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Stocks have their biggest weekly jump since 2013

February 16, 2018 |

Stocks closed out their strongest week in five years Friday and have now recovered more than half of the losses they suffered in a plunge at the beginning of the month.

Investors got back to buying stocks almost as quickly as they started dumping them. The gain Friday was the sixth in a row for…


L.A. Times – Business

Their Info Was in ICE’s Hands. Bigwig Is Accused of Stealing It

February 14, 2018 |

The lead attorney for Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Seattle office abruptly resigned Monday, with an indictment charging him with wire fraud and identity theft handed down the same day. The identities Raphael A. Sanchez is accused of stealing, per BuzzFeed : those of seven immigrants whose cases the agency was reviewing,…
Newser

Women Say Their Ulta Makeup Was Once Someone Else’s

February 13, 2018 |

There’s nothing like opening up a brand-new makeup kit and glamming it up—though that glamorous feeling may be lost if you find out you’re applying makeup someone else already used. That’s the gist of a complaint filed in Chicago last month by a California woman who says Ulta repackaged…
Newser

Their Recollections of Mom’s 1982 Death Led to Dad’s Arrest

February 11, 2018 |

New information from two sisters who were 11 and 13 when their mother was killed in 1982 in northern Wisconsin resulted in a murder charge against their father more than 35 years later, a lead investigator in the case said Wednesday. Robin Mendez, 69, was charged with first-degree murder this…
Newser

CNN

Foreign fighters in Syria turn their weapons on Turkey

February 7, 2018 |

A British national who traveled to Syria to fight against ISIS says he and two dozen other foreign fighters are now battling Turkish forces over territory in the country.
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Dignitaries, Pundits, and Bigwigs Reveal Their 2018 Crypto-Predictions

February 7, 2018 |

Dignitaries, Pundits, and Bigwigs Reveal Their 2018 Crypto-Predictions

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets have been extremely bearish over the past six weeks straight, and many investors are waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel. Last year around this time we reported on a variety of cryptocurrency dignitaries, pundits, and bigwigs and they revealed to us that their outlook for 2017 was exceedingly bullish. Now even after the long run of recent bitcoin market dips many blockchain industry luminaries and outside investors are still remarkably optimistic about cryptocurrency markets in 2018.

Also Read: UNICEF Asks Gamers to Mine Cryptocurrency for Syrian Children

The ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Thinks BTC/USD Markets Will Top $ 50K But Then Crash

Ever since December 16, 2017, cryptocurrency markets have been on a downward spiral that seems never-ending. BTC/USD markets reached an all-time high globally touching $ 19,600 per coin and have since dropped to $ 7,200 six weeks later. Many traders are calling out different “bottoms” as some think the storm is almost over and others believe the price of bitcoin may drop even further. However with all the ‘doom and gloom’ charts and different ‘bottom calls,’ many cryptocurrency investors and industry executives believe 2018 will be just as phenomenal for bitcoin as it was last year.

Dignitaries, Pundits, and Bigwigs Reveal Their 2018 Crypto-Predictions

On January 31 the infamous “Wolf of Wall Street,” Jordan Belfort explained during a recent interview with the entrepreneur Patrick Bet-David that he doesn’t believe BTC is a scam. But he does believe Wall Street investors can easily manipulate the decentralized currency’s markets. Belfort thinks bitcoin will top last year’s all-time high, and explains to Patrick Bet-David that the cryptocurrency will likely top $ 50,000 before dropping significantly in value.

Fundstrat’s Tom Lee: ‘Crypto Remains Intact’

Dignitaries, Pundits, and Bigwigs Reveal Their 2018 Crypto-Predictions Three days ago the investment firm Fundstrat’s Tom Lee published a report that details even with the current bearish sentiment he is still bullish on bitcoin. Lee believes BTC/USD markets will reach $ 20K by mid-year and $ 25,000 by the end of 2018.                  

“It has been a terrible few weeks, but the fundamental positive story for crypto remains intact,” the head of research at Fundstrat Global Advisors stated.

Past sell-offs were followed by rallies of ~150% within 84 days,” Lee said. “In other words, we think the risk/reward at these levels warrants adding here, even if there is additional downside.

Nine Executives and Investors Predict Cryptocurrency Prices by the End of 2018

This week the survey and decision helper website Finder.com surveyed nine well-known fintech investors to see their cryptocurrency predictions for 2018. Cryptocurrencies included in the study include bitcoin core (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), Cardano (ADA), Ethereum (ETH), and nine other popular digital currencies. Survey participants in the research include Clayton Daniel of Fintech Founder, Michael Dunworth CEO and co-founder of Wyre Inc, Joseph Raczynski from Reuters, and more well-known executives.

Dignitaries, Pundits, and Bigwigs Reveal Their 2018 Crypto-Predictions

According to the survey, the participant’s cryptocurrency average price predictions (USD) place bitcoin core (BTC) at $ 14,928 by March 1, 2018. By the year’s end, the nine candidates say BTC/USD markets will top $ 43,472. Contributors also believe that bitcoin cash (BCH) will be $ 2,167 by March 1, and $ 3,083 at the end of 2018. The survey taken in February shows panelists believe Cardano (ADA) will have the most prosperous price climb this year (+1,669.52%) reaching $ 10.63. Further, each participant commented on each prediction and why they believe cryptocurrency markets will reach these levels.      

