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Gemini the first crypto exchange to support WebAuthn security

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Gemini, the New York regulated bitcoin exchange company, announced that it has introduced support for hardware security keys via WebAuthn (Web Authentication). Users of the exchange can now apply USB security keys (e.g., Yubikeys, Feitian keys, Trezor, and Ledger hardware wallets, MacOS TouchID, etc.) as their two-factor authentication (2FA) method when signing in.

Using hardware security keys via WebAuthn to secure a Gemini account provides hardware-backed, cryptographic proof that it is the real user signing into their account. This helps stop someone else from signing into their Gemini account even if they have the password. Using hardware security keys via WebAuthn also ensures users only submit two-factor credentials to the actual Gemini website and not a malicious website pretending to be the Gemini website.

To further boost security, two weeks ago, Gemini released a self-service tool called Withdrawal Address Whitelisting. When enabled, a user’s assets may only be withdrawn from their Gemini account to specific crypto addresses.

“We’ve added many layers of security throughout the years to help you keep your digital assets safe. Since our launch in 2015, we have always required 2FA for all account sign-ins; this has never been an opt-in security feature. Authy Push, Whitelisting, and today’s announcement of WebAuthn, give you the advanced tools you need to secure your Gemini account. We will continue to strive to be the most secure place for you to buy, sell, and store your crypto today and tomorrow. “

Marcin Wielgoszewski, Gemini Security Engineering Lead

Note that the Gemini Mobile app does not currently support WebAuthn for 2FA because native support for WebAuthn on mobile is limited and not all iOS and Android devices can physically accept a security key.

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Tron (TRX) Price Explodes 31% in 4-Day Blitz; What’s Next?

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By CCN Markets: Tron (TRX) has entered the list of top ten cryptocurrencies after rising exponentially four days in a row.

The TRX-to-dollar exchange rate established a weekly high of $0.0407 on Sunday, its best since June 4. That took the pair’s highest month-to-date gains to 42.5 percent, including a 31 percent gain noted across the last four daily sessions. At the same time, the Tron’s market capitalization surged to as high as $2.61 billion. At its highest, it was circa $16.752 billion.

Tron (TRX) Price Up 31 Percent in Last 4 Days | Source: TradingView.com, Binance

On a 24-hour adjusted timeframe, Tron outperformed its peers, including ether, XRP, litecoin, and bitcoin cash, by rising more than 6 percent. Only bitcoin, the world’s leading cryptocurrency by market capitalization and adoption, managed to come closer to Tron with 2.36 percent gains. At the same time, the Tron-to-bitcoin exchange rate witnessed a 4 percent jump, suggesting that Tron is stronger against bitcoin on an intraday basis.

What Drove Tron Higher?

While TRX appears to be merely tailing the bitcoin price rally like any other altcoins, its surge in the last four days looks different.

The past week saw the TRX market bombarded with a string of mildly optimistic events. First, the Tron Foundation released an upgraded mainnet to introduce “a more lightweight built-in event server with added protocol data check.” Second, the Tron blockchain reported growth in its decentralized application ecosystem by posting higher daily volumes than its close competitors EOS and Ethereum. And third, a New York-based FinTech startup, dubbed as Carbon, recently launched its stablecoin atop its blockchain.

New York Startup Carbon Launches Stablecoin Atop Tron Blockchain | Source: Twitter

Also, with bitcoin lately hitting the $11,000 level and showing signs of retracements, TRX appeared like an ideal asset for intraday hedging, with its set of positive fundamentals.

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Tron Price Trending Inside Rising Wedge | Source: TradingView.com, Binance

The TRX price is currently trending higher inside a Rising Wedge, confirmed by at least five reaction highs as resistance and eight similar lows as support. It is likely for the price to extend its upside towards the Wedge Resistance and — then — to pull back towards the Support, thereby creating adequate long/short opportunities in the near-term.

As of now, the Tron rate is testing $0.0414 as an interim resistance level, while eyeing $0.0443 as its upside target. Conversely, a pullback from $0.0414 or below creates a decent short opportunity towards the Wedge Support in red. A breakdown below support, at the same time, brings $0.0268-0.0294 range in view as a downside target area.

Click here for a real-time Tron (TRX) price chart.

This post was last modified on (Eastern Time): 24/06/2019 07:15

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Bitcoin at $20K in 2019 Could Suggest Previous ATH Wasn’t a Bubble, Tom Lee Says

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Bitcoin marked a decisive leg up throughout the past 7 days, gaining more than 18 percent during the period. More importantly, it broke the important psychological level of $10,000, which caused serious hype throughout the entire cryptocurrency community. With this, the popular commentator and chief analyst at Fundstrat Global Advisors, Tom Lee, says that if Bitcoin breaks its previous ATH, this could suggest that it was never actually a bubble.

