South Korean Messaging Giant Kakao, Irish Startup Partner for Blockchain Payment Methods March 26, 2019

Kakao Corp, a major Internet conglomerate and service provider for popular South Korean messaging app KakaoTalk, and an Ireland-based ticketing startup have signed a partnership agreement to develop a blockchain-based payment system. Irish business news outlet Fora reported on the partnership on March 23. The new partnership agreement will focus on applying the former’s blockchain […]

E-Commerce Firm Rakuten Readies Cryptocurrency Exchange for April Launch After Name Change March 25, 2019

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has completed registration of its cryptocurrency exchange Rakuten Wallet, which will go live next month, the company confirmed in a press release on March 25. Rakuten, which follows several major Japanese tech players in entering the crypto exchange market, renamed its product from Everybody’s Bitcoin earlier this month. The company had […]

Accepted: MakerDAO Vote to Raise DAI Stablecoin Stability Fee by 4% to 7.5% per Year March 24, 2019

Users of Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) MakerDAO (MKR) have voted to raise the so-called stability fee for Maker’s DAI (DAI) stablecoin by 4 percent, according to the results of a recent poll completed on March 21. The firm announced on Thursday that users had voted yes to the proposal to increase the stability fee by […]

Major Latin American E-Commerce Company Bans Cryptocurrency-Related Ads March 23, 2019

The largest e-commerce company in Latin America, Mercado Livre, has banned cryptocurrency advertising on their website, Cointelegraph em Português reported on March 18. The development was revealed in an exclusive interview with Cointelegraph em Português after the company’s users reported receiving of emails informing them about the change in Mercado Livre’s policy. The new policy […]

Major Crypto Exchanges Huobi Global and OKEx Launch Support for Tron-Based USDT March 22, 2019

Two major crypto exchanges — Singapore-headquartered Huobi Global and Malta-based OKEx — have announced their support for the Tron-based version of stablecoin Tether. The developments were announced in two official announcements, both published on March 21. In early March, blockchain protocol Tron (TRX) and Tether, issuer of stalwart stablecoins USDT and EURT, announced their partnership […]

Ex-NATO Secretary General Bullish on Blockchain as He Partners With Swiss Startup March 21, 2019

Swiss blockchain identity network Concordium has hired former Danish prime minister and NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen as a strategic advisor, the company confirmed in a press release on March 20. The Concordium Foundation, the controlling entity behind the Concordium Network that launched a proof of concept in January, aims to tackle blockchain deployment […]

Neither Dominant Nor Defeated, EOS Still a Work in Progress March 20, 2019

Blockchain projects that comprise the greater cryptocurrency sector’s market cap are unquestionably bootstrapped — a product of ingenuity and crowdsourced blockchain fundraising. But with the industry evolving further in the last few years, gaps between mature projects and less developed ones are more noticeable, exhibited by issues that a well-funded or more thorough team of […]

BitGo Launches Custody for Blockchain Capital’s Security Token BCAP March 19, 2019

Blockchain security firm and wallet service BitGo has announced support for Blockchain Capital’s ERC-20 token, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on March 19. Blockchain Capital’s BCAP token is a security token based on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain that was launched in a $10 million initial coin offering (ICO) back in April 2017. […]

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, EOS, Bitcoin Cash, Binance Coin, Stellar, Tron, Cardano: Price Analysis, March 18 March 18, 2019

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. Ethereum (ETH) co-founder Joseph Lubin expects the global […]

Chinese Insurance Giant Ping An Partners With Decentralized AI Startup SingularityNET March 17, 2019

Chinese insurance giant Ping An has partnered with Ethereum (ETH)-based decentralized artificial intelligence (AI) startup SingularityNET. The latter company announced the collaboration in a press release published on Medium on March 14. Per the release, the collaboration will at first focus on Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Computer Vision (CV) and model training. SingularityNET notes that […]

Bitcoin Breaks $4,000 as Top Cryptos See Growth March 16, 2019

Saturday, March 16 — nearly all of the top 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting slight to noteworthy gains on the day by press time. Bitcoin (BTC) has broken the $4,000 mark, according to CoinMarketCap data. Market visualization from Coin360 At press time, Bitcoin is up over two percent on the day, trading at around $4,035, according […]

Google Deletes Crypto Malware Targeting, MyEtherWallet Users March 15, 2019

A Google Chrome browser extension tricking users into participating in a fake airdrop from cryptocurrency exchange Huobi claimed over 200 victims, a security researcher reported in a blog post on March 14. The extension for Chrome web browser, with the name NoCoin, gained 230 downloads before Google deleted it, according to Harry Denley, who runs […]

Republican Leader McCarthy Proposes Blockchain Transparency in Government March 14, 2019

Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, has called for an exploration to see if blockchain can make the U.S. government more efficient and transparent. In a speech before the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress on Tuesday, McCarthy said that blockchain is “revolutionizing” the security of the financial industry […]

