Tether Stablecoin: Can the Crypto Market Live Without It? July 4, 2019

There is perhaps no other crypto asset more subject to scrutiny and accusations of impropriety than the Tether stablecoin. The startup behind the coin has been blamed for market manipulation while its business dealings and accounting practices have stirred up many concerns. Critics argue that Tether lacks transparency, possibly engages in criminal activity and does […]

Blockchain Dev Firm Launches First Smart Contracts on Microsoft’s .NET July 3, 2019

Developers can now write smart contracts in C# on Microsoft’s .NET architecture. Blockchain development firm Stratis Group Ltd has launched the first smart contracts on Microsoft’s .NET architecture, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 3. The company has introduced the Cirrus Sidechain Masternodes and Stratis Smart Contracts products designed to enable […]

Crypto Exchange Bitfinex Repaid $100 Million to Stablecoin Operator Tether July 2, 2019

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex announced that it repaid $100 million of outstanding loan facility to stablecoin operator Tether in a post on its official blog on July 2. Per the announcement, Bitfinex made the repayment via wire transfer to Tether’s bank account and the amount was not yet due to be paid to the operator under […]

‘Not Everyone Is Happy but We Have to Move on,’ Some Challenges to the FATF’s New Guidance July 1, 2019

“Travel rule” was a term frequently heard at the V-20 Summit, which took place in parallel with the G-20 meeting in Osaka, Japan from June 28 to 29. Regulators and Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs) — such as exchanges from different countries — met in Osaka for two days and discussed how to implement the […]

Cryptocurrency Mobile App Downloads Stall Amid Price Surge: Report June 30, 2019

Despite bitcoin’s (BTC) recent price surge, the download count of cryptocurrency-related mobile applications is not increasing, Bloomberg reports on June 28 Data form mobile app analytics firm App Annie shows that, while in the first half of 2018 there were 65.8 million cryptocurrency-related app downloads, in the first six months of this year there were […]

Daily Ethereum Transactions Exceed One Million, a First Since May 2018 June 29, 2019

Daily transactions registered on the Ethereum (ETH) network exceeded one million yesterday, June 28, for the first time since May 2018, according to data reported by leading Ethereum block explorer Etherscan. Per Etherscan data, on June 28 there were 1,004,170 transactions confirmed on the Ethereum blockchain. Before yesterday, the last time the Ethereum chain registered […]

Kik Hands Off Defend Crypto Frund to The Blockchain Association June 28, 2019

The Blockchain Association, a collective of advocates involved with the blockchain industry, has taken over the Defend Crypto fund set up by Kik According to an official blog post on June 28, Kik — the company behind Kik Messenger and the kin (KIN) cryptocurrency — believes that the Blockchain Association “will be in the best […]

Seychelles to Host First Regulated Tokenized Security on a National Stock Market June 27, 2019

Seychelles-based securities exchange MERJ will purportedly list the first regulated security token on a national stock market, according to a report by Bloomberg on June 25. As per the report, these security tokens are digital asset shares that will trade alongside stock for MERJ Exchange Ltd, the company behind the MERJ exchange. The report notes […]

TRON Foundation Announces $20 Million Buyback Plan June 26, 2019

The Tron Foundation has announced a $20 million buyback plan in a blog post published on June 25. The buyback is purportedly part of an initiative to bolster community activity and market stability. The company is going to conduct the largest tron (TRX) token buyback plan so far with the widest coverage in the secondary […]

Germany: CDU and CSU Union to Integrate Blockchain Into Public Services June 25, 2019

In Germany, the CDU and CSU Union wants to integrate blockchain technology into public services, Cointelegraph Deutschland reported on June 25. The CDU and CSU Union represents the centre-right Christian democratic political alliance of two parties in Germany, the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU). In the original announcement […]

Price Analysis 24/06: BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC, BCH, EOS, BNB, BSV, TRX, ADA June 24, 2019

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. Market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. The recent rally in bitcoin has turned around sentiment completely. […]

Craig Wright Failed to Disclose Bitcoin Holdings in Court Case, Says Lawyer June 23, 2019

The legal counsel for a plaintiff in a bitcoin (BTC) theft case involving Australian computer scientist Craig Wright, said that Wright — the defendant — failed to disclose his bitcoin holdings per court order. Devin Freedman of law firm Boies Schiller Flexner made his statements in a tweet on June 21. As Cointelegraph previously reported, […]

Will PwC’s New Software Solve the Cryptocurrency Auditing Problem? June 22, 2019

Earlier this week, Big Four firm PwC announced the release of a cryptocurrency auditing software solution. According to the multinational professional services network, its Halo auditing suite has now been updated to accommodate “entities engaging in cryptocurrency transactions.” The new tool reportedly allows PwC to establish crypto asset ownership and gather information about transactions and […]

