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 […]

Ripple Head of Markets: XRP Token Listing Was ‘Coinbase’s Independent Decision’ March 1, 2019

Blockchain payment network Ripple did not influence United States cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase’s decision to list XRP, a senior executive claimed on social media on Feb. 27. As part of a Twitter debate involving United Kingdom-based entrepreneur and investor Alistair Milne, Ripple’s head of markets, Miguel Vias, broke ranks with previous correspondence from Ripple about Coinbase. […]

Thai SEC Added 3 Cryptos to List of Crypto Assets Suitable for ICOs and Trading February 28, 2019

The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (Thai SEC) has updated the list of cryptocurrencies suitable for use in initial coin offering (ICO) investments and trading pairs. An official Thai SEC statement reported the development on Feb. 28. Until now, Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP) and Stellar (XLM) could be used for the purposes mentioned […]

New Ecosystem Says It Allows Sending and Receiving Crypto or Fiat With No Fees February 27, 2019

An upcoming crypto ecosystem has bold ambitions to offer “a much smoother way of moving fiat and cryptocurrency over the internet,” enabling people to pay in the fiat or crypto of their choice — whatever the requested currency — without fees. YPTOspace says it plans to develop a “first-of-its-kind platform that connects blockchain assets to […]

‘No Wallet Needed’: Mobile Cryptopunk Game Announces a New Approach to Non-Fungible Tokens February 26, 2019

Estonian game developer Ether Dale is ready to implement its new system — dubbed “Side-chain 2.0” — to its multi-blockchain mobile game Glitch Goons. The company says its aim is to build a platform on which people who are not familiar with blockchain can easily create, trade and exchange non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Easy way to […]

Unconfirmed: Crypto Startup Enjin to Back Rumored Samsung Galaxy S10 Blockchain Wallet February 25, 2019

South Korean crypto company Enjin Wallet has reportedly been appointed by Samsung to back a blockchain wallet in its new Galaxy S10 smartphone, anonymous sources told Asia Crypto Today on Monday, Feb. 25. The anonymous interlocutors provided an image to the outlet that was purportedly posted by Tworld — Korea’s second largest telecom company. The […]

Thai Parliament Approves Amendments Allowing Issuance of Tokenized Securities February 24, 2019

Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly has officially allowed the issuance of tokenized securities on blockchain, major newspaper The Bangkok Post reports on Friday, Feb. 22. The government will amend the Securities and Exchange Act, according to the article. As soon as the changes come into effect later in 2019, tokenized securities such as stocks and bonds […]

Stanford Researchers Develop Privacy Mechanism for Ethereum Smart Contract February 23, 2019

Researchers from the Stanford University and Visa Research have developed a privacy mechanism for Ethereum (ETH) smart contracts. A paper describing the mechanism was published on Stanford University’s Applied Cryptography Group website on Feb. 20. According to the paper, the researchers created “a fully-decentralized, confidential payment mechanism” called “Zether” that is consistent with both Ethereum […]

Crypto Hedge Fund Pantera Capital Seals $130 Million for Third Crypto Venture Fund February 22, 2019

Crypto hedge fund Pantera Capital has already sealed $130 million out of a $175 million target for its third crypto venture fund. The development was shared with Cointelegraph in private correspondence with Pantera president Bill Healy on Feb. 22. For Pantera’s debut fund in 2013, the firm had raised $13 million, rising to $25 million […]

Blockchain in Health Insurance: More Accuracy, More Transparency and More Efficiency February 21, 2019

The evolving relationship between blockchain tech and the health sector has already been thoroughly documented, yet something that’s received less attention is the increasing role blockchains are set to have in the health insurance industry. This industry was worth over $600 billion in 2017 in the United States alone, while calculations suggest that as much as $375 […]

Binance Launches Decentralized Crypto Exchange Testnet February 20, 2019

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance has launched the testnet of its new decentralized exchange, Binance DEX, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 20. Per Binance, the exchange, powered by Binance Chain — a new blockchain and peer-to-peer (p2p) distributed system — is already available for customers. Users can create wallets and start […]

FBI Outline Key Features of Scam ICOs, Warns Investors to Be Vigilant February 19, 2019

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has outlined what it believes to be the consistent threads running through fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO) schemes. The Bureau’s perspective was shared in an interview with Netherlands-based financial news site the Paypers on Feb. 19. According to the FBI, the key strategies of scam offerings include […]

Ethereum Client Parity’s Afri Schoeden Quits Social Media Amid Community Infighting February 18, 2019

