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Crypto Assets to Be Regulated Differently in the US, Potential Impact on Industry -  The United States government could regulate crypto assets and tokens differently than stocks and traditional assets by altering the >> full details
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Russian Finance Ministry Considers EAEU Digital Currency ‘Inevitable’ Due to US Sanctions -  Russia's Ministry of Finance (MinFin) believes that the creation of a Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)-backed digital currency is inevitable >> full details
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Chinese Fintech Incubation Zone Officially Begins Operations in Guangdong Province -  The Chinese fintech incubation zone located in the Guangdong province has officially started its operations, Chinese news outlet Chinese >> full details
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US Telecoms Giant Comcast to Make Blockchain Software Available in 2019 -  American global telecommunications conglomerate Comcast aims to make its blockchain initiative Blockgraph commercially available >> full details
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United States: Wyoming Targets Land Records in Blockchain Project With Overstock -  Wyoming has continued its blockchain integration via a new partnership with online retailer Overstock targeting land records, >> full details
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Report: ConsenSys to Lay Off up to 60% of Its Staff -  Blockchain software technology company ConsenSys may reportedly be making significant cuts to its staff, technology news outlet >> full details
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latest updates from Crypto Assets to Be Regulated Differently in the US, Potential Impact on Industry
Updates: Dec-23-2018 12:30:47 PM
The United States government could regulate crypto assets and tokens differently than stocks and traditional assets by altering the existing regulatory framework on securities.

On Dec. 22, CNBC reported that two congressmen — Warren Davidson and Darren Solo — have introduced a bipartisan bill entitled “Token Taxonomy Act,” in an effort to prevent over-regulation in the cryptocurrency space.

"In the early days of the internet, Congress passed legislation that provided certainty and resisted the temptation to over-regulate the market. Our intent is to achieve a similar win for America's economy and for American leadership in this innovative space," said Davidson.

When passed, what sort of impact could the bipartisan Token Taxonomy Act have on the cryptocurrency and blockchain sector?

More clarity, exactly what the industry needs
In a statement, the Blockchain Association — a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit trade association that represents many of the biggest companies in the cryptocurrency industry such as Coinbase, Circle and Digital Currency Group — said that the bill provides a definition to crypto assets and digital tokens that exclude them from being recognized as a security.

Throughout the past two years, many blockchain projects have left the U.S. market to pursue token sales in regions like Switzerland and Singapore, which have lenient and flexible policies regarding initial coin offerings (ICOs).

By providing a clear guideline on the regulatory nature of tokens and digital assets, the bill encourages blockchain projects to remain within the U.S. market and contribute to the growth of the local cryptocurrency and blockchain sector.

The vast majority of token sales and ICO projects — apart from a select few like Telegram that have reportedly conducted a private token sale with the approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) — have disallowed investors in the U.S. to participate in token sales due to the ambiguity in existing securities laws.

Even projects such as 0x (ZRX) that have been listed by a U.S.-based strictly regulated cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, which clears the project from being considered a security, did not allow investors in the country to contribute to the ICO.

“With these terms clarified, we can police bad actors while encouraging the good ones, giving US-based innovators the framework they need to build next-generation technologies and services here rather than doing that valuable work overseas,” the Blockchain Association said.

The bill also offers clarity on the taxation policy surrounding cryptocurrencies for the first time in the market’s history, eliminating the friction between blockchain networks and users.

Currently, users in the U.S. are required to declare capital gains taxes on all cryptocurrency transactions — small or big — because the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States federal government has recognized cryptocurrencies as a form of property.

Although the bill does not aim to alter the recognition of cryptocurrencies as a property, it imposes an exemption for capital gains taxes on transactions that do not exceed $600, deeming them as tax-exempt exchanges.
 
latest updates from Russian Finance Ministry Considers EAEU Digital Currency ‘Inevitable’ Due to US Sanctions
Updates: Dec-23-2018 12:30:32 PM
Russia's Ministry of Finance (MinFin) believes that the creation of a Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)-backed digital currency is inevitable due to the United States’ sanctions. Major Russian media agency Rambler reported MinFin’s comments on Friday, Dec. 21.

