs’, explained that Bitcoin has one more key level to breach before resuming a clearly bullish trend.

In a recent podcast with Pirus (all credit to him), Ledger remarked that Bitcoin is currently in the midst of trying to determine whether it will consolidate at higher levels and eventually push higher, or is topping out to precede a strong retracement. Krogsgard notes that “$8,200 [is a key level] on the daily,” explaining that this coincides with the Bollinger Band midline (a key technical indicator meant to determine ranges, key support/resistance). From Ethereum World News’ point of view, $8,200 also lines up with the 0.786 of the Fibonacci Retracement from $9,100 to $5,000, meaning that it is a level to watch.

If $8,200 is surmounted, presumably meaning a daily close above that level, Krogsgard expects for Bitcoin to begin its next leg higher, meaning a move to retest its year-to-date highs and potentially continue even higher. So, is $8,200 possible?

According to a number of analysts, for sure. Per previous reports from this outlet, the asset’s four-hour chart is looking like an Accumulation pattern laid out by technical analysis guru and legend Richard Wyckoff. If the textbook pattern plays out in full, analyst Financial Survivalism explains that he expects for BTC to break past $8,040, fall back to $7,700, and then return back to the mid to high-$8,000s.

This isn’t the only bullish sign that the analyst observed. In a subsequent tweet, Survivalism explained that if the nine four-hour exponential moving average crosses above the 50, Bitcoin will be “fully bullish” on the four-hour chart, implying “another leg up in the market.”This has yet to happen, but if BTC keeps the upward pressure, it will likely happen within the coming day.

Survivalism isn’t the only one that is short-term bullish. In a recent tweet outlining an astute observation, analyst Filb Filb noted that movements in Tether’s market capitalization have accurately predicted moves in BTC. With the number of Tether rapidly rising, recently surmounting a jaw-dropping $3 billion, Filb seems to be predicting that Bitcoin will soon shoot higher. While Tether was found not to directly be manipulating markets, more USDT in circulation is supposed to mean more money flowing into this space.

Pullback Still on the Table

Krogsgard was sure to leave skepticism on the table, however. Despite the fact that he expects for Bitcoin to likely revisit $9,100 and potentially move even higher, he reminds listeners to Pirus’ podcast that he “I wouldn’t say $8,000 bitcoin is a particularly attractive place to buy.” He adds that the cryptocurrency market has evidently moved fast this year, meaning a that an eventual correction to lower levels, like the $6,000s, is more than likely. Put best,

Even in bull markets, corrections of 30-40% are normal, so I’m waiting for when that occurs. It could be now, with an outside chance of another high, maybe into that $9,600 range first.”

When that comes, though, no one is all too sure.

Original article written by Nick Chong and posted on the EthereumWorldNews.com site.

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Bitcoin ATM Spotted Spitting Out Money in London

Bitcoin ATM Spotted Spitting Out Money in London

A few days ago Londoners witnessed a bizarre movie-worthy scene: A Bitcoin ATM suddenly started spitting bills non-stop in a shopping center.

Several people were able to record the odd event and share it on Reddit. On the footage, a security guard protects the machine from the curious people who saw the scene. None of them (at least as far as one can see in the video) tried to take a bill.

 


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The cashier was spitting out money for several minutes, which is why several people speculated that it was not a malfunction but rather a hack. The methodology, known as “jackpotting” basically allows the hacker to operate the ATM remotely making it spit out money on command.

If true, the perpetrator could be facing criminal charges.

Bitcoin ATM Operator: “It Was Not a Hack”

Shitcoins Club, a polish company that owns more than 60 Crypto ATMs distributed all over Europe, managed the Bitcoin ATM.

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In statements to The Next Web, Shitcoins Club denied that it was a hack and commented that from their point of view everything was a trick to give the illusion that the ATM went crazy:

“Everything was going well during this transaction … As you can see there is a bag in front of the ATM.”

In fact, in a Reddit post, a spokesperson said that anyone can see the location and funds availability of each of their ATMs, so it was easy to withdraw such a large amount of money (as long as the necessary funds were available).

“Our ATMs are the only ones in UK which can handle large cash withdrawals. On our website shitcoins.club on the “locations” tab, you can find out exactly how much GBP ready to withdraw holds each of our ATMs. The ATM at Bond Street Station (West One Shopping Centre), has at the moment 30,000 pounds which can be withdrawn immediately, in exchange for BTC, LTC or DASH. Our ATMs are usually topped up to 20 000 pounds.”

