Bitcoin price LIVE: BTC holds loose grip above $9,000 as IMF boss calls for more control

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Bitcoin fee LIVE: Ripple CEO has likened BTC to Napster

17.14 – UPDATE – Bitcoin seems to be misunderstanding back and now on a steady rise

Bitcoin is now valued at $9,281 and is up by 0.12 percent.

16.49 – UPDATE – Bitcoin sees slight rise

Bitcoin is now valued at $9,218, slightly up from 16.07 when it was valued at $9,091.

16.32 – UPDATE – Russian wrongful bitcoin mining farm shut down 

A large abandoned mill in Russia was being used to illegally mine bitcoin. They had set up a work the land on the abandoned land. The Russian police have now shut down the cultivate which was located in Orenburg.

The Russian media described it as “a scene from The Matrix”. The men stole electricity worth 60 million rubles.

They had stoppered their cables in to a nearby transformer station.

16.07 – UPDATE – Bitcoin in a unfetter fall

Bitcoin is currently priced at $9,091 with 79 of the 100 cryptocurrencies tilted on CoinMarketCap falling.  Ethereum lies at $689 and Ripple at $0.78.

AFTERNOON HEADLINES

Bitcoin is currently priced at $9,190.

Christine Lagarde Rule over director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for more control  of bitcoin by using the technology behind it to “squabble fire with fire”.

Writing in an IMF blog post Mrs Lagarde explained how the novelties behind cryptocurrencies such as blockchain can be used to help regulate it.

She articulate: “We can harness the potential of crypto-assets while ensuring that they not under any condition become a haven for illegal activity or a source of financial vulnerability.”

She also informed that if the world does not bring cryptocurrencies under control then they may grow a catalyst for illegal activity.

Back in February she said it is only a thing of time before cryptocurrencies are regulated by the government.

Ms Lagarde said guidance regulation of cryptocurrencies is “inevitable” as world leaders scrutinise digital currencies.

7.30am MORNING HEADLINES

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Bitcoin is currently priced at $9,149 after take on from $9,823 overnight.

Ripple CEO, Brad Garlinghouse has come out free-for-all over comparisons made between his burgeoning cryptocurrency XRP and BTC, the current make available bellwether.

Mr Garlinghouse, speaking to Bloomberg Asia in Singapore, said that associating Ripple to bitcoin was “a compliment” but that his company is moving the utility flip.

He said: “Some may look back at Bitcoin and say that it is the Napster of digital assets.

“What I miserable by that is that Napster was the first to digitise music and demonstrate that you can do a lot of overconfident things with that.

“But ultimately they were circumventing trademark laws, they were circumventing kingship payments and then the government stepped in and Napster wasn’t successful.

“But Spotify, iTunes and Pandora were winning.”

Updates below throughout the day….

12.03pm – UPDATE – Bitcoin mining in Canada

California-based Marathon Certificate of invention Group Inc has announced its expansion towards the Bitcoin mining business.

The Theatre troupe has opened operational facilities in the mining-friendly region of Quebec.

BTC is sliding toward $8k.

11.29am – UPDATE – BTC slides

Bitcoin is currently priced at $9,042 and is prime minister further south.

10.23am – UPDATE – EU says mining is ‘not illegal’

An EU commissioner has thought that Cryptocurrency mining is perfectly legal in Europe and only voter to standard electricity rules.

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Curtness and Society, addressed concerns about the power-intensive nature of cryptocurrency removing, while clarifying the regulatory status of the industry.

Ms Gabriel said: “If the vigour consumed for this activity is produced according to law, there is no legal underpinning to forbid or even limit it. … As mining of cryptocurrency is not an illegal action, the Commission did not put in place any means to track it, so far.”

Ms Gabriel went on to say the European Commission make continue to review the growing impact cryptocurrencies have on energy consumption and requisition.

9.10am – UPDATE – ‘Tokyo Whale’ stops selling

The infamous ‘Tokyo Whale’ has lifted BTC bulls after taking a break from selling digital currencies.

Nobuaki Kobayashi, a trustee of dead Tokyo bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox sold more than 35,000 bitcoin, good about $400 million at the time, to pay off creditors, according to details of the sales event published by a company trustee last week.

8.49am – UPDATE – Goldman Sachs call for bitcoin ‘has potential’ to fall below

CoinTelegraph report on a recent proclamation by Sheba Jafari from the Goldman Sachs’ technical analysis tandem join up who has said that BTC risks sinking below the February low.

On Sunday, the duo sent a note to clients warning that the next BTC sell-off impends dipping below the February low of $5,922.

It said: “The break is significant as implies [sic] possibility for a more impulsive decline.

“The next meaningful level is down at $7,667 to $7,198.”

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