“I think [BTC] will show promise from scaling solutions, and ETFs platforms integrating the buying/selling component will provide broader reach for market adoption,” explains Michael Dunworth the CEO of Wyre.

‘We’re Really Still at the Beginning Stages’

Dignitaries, Pundits, and Bigwigs Reveal Their 2018 Crypto-Predictions
Jen Greyson, CEO of the Neureal Network.

Jen Greyson, the founder of the Neureal Network who was named one of the top eight women in crypto this past year by Chipin says cryptocurrency adoption is just getting started.   

“As adoption in the space continues, we’ll see a rise in bitcoin along with other altcoins — The usability of this new asset class continues to be a hurdle,” says Jen Greyson, CEO of the Neureal Network. 

As we find more opportunities to use crypto to pay for burgers and rent, we’ll see a continual uptick in the values across the board — We’re really still at the beginning stages.

Above all the mainstream media headlines predicting bitcoin’s price will continue downwards towards zero, there’s still many individuals who believe bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies will continue their triumphant runs in 2018. Most of the time, unless there’s some market phenomenon the old saying ‘what comes up, must go down’ is usually correct. But at the same time, it is typically true for when markets hit a ‘bottom’ — Usually, the market is bound to go up.

What do you think about these luminaries, pundits, and executives crypto-predictions? Let us know in the comments below.


Images via Shutterstock, Jordan Belfort, Fundstrat, Finder.com, and Neureal. 


Do you like to research and read about Bitcoin technology? Check out Bitcoin.com’s Wiki page for an in-depth look at Bitcoin’s innovative technology and interesting history. 

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Democrats Want Vote on Releasing Their Own Memo

February 5, 2018 |

Amid the fallout from the release of the GOP-produced memo on alleged FBI surveillance overreach, House Democrats are pushing for the release of their own memo. Democrats, who are expected to call for a vote in a Monday afternoon meeting of the House Intelligence Committee, say their document will serve…
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Vegetables on a Blockchain ICO Exit Scams After Paying People to Write On Their Bodies

January 30, 2018 |

Vegetables on a Blockchain ICO Appears to Have Been an Exit Scam

The current cryptocurrency investments ecosystem is one of the purest forms of a free market in economic history. This gives rise to an incredible growth which makes some people overnight fortunes and allows startups to flourish like never before. Unfortunately, it also puts the burden on investors to vet the teams, ideas, and capabilities before getting involved with any ICO.

Also Read: Singapore Mall Sells Cryptocurrency Mining Hardware

Exit Stage Right

Vegetables on a Blockchain ICO Appears to Have Been an Exit Scam
Website is down

The website for an ICO project called Prodeum has gone offline unannounced on Sunday, leaving only a nasty message to investors behind. Unlike in similar cases in the past, this time there was no attempt to claim the system was hacked, or pretend it is part of temporary maintenance and will be back in business shortly. The social media accounts of the project were just deleted, and it was as if it never existed to begin with. Investors were left to complain on social media with many calling it a premeditated exit scam.

According to its press release, Prodeum was supposedly a startup from Lithuania, which was “about to revolutionize the fruit and vegetable industry with the use of Ethereum blockchain technology.” It claimed to have already had discussions with the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS), and officially launched a crowdsale on January 20th. Plans were underway to begin trial runs in Lithuania and the U.S.

“It’s an idea whose time has come,” said at the time Prodeum product manager Rokas Vedluga. “We’re proud and excited to bring this remarkable new technology to the world!”

Vegetables on a Blockchain ICO Appears to Have Been an Exit Scam

Lost of Red Flags, $ 5 Each

Considering that ICO teams can’t really be compelled to deliver everything they promise anyway, the temptation to pull an exit scam at such an early stage isn’t that great. However, it now seems that the people behind the project used fraudulent means to promote it from the start. Investors have found out that the images of “fans” the Prodeum team claimed on social media, were actually those of paid freelancers from the task marketplace Fiverr.

This isn’t the first time the site has been involved with shady ICOs. In fact, Fiverr is a known hotbed for cheap crowdfunding where you can even find people offering white papers for as little as $ 80.

Vegetables on a Blockchain ICO Appears to Have Been an Exit Scam

Do you think this is a classic exit scam? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.


Images courtesy of Shutterstock.


Do you like to research and read about Bitcoin technology? Check out Bitcoin.com’s Wiki page for an in-depth look at Bitcoin’s innovative technology and interesting history.

The post Vegetables on a Blockchain ICO Exit Scams After Paying People to Write On Their Bodies appeared first on Bitcoin News.

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Some Brits Seek Their Brexodus in This Tiny Country

January 28, 2018 |

Increasing numbers of U.K. citizens in Luxembourg are seeking citizenship in preparation for Brexit. One big hurdle: mastering the country’s obscure tongue-twisting language.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe