Bets Against Bitcoin’s Price Hit a 6-Week High

The pessimistic sentiment around bitcoin prices saw the number of shorts hit a six-week high on Thursday. At press time, BTC/USD short positions on the cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex jumped to 37,891 – the highest level since Oct. 15 – and were last seen at 36,996. Notably, shorts have risen by 95 percent in the last three weeks, accompanying BTC’s recent drop to 14-month lows near $3,500. More importantly, the short positions remained elevated above 35,000 during BTC’s oversold bounce from $3,500 to $4,400 and climbed to fresh multi-week highs on Thursday.…

Coinbase Wants to Own ‘BUIDL’ Trademark, Filing Reveals

Exchange giant Coinbase is seeking a trademark for “BUIDL,” a popular term used by some segments of the cryptocurrency community, public records show. According to an Oct. 2 filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the San Francisco–based tech unicorn wants “BUIDL” to become one of the company’s protected brand names. “BUIDL, not HODL,” a rallying cry in the blockchain developer community first noted on CoinDesk in 2015, is meant to suggest that building real-world use cases is just as valuable as the hoarding of crypto assets. According to…

Don’t Wait on Bitcoin ETF, Could Take Days to Years

Since early 2018, the approval of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) has become the catalyst of the next bull run of crypto to the mind of many investors in the market. A Bitcoin ETF could certainly increase the liquidity of the dominant cryptocurrency in the U.S. market as it would allow both institutional and retail investors to securely and efficiently invest in the asset class without running in conflict with local regulations. However, according to pro-crypto U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissioner (SEC) Hester Peirce, the approval of a Bitcoin ETF…

Institute Announces Australia’s First Fully Accredited Blockchain Courses

Australia’s first and fully accredited blockchain course is here. Developed by Australian institute Blockchain Collective and titled the ‘Advanced Diploma of Applied Blockchain,’ the course comes with eight modules, including six core modules and two electives, Australia’s Finder reports. The educational institute stated that the course would be delivered through registered training bodies, intensive learning retreats and online classes. The course is Australia’s first blockchain course to be fully accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), making it the first formal and nationally recognized blockchain course in Australia. Nathan…

Bitcoin Still on Defensive But Price Rally Possible Over $3.9K

Bitcoin (BTC) remains on the defensive despite a 4-percent recovery from nine-day lows today, but bearish pressure may weaken if prices rise above key resistance near $3,900. The world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization fell to $3,629 at 05:00 UTC on Bitstamp – its lowest level since Nov. 27. At press time, the price stood at $3,770, representing a 1.5 percent drop on a 24-hour basis. Despite the quick recovery, the odds appear to be stacked in favor of a drop to recent lows below $3,500. To start with, BTC…

South Indian Government’s ‘Innovation Society’ to Promote Blockchain Development

It seems not every government official in India has an eye toward draconian or restrictive blockchain regulation, as we’ve seen this year from some in the country’s government. In the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, where they have the APIS – Andhra Pradesh Innovation Society, blockchain is being actively promoted at various levels of government. In particular, native major tech firm and blockchain development company Tech Mahindra’s Eleven01 gets a lot of love in the region. They’ve now entered a partnership with APIS to promote blockchain in using all means…

Bitcoin is 43% More Profitable Than Craig Wright’s ‘Miner-Friendly’ BSV

When Craig Wright formed an alliance with CoinGeek founder Calvin Ayre to launch a hostile takeover of the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network, the two men predicted that their BCH implementation — Bitcoin SV (BSV) — would quickly accrue near universal support among miners due to its allegedly miner-friendly protocol specifications. This support would be so comprehensive, they boasted, that the other BCH would quickly cease to exist. Actual events, of course, took a very different turn, and before long, BSV’s backers had resigned themselves to pursuing “Satoshi’s original ‘original vision’”…

Bitcoin Price Will Likely Fall to $1,500: Bloomberg Analyst

On the back of a grueling quarter, the bitcoin price could still see tougher times ahead. One analyst over at Bloomberg sees the flagship cryptocurrency possibly heading toward $1,500. Indeed, bitcoin had a dismal November, as part of a difficult year overall for the crypto market, though the past few days have seen slightly more stability from crypto’s largest asset. However, today it seems that the selling has resumed. Bitcoin has dropped nearly $200 already today, from just over $3,900 down to $3,739 as of the time of writing. BTC/USD…

Crypto Unicorn Coinbase Is Planning a Year-Long Identity Experiment

One of the crypto industry’s biggest players is experimenting with ways to give its users more control of their personal information. Crypto exchange turned corporate unicorn Coinbase has a 17-person team currently exploring decentralized identity solutions. B Byrne, the product manager of Coinbase’s identity team, told CoinDesk he wants to “help people own more of who they are online.” Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Byrne’s approach relies on creating bridges between Coinbase products, such as its mobile wallet, with a built-in decentralized application (dapp) explorer. He explained: “I’m looking at dapps, and…

Bitcoin Looking to Retest This Year’s Low at $3,455

The bitcoin price on Wednesday plunged as much as 4.3 percent as the market continued to erase gains made during the weekend trading session. The BTC/USD index on Coinbase today established an intraday low at 3663-fiat after the 50-period moving average on the hourly chart capped the upside attempt. The pair nevertheless is trending inside two distinctive channels. As noted in our previous analysis as well, one of these patterns is a symmetrical triangle (depicted in bold purple). BTC/USD is testing the triangle support at the time of this writing…