Grayscale’s Ethereum Security Now Listed on OTC Markets June 21, 2019

Grayscale’s Ethereum-based security, Grayscale Ethereum Trust (ETHE), is available for trading on OTC Markets, according to an official blog post from Grayscale Investments on June 20.   According to the post, ETHE is “an open-ended trust that holds Ethereum.” As further noted, this is a means of investing in Ethereum without having to actually hold […]

Atlantis Hard Fork for Ethereum Scheduled for September 17 Launch June 20, 2019

The Atlantis hard fork for Ethereum Classic (ETC) has been officially set to occur at block 8,772,000 on the blockchain, according to the Ethereum Classic Improvement Protocol (ECIP) finalization call via Discord on June 20. As per the discussions in the call, the developers and contributors had previously considered putting the hard fork at block […]

CBDCs of the World: The Benefits and Drawbacks of National Cryptos, According to Different Jurisdictions June 19, 2019

This month alone, at least three separate countries have reported on their prospective central bank-issued digital currencies (CBDCs): The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) announced the creation of a specially dedicated nonprofit organization to support its digital currency that is already being developed. Meanwhile, the central bank of Russia said it was considering its […]

Global Banking Giant HSBC Launches Tokenization-Based Receivables System for India June 18, 2019

Major global banking group HSBC has implemented tokenization technology into its receivables infrastructure for corporate clients in India, according to an announcement on June 18. The British multinational financial services company has reportedly launched its Digital Accounts Receivable Tool (HSBC DART), based on tokenization technology developed by Australian blockchain-powered Fintech company Identitii Ltd., the firm […]

Zcash Rolls Out New Software Client to Bolster Network Health June 17, 2019

Nonprofit organization The Zcash Foundation has partnered with blockchain company Parity Technologies to release a new, open source software client for the cryptocurrency Zcash, according to a press release on June 17. The new software client, Zebra, purportedly exists to provide redundancy in the case of its first client — Zcashd — failing. Zcash hopes […]

Hodler’s Digest, June 10–16: Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week June 16, 2019

Top Stories This Week CCN casts doubt on shutdown plans as Google appears to correct visibility Cryptocurrency news outlet CCN (formerly CryptoCoinsNews) is apparently not going through with its total shutdown, as reported earlier this week. The outlet had previously posted a note that a recent Google Core Update had led to a more than […]

Coinbase Custody Holds $1.3B in Assets Under Custody, Expects to Hit $2B ‘Soon’ June 15, 2019

Coinbase Custody revealed that it holds $1.3 billion in assets under custody (AUC) and the firm expects to hit $2 billion AUC soon in a Twitter thread published on June 13. In a series of tweets, what is evidently the official Coinbase Custody Twitter account reported that last week the company’s CEO, Sam McIngvale, and […]

Exclusive: New Report Reveals Details of Telegram’s TON Blockchain June 14, 2019

A new report on the Telegram Open Network (TON) by Russian research agency Aton — published today, June 14, on Cointelegraph — reveals new details about one of the most anticipated projects in the crypto space. TON is a blockchain platform developed by encrypted instant messaging service Telegram, which is widely regarded as one of […]

Ampleforth Raises $5M in 11 Seconds in Tokinex Exchange Offering June 13, 2019

Ampleforth has raised $4.9 million in 11 seconds in its AMPL token sale, according to an announcement on June 13. The initial exchange offering (IEO) was the first to take place on Ethfinex and Hong Kong-based crypto exchange Bitfinex’s Tokinex platform . An IEO is an alternative to an initial coin offering (ICO) in which […]

General Motors Leads $23M Funding Round for Spring Labs Blockchain Firm June 12, 2019

United States-based blockchain startup Spring Labs has raised $23 million in a Seed A funding round, according to a press release on June 12. Spring Labs will purportedly use the funds to improve its blockchain-based platform Spring Protocol and develop three new fraud protection products that are designed to combat fraud in the auto financing […]

Traditional Exchanges Pull Back From Reg A+ IPOs Due to Fraud Concerns June 11, 2019

Traditional exchanges are holding off on Reg A+ initial public offerings (IPOs) following problematic offerings like that of purported cryptocurrency firm Longfin Corp., the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on June 10. Earlier in June, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) filed fraud charges against Longfin. The SEC claimed that Longfin fabricated 90% […]

Bank to Basics: USC Project Seeks to Disrupt Traditional Wholesale Banking June 10, 2019

On June 3, the Utility Settlement Coin (USC) project, one of the most ambitious crypto-based initiatives in mainstream finance, announced that it had taken the next step in its progression: the creation of a new company called Fnality International and the completion of a 50 million British pound ($63.2 million) Series A financing round. The […]