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The internet’s favorite joke cryptocurrency Dogecoin has recently experienced its largest spike since March, and subsequent fall. However, people are still hyped for the Dogethereum demo, as well as starting a petition for the e-commerce site Amazon to accept Doge as a form of payment. 
Dogecoin Price Skyrockets and Falls, Hype Stays 102 
DOGE rose more than 70% in only two days, up to around USD 0.00692. This is the first time the coin has reached more than USD 0.006 since the beginning of March this year. Dogecoin’s rally was supported by its increasing trading volume which went from a low of little under USD 2,000 per 3-hour period to well over USD 20,000, an increase of about 900%. Although the value of DOGE/USD has since fallen and stands at USD 0.005225 as of the time of writing (UTC 08:30 AM), the hype surrounding these recent developments has not. As their fans like to put it, “DOGE is stable. 1 doge = 1 doge always.” Although part of the community asks whether DOGE is really the coin “we want to see used in one of the first major retail applications,” they are quickly shushed by the rest. User u/developersfund says in a related Reddit thread, “YES it is. Dogecoin is the most loved coin by the majority of users.” Meanhwile, SuperNewk concludes that "Doge is the true vision of Dogoshi Barkomoto", referring to the mysterious creator of Bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto. 
In either case, the surge has been attributed to the release of the Dogethereum alpha version. Dogethereum is a bridge between Doge and the Ethereum platform to create a payment system promised to be “faster and smarter than ever.” However, the official Doge Twitter account clarifies that it is still just a demo: “I've seen a few places call it a launch and I don't want people disappointed it's not ready for general use yet,” the tweet reads.  Wow did I pick the wrong time to go AFK! Amazing to see the enthusiasm over the last few days, but please remember the Doge/Ethereum demo is... y'know, a demo. I've seen a few places call it a launch and I don't want people disappointed it's not ready for general use yet - Ross
Ethereum is the world’s first and largest platform used by organizations all over the world to raise funds with Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Here’s how it usually works: You’re running a start-up. You want to sell your tokens to the public. So you offer them in exchange for Ether, the native coin of the Ethereum platform. And unless you trade it off, you naturally accumulate lots of Ether in your wallet. 
The numbers have been staggering: USD 5 billion raised in 2017 during the Bitcoin boom … and then another USD 15 billion raised so far in 2018, despite the Bitcoin crash. 
This illustrates the tremendous potential of ICOs — eclipsing the global market for venture capital and, in the future, possibly emerging as a serious competitor with Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) of stocks. 
Starting on May 6, however, the price of Ether turned down sharply. It has plunged from US$829 to US$289, down 65%. Against Bitcoin, it’s down 52% in the same period. 
What happened? Is there something fundamentally wrong with Ethereum and the ICO marketplace? Or is this just another of the many crypto crashes that have come and gone in recent years? 
As usual, market sages and naysayers favor the former. They try to find a boogeyman or create a bogus theory to explain the decline. 
When Bitcoin crashed back in January, the popular conspiracy theory of the day was that the trustee who managed the failed Mt. Gox exchange was dumping in huge amounts. 
Plus, a raft of other “experts” declared, for the umpteenth time, that “Bitcoin was dead.” This time, they’ve come up a whole new theory to explain the “end of Ethereum.” Supposedly, ICO teams have been dumping their Ether in large amounts, panic-selling all the way down. And this, in turn, seems intended to imply that ICOs — the primary use-case for Ethereum — are losing faith in the entire concept. (See, for example, Peter Saddington and Arthur Hayes, CEO of BitMEX.) Is this true? As I’ll explain now, the answer is a flat “NO!” Here’s proof that ICOs are not dumping Ether! 
The single source of the latest anti-Ethereum theories is a single website, which tracks the movement of Ether out of ICO wallets.
Bitcoin price found a strong buying interest near the USD 6,800 level and rebounded. 
Ethereum is consolidating above the USD 270 level with a few bearish signs. 
Waltonchain, nano and dogecoin are up more than 15% today. 
