The Daily: New Institutional Crypto Wallet, Korean Won Stablecoin

In today’s edition of The Daily, we feature a couple of new offerings in the cryptocurrency market including a wallet made for exchanges and token issuers as well as the latest fiat-backed stablecoin. Additionally covered are an exchange that underwent an auditor’s inspection and a crypto CFDs provider that got FCA authorization. Also Read: Wikipedia…

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Crypto Lender Genesi Capital Processed $1.1 billion Digital Asset Loans in 2018

Cryptocurrency lender Genesis Capital provided $500 million worth of digital asset loans in the fourth quarter of 2018 alone, soaring almost 100 percent from six months earlier, when the company started its lending business. Altogether, loans reached $1.11 billion for the whole of last year. Also read: Iran in Talks With 8 Countries for use of…

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The Daily: Iran Said to Announce Crypto-Rial This Week, Italy Closer to Crypto Regulation

In this edition of The Daily, Iran is reportedly preparing to announce its national cryptocurrency during a conference starting on Jan. 29. Also, a draft decree introducing legal definitions for terms related to cryptocurrencies has been introduced in the Italian Senate and the IMF has voiced concerns over Malta’s blockchain industry while recognizing the positive…

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'XRP Army' Accused of Harrassment After Intense Debate Over the Token's Market Cap

Over the last few months, there’s been a lot of discussion about the company Ripple Labs and the digital token XRP. A recently published report on the market valuation of XRP, authored by the cryptocurrency data startup Messari, has caused quite a stir among the community. After Messari’s founder Ryan Selkis shared an article concerning…

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The Daily: 100 Exchanges’ Security Rated, Enjinx Block Explorer Launches

Tuesday’s installment of The Daily details new tools that are helping users safely navigate the cryptocurrency ecosystem. From making an informed decision about which exchanges to trust to tracking blockchain transactions with Enjinx, we cover a selection of developments from across the cryptosphere, before finishing with a trip to the darknet where KYC documents are…

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Coinstar Machines in Select US States Now Sell BTC Vouchers

On Jan. 17, financial services company Coinme announced that people visiting select Safeway and Albertsons stores in California, Texas, and Washington can now purchase bitcoin core (BTC) through Coinstar kiosks. Coinstar devices are fully automated self-service coin-counting machines and now thousands located in the U.S. market could be equipped to handle cryptocurrency transactions. Also Read: Markets…

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The Daily: Crypto’s Latest VR World, New Blockchain Analytics Tools

As the maxim goes, bear markets are good for building out cryptocurrency infrastructure – or “buidling” as the meme of the meme goes. Thursday’s installment of The Daily is rich in examples of the sort of development work being undertaken across the industry. From dapp trackers to virtual worlds, there’s a little bit of everything…

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Bitpay Reports Processing Over $1 Billion Transactions in 2018

Popular cryptocurrency payment processor Bitpay has released figures showing that the company maintained strong performance during 2018, despite the downturn in the market. For example, while other ventures had to downsize recently, Bitpay’s staff increased by 78 percent from the previous year. Also Read: Binance Launches Euro and Pound Fiat-to-Crypto Platform in Jersey B2B Business…

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Bitmain Pauses Texas Mining Operations, County Officials Report

According to reports from media outlet Texas Public Radio, the Chinese mining giant Bitmain Technologies has reportedly suspended operations in the town of Rockdale. Bitmain started to build up its new facility at a former aluminum smelting factory last summer, but since the crypto economy downturn, the company’s operations at the Texas factory have allegedly paused….