Was It Ever a Bubble?

In 2017 Bitcoin went on a parabolic move to hit a whopping price of around $20,000. This undoubtedly pinned all eyes on it. However, what followed was a steep correction where the cryptocurrency lost upwards of 85% of its value to drop to around $3,000 in 2018. The sharp increase, followed by an equally sharp decrease, caused many people to believe that the market behavior looked a lot like a bubble.

However, as it turned out, 2019 has so far been rather good for the market. Bitcoin is up more than 250% since January 1st as it’s currently trading close to $11,000.

Speaking on the matter was popular cryptocurrency commentator and head analyst at Fundstrat Global Advisors, Thomas Lee. He said that if we manage to hit the previous all-time high this year, this would suggest that it only took BTC 18-20 months to do so. He made the point that this could mean that the previous parabolic move wasn’t a bubble, as many considered it to be.

If we follow Lee’s chain of thought that 2017’s ATH might not have been a bubble, the most logical conclusion is that the market saw a serious and prolonged correction.

It Can Get Easier From Here

As we said in the beginning, $10,000 was an important psychological barrier for Bitcoin. Many have already argued that it could propel the price even higher. Tom Lee himself outlined a few days back that FOMO could take the cryptocurrency to $20,000 in months.

And while we have yet to see how the price action will develop, we can take a look at what happened last time Bitcoin was trading at the levels it currently is.

As you can see, the pattern is pretty clear. The cryptocurrency is gaining more steam and hype behind it as it appreciates in price. It took it 9 days to get from $8,000 to $9,000 but only 3 minutes to move from $18,000 to $19,000.

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MIOTA Price Prediction Today: Daily (IOTA) Value Forecast – June 24

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  • On the upside, if the bulls break the upper price range, IOTA market will reach the highs of either $0.55000 or $0.60000 price level.
  • The crypto’s price was fluctuating between the levels of $0.40 and $0.50.

IOTA/USD Medium-term Trend: Ranging

  • Resistance Levels: $0.50, $0.55, $0.60
  • Support Levels: $0.45, $0.35, $0.30

Last week the price of IOTA was in a sideways trend. The 12-day EMA and the 26-day EMA were sloping horizontally. The crypto’s price was fluctuating between the levels of $0.40 and $0.50. On June 22, the IOTA market was resisted as the bulls tested the $0.5000 upper price range.The crypto’s price fell to the support of the 12-day EMA and commenced a range bound move above the EMAs.

Presently, the crypto’s price is above the 12-day EMA and the 26-day EMA which indicates that price is likely to rise. On the upside, if the bulls break the upper price range, IOTA market will reach the highs of either $0.55000 or $0.60000 price level. On the other hand, if the bulls fail to break the upper price range, the crypto’s price will continue its range bound move. Meanwhile, the IOTA market is at the oversold region of the daily stochastic but above the 40% range. This indicates that price is in a bullish momentum and a buy signal.

IOTA/USD Short-term Trend: Bullish

On the 1-hour chart, the price of IOTA is in a bullish trend zone. On June 21, the crypto’s price was making a series of higher highs and higher lows. However, IOTA market was resisted at the $0.4800 price level but the price fell and found support at the low of $0.4400.

The bulls made an upward move to retest the $0.4800 price level. Nevertheless, the IOTA price is in the oversold region of the daily stochastic but above the 40% range. This indicates that price is in a bullish momentum and a buy signal.

The views and opinions expressed here do not reflect that of BitcoinExchangeGuide.com and do not constitute financial advice. Always do your own research.

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Bitcoin on Track for Best Second Quarter Price Gain on Record

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  • Bitcoin’s 165 percent gain so far this quarter is the best second quarter performance on record and the highest quarterly percentage gain since the end of 2017. The stellar gains have bolstered the long-term bullish technical setup.
  • While the relative strength index is reporting overbought conditions, there are no signs of bullish exhaustion on the daily, 3-day or weekly charts. As a result, the outlook remains bullish with resistances lined up at $11,247 and $11,394, according to Bitstamp data.
  • A minor pullback to $10,000 could be seen if the price again fails to hold onto gains above $11,000, validating a more bearish setup on the 4-hour chart.
  • The bullish outlook would be invalidated if the price finds acceptance below $9,097 (May 30 high).

Bitcoin (BTC) appears to be powering to the best second quarter price gain on record and the best quarterly performance overall since late 2017.

At press time, the 165 percent gain on the April 1 opening price of $4,092 is the biggest percentage rise observed in May to June to date, going by Bitstamp data.