MinFin reportedly sees an opportunity for launching a digital currency backed by countries in the EAEU by 2020 or 2021, as deputy finance minister Alexei Moiseev revealed. The Eurasian Union was established in 2014 and includes five member countries: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

The announced digital currency project will be most likely implemented without using blockchain technology, Moiseev stated, as reported by major Russia’s news agency TASS.

According to Moiseev, the EAEU-backed single currency will be developed analogous with the European Currency Unit (ECU), the unit of account used by the European community before it was replaced by the euro (EUR) back in January 1999.

Launched in 1979, the ECU represented a combination of the currencies of the European Community states, with its rate depending on a weighted average of the participating currencies.

As the article notes, the idea of a common EAEU digital currency is supported not only by the participants of the economic union, but also some other, unnamed countries that are major trading partners of EAEU countries.

MinFin’s deputy finance minister has noted that turning to the creation of Eurasian currency is “inevitable” due to an increasing number of sanctioned companies. Moiseev continued:

“We hear promises of new upcoming sanctions. Accordingly, we have to react by building secure international payment system that are not based on the U.S. dollar.”

In November 2018, the chairman of Russia’s State Duma Committee on Financial Markets revealed that a tentatively planned state-backed stablecoin would be an encrypted equivalent to the Russian fiat ruble.

Recently, Russia’s deputy prime minister, Maxim Akimov, announced that the existing draft on crypto regulation would not be changed, despite having been sent back to its first reading at the beginning of December.

The crypto bill entitled, “On Digital Financial Assets,” has raised some questions by some local legal entities about its effective in the space, as key terms such as “cryptocurrencies” and “mining” were removed from the text.
 
latest updates from Chinese Fintech Incubation Zone Officially Begins Operations in Guangdong Province
Updates: Dec-23-2018 12:30:02 PM
The Chinese fintech incubation zone located in the Guangdong province has officially started its operations, Chinese news outlet Chinese Software Developer Network (CSDN) reports Dec. 21.

According to the article, the zone — which officially opened Dec. 20 — has a total area of 120 square kilometers and already hosts the headquarters of over 20 companies. The zone and its administration will reportedly offer the companies project financing, office space and policy guidelines, and will overall “promote the transformation and application of technological achievements.”

CSDN notes that the Guangdong financial high-tech zone will “focus on the major needs and major pain points of the financial [industries] encouraging blockchain and other technologies in finance, manufacturing, trade.” The zone will begin with fostering pilot projects, and then will move forward in order to “culvative a group of blockchain financial technology enterprises and innovation teams.”

In November, the “Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao Dawan District Blockchain Alliance” had been established to promote innovation and sustain the development of blockchain tech. CSDN mentions the three districts as areas for expanding the use of the technology.

China, which has long been cracking down on cryptocurrency by banning both domestic and foreign exchanges, and even crypto-related social accounts, seems to be heavily investing in blockchain technology. As Cointelegraph reported this week, a media copyright protection alliance has been created in Beijing to provide copyright protection employing blockchain technology.

Also in December, Shenzhen, a major city in the Guangdong Province and home to the first economic special zone in China, announced that it will use blockchain technology for electronic tax invoices.
 
latest updates from US Telecoms Giant Comcast to Make Blockchain Software Available in 2019
Updates: Dec-23-2018 12:29:51 PM
American global telecommunications conglomerate Comcast aims to make its blockchain initiative Blockgraph commercially available in 2019, according to a press release published Dec. 21.

“Comcast is currently working with NBCUniversal to test Blockgraph’s capabilities with plans of incorporating it into its addressable offering in early 2019,” states the release.

Comcast is a global media company founded in 2001, that provides cable television, Internet and telecoms services. Comcast is purportedly the second largest broadcasting company in the world in terms of revenue and largest TV company in the United States. The company’s consolidated revenue for the third quarter of 2018 was $22.1 billion.

