Entering the weekend crypto markets have remained bullish and are continuing to climb. Total market capitalization has crossed $450 billion and is marching upwards for the time being. Bitcoin has crept towards the critical $10k barrier but has failed to break it rising 2% on the day to trade at $9,800. Altcoins are largely mixed during Asian trade this morning with most of the top ten in the green but many of the others retracting slightly. One showing the biggest gains in the top 25 at the moment is Litecoin.
LTC is rarely featured as the top performing coin of the day as it is a relatively slow mover compared to some of the others. Coinmarketcap however is reporting an 8.5% rise for Litecoin which has enabled it to retake sixth spot in the market cap charts from Cardano. Currently Litecoin is trading at $172, up from $158 this time yesterday. A couple of clear ‘steps’ can be seen in the chart where LTC has pumped in the past 24 hours. Over the week Litecoin has made a 16% gain from $148 this time last weekend. The monthly picture has shown steady gains but nowhere near that of other altcoins. LTC is currently 43% higher than its $120 level this time last month. Against BTC Litecoin has lifted 6% at 1750000 satoshis from just over 1645000 sats this time yesterday. Over the week gains against Bitcoin have been around 7.5% from 1628000 satoshis this time last week.
Rumours that founder Charlie Lee will be leaving the Litecoin team for the sake of decentralization have been floating around the crypto sphere. This followed a conversation on Twitter during which Lee said that he would eventually leave Litecoin but gave no time frame. His actions can be seen to be in the interest of the coin which, without a leader or controlling figure, could become truly decentralized. Other news that crypto-debit card provider Wirex has just added Litecoin support would have further lifted the coin.
Most of the action at the moment has been on Hong Kong exchange OKEx which has almost 30% of the total Litecoin volume. Daily trade volume has been pretty stable and is currently around $660 million. Market cap has increased 9% over the past 24 hours and is currently at $9.7 billion however LTC still has a long way to go to catch EOS in fifth with over $15 billion.
Total market capitalization for all cryptocurrencies has climbed once again and is up 3.1% on the day to $464 billion signaling that the uptrend has been solidified and recovering is in full swing. Other altcoins posting solid gains during the morning’s Asian trading session include Bitcoin Cash, VeChain, and Aeternity.
Facebook Unexpectedly Plants Its Flag in Crypto-Friendly Switzerland
By CCN: Facebook has reportedly set up a fintech company dubbed Libra Networks in Switzerland. The move clearly correlates with the social media giant’s Project Libra.
According to Reuters, the focus of the fintech is on the blockchain, payments, data analytics, and investing.
Libra Networks, which was registered in Geneva on May 2, will provide financial and technology services. Also in its wheelhouse will be developing related hardware and software.
ANOTHER SECRET MOVE
Famed investor Michael Novogratz recently called Project Libra “stunningly important” to the crypto space.
Given Facebook’s history of boasting about its projects, you’d think it would be bragging about Project Libra. That’s not the case. The Switzerland move was done with no fanfare such as company press releases or blog posts. This seems to be the way Facebook has chosen to roll out its Project Libra.
It’s keeping close to the chest even where the project will be launched. In December, it hinted at plans to set up shop in India. Early reports suggest Zuckerberg’s cryptocurrency will facilitate overseas remittance payments for Indian WhatsApp users.
Facebook’s Secret Cryptocurrency Led by PayPal Alumni Just ‘Months Away’ from India Launch https://t.co/YfEzcEdux3
— CCN.com (@CCNMarkets) May 9, 2019
Facebook launched Project Libra more than a year ago to allow money transfers between WhatsApp users. Over time, however, the scope of the project has expanded. That includes the decision to include e-commerce payments on Facebook and other websites as well as rewards for viewing ads, shopping online, and interacting with content.
When all is done, Facebook hopes to have a stablecoin that is pegged to the value of a local currency.
Switzerland has long been recognized as a leading hub of blockchain and cryptocurrency technology, with the Swiss town of Zug referred to as “Crypto Valley” throughout the world.
'FaceBook Registers Secretive LIBRA Crypto Currency In Switzerland : Reuters
Possibly That Is Why Powerful Tech Lobby NASSCOM Urges RBI 2 Favor Bitcoin Start-Ups ! Floating Currency Is A Prerogative Of A Sovereign Nation So Like China Did Long Back All Should B Totally Banned !
— Madhav Apte (@madhav_apte) May 18, 2019
— Hot New Trending (@HotNewTrending) May 18, 2019
PRIVACY ISSUES HAUNT FACEBOOK
As Facebook was making arrangements for this Switzerland fintech, it was facing hiring problems on the domestic front. CCN reported that recruiters are complaining that it is increasingly harder to find talent for Facebook’s engineering jobs. Potential hires don’t like the myriad privacy issues that the social media platform has seemingly failed to get a handle on.
They’re taking their talents to other tech giants, like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.
The project has also drawn scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers. They are concerned that Project Libra will be plagued by Facebook’s failure to adequately secure users’ data
Well-known Ponzi scheme, Bitconnect is set for a relaunch on July 1
It’s an interesting time in the crypto sphere. As the markets are setting new yearly highs and excitement builds around Bitcoin’s potential, news has begun circulating that someone is trying to revive BitConnect, a project best known for being a Ponzi scheme.
Bitconnect became one of the most hyped projects of 2017 after YouTube and Twitter personalities promoted the project to gain affiliate payouts. However, by 2018 it had become apparent that Bitconnect was a scam and a class action lawsuit was filed, followed by the arrest of the Asia head of Bitonnect.
As such, many were taken by surprise when Bitconnect 2.0 was announced late last year. While the website stated the infamous project would be relaunching soon, nothing of the sort has happened. However, as NullTX reports, an email has been doing the rounds which claims Bitconnect’s return is imminent. This is further corroborated by a tweet stating Bitcoinnect 2.0 will be officially launching on July 1, 2019.
Welcome everyone back to Bitconnect 2.0
We will launch Bitconnect2.0 on July 1st
visit our website for more Infoshttps://t.co/xKJ10yeYoP
— Bitconnect2.0 (@Bitconnect2_0) May 18, 2019
A quick search on WHOIS reveals the domain name will expire this time next month, meaning the domain name will be taken offline before Bitconnect 2.0 even launches. Considering no one knows who’s in control of the domain, it’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out.
Medvedev: Crypto Regulations not a priority for Russia
- The Russian government is not thinking of regulating the cryptocurrency markets.
- Crypto trade may start again in the nation.
Many industries have been appealing the Russian government to formulate laws to operate the market for digital assets because of the regulatory uncertainty of cryptocurrency. It has become difficult for firms to do business. However, those people can do business in Russia anytime soon. Medvedev said in a legal conference in St Petersburg that formulating digital asset regulations “is no longer a priority for the state,” adding:
“Nowadays, the popularity of cryptocurrency has decreased, and regulatory issues may not be so relevant.”
However, Medvedev did not say that the lawmakers are entirely uninterested in cryptocurrencies. He noted that trading in the digital asset markets could go up again. If and when that happens, the regulators will renew their interest towards cryptocurrencies.