Monthly Archives: May 2019

2 Chinese OTC Traders Accused of Illicitly Raising Bitcoin by Promising Interest

Two Chinese over-the-counter traders have been accused of running an illicit bitcoin loan scheme. Two Chinese over-the-counter (OTC) traders have been accused of running an illicit bitcoin (BTC) loan scheme and collecting bitcoin by promising interest on deposits, Chinese newspaper The Beijing News reports on May 22. According to the article, Yi Zhou and Xiang Li convinced traders to send them their bitcoin holdings by promising them interest on their deposits, obtaining over 7,000 BTC (nearly $54.7 million at press time) from over 100 investors. The allegedly […]

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Blockchain Credit Union Consortium to Use R3’s Corda for Cross-Border Payments Product

CULedger, a blockchain consortium and credit union service organization, has chosen R3’s Corda blockchain. CULedger, a blockchain consortium and credit union service organization (CUSO), has chosen enterprise software firm R3’s Corda blockchain to underpin its forthcoming cross-border payments product. The news was reported by fintech news outlet Finextra on May 21. As reported, CULedger joined the R3 global blockchain ecosystem in December 2018. The blockchain CUSO implements the technology to improve cybersecurity and mitigate fraud risks, as well as to streamline administrative and operational processes for the […]

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Japan: Crypto Exchanges See Threefold Increase in New Accounts Since March

The sudden onset of a new cryptocurrency bull market saw an immediate change in consumer interests, say three platforms. Japanese cryptocurrency exchanges have seen new account openings increase up to 200% in the past two months, Cointelegraph Japan reported on May 22. Data obtained from three major trading platforms — Bitpoint, DMM Bitcoin and Coincheck — pointed to a significant increase in interest from entry-level investors since the end of March. The change in habits among those who assumedly did not use cryptocurrency before highlights the impact […]

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EOS Developer Block.One Attempts 10% Private Buyback of Its Stock

EOS developer Block.one is offering backers a share repurchase price that will return as much as 6,567% on their initial investments. EOS developer Block.one is attempting a 10% buyback of its stock, offering backers a share repurchase price that will return as much as 6,567% on their initial investments. The news was reported by Bloomberg on May 22. According to Bloomberg, the buyback values the company at around $2.3 billion, up from about a $40 million valuation in the 2017 seed round. The repurchase price being offered […]

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Brazil Shuts Down Cryptocurrency Pyramid Scheme That Defrauded 55,000 of $200 Million

Figures linked to Indeal took in huge amounts of clients’ money after promising 15% returns within a month, say authorities. Brazillian police have arrested ten people suspected of operating a cryptocurrency pyramid scheme worth 850 million reals ($210 million), local news media outlets including Correido Do Povo reported on May 21. As part of Operation Egypto, a swoop dedicated to unearthing unsanctioned financial schemes, Brazil’s tax agency joined police in orchestrating a crackdown on the figures behind Indeal, who they say amassed funds from 55,000 investors. They […]

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USD Stablecoins Hit Spot Trading Volume Record Highs, With USDT Still Dominating Market

Cryptocurrency research firm Diar indicates that the market capitalization for USD stablecoins has exceeded $4 billion. Cryptocurrency research firm Diar indicates that the market capitalization for USD stablecoins has hit all-time highs and exceeded $4 billion, according to its latest weekly report published on May 21. Stablecoins tied to the greenback have broken through to a market cap of almost $4.3 billion, according to Diar’s data. The report also reveals a surge in USD stablecoin trading volumes, with Circle and Coinbase-backed USDC posting a 130% uptick in […]

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Hackers Steal $100,000+ Worth of BTC From Engineering Manager at Crypto Custodian BitGo

Sean Coonce, engineering manager at cryptocurrency custodian BitGo, announced that he has fallen victim to a SIM swapping hack. Sean Coonce, engineering manager at cryptocurrency custodian BitGo, announced that he has fallen victim to a SIM swapping hack in a Medium post published on May 20. According to the post, Coonce had over $100,000 siphoned out of his account on cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase in under 24 hours. In his post, Coone details SIM swapping, a practice that sees the attacker maliciously requesting a telecommunications carrier to redirect […]

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Circle Sheds 10% of Workforce as CEO Blames Restrictive US Regulatory Climate

30 employees left the company on May 21, says Jeremy Allaire, amid the turnaround in the crypto markets. The CEO of Goldman Sachs-backed crypto finance startup Circle blamed a hostile regulatory climate in the United States as he confirmed layoffs of 30 staff on social media May 21. Following a blog post in which he described the difficulties operating in the U.S., Jeremy Allaire said that executives had taken the decision to release roughly one in ten of Circle’s employees. “Today we made organizational changes at Circle […]

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How to Buy Pizza With Bitcoin Cash

Every year on May 22, the cryptocurrency community marks this day in 2010 when Laszlo Hanyecz purchased two pizzas for 10,000 bitcoins. To help you celebrate Pizza Day, here are a variety of options to buy to pizza with bitcoin cash (BCH) in different countries around the world. Also Read: How to Check Median BTC and BCH Transaction Fees How to Buy Pizza With BCH on Bitcoin Pizza Day 2019 One of the simplest ways to pay for pizza with bitcoin cash (BCH) in the U.S. is […]

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Crypto Merchant Bank Galaxy Digital Sells Shares in EOS Creator Block.One for $71 Mln

Mike Novogratz’s crypto merchant bank Galaxy Digital has sold its shares in EOS developer Block.one for $71.2 million. Crypto merchant bank Galaxy Digital has sold its shares in EOS developer Block.one for $71.2 million. The news was announced in a press release on May 21. According to the release, the bank reportedly accepted EOS’ tender offer back in April, closing the transaction on May 20 to realize a 123% return on its initial investment. Following the deal, Galaxy Digital’s investment in Block.One no longer represents a material […]

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