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HTC Launches Exodus 1S, First Phone That Can Run a Full BTC Node
Taiwanese electronics giant HTC has launched its new smartphone Exodus 1s, enabling users to run a full Bitcoin (BTC) node on mobile.

First smartphone to support full Bitcoin node

In line with an announcement in May 2019, HTC launched the… Read full article
Bittrex International Halts Service in Venezuela and 30 More Countries
Bittrex International, Malta-based international unit of United States’ crypto exchange Bittrex, will cease operations in Venezuela and 30 other countries.

No clear reason for the action

In an email to Venezuelan customers, Bittrex International announced that the exchange will halt… Read full article
How Can EEA's Reward Token System Help Banks Motivate Their Employees?
Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) created a token system to encourage the active contribution of member organizations and their employees to the consortium, as reported by Cointelegraph on Oct. 8. The tokens are powered by the EEA’s Off-chain Trusted Compute Specification… Read full article
Bitcoin Recovers Above $8K After 18th Million Bitcoin Was Mined
Saturday, Oct. 19 — crypto markets are seeing a slight recovery after another downward movement as Bitcoin (BTC) is back to trading above $8,000.

Market visualization. Source: Coin360

18 million BTC mined, BTC blockchain hits 600,000 blocks

After trading below… Read full article
“I’m not buying anything,” says Tron CEO Amid Reports of Poloniex Acquisition
Tron (TRX) founder and CEO Justin Sun has possibly refuted recent reports suggesting that he is leading an investment group behind the acquisition of cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex.

In a tweet published on Oct. 19, Sun has claimed that he is… Read full article
Alipay Denounces Bitcoin OTC Trading: Regulatory ‘Gray Area’ in China
Earlier in October 2019, Binance announced a fiat on-ramp for crypto trading via Chinese payment services Alipay and WeChat. This move was part of the exchange giant’s peer-to-peer (P2P) trading rollout for Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and Tether (USDT) against… Read full article
Blockchain Voting is Vulnerable to Hacking and Low-Quality Data: Research
Nir Kshetri, a professor of management at the University of North Carolina, has suggested that before blockchain-based voting can be considered safe and trustworthy, some major issues must be resolved.

In an article published on Oct. 18, Kshetri claims that… Read full article
Ripple’s XRP Sales Down 73% in Q3 Compared to Previous Quarter
Blockchain payments network Ripple has announced that it sold $66.24 million worth of XRP in Q3 2019 — down a staggering 73.66% compared to the record sale worth of $251.51 million in the previous quarter.

According to the third quarterly… Read full article
NY District Court Postpones Telegram’s TON Hearing to 2020
The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has postponed the hearing regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) injunction filing against Telegram Open Network (TON) and its Gram token to Feb. 18–19, 2020.

As Cointelegraph… Read full article
G20 Finance Leaders: Stablecoins Present Serious Regulatory Risks
The G20 finance chiefs of the world agree that global stablecoins give rise to a set of public policy and regulatory risks.

On Oct. 18, Reuters reported that the G20, an international forum for the governments and central bank governors… Read full article
Crypto Markets Turn Red Once Again, Bitcoin Price Hovers Under $8K
Friday, Oct. 18 — Bitcoin (BTC) is suffering from further downward selling pressure and continues to trade below the $8,000 price mark.

Cryptocurrency market daily overview. Source: Coin360

Bitcoin traded below the $8,000 price mark for most of the day.… Read full article
Fidelity Investments Fully Rolls Out Crypto Custody Service, Exec Says
American financial services company Fidelity Investments has fully launched its cryptocurrency custody service.

Abigail Johnson, CEO of Fidelity Investments, revealed the development in an interview with the Financial Times published on Oct. 18. Johnson said that the company is ready… Read full article
Jamie Dimon About Libra: ‘A Neat Idea That Will Never Happen’
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has said that Facebook’s not-yet-released Libra stablecoin is “a neat idea that will never happen.”

Dimon delivered his comments during a speech at the Institute of International Finance conference on Friday, BNN Bloomberg reported on… Read full article
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Kik Messaging App Now Has New Owner, Will Continue Work on Kin Token
MediaLab, a Santa Monica-based holding company, has finalized an agreement with Kik Interactive to acquire the Kik messaging platform.