According to Comcast, its Cable Advertising division initiated the next phase of its Blockgraph platform — a product designed to secure personal data and share information — which will subsequently lead to the project’s launch in 2019. Comcast is working on the project with other industry players like mass media conglomerate Viacom and advertising sales firm Spectrum Reach, among others.

Blockgraph will purportedly provide an “identity layer” for the TV industry, by means of which media companies can share non-identifiable audience data. The peer-to-peer platform aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of TV marketing and advertising. President of Spectrum Reach David Kline commented:

“It’s imperative that the use of data prioritizes the privacy of consumers’ personal information. Blockgraph’s technology offers enhanced security and privacy protections by allowing all players within the TV ecosystem to directly share insights derived from anonymized and aggregated information.”

Comcast has been maligned in the American media for being a de facto monopoly in many regions, and has even been called the “Worst Company in America” by some publications. Earlier today, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit against Comcast Corporation/Xfinity, alleging that it has charged customers more than it promised, in addition to charging for unordered services and products.

In addition to its own products, Comcast has supported other blockchain development projects. In March, New York-based blockchain startup Blockdaemon closed a $3 million venture capital seed round led by the telecoms giant. The funds were set to be used to “enhance infrastructure options, and to help customers run multi-tenant networks across all sorts of different blockchains.”
 
latest updates from United States: Wyoming Targets Land Records in Blockchain Project With Overstock
Updates: Dec-23-2018 12:29:31 PM
Wyoming has continued its blockchain integration via a new partnership with online retailer Overstock targeting land records, a press release confirmed Dec. 20.

Signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with administrators in Teton County, Overstock subsidiary Medici Land Governance will seek to develop and release a “blockchain-based land records and information platform” next year.

“We are proud to see Wyoming lead the way in implementing cutting-edge technologies, such as blockchain, into existing markets like land registry,” Sherry Daigle, Teton County’s county clerk commented. She added:

“With Medici Land Governance’s expertise, we can create a reliable property registry system in Teton County with hopes to expand into other Wyoming counties.”

The move is the latest in an increasing number of blockchain hook-ups involving Wyoming, which has forged a progressive stance on the technology in recent months.

Caitlin Long, the former Morgan Stanley senior executive turned cryptocurrency advocate, praised lawmakers’ decision to continue expanding the use of blockchain at state level.

“It’s exciting to see Wyoming adopt blockchain technology to register and validate property ownership,” she added in the press release, noting:

“This is yet another example of Wyoming blazing blockchain trails.”

Long is also cofounder of lobby group the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition.

The register will provide tamper-proof records of various land-related data stretching back to 1996, and will include “mortgages, release of liens, and other similar documents.”

Governments have sought to save on paperwork and cut costs while improving security and transparency with such implementations, with Sweden among those beginning to use a related concept in 2018.

In March this year, Wyoming passed a bill to exempt certain kinds of cryptocurrency from money transmission laws, something the United States could soon replicate at national level.
 
latest updates from Irish Red Cross Partners on Blockchain-Powered App to Bring Transparency to Donations
Updates: Dec-23-2018 12:29:23 PM
A Dublin-headquartered startup has teamed up with the Irish Red Cross to use blockchain technology in a new app that improves transparency for charitable donations. The partnership was reported by local daily broadsheet The Irish Times on Dec. 19.

The startup, dubbed AID:Tech, is partnering with the Red Cross for use of its consumer-oriented mobile app “TraceDonate,” which has been designed so that donors know exactly how their contributions to charitable causes are being spent.

By improving transparency around the distribution of charity, the app aims to boost trust and engagement in social causes. It allows retail or institutional users to donate peer-to-peer to an individual beneficiary, an NGO or to specific charitable appeals.

Through the shared ledger, AID:Tech’s partners — including governments, NGOs and development agencies, as well as donors — can monitor transactions in real time, view their contribution histories, and stay informed about live charitable campaigns.