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Acquiring Crypto: Simple Steps to Buying Your First Bitcoin

There’s a good chance you’ve talked to a friend about Bitcoin. Or maybe heard about this “crazy digital currency” in the news, but haven’t tried to obtain any because you think it might be difficult. These days, acquiring cryptocurrency is actually very easy, with various avenues you can take to purchase your first coins. The…

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Exchanges News: Huobi Trial Eos Exchange, Sharespost Facilitates Security Token Transaction

In recent cryptocurrency exchange news, Huobi’s EOS exchange has entered trial operations, Sharespost has facilitated a secondary trade of the BCAP security token, and Bithumb has obtained South Korean Information Security Management System certification. Also Read: Bisq DEX Launches DAO on Testnet as Developers Seek to Decentralize Governance  Huobi Launches Trial of EOS Exchange In the…

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Bitcoin Goes on Sale in 2 French Tobacco Stores

At least 24 tobacco shops have started selling bitcoin coupons in the French capital of Paris. Widely known as “tabacs”, the stores received regulatory approval for the cryptocurrency sales late last year. More than 6,500 tabacs – representing about a quarter of the registered tobacco stores in France – are expected to start offering BTC…

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The Daily: Epic Founder Addresses Fortnite Crypto Rumors, Robinhood Recruiting in London

In today’s edition of The Daily we cover reports that Robinhood is working under the radar to hire staff in London for an expansion into the U.K., an auction of seized cryptocurrency in Northern Ireland, and comments from the founder of Fortnite developer Epic Games about rumored cryptocurrency partnerships. Also Read: Mckinsey: Despite Billions of…

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Embracing Utility in 2019: Unreliable Crypto Networks Will Lose to Hyperbitcoinization

Cryptocurrencies started gaining significant mainstream attention in 2017 and speculation brought coin values to unseen levels, before quickly deflating. Now, after a decade, it seems this technology is entering a new era that can actually move past speculation to embrace real-world utility. The only way this feat will be accomplished, however, is by offering a…

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Israeli Exchange to Launch Crypto Payments API Service for Local Businesses

There is a new option on the way for Israeli companies that wish to accept orders from cryptocurrency users while they keep managing their books in fiat. A local bitcoin exchange, Bits of Gold, is launching an API service for regulated crypto payments. Also Read: Billions Living Under Authoritarian Regimes Need Bitcoin Says Human Rights…

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Litigation Firm Files Lawsuit Against Nvidia for Statements Regarding Crypto

Shall Law Firm, an American shareholder rights litigation firm, has announced the filing of a class action lawsuit against Nvidia with regards to statements pertaining to the company’s outlook regarding the effect that declining cryptocurrency prices could have on the performance of its shares. Also Read: Bitcoin Whales and the Rise of Crypto-Fueled OTC Desks in…

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1 in 7 Chinese Have Invested in Cryptocurrency

A survey conducted by Panews has found that 14% of Chinese citizens have invested in cryptocurrencies. The survey also found that 98% of respondents indicated familiarity with the concepts of cryptocurrency and bitcoin – 3% more than those who stated that they had heard of blockchain technology. Also Read: Skeptical Payoneer CEO Dismisses Idea of Single…

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These Developers Claim They Can Crack Any Hardware Wallet

On Dec. 27 at the 35th Annual Chaos Communication Congress (35C3) event, three individuals from a startup called Wallet Fail allegedly hacked the most popular hardware wallets and revealed their secrets on stage. According to Trezor, however, the hackers at 35C3 did not follow the standard responsible disclosure protocol and Ledger Wallet developers claim the…

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Investment Robo-Adviser Wealthfront Adds Support for Coinbase Accounts

Wealthfront, one of the largest independent robo-advisers in the U.S. market, has added support for Coinbase accounts. The Wealthfront team explained that high customer demand was the reason for incorporating the new feature, stating: “We’re especially excited because this has been one of our clients’ most requested features.” Also Read: Bitcoin Private (BTCP) Bug Exploited…

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Year in Review: 2018's Top Cryptocurrency Stories

After an intense 2017, filled with cryptocurrency market spikes, the following year was loaded with letdowns as a great majority of digital assets plunged well over 80 percent in value since their all-time highs. 2018 was also filled with lots of headlines about digital currency regulations, exchange hacks, and postponed exchange-traded funds. 2018 Saw Hundreds…

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