SWIFT India Partners With Fintech Firm for Blockchain Pilot November 21, 2018

SWIFT India has partnered with fintech firm MonetaGo to pilot a distributed ledger (DLT) network designed to improve the efficiency and security of financial products, according to a press release published Nov. 20. SWIFT India is a joint venture established by SWIFT SCRL (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) and a number of major Indian […]

Alabama: The Unlikely Frontline for America’s Crypto Fraud Crackdown November 20, 2018

“Of the states, I think we’ve got about 20 percent of all the active cease-and-desists.” That’s Greg Bordenkircher, the chief litigator at the Alabama Securities Commission, describing the extent to which his state, just the 24th largest by population, has nonetheless come to play a leading role in the ongoing fight against U.S. crypto fraud. […]

SIM Swapping Becomes Increasingly Popular in California, Police Make It “High Priority” November 19, 2018

On November 7, a security news and investigation blog KrebsOnSecurity published an interview with REACT Task Force, a California-based law enforcement group dedicated to fighting cybercrime. As per the article, members of REACT consider “SIM swapping” one of its “highest priorities” in a bid to fight cryptocurrency fraud. Here is how fraudsters use 99 cent […]

Ripple Continues to Rebound, While Most Major Cryptocurrencies See Mild Wave of Red November 18, 2018

Saturday, Nov. 17: crypto markets have seen another mild decline, with losses across the top 20 coins by market cap reaching 4 percent over the past 24 hours. In contrast, Ripple (XRP), which is still holding strong as the second coin by market cap, continues to see sufficient gains as of press time, according to […]

West Virginia Secretary of State Reports Successful Blockchain Voting in 2018 Midterm Elections November 17, 2018

The Secretary of State of the U.S. state of West Virginia Mac Warner reported a successful first instance of remote blockchain voting in an official announcement Nov. 15. Warner stated that in the 2018 midterm elections, 144 military personnel stationed overseas from 24 counties were able to cast their ballots on a mobile, blockchain-based platform […]

‘First’ Collectible on Two Blockchains: ‘The Cutest Crypto Game’ Now Available on EOS November 16, 2018

Blockchain Cuties, a decentralized crypto collectible game operating on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain, has announced that it is now available on EOS. The developer company says the new step makes Blockchain Cuties “the first game which officially supports two blockchains simultaneously.” This is supposed to make transactions faster and the players can now breed both […]

Poll: Interest in Crypto as Payment Method Makes Small Inroads Among Moscow Residents November 15, 2018

Five percent of Moscow residents who use non-cash methods of payment are open to using cryptocurrencies, according to a recently conducted survey, Forbes Russia reported Nov. 13. The investigation into the e-payment market in Moscow was carried out by Russian payment service Yandex.Money and the Moscow Information Technology Department (ITD). The experts purportedly surveyed 1,000 […]

Judge Rules in Favor of Canadian Bank in Dispute With Crypto Exchange November 14, 2018

A $19.6 million disputed sum between Canada’s largest crypto exchange QuadrigaCX and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) has been handed into the custody of the Ontario Superior Court, per a court document filed Nov. 9. On Oct. 8, Canadian newspaper the Globe and Mail reported that Vancouver-based QuadrigaCX had been experiencing difficulties accessing […]

Film Publishing Rights Firm Fintage House Now Accepts Crypto for Rights Transactions November 13, 2018

Dutch rights management company Fintage House has signed a deal with blockchain-based social entertainment platform TaTaTu to start accepting cryptocurrency for rights transactions, entertainment industry news outlet Variety reported Nov. 12. Established in 1986, Fintage House specializes in the collection and management of TV, film and music publishing rights and licensing, as well as offering […]

Blockchain Set to Change the Face of Commercial Real Estate As We Know It November 12, 2018

The real estate industry has seen significant growth since the recession. With market prices predicted to increase along with millennial demand in 2019, the industry is as welcoming as ever. Although the market is improving, it is still plagued by issues that make the investment process less convenient than it should be. Major drawbacks of […]

Mining Giant Bitmain Sues Unknown Hacker for Alleged Theft of $5.5 Million in Crypto November 11, 2018

China-based Bitcoin (BTC) mining giant Bitmain has sued an anonymous hacker for the alleged theft of cryptocurrency worth $5.5 million from Bitmain’s account on Binance in April, according to a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle on Nov. 7. As stated in the court document, an […]

Four Crypto Firms Ordered to Cease and Desist by Colorado Securities Commissioner November 10, 2018

Colorado State Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome has issued a cease and desist order to four Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) for allegedly offering unregistered securities, according to an official notice published Nov. 8. The orders come as part of a state operation by the “ICO Task Force” within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), which in […]

Judge Ends Freeze on Charlie Shrem’s Assets in Winklevoss Lawsuit November 9, 2018

