Bank of America gets patent for cryptocurrency exchange system

A patent was awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A bank holding company with the largest number of assets in the U.S. described a potential cryptocurrency exchange system that would convert one digital currency into another.

According to the patent, that system would operate automatically, establishing the exchange rate between several digital currencies based on the external data feeds. This service would be available for incorporated companies.

“Companies may process a lot of financial transactions every day. Following the technological development, financial transaction maintaining cryptocurrency are becoming more and more widespread. For some enterprises it may be rather useful to have an opportunity to exchange currency and digital currency”, — concludes the patent.

It is not the first time when Bank of America expresses its interest in digital currencies and blockchain technology. In 2014 the bank applied for a patent for cryptocurrency-based wire transfer system. This system facilitates sender`s transfer in a local currency that converts into cryptocurrency, is sent to a foreign exchange and then converts into the recipient’s country currency.

The U.S.-China Trading War Influences Cryptocurrency World, Bitmain Suffers Most

Not long ago, we discussed that Bitcoin was in danger, since Chinese authority was able to attack it any time. The US decided to keep up with opponents and stroke the crypto world of China, namely crypto asset industry.

These two countries are currently in a state of trading conflict, introducing tariffs on goods traded with each other. In June the USA changed the classification of ASIC miner, called Antminer S9, in a way that Chinese miners can be at a loss. That month the “electrical machinery apparatus”, the given category to the ASICs, had a 2.6% tariff.

Later in August, the tariff raised by 25 per cent. At the moment, Chinese mining producers deal with the fee of 27.6 per cent on their US shipments.This action has a colossal impact on Bitmain, the company based in Beijing and being the biggest Chinese mining hardware maker.

Bitmain tried to cope with the pressure by filing for a Hong Kong IPO. It could reportedly rise $3 billion. The company’s filing also mentioned the fact that about 62.8% revenue came from overseas in first half of 2018, though there was no comment on how many sales had come from the US.

The crisis came to Bitmain at a very bad time. IPO filing showed the company’s turnover dropped in second quarter of 2018 drastically, losing about $400 million in compare to $1.1 billion net profit in the first quarter.

One of the analysts, Mark Li, reckons the US tariffs aim at making Chinese hardware less competitive than opponent ones produced in other countries. He also added that Bitmain’s boardship is more aware of technology arms race, where the company is falling behind

The cold trading war between China and States can last for a long time, yet no one is sure how much loss or profit it can bring, we are only able to watch and wait. Now we want to remind you

Mining Complexity: What It Is and Where It Will Get

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, October 18: The Coins Are on the Border of the Red and Green Zones

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 0.38% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $6541 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies demonstrate both negative and positive dynamics:

Bitcoin Cash lost 0.83% over the past 24 hours and costs $450 per coin;

Ripple fell by 1.52% and is $0.46 in value;

EOS dropped by 0.08%, and its price is $ 5.41;

Litecoin decreased by 0.30%, and its cost is $53;

Cardano added 0.98%, and its value is $0.076;

Stellar grew by 4.05% and costs $0.24;

IOTA gained 2.18%, and its rate is $0.51;

Dash lost 1.76%, and its price is $159;

Monero added 0.76% and costs $106.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum lost 0.90%. The cost of the coin is $207.

The total market capitalization is $210 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 53.7% of the total. In monetary terms, this is $113 billion.

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BTCC Opens Its HQ in South Korea

BTCC Opens Its HQ in South Korea (alien, space)

Crypto exchange BTCC decided to expand its services worldwide, launching its business in South Korea. The platform will set a beta-version on October 31 this year, and the debut appointed in November.

The exchange stated that it will provide not only the trading, buying/selling services, but also a possibility to create own a wallet, a mining pool and a consumer payments service. There is still no information about the coins listed on exchange.

A person, called Lee Jae-beom, will be a head of BTCC’s operations in Korea. He claimed that BTCC Korea planed to demonstrate a new vision of cryptocurrencies.

BTCC is a Chinese cryptocurrency exchange which was formerly expelled from mainland China due to inconsistency with the rules. Then it was moved to Hong Kong, where it support trading of five cryptocurrencies. We remind you

Bitcoin Is in Danger: Chinese Hegemony Over the Industry

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Dollar-Pegged Stablecoins Exceeded the Price Point of $1

Stablecoins (cosmonaut)

Although the main feature of stablecoins should be their unchanged price (namely, 1 unit of the currency they are backed up by), it seems like cryptocurrency is just not meant to stay stable.

Here is the chart of how much the major US-tied stablecoins are currently worth:


Source: CoinDesk

As we can see, all of the stablecoins went up the actual 1-dollar price limit, only Tether dropped a little bit.

Given the fact, that stablecoins are influenced by many factors, including volume in circulation, it seems like they will never be able to be fixed at one particular price. Thus, Roger Ver was right in his assumptions.  

We remind you:

Roger Ver: Stablecoins Aren’t Stable

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, October 17: Cryptocurrencies Are Relatively Stable

Cryptocurrency Prices Today (pumpkin)

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 0.71% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $6580 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies stay both in the red and green zones:

Bitcoin Cash lost 1.59% over the past 24 hours and costs $455 per coin;

Ripple added 3.68% and is $0.47 in price;

EOS lost 0.54%, and its cost is $5.43;

Litecoin dropped by 2.43%, and its price is $53;

Cardano added 0.83%, and its value is $0.076;

Stellar grew by 2.93% and costs $0.23;

IOTA lost 0.48%, and its cost is $0.50;

Dash fell by 0.84%, and its price is $163;

Monero decreased by 1% and costs $106.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum lost 0.57%. The cost of the coin is $209.

The total market capitalization is $212 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 53.7% of the total. In monetary terms, it is $114 billion.

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Roubini vs. Buterin: Why Did Their Conflict Reach Live Debates and What Does McAfee Have To Do With It?

The conflict between two titans of the financial world – Nouriel Roubini and Vitalik Buterin is gaining momentum.

Forbes editor Laura Shin invited famous personalities to move from Twitter skirmishes to real live debates. Roubini and Buterin refused to cooperate with Shin, but they did not abandon the idea to talk live.

Where did it start?

As we reported earlier, an American economist Nouriel Roubini expressed a tough view of decentralization and the creator of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, on the Twitter account comparing him with a dictator and saying that “Decentralization in crypto is a myth. It is a system more centralized than North Korea ”.

After Buterin replied to Roubini that the above mentioned statement  is not “a fair characterization”, a long verbal skirmish began with personal attacks:

Conflict development

The more time passes, the more disagreements appear. Arthur Hayes, one of the founders of BitMEX crypto exchange, joined this “dialogue”, proposing to hold a discussion and pay all costs. Nouriel Roubini answered to this proposition no less harshly than Buterin, calling BitMEX “a criminal scam”.

Nevertheless, Roubini wrote on Twitter that he would be happy to discuss with Buterin in live mode. To which Vitalik replied: “Yeah sure why not.” For this purpose, they chose their own moderator, Kevin Pham, who is known not to support either of the sides. Laura Shin’s proposal to become a moderator was rejected because Roubini  have no interest to interact with @laurashin as he considers her biased.

What’s next?

Such a prominent event in the crypto world could not be ignored by the well known crypto personalities. John McAfee, who likes to be in the heart of events, has comically commented on this situation on his Twitter page. We think McAfee would be a good moderator, he would definitely give a sting to this debate.

Jokes aside, such “verbal duels” should end sooner or later, and we hope the live debates will help the opponents understand each other and find a common language.

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