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As Analytics And Privacy Efforts Clash, Which Path Will Bitcoin Take?

Two pieces of Bitcoin news this week seemed to point toward conflicting trends in the space: blockchain analysis vs. new privacy methods.

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Two pieces of Bitcoin news this week seemed to point toward conflicting trends that are central to this era of the technology. As Bitcoin becomes more popular, regulators are seeking ways to monitor its use while, at the same time, more development and user effort is being pointed toward obscuring that use. It’s a battle that is likely to escalate for some time, and Bitcoiners are optimistic that their privacy efforts will ultimately stay one step ahead of the gatekeepers.

Coinbase Is Giving Blockchain Analytics Tools To The U.S. Secret Service 

With some 35 million users and more than $7 billion in custody, Coinbase is one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. Established in 2012 with a mission to offer bitcoin investment more widely than ever to that point, it also enjoyed a special prominence among new bitcoin investors thanks to its early entry in the space and relative ease of use — at least until the exchange market got a little more crowded.

It would be hard to call the exchange popular among Bitcoiners at this point. Its collection of user KYC data, listing of altcoins and controversial acquisition of blockchain analytics firm Neutrino in July 2019 have led some prominent voices in the space to speak out against it.

Still, a public record that surfaced this week indicating that Coinbase is providing blockchain analytics software to the U.S. Secret Service signaled a surprisingly non-Bitcoin move from the exchange. The contract shows that the Secret Service granted a $183,750, four-year contract to Coinbase, effective in May 2020 and running until May 2024, to access its Coinbase Analytics software. It’s been rumored that Coinbase has been seeking such a contract ever since it acquired Neutrino and the exchange has said that Coinbase Analytics is separated from its internal data and that it’s fully sourced from what’s already publicly available. Plus, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has been vocal about defending it.

But this public record now makes it official: the very gatekeepers that many Bitcoin users seek freedom from are in business with one of the space’s largest exchanges.

Meanwhile, Darknet Transfers And Mixing Are Surging

It seems notable that, as news of Coinbase’s deal with the devil surfaced, so did a report that darknet bitcoin activity grew in the first quarter of 2020.

According to Crystal Blockchain, a blockchain analytics service developed by Bitfury, “the amount of bitcoin sent to mixers by darknet entities rose significantly this year — from 790 total bitcoin in Q1 2019 to 7,946 bitcoin in Q1 2020. The same growth was also observed in USD — an increase from $3m in Q1 2019 to $67m in Q1 2020. This indicates a rapid adoption of crypto mixing services by darknet entities.”

Bitcoin mixers are software or services that allow users to mix their bitcoin with others, thus obscuring where the bitcoin has come from, what it has previously been used for and, potentially, whether it was ever provided as payment for illegal services. Mixing has emerged as one of the premier methods for combating the rise in blockchain analytics development that is meant to track the use of bitcoin and flag any illegal activity. 

Though the report notes that the amount of BTC transferred between darknet entities declined in the first quarter of 2020, the value of that BTC grew by 65 percent — and not just because the price of bitcoin went up.

“If we consider the amounts in USD, we see that darknet entities received and sent an increased amount of money — from $384m in Q1 2019 to $411m in Q1 2020,” per the report. “This is partly explained by the growing capitalization of bitcoin, as well as further mass adoption of bitcoin. As it becomes increasingly easier to use cryptocurrency, the popularity of this payment method is steadily increasing.”

It should be no surprise that the increasing ease of use for bitcoin is leading to more darknet activity that leverages it. But it also seems that, despite the development and spread of blockchain analytics tools, users are going to find ways to leverage bitcoin in obscured ways.

In many ways, Bitcoin has moved far beyond the early narratives that it is simply “dark web drug money.” But as it becomes better recognized by mainstream investors and institutions, this ongoing battle between those who want to track its use and those who want to continue to enjoy its pseudonymous freedoms will rage.