MediaLab sees the long-term potential of Kik and Kin token

On Oct. 18, in a blog post to the millions of… Read full article
Craig Wright: Either I’m Satoshi Nakamoto, or He Plagiarized Me
Australian computer scientist and tech entrepreneur Craig Wright has asserted that Satoshi Nakamoto, the author of the Bitcoin (BTC) white paper, plagiarized him.

Speaking at the CC London Investment in Blockchain and AI Forum 2019, which took place from Oct.… Read full article
Dollar Deposits On Binance.US Now Have FDIC Insurance Coverage
Binance.US — the United States-focused wing of major cryptocurrency exchange Binance — announced that its customer\'s dollar deposits are eligible for Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance coverage.

FDIC insures deposits up to $250,000

In a blog post on Oct.… Read full article
Two More US Jurisdictions Launch Blockchain-Based Mobile Voting
Two state counties in the United States are implementing blockchain-based mobile voting in the special elections in November.

On Oct. 18, the nonprofit Tusk Philanthropies announced its partnership with Jackson and Umatilla Counties in Oregon to pilot the mobile elections… Read full article
Price Analysis 18/10: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, LTC, EOS, BNB, BSV, XLM, LEO
The traditional financial system is heading to a disaster with about $17 trillion in global bonds returning negative-yields. “The whole concept of negative yields, of people paying for the privilege of lending money, is insane behavior to me,” said William… Read full article
German Minister Doubles Down on Statements Against Facebook’s Libra
German Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz has doubled down on his previous statement that policymakers should prevent the issuance of Facebook’s Libra stablecoin.

At the International Monetary Fund and World Bank fall meeting on Friday, Scholz stressed that stablecoins… Read full article
Poloniex Spins Out From Circle to Form New Exchange Not Available in US
United States-based crypto exchange Poloniex is spinning out from Circle to form a new exchange that will not support trading for customers based in the U.S.

New firm receives backing from Asian investment group

The new independent firm, called Polo… Read full article
Blizzard Bans Hearthstone Player, Blockchain Comes to Rescue
The gaming world burst into an outrage as a result of Blizzard\'s move to expel a leading professional gamer from Hong Kong, Chung Ng Wai (aka Blitzchung), from its international Hearthstone esports tournament. Hearthstone is an online game featuring collectible… Read full article
UK-Based Digital Exchange to Use R3’s Corda for Post-Trade Processes
Archax, a London-based digital securities exchange, will use blockchain software firm R3’s Corda technology to manage post-trade activities.

On Oct. 18, Archax announced in a press release that its post-trade processes will now run on distributed ledger technology. Archax will… Read full article
Crypto Firms Join Azure as Microsoft Fights Amazon for Market Share
Thanks to the high computational flexibility that it offers, the influence of cloud computing on the blockchain space continues to grow. It\'s less of a surprise, then, that cloud computing giants — such as Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle and Google\'s parent… Read full article
Huobi Lira Onramp to Enable Crypto Trading for Turkish Users
Singapore-based crypto exchange Huobi will launch a fiat gateway for the Turkish lira in late 2019.

Huobi’s fiat onramp for lira will be the first fiat gateway launched by a global exchange, Huobi Global claimed during the opening event at… Read full article
Brazil Opens A Formal Inquiry Into The Country’s Rampant Cryptocurrency Scams
Brazilian Congressman Aureo Ribeiro, author of a bill that purports to regulate the Brazilian crypto market, requested the opening of a Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (PCI) to investigate crypto-related fraud in Brazil.

Cointelegraph got access to a document that asks for… Read full article
TON’s ‘Force Majeure’ Clause — Is Telegram About to Refund Investors?
Telegram’s grand entry into the cryptocurrency world is in limbo. After months of rumors, hype and anticipation, Telegram Open Network’s (TON) titan $1.7 billion sales round was declared illegal by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Just days… Read full article
FATF Raises Money Laundering Concerns Over Libra and Stablecoins
Global monetary watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), has added its voice to the growing chorus of concerns over Facebook’s Libra and other stablecoins.

Mass adoption of such currencies could hinder efforts to detect and stamp out money laundering… Read full article
ACINQ Unveils Its ‘2nd Generation’ Bitcoin Lightning Network Wallet
French Bitcoin (BTC) Lightning Network (LN) implementation developer ACINQ introduced its second-generation Lightning Network wallet, Phoenix, via Twitter, on Oct. 18. A video accompanying the post demonstrates a number of wallet functions, all accessed via a user-friendly interface.