So everyone is free to draw their own conclusions. Maybe it was all the work of a skillful hacker who somehow wanted to generate a negative image of Bitcoin ATMs or maybe it was all the work of a troll who wanted to make a joke by daring to lose his money at the hands of a crowd that one can never know for sure how will react before the opportunity to have free money.

Either way, the crypto-verse is one weird place to be sometimes.

Original article written by Jose Antonio Lanz and posted on EthereumWorldNews.com site.

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Facebook Crypto on the Horizon: Firm Has 100 Blockchain Staffers Now

Facebook Crypto on the Horizon: Firm Has 100 Blockchain Staffers Now

Facebook Crypto is (Almost) Ready to Launch

After months of rumors, it seems that Facebook’s crypto is finally right on the horizon. Reported by TechCrunch today, a source claims that the technology company is looking to release the white paper for what is known as “Globalcoin” on June 18th, a mere two weeks away. This has seemingly been confirmed by a Facebook executive, who discussed the June 18th date previously. What’s more, The Information, a publication known to have very good sources within the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry, recently revealed that Facebook will be making a big announcement about its ambitions in the digital asset space this month.

As Globalcoin nears launch, Facebook has purportedly begun to bolster its staffers in the cryptocurrency space. The firm, according to LinkedIn data, has a jaw-dropping 100 people working in the Facebook Blockchain division, and is looking for forty more talents to fill in some gaps. A listing reads:

Our ultimate goal is to help billions of people with access to things they don’t have now — that could be things like healthcare, equitable financial services, or new ways to save or share information.

For those who missed the memo, Globalcoin is slated to be a stablecoin based on a basket of currencies and assets, which will purportedly be used to give billions across the world a way to transact value at low cost, without border, and without the difficulties with traditional banking. Facebook is purportedly seeking funding from Visa, Mastercard, and other mainstream firms, and has even been in discussion with crypto exchanges Gemini and Coinbase.

A Net Benefit For Bitcoin?

This all begs the question — will Globalcoin help the adoption of decentralized crypto assets, namely Bitcoin?

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Per Mike Novogratz of Galaxy Digital, it might do just that. The former Wall Street hotshot, now a well-known cryptocurrency investor, told CNBC last week that “Facebook is wildly important for the ecosystem”, adding that this tacit endorsement of the technology behind Bitcoin is resounding. He even states that contrary to popular belief, Globalcoin will add value to the non-centralized cryptocurrency ecosystem, not subtract.

Novogratz isn’t the only industry executive to have thought so.

In a Twitter thread published in Q1 2019, Ari Paul, the founder of BlockTower Capital, noted that while the so-called “coporatecoins” will operate in an intranet-esque fashion, they will help the more Internet-like Bitcoin. The investor explained that Globalcoin and its ilk are inherently “uninteresting” to Bitcoin’s crusaders, who are enamored with censorship resistance, immutability, security, and peer-to-peer systems. Yet, he adds that centralized cryptocurrencies will “increase global interest dramatically.”

And, Anthony Pompliano of Morgan Creek Digital in late-2018 postulated that “Anything Facebook launches will quickly become the most popular product in the industry….maybe even one of the most popular products in the world.”

Original article written by Nick Chong and posted on the EthereumWorldNews.com site.

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Google Facebook Apple Amazon face US anti-trust probe

Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon face US anti-trust probe


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The US government is to take a fresh look at how the four tech giants Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon wield their power.

It comes in the wake of criticism about privacy breaches, disinformation and anti-competitive practices.

It could lead to more formal investigations from the Federal Trade Commission, among others.

Shares in all four fell on the news but none has yet commented.

At a news conference, Democratic congressman David Cicilline, who is chairman of the House Judiciary's sub-committee, said it plans a number of hearings and will take testimony from executives of leading technology firms.

There could also be requests for politicians to view internal documents.

He said the investigation would not target one specific company but rather focus on the belief that "the internet is broken".

Investigations

US President Donald Trump has called for closer scrutiny of Google and social media firms, accusing them of suppressing conservative voices. He has also criticised Amazon for taking advantage of the US Postal Service.

The FTC is already investigating Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal with the social network bracing itself for fines of up to $5bn (£3.9bn).

