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Electrum Pro Site Shuts Down, Citing ‘False Accusations’ As Cause
Following the proof released and verified on may 9th, the site hosting the malware Electrum Pro seems to have been voluntarily shut down. A message on the site states Electrum Pro’s reputation has been ruined due to false accusations from electrum.org. The message further states that the domain is up for sale for 25BTC, and provides a contact email. (BlockExplorer verified that the proof was genuine and Electrum Pro is lying.)

Bitcoin Wallet Mycelium Begins Rolling Out BCH Support
BlockExplorer’s David Murray reports on the popular bitcoin wallet Mycelium rolling out support for bitcoin cash.

More Bitcoin Moved From Mt. Gox Wallet, Possible Sell-Off Affects Bitcoin Price
The Mt. Gox bankruptcy trustee is suspected to have dumped another 8,000 bitcoin on the cryptocurrency market. CCN reports, “Today, on May 11, various reports have suggested that the recent price dip of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies was triggered by the sell-off of Mt. Gox coins.”

South Korean’s Largest Cryptocurrency Exchange Raided
CoinDesk Korea reports that on May 10 and 11 investigators from Seoul’s prosecutors’ office searched the head office of popular cryptocurrency exchange Upbit. “UPbit is suspected of fraud for allegedly selling cryptocurrency to customers that it does not actually hold”, according to the report.

Venture Capitalist Tim Draper: “Bitcoin Is The Most Secure Place To Put Your Money”
Tim Draper joined CNBC’s Closing Bell to discuss bitcoin. Draper was bullish on bitcoin stating, “It is a far better currency than the fiat currency. I mean, right now, your banks are being attacked all the time. The hackers are poking holes in your banks and going after your fiat money. And… the bankers are pounding away, trying to keep the hacks away but they’re getting hacked all of the time. No one has ever hacked the bitcoin blockchain. It is the most secure place to put your money.”

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The price of bitcoin has surpassed the $8,800 mark, rising 6 percent within the last 24 hours. Trading volumes across the major cryptocurrency exchanges have also increased beyond $26 billion for the first time in a while.

Upward trend.

Last month, bitcoin tested the $9,200 mark, but it didn’t take long before it fell to $6,500 after failing to sustain the momentum to bounce off $8,200.

Based on the fluctuations in the price the market has witnessed in recent weeks, it is quite likely that bitcoin will test the $9,200 mark again as it did last month, and it could even surpass it. A movement above the $9,200 level it reached late March could see bitcoin price entering the $10,000 region before April ends.

Psychological threshold.

Investors highlighted the $10,000 mark for bitcoin in November last year was both a psychological threshold and a key milestone. They predicted it would surge substantially, way before it got to $10,000. Bitcoin was relentless towards the ending of last year.  After breaking the $10,000 ceiling – it rose to $14,000 and eventually to $20,000, where the decline started.

Since the corrections of February this year, and the series of regulations in recent weeks, the market has struggled to hold forth any form of stability. As always, the price of most altcoins and tokens have taken a cue from bitcoin which has been battered since the turn of the year. Regional exchanges in Japan and South Korea have not been spared either as both have witnessed a decrease in trading volumes.

The new trend in the price of BTC is an ideal position for the currency to rally round for both the short and mid-term, given that more people are getting aware of cryptocurrency as adoption has increased.

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The trustee in charge of the assets belong to defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has denied that his decision to sell more than $400 million worth of bitcoin (BTC) and bitcoin cash (BCH) had a meaningful impact on the global cryptocurrency market.

In an announcement dated March 17, Nobuaki Kobayashi — the Tokyo lawyer in charge of managing the infamous Mt. Gox exchange’s estate during its bankruptcy proceedings — addressed concerns that his handling of the estate has been callous and has had a materially-detrimental effect on the market price of bitcoin.

Earlier this month, Kobayashi announced that he sold $406.6 million worth of bitcoin and bitcoin cash from the infamous exchange’s estate, adding that the estate still held approximately $1.7 billion worth of cryptocurrency assets. He also said that he had sold the coins on order-book cryptocurrency exchanges, rather than through the over-the-counter (OTC) markets that large-scale buyers and sellers generally use.

In Saturday’s statement, Kobayashi confirmed that he sold the coins between December and February — a period in which the bitcoin price plunged from nearly $20,000 to $6,000 — but he claimed that he did so in a way that did not have an effect on the market price of the assets.

“Following consultation with cryptocurrency experts, I sold BTC and BCC, not by an ordinary sale through the BTC/BCC exchange, but in a manner that would avoid affecting the market price, while ensuring the security of the transaction to the extent possible,” Kobayashi said. “Therefore, I believe that the sale of BTC and BCC by us did not affect their market prices.”