Afri Schoeden, release manager at blockchain infrastructure firm Parity Technologies, has withdrawn from social media amid a spate of infighting in the Ethereum (ETH) community. In a tweet posted on Feb. 17, Schoeden stated that “until further notice […] I will no longer respond on Gitter, Skype, Discord, Slack, Wire, Twitter, and Reddit.” Parity Technologies […]

Interview With Crypto ‘Optimist’ Brian Kelly: Bitcoin Is Still 50 Percent Undervalued February 17, 2019

This interview has been edited and condensed. The author of the “The Bitcoin Big Bang — How Alternative Currencies Are About to Change the World,” Brian Kelly calls himself an optimist when it comes to the future of the cryptocurrencies. CNBC’s prominent commentator, who is also the founder and CEO of digital currency investment firm […]

Norway: Anarcho-Capitalist Smart City Adopts Crypto as Sole Recognized Medium of Exchange February 16, 2019

Liberstad — a private, anarcho-capitalist city in Norway — has adopted a cryptocurrency native to its blockchain-powered smart city platform as its official medium of exchange, according to a press release published on Feb. 12. Founded in 2015, Liberstad is the outcome of the Libertania project, run by the nonprofit Liberstad Drift Association, which aims […]

Major Canadian Exchange Coinsquare Acquires Zero-Fee Payment Network StellarX February 15, 2019

Major Canadian crypto exchange Coinsquare has acquired StellarX, a Stellar (XLM)-based zero-fee decentralized payment network, according to a press release published on Feb. 14. According to the announcement, Bermuda-based StellarX will be a fully owned subsidiary of Coinsquare and will seek regulatory approval to operate and expand its service under Coinsquare’s compliance. The new acquisition […]

Chinese Tech Giant Baidu Launches Blockchain OS to Support DApp Development February 14, 2019

Chinese search engine and web services company Baidu has launched its Baidu Blockchain Engine (BBE), an operating system designed to facilitate decentralized application (DApp) development. The news was officially announced by Baidu’s cloud computing unit, Baidu Cloud, on Feb. 14. Baidu Cloud states that it considers an open source, commercialized platform to be “the only […]

Bloomberg: Investors, Miners, Turn to Derivatives to Survive Crypto Winter February 13, 2019

Crypto investors and miners are turning to derivatives such as options in an attempt to survive the protracted market downturn, a Bloomberg piece argues on Feb. 13. The article presents the increasing popularity of complex trading instruments as a means of pocketing cash short term as being symptomatic of just how difficult it has become […]

Bithumb Partners With Blockchain VC Firm Nvelop to Launch Exchange in UAE: Report February 12, 2019

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb will open a new platform in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), local news outlet The Financial News reported Feb. 12. The UAE-based platform is reportedly to be developed in partnership with Abu Dhabi-based firm Nvelop and will function as a springboard for Bithumb to expand into other countries in the […]

US SEC Highlights Dedicated ICO Guide Amid Ongoing Regulatory Debate February 11, 2019

U.S. regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reiterated guidelines on initial coin offerings (ICOs) in a tweet Feb. 10, as efforts to formalize the sector continue. A dedicated section of the regulator’s website now lists five aspects of ICOs the SEC considers essential, as well as a separate section for investors and market […]

Forbes “Fintech 50” List, Reviewed: New Players, Veterans and Startups Which Didn’t Make the Cut February 10, 2019

Recently, Forbes published the fresh edition of its “Fintech 50” list, counting the world’s top financial technology firms. Notably, there are just six crypto and blockchain companies featured this year, while the 2018 list contained 11 players from the field. Given that the notorious crypto boom of 2017 has been followed by the relentless bear […]

Bitcoin Breaks $3,600 Price Point, Some Top Cryptos See Double-Digit Gains February 9, 2019

Friday, Feb. 8 —  Bitcoin (BTC) has broken the $3,600 price point, with all of the top 20 digital currencies making significant gains on the day, according to data from Coin360. Market visualization from Coin360 In the middle of the day, BTC spiked above the $3,450 mark and at press time the leading cryptocurrency is […]

Report: Bitcoin Transactions Per Day Increase to January 2018 Levels February 8, 2019

The daily Bitcoin (BTC) transaction volume has been recently increasing to the levels not seen since January 2018, after BTC hit the $20,000 price mark, according to data from transactionfee.info. Some industry players believe that it is a sign of the evolution of the cryptocurrency’s ecosystem and fundamentals. Bitcoin transactions per day. Source: transactionfee.info Jameson […]