Facebook Hires Two of Coinbase’s Former Compliance Managers

Facebook hired two Coinbase veterans to work in compliance this month, and at least one of them is involved with the social media giant’s blockchain effort. Jeff Cartwright left Coinbase in March after nearly five years at the U.S. cryptocurrency exchange in various compliance roles. He joined Facebook as a policy and compliance manager this month, according to his LinkedIn profile. The profile does not address how involved he will be in Facebook’s blockchain projects, which include a secretive plan to create a price-stable cryptocurrency. Reached by CoinDesk Monday evening,…

Bitcoin Proves to Be a Hedge to Investors During ‘Stressful Trade Wars’

By CCN: The U.S./China trade war stage has been set with no finale in sight, and the unlikely beneficiary appears to be bitcoin. While it’s still early days, the crypto is emerging as a viable global hedge. Travis Kling, CIO of crypto asset management firm Ikigai Asset Management, told TD Ameritrade the rally in crypto caught him by surprise considering “the increase in stress from what’s going on with the trade war.” He offered a possible catalyst for the gains, saying: “This is a hedge against irresponsibility from governments and…

Coinbase Rolls Out Trading in USDC Stablecoin to 85 Countries

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is expanding trading in the dollar-pegged stablecoin USD Coin (USDC) to 85 nations worldwide. In a blog post Tuesday, the firm said it now offers crypto-to-crypto trading for USDC in those countries on both its retail site Coinbase.com and its Coinbase Pro service. The firm touted the strengths of the token in the post, saying it offers a stable store of value and can be sent “near-instantly” around the globe. “Unlike other cryptocurrencies, each USDC is backed by $1 USD with monthly transparency audits showing 100% USD backing,” Coinbase said. USDC…

Bitcoin’s Monthly Price Gains Already Highest Since November 2017

View Bitcoin hit a fresh 10-month high of $8,335 on Bitstamp earlier today and is currently reporting its largest monthly gain since November 2017. A bearish divergence of the hourly chart relative strength index and overbought conditions signaled by longer-duration RSIs indicate scope for a pullback to $7,400. A rally to $8,500 could be seen in the U.S. trading hours if BTC invalidates the above bearish chart pattern with a move over $8,335. Bitcoin (BTC) clocked fresh 10-month highs earlier today and currently appears on track to post its largest…

Coinbase Opens Up XRP Trading for New York Residents

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has launched trading support for XRP for New York state residents. The San Francisco-based firm tweeted the news Monday, saying that New Yorkers can now buy, sell, convert, send, receive or store XRP on Coinbase.com or via its iOS and Android mobile apps. After the announcement, the price of XRP jumped over 20 percent to reach a high of $0.39, according to data from CoinMarketCap. However, the surge also coincides with bullish moves from bitcoin in the last 24 hours. Coinbase initially added XRP support for its…

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Forecast Remains Bullish: Bulls Target $8.5K and $9K

Bitcoin price surged more than 10% and broke the key $8,000 barrier against the US Dollar. The price traded to a new 2019 high close to $8,180 and remains in a strong uptrend. There is a short term bullish pattern forming with resistance near $8,050 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair could rally further towards $8,500 once it breaks $8,050 and $8,100. Bitcoin price rallied significantly and broke $8,000 against the US Dollar. BTC bulls remain in full control and they are…

Coinbase-Backed Stablecoin Startup Reserve to Launch ‘Venmo Style App’ in Venezuela

Stablecoin project Reserve announced that it will launch a crypto-fiat payments app in Venezuela and Angola in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 12. In the same announcement, the firm revealed that it is listing its separate utility token, Reserve Rights (RSR), on major exchange Huobi Global’s token sale platform, Houbi Prime. Per the press release, the project’s stablecoin app — to be launched for Android users via Google Play “in the coming weeks” — will enable people and businesses to switch back and forth from their local…