Liam O’Dwyer, secretary general of the Irish Red Cross, told The Irish Times that the partnership with AID:Tech provides the organization with an opportunity to “further promote transparency in the [charity] sector,” and to serve as a “benchmark for the donation process.”

Ahead of the development of its mobile app, AID:Tech reportedly deployed blockchain to deliver international aid to Syrian refugees in northern Lebanon as early as 2015. It has also developed a blockchain-based application, “Transparency Engine,” which integrates a digital identity solution with blockchain technology for a wider range of entitlements, including welfare, remittances, donations and healthcare.

According to The Irish Times, the startup raised an estimated €1 million ($1.1 million) in investment this year — which included the backing of Enterprise Ireland, an Irish state economic development agency, and SGInnovate, the venture capital arm of the Singaporean development authority. The investments reportedly represented the first injection of capital into the blockchain sector from both state-backed entities.

As previously reported, blockchain’s potential to underpin fairer and more equitable aid distribution has been recognized by leading world organizations, including the United Nations, who used the Ethereum (ETH) network to distribute aid to Syrian refugees in 2017.

Just this week, top crypto exchange Binance’s philanthropic arm, the Binance Charity Foundation (BCF) opened a new fundraising channel on its own blockchain-powered donation platform.
 
latest updates from Parity Launches Beta Version of Tool Stack for Building Blockchains
Updates: Dec-23-2018 12:14:35 PM
United Kingdom-based blockchain infrastructure provider Parity has launched a beta version of Substrate, its tool for creating customized blockchains, according to a press release published Tuesday, Dec. 18.

The release states that Substrate is designed to provide “maximum technical freedom” while creating blockchains. It supports multiple programming languages, users can make their own consensus mechanisms, and it is compatible with most existing consensus algorithms.

Parity is also going to add more consensus mechanisms in subsequent releases, making them hot-swappable and allowing users to switch between different mechanisms without a hard fork.

The beta version of Substrate is licensed under the GNU General Public License, but in order to provide maximum developer freedom, the tool’s repository will be moved to an Apache 2.0 license. Parity will also offer professional help to organizations that are considering building apps with Substrate.

Parity’s founder Gavin Wood, who also co-founded Ethereum, says that Substrate has used all of the lessons learned in building the Ethereum ecosystem and Polkadot — a protocol that allows users to link different types of blockchains. Wood first announced the launch of Substrate at the Web3 Summit held in Berlin in October, where he stated that the tool “will be a turning point” in the transition to a “multi-chain world.”
 
latest updates from Report: ConsenSys to Lay Off up to 60% of Its Staff
Updates: Dec-23-2018 12:14:23 PM
Blockchain software technology company ConsenSys may reportedly be making significant cuts to its staff, technology news outlet the Verge reported Dec. 20.

Citing a source familiar with the matter, the Verge reports that ConsenSys is spinning out startups it previously backed, some of them without financial support. This will reportedly impact the ConsenSys’ workforce, especially its internal incubator Consensys Labs. The source said that the number of employees to be laid off could be anywhere between 50 and 60 percent of ConsenSys’ 1,200 person workforce.

According to the source, ConsenSys Labs is also being reorganized and will subsequently cease to be an incubator, and instead will operate as a more traditional investor.

The report comes after a ConsenSys letter to staff, in which the company announced its plans to streamline and toughen its business style amid an increasingly “crowded” competitive blockchain space.

Company CEO Joseph Lubin reportedly said then that “we must retain, and in some cases regain, the lean and gritty startup mindset that made us who we are.” While the company plans to reassign staff from shuttered projects to other initiatives, Lubin reportedly “did not rule out layoffs.”

ConsenSys reportedly did not deny upcoming layoffs and said that it is discussing the situation with every project to “determine a path forward, whether that will be internally as a part of ConsenSys 2.0, or as an external entity.”

“The world has not collapsed as [Lubin] planned, and so he needs to pivot his company because it was orchestrated for a vision only where Ethereum would be $10,000,” the source reportedly said.

