Did A Manipulator Drive Bitcoin’s $20,000 Peak? Plus, Why Bitcoin Trumps Gold.

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<figcaption><p class="color-body light-text"><small>Getty</small></p></figcaption></figure><h3><strong>BITCOIN’S LONE WHALE?</strong></h3><p>Researchers have cast fresh doubt over whether<strong>&nbsp;bitcoin’s epic bull run</strong>&nbsp;happened organically, suggesting it may have been caused by a single, large player&nbsp;<a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/billybambrough/2019/11/08/real-reason-behind-bitcoins-epic-rally-revealed/" target="_blank" class="color-link"><strong>manipulating the bitcoin market</strong></a>.</p><p>According to a new report,&nbsp;<strong>an unidentified Bitfinex account</strong>&nbsp;used&nbsp;<strong>tether</strong>&nbsp;to manipulate the bitcoin price between March 2017 and March 2018 by creating unprecedented demand for the digital token. Over that period, the total market value of bitcoin soared from&nbsp;<strong>$16 billion</strong>&nbsp;to&nbsp;<strong>$326 billion</strong>.</p><h3><strong>MICROSOFT’S DIGITAL MINT</strong></h3><p><strong>Microsoft</strong>&nbsp;is taking its secret platform for creating crypto tokens out for a test drive. The tech giant’s new crypto-assets mint lets enterprises&nbsp;<a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeldelcastillo/2019/11/04/microsoft-to-help-enterprises-mint-their-own-ethereum-tokens/" target="_blank" class="color-link"><strong>design, issue and manage a wide range of digital assets</strong></a>. Several companies, including a video game outfit and a virtual reality platform, have already used the platform to create experimental tokens, while others like&nbsp;<strong>General Electric</strong>&nbsp;are waiting in the wings to create their own.</p><p><strong>Big picture:</strong> Major companies like <strong>JPMorgan</strong> have already minted similar tokens, and Facebook is working with a group of companies like <strong>Uber</strong>, <strong>Spotify</strong> and <strong>Vodaphone</strong> on the Libra Project. Microsoft’s work, using the same standard as the other participating blockchain developers, could pave the way for an explosion of similar enterprise-grade tokens.</p>

<h3><strong>CRYPTO MARKETS</strong></h3><p><strong>Stellar</strong>, the tenth largest cryptocurrency by market cap, saw its price soar this week after the Stellar Development Foundation "burned" more than half the digital token’s supply—<a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/billybambrough/2019/11/05/bitcoin-rival-stellar-suddenly-soars-after-shock-move/" target="_blank" class="color-link"><strong>worth a staggering $4.7 billion</strong></a>.</p><p><strong>Bitcoin</strong>&nbsp;remained largely flat following the news, while other smaller tokens, including Ripple’s&nbsp;<strong>XRP</strong>, rose slightly.</p><p>Plus:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/investor/2019/11/04/bitcoin-is-better-than-gold-for-one-simple-reason/" target="_blank" class="color-link"><strong>one reason</strong></a>&nbsp;why bitcoin is better than gold.</p><figure class="embed-base image-embed embed-0" role="presentation">

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<figcaption><p class="color-body light-text"><small>Source: Messari. Prices as of 4:00 p.m. on November 8, 2019. </small></p></figcaption></figure><h3><strong>BLOCKCHAIN JOBS REPORT: POSTINGS UP, SEARCHES DOWN</strong></h3><p>Recent data gathered by popular employment site Indeed shows that over the past year, the share of blockchain and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/benjaminpirus/2019/11/07/bitcoin-and-blockchain-job-hunts-drop-53-over-past-year/" target="_blank" class="color-link"><strong>cryptocurrency job postings is up more than 25%</strong></a>, while the share of searches for those jobs has&nbsp;<strong>fallen by more than half</strong>. For the same period two years ago, Indeed saw a 14% bump these types of job searches.</p><p>The companies with the most job blockchain and crypto job postings on Indeed over the past year were mainstream powerhouses like&nbsp;<strong>Deloitte</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>IBM</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Accenture</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>Cisco</strong>.&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>ELSEWHERE</strong></h3><p>Cryptocurrency Bank Vanished, Leaving Customers in a $16M Hole &lsqb;<a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/cryptocurrency-bank-einstein-exchange-vanished-leaving-customers-in-a-dollar16m-hole" target="_blank" class="color-link"><strong>Daily Beast</strong></a>&rsqb;</p><p>Biglaw Powerhouse To Accept Bitcoin As Payment &lsqb;<a href="https://abovethelaw.com/2019/11/biglaw-powerhouse-to-accept-bitcoin-as-payment/" target="_blank" class="color-link"><strong>Above The Law</strong></a>&rsqb;</p><p>The ‘Bitcoin Rich List’ Has Grown 30% in the Last Year, But Why? &lsqb;<a href="https://www.coindesk.com/the-bitcoin-rich-list-has-grown-30-in-the-last-year-but-why" target="_blank" class="color-link"><strong>CoinDesk</strong></a>&rsqb;</p><p>From Pigs to Party Fealty, China Harnesses Blockchain Power &lsqb;<a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-07/pig-ids-party-loyalty-blockchain-with-chinese-characteristics" target="_blank" class="color-link"><strong>Bloomberg</strong></a>&rsqb;</p>”>

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BITCOIN’S LONE WHALE?

Researchers have cast fresh doubt over whether bitcoin’s epic bull run happened organically, suggesting it may have been caused by a single, large player manipulating the bitcoin market.

According to a new report, an unidentified Bitfinex account used tether to manipulate the bitcoin price between March 2017 and March 2018 by creating unprecedented demand for the digital token. Over that period, the total market value of bitcoin soared from $16 billion to $326 billion.

MICROSOFT’S DIGITAL MINT

Microsoft is taking its secret platform for creating crypto tokens out for a test drive. The tech giant’s new crypto-assets mint lets enterprises design, issue and manage a wide range of digital assets. Several companies, including a video game outfit and a virtual reality platform, have already used the platform to create experimental tokens, while others like General Electric are waiting in the wings to create their own.

Big picture: Major companies like JPMorgan have already minted similar tokens, and Facebook is working with a group of companies like Uber, Spotify and Vodaphone on the Libra Project. Microsoft’s work, using the same standard as the other participating blockchain developers, could pave the way for an explosion of similar enterprise-grade tokens.

CRYPTO MARKETS

Stellar, the tenth largest cryptocurrency by market cap, saw its price soar this week after the Stellar Development Foundation “burned” more than half the digital token’s supply—worth a staggering $4.7 billion.

Bitcoin remained largely flat following the news, while other smaller tokens, including Ripple’s XRP, rose slightly.

Plus: one reason why bitcoin is better than gold.

BLOCKCHAIN JOBS REPORT: POSTINGS UP, SEARCHES DOWN

Recent data gathered by popular employment site Indeed shows that over the past year, the share of blockchain and cryptocurrency job postings is up more than 25%, while the share of searches for those jobs has fallen by more than half. For the same period two years ago, Indeed saw a 14% bump these types of job searches.

The companies with the most job blockchain and crypto job postings on Indeed over the past year were mainstream powerhouses like DeloitteIBMAccenture and Cisco

ELSEWHERE

Cryptocurrency Bank Vanished, Leaving Customers in a $16M Hole [Daily Beast]

Biglaw Powerhouse To Accept Bitcoin As Payment [Above The Law]

The ‘Bitcoin Rich List’ Has Grown 30% in the Last Year, But Why? [CoinDesk]

From Pigs to Party Fealty, China Harnesses Blockchain Power [Bloomberg]

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