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Global consulting giant Accenture has revealed a DLT-driven platform that helps track and manage software licenses in big companies. Global management consultancy firm Accenture has deployed a distributed ledger (DLT) platform created to manage and track software licenses, a press release reveals Monday, Nov.
A blockchain-driven platform for energy commodity trading, joined by BP, Shell, and Equinor along with large banks, will become fully operational by 2019. Major oil companies BP, Shell, and Equinor have united with large banks and trading houses to launch a blockchain-driven platform Vakt for energy commodity trading.
UK university researchers find that private blockchains with a sufficient level of centralization could comply with recent EU privacy rules. Private blockchains, such as interbanking platforms set to share information on customers,  could be compatible with new E.
The Singapore Exchange has finished a joint blockchain trial with the local monetary authority, Nasdaq, and Deloitte. Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX), along with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), have successfully tested the use of blockchain technology for tokenized assets settlement, according to a SGX release issued Sunday, Nov.
Zeniex, a joint crypto venture run by South Korea and China, is closing its crypto exchange due to the financial regulator’s investigation. South Korea’s cryptocurrency exchange Zeniex will soon terminate its services due to a recent government crackdown on unauthorized platforms, a post by Zeniex reveals Friday, Nov.
Major cryptocurrencies are seeing mixed signals after a few days in the red, with Bitcoin hovering around $6,400. Sunday, Nov.
Blockchain platform MultiVAC has published its sharding data, claiming to be on the path to “solving” blockchain scaling issues. Blockchain platform MultiVAC has claimed it has reached a “breakthrough” in the blockchain scaling technology sharding, according to a press-release Nov.
UK market research company YouGov’s survey on Bitcoin shows that 93 percent of Brits know about the currency, but are not likely to purchase it. The vast majority of British people - 93 percent - have heard of Bitcoin (BTC), but only 4 percent claim to have bought it, according to a recent poll by UK market research company YouGov published Nov.
13 of the 20 top cryptocurrencies are in the red, with Bitcoin Cash and Ripple losing up to 4 percent over the day. Wednesday, Nov.
The head of Venezuela’s state oil company reveals that the country will present Petro at the next OPEC meeting, offering the coin as a unit of account. Venezuela will present its state-backed cryptocurrency Petro as a unit of account for crude oil trading to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 2019, the country’s oil company PDVSA reports on its Twitter Nov.
Global trading platform eToro reveals its plans to launch its own cryptocurrency, GoodDollar, to provide economic tools for the unbanked. Trading platform eToro has recently unveiled blockchain-driven social project GoodDollar to tackle global wealth inequality, according to a press release obtained by Cointelegraph Wednesday, Nov.
The Finance Committee of the French National Assembly has adopted amendments to a tax bill that would tax crypto as capital income. The Finance Committee of the lower house of French parliament has adopted amendments to a tax bill that ease taxes on cryptocurrency sales, daily French newspaper Le Figaro reports Wednesday, Nov.
Three Thai siblings accused of swindling $24 million worth of Bitcoin from a Finnish investor have recently pleaded “not guilty” in a Bangkok court. Three Thai citizens who are currently being prosecuted for allegedly swindling $24 million worth of Bitcoin (BTC) have pleaded “not guilty” in the Criminal Court of Bangkok, major Thai newspaper Bangkok Post reports Wednesday, Nov.
Tether’s new Bahamas-based banking partner is possibly involved in $25 million money laundering case being investigated by federal prosecutors in Sao Paulo. Brazilian law enforcement has solicited the help of Bahamian authorities to investigate suspicious transactions to Deltec Bank & Trust – the recently-announced new banking partner of controversial stablecoin Tether (USDT) – major Brazilian newspaper O Globo reports Nov.
A recent poll in two German federal states found that 55 percent of respondents are aware of crypto, while 28 percent of younger people find crypto investment “conceivable. More than a quarter of younger Germans is ready to buy cryptocurrencies, according to a recent poll by the German Consumer Centers of Hesse and Saxony published Monday, Nov.