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Price of XRP Increases By 17% Bringing Stellar To A New Peak

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Rate this post On a typically lazy Sunday, XRP and Stellar are performing impressively. The price of Stellar and XRP are continuously increasing. In the last 24 hours, XRP has increased by 17% to $1.6, its highest price since Monday, and Stellar has risen 18% to $0.7, its highest price ever. The XRP and Stellar Connection Considerably, these two coins are related as Jed McCaleb worked on these two coins. McCaleb was one of the creators of the Ripple protocol, which runs on the XRP cryptocurrency. To focus more on Stellar (XLM), he left Ripple in 2013. Stellar’s payments network is quick, inexpensive, and easy to use, similar to Ripple.  XRP is a cryptocurrency based on Ripple’s market capitalization is $57 billion, while the market capitalization of Stellar is $18 billion. Comparatively, Stellar has performed much better than Ripple in the past few weeks. It has increased by 31.9% in the last seven days, while XRP has only increased by 4%. Elon Musk’s economic tweets, in which he slammed Bitcoin as unfriendly to the world, contributed to both companies’ growth. Musk depressed the price of Bitcoin from the mid-$50,000s to $49,000 in a single tweet this week. Why Does Bitcoin Consume Too Much Energy? Both Stellar and XRP use less energy as compared to Bitcoin; to authenticate users, they depend on a small number of blockchains, whereas Bitcoin relies on a large network of power-hungry computers. Other, less environmentally harmful coins have risen in popularity as a result of Musk’s withdrawal of Bitcoin. Hedera Hashgraph has increased by 16.37% to $0.36, Solana has increased by 15% to $47, Cardano has increased by 10% to $2.39, and Algorand has increased by 8% to $1.53. The majority of the above are based on proof-of-stake, a consensus algorithm that allows those who own the most coins to validate transactions.

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On a typically lazy Sunday, XRP and Stellar are performing impressively. The price of Stellar and XRP are continuously increasing. In the last 24 hours, XRP has increased by 17% to $1.6, its highest price since Monday, and Stellar has risen 18% to $0.7, its highest price ever.

The XRP and Stellar Connection

Considerably, these two coins are related as Jed McCaleb worked on these two coins. McCaleb was one of the creators of the Ripple protocol, which runs on the XRP cryptocurrency. To focus more on Stellar (XLM), he left Ripple in 2013. Stellar’s payments network is quick, inexpensive, and easy to use, similar to Ripple. 

XRP is a cryptocurrency based on Ripple’s market capitalization is $57 billion, while the market capitalization of Stellar is $18 billion.

Comparatively, Stellar has performed much better than Ripple in the past few weeks. It has increased by 31.9% in the last seven days, while XRP has only increased by 4%.

Elon Musk’s economic tweets, in which he slammed Bitcoin as unfriendly to the world, contributed to both companies’ growth. Musk depressed the price of Bitcoin from the mid-$50,000s to $49,000 in a single tweet this week.

Why Does Bitcoin Consume Too Much Energy?

Both Stellar and XRP use less energy as compared to Bitcoin; to authenticate users, they depend on a small number of blockchains, whereas Bitcoin relies on a large network of power-hungry computers.

Other, less environmentally harmful coins have risen in popularity as a result of Musk’s withdrawal of Bitcoin. Hedera Hashgraph has increased by 16.37% to $0.36, Solana has increased by 15% to $47, Cardano has increased by 10% to $2.39, and Algorand has increased by 8% to $1.53.

The majority of the above are based on proof-of-stake, a consensus algorithm that allows those who own the most coins to validate transactions.

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Binance Coin, XRP, Dogecoin Price Analysis: 16 May

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Binance Coin headed south towards $500-$510 support – a region bolstered by the 50-SMA (yellow). XRP jumped by 16% on strong volumes but its technicals were yet to reflect a strengthening bullish trend. Finally, Dogecoin could see further dips before a rise above $0.569-resistance.

