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Jack Dorsey: Bitcoin is functional, but does not work like a currency yet

Jack-Dorsey-Bitcoin-is-functional Jack Dorsey | CEO of Square

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square's payment startup and founder of Twitter, said that Bitcoin will continue to spread, but it's too early to consider currency.

In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, Dorsey said that, in his opinion, the first cryptocurrency will continue to be widely used, but so far, Bitcoin does not work as a currency.

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Telegram plans to begin a public test of its blockchain on September 1

Telegram-plans-to-begin-a-public-test Telegram plans to begin a public test of its blockchain on September 1

According to one of the project's investors, on September 1, Telegram plans to begin a public test of its blockchain - TON (Telegram open network).

During the public test, the TON network node code and instructions for installing it should appear in the public domain. Sharding (the process of breaking transactions into separate pieces to ensure scaling) and consensus (a mechanism for confirming new blocks in the blockchain) should also be available, which will allow testing the entire blockchain.

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Nigel Green: Bitcoin’s new normal bottom price of $10,000

Nigel-Green-Bitcoins-new-bottom-price Nigel Green | Founder and CEO of deVere Group

The founder and CEO of the consulting company deVere Group, Nigel Green, believes that the new "bottom" for Bitcoin is now at around $ 10,000.

"Looking at its performance this year, I believe that the new normal bottom price for Bitcoin is $10,000. It bounces at this price. If it fluctuates below this level, it shoots back up again. We have seen this in action on Monday when Bitcoin hit $10,500 in a matter of minutes," Green said.

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Marcus Swanepoel: Bitcoin is bought for investment, not for payments

Marcus-Swanepoel-Bitcoin-is-bought-not-for-payments Marcus Swanepoel | CEO of the LUNO

Luno cryptocurrency exchange CEO Marcus Swanepoel expressed the opinion that 90% of users use Bitcoin for investment or speculation, not for payments.

In an interview with CNBC, Swanepoel said that only a small part of the first cryptocurrency users use it for transactions and payments in the real world.

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BabelFinance Research: Chinese investors await the Bitcoin growth

BabelFinance-Chinese-investors-await-the-Bitcoin-growth BabelFinance Research: Chinese investors await the Bitcoin growth

A survey conducted by the Chinese cryptocurrency company BabelFinance showed that local investors are waiting for the growth of Bitcoin, and according to 30% of respondents, the Bitcoin exchange rate for the year will exceed $ 30,000.

The study showed that the average Chinese cryptocurrency investor is a young, well-educated man with above-average income. More than 76.3% of male respondents have a college degree or higher.

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Mark Carney: cryptocurrency like Libra should become the global reserve currency

Mark-Carney-cryptocurrency-like-Libra-should-become-the-global-reserve-currency Mark Carney | The Head of The Bank of England

The Head of The Bank of England Mark Carney said the US dollar, which is the global reserve currency, needs to be replaced with a digital currency similar to Libra.

According to Carney, trade wars are detrimental to growth and disrupt multilateral cooperation, while central banks live in a world with low interest rates as they struggle to recover from inflation.

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Research: Bitcoin is best positioned to become the money of the internet

Bendik-Norheim-Schei-Bitcoin-dominance Bendik Norheim Schei | Arcane Research analyst

According to Coinmarketcap, the Bitcoin dominance in the cryptocurrency market is currently about 68%, but Arcane Research analysts believe that in reality it reaches 90%.

The researchers emphasized that the services, when assessing the dominance of the first cryptocurrency, do not take into account liquidity in the market and a decrease in the price of an asset when mass selling tokens.

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ICORating will pay SEC a penalty for failure to disclose payments for positive reviews on ICO

ICORating-will-pay-SEC-a-penalty ICORating | Russian analytical firm

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fined Russian analytical firm ICORating for not reporting payments for positive feedback on various ICO projects.

The analytical company ICORating is engaged in evaluating investments in ICO projects. It includes team members of well-known cryptocurrency projects, for example, NEO.

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Spencer Bogart: Bitcoin will survive even during a major financial crisis

Spencer-Bogart-Bitcoin-will-survive Spencer Bogart | General partner at Blockchain Capital

Spencer Bogart, general partner at Blockchain Capital, a venture capital firm, expressed confidence that Bitcoin will become a safe asset in the long run.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Bogart noted that the risks of devaluation of fiat money would boost the Bitcoin exchange rate.