Bitcoin corrected lower yesterday and declined below the USD 7,000 support. BTC/USD traded towards the USD 6,800 support, which acted as a strong buy zone. The price rebounded and moved back above the USD 6,900 level. Major altcoins like ethereum, ripple, bitcoin cash and litecoin also corrected lower and are currently consolidating in a range. Going forward, if bitcoin price climbs back above USD 7,000 and USD 7,080, there could be more upsides in the near term. 
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Bitcoin Rebounds After Bulls Defend USD 6,800 101 
Bitcoin price declined below the USD 7,000 and USD 6,900 levels. However, BTC/USD held an important support area at USD 6,800 (the previous resistance) and bounced back. 
Bitcoin Rebounds After Bulls Defend USD 6,800 102 
Buyers remained in control and pushed the price back above USD 6,900 and USD 6,950. 
On the upside, an initial resistance is USD 7,020, above which the price could face sellers near USD 7,080. Finally, a break above USD 7,080 will most likely clear the path for a fresh weekly high above the USD 7,150 level. 
Ethereum price declined below the USD 275 support and tested the USD 270 level. Later, ETH/USD recovered and is currently (UTC 08:30 AM) trading near the USD 280 level. 
The price has to climb above the USD 290 and USD 300 resistance levels to move into a bullish zone. If not, there is a risk of more losses towards the USD 260 and USD 250 levels in the coming days. 
Bitcoin cash and ripple 
Bitcoin cash price broke the USD 540 support area and tested the next support at USD 520. BCH/USD found bids near the USD 520 support and recovered back above USD 530. The price is currently down 1.2% to USD 535 with immediate resistances near USD 540 and USD 550. 
Ripple price broke the USD 0.330 support and tested the USD 0.320 level. XRP/USD later corrected higher and it is currently trading flat near the USD 0.3320 level. Resistances on the upside awaits near USD
The Italian football club Rimini, playing this season in the country’s Serie C division, has become the first to sell part of its shares in exchange for cryptocurrency. Around 25% of the team’s shares were sold in exchange for Quantocoin (QTC), a Gibraltar-based token, which is currently seems to be not listed on any exchange, and they’re currently at the third stage of their token sale. 
The buyer is Heritage Sports Holdings (HSH), whose partner and shareholder is Pablo V. Dana, also co-founder and CEO of the QTC project. No other details about the transactions were given. 
Rimini’s president Giorgio Grassi stated in a press release: “Heritage Sports Holdings, with its partner Quantocoin, will try to bring to the team and to the city new ideas and synergies from the sporting, brand image and technological point of views. Heritage Sports Holdings’ participation is innovative in view of its crypto payment system and its use of blockchain technology.” As of the time of writing, neither Quantocoin nor the Rimini football club have replied to a request for comment, while HSH was not available for comment. 
Quantocoin claims it has developed a "next-generation model for the future of financial services and digital banking". During their private pre-sale last November and their initial coin offering in December-February, the startup raised USD 11 million, according to their website. Now, during their distributional token offering the startup aims to sell 70 million QTC tokens (QTCt) until the end of April in 2019. Initial price for 1 token starts at USD 1.2. Management and team of the project should get 15% of the raised capital, according to the website of the startup.
Elon Musk, SpaceX and Tesla superstar and tech hero, jokingly tweets that he wants ETH “even if it is a scam” and the following replies and comments devolve into an absolute frenzy of shilling other coins to Elon. From well-known ones like Litecoin to those that haven’t been as much in the eye of the public, everyone seems to think that Elon’s endorsement is the doorway to mass adoption. 
The tweet in question came as an answer to a request for comment about the BFR rocket in exchange for 200 ETH. The rocket is a project by Musk’s company SpaceX. To that, he replied, “At this point, I want ETH even if it is a scam.”
IOTA, the decentralized internet-of-things project, may have just landed one of their most high-profile partnerships to date, according to a joint statement from the IOTA Foundation and Japanese electronics giant Fujitsu. 
The two organizations said in the notice that one of the goals of the new partnership is to demonstrate how IOTA can act “as an immutable data storage medium” in audits of the production process, while also improve transparency, trust, and data security across the supply chain. “Fujitsu is well-equipped to help roll out IOTA as the new protocol standard as we are experts in both IT services and the manufacturing of IT products,” Leopold Sternberg, program manager at Fujitsu, said in the statement.
