Since tanking in December, prices of bitcoins have been rebounding with the digital currency once again above $1,000 on MtGox yesterday. It’s been an interesting few weeks for digital currencies with plenty of news occurring during 2014.
Some of the major recent headlines:
BTX Trader launches – It may be called virtual currencies, but the launch of a new platform, BTX Trader, brought real $$$ gains to Nasdaq listed penny stock WPCS International. The platform provides cross-exchange connections which could become handy for traders aiming to take advantage of arbitrage situations in bitcoins.
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Bitcoin rallies then sputters – Shaking away last month’s price declines, prices of bitcoins started off the year strong, as trading on MtGox surpassed $1,000 yesterday. However, Chinese news was once again in the headlines as the ‘Ebay of China’, TaoBao, announced that it would no longer allow sales of digital currencies starting next week. The news has been attributed to causing a drop in bitcoin prices today.
Hong Kong investors attracted to BitPay – While the Chinese government is applying methods to curb bitcoin in the country, interest from citizens remains high. According to leading bitcoin merchant processing firm, BitPay, Li Ka-shing, the world’s 8th richest man based on Forbes’ magazine rankings, has invested an undisclosed amount in the company. The investment is through Ka-shing’s venture capital firm, Horizons Ventures.
Indian regulation – Many India-based bitcoin exchanges ended 2013 by halting their trading operations after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a warning about virtual currencies and unregulated firms. However, following a period of communication between government officials and bitcoin operators, we got word today that Unocoin was slated to reopen on Wednesday.
Zynga testing bitcoin payments – After Overstock.com announced it would be initiating bitcoin-based payments in 2014. Although Zynga’s stock is no longer near its hi-flying days of 2012, but the creator of Farmville is still one of the most widely known social games, thus providing additional exposure of bitcoins to a wider general audience.