Thai Ministry of Finance Gives Digital Asset Business Licenses to Four Firms January 10, 2019

The Thai Ministry of Finance has issued digital asset business licenses to four crypto-related firms, according to a notice published by the country’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Jan. 8. According to the announcement, the licenses were issued by the finance ministry “under the recommendation of the SEC Board.” The four companies that received a […]

Crypto Markets See Mixed Signals, Bitcoin Still Above $4,000 January 9, 2019

Tuesday, Jan. 8 — crypto markets are seeing mixed signals, according to data from Coin360, after a day mostly in the green. Bitcoin (BTC) still remains above current psychological barrier of $4,000, while some of the other major cryptocurrencies see mild losses. Market visualization from Coin360 Bitcoin has not dipped below the $4,000 mark for […]

Japan's Financial Watchdog Seeks to Regulate Unregistered Crypto Investment Firms January 8, 2019

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) is considering the regulation of unregistered firms that solicit investments in cryptocurrencies, Cointelegraph Japan reports on Jan. 8. The development is reportedly a bid to close a loophole in the country’s existing regulatory framework, in which unregistered firms that collect funds in crypto rather than fiat currencies remain in a […]

Nevada Issues Almost 1,000 Marriage Certificates on Ethereum, But Gov’t Acceptance Varies January 7, 2019

Blockchain technology has already found its way into local government services in the United States, but Nevada particularly is proactive, the AP reported on Jan. 7. Citing specifically the use of blockchain to issue digital marriage certificates, the publication found that two counties in the Silver State had already integrated the technology or were running […]

ICO Market 2018 vs 2017: Trends, Capitalization, Localization, Industries, Success Rate January 6, 2019

Disclaimer: This article does not contain investment advice or recommendations. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. The ICO market data is provided by ICObench, based upon the projects’ announcements recorded in ICObench database, which includes over 5,100 ICOs since August 2015. In 2018, 2,284 […]

‘Crypto Needs Rules’ Says New Gemini Ad Campaign January 5, 2019

The Gemini cryptocurrency exchange founded by the Winklevoss twins in 2014 is calling for better regulation of the crypto space in a new ad campaign, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports on Jan. 4. Placards on taxis and in the New York City subway contain slogans like “crypto needs rules” while simultaneously suggesting that Gemini […]

Proof of Keys Event Aims to Challenge Perceived Centralization of Cryptocurrencies January 4, 2019

The “Proof of Keys” event aimed against centralized exchanges is happening today, Jan. 3, spearheaded by Bitcoin (BTC) investor Trace Mayer. The Proof of Keys event is essentially a bank run on centralized exchanges, wherein activists are called to withdraw all their cryptocurrency funds from centralized trading platforms and store them in their own wallets. […]

From Dorian Nakamoto to Elon Musk: The Incomplete List of People Speculated to Be Satoshi Nakamoto January 3, 2019

Ten years ago, on Jan. 3, 2009, the Bitcoin (BTC) network was created as Satoshi Nakamoto mined the genesis block, also known as block number zero. However, the identity behind the Bitcoin creator has remained one of the biggest mysteries in the crypto community since the original white paper was published by Satoshi in October […]

Top Cryptos See Modest Gains After Wavering Earlier Today January 2, 2019

Jan. 1 — the top 20 coins are seeing moderate gains over the 24-hour period. Bitcoin has scaled back above $3,800 after falling below the mark earlier today. Market visualization from Coin360 At press time, Bitcoin (BTC) is up 3.1 percent and is trading at $3,863.18. On its weekly chart, the major cryptocurrency is still […]

Iran Declares Telegram Crypto Aspirations an Act Against National Security January 1, 2019

The Iranian government has taken further steps against Telegram’s cryptocurrency development, the Tehran Times reports Dec. 31. Secretary of the Criminal Content Definition Task Force Javad Javidnia has declared that any cooperation with the encrypted messaging app to launch its Gram token will be considered an act against national security and a disruption to the […]

Hodler’s Digest, Dec. 24–30: Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week December 31, 2018

Top Stories This Week Nvidia Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Losses After Lower GPU Mining Demand Graphics processing unit (GPU) producer Nvidia is currently facing a class action lawsuit over losses that the company reported when lower crypto prices lowered demand for GPUs by miners. The Schall law firm announced the lawsuit this week, with […]

2018: A Record-Breaking Year for Crypto Exchange Hacks December 30, 2018

Eric Larcheveque is the CEO of Ledger, a leader in security and infrastructure solutions for cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications since 2014. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  2018 was a record-breaking year. From the number of cryptocurrency exchange hacks, to the amount of assets that were stolen, to the largest […]

Multi-Blockchain Crypto Collectible Game Integrates TRON and Promises Unique Updates December 29, 2018

Blockchain Cuties, a decentralized crypto collectible game already available on two blockchain platforms — Ethereum (ETH) and EOS — has recently added a third platform based on the decentralized protocol TRON. Blockchain Cuties has announced that the TRON version of the game will have unique content, including Cuties, items and probably locations. Future of DApps […]