This past week, we saw how bitcoin buyers defended losses below the USD 6,250 support. Later, BTC/USD traded higher and broke the USD 6,400 and USD 6,600 resistance levels to move into a bullish zone. On the other hand, ethereum, ripple, bitcoin cash, litecoin and eos mostly traded in a tight range, but they all remained above key supports. Going forward, if bitcoin price accelerates above the USD 6,800 and USD 7,000 resistance levels, there could be a solid rise in buying sentiment for BTC and altcoins. 
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Bitcoin and Altcoins Are Cautiously Bullish 101 
Bitcoin price formed a strong support near the USD 6,250 level this past week. BTC/USD climbed higher and settled above the USD 6,400 pivot level, which is a positive sign. On the upside, there is a crucial resistance near the USD 6,800 - USD 6,850 zone. 
If buyers succeed in clearing the USD 6,800 resistance zone, the next weekly resistance awaits at USD 7,000. Above this, the next major hurdle is at USD 7,500. On the downside, an initial support is at USD 6,400, while the weekly support is at USD 6,250. 
Ethereum price stayed above the USD 250 and USD 260 support levels. However, ETH/USD struggled to gain bullish momentum above the USD 285 and USD 290 resistance levels. 
Above USD 290, the most important barrier for buyers is near the USD 300 level, above which, the price is likely to move into a bullish zone towards USD 330. On the flip side, a break below the USD 260 weekly support may perhaps trigger a bearish reaction towards USD 250 and USD 225. 
Bitcoin cash and ripple 
Bitcoin cash price remained above the USD 500 weekly support and is currently trading above the USD 520 support. On the upside, BCH/USD must clear the USD 540 resistance to move into a bullish zone. The next weekly resistances are USD 580 and USD 600. On the downside, a break below USD 500 could push the price towards USD 460. 
Ripple price settled above the USD 0.300 support and it is currently (UTC 08:30 AM) trading above USD 0.320 support. XRP/USD might continue to move higher towards the USD 0.350 level this week as long as it is above USD 0.300.
The UK Government has disclosed plans to conduct a pilot project for storing digital evidence on a blockchain. 
The initiative was revealed in an announcement by Balaji Anbil, Head of Digital Architecture and Cyber Security at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) under the Ministry of Justice. 
Court Reform 
In the announcement, Anbil revealed that the HMCTS push to look into distributed ledger technology forms a major part of the body’s court reform plan. HMCTS and the UK Cabinet Office Open Innovation team held a joint meeting to this end, with the aim of establishing how blockchains and digital ledgers can assist court reforms. 
Providing technical expertise at the meeting was Dr. Sadek Ferdous, Technology Policy Fellow and Research Associate at Imperial College, London. He explained to participants that the decentralized nature of distributed ledgers gives them a very high level of integrity and enables innovative data solutions. 
He went further to explain how blockchains can help in digital evidence management by creating a foolproof audit trail that tracks custody and prevents tampering. This audit trail essentially forms that basis for the court system’s record of the creation, modification and access to digital evidence by what entity. 
Using such evidence, it is possible to create accurate and sequential reconstructions of events to examine actions and determine how the current state of digital evidence came to be. As such, the blockchain effectively has the power to provide a critical protection framework for digital evidence by providing a guarantee of evidence chain integrity. 
Other UK Blockchain Governance Projects 
In the blog, Anbil further revealed that researchers at the University of Surrey are working on a DLT project with the National Archives to create a solution for secure digital archive storage. In addition, there is a plan to trial an inter-agency evidence sharing platform based on a blockchain that will come into effect later in 2018.
The concept of ‘Security Tokens’ has been a subject of debate and controversy since they came to prominence . How have they changed since they were first introduced, and where might they be heading next? 
Futures, and “All Coins are Securities” 
This was around Winter 2017 – 2018. The same time when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the USA began focusing their attention on this new and previously unregulated form of cash. Before many other national, government authorities worldwide decided to follow suit. 
It was also around the same time when the first ‘bitcoin futures’ contracts were launched and sold by enterprising new and existing firms – with the SEC ruling creating a significant space for traditional investment and old-money to pour into the market. 
