Monthly Archives: May 2019

Study: Bitcoin Derivatives Exchanges Register Record Trading Volumes

According to Diar’s recent report, institutional traders have registered record high volumes on bitcoin derivatives exchanges. Cryptocurrency research firm Diar has indicated that institutional traders recently registered record high volumes on bitcoin (BTC) derivatives exchanges in a report published on May 21. Per the report, bitcoin derivatives trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) hit an all-time-high for two months in a row. Bitcoin derivatives trading volume on CME. Source: Diar Cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX is reportedly also seeing much of the same trading volumes because of recent […]

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Bitfinex and Tether Move for Case Dismissal Over Lack of Jurisdiction

Bitfinex and Tether lawyers file to dismiss an ongoing case versus the New York Attorney General, arguing New York jurisdiction does not apply here. Bitfinex and Tether lawyers are moving to dismiss their ongoing case versus the New York Attorney General (NYAG), according to court filings on May 21. Law firms representing the two companies argue that the New York Supreme Court (NYSC) does not have jurisdiction over the alleged misconduct being considered. The lawyers argue that the NYSC has neither personal nor subject matter jurisdiction and […]

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Tether Partly Backed by Bitcoin, Court Transcription Reveals

Tether, a stablecoin tied to the dollar that is meant to mediate the volatility of other cryptocurrencies, is partly backed by bitcoin. As detailed in court documents obtained by The Block, Tether admitted to using some of the cash reserves meant to back its stablecoin to purchase bitcoin, among other assets. This revelation is the latest in legal proceedings between the New York Attorney General (NYAG) and Bitfinex, a leading cryptocurrency exchange which shares management with Tether. Bitfinex and the NYAG have gone back and forth in […]

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BlockFi Crypto Management Firm Adjusts Interest Rates

BlockFi has adjusted its interest rates for accounts holding ether and bitcoin. Cryptocurrency asset management company BlockFi announced a change to its interest rates in a monthly update on May 21. Accounts with bitcoin (BTC) balances over 25 BTC will receive a .15% increase in interest rate, and those with ether (ETH) balances between 25 and 75 ETH will decrease from 6.2% to 3.25%. According to BlockFi, the lending environment for bitcoin has flourished while for ether it has floundered. Ether in particular is being offered at […]

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Report: Chinese E-Commerce Giant JD.com Has Applied for Over 200 Blockchain Patents

The Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has reportedly applied for over 200 patents. Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has applied for over 200 blockchain patents, according to a report by Securities Daily News on May 20. The report also notes that major e-commerce competitor Alibaba has applied for 262 blockchain patents, and Chinese internet titans Tencent and Baidu have applied for 80 and 50 such patents, respectively, as recorded by the Intellectual Property Center of China Information and Communication. According to interpretation of the data provided by Intellectual Property […]

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‘Blockchain Is Really Democratizing a Lot of Things,’ Interview With Marta Piekarska, Director of Hyperledger’s Ecosystem

Talking with the director of ecosystem at Hyperledger on blockchain adoption, community stereotypes and the power of education. This interview has been edited and condensed. Hyperledger, an open source project, was created in 2016 by the Linux Foundation in order to support the development of blockchain-based distributed ledgers. All the members of Hyperledger — including such major actors as Intel, Accenture, JPMorgan Chase, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Alibaba Cloud, Citigroup, Deutsche Telekom and many others — find their interest in blockchain technology and discuss it with Marta Piekarska, who […]

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Tether Says It Invested Some of Its Reserves Into Bitcoin and Other Assets

New court filings revealed that stablecoin issuer Tether had invested some of its reserves in bitcoin. Stablecoin issuer Tether said that it had invested some of its reserves in bitcoin (BTC), according to a court filing obtained by tech-focused media outlet the Block on May 21. Per the document dated May 16, David Miller, an attorney for Tether’s associated firm Bitfinex, said that Tether invested “a small amount” of Tether’s reserves into bitcoin, specifying that “prior to the April 24th order … Tether actually did invest in […]

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Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire: Crypto Space Needs Regulatory Certainty

The CEO of CIrcle, Jeremy Allaire, has said that the crypto space needs regulatory certainty and the current definition of crypto is too broad. The cryptocurrency space needs regulatory certainty and the current definition of cryptocurrency is too broad, said the CEO of crypto finance startup CIrcle, Jeremy Allaire, in a blog post on May 20. Allaire’s statement comes in the wake of the “geofencing”  of nine different coins for United States-based clients of digital currency exchange Poloniex, which is owned by Circle Internet Financial. Poloniex said […]

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Crypto Custody Firm Ledger Vault to Provide Services to Crypto Broker Voyager Digital

Ledger Vault, the custody arm of French hardware wallet manufacturer Ledger, will provide its services to Canadian cryptocurrency broker Voyager Digital. Ledger Vault, the custody arm of hardware wallet manufacturer Ledger, will provide its services to Canadian cryptocurrency broker Voyager Digital, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 21. Per the release, Voyager Digital will integrate Ledger Vault’s multi-authorization cryptocurrency wallet management system into its trading platform with the aim to increase its overall cybersecurity. Voyager CEO Steve Ehrlich said that Ledger Vault ensures […]

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Op Ed: Lightning Network Consensus Is a Marketplace and That’s Okay!

To Bitcoin or Not to Bitcoin During the “scaling debate” before the SegWit2X user-activated soft fork (UASF), Bitcoin businesses were getting their first bitter taste of Bitcoin’s censorship resistance. They wanted change to be easier. They wanted their influence to be effective. They wanted to take shortcuts. Unfortunately for them, Bitcoin was created to resist control. Entities that seek to position themselves against Bitcoin are choosing a path of perpetual hypocrisy and frustration. Those who follow me in interviews might be tired of hearing this, but each […]

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