Ethereum (ETH) and other major cryptocurrencies crashed on Nov. 14, with seminal cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC) dropping below the $5,600 price point for the first time in 2018.

Earlier today, crypto investment bank Galaxy Digital said in a note to clients that short rallies like the current one are what happens “before a real rally ensues.” Galaxy Digital concluded that the recent “short” crypto rebound “has more legs” than people realize, citing upcoming involvement in the industry by institutional players.
 
latest updates from China: Media Alliance to Use Blockchain Technology for Copyright Protection
Updates: Dec-23-2018 12:13:59 PM
A media copyright protection alliance has been established in Beijing to provide copyright protection services using blockchain technology, according to the Chinese state-owned International Finance News on Dec. 19.

The newly established alliance — the "China Financial Media Copyright Protection Alliance" — involves more than 30 major financial media outlets such as International Finance News, Economic Information Daily, China Business News, Beijing Business Daily, and the Daily Economic News, among others.

The alliance aims to provide “reasonable authorization systems, improving authorized transaction mechanisms, strengthening industry copyright self-discipline, and developing copyright cooperation in the industry.” Qi Huisheng, secretary of the former Communist Party group of the China Association of Journalists said:

"Reporters and newspapers should establish copyright awareness, solve common problems in copyright protection through technology and other means, and actively communicate with relevant technical teams to protect original copyright..."

International Finance News reports that the alliance will use blockchain technology “to provide original authentication and copyright protection for original works.” The Alliance aims to use the technology to “embed the unique identifier ‘DNA’ in the article.” So long as the article maintains a 70 percent similarity, whether it is transferred through social media or various websites, the “DNA” can be purportedly traced back to the original:

“...once an infringement is discovered, the technology platform will immediately obtain evidence.”

In June, an association of more than 100 mainstream media outlets established the “Global Media Blockchain Alliance” in Hong Kong, aiming to provide high-quality information about the blockchain industry to the public, and create a “healthy public opinion environment.”

Last month, 54 different Chinese companies covering blockchain technology in finance and trading established the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Dawan District Blockchain Alliance. The new group will purportedly promote innovation and jointly develop blockchain technology within the country.
 
latest updates from 70% of Respondents Prefer Being Gifted Money in Digital Currency, Survey
Updates: Dec-23-2018 12:11:35 PM
The Bank of England’s survey asks participants to choose their preferred way to receive money as a Christmas gift, showing the options cash, bank transfer, gift voucher and digital currency. At press time, 8,230 people have responded and 70 percent of them have chosen digital currency.

Cash is in second place, with 21 percent of respondents indicating it as a their “favorite way to get” money as a gift. Bank transfers and gift vouchers are currently the least popular forms, chosen by 7 percent and 2 percent of respondents respectively.

Last month, a similar survey was conducted by former United States Congressman, Ron Paul, who asked Twitter users Nov. 15 how they would prefer to receive $10,000. Paul’s twist was that the hypothetical gift would have to be left in the form in which it was received for ten years. The results posted that 50 percent of respondents prefer Bitcoin (BTC), with gold somewhat close behind at 37 percent.

Back in November, Mati Greenspan, a senior analyst at the U.K.-based trading platform eToro, did his own Twitter survey asking “What’s your favorite crypto?” Results showed that 46 percent of the 28,189 respondents chose Ripple (XRP), while Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) came in second and third place, chosen by 31 percent and 9 percent respectively.
 
latest updates from Following Crypto Mining Crash, GPU Producer Nvidia Worst Performer in S&P 500
Updates: Dec-23-2018 10:33:45 AM
The drastic decrease in crypto mining profitability has hit graphics processing unit (GPU) producers like Taiwan-based Nvidia hard. In Q4 2018, the firm experienced a massive sell-off of its shares, cutting the stock price by 54 percent and making it the worst performer in the S&P 500, CNBC reports on Dec. 21.