The opening of crypto-futures arguably exacerbated the pressure on cryptocurrencies which resulted from prying government eyes. 
The Two Tokens: Securities & Utilities 
Since those early days of regulation in the West, cryptocurrencies have eventually dichotomized into: ‘security tokens’ and ‘utility tokens’. The definitions used by coin creators and the communities can be flexible, with many fundraisers opting to class their coins as ‘utilities’ to avoid potential additional legal / administrative repercussions – however the most commonly accepted definition is that: ‘Securities’ are asset backed tokens (AKA fungible, often equivalent to a real-world asset). ‘Utilities’ are functional assets within the blockchain project in question’s eco-system whose value is based in more abstract terms. 
At present, the SEC has declared few tokens as being officially classed as utilities rather than securities and are thus not subject to laws pertinent to traditional securities. Two of these are Bitcoin and Ethereum. 
Independent Standards Agencies? 
Some companies, such as Luxembourg based Tokeny were able to establish their headquarters in a pro-crypto country in the first place, regardless of their seasoned – international leaders.
The world’s first public blockchain-based bond generated “overwhelming” interest, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) claims. The bank is the bond’s sole lead manager, and they said seven investors had shown interest, helping raise AUD 110 million (USD 80.48 million). The deal is called bond-i, an acronym for Blockchain Operated New Debt Instrument and a reference to Australia’s most famous beach, Bondi. Arunma Oteh, World Bank treasurer, told Reuters, “We are particularly impressed with the breath of interest from official institutions... these high-quality investors understood the value of leveraging technology for innovation in capital markets.” Investors in the deal included the American fund Northern Trust, three Australian state governments, local pension fund First State Super, and CBA. As previously reported, it is reportedly the first bond globally to be created, allocated, transferred and managed using blockchain technology. CBA also said the World Bank bond will be the first time that capital is raised from public investors through a legally valid bond issuance that uses blockchain from start to finish. 
Although bond-i may be the first to tick all these boxes, it certainly is not the completely first, as there have been other prototypes or parallel simulation blockchain projects in the market before. 
These include the Thailand Bond Market Association looking into issuing bonds using blockchain technology. In addition to that, Sberbank CIB, a subsidiary of Russian banking giant Sberbank, said in May it has successfully conducted Russia’s first ever blockchain-powered commercial bond transaction.
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China is continuing its crackdown on all things crypto, and this time it’s targeting foreign exchanges. State owned media is reporting that access to 124 unnamed foreign cryptocurrency exchanges, which offer their services to the mainland Chinese, will be closed. 
The same report in Shanghai Securities News (SSN) also states that the government will continue monitoring and, when necessary, shutting down websites that either offer crypto trading or initial coin offerings (ICOs), according to the South China Morning Post. The Chinese will not be permitted to pay for goods or services with cryptocurrencies, it added. 
SSN cited people close to the Leading Group of Internet Financial Risks Remediation, which was set up by China’s cabinet in 2016 and headed by Pan Gongsheng, a deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China – the country’s central bank. 
The government is arguing that cryptocurrency might bring financial instability to the country and as such isn’t allowed to stay. Besides actually banning trading and ICOs, it also reportedly banned hotels and other similar venues from hosting crypto-related events, too. 
This step is just one in a long line of steps the government has taken, as it cracks down on all things crypto. China has now shut down numerous blockchain and cryptocurrency news outlets on popular social app WeChat, as reported. At least eight blockchain and cryptocurrency-focused news accounts had been blocked as of Tuesday evening. 
WeChat’s operator Tencent said the accounts were perma-banned because they were conducting illegal activities – “publishing information related to ICOs and speculations on cryptocurrency trading.” The Chinese government has succeeded in containing risks arising from cryptocurrency trading in the country, Zhang Yifeng, dean of the Zhongchao Blockchain Technology Research Institute, said in July. According to him, “88 domestic cryptocurrency exchanges and 85 ICO [initial coin offering] platforms exited China without much disturbance” and “Chinese trading volume in the global bitcoin market has dropped from over 90% in the past to currently less than 1%.”