Blockchain Payments’ Mass Adoption Is 3-5 Years Away, Says BitPay CEO December 16, 2018

The CEO of crypto merchant platform BitPay Stephen Pair stated that speculation on future adoption drives Bitcoin’s (BTC) price more than “actual utility,” in an interview on CNBC Dec. 13. Speaking on the reasons behind Bitcoin’s current value, compared to its historic price highs, Pair told reporters: “A very big component of the [Bitcoin’s] price […]

Blockchain Incubator Binance Labs Releases First ‘Batch’ of Blockchain Projects December 15, 2018

Binance Labs, the venture wing of the largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance, has released its first “batch” of blockchain projects from its Incubation Program, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Dec. 14. Binance Labs is an initiative that seeks to help early-stage blockchain and digital assets projects and entrepreneurs through direct investments and […]

Europe Takes Serious Steps Towards Blockchain Adoption December 14, 2018

After months of monitoring and observing the “promising and challenging” potential of distributed ledger technology (DLT), the European Union (EU) is finally making a turn into the blockchain industry. How it all started Back in February 2018, the European Commission (EC) launched the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, aimed to support European cross-border engagement with […]

Major Stablecoin Basis to Close, Return Funds to Investors: Sources December 13, 2018

Major United States-based stablecoin project Basis will shut down operations and return most of its funds to investors, crypto news outlet The Block reports today, Dec. 12. Citing “multiple people with direct knowledge of the situation,” the reports states that the algorithmic stablecoin project is set to return the majority of the $133 million in […]

Binance Tackles Cryptocurrency ‘Misinformation’ With Multilingual Educational Article Bank December 12, 2018

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has launched a collection of educational content comprising almost 500 articles in order to fight “incorrect” and “misleading” information, a press release confirmed Dec. 12. Binance, which regularly tops the list of the world’s largest exchanges by volume traded, will initially support 15 languages via the project. The launch and development is […]

Decentralized Browser Brave Becomes Default on HTC Blockchain Smartphone December 11, 2018

Decentralized browser Brave is now the default browser on a phone from major smartphone manufacturer HTC, technology news outlet CNET reported Dec. 10. Founded in 1997, HTC is a Taiwanese consumer electronics manufacturer, which was the leading smartphone vendor in the U.S. at the end of 2010, according to TechCrunch. The company’s market share began […]

Hodler’s Digest, Dec. 3-Dec.9: US SEC Delays BTC ETF Decision Again, While Nasdaq Confirms 2019 BTC Futures Launch December 10, 2018

Coming every Sunday, the Hodler’s Digest will help you to track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions, and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week US SEC Delays Bitcoin ETF Decisions, Changes Deadline […]

Video Demonstrates Double Spending Possibility in Bitcoin Cash SV ‘0-Conf’ Transactions December 9, 2018

Bitcoin Cash SV (BSV), a new fork of Bitcoin Cash (BTC), faced new controversy on Dec. 8 after a researcher reportedly showed how any user could spend the same coins twice on its network in a “0-conf transaction.” Bitcoin Cash, which was created in a hard fork from Bitcoin (BTC) in August 2017, uses 0-conf […]

Blockchain Policy Development in China Concentrated in Three Cities December 8, 2018

Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou — or BeiShangGuang — has become the most concentrated area of ​​relevant blockchain legislation and policy in China, reports local finance publication Securities Daily Dec. 7. The Chinese securities newspaper has analyzed blockchain-related policies introduced throughout the country in the recent years, and concluded that there are 32 blockchain-related policies within […]

‘Don’t Hold Your Breath,’ Waiting for Bitcoin ETF Says SEC ‘Crypto Mom’ December 7, 2018

A commissioner of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said ‘not to hold your breath’ waiting for a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) at the Digital Asset Investment Forum held in Washington D.C. Dec. 5. Hester Peirce, dubbed “Crypto Mom” by the community for her dissent with the SEC’s decision to reject a Bitcoin ETF […]

Report: Number of Routers Affected by Crypto Malware Doubled Since August, Reaching 415K December 6, 2018

The number of MikroTik routers affected by cryptojacking malware has repotedly doubled since summer 2018, reaching 415,000, security researcher VriesHd tweeted Sunday, Dec. 2. Since August, VriesHd has been reporting on crypto malware that targets routers and forces them to mine cryptocurrencies along with the researchers from Bad Packets Report. They revealed that routers by […]

Hyperledger Announces New ‘Cryptography Library’ for DLT Development December 5, 2018

The Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee has approved the Ursa project, a modular cryptography software library, according to an official announcement Dec. 4. According to the statement, as Hyperledger has matured, projects “have started to find a need for sophisticated cryptographic implementations.” The post describes Ursa as a shift from having each project implementing its own […]

US Dept. of Homeland Security Takes Interest in Investigating Blockchain Transactions December 4, 2018

