From a new study on Bitcoin price manipulation to a powerful new way to use nine cryptocurrencies, here’s a look at some of the stories breaking in the world of crypto.
Bitcoin and Tether
A new study by researcher Wang Chun Wei of the University of Queensland Business School finds that the controversial cryptocurrency Tether has no impact on the price of Bitcoin.
“We find no empirical evidence supporting the notion that Tether grants cause subsequent Bitcoin returns to rise on a daily basis. In fact, when we examine the Bitcoin return equation of our VAR model, none of the lagged variables, impacts Bitcoin returns. This suggest Bitcoin returns are showing greater signs of market efficiency than previously studied on older datasets.”
Tether is a so-called stablecoin designed to constantly maintain its value of approximately $1.00 despite the volatile swings of the market. But skeptics have long questioned the company’s claims that each coin is backed 1:1 by the US dollar and have accused the company of issuing increasing amounts of Tether in an effort to drive up the price of Bitcoin.
Ethereum and Zcash
Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin and friends are throwing around the hypothetical notion of a merger between Ethereum and Zcash.
The co-founder of Zcash, Zooko Wilcox, says it would likely never happen because the end result would create three separate blockchains instead of one.
NEO just launched a new bug bounty program to help keep its platform bulletproof.
Coders who find critical bugs on the blockchain can earn up to $10,000, and anyone who spots a potential issue can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
#NEO Vulnerability Bounty Program Page Officially Launched!!
Security experts and teams from different sectors are welcome to join #NEO Vulnerability Bounty Program(VBP) to develop $NEO ecosystem.💪https://t.co/0xpjo0dxcZ
— Neo Smart Economy (@NEO_Blockchain) September 20, 2018
Bitcoin, XRP, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Litecoin, Monero, and Dash
UNICEF France has adopted nine cryptocurrencies to harness the power of blockchain for good.
The charity now accepts Bitcoin, XRP, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Litecoin, Monero, and Dash on its website.
The organization’s director, Sébastien Lyon, says crypto has created a powerful new way for people to express their generosity.
“Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology used for charitable purposes offer a new opportunity to appeal to the generosity of the public and continue to develop our operations with children in the countries of intervention.”
— UNICEF France (@UNICEF_france) September 19, 2018