The Department of Federal Revenue of Brazil could require individuals and legal entities to send monthly detailed reports on crypto transactions. The Department of Federal Revenue of Brazil (RFB), which administers tax collection in the country, is seeking to receive monthly reports on crypto assets operations, according to a document released by the RFB Tuesday, Oct.
The Financial Markets Authority of New Zealand claims a local crypto platform is a scam because of its use of a certified company’s name and identity. The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) of New Zealand has added three new crypto-related websites to its list of online scams, an announcement by the FMA reveals Thursday, Nov.
Malta has launched a government task force to develop a national artificial intelligence strategy. The Maltese government has announced the formation of a taskforce to develop a national artificial intelligence (AI) strategy, Cointelegraph reports Tuesday, Nov.
Ethereum’s most popular browser extension MetaMask reveals mobile app version at Devcon4 conference in Prague. The mobile app version of the currently most-downloaded Ethereum Chrome browser extension MetaMask was revealed during Ethereum’s annual Devcon conference Oct.
Ran NeuNer, the host of CNBC’s CryptoTrader show, has rescinded his February prediction for Bitcoin’s 2018 price peak. Ran NeuNer, the host of CNBC's CryptoTrader show, has rescinded his earlier prediction that Bitcoin (BTC) will reach $50,000 by the end of 2018, in a tweet Thursday, Nov.
A Russian industrialists union has created a dispute board for hearing cases pertaining to the digital economy, including smart contracts and Initial Coin Offerings. The Arbitration Center at Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) has announced the creation of a board for disputes on issues pertaining the “digital economy,” including crypto-related cases, Kommersant reported Wednesday, Oct.
India’s secretary of Economic Affairs has briefed financial officials on cryptocurrency regulation, mentioning “ban” on use of “private cryptocurrencies. ” India's secretary of Economic Affairs has recommended that the country’s Ministry of Finance to impose a ban on “private cryptocurrencies,” according to a report published by the Indian government press center Oct.
Banco do Brasil and Santander reopen accounts of Brazilian crypto exchange Bitcoin Max following the preliminary court injunction. Two major Brazilian banks have reopened the banking accounts of one of the local crypto exchanges experiencing banking issues recently, local crypto outlet Portal do Bitcoin reports Wednesday, Oct.
Major crypto hardware manufacturer Ledger, with headquarters in Paris and San Francisco, extends to the Asia Pacific. Crypto hardware wallet firm Ledger has announced it is opening a new branch in Hong Kong, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph Wednesday, Oct.
Venezuela launches the official sale of state-owned Petro — a controversial coin that can only be purchased from its website or directly from National treasury for cryptoassets. Venezuela’s controversial state-owned cryptocurrency the Petro is now available for purchase for fiat and crypto, Venezuelan Economy Department announced on Twitter Monday, Oct.
Hong Kong-based crypto exchange Changelly announced that it helped South Korean exchange Bithumb recover over 1 million XRP following a massive hack in June. Hong Kong-based crypto exchange service Changelly has announced that it helped South Korean exchange platform Bithumb recover 1,063,500 Ripple (XRP) in stolen assets following a massive hack in June, a press-release stated, Oct.
Russian officials discuss the possibility of blockchain voting, while the head of the Election Commission suggests renaming the tech for the Russian “mentality. The topic of implementing blockchain technology for voting was discussed at an event hosted by the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC), local state-owned news agency TASS reported Oct.
SP Group, a major company providing electricity and gas in Singapore, has opened a blockchain-powered marketplace for renewable energy certificates trade. SP Group, a major corporation providing electricity and gas transmission in Singapore, has launched a blockchain-powered renewable energy certificate (REC) marketplace, the company reveals in a press release Monday, Oct.
The CEO of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, has announced the launch of a blockchain donation platform during a recent U. N.
