Month: January 2019

January 31, 2019

On Jan. 30, a group of cryptocurrency developers and organizations officially launched a project called Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) on the Ethereum network. The ERC20 token is a coin backed by bitcoin core (BTC) reserves and has started trading on several exchange platforms.   THE INTRODUCTION OF WRAPPED BITCOIN   Last October, a joint initiative by […]

Blockchain tech firm and Bitcoin (BTC) mining manufacturer Bitfury plans to launch several mining facilities in Paraguay, according to a press release published Thursday, Jan. 31. Bitfury has partnered with South Korean peer-to-peer knowledge commons research firm Commons Foundation to launch a series of transaction processing sites that will use Bitfury’s BlockBox AC mobile data […]

The Indian government has invited lawyers from Nishith Desai Associates to present their suggestions for the country’s crypto regulation. This is in response to the firm’s submission of a proposed regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies. The suggestions include avoiding prohibition, taking a balanced approach, options for licensing, and self-regulation for the industry.   SUGGESTIONS FOR CRYPTO […]

Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX is filing for protection from creditors, a step taken to avoid bankruptcy. In a statement posted to its website nearly a week after the portal became inaccessible, the exchange announced that it had filed “an application for creditor protection in accordance with the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act,” as part of a […]

Merck, the world’s oldest operating pharmaceutical firm, has won a blockchain patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Cointelegraph auf Deutsch reported Jan. 30 The German multinational has developed a system that uses a combination of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain tech to establish the authenticity of unique physical objects. As Merck […]

Nasdaq has unveiled its comprehensive onboarding process for Bitcoin exchanges looking to use its proprietary surveillance tools as part of efforts to combat wash trading and other forms of market manipulation. The stock exchange operator says that it has already on-boarded seven platforms.   RIGOROUS VETTING NEEDED FOR BITCOIN EXCHANGES   Nasdaq has a team […]

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency trading exchange by volume, announced today that both debit and credit card payments for cryptocurrencies are now open — thanks to a partnership with Simplex, a fully-licensed financial institution that offers online fraud-protected payment processing solutions. Binance users are now afforded the opportunity to purchase Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin […]

The operator of Germany’s second-largest stock exchange, Boerse Stuttgart Group, has launched a mobile app for cryptocurrency trading. After a year in development, the firm announced Thursday, the Bison app is now available on iOS 9+ and Android 4.4+ devices in Germany, and will allow users to trade in bitcoin (BTC), ethereum (ETH), litecoin (LTC) […]

A human error led to the leak of millions of customers’ data at an Indian public sector bank, raising questions on the merit of Bitcoin over banks. State Bank of India, a government-owned corporation, forgot to secure essential server information that held customers’ messages, bank balances, transaction details, and other related details. It allowed anyone […]

The race is back on to launch the first U.S. bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), after Cboe resubmitted its joint proposal with VanEck and SolidX. Announced Thursday by VanEck digital asset strategy lead Gabor Gurbacs, the Jan. 30 filing would, if approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), allow the Cboe BZX Exchange to list […]