Monthly Archives: November 2019

Video: Paul Puey on Edge Wallet and Bitcoin Privacy

After becoming involved in the Bitcoin space in 2013, Paul Puey founded a unique and innovative wallet called Airbitz. Even at the time, the focus was on encrypting data by default, backing up the private keys and simplifying the user experience. But after deciding to enter multiple partnerships in order to seamlessly integrate various exchange services directly into the user interface, the wallet was rebranded as Edge. “You would choose Edge as a way to buy bitcoin, and actually I think that’s its biggest value proposition,” said […]

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Chinese Police Hold MicroBT CEO Allegedly Over Dispute With Bitmain

Chinese police are holding the founder of Bitmain rival MicroBT over suspected allegations of intellectual property infringement. The founder of Bitcoin mining rig manufacturer MicroBT is being held as of Nov. 8 by Shenzhen Police to assist in an investigation, according to a local news source. Police are likely to be questioning Zuoxing Yang over allegations of intellectual property infringement regarding the technology of Beijing-based Bitmain. Previous allegations of patent infringement Yang previously worked at Bitmain as processor design director, and developed the Antminer S7 and S9 […]

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Power Ledger Strikes Deal to Roll Out Blockchain in South Australia

Power Ledger’s new commercial deal in South Australia aims to help users avoid additional hidden electricity costs and extra charges. Australian blockchain energy firm Power Ledger has partnered with a local energy retailer to roll out its technology in South Australia. Power Ledger’s blockchain-based software will allow Australians to pool their excess solar and battery storage to a Virtual Power Plant for greater control and management over their energy. Commercial deal with Australian electricity wholesaler Powerclub Within the partnership, Power Ledger will be integrating its blockchain-based energy […]

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CipherTrace Urges Crypto Companies to Prepare for Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

Crypto companies will need to comply with FATF regulations by June 2020, but there are still many potential stumbling blocks. For better or for worse, the cryptocurrency space is coming of age. Since Bitcoin’s rise to mainstream prominence in 2015, there has been increasing recognition of digital assets from government agencies around the world. In turn, new regulations are being imposed to control the way cryptocurrency companies operate and do business globally.  Most recently, the Financial Action Task Force issued new guidelines on how digital assets should […]

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VeChain Unveils Food Tracing Solution Foodgates at China’s Import Expo

In a post revealing Foodgates, its new blockchain food tracking system, VeChain said it would directly benefit from Chinese pro-blockchain sentiment. Singapore-based blockchain application platform VeChain has unveiled a new blockchain tracking system for the food and beverage industry. In a blog post on Nov. 7, the company confirmed it was working with food certification group DNV GL and supply chain specialist ASI Group on the project, known as Foodgates. VeChain “direct beneficiary” of pro-blockchain stance The original announcement came at this year’s China International Import Expo […]

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Standard Chartered Banking Group Joins Ethereum Enterprise Alliance

The latest high-profile member of the EEA, Standard Chartered is eyeing blockchain technology for a number of use cases, some of which are already live. International banking group Standard Chartered has become the latest member of a blockchain standard-building organization, the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance (EEA). In a press release issued on Nov. 6, Standard Chartered said the move would allow it to expand its client offerings across its 60 international markets. Standard Chartered is latest EEA banking member “Technology enables us to facilitate trade and investment across […]

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Former PBoC Governor: Libra Would Be Trusted If Run by IMF

The former head of People’s Bank of China, Zhou Xiaochuan has argued that Libra would be more readily trusted if it were in the hands of an entity like the IMF. The former head of People’s Bank of China (PBoC), Zhou Xiaochuan has argued that the Libra stablecoin would be more readily trusted if it were in the hands of an organization like the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Zhou is the longest-serving governor of China’s central bank to date, having held the role between 2002 and 2018. […]

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Tassat Gets CFTC Approval to Issue Bitcoin Derivatives In US

New York-based fintech Tassat has succeeded in obtaining regulatory approval for the launch of a crypto derivatives exchange. New York-based financial technology firm Tassat — formerly known as  trueDigital — has succeeded in overcoming the first hurdle in its bid to launch a fully-regulated crypto derivatives exchange. According to an announcement from the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Nov. 7, the regulator has approved the transfer of a swap execution facility (SEF) registration from fellow New York-based financial services firm trueEX to Tassat. Tassat […]

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Could Blockchain Technology Prevent the Next Financial Crisis?

Within the decentralized nature of blockchain technology lies a chance to avoid the financial collapse rooted in the concepts of center and power. A central bank’s role is to manage a nation’s currency, money supply and interest rates. The United States did not have a central bank until 1913, when Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law. Since then, the Federal Reserve has been accountable for the elasticity of the U.S. economy through the expansion and contraction of liquidity in the form of credit and […]

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Ethereum’s Istanbul Hard Fork to Start on December 4th

The first phase of Ethereum’s next major hard fork is planned to happen on less than a month around December 4th at block number 9056000. The hard fork called Istanbul is divided in two parts with the first one to be executed on December 4th and the second one planned for early 2020. The next hard fork called Serenity that will bring Ethereum 2.0 and switch the project from PoW to PoS may or ma not happen before the end of 2020, so there is still time […]

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