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Jeremy Allaire: people, who want to control their capital, buy Bitcoin

Jeremy-Allaire-people-buy-Bitcoin Jeremy Allaire | Circle startup CEO

Circle startup CEO Jeremy Allaire expressed confidence that Bitcoin is attracting investors as a safe asset.

At CNBC's Squawk Box program, Allaire noted that despite the recent volatility of the first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin remains a popular risk hedge.

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People who are watching the daily price of Bitcoin are really missing the whole point

Mark-Yusko-People-really-missing-the-whole-point Mark Yusko | Morgan Creek Capital CEO

According to Morgan Creek Capital CEO Mark Yusko, amid the declining market for traditional assets, Bitcoin "could become a hedge against chaos."

Yusko noted that the state of the global economy is deteriorating. Against this background, Bitcoin looks like a completely safe asset and its status will only be strengthened in the near future. 

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Nicholas Colas called Bitcoin an indicator of global crises

Nicholas-Colas-called-Bitcoin-an-indicator-of-crises Nicholas Colas | Co-founder of DataTrek Research

Nicholas Colas, co-founder of DataTrek Research, said that Bitcoin is an excellent indicator of global geopolitical and economic turmoil.

In an interview with CNBC, Colas noted that bitcoin was one of the few indicators that predicted protests in Hong Kong and the subsequent outflow of capital from the region. He also emphasized that Bitcoin has become a safe asset, just like gold.

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Goldman Sachs: Bitcoin is expected to rise to $ 13,971 in the short term

Goldman-Sachs-Bitcoin-is-expected-to-rise Goldman Sachs: Bitcoin is expected to rise to $ 13,971 in the short term

Goldman Sachs Investment Bank sent a letter to its clients stating that in the short term, Bitcoin is expected to rise to $ 13,971.

The letter that was sent to the bank's customers said that in the short term Goldman Sachs expects to see the growth of the first cryptocurrency to $ 13,971. The name of the analyst who prepared this forecast is not indicated.

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The largest online wallet Blockchain.com launched its own Cryptocurrency Exchange

Nicole-Sherrod-Blockchain-com-launched-Exchange Nicole Sherrod | The head the direction of retail products in Blockchain.com

The operator of the most famous browser blockchain and online wallet, the company Blockchain, announced the launch of its own Cryptocurrency Exchange.

The exchange called The PIT is already running and user registration is open on it, but the trades are not yet open. This will happen within the next two weeks.

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Grayscale Research: 36% of Americans are willing to invest in BTC

Grayscale-Research--Americans-invest-in-BTC Grayscale Research: 36% of Americans are willing to invest in BTC

The company-operator of the cryptocurrency fund Grayscale conducted a research among American investors to find out their interest in cryptocurrencies.

"Bitcoin 2019 Investor Study" by Grayscale showed that from a pool of 1,100 American investors, more than a third (36%) of respondents consider investing in Bitcoin. If we assume that there are about 63 million investors in the USA, then the interested people represent a potential audience of more than 21 million people.

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Mark Zuckerberg: we will launch Libra only after all issues have been resolved with the regulators

Mark-Zuckerberg-launch-Libra-after-all-issues-resolved Mark Zuckerberg | CEO of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the largest social networking site Facebook, said the company is ready to resolve all issues with Libra's regulators.

At a conference on the results of the second quarter of 2019, Zuckerberg stressed that several years ago Facebook would launch a new product without asking permission from regulators. But now the company's policy has changed.

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US Treasury Secretary: US regulators are developing new rules for cryptocurrency

US-Treasury-Secretary-new-rules-for-cryptocurrency Stephen Mnuchin | US Treasury Secretary

According to US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, there is every reason to develop new regulations for cryptocurrency by US regulators.

Over the past few years, the presidential administration has almost completely ignored cryptocurrencies. However, Donald Trump's recent statements about Bitcoin, as well as Facebook's announcement of Libra cryptocurrency project, give a reason to assume that the regulator intends to tackle digital money in order to limit its negative impact on the financial system.

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Tim Hockey: Bitcoin has become more interesting for traders

Tim-Hockey-Bitcoin-has-become-more-interesting Tim Hockey | CEO of the TD Ameritrade

The CEO of the American brokerage company TD Ameritrade Tim Hockey said that Bitcoin has become much more interesting for traders.

"Customers often ask about Bitcoin, but in the US there are significant regulatory obstacles in order to provide the customer with the opportunity to trade cryptocurrencies. We would be glad to participate in this, but we need to make sure that risks for our clients and ourselves are insignificant," said Hockey in an interview.

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