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VeChain Thor Just On-Boarded Deloitte, With PwC That's Half Of The Big Four On VeChain's Blockchain
The VeChain project has revealed that professional services firm Deloitte will develop solutions on the VeChainThor network, having decided to migrate from the Ethereum network. The news was revealed at the VeChain Summit 2019 in San Francisco, which showcased how VeChainThor could be used for different applications and innovative upcoming solutions, such as ToolChain, which, according to VeChain, allows businesses to launch solutions in under 30 minutes.  Also announced is the fact that Blockchain Global CTO of Deloitte, Antonio Senatore, will join VeChain's advisory board. 4) #Deloitte announced they will be developing its #blockchain solutions on #VeChainThor and migrating from #Ethereum due to the advance features of the #VeChainThor blockchain. Their open source block explorer and #Loki (#Truffle for #VeChain) will be released to the public soon pic.twitter.com/RZbHLkl4Y6

Litecoin Surges Past Stellar as It Closes in on the Market Cap of EOS -- Can the Buyers Race Higher Towards the $45 Handle
It seems that the recent marketing efforts from the Litecoin Foundation, combined with recent exchange partnerships, have helped Litecoin surge over the past few days as LTC races toward the $40 handle. The recent rally began after the Litecoin Foundation sponsored the UFC's 232 co-main event and received a shoutout from the iconic voice of the Octagon, Bruce Buffer. The event was broadcast to millions of viewers worldwide and Google Search trends during and after the event reached a peak of 100, indicating that the term Litecoin was at its most popular. During the recent price rise, the search trend for Litecoin has increased much further and reached another 100 peak, rendering the previous search term peak (which will now be much less than 100) insignificant, as illustrated by the graph below.

What is DigiByte
Anyone who's looking for smaller, exciting altcoins to invest in will usually scan through Coinmarketcaps Top 100. For some, this is a daily rabbithole of information, with new coins jostling to edge upwards towards the likes of Ripple, Ethereum, and the fabled Bitcoin. At time of writing, DigiByte (DGB) comes in at number 47 with a market cap of almost $600 million. DigiByte slumbered for years until its recent eruption onto the market, surging virtually 1,000% in less than a month. Its price is currently around the $0.06 mark for a token. Here is a coin that boldly markets itself as a better alternative to Bitcoin, so what's going on Having existed for 4 years, why hasn't this coin overtaken the king of cryptos

Bakkt's Bitcoin Futures Trading Will Arrive on December 12
Cryptocurrency startup Bakkt, heralded by many as the gatekeeper to wider cryptocurrency adoption, has announced that it will bring its Bitcoin futures trading into operation from December 12, 2018, subject to regulatory approval. The news has been met with excitement, following much anticipation from the crypto community about when the operation would precisely begin. A notice released on October 22 reveals the launch date, with the listed details offering no surprises as far as the specifics of trading are concerned. ICE Futures U.S., Inc. will list the new Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) Daily Futures Contract for trading on Wednesday, December 12, 20181 . The Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) Daily Futures Contract is a physically-settled daily futures contract for bitcoin held in Bakkt LLC, ICE's Digital Asset Warehouse, and will be cleared by ICE Clear US, Inc. Each futures contract calls for delivery of one bitcoin held in the Bakkt Digital Asset Warehouse, and will trade in U.S. dollar terms. One daily contract will be listed for trading each Exchange Business Day.

New Waves Client v1
Waves is a blockchain platform that allow users to launch their own custom cryptocurrency tokens. Launched in June 2016, the platform is developed, marketed, and operated by the company Waves Platform AG. The spectacular thing about Waves is that anybody can create a cryptocurrency token in minutes without any knowledge of programming. Much more than a platform for token creation, Waves also has its own decentralized exchange (DEX) where cryptocurrencies, fiat currencies, and tokens created on the Waves platform can be traded. Tokens created on the Waves platform are seamlessly added for trading on the DEX.

Binance News: Market Outlook, BNB Token Burn, New EUR/GBP Fiat Exchange, and More
Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange by daily trading volume, has been on a tear lately. 2018's bear market didn't effect Binance from pushing forward in the slightest. The exchange expanded their team, delivered new products, added new trading pairs, supported more stablecoins, and so much more. In a recent blog post by Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (better known as CZ), he laid out his current outlook on the market and future plans for the Binance exchange. CZ addressed last year's dramatic bear market and last November's recent market drop-off when Bitcoin lost over 40% of its value in less than a month.