From 2016 to September 2018, Nvidia’s market value markedly increased from $14 billion to $175 billion as demand for its GPUs in artificial intelligence (AI) and cryptocurrency mining grew. In May, the firm reported its profits from crypto mining for the first time while forecasting a two-thirds drop in sales to miners for Q2.

Nvidia initially forecasted insignificant crypto mining-related sales in Q3, while the quarterly report in November revealed that GPU sales for blockchain-related applications had all but disappeared. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said that the company’s “near-term results reflect excess channel inventory post the cryptocurrency boom, which will be corrected.”

The disappearance of crypto-related sales has left the company with a “crypto hangover,” according to Huang. The cryptocurrency frenzy drove up prices for Nvidia’s GPUs, but once that demand disappeared, prices did not decrease quickly enough to attract customers who were waiting for more affordable cards.

In addition to the decrease in crypto mining sales, Nvidia’s data center segment failed to meet Wall Street expectations, even though revenue grew by 58 percent, per CNBC. Today, Nvidia stock is down 4.09 percent, closing at $129.57.

Chip stocks overall have performed poorly this year. The PHLX Semiconductor Index, which tracks major hardware producers like Nvidia and Advanced Micro Systems (AMD) is down 20.37 percent over the last three months. AMD’s share price is down 45.42 percent over the same period.

The post-mining boom hardware glut has seen a notable drop in prices. AMD’s popular Radeon RX580 graphics processing unit (GPU), which has been widely used by crypto miners, is now being sold for $180, down 67 percent from a peak average price around $550 in February 2018.

Decreased profitability in the current bear market has caused some miners to leave the business. Some mining firms in China have been selling off dated hardware that has reached its shutdown price by the kilogram in order to mitigate their losses. According to local reports, earnings from mining are no longer enough to cover electricity and other associated costs.
 
latest updates from Lufthansa, SAP Competition Seeks Ideas for Blockchain in Aviation
Updates: Jul-23-2018 11:40:44 AM
Major airline Lufthansa has partnered with software giant SAP to launch a blockchain competition aimed to boost blockchain adoption in the airline industry.

Announced Friday, the Aviation Blockchain Challenge seeks "groundbreaking ideas" for blockchain applications that can advance the airline industry and lead on to pilot programs assisted by Lufthansa and SAP.

The initiative comes as a response to the limited efforts being made currently to explore potential use cases for blockchain in the aviation industry, the two firms said in the announcement.

"While many industries have found their first use cases, the impact on the aviation sector is not noticeable yet. We want to change that together with SAP and see substantial potential in our industry to utilize blockchain and other plays of decentralized networks," Lufthansa said.

Specifically, the competition is looking for concepts for blockchain applications in three major areas: flight booking/purchasing and loyalty programs; internal data processing; and supply chain use cases involving third party suppliers.

Blockchain startups whose ideas are eventually selected will potentially be able to advance to pilot projects and launches of minimum viable products using SAP's blockchain-as-a-service platform, launched in June.

With an initial submission deadline of the end of August, Lufthansa said the final pitches for the best ideas will take place in Germany in October later this year.
 
latest updates from G20 Eyes October Deadline for Crypto Anti-Money Laundering Standard
Updates: Jul-23-2018 11:40:08 AM
G20 member countries are now looking at an October deadline for reviewing a global anti-money laundering (AML) standard on cryptocurrency, a document shows.

According to a statement issued on Sunday, finance ministers and central bank governors of the G20 member countries hosted a meeting during the weekend and reiterated their position on a plan for "vigilant" monitoring of cryptocurrencies.

The member countries further called on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – an intergovernmental body formed to fight money laundering and terrorist financing – to clarify how its existing AML standards can apply to cryptocurrency within three months.

"While crypto-assets do not at this point pose a global financial stability risk, we remain vigilant. ... We reiterate our March commitments related to the implementation of the FATF standards and we ask the FATF to clarify in October 2018 how its standards apply to crypto-assets," member countries said in the document.