Fighting Crypto Hacks: Company Tackles Security Issues in Ethereum Smart Contracts March 13, 2019

A decentralized, open-source crypto platform based on the Ethereum protocol named Callisto Network offers users free-of-charge smart contract security audits. The company wants to support them in the battle against cyber criminals and help developers solve security issues in Ethereum codes. Blockchain audit One of the most common crypto crimes nowadays is hacking exchanges. According […]

Client Demand for Crypto Payments Needs Cautious Response From Lawyers, Expert Says March 12, 2019

Cryptocurrency payments are a topic of increasing interest for United States lawyers following a recent conference panel, Bloomberg Law reported on March 11. Referencing participants in the 18th Annual Legal Malpractice & Risk Management (LMRM) Conference, which ran from March 5-7 in Chicago, the publication noted the prevalence of cryptocurrency payments in the legal profession, […]

Dubai Real Estate Giant Emaar to Launch ETH Token, Considers ICO in Europe March 11, 2019

Dubai-based real estate giant Emaar has announced plans to launch a token and is considering holding an initial coin offering (ICO) in Europe, English-language local media Arabian Business reports on March 11. Per the article, the token will be developed by Swiss blockchain startup Lykke, and will grant Emaar’s customers and stakeholders access to the […]

Neema CEO: Marshall Islands Digital Currency Needs Work to Satisfy US Regulatory Concerns March 10, 2019

The Marshall Islands’ government upcoming digital currency, which will be launched in partnership with Israeli startup Neema, still needs work in order to placate United States financial regulators. English-language Israeli media The Times of Israel reported on the currency’s progress on March 9. While the release of the coin, dubbed the Sovereign (SOV), is scheduled […]

Ethereum Has More Than Twice as Many Core Devs per Month as Bitcoin: Report March 9, 2019

Ethereum (ETH) has the most developers working on its base protocol of all cryptocurrencies, not counting community project developers, according to a report by crypto asset management firm Electric Capital. The report was published in a Medium post on March 7. Per the post, the company fingerprinted over 20,000 code repositories and 16 million commits […]

Smart Contract Firm Quantstamp Reveals Investment From Financial Giant Nomura March 8, 2019

United States smart contract security company Quantstamp has announced its expansion to Japan following an investment from local financial giant Nomura Holdings. The news was revealed in a press release from Quantstamp published on March 6. According to the announcement, the U.S. firm has received a “significant investment” from Nomura, which provides investment, financing and […]

‘For Trustworthy Startups Only’: BlockShow Announces New Crypto Conference in Singapore March 7, 2019

BlockShow, an international blockchain event powered by Cointelegraph, announced its new conference, BlockShow Asia 2019, which will be held at Marina Bay Sands Expo in Singapore on Nov. 14-15. The conference will focus on the most promising projects that have weathered the challenges of the recent crypto bear market. As Cryptopolitan reported in February, initial […]

Nasdaq-Powered EU Digital Exchange DX Adds Tokenized ETFs March 6, 2019

Estonia-based digital trading platform DX.Exchange has added tokenized Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) to its services, according to press release shared with Cointelegraph on March 6. The move involves the tokenization of popular ETFs, such as SPY, which represents the S&P 500, and QQQ, which backs the Nasdaq Composite at a 1:1 ratio. UWT (crude oil) and […]

From Stablecoins to Blockchain Trials: Japanese Players Are Going Crypto as the Local Government Is Overseeing the Market March 5, 2019

The beginning of the year was particularly eventful for the Japanese crypto ecosystem, which is generally considered to be a major part of the industry. First of all, Japan’s Central Bank (BoJ) issued a study on the role of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) in the current monetary system, a topic that was widely discussed […]

Coinbase: Former Provider Sold User Data to Third Parties, Prompting Neutrino Acquisition March 4, 2019

Christine Sandler, Coinbase’s director of institutional sales, has defended the crypto exchange’s controversial acquisition of blockchain intelligence firm Neutrino. In an interview with financial news channel Cheddar on March 1, Sandler said that previous client data providers were selling Coinbase user data to outside sources. As reported, major United States crypto exchange and wallet Coinbase […]

#DeleteCoinbase: Exchange Users Respond to Acquisition of a Firm Run by Former Spyware Developers March 3, 2019

Last week, Coinbase announced that it had acquired Neutrino, a blockchain intelligence startup, which at first seemed like a regular purchase for the ever-growing United States cryptocurrency exchange. However, soon the crypto community learned that Neurino’s key staff are directly affiliated with Hacking Team, a controversial information technology outfit that sells offensive surveillance capabilities to […]

Blockstream Releases Upgrade of Its Bitcoin Lightning Network Implementation March 2, 2019

Blockchain development company Blockstream has released a new version of its Bitcoin (BTC) scalability software, c-lightning, a post on the company’s blog reveals on March 1. C-lightning is an implementation of the off-chain Bitcoin scalability solution, the Lightning Network (LN), that is written in the C programming language. Per the announcement, this latest version, c-lightning […]