Ripple Price Analysis: XRP Enters Newly-Established Lower Trading Range -- Can the Bulls Bring Price Action Back Above $0
Cuallix, a financial institution with over 25 years in Mexico, the United States and Hong Kong, has been in partnership with Ripple to provide cross-border payments since early 2018. The company was one of the first 3 to use xRapid and XRP in piloting cross-border payments. XRapid is a liquidity solution for banks that uses XRP as a bridge currency. It helps financial institutions to eliminate delays and lower costs in global payments. The CFO of Cuallix, Nicolas Palacios, recently spoke at the Swell Conference in San Francisco, where he stated that using Ripple technologies allowed them to move funds in a faster, more efficient and transparent way which can be passed on to their final client. He also stated that he believes that they are the only company in Mexico to use the product so far.

HSBC Has Settled $250 Billion Worth of Transactions Using DLTs
HSBC Holdings, one of the largest banks in the world, has revealed that nearly $250 billion of trade settlements have been handled using Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs). Focusing on internal balance sheets for global transactions, a press release by the bank said that over 3 million foreign exchange transactions had been made, and 150,000 using HSBC's FX Everywhere platform. HSBC's interim global head of FX and commodities, Richard Bibbey, spoke of how DLTs have made internal processes more efficient: Following successful implementation inside the bank, we are now exploring how this technology could help multinational clients who also have multiple treasury centres and cross-border supply chains better manage foreign exchange flows within their organisations.

EOS Price Shows No Signs of Recovery After Larimer's New Project Announcement
Over the past week, the confidence within the EOS community has taken a drastic knock as Daniel Larimer, CTO of Block.one, the development company behind EOS, took to Telegram to announce his ambition to create a new cryptocurrency project. The timing of the announcement could not have come at a worse time after the entire cryptocurrency industry was hit by extreme selling pressure when Bitcoin plummeted below $6,000 during mid-November 2018. Before the announcement, EOS had already undergone a drastic 52% decline from high to low in November 2018. However, after the announcement the market has continued to decline a further 32%, to where it is trading today at around $2.32.

Stellar Predicted to Hit $0
A recent report from the some top fintech leaders has predicted Stellar Lumens (XLM) to be one of the biggest gainers in 2019. The report predicts that Stellar will rise by a total of 84% by February 1, 2019 to reach a high of $0.21 per token. The report also states that they believe that XLM price will reach $0.41 by December 31, 2019, a total increase of 260% overall. The panel is made up of 6 professionals from the industry however, they all did not agree with each another in their estimates. Instead, the survey simply averages the predictions from the 6 professionals to create a rather skewed medium.

Ripple CEO Optimistic About Ripple Growth, More Banks Join XRP Network
In a recent interview with Fortune, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse said that Ripple is in the midst of gaining more adoption, as more and more banks have decided to make use of its technology. This is the year the wheat will be separated from the chaff. Not many months ago, the media was saying no one will use XRP, which made for good skeptical headlines. Today, you can't say that as people are starting to use XRapid because it's better, faster and cheaper. A total of 5 new partners have joined the network. One of these, the Euro Exim Bank, is expected to start using the XRP network for international transactions in the first quarter of 2019. The bank hopes to serve customers in 80 countries using Ripple's technology.

Verge Price Analysis: Can the Bulls Break XVG Above the Current Trading Range
Verge has seen a small price increase totaling 3.31% over the past 24 hours of trading, bringing the current trading price up to $0.007160. The market has now seen a price decline totaling 5.55% over the past 7 trading days but is up by a total close to 20% over the past 30 trading days. Verge is now ranked in 45th position as it presently holds a $103 million market cap value. The 51-month old project has seen a precipitous drop totaling 52% over the past 90 trading days as it now trades at a value that is 97% lower than the all-time high value. Analyzing the daily chart above, we can see that XVG/USD had dropped by a total of 64% from the high in November 2018 to the low in December 2018. The market had reached support at a downside 1.618 Fibonacci Extension level (drawn in blue) priced at $0.005324 in December 2018, where the market downtrend stalled and price action reversed.

Zilliqa Release Update Ahead of January 2019 Mainnet Launch -- Can the Bulls Power the Market Back Toward the $0
The Zilliqa team are working hard in the run-up to their mainnet launch, which is scheduled to go live toward the end of January 2019. The team believe they are laying the foundation for a the future of decentralized apps, games, and security tokens. The Zilliqa network provides a high performance blockchain that uses the method known as sharing to achieve a high rate of transactions per second (TPS). The team believe that 2019 will be a good year for the project as they continue to push the boundaries of blockchain and begin their plans to drive mass adoption. In a recent update on the project, the team have mentioned that they are now wrapping up the loose ends found during the internal testing phase by the community. For example, they have found a way of speeding up the execution of smart contracts by up to 2x. They have also announced that developers will have a plethora of choices to code with as they increase the range of their SDKs. Upon mainnet, developers will be able to choose from C#, Python, Java, and Go coding languages to begin to code dApps with.