Google has also been scrutinised by the FTC and was fined 1.5bn euros (£1.3bn) in March for abusing its dominant position in online search advertising.

Apple is also the subject of an EU investigation following a complaint from streaming music provider Spotify that it abuses its power over app downloads.

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Bitcoin Mining Difficulty Hash Rate Surge As BTC Holds Above 8000: What Death Spiral?

Bitcoin Mining Difficulty, Hash Rate Surge As BTC Holds Above $8,000: What Death Spiral?

Bitcoin Fundamentals Booming

With BTC moving above $8,000, the fundamentals of the Bitcoin blockchain have also surged. As pointed out by industry researcher Kevin Rooke, Bitcoin’s mining difficulty has reached an all-time high of 7.46 trillion. The thing is, we’re still down by around 55% from BTC’s all-time high of $20,000, and public awareness of the cryptocurrency space is still much lower than it was back in 2017. For those unaware, mining difficulty refers to how hard miners need to work to solve one block.

This comes after mainstream media, namely this one report from MarketWatch, called for a “death spiral,” whereas miners would fold en-masse, sending BTC into the ether. This booming difficultly figure shows that this isn’t the case. As Andreas Antonopoulos, a legendary Greek-British Bitcoin educator, once explained:

“If [miners] wait until the difficulty retargets and the difficulty becomes less, then each miner who waits makes more profit because in the new scheme they have a greater percentage of the mining power than they did before. Let’s say if the mining power drops by 50%, the miners who stick around and wait for the difficulty to retarget are now twice as profitable after the retargeting.”

This is just the start though. Bitcoin’s hash rate has neared an all-time high, reaching 58 million terahashes per second this week. And also, the number of transactions being made with BTC have skyrocketed.

Market Infrastructure Strengthening Too

Not only are on-chain fundamentals extremely strong, but Bitcoin’s underlying market infrastructure too. Over the past few months, the market has seen a massive uptick in interest from institutions and corporations, most of which are looking to solidify this market is something that is here to stay.

This strong infrastructure is what some, like BitPay’s Sonny Singh, believe is what is behind the recent Bitcoin run, and why the ongoing bull market is likely just getting started. Per previous reports from Ethereum World News, this surge both in public awareness and in the press has much to do fundamentals. He explains that while 2017’s boom and 2018’s massive downturn was driven by hysteria and “momentum”, Bitcoin’s jump from $3,200 to $8,000+ is actually backed by infrastructural developments. The Bitpay C-suite member names the following developments:

  • JP Morgan’s JPM Coin: Earlier this year, the banking giant launched its own cryptocurrency on Quorum, a private version of the Ethereum blockchain meant for more enterprise-specific tasks. JP Morgan has been using the digital asset as a way to transfer value inter-bank but intends to allow JPM Coin to see use in brick and mortar/online stores in the future. While JPM Coin is incompatible with Bitcoin, analysts suggest it will warm the public up to the idea of cryptocurrency.
  • AT&T Accepts BitcoinAnnounced last Thursday, AT&T, a Texas-based American technology giant valued at $234 billion, will be accepting Bitcoin payments for its services through BitPay. Per a press release, AT&T is now the first “major U.S. mobile carrier” to provide its millions of customers with the ability to purchase services for cryptocurrency. This doesn’t mean that the firm is accumulating BTC per se, but it does show that AT&T acknowledges BTC as a viable medium of exchange.
  • Square’s Cash Offering BTC: Although Square’s Cash App has been offering Bitcoin purchases and sells for its clientele since the peak of 2018’s boom, the company has continued to sell more and more BTC quarter-over-quarter. What’s more, Cash is continually near the top of the U.S. App Store, and the Bitcoin service is built right in, thereby increasing public awareness of Bitcoin greatly.
  • Fidelity Investments Offering Bitcoin Custody, Trade Execution: Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s largest asset managers, has begun to offer an institutional-centric cryptocurrency custody and trade execution service for beta testers in its 20,000-odd non-retail clients.

Singh notes that these underlying shifts in cryptocurrency infrastructure confirm the validity of this asset class, and “is making people really excited, as is the light at the end of the tunnel for use cases.” He concludes with the idea that $9,000 is just the tip of the iceberg for Bitcoin, looking to the fact that many cryptocurrency projects from big-name corporations have yet to launch, or haven’t even been announced yet.

Original article written by Nick Chong and posted on the EthereumWorldNews.com site.

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