As previously reported by CoinDesk, the G20 initially asked for an AML standard on cryptocurrency from the FATF in March, as part of its wider push for global regulatory recommendations on the issue.

Last month, it was reported that the FATF is planning to develop binding rules of AML for the world's cryptocurrency exchanges, following a February report that the agency would step up its scrutiny effort over crypto money laundering.

Early last week, the Financial Stability Board, an organization focused on analyzing and making recommendations to the G20 on global financial systems, presented several key metrics for monitoring crypto assets ahead of the weekend meeting, in a response to the G20's request in March of this year.
 
latest updates from Bitcoin's Price Sets Sights on $8K After Sunday Sell-off
Updates: Jul-23-2018 11:39:29 AM
Bitcoin's price continues to hold ground amid a market sell-off, with growing momentum building to take out its next target of $8,000.

The world's largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization fell 3 percent over the weekend, hitting $7,333, according to Bitfinex data, after a quick sell-off from investors dragged down market prices.

As it turns out, bitcoin is slowly regaining and consolidating its losses to stand at $7,637.38 as of press time. The crypto shows strong signs of a steady recovery to retest the upper resistances found at $7,575 and $7,694 (the market's previous close and the previous high).
 
latest updates from Crypto Trading 101: Stochastic Oscillators and Price Momentum
Updates: Jul-23-2018 11:39:05 AM
You may have heard of a lagging or leading indicator before. Maybe your friends have tossed around terms like bullish or bearish divergences, oversold or overbought conditions and what signals you should use to enter or exit the market.

While there are many tools that can assist with this, one often overlooked indicator is called the stochastic oscillator.

Nothing unique to the world of blockchain, the stochastic is a momentum indicator that compares the closing price of the asset with its high-low range over a certain period of time, it's a handy tool. Even better, it works no matter the volatility, even in the fast-moving market for cryptocurrencies.
 
latest updates from China's Crypto Millionaires Are Using Bitcoin to Buy Real Estate Abroad
Updates: Jul-23-2018 11:38:14 AM
The chives growing in one crypto tycoon's California mansion carry a hidden message.

Guo Hongcai, a beef salesman turned early bitcoin adopter from China's Shanxi province, is one of many freshly minted millionaires funneling parts of their wealth out of the country by purchasing real estate abroad.

In April, Hongcai sold 500 bitcoin in the U.S. then used that money to buy a 100,000-square-foot mansion in Los Gatos, a 90-minute drive from San Francisco, California. His Rolls-Royce, also purchased with the fruits of bitcoin arbitrage, sits in the driveway close to a small chives garden.

"It's very normal to sell bitcoin in the U.S. After selling bitcoin, you can just buy anything you want," he told CoinDesk.

Guo calls this secondary residence his "Mansion of Chives," because the vegetable is also Chinese slang for crypto investors who prove vulnerable to big sell-offs.

As Chinese regulators clamp down on industry business on the mainland, crypto millionaires are turning to foreign real estate markets to diversify their holdings. Some purchase property directly with crypto, others like Hongcai use bitcoin to gain foreign currencies without going through a bank.

The founders of one U.S. crypto real estate startup, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told CoinDesk roughly one-third of their prospective users hail from Asia, figures which include Chinese investors seeking tokenized property rights through Hong Kong securities brokers.

According to the South China Morning Post, real estate purchased in Hong Kong doesn't require the same taxes and documentation as other financial assets held abroad. Chinese investment in foreign real estate, often through Hong Kong brokers, has been rising for years. Now early bitcoin adopters are utilizing new wealth for familiar patterns.

"The requests we have from them start at $50,000 or $100,000 up to, the latest one was $3 to $4 million for Silicon Valley," Natalia Karayaneva, CEO of Propy, another crypto-powered real estate marketplace, told CoinDesk.
 
latest updates from Tezos Is Giving Away Grant Money to Crypto Developers
Updates: Jul-14-2018 06:10:41 PM
A few short weeks after the beta version of its mainnet went live, Tezos is looking to encourage its community to begin developing on its platform.