An advisory committee urges the IRS to review crypto guidelines that were issued back in 2014. An advisory committee of the U.
India draws closer to the deadline for a legal battle between the country’s central bank and local crypto exchanges. The Indian Supreme Court has set a deadline of two weeks for the country’s government to present its official position on cryptocurrencies, Indian newspaper The Economic Times (ET) reports Friday, Oct.
The world’s four largest agriculture companies, known as ABCD, are integrating blockchain for automating grain and oilseed post-trade execution processes. The world’s four largest agriculture companies, commonly known as ABCD, have partnered to digitize international grain trading by using blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, Reuters reports Thursday, Oct.
The Central Bank of Germany and securities marketplace organizer Deutsche Boerse have completed a successful blockchain settlement trial. The central bank of Germany, Deutsche Bundesbank, and securities marketplace organizer Deutsche Boerse (DB) have successfully completed the trial of a blockchain solution in the settlements area, DB’s report reveals Thursday, Oct.
A New York judge has ruled in favor of Chinese giant Alibaba in its trademark infringement case against Alibabacoin. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has won a preliminary injunction against Dubai-based Alibabacoin Foundation in a lawsuit over the misleading use of Alibaba in their name, financial website MarketWatch reports Wednesday, Oct.
A Chinese consortium led by tech giants Huawei and Tencent claims that its new blockchain network can process over 1000 TPS. The Chinese Financial Blockchain Shenzhen Consortium (FISCO), led by multinational telecommunication company Huawei and tech giant Tencent, will soon present its coinless blockchain FISCO BCOS, as revealed in a press release Tuesday, Oct.
Japan’s Financial Service Agency has certified self-regulatory body JVCEA to oversee the local cryptocurrency industry. Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) has given the local crypto industry self-regulatory status, certifying the Japanese Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA) to oversee the space, Cointelegraph Japan reports Wednesday, Oct.
A lobby group of Russian entrepreneurs has presented their alternative to the current draft bill on cryptocurrencies to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. A lobby group of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) has recently sent its proposals for crypto regulation to country’s prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, Russian business media RBC reports Monday, Oct.
Electronics giant HTC announces the presale for its blockchain smartphone Exodus 1, selling for about $960 in BTC or ETH. Taiwanese electronics company HTC has announced the presale of its widely-discussed blockchain smartphone, Exodus 1, the product’s official Twitter account reveals Oct.
Russian draft bill on “digital financial assets” now includes tokenization of equity for privately held businesses. The long-awaited Russian draft bill on cryptocurrency and blockchain regulation will let privately held businesses and legal entities “digitize” their shares and store them via blockchain, local media outlet Vedomosti reported Oct.
An Australian company that aimed to raise $50 million to create a crypto exchange has shut down “in accordance with” local securities commission requirements. An Initial coin Offering (ICO) conducted by an Australian crypto startup Global Tech Exchange (GTE) has ceased operations, citing the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) requirements, the company’s website reveals Monday, Oct.
Port of Rotterdam partners with major Dutch bank and Samsung IT subsidiary to see how blockchain can improve shipping logistics from Asia to The Netherlands. The largest port in Europe, the Port of Rotterdam, has partnered with major Dutch bank ABN AMRO and the IT subsidiary of Samsung to test blockchain for shipping, a press-release from Samsung reports Monday, Oct.
Sberbank’s CEO says governments are not ready to give way to decentralized currencies – at least not within the next 10 years. Herman Gref, CEO of state-owned Sberbank – Russia’s largest banking conglomerate – believes that global governments won’t “let go” of centralized models to “allow” decentralized cryptocurrencies to flourish within the next 10 years, local news agency RIA Novosti reports Oct.
Deputies of the Russian State Duma have removed a definition for crypto mining from the draft law “On Digital Financial Assets. Russian deputies have removed the definition of crypto mining from a draft bill on digital currency regulation ahead of its next reading in the State Duma, major local news agency Interfax reports Oct.
