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Stellar Lumens XLM Has Been Given The Green Light On IBM While Being The Only Increasing Price

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Accordingly to the declaration in October 2017, the partnership made between IBM and Stellar was meant to be utilized on its best by IBM’s cross border payments. The plan set in motion was targeting to make international payments faster and easier in which case Stellar was chosen to be the supportive technology. On the same manner like IBM, various large financial institutions have been riding the same wave to connect as close as possible with the crypto-world for further advancement and improvements.

IBM’s leader of blockchain market development and digital currency strategy – Jesse Lund stated:

“Stellar is part of the IBM Blockchain platform strategy.”

More in-depths information and details have remained to be released and to be publicly known, however that is acceptable as new partnerships of the same nature that are dedicated for cross-border payments are fluxing in on a daily basis which is why many prefer not to describe much.

“My name is Jesse Lund and I’m the Head of Blockchain Solutions, Financial Services at IBM. I lead IBM’s blockchain market development, digital currency strategy, solutions engineering and client engagement for banking and financial services. Ask Me Anything about blockchain and cryptocurrency and I’ll answer via livestream”

Stellar Lumens also tweeted regarding the same:

“Probably banks will start to refocus on what they were invented for– safeguarding deposits, paying a decent low-risk rate of return and making loans from those deposits… Charging fees simply to intermediate payments is lame.”

For the time being, Stellar Lumens [XLM] is the only gainer out of the top-ten crypto list by market capitalization with 4.14% increase in the last 24-hours against the US Dollar while it remains on the 8th position after Cardano and EOS.

To conclude the notable points on various questions: Stellar has gone live on IBM network for quicker payments, Stellar Network could turn out the first to see central bank issued digital tokens, Stellar Lumens are planned to be the most important solutions on IBM’s universal payments, IBM aims to use Stellar in direct competition with Ripple to take over the cross-border transactions. They already have a long list of clients ready to go live with Stellar Lumens international transactions in Q2 2018.

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Cryptocurrency Mining Farms In China Shut Down For ‘Strict’ Tax Inspections

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Cryptocurrency mining operations in the Chinese provinces of Xinjiang and Guizhou were suspended so the government could conduct “very strict” tax inspections and real-name registration checks.

Power to the mining farms was shut off on November 5, sources told local daily Cong News. As a result, the mines lost about 1 million yuan (or roughly $143,700) a day during the period of “rectification.”

“Joint enforcement actions examined the mine’s tax information, funds, and customer information,” Cong News reported. “It is understood that the tax inspection of the mine is very strict.”

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The tax inspection is now complete, but it’s unclear if power to the mining farms has been restored yet.

“It is understood that the mines, including business licenses, state-of-the-art power supply procedures, and employee Social Security, are officially complete,” Cong News noted.

 

The mining farms were required to sign an agreement promising that their mining data centers will implement “higher standards for the company’s business real-name system,” as mandated by China’s Public Security Department.

The farms also agreed to not provide services to any customers that do not comply with these rules.

Did the Shutdown Affect Bitmain?

It’s unclear how this shutdown affected Bitmain, which recently deployed 90,000 S9 Antminer rigs to the coal-rich region of Xinjiang ahead of the Bitcoin Cash hard fork, which is scheduled for November 15.

Bitmain — the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency company — is making moves to maintain its market dominance amid reports that its smaller rival Bitfury is considering an initial public offering in Amsterdam or London as early as 2019.

The move would make Bitfury the first major crypto IPO listed in Europe, as CCN has reported. The Amsterdam-based blockchain startup could seek a valuation of $3 billion to $5 billion.

In September 2018, Bitmain filed for an initial public offering in Hong Kong, with a potential valuation of up to $3 billion. Bitmain — which is valued at $10 billion — is on track to post $10 billion in revenue by the end of 2018.

$700 Million Bitcoin Mining Farm Being Built

Meanwhile, crypto mining firm Coinmint plans to invest up to $700 million to build the world’s largest bitcoin mining center in Upstate New York, with a 435-megawatt capacity.

Coinmint has already invested $50 million so far to convert a 1,300-acre Alcoa aluminum smelting plant in Massena, New York.

The new crypto mining farm is projected to create an estimated 150 new jobs, and is expected to be fully operational by June 2019.

The old Alcoa plant shuttered in 2014, but Coinmint signed a 10-year lease on the property, signaling its confidence that despite bitcoin’s recent slump, it believes cryptocurrencies are here to stay.

“As long as bitcoin networks exist, we anticipate mining to be profitable,” said Coinmint CTO Prieur Leary.

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Exit Scam? Crypto Exchange Delists High-Profile Tokens & Users Allege Sell-Off

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Between September and October, Liqui.io delisted 25 token pairs. A shrill Reddit user believes that signs point to an exit scam in progress.

