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Mt Gox Trustee Allegedly Sold $318 Million Worth of Creditor BTC, BCH

Mt Gox Trustee Allegedly Sold 8 Million Worth of Creditor BTC, BCH

A sell transaction of over USD 318 million has been uncovered, according to leaked screenshots of transactions and order book data shared on GoxDox.com of transactions between BitPoint cryptocurrency exchange and Nobuaki Kobayashi, the trustee of now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange Mt Gox.

GoxDox is a site that has supported the cause of the victims of the defunct exchange. The site suggested that the funds may indeed have had something to do with an alleged liquidation of 60,000 Bitcoins and Bitcoin Cash, as the funds were transferred from BitPoint exchange to the trustee’s account, noting: “Unless BitPoint is being really generous, we’d wager the reason they are depositing billions JPY into the trustee’s bank account is because they were hired to sell the Mt Gox Estate’s BTC/BCH.”

It appears that the trustee may have approached Kraken’s CEO Jesse Powell on the matter of liquidation, who however, advised against the move, suggesting that the trustee should do it in an auction or over the counter (OTC) desk considering the volume of BTC to be sold in order for it to have minimal effect on the market.

“Instead of taking Kraken’s advice, the trustee decided to (1) sell, (2) not tell us how he sold, and (3) hire a different so-called ‘cryptocurrency expert’ to sell the BTC/BCH,” the source said.

Kobayashi had been accused of similar actions in 2017 and 2018 and was allegedly the cause of the price decline at the time when he sold off USD 400 million worth of Bitcoins and Bitcoin Cash. However, he denied he was responsible for the price crash saying that:

“Following consultation with cryptocurrency experts, I sold BTC and BCC [BCH], not by an ordinary sale through the BTC/BCC [BCH] exchange, but in a manner that would avoid affecting the market price, while ensuring the security of the transaction to the [greatest] extent possible.” Still, he hasn’t disclosed how he managed the liquidation of the asset.

He further said: “The method of sale of BTC and BCH was approved by the court as well – I would like to refrain from explaining the details of the method of sale.” In his opinion, saying more would affect the future sale.

According to the source, Redditors had pointed out that “the trustee’s withdrawal of BTC from the MtGox estate’s wallets correlate to Jan/Feb drops in BTC;s price”, with supporting documents.

Moreover, after Kobayashi sold USD 400 million of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash from December 2017 through February 2018, Bitcoin News reported that no more bitcoins will be sold off, which at the time was good news to the creditors as the civil rehabilitation enable them to share BTC 137,891 reserved. However, it remains to be known what led to the recent sell-off if true, and why protocol had been broken with respect to the counsel provided by Powell.

For the creditors, the filing of claims was extended last month for those who didn’t meet the initial deadline. Meanwhile, Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpeles awaits the court’s final verdict with regards to embezzlement and exchange data manipulation charges which netted him USD 3.1 million belonging to customers during the latter months of 2013. The long trial is expected to end on 15 March 2019.

 

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Wikimedia Foundation Partners with Bitpay to Expand Crypto Payments

Wikimedia Foundation Partners with Bitpay to Expand Crypto Payments

The American non-profit and charitable organization behind Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, has partnered with BitPay, a leading company providing Bitcoin payment processing services for merchants.

The partnership will allow the foundation, which has already provided a Bitcoin donations capability to the multilingual, web-based, free encyclopedia, to now add BCH donations through BitPay. BitPay’s chief commercial officer, Sonny Singh, who predicted at the end of last year that a USD 15,000 to USD 20,000 Bitcoin price would be a feasible outcome by the end of 2019, commented on the new partnership:

“Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash are one of the cheapest payment options available so more money goes to charity rather than paying fees. Wikimedia does so much good around the world that it is a privilege to help them raise money.”

Singh was quick to point out that altcoins would be less fortunate than Bitcoin and would “never come back”, and the flagship cryptocurrency’s return to fortune would be driven by large company investment, some of which is already planned.

BitPay’s success has been notable in the industry with over USD 1 billion in transactions over the course of 2018 with record high revenues from transfer fees. Pats Pena, Director of Payments and Operations at Wikimedia Foundation commented on the new step:

“Our donors have shown an increased interest for different cryptocurrencies, so accepting Bitcoin Cash was a natural next step. We accept donations globally, and we strive to provide a large variety of donation options. It’s very important that we can get international donations processed in ways that are efficient and cost-effective.”

 

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UK OTC Firm Gets Derivatives Go Ahead from Regulator

UK OTC Firm Gets Derivatives Go Ahead from Regulator, CFDs

The UK watchdog, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has granted permission for London based firm B2C2 OTC Ltd to deal in cryptocurrency CFDs.

“Contracts for Difference” (CFDs) are designed for traders to predict crypto price fluctuations allowing them to profit from rising or fallings markets. The FCA’s acceptance of the B2C2 OTC Ltd application is seen as unexpected given the stance of the UK regulator last year when it said that it was unlikely to give any credence to CFDs. At the time it stated:

“Firms conducting regulated activities in cryptocurrency derivatives must, therefore, comply with all applicable rules in the FCA’s Handbook and any relevant provisions in directly applicable European Union regulations.”

B2C2 OTC’s CFD product now offers exposure to Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) and Ripple (XRP), which the company’s founder Max Boonen suggests gives traders opportunities to become involved in the markets without the “risks associated with crypto custody.”

While the FCA has reportedly been considering a more direct role in managing cryptocurrencies and tokens, a new consultation paper released last week has been seen as an attempt to make things clearer for investors and the cryptocurrency community for future regulatory purposes. A statement from the FCA indicated a need to clarify current guidelines and changes in how cryptocurrencies are regulated, suggesting that the paper “will alert market participants to pertinent issues and should help them better understand whether they need to be authorized and what rules or regulations apply to their business.”

 

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ATMs Still Gaining Popularity Globally with 5 Daily Installations

ATMs Still Gaining Popularity Globally with 5 Daily Installations

The installation of cryptocurrency ATMs continues around the world as it has done throughout 2017, despite the crypto market downturn.

Newly-published figures indicate that new installations have taken the number of extant machines around the globe past the 4,000 total. This illustrates the degree to which users are increasingly needing a convenient way to access their crypto assets.

According to industry statistics aggregator Coin ATM Radar the current installment rate is now 4.9 a day. The new data breaks down the spread of crypto ATMs, suggesting that actual locations have changed little with the majority of the machines still being located in North America, followed by Europe with roughly a third of the North American total which currently has 72% of the global total actively in use.

Hong Kong represents Asia’s biggest market for crypto ATMs, accounting for 0.8% of the world’s active ATMs. In Europe, Austrians and the UK public are the most prominent users of machines on that continent. Lagging behind is Oceania, which includes major crypto user Australia, South America. The African continent has only 0.2% of the global usage, despite an increased interest in cryptocurrencies in 2018.

In the US, the country showing the biggest increase in installations in 2018 with 1,259 new active ATMs, California (473) and Illinois (250) have the largest number of machines in the country. The figures show that Bitcoin is supported by 99.9% of the world’s 4,167 machines.

The token break down shows a  59.5% support for Litecoin (LTC), 49.3% support for Ethereum (ETH) and 33.9% support for Bitcoin Cash (BCH). Dash (DASH) is supported by 17.9% of ATMs, while Monero (XMR), Dogecoin (DOGE) and ZCash (ZEC) are each supported by 3% or less.

 

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