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking information about investigating and analyzing blockchains, including those used for privacy coins, according to a pre-solicitation notice published Nov. 30. DHS has released a proposal, which invites interested parties to comment and design applications for blockchain forensic analytics in respect to emerging cryptocurrencies. The proposal also […]

Top Coins Are Shaky, But Bitcoin Still Holds $4,000 Mark December 3, 2018

Sunday, Dec. 2: the top 20 cryptocurrencies are mostly in the red, according to data from Coin360, after a modest recovery yesterday, Dec. 1. Despite the mild losses, Bitcoin (BTC) is still holding just above the $4,000 mark. Market visualization from Coin360 According to data by CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin is in the red, steadily descending below […]

Crypto Markets Meet December in Green, Bitcoin Trades Above $4,200 December 2, 2018

Saturday, Dec. 1 — Crypto markets have seen a substantial influx on the first day of this winter month, with all top 20 coins by market cap firmly in the green, according to CoinMarketCap. Market visualization from Coin360 Following multiple plunges below the $4,000 threshold yesterday, Nov. 30, Bitcoin (BTC) has managed to finally hold […]

Austrian Blockchain Center for Multidisciplinary Research Established in Vienna December 1, 2018

The COMET Centers, which are coordinated by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), have approved the Austrian Blockchain Center (ABC) in Vienna, according to a Nov. 29 press release. ABC involves 21 scientific institutions, 54 companies, 17 associated participants, and 16 international institutions and companies. According to the release, the research center will be multidisciplinary […]

Decentralized Exchange Concludes $15 Mln Funding Round Supported by Huobi and OKCoin November 30, 2018

Decentralized cryptocurrency exchange BHEX Exchange has concluded a $15 million funding round with support from major exchanges like Huobi and OKCoin, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph Nov. 29. Per the release, BHEX’s new round of funding was conducted with participation from leading industry players, including Huobi Global, OKCoin, and Genesis Capital, among […]

Move Aside Apple: Crypto Platform Reveals ‘Premium’ Hardware Wallet in Sleek Video November 29, 2018

A platform which aims to demystify crypto and bring it to the masses through a suite of blockchain-driven financial services has launched its latest product: a hardware wallet that combines “institutional-grade security with a consumer-friendly user experience, beautiful design and premium materials.” In a promotional video not dissimilar from the sleek ads released by tech […]

Report: Blockchain Deployment Could Add $3 Trillion in International Trade by 2030 November 28, 2018

The World Trade Organization (WTO) released a report on blockchain technology’s effect on international trade today, Nov. 27. Per the study, blockchain’s economic value-add on a global scale could reach almost $3 trillion by 2030. “Blockchain and International Trade: Opportunities, Challenges, and Implications for International Trade Cooperation” analyzes blockchain applications and challenges that must be […]

Token Trading Volumes ‘Plummet’ on Major Exchanges, Diar Report Says November 27, 2018

A new report from weekly crypto outlet Diar published Nov. 26 states that trading volumes on major exchanges have dropped substantially. Diar’s data, sampled from across eight leading crypto exchanges  — Binance, OKex, Huobi, Bitfinex, Kraken, Poloniex, Bittrex, HitBTC — reveals that 60 percent of cryptocurrencies that continue to be listed as of Jan. 2018 […]

US Dept. of Defense Research Arm to Host Permissionless Blockchain Workshop November 26, 2018

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will host a two-day blockchain workshop in February, according to an official request for information (RFI) posted Nov. 19. DARPA, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, is looking to to investigate technologies for distributed consensus during a workshop “tentatively scheduled for February 14 and […]

The Making of the First US ICO Fraud Case November 25, 2018

In common law systems, it is precedent that informs judicial approaches to new and previously unaddressed matters. The precedent that will likely shape the body of U.S. case law on fraudulent initial coin offerings (ICOs) is currently being forged in a federal court in the New York borough of Brooklyn, where a 39-year old entrepreneur, […]

Exchange Partners With University of Luxembourg to Improve Crypto Asset Security November 24, 2018

A new partnership between Luxembourg-based VNX Exchange and the University of Luxembourg aims to improve the security of digital assets, business news outlet Luxembourg Times reported Nov. 23. VNX is a marketplace and trading platform for tokenized venture capital founded in 2017. VNX is a member of fintech incubator the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology […]

What Is Going On With the Crypto Markets, Analysts Unpack Factors Behind 10-Days Slump November 23, 2018

Over the last 10 days the cryptocurrency markets have endured a massive sell-off across the board. There are a number of reasons that have led to the highly bearish sentiments on the market but seeing red has been difficult for many. As the value of Bitcoin and numerous altcoins have continued to decline to depressing […]

BBVA and Santander Join EU Joint Blockchain Platform Set to Launch in 2019 November 22, 2018

Banking groups BBVA and Banco Santander have joined the E.U. International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (IATBA), Spanish economic newspaper Expansion writes Nov. 20. The representatives of two Spanish banking groups were invited to an E.U. blockchain roundtable held in Brussels by Mariya Gabriel, the commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and Roberto Viola, director […]