From setup… Read full article
Fake Tor Browser Steals Bitcoin From Darknet Users, Warns ESET
Major antivirus software supplier ESET has discovered a trojanized Tor Browser designed to steal Bitcoin (BTC) from buyers in the darknet.

Fake browser distributed via 2 websites

Targeting users in Russia, the fake Tor Browser was distributed via two websites… Read full article
Raiffeisen Among 18 Banks in First Global Tokenized Collateral Trial
Twenty-eight organizations including Raiffeisen and 17 other banks have participated in the successful completion of the Ivno Global Tokenized Collateral Trial. This is the first global token trial on the R3 Corda platform, hosted on Microsoft Azure, as reported on… Read full article
Bitcoin Is Already at 40% of Average Fiat Currency Lifespan — 10 Years
Bitcoin (BTC) may only be ten years old, but it is about to match half the lifespan of the average fiat currency — while actually increasing in value.

Average fiat dies in 27 years

As Bitcoin statistician and commentator Willy… Read full article
SEC Insists Grams Are Securities — TON Launch Won’t Change This
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has responded to Telegram’s counterclaim, insisting that Grams are securities.

Preventing Telegram from further violation

Following Telegram’s counterclaim on Oct. 16, where the firm argued that its native crypto is not a… Read full article
Bermuda Premier: Cryptocurrency a Great Equalizer Against Big Tech
The Premier of Bermuda, Edward David Burt, has said that cryptocurrencies are a great equalizer and characterized fintech innovation as a national strategic imperative.

In an interview for Forbes published on Oct. 18, the Premier — a former programmer, startup… Read full article
Bitcoin Privacy Is the Only ‘Big Question’ for Devs, Says Poolin CEO
Bitcoin (BTC) needs to become more resistant to governments as a priority, the CEO of one of its biggest mining pools has said.

Pan: Privacy is Bitcoin’s “real problem”

In an interview with cryptocurrency media outlet Bitcoin Magazine quoted by… Read full article
Binance Raises Max Margin, Leverage on Bitcoin Futures to 125X
Binance’s futures platform is increasing maximum leverage and margin on Bitcoin (BTC)/Tether (USDT) contracts to 125x, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Oct. 18.

Support for the contracts went live at 9:00 am UTC, with traders able… Read full article
Ex-CEO of Google Africa: Bitcoin a ‘Gift’ That Will Change Humanity
Computer scientist and general manager of WeWork South Africa, Stafford Masie, has said that Bitcoin (BTC) will change the future of humanity more than any other technological innovation.

In a keynote delivered at the SingularityU South Africa Summit on Oct.… Read full article
Bitcoin Back Under $8K — Next Is $7.4K If Support Zone Breaks: Analyst
Bitcoin (BTC) lost support at $8,000 again on Oct. 18 after a brief recovery ended up further downward selling pressure.

Cryptocurrency market daily overview. Source: Coin360

Bitcoin eyes lower support bands

Data from Coin360 showed BTC/USD briefly hit $7,850 on… Read full article
Bitcoin’s Irreversibility Challenges Int’l Private Law: Legal Scholar
A German law professor has argued that permissionless networks such as Bitcoin (BTC) pose the greatest challenge when it comes to applying private law to the blockchain.

In an Oct. 18 article entitled “Who Owns Bitcoin? Private (International) Law Facing… Read full article
Binance DEX Prepares to List a BCH-Pegged Token
Changpeng Zhao (aka “CZ”), CEO and founder of major cryptocurrency exchange Binance, has proposed to list a token pegged to Bitcoin Cash (BCH) on Binance DEX, the platform’s decentralized counterpart.

According to the post published in Binance\'s official “Token Issuance… Read full article
G7 Task Force Releases Full Report on Impact of Global Stablecoins
A G7 task force reports that stablecoins, such as Facebook’s Libra, present significant risk to the global financial system but also have potential in the field of payments.

Doubling down on regulations

On Oct. 18, in a report requested by… Read full article
Nearly 75% of German Consumers Would Reject Facebook’s Libra: Survey
Almost three-quarters of German consumers would not use Facebook\'s planned digital currency, Libra, according to a recent poll.

Only 27 percent considers using Libra

On Oct. 17, Cointelegraph auf Deutsch reported that out of 2000 questioned Germans, aged 16 and… Read full article
Hackers Use Malicious Code in WAV Audio Files To Mine Cryptocurrencies
Threat researchers have discovered malicious code in WAV audio files, code that hackers use to mine cryptocurrencies.