The Tezos Foundation announced a new grant-making process Friday, saying it will hold a formal call for proposals in August. In a press release, the foundation explained that it has three initial targeting key areas: research that will extend the Tezos protocol, development of tools that will support Tezos and resolutions to grow the Tezos community.

The foundation hopes to encourage Tezos community members, educational and research institutions and developers to apply for grants, according to the release.

Olaf Carlson-Wee told CoinDesk that funding projects initiated by the community was overdue as far back as February.

Tezos, a blockchain governance protocol, launched the beta version of its blockchain live at the end of June, but is still facing several class-action lawsuits. The foundation also just underwent a shakeup of its governing board following a protracted legal battle between the foundation and the token's developers, Arthur and Kathleen Breitman.

The Swiss-based blockchain project raised more than $232 million for its initial coin offering (ICO), a record-high token sale at the time.
 
latest updates from Russians Indicted for US Election Hacks Used Bitcoin to Fund Operations
Updates: Jul-14-2018 06:10:15 PM
A group of Russian military intelligence officers indicted Friday as part of an ongoing investigation into interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election allegedly used bitcoin to fund their operations.

In the just-released indictment, prosecutors assert that the 12 named intelligence officers hacked computer networks and email accounts owned and used by the U.S. Democratic Party, including the presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The details were included under a charge of conspiracy to launder money. According to the indictment, the defendants "conspired to launder the equivalent of $95,000 through a web of transactions structured to capitalize on the perceived anonymity of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin."

"In an effort to pay for their efforts around the world ... the defendants paid for it with cryptocurrency," deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said during a press briefing.

While the defendants allegedly used other currencies, including the U.S. dollar, "they principally used bitcoin when purchasing servers, registering domains, and otherwise making payments in furtherance of hacking activity."

Payments are said to have been made to companies in the U.S., with some of those funds being traced to a bitcoin mining operation.
 
latest updates from Major League Baseball Collectibles Are Coming to Ethereum
Updates: Jul-14-2018 06:05:28 PM
Major League Baseball (MLB) is turning to blockchain to expand its fanbase.

MLB announced Friday that it has partnered with Lucid Sight, a blockchain startup based in Los Angeles, to launch a dApp game on ethereum late this summer to allow baseball fans to interact with their favorite moments during the games, Yahoo Finance reported.

The game, MLB Crypto Baseball, will work similarly to CryptoKitties, which had a direct influence on the baseball league's new game, according to MLB executive vice president of gaming and new business ventures Kenny Gersh.

"We were already talking to Lucid Sight around the time that CryptoKitties first came out," Gersh said. "And then CryptoKitties sort of validated it a little bit more."

In order to play this game, users must purchase ether and transfer it to MetaMask, one of the most popular ethereum browser wallets. After that, they can trade digital avatars tied to specific moments in recent games while possibly earning rewards and stickers.
 
latest updates from Hedge Fund Billionaire Steven Cohen Is Getting into Crypto
Updates: Jul-14-2018 06:05:03 PM
Billionaire investor Steven Cohen, once dubbed the "Hedge Fund King," has reportedly entered the crypto space.

According to a Fortune article published July 12, Cohen has invested in cryptocurrency-focused hedge fund Autonomous Partners through his VC firm Cohen Private Ventures.

Autonomous Partners was founded last December by Arianna Simpson, a venture capitalist with a history in the bitcoin space, including a time at bitcoin wallet startup BitGo. Her crypto fund has already secured investments from big names including Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong, Union Square Ventures and Craft Ventures.

While the size of the new investment was not revealed, it's not the first time Cohen Private Ventures has invested in Simpson's projects. In 2015, her venture fund, Crystal Towers Capital, also received an investment from the firm.

Simpson told Fortune that Autonomous Partners is currently concentrated on smaller, "next generation" cryptocurrencies, though it invests to some extent in major cryptos like bitcoin and ether.
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