Liqui.io has been delisting alot of their coins lately. Including some of their top 10 volume coins like BAT. Meanwhile they give customers just 15 days to withdraw after delisting (approx a month after announcement) to withdraw the coins. People that are on vacation / hodling / sick are likely to miss their announcements. It seems like this short announcement time has a reason: Liqui already started to liquidate 300k USD++ assets!

BAT was in the first batch of 13 tokens delisted. The post gives an address of 0xcc5570e7d39BA1738333782Fb0C5623fb6a6b1f2 and alleges that this address belongs to Liqui and that they are therefore laundering pilfered balances from clients who did not withdraw or liquidate their positions.

If this address is actually associated with Liqui, then it would seem that at least the assertion that they are liquidating the tokens would is correct. The move to eliminate Basic Attention Token came just weeks before news that Coinbase was listing the token and trading picked up, driving the price. At the time of the announcement, the BAT price was around 16 cents, whereas by the time Liqui saw fit to move over 1.4 million of the tokens, the price had risen all the way to more than 24 cents.

As noted by the Reddit post, Liqui’s 290,000+ users were only given 29 days total to withdraw their funds. If 1.4 million of the tokens remained on the exchange, it would seem prudent to extend that time. A possibility is that the exchange itself was participating in trading of BAT and the resulting balance is a result of their trading.

Liqui never mentions that they are trading against clients anywhere in their literature, so this would seem to be amoral at best. If they had been taking fees denominated in the tokens being traded, rather than the markets being used, then it would be also possible that these were leftover exchange fees. CCN has reached out to Liqui for comment regarding this matter and we hope to gain some insight.

Liqui’s blog on the subject of the BAT delisting tells users that it will be “unable” to process withdrawals. The trouble is, we see clearly on the blockchain that they in fact had many tens of thousands of BAT sitting around.Once the withdrawal deadline has been reached (October 13, 2018 at 12: 00 UCT), withdrawals will be disabled and the asset will be fully decommissioned. From this point forward, we will be unable to process withdrawals of impacted assets. It is imperative that customers withdraw delisted tokens by the withdrawal deadline. Please note that this deadline also applies to previously delisted assets, such as VET, EOS.

A similar situation occurs with SONM, which was put on the chopping block on October 20th and fully eliminated on November 11th. Again, we see a strong market upward pressure in SNM, meaning that Liqui was able to sell the tokens left on its exchange for more than they were worth at the time of the delisting announcement.

In the case of SNM, over 2.3 million tokens were sent to Binance. The Ethereum blockchain notes that as a result of these deposits, Liqui subsequently brought back a total of more than 34,000 Bancor Network Tokens, worth over $1 each. Also acquired were around 4.1 million DNT tokens worth $0.024 each, for a sum asset acquisition of around $120,000 between the two tokens. Other delisted tokens were treated in a similar way, probably accounting for the Reddit user’s math adding up to over “300k USD.”

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Bitcoin Analysis: Falling Wedge Indicates Interim Breakout Scenario

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Bitcoin on Tuesday extended its downward momentum, dropping 0.67-percent against the US Dollar.

The BTC/USD trading pair opened the Asian trading session at 6288-fiat and attempted an upside correction to as high as 6309-fiat. The selling pressure around the 6309-level resumed the downtrend. As a result, the pair kept forming red candles for the rest of the Asian and European trading session. It is now trading at 6294-fiat.

The macroeconomic view of the US Dollar posted bullish sentiment for the currency. But it is not looking the same today. The greenback is poised to post losses before the market closes as European currencies rebound. The ICE dollar index was noted to be down 0.1 percent as the market opened today.

SOURCE: TRADINGVIEW.COM

A weaker dollar on an intraday basis can reinject the BTC/USD market with some upside sentiments. The pair is already forming a falling wedge pattern, indicated by the two unparallel black lines in the chart above. The consecutive swing highs and lows coupled with decreasing volume traditionally mark preparation of a breakout action. That said, BTC/USD should attempt to knock out the upper trendline of the falling wedge pattern and rally towards 6500-fiat as its primary upside target.

The RSI and the Stoch are also signaling an upside movement in BTC/USD price action. Both the indicators are inside their respective selling regions and are eyeing a pullback. In the chart above, a rising red trendline is capping the downside action for now.

BTC/USD Intraday Analysis

Our intraday strategy is keeping our eyes glued on the range, anyway. Today, we have 6374-fiat acting as our interim resistance and 6271-fiat as interim support. It is a pretty broad range to apply the intrarange strategy. That means entering a long on a bounce back from support and a short on a pullback from resistance while maintaining a stop loss order in the opposite direction of the price action.

Looking from the breakout perspective, the price should break above 6374-fiat to enable our long position towards 6406-fiat. If we go ahead with this trade, then we’ll put our stop-loss order just 3-pips below the entry position. Similarly, in the event of a breakdown action, a break below 6271-fiat will have us go short towards 6203-fiat.

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