Hackers earn thousand of dollars per month

On Oct. 16, researchers at BlackBerry Cylance, a software company that develops anti-virus programs, reported the… Read full article
Cointelegraph Blocked in Russia
Cointelegraph\'s website has become widely inaccessible in Russia as authorities added the domain to a registry of blacklisted sites.

The blacklist

Although Cointelegraph has been publicly on a list of blocked sites since 2017, it was only yesterday, October 16,… Read full article
Bitcoin Price Hovers Above $8,000 While XRP Jumps 5% on the Day
Thursday, Oct. 17 — Bitcoin (BTC) is hovering just above the $8,000 price mark, while XRP shows impressive gains on the day.

Cryptocurrency market daily overview. Source: Coin360

For most of the day, the world’s largest cryptocurrency has been trading… Read full article
US Senator Finds Negative Reactions to Facebook’s Libra ‘Puzzling’
United States Senator Mike Rounds expresses his support for Facebook’s Libra coin in a letter sent to Libra Association member Anchorage Trust company.

United States payment systems in its infancy

On Oct. 17, U.S. Senator Mike Rounds wrote to Nathan… Read full article
Cameron Winklevoss: Buy BTC to Escape Negative Yield Bonds
Bitcoin (BTC) bull and co-founder of Gemini crypto exchange Cameron Winklevoss has noted that the volume of negative interest bonds accounts for $17 trillion and has urged the public to buy Bitcoin. In an Oct. 17 tweet. Winklevoss wrote:

“$17… Read full article
Burj Khalifa Developer Emaar to Launch Tradeable Reward Token EMR
Dubai-based real estate giant Emaar Properties has released its new blockchain token-based referral and loyalty platform.

Real monetary value

Emaar, which developed the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, as well as the Dubai Mall, is planning to launch the… Read full article
Ethereum Futures: The Next Big Derivative to Hit the Market?
The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) hasn’t come to bury Ether, it’s come to regulate it. That was the message drawn from Heath Tarbert’s remarks from the stage at Yahoo Finance’s All Markets Summit in New York City… Read full article
Telegram Asks Court to Deny SEC’s Action, Says Gram Is Not a Security
Telegram responded to the United States securities regulator, arguing that Gram, the native cryptocurrency for the Telegram Open Network (TON), is not a security.

Telegram requests to deny SEC’s injunction

In an Oct. 16 filing, Telegram urged the United States… Read full article
Report: Canada Exploring Digital Currency to Track People’s Spending Habits
The Canadian central bank is reportedly considering launching a proprietary digital currency.

Digital currency could share info with police and tax authorities

On Oct. 16, news outlet The Logic reported that the Bank of Canada is exploring the possible opportunities… Read full article
Bitcoin Price Diary: Losing Small Is Key To Long Term Success
In my fourth trade journal, I am updating my previous Bitcoin (BTC) position as well as discussing the reasons that I have reentered a new long position on the same asset. I am also highlighting a quick loss on Ravencoin… Read full article
Qtum’s First-Ever Hard Fork Qtum 2.0 Is Now Active
Major Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain Qtum has gone through its first-ever hard fork today, updating the network to Qtum 2.0.

Major network upgrade

Qtum blockchain has had its first hard fork as scheduled, Qtum Official tweeted on Oct. 17.

The hard… Read full article
Bloomberg Editor: BTC ‘Is for Making Transactions The Man is Against’
Joe Weisenthal, the executive editor of news for Bloomberg Digital, said that blockchains are essentially inefficient and that “Bitcoin is for making transactions The Man is against.”

The Man

The comments come from Bloomberg’s Markets newsletter, which Weisenthal reproduced in… Read full article
What Does Skepticism for Libra Say About Bitcoin?
Facebook’s dream of being a cryptocurrency giant is seemingly becoming more distant by the day, as increasing regulatory uncertainty continues to jeopardize the company’s Libra project. While Libra has been surrounded by anything but good news even before its launch,… Read full article
How to Manage — and Understand — Risk Tolerance in Crypto Investing
“Risk tolerance” is a buzzword that’s commonly bandied around in the investment world — and with very good reason.

Although the phrase “no pain, no gain” has some truth — and there will always be some risk associated with making… Read full article
The 18 Millionth Bitcoin To Be Mined this Friday, Only 3 Million Left
The 18 millionth Bitcoin (BTC) is expected to be mined this Friday, American investor and co-founder of investment firm Morgan Creek Digital Assets Anthony Pompliano tweeted on Oct. 15.

