Crytocurrencies turn ten years; 2019 could be the year of tokenization

Crypto Corner: Just Eat To Accept Bitcoin Payments In French Subsidiary

Just Eat, one of the UK’s leading online food delivery platforms, has added cryptoasset payment options for its France subsidiary. The company has partnered with cryptocurrency payment provider Bitpay to allow its users to pay in bitcoin. The move means Just Eat users will now be able to order food from across 15,000 restaurants in France and pay using bitcoin…

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Crypto Corner: Bitcoin “Not A Top Ten” Cryptoasset Says China

Adam Vettese (eToro) | Bitcoin is not the top cryptoasset, according to a new Chinese report that ranked global cryptoassets based on their technical merits. According to a report from China’s Centre for Information and Industry Development (CCID) Bitcoin, the world’s oldest and largest crypto asset by market cap, ranked 12th.

Cryptocurrencies turn ten years; 2019 could be the year of tokenization

Crypto Corner: Cryptoassets Down Amid Wider Selloff While Congress Mulls Digital Dollar

Adam Vettese (eToro) | The US Congress is mulling the idea of creating digital dollars to help the unbanked in America. It laid plans, according to Decrypt, for the Federal Reserve to provide bank accounts to those whom the banking industry does not. So-called “FEDaccounts” would operate through US Post Offices. Meanwhile former chairman of the US Commodities and Futures Trading Commission Chris Giancarlo recommended a form of Central Bank Digital Currency at a Congressional hearing. 

Cryptocurrencies turn ten years; 2019 could be the year of tokenization

Crypto Corner: Samsung Partners With Gemini To Make Bitcoin Trading Easier

Addam Vettese (eToro) | Samsung has made it easier for users of its smartphones to buy and trade cryptoassets. Yesterday, the smartphone company announced a partnership with cryptocurrency exchange Gemini, with Samsung’s Blockchain Wallet now integrating with the Gemini mobile app, allowing users to buy and sell cryptocurrencies. Users will also be able to view their Gemini account balances in the Samsung Blockchain Wallet app, as well as transfer their crypto into cold storage through Gemini’s Custody feature.

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Crypto Corner: Bitcoin Extends Losses

Adam Vettese (eToro) | Bitcoin has extended its losses this morning, with the cryptoasset losing another 0.5% to add to yesterday’s 4.5% fall. The key resistance level of $10,000 is proving to be a difficult hurdle to overcome, with several failed attempts this month. It is now back trading close to the $9,000 mark. Bears could see this as a sign the momentum may be shifting following the two month price rally.

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Crypto Corner: JPMorgan Chase providing banking services to crypto exchanges

Adam Vettese (eToro) | Investment banking giant JPMorgan Chase has begun to provide banking services to cryptoasset exchanges, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal first reported overnight that both Coinbase, the largest US-based bitcoin exchange with more than 30 million accounts, and Gemini, which was started by Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, have agreed a deal to use JPMorgan’s banking services.

Cryptocurrencies turn ten years; 2019 could be the year of tokenization

Bitcoin Halving: It’s Finally Here¡

Simon Peters (eToro) | This week, the Bitcoin block reward halving will happen, possibly as early as today. We don’t know the exact date and time as it happens automatically after 210,000 blocks are mined rather than a defined date and time, but if you want a New Year’s Eve style countdown, check out I’ve covered the technical details of halving in previous newsletters, so I won’t go over them again. The important thing to note is that the block reward to miners will halve from 12.5 BTC to 6.25 BTC, hence the name of the event.