“I made efforts to sell them at as high a price as possible in light of their market prices at the time of sale. I believe that they were sold at a fair price, given the market prices at that time,” he added.

But though the Mt. Gox estate continues to hold nearly $2 billion in cryptocurrency assets, investors likely do not need to worry that these coins will be dumped onto the market — at least in the short-term.

As Bloomberg reporter Yuji Nakamura noted following the release of the initial statement, Kobayashi only sold enough coins to cover the exchange’s JPY liabilities.

He is now waiting for the court to rule on whether the exchange can enter civil rehabilitation, which would potentially allow the estate to distribute coins directly back to creditors — rather than selling them for cash and giving creditors the proceeds.

However, even if the court denies the civil rehabilitation plea, it would likely be several months before the trustee resumes selling the coins.

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This year’s bitcoin price decline has many investors contemplating whether they should scramble for the exits, but that, according to one futures trader, makes now the perfect time to buy.

Writing in a CNBC op-ed, Bill Baruch, president of Chicago trading firm Blue Line Futures, said that he is buying the bitcoin price dip because he believes the flagship cryptocurrency is on the cusp of a 70 percent rally that would restore the bitcoin price to $14,500.

“I am watching a key level at $8,650 and a continued close above that could signal immediate upside potential,” Baruch wrote on Friday. “The next level of resistance is $10,000, and a break back above that should bring further buying to the table, suggesting near-term upside to $14,500, a 70 percent jump from its current price.”

On Saturday, the bitcoin price was trading at $9,130, according to the BlockExplorer price index, which represented a roughly four percent recovery from its previous-day level.

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BTC Price Chart | Source: Bitcoin Wisdom

This, notably, was approximately $500 above the $8,650 level, which Baruch believes will be a key indicator of an imminent recovery.

If Baruch’s forecast is realized, it would restore bitcoin to where it was trading at the beginning of January, but it would still be trading well below the all-time high of $19,891 it set on cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex during the middle of December.

Wall Street strategy firm Fundstrat Global Advisors, however, believes bitcoin will break to a new all-time high by mid-2018 and ultimately surpass the psychologically-important $25,000 threshold by the end of the year.

“It has been a terrible few weeks but the fundamental positive story for crypto remains intact,” Fundstrat co-founder Tom Lee wrote in a note to clients this week, adding that “we think the risk/reward at these levels warrants adding here, even if there is additional downside.”

Nevertheless, although Blue Line’s Baruch is bullish on bitcoin’s short-term prospects, he believes that even better values can be found in the altcoin markets, where there are “cheaper and better technologies within the complex that are positioned for stronger gains.” Specifically, he believes that ethereum, ripple, stellar, NEO, and VeChain could emerge as major challengers to bitcoin within the near future.

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Bitcoin exchange and brokerage service Coinbase is back online following multiple outages that forced the company to suspend trading on Friday as the cryptocurrency markets endured their worst correction in at least a month.

Seemingly out of nowhere, the entire cryptocurrency market entered a severe corrective phase on Thursday, sending nearly every top 100 coin and token into a tailspin and spurring investors with weak hands to scramble toward the exits.

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Unfortunately, many traders were greeted with a message that has become all too familiar when they logged into their Coinbase accounts on Friday:

“Due to today’s high traffic, buys and sells may be intermittently offline. We’re working on restoring full availability as soon as possible,” a statement on the Coinbase website read this morning.

According to the company’s status page, the exchange suffered from two trading suspensions during the height of the frenzy, each lasting approximately one hour.

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Source: Coinbase

This was just the latest public relations headache for Coinbase, which is far and away the most popular cryptocurrency brokerage service in the US but has struggled to scale its operations to match rising consumer demand.

The company has suffered persistent outages throughout the year, including one as recently as yesterday, but the company has also incurred the ire of some bitcoin diehards for its support of the contentious SegWit2x scaling proposal, as well as its seeming reluctance to implement Segregated Witness (SegWit) now that it has been activated on the Bitcoin network.

Just this week, Coinbase garnered significant criticism for its messy rollout of support for bitcoin cash that saw the company suspend trading just minutes after its launch and many community members accuse employees of engaging in insider trading.

As of 4 p.m. ET, Coinbase’s trading platform had been operational for three consecutive hours, likely because traffic congestion tapered as the bitcoin price leveled out.

After dipping as low as $10,700 on Bitfinex, the bitcoin price appeared to recover to a point of relative stability, and at press time it was trading at a global average of $13,744, according to the BlockExplorer Bitcoin Price Index.

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