From “Obsolete” Blockchain to Bitcoin at $1 Mln: Predictions of 2018 December 28, 2018

The world of cryptocurrencies is full of prophets and predictions of all ranges, just as any other financial market in the world. 2018 jumped right in with Bitcoin (BTC) hovering around $15,000 and investors being far too optimistic about the future of digital currencies. Some of the premonitions — especially related to BTC’s price by […]

UN Partnership to Roll Out Blockchain-Based Telemedicine, Telepsychology in East Africa December 27, 2018

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will reportedly partner with blockchain-based telemedicine and telepsychology firm doc.com to expand free basic healthcare services across Eastern Africa. News of the partnership was shared with Cointelegraph in an email on Dec. 26. In an officially sealed letter signed on Dec. 20 by Amado Philip de […]

New Remittances System to Tackle Crypto Volatility When International Payments Are Made December 26, 2018

A Japanese fintech company has unveiled a system that is designed to address the price volatility seen when cryptocurrencies are used for remittances. Atom Solutions says that, at present, the options for foreign workers who need to make overseas remittances are imperfect. While costs can be high when they try to complete transactions through a […]

Ex-CIA Official Claims Blockchain Is ‘Biggest Threat’ to Future of US National Security December 25, 2018

Andrew Bustamante, reportedly a former CIA intelligence officer, has claimed blockchain is “super powerful stuff” that represents a threat to America’s national security. Bustamante, who specializes in publishing life-hacks based on his knowledge of espionage, made his elliptical remarks in a subreddit thread on Dec. 22. Bustamante is also reportedly a United States Air Force […]

Hodler’s Digest, Dec. 17–23: Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week December 24, 2018

Top Stories This Week Blockchain Firm Blockstream Launches Fifth Bitcoin Blockchain Streaming Satellite Blockstream, a blockchain development firm, expanded its satellite service this week with a fifth leased satellite broadcasting the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain to all of Earth’s major land masses. This new satellite brings potential internet-free BTC transactions and information sharing to crypto users […]

Pump-and-Dump Groups Become ‘Widespread’ as Market Remains Largely Unregulated December 23, 2018

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) recently published research studying the phenomenon of pump-and-dump groups within the crypto community. The paper — conducted by seven academics from Tel Aviv University, the University of Tulsa and the University of Mexico — concluded that “regulators should be very concerned that price manipulation via pump and dump schemes […]

Bitfinex Crypto Exchange Launches Margin Trading for Stablecoin Tether December 22, 2018

Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has introduced margin trading for stablecoin Tether (USDT), according to a blog post published Dec. 21. Bitfinex has launched margin trading for the USDT/USD pair, which would purportedly lead to more efficient price discovery and enable users to hedge the exposure taken on stablecoins. Along with a dedicated lending market, […]

Bloomberg: Facebook is Developing a Cryptocurrency for Transfers in WhatsApp December 21, 2018

Facebook is reportedly making a cryptocurrency for users of the messaging service WhatsApp, Bloomberg reports on Dec. 20. The token will purportedly be used for money transfers made within the app, and will focus on the remittances market in India. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg states that Facebook is developing a stablecoin. The […]

Following $120 Million Funding Round, Waves Token Price Jumps Over 30% December 20, 2018

Global blockchain platform Waves has raised $120 million in a private funding round for its new project called Vostok, according to an official blog post published Dec. 19. The Vostok project is a “universal blockchain solution” that combines two basic components  — its own private blockchain platform, and the Vostok system integrator, a tool for […]

Hong Kong: Purported Bitcoin Millionaire Reportedly Arrested After Making It ‘Rain Cash’ December 19, 2018

A supposed Bitcoin (BTC) millionaire has been arrested in Hong Kong after “making it rain cash” on the streets, local English-language news outlet the Shanghaiist reported on Dec. 17. On Sunday, a swathe of 100-Hong Kong dollar bills were thrown off a roof in Sham Shui Po, one of the poorest Hong Kong neighborhoods. Wong […]

Better Than Corporations: Layoffs in Crypto Are On the Rise, Still Lower Than in Other Industries December 18, 2018

Since Bitcoin hit its all-time high of $20,000, the dominant cryptocurrency has seen more than an 80 percent decline in value from that historic milestone over the past 12 months. The popularity of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin pioneered the way for other projects to explore the possibilities of blockchain technology. The brightest minds pushed the boundaries, […]

Crypto Anarchist Manifesto Author Tim May Dies of Natural Causes, Report December 17, 2018

Cypherpunks co-founder Timothy C. May has reportedly died of natural causes, a Facebook eulogy posted by cypherpunk Lucky Green stated Dec. 15. In his social media post, Green informed: “Word has reached me that my dear friend, co-conspirator in many things and for many years, fellow Freedom Fighter Tim May passed away earlier this week […]