The head of Russia’s Central Bank, Elvira Nabiullina, remains skeptical about cryptocurrencies’ popularity, which she has previously compared to “gold fever. The head of Russia’s central bank, Elvira Nabiullina, believes that “crypto fever” is beginning to diminish, major Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports Thursday, Oct.
Chile, whose banks have recently attempted to close crypto exchanges’ accounts, has a very low level of crypto awareness. The results of the first Financial Knowledge Index conducted in Chile reveal that only 39 percent of citizens have ever heard of cryptocurrencies, according to a paper published Tuesday, Oct.
Major Chinese mining hardware manufacturers could fall under new U. S.
CryptoCompare’s yearly report indicates a tendency to centralize crypto assets, as 85 percent of their developers can change protocols at any time. Cryptocurrency tracking resource CryptoCompare's recent study has shown that 85 percent of crypto assets allow development teams to alter their platforms.
The Uzbek city of Tashkent has signed a deal with a Russian startup to digitize patent records and make intellectual property profitable. A Russian intellectual property startup has signed a memorandum with officials from Uzbek capital Tashkent to integrate blockchain for use in copyright, Russian state news agency TASS reports Tuesday, Oct.
The Ethereum Foundation has announced its fourth wave of grants, awarded to startups that develop the ecosystem. The Ethereum Foundation has announced the fourth wave of grants awarded to 20 different persons and entities working on the Ethereum blockchain, it revealed in a press release Oct.
Brazilian presidential candidate Fernando Haddad has announced his campaign will use blockchain technology to distribute his policy positions and plans for the government. Fernando Haddad, the presidential candidate for the Brazil Workers’ Party, has published his government plan via blockchain, per an announcement published on his website Oct.
A Russian man accused of hacking government servers in three Russian regions to mine Bitcoins is facing up to five years in prison. A 21-year-old Russian from the Siberian city of Kurgan is facing criminal charges for illegally mining Bitcoins (BTC) via government-owned servers, local news agency Ura.
Hong Kong’s securities and futures commission chairman announces crypto regulation prior to his retirement. Hong Kong’s securities and futures commission (SFC) is planning to introduce crypto regulation to protect investors, the SFC chairman told Hong Kong English-language newspaper the South China Morning Post (SCMP) Monday, Oct.
Binance will officially launch its fiat-to-crypto branch in Uganda this week, where the national currency will be traded with Bitcoin and Ethereum pairs. Major international crypto exchange Binance has announced that its fiat-to-crypto exchange will open in Uganda this week, the company reveals Monday, Oct.
Shortly after leaving Coinbase, Adam White has now become the Chief Operating Officer at Intercontinental Exchange’s crypto platform Bakkt. Former head of institutional platform group at Coinbase crypto exchange Adam White is reportedly joining Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) platform Bakkt.
The main suspect in a Bitcoin fraud case in Thailand was detained at a Bangkok airport after being on the lam for 2 months. Thai citizen Prinya Jaravijit, who allegedly defrauded a Finnish investor of $24 Million worth of Bitcoin (BTC), has recently been detained in Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, the Bangkok Post reports Friday, Oct.
The Chinese central bank has opened four job positions that require crypto-related skills, shortly after a report on the advantages of a yuan-backed stable coin. The Chinese central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), has opened four positions for crypto-related professionals, according to a document published Wednesday, Oct.
The panel that was set up by India’s Ministry of Finance in 2017 will reportedly evaluate the possibility of issuing a state-backed cryptocurrency. Indian government is “evaluating” the possibility of issuing a state-backed cryptocurrency, sources have told local news outlet Quartz India on Wednesday, Oct.
Top South Korean official says the government will announce its official position on ICOs in November, based on the results of recent discussions. South Korean government is “likely” to announce its official position on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) in November.
Jeanine Hightower-Sellitto, a former COO of a NASDAQ subsidiary, will develop Gemini’s marketplace to attract institutional investors. Former COO of major U.