Roubini Faces Off With Coin Center’s Van Valkenburgh at Senate Hearing

Nouriel Roubini, an economist best known for his predictions of the 2008 housing bubble, and Peter Van Valkenburgh, Coin Center’s director of research, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Community Affairs in a hearing on cryptocurrency and blockchain on October 11, 2018. “We need to sort through the static,” said Banking ...

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SEC Obtains Emergency Court Order to Halt Questionable ICO

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained an emergency court order issuing the stoppage of a recently planned initial coin offering (ICO) by Blockvest LLC and its founder Reginald Buddy Ringgold III, who falsely advertised that the token sale was approved by the SEC. According to the SEC, Blockvest has repeatedly violated both anti-fraud and securities registration provisions ...

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“This Isn’t How We Saw This Going”: Civil’s Token Sale Is Treading Water

Despite a flurry of media attention surrounding the project, Civil, an Ethereum-based platform aiming to save journalism, can’t seem to get enough buyers for its token. The project released a transparency report showing the figures behind its CVL token sale, which ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, October 15, 2018, and the numbers do not look good. “This isn’t ...

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Report Links 74% of Bitcoin Mining to China, Sees Threat to Network

Bitcoin, the world’s most sought-after cryptocurrency, could be at the wish and whim of Asia’s economic giant. A recent study titled “The Looming Threat of China: An Analysis of Chinese Influence on Bitcoin,” jointly researched by Princeton University and Florida International University researchers, suggests China’s mining scene has an overwhelming influence over Bitcoin, something that could invite network manipulation. China, ...

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Blockchain Business in Crypto Valley Has Doubled Since Last Year: Report

The number of blockchain-related companies in Switzerland and Liechtenstein has doubled in the last year, according to a new study published by CV VC. The Zug-based firm, in partnership with Strategy& (PwC’s global consulting arm) and inacta, compiled information about the top 50 blockchain and digital asset companies between the two countries. The report also highlights blockchain activity in Zug, ...

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Blockstream’s Liquid Network for “High Value” Bitcoin Payments Is Live

The Liquid Network is up and running. More than a year after its conceptual introduction at the Blockchain Association of Canada’s Government Forum in Ottawa, Blockstream’s bitcoin scaling solution made its public debut on October 10, 2018, after going live among its partners on September 27. Described by its creators as “an inter-exchange settlement network,” Liquid is Blockstream’s complement to ...

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Japanese Internet Monolith GMO to Launch Yen-Pegged Stablecoin

GMO Internet Group is working to launch a stablecoin by 2019. In an announcement released on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, the Japanese IT conglomerate said it is putting all gears in place to begin building its stablecoin, called the GMO Japanese Yen (GJY). Banking on success on its home turf, GJY will look to penetrate the Asian market via Z.com ...

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Forbes Enters Blockchain Game, Partners With Civil

Civil, an Ethereum-based platform with a heady bid to save journalism, has partnered with Forbes to help the 100-year-old publisher keep its stories free from meddling hands. Matt Coolidge, Civil cofounder, made the announcement today, October 9, 2018, in a blog post. He called the partnership a “major milestone for blockchain-based journalism.” Salah Zalatimo, senior vice president of product and ...

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: Consolidation Primes Market for Big Move

For several weeks, bitcoin has remained in a consolidating uptrend. The market hasn’t seen a new high since mid-September, but the lows have steadily gained higher and higher ground. Overall, the volume is highly consolidated and the market is ready for a large move — the question is, where will it move next? Figure 1: BTC-USD, Daily Candles, Sideways Consolidation ...

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With the CBAC, East Meets West in Search of Adoption and Innovation

The noise that surrounds economic relations between the United States and China is amping up exponentially. You can thank the latest trade wars for that, as fresh tensions boil over between the two nations who are currently trading new tariffs on imports, with no shortage of ill will underpinning the moves. But the Chinese government’s ire is not just outward-facing. ...

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