Further, bitcoin’s triple-digit gain so far for Q2 is the best quarterly rise overall since the fourth quarter of 2017. Over that period, the cryptocurrency rose 230 percent, propelling prices to a lifetime high of $20,000 in December.

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  • Bitcoin has rallied 165 percent so far this quarter, surpassing the previous second quarter record gain of 130 percent seen in 2017.
  • Prices jumped a meager 10.9 percent in the first quarter this year.
  • The 626 percent rise seen in the first three months of 2013 is bitcoin’s biggest quarterly gain to date.

With the 165 percent price rise, BTC seems to have left the bear market far behind. In fact, the bearish-to-bullish trend change was confirmed on April 2, when prices rallied $1,000 to levels above $5,000.

The cryptocurrency then rose above $8,000 in the run-up to New York Blockchain Week held from May 10 to May 18 and remained bid after the event to hit highs near $9,100 on May 30.

The two-month double-digit winning streak has now extended into June, with prices briefly hitting 15-month highs above $11,000 over the weekend. The recent leg higher from $7,500 to $10,000 could be associated with Facebook’s foray into cryptocurrencies.

Observers believe that Facebook’s Libra project will not only boost the adoption of cryptocurrencies, but will also strengthen bitcoin’s appeal as an anti-establishment asset.

Further, the leading cryptocurrency by market value is set to undergo a mining reward halving in May next year. Therefore, the long-term price prospects look bright.

In the short run, however, a repeated failure to hold onto gains above $11,000 could yield a correction. As of writing, BTC is changing hands at $10,880, representing 2.4 percent gains on the day.

Weekly, 3-day and daily charts

The RSIs on the weekly, 3-day and daily charts are reporting overbought conditions with above-70 readings.

So far, however, prices aren’t showing any signs of bullish exhaustion. The bullish structure of higher lows and higher highs is intact and the 5-and 10-candle moving averages (MA) on all three charts continue to trend north.

The overbought readings on the RSIs would gain credence only if signs of bull exhaustion emerge in the form of candlestick patterns such as doji, bearish engulfing, hanging man, etc.

The bullish outlook would be invalidated only if and when prices drop below $9,097 (May 30 high), invalidating the bullish higher lows and higher highs pattern.

On the higher side, resistance is seen at $11,247 (Sunday’s high) and $11,394 (50 percent Fibonacci retracement of the bear market drop).

4-hour chart

BTC has failed twice over the weekend to hold onto gains above $10,000 with the RSI charting lower highs (bearish divergence).

That RSI pattern would gain credence if the cryptocurrency again fades a break above $10,000, leading to a drop toward $10,000 – the support of the ascending trendline.

BTC was expected to put on a good show in the three months to June 30 this year, as a number of technical indicators had turned bullish in February and March.

Disclosure: The author holds no cryptocurrency at the time of writing

Bitcoin image via CoinDesk archives; charts by TradingView

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Google Searches for ‘Bitcoin’ Starting to Catch Up With $10K Euphoria

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Data from Google Trends’ search analytics resource indicates that internet googling of ‘bitcoin’ (BTC) is approaching a monthly high as of today, June 24.

According to the data, searches for bitcoin are continuing their ascent in the week after the unveiling of Facebook’s new cryptocurrency and blockchain-powered financial infrastructure project, Libra, even as searches for Libra itself have tapered off since June 18 — the date the white paper for the forthcoming token was published.

Google trends data for search terms ‘bitcoin’ vs. ‘libra.’ As of June 24 2019

As Cointelegraph noted yesterday, from a wider perspective, the number of Google searches for “bitcoin” remain only around 10% of what they were in 2017 — the year of the top coin’s historic bull run, which peaked at $20,000 in December of that year.

The resurgent public interest is seemingly correlated with the renewed bull market, with bitcoin is currently trading at $10,881, up almost 35% on the month, according to coin360 data.

By country, the top five nations currently googling bitcoin are Nigeria, South Africa, Austria, Switzerland and Ghana — as compared with Uruguay, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Albania and Panama for Libra.

As Cointelegraph noted yesterday, the fact that Google trends data for bitcoin remains well below its former peak apparently suggests that retail FOMO has not yet become a major driver of the coin’s renewed price momentum. Instead, several parameters indicate that institutional demand for bitcoin is increasing in lockstep, and that network fundamentals are hitting all-time-highs.

While high-profile industry figures such as Ethereum co-founder Joe Lubin have critiqued Libra over its lack of decentralization, researchers at top crypto exchange Binance, have proposed that the social media giant’s token could spark additional volume in the cryptocurrency space.

At press time, BTC/USD is consolidating under the $11,000 mark — up over 3% over the past 24 hours, according to Cointelegraph’s bitcoin price index.

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