Tech developments challenge legal community

Smart contracts are an important element of the blockchain revolution, although they predate blockchain. According to most sources, it was Nick Szabo who coined the term “smart contract” in the 1990s. The mechanism of a vending machine has since been frequently given as an example of a basic smart contract based on if-then logic. The payment into a vending machine triggers an irrevocable automated action from when money is retained to when an item is supplied. The emergence of blockchain technology enabled the implementation of such if-then logic on decentralized…

Bitcoin may lose $30K price level if stocks tank, analysts warn

The ghost of stock market crash is back again to haunt Bitcoin (BTC). It happened last in March 2020. Back then, the prospect of the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic led to lockdowns across developed and emerging economies. In turn, global stocks crashed in tandem, and Bitcoin lost half of its value in just two days. Meanwhile, the U.S .dollar index, or DXY, which represents the greenback’s strength against a basket of top foreign currencies, has now climbed by 8.78% to 102.992, its highest level since January 2017. The huge inverse correlation showed that…

NFTs’ actual value is still to be determined

It’s 2021. Super Bowl champion Tom Brady is starting an NFT company, Christie’s is explaining CryptoPunks to everyone, Saturday Night Live is creating jams about NFTs, Beeple and Mark Cuban are advocating NFTs’ use case — yet, here I am, the CEO of a company that helps users securely store their nonfungible tokens and I still think the actual value of NFTs is to be decided.  It’s important to back up and remember that, although it seems like we have all always known about NFTs, the opposite is true. Up…

Perlin (PERL) price gains 100% as the focus on green energy solutions intensifies

Generating momentum and attracting investor attention can be a challenge during the best of times in the cryptocurrency market and it is an even bigger challenge when the markets are choppy like the entire crypto ecosystem has been the past couple of months.  Despite the recent downturn, Perlin (PERL), which has managed to rally 140% from a low of $0.052 on June 8 to a high of $0.134 on June 18 as its average 24-hour trading volume surged from $3 million to $122 million. PERL/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView Three…

Tanzania’s First Female President Wants the Country to Go Crypto

Samia Suluhu Hassan, the president of Tanzania, is striving to embrace cryptocurrency with open arms. This move follows that of El Salvador adopting Bitcoin as legal tender.  No doubt the World Bank will not be happy with yet another developing nation jumping on crypto. However, when large swathes of your population is unable to take advantage of the world’s technology boom, any way of jumping in seems like a good idea. While Tanzania doesn’t want to adopt Bitcoin as currency right away, President Hassan directed the Bank of Tanzania to…

Hawkish Fed comments push Bitcoin price and stocks lower again

Bitcoin (BTC) and the wider financial markets faced a new wave of selling on June 18 following comments from James Bullard, the president of the United States Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, indicating that he expects the first interest rate increase to happen in late 2022.  Bullard’s comments were even more hawkish than Wednesday’s comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell, who indicated that the rate hikes would come in 2023. Powell’s comments triggered a sell-off across financial markets as the U.S. dollar gained strength. U.S. dollar currency index. 4-hour…

Bulls hesitate to buy the dip after Bitcoin price falls close to $35K

On June 18, Bitcoin (BTC) and traditional markets faced another day of downward pressure comments from the United States Federal Reserve about the possibility of raising interest rates sooner than expected has led to a spike in the price of the U.S. dollar at the expense of risk assets and treasury notes.  The Fed doesn’t deserve all the bla, however, as concerns about a further downturn for BTC have been building for weeks with much of the discussion focused on the approaching death-cross and what it means for the future…

Crypto company CEO says the recent crypto boom brought increased adoption

Cryptocurrency has gone through a number of bull and bear cycles since the industry’s inception in 2009. While 2017 saw the crypto industry boom around initial coin offerings and a rising Bitcoin (BTC) price, 2020 and 2021 have seen the crypto space expand around decentralized finance (DeFi) and nonfungible tokens (NFTs). This time however, retail and institutional interest in crypto have ushered in greater adoption than ever before, according to one crypto company CEO.  “Cryptocurrencies have been growing steadily in popularity over the years, but 2017 left a bitter taste…

Texas crypto users will soon be able to buy and sell tokens at major supermarket chain

Shoppers wanting to cash out their crypto holdings to buy groceries may soon be able to do so at many H-E-B supermarkets in Texas.  According to a Friday report from the Houston Chronicle, crypto ATM firm Coin Cloud is preparing to install machines into 29 H-E-B locations in the Houston area. The ATMs will allow customers to buy and sell more than 30 cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Dogecoin (DOGE), Litecoin (LTC), certain DeFi tokens, and U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoins. Coin Cloud CEO and founder Chris McAlary said he expects…