Litecoin Mines Coin Number 60 Million and Ben Askren Announces Litecoin Sponsorship For UFC 235 -- Can LTC/USD Head Back Toward $42
The Litecoin train seems to be running along smoothly after the network reached its recent major milestone. On January 12, 2019, on block #1560000 the Litecoin network surpassed the mining of its 60 millionth coin. There has now been a total of 71.44% mined out of the total available supply, which totals a maximum supply of 84 million. This means that there are only around 24 million coins left to be mined. Adding further to the addition in coin supply, the Litecoin network will undergo a block halving around August 8, 2019, around 205 days from now. Upon the next block halving, the mining reward per block will be halved from a total of 25 Litecoin per block to 12.5 Litecoin reward per block.

WaykiChain Launches Project Overview for Its Global Supporters
On January 5, 2019, WaykiChain has released the English language project overview for its DPoS based public chain. January 5, 2019 marks one year since WaykiChain was founded. Thus, WaykiChain has decided to launch the newest English language project overview, which carries weighty significance for its global strategy on its 1-year anniversary. The project overview introduces: The project overview acts as a remarkable window through which worldwide investors, developers and partners can learn more about WaykiChain. The WaykiChain Project Overview can befound here: https://www.waykichain.com/WaykiChain_Project_Overview_2019.1_V1.0.pdf

New Zealand Exchange Cryptopia Hacked
New Zealand crypto exchange Cryptopia suffered a data breach on January 14th, officials announced over Twitter. Trading has been suspended and the site will be under maintenance until the issue is resolved. Cryptopia Exchange (@Cryptopia_NZ) January 15, 2019 The team has already taken the matter up with governmental agencies, and the New Zealand police and high-tech crimes unit. No details as to the amount of lost funds have been made public yet. Cryptopia becomes the first exchange to be hacked in 2019. WhalePanda, a Bitcoin proponent, said that the exchange is now mostly irrelevant. The market yet hasn't been affected in any noticeable way.

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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (US SEC) has released a new report that reveals that the monitoring of cryptocurrency is a major item on their agenda for the year. Titled 2019 examination priorities, the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has put digital assets in the spotlight, citing the risks it poses to investors. The report reads: Given the significant growth and risks presented in this market, OCIE will continue to monitor the offer and sale, trading, and management of digital assets, and where the products are securities, examine for regulatory compliance.

VeChain Wine Bottle Collaboration With My Story Comes to Life -- Can VET Break $0
In September 2018, we wrote an article regarding the VeChain partnership with BYD in the hopes of creating a proof of concept solution for carbon banking for automobiles. It appears that the company that VeChain have partnered with have experienced an increase in sales during 2018. During the aforementioned year, sales have increased for BYD vehicles by a total of 25%. The company have sold over 520,000 vehicles and are on track to sell more during 2019. This is great news for VeChain, as their partnership involves collecting data from vehicles sold by BYD to create an economy for the internet of vehicle information, by recording and storing data on the VeChain blockchain.

LedgerX Launches Volatility Index (LXVX) to Track Bitcoin's Volatility
The CFTC-regulated crypto asset management platform LedgerX has built an index that tracks Bitcoins price volatility. The LedgerX Volatility Index (LXVX) will provide cryptocurrency traders with insights into Bitcoin's expected volatility, and is alternatively known as a Bitcoin fear index. The firm will use data drawn from their regulated Bitcoin options contracts, in which various financial institutions have been trading over the past year. Announcing the LedgerX Volatility Index (LXVX) index data from @ledgerx regulated bitcoin options on https://t.co/0IQins7lU0 https://t.co/tgeVRQRdyg LedgerX (@ledgerx) January 14, 2019

Cardano to Enter Next Phase, Shelley, in Q1 2019
Cardano (ADA), a project bringing innovative solutions to decentralization, has confirmed that the next phase of their project will arrive in Q1 2019. The next stage of the project brings some much anticipated upgrades to the network. The Shelley phase of the project follows the Byron phase, and will introduce a fully decentralized network with staking and delegation to the network. Whereas Byron gave a comparatively basic interaction with the network, Shelley will make the platform more feature-filled and robust, possibly attracting developers to the network. Shelley now pulls Cardano's enthusiastic investors further in, though the social aspect, i.e. how the team can make the network as fair as possible.

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