- Crypto Indices on Nasdaq goes live
- Bitcoin contributes Big to Square’s Revenues
- Ethereum’s Constantinople and St. Petersburg upgrades go live smoothly
- Indian Apex Court gives government 4 weeks to bring in policy
- Musk says Bitcoin not good for Tesla
Crypto Indices on Nasdaq goes live
Well after a wait of around 2 weeks since the announcement Nasdaq is gone live and is providing real-time BTC and ETH index level information on its Global Index Data Service (GIDS), which already houses more than 4,000 other indexes. BNC Liquid Index or BLX, as it is called, provides the index that takes into account the prices of Bitcoin and trading data from across leading crypto exchanges which include Bitfinex, Bitstamp, Coinbase Pro, Kraken, Gemini and itBit. The Ethereum index ELX is calculated using similar methods.
Bitcoin contributes Big to Square’s Revenues
Square, the company behind the Cash payment App, recently filed its annual earning report for 2018 and according to the said financial report, the company earned USD 464 million of the total revenues in Q4 which in percentage terms is a 64% hike over last year. While the overall growth has been slow for the company compared to street expectation, the company continued to grow its bitcoin purchases. The company realized $37 million, $43 million, and $52 million in bitcoin sales in Q1, Q2, and Q3, respectively. Square CEO Jack Dorsey has long been a public advocate of Bitcoin and has even hinted to Lightning Network transactions entering Square Cash soon.
Ethereum’s Constantinople and St. Petersburg upgrades go live smoothly
After so much of delay and struggle Ethereum fork has undergone smoothly this week. As anticipated, Ethereum’s Constantinople and St. Petersburg upgrades went live at Ethereum ETH, block 7,280,000. While the upgrade of Constantinople will implement 4 Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs), but cryptocurrency speculators are probably most interested in EIP 1234, which delays Ethereum’s “difficulty bomb” and cuts the Ethereum block reward from 3 to 2 ETH to compensate for this change. The lesser spoken St. Petersburg upgrade fixes issues that were created on Ethereum testnets such as Ropsten when Constantinople was originally deployed on them.
Indian Apex Court gives government 4 weeks to bring in policy
India, one of the biggest global markets for payments and cryptocurrencies, is currently fighting out the legal battle for to legalize in its Apex court. After a wait for a few months the, apex court of the country has given a 4-week deadline to the central government of the country to bring a cryptocurrency policy in 4 weeks. The next hearing of this case is 27th March is expected to be a date when the court might announce its judgment.
Musk says Bitcoin not good for Tesla
Tesla CEO Elon Musk who owns 0.25 Bitcoin has clarified that the US-based electric car making company will not get involved in cryptocurrency. In an ARK Invest’s podcast, Musk told Cathie Wood, “Bitcoin’s structure is brilliant but I don’t think it would be a good use of Tesla’s resources to get involved in crypto.” While Musk agreed that crypto is a far better way of money transactions than the usual paper way, “Bitcoin is very energy intensive,” he said.
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