Judge Jed Rakoff has ruled to end the freeze on Charlie Shrem’s assets in a lawsuit brought against him by the Winklevoss brothers, Bloomberg reports Nov. 8. In a case unsealed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York earlier this month, the Winklevoss twins allege that Shrem took part of […]

Thai Deputy Prime Minister Calls for More Controls for Cryptocurrencies November 8, 2018

The Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Wissanu Krea-ngam has called for more regulations on cryptocurrencies, local news daily the Bangkok Post reports Nov. 8. While Thailand introduced a regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies earlier this year, Krea-ngam urged that new measures must be introduced both domestically and internationally in order to keep up with new tactics […]

Texas Regulator Issues Cease and Desist Order to Cloud Mining Company November 7, 2018

The Texas State Securities Board has issued an emergency cease and desist order to an Australia-based cloud mining company AWS Mining PTY LTD for selling unregistered securities, according to an official notice filed Nov. 6. Per the document, AWS Mining along with its multiple agents and Chief Marketing Officer Josiah Kostek have violated the Texas […]

Marshall Islands President Faces No Confidence Vote Due to National Crypto Plans November 6, 2018

The President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine faces a vote of no confidence due to her administration’s plans to introduce a national digital currency, Radio New Zealand News (RDZ) reported Nov. 5. The Marshallese parliament initially endorsed the creation of the national digital currency,  which would be called the Sovereign (SOV), […]

Bank of America Has the Most Blockchain Patents, But Is It Actually Going to Use Them? November 5, 2018

On October 30, Bank of America (BofA) added yet another cryptocurrency-related patent to its collection of more than 50 applications filed within the same field. The second-largest bank in the US has been leading in the informal blockchain patent race, sidestepping such players as IBM and Alibaba. However, that does not mean that BofA is […]

New Cryptopunk Game: Players Fight in Futuristic Post-Apocalyptic World to Get Real Prizes November 4, 2018

A new mobile “multi-blockchain” game, supporting a whole range of different cryptocurrencies, is ready to be launched in late November 2018. Estonian game-developer Ether Dale, created Glitch Goons, a player versus player (PvP) automatic fighting game where users can buy special items during their presale to customize and upgrade their characters. Features of the game […]

Report: Israeli Projects Raised Over $600 Million via ICOs as of Q3 2018 November 3, 2018

Israel-based projects have raised over $600 million through Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) as of the third quarter (Q3) of 2018, according to report by cryptocurrency analytics firm One Alpha released Nov. 2. Per the research, 140 blockchain-focused companies in Israel have attracted $1.3 billion in investment, wherein more than 60 percent of companies and 88 […]

‘I Don’t Want to Be President’: John McAffee to Exclusively Promote Crypto in 2020 Race November 2, 2018

Programmer and crypto enthusiast John McAfee revealed his intention to use his 2020 bid for U.S. presidency as a platform to promote permissionless cryptocurrencies in an interview with Cointelegraph Nov. 1. Speaking with Cointelegraph at the Malta Blockchain Summit today, the founder of McAfee Antivirus Software said he plans to run “around a libertarian platform,” […]

Report: Bithumb Signs Deal with US Fintech Firm to Open Security Token Exchange November 1, 2018

Major South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has reportedly signed a deal with an American fintech firm in an effort to open a securities token exchange in the U.S., South Korean Yonhap News agency reported Nov. 1. Citing individuals familiar with the matter, Yonhap reports that Bithumb signed an agreement with American crowdfunding platform SeriesOne. A […]

Chinese Retail Giant JD.com Launches Blockchain Research Lab October 31, 2018

Chinese retail giant JD.com is further gaining a foothold in blockchain technology by launching a research lab for blockchain in partnership with two technology institutes, according to an announcement published Oct. 30. Jingdong Group (JD.com) is a leading Chinese e-commerce company, controlling roughly 30 percent of the business-to-consumer online market in China with 314 million […]

Survey: 60% of Americans Think Crypto Should Be Treated as Fiat in Political Campaigns October 30, 2018

A new survey by blockchain-oriented research firm Clovr showed that 60 percent of respondents think that cryptocurrency should be treated like fiat currency in political elections. In the course of its research, Clovr surveyed 1,023 eligible voters registered in the U.S. for their understanding of what impact virtual currency could exert on the political process. […]

Hodler’s Digest, October 21-October 28: US SEC Mulls Over Bitcoin ETFs, While Bakkt’s BTC Futures Inch Closer To Approval October 29, 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 Releases Memorandum From Meeting Over Bitcoin […]

Bitcoin Shows New Resilience as Markets Shake off Futures Settlement October 28, 2018

Bitcoin futures may have expired, but even that failed to produce volatility in cryptocurrency as markets remained flat Saturday, Oct. 27. Market visualization from Coin360 Data from CoinMarketCap and Coin360 confirm that the end of the trading week – and with it the payment date for CME Group’s Bitcoin futures – had essentially no effect […]