Only three million BTC left

Pompliano also noted that, at this… Read full article
French Finance Minister Warns He ‘Cannot Countenance’ Facebook’s Libra
France’s economy and finance minister has repeated his criticism of Facebook’s digital currency Libra, saying he cannot allow its existence.

Le Maire: France has “clear position” on Libra

In an opinion piece for the Financial Times on Oct. 17, Bruno… Read full article
Major Singapore Bank Completes First DLT Trade Financing Transaction
A Singaporean banking branch of CIMB Group, one of the largest Asian investment banks, has completed its first blockchain-based trade financing transaction.

The transaction was processed using blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) platform developed by local trade financing firm… Read full article
Crypto-Friendly Browser Brave Hits 8 Million Monthly Active Users
Cryptocurrency-powered web browser Brave announced on Oct. 16 that it reached 8 million monthly active users.

Furthermore, daily active users stand at over 2.8 million and the number of creators subscribed to its web advertisement network also reportedly substantially increased.… Read full article
Can Political Fundraising Through Crypto Find Mainstream Acceptance?
A Reuters report published on Oct. 8 claimed that Japan’s internal affairs and communications minister, Sanae Takaichi, confirmed to ministers in the country that crypto donations are not subject to financial regulations.

However, in the same announcement, Takaichi mentioned that… Read full article
Bitcoin Price Back Above $8K as Pound Sterling Rises on Brexit Deal
Bitcoin (BTC) climbed back above $8,000 on Oct. 17 as news the United Kingdom had agreed on a deal with the European Union over Brexit ricocheted through markets.

Cryptocurrency market daily overview. Source: Coin360

Bitcoin Price Reclaims $8K

Data from… Read full article
Bitcoin ‘Maybe Is a Partial Store of Value,’ Concedes Nouriel Roubini
Economist Nouriel Roubini — also known as “Dr. Doom” for his prediction of the 2007-2008 financial crisis and a notorious critic of cryptocurrencies — has conceded that Bitcoin (BTC) is “a partial store of value.”

Roubini made the concession during… Read full article
Binance CEO Confused by BNB Price Decline Despite ‘Very Productive’ Q3
Changpeng Zhao, CEO and founder of major cryptocurrency exchange Binance, said that the reasons why Binance Coin (BNB) dropped over 50% from its all-time high in June do not make much sense.

“Markets often confuse people”

Zhao explained that new… Read full article
Fed Governor Warns: Facebook’s Libra Users Lack Clear Rights
A member of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors has said that Facebook\'s Libra could pose risks to consumers due to a lack of clarity over their rights with respect to the token’s underlying assets and to the system overall.… Read full article
Broadway’s Biggest Ticket Operator to Use IBM Blockchain Against Scams
Broadway’s largest ticket operator, the Shubert Organization, is integrating a blockchain solution into its business in a forthcoming pilot targeted at combating ticket fraud.

The organization, via its Telecharge and Shubert Ticketing division, has partnered with Boston-based startup True Tickets,… Read full article
UN Partners With NGO to Tokenize Chocolate Bars for Equitable Trade
The United Nations Development Programme has partnered with Dutch NGO the FairChain Foundation to use blockchain for the more equitable funding of cocoa farmers.

According to an Oct. 17 report from SpringWise, the partners will launch a new chocolate bar,… Read full article
Here’s How Much Bitcoin Is Locked Up in Sidechains Right Now
Almost $77 million of Bitcoin (BTC) is currently unavailable to use on the network — not because it is lost, but because it is locked up in sidechains.

Bitcoin sidechains: a nascent market

Data from block explorers confirms that as… Read full article
Sacramento Kings Pro Basketball Team Launches Crypto Collectibles
The Sacramento Kings NBA basketball team has partnered with CryptoKaiju to launch crypto-collectibles.

In a press release on Oct. 16, the Sacramento Kings announced a new collaboration with the creator of Ethereum-based Kaiju toys, CryptoKaiju. The companies will give away… Read full article
Telegram Aims to Push Out TON Launch Deadline Ahead of SEC Meeting
Encrypted messaging service Telegram wants to postpone the launch date of its Telegram Open Network (TON) following issues with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

According to an investor message seen by Cointelegraph on Oct. 16, Telegram told… Read full article
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