Binance Coin [BNB]

Source: BNB/USD, TradingView

On the 1-day chart, Binance Coin slipped below $600 and its 20-SMA (blue) and headed towards $500-$510 support – an area that clashed with the 50-SMA (yellow). With large-cap alts trading largely in the red after bearish cues from the market leaders, BNB was no exception. Warning signals came in the form of a bearish twin peak setup on Awesome Oscillator.

Furthermore, bearish divergence on RSI indicated weakening prior to BNB’s dip. At the time of writing, RSI traded in neutral 50-territory. On the 4-hour chart, BNB moved below its 200-SMA and although traders could go long at the current price level, a further pullback towards $500 could be on the cards depending on broader market cues.

XRP

Source: XRP/USD, TradingView

XRP bashed away multiple bearish signs and jumped by 16% in the last 24 hours. Bullish sentiment may have stemmed from Ripple’s response to the SEC’s request of an informal conference to discuss all legal advice that Ripple has solicited during the past.

A series of successive green candlesticks were spotted on XRP’s daily chart and underscored buying resurgence. According to XRP’s technicals, bulls were yet to fully assert control. MACD was close to a bullish crossover, while RSI headed towards the 60-mark. A break above $1.75-resistance could spur some additional buying, while $1.31-$1.22 would provide support in case of further pullbacks.

Dogecoin [DOGE]

Source: DOGE/USD, TradingView

Even though Dogecoin was slightly bullish, the price remained below a key resistance level at $0.569. In fact, Squeeze Momentun Indicator noted weakening buying pressure and it seemed unlikely that $0.569 would be toppled over the coming days – barring any social media anomalies. Support marks stood at $0.37 and $0.44.

MACD line remained below the Signal line- underlining recent woes for DOGE. On the lower timeframe, a degree of equilibrium was noted between the buyers and sellers. If this continued over the coming hours, some consolidation can be expected before the next upswing.


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Facebook’s Diem Unveils Its Latest Stablecoin Plans and Strategic Move to the United States

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Diem, the cryptocurrency project headed by Facebook originally known as Libra, recently announced its plans to launch a stablecoin with its focus scaled back to the United States. 

The company stated earlier this year that it would be relocating its primary operations from Switzerland back to the United States, and would withdraw its payment system license application from Switzerland’s financial regulators. “Diem is simplifying its plans for [its] USD stablecoin issuance by shifting its main operations from Switzerland to the United States,” they said.

This decision was later confirmed by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. 

Stablecoins are digital currencies pegged to a fiat currency, with Tether (USDT) and USD Coin (USDC) being two prominent examples. California-based Silvergate Bank will become the sole issuer of the Diem USD, while also managing its dollar reserves. 

Diem to Launch Wholly New Subsidiary Diem Networks US Alongside Crypto Bank Silvergate

In a strategic partnership, the two firms have created a new subsidiary called Diem Networks US — which will run the Diem Payment Network (DPN) to facilitate transactions of Diem stablecoins within its network. 

“Silvergate is a leader in financial innovation and an ideal partner for Diem as we move forward with a blockchain-based payment system that protects consumers and enhances the integrity of the financial system,” said Stuart Levey, chief executive officer of Diem.

“We are committed to a payment system that is safe for consumers and businesses, makes payments faster and cheaper, and takes advantage of blockchain technology to bring the benefits of the financial system to more people around the world. We look forward to working with Silvergate to realize this shared vision.” 

Diem’s strategic shift to the United States comes at a time of a rapidly evolving regulatory environment for cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. 

Some municipalities and states such as Miami and Wisconsin have embraced the recent innovation, whereas regulators such as the newly-appointed SEC Chair Gary Gensler have critiqued the autonomy of the crypto industry. 

With crypto ETFs and related financial products under intense scrutiny by the SEC, it remains to be seen whether Diem’s decision to relocate back to the United States will bear any fruit.

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