Goldmoney, the world’s largest gold savings and transfer network, has added two more major cryptocurrencies to its cold storage service, according to a press-release published Feb. 27. The company, which already provides a cold storage service for Bitcoin (BTC), announced it is now adding “Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”)-Compliant” Ethereum (ETH) storage, with Bitcoin Cash (BCH) storage to follow soon after. According to their press release, Goldmoney Inc. safeguards nearly $2 billion in assets for clients located in more than 150 countries. “Goldmoney clients can now directly purchase Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”)-Compliant Ethereum and sell their Ethereum holdings back to Goldmoney in the same way they buy or sell Bitcoin and precious metals,” Goldmoney reports. As the company explains, client-held cryptocurrencies are stored and secured in an offline cold storage, “with private keys stored in a password-protected hardware wallet”.
Australian cryptocurrency exchange Bitcoin.com.au has made buying Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) for fiat possible in more than 1,200 newsstands across Australia starting Thursday, March 1, local news outlet 9Finance reports. Bitcoin.com.au, which has been in operation for around 18 months, describes itself on its website as “one of the first independent Bitcoin exchange networks in Australia.” Today, March 1, is the first time the exchange has offered purchases of ETH, having previously only hosted BTC transactions on its site. Rupert Hackett, CEO of Bitcoin.com.au, sees introducing BTC and ETH for purchase in more in familiar retail environments as a way to make people more comfortable with cryptocurrencies in general. In order to buy crypto from a participating Australian newsstand, consumers need to first acquire a crypto wallet, and then scan their wallet’s QR code with the newsstand’s iPad mini. The exchange has set up a minimum buy of 50 AUD (about $39 USD) worth of BTC or ETH.
Leading Japanese e-commerce platform Rakuten will transition its rewards program to a blockchain-based system featuring a company-developed cryptocurrency. Rakuten CEO Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani made this announcement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, according to a TechCrunch report, explaining that the token would be called Rakuten Coin. Rakuten Coin will replace the Tokyo-based company’s current “Super Points” program, which has long been regarded as one of the most robust loyalty programs in the e-commerce ecosystem, and its customers have collectively earned approximately $9.1 billion in points over the program’s 15-year history. Mikitani did not announce a release date for Rakuten Coin, but he previewed that it will be integrated into all of the firm’s many subsidiaries, which include Ebates, PriceMinister, and Viber. At present, it is unclear whether Rakuten Coin will run on its own, company-controlled blockchain or whether it will be built atop another blockchain — such as Ethereum, Stellar, NEM, or NEO — using smart contracts.
Coindash has announced that 20,000 ETH have been sent to the company’s wallet from the address associated with the hacker that stole approximately 37,000 ETH during the company’s ICO last year. The transaction constitutes the second instance in which the hacker has returned funds to Coindash. The transaction comprises the second time that the hacker has returned funds to Coindash, as 10,000 ETH tokens were sent to one of Coindash’s Ethereum wallets on September 19th, 2017 – then equating to approximately $3 million.
Ironically, the hack suffered by Coindash last year, then described as “damaging event to both our contributors and our company,” now appears to have been responsible for the company netting a significant dollar-value increase in capital. Following the most recent transaction, the combined dollar-value of the returned 30,000 ETH at the time of respective execution equates to approximately $20 million – or double the fiat-value of the stolen ETH at the time of the theft.
Sunday, Feb. 25: the crypto markets are down almost all across the board, but not by very much. Of the top ten coins listed on CoinMarketCap, no coin is down more than 5 percent in the 24-hour period by press time. Only altcoins Litecoin (LTC) and IOTA out of those top ten coins are in the green. Litecoin is trading for about $208.53, up almost 2.8 percent over a 24-hour period by press time. IOTA is up even more, roughly 5 percent over a 24-hour period, trading for about $1.80 by press time. Bitcoin (BTC) has spent the past day and a half below $10,000, a mark that it had broken through again on Feb. 15. This week saw BTC almost hitting $12,000 before slowly dropping until it hit an intra-weekly low today. BTC is currently trading for around $9,552.92, down a little more than 3 percent over a 24-hour period by press time. Ethereum (ETH) is down 1.21 percent over a 24-hour period by press time, trading for around $827.65.
Total market cap is almost $420 bln by press time, down from the intra-week high of over $500 bln, but higher than the intra-week low thus far of around $417 bln.