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Expo Lets Ethereum Haters Short ETH on First Completely Trustless Margin Trading Platform

As the cryptocurrency market matures, a number of exchanges have begun to offer crypto derivatives contracts. To margin trade on these platforms, users are forced to trust their crypto capital on centralized exchange wallets. A new open-source platform leveraging...

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Binance, Kraken, Gate.io Referred to DFS by NY Attorney General for Potential Regulation Violation

The Office of the New York State Attorney General (NY AG) has published a report announcing the referral of three major cryptocurrency exchanges to the U.S. Department of Financial Services (DFS) for potential violations of state cryptocurrency regulations. Published...

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Crypto Market Stabilizes: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Some Alts Back In Green

The wounded cryptocurrency market is showing signs of recovery after a week-long maelstrom that saw over $40 billion wiped out from the total market cap amidst manipulation speculation, black market Bitcoin dumps, and fake news accusations. Dogecoin Surprisingly Unscathed...

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Vitalik Buterin Proclaims an End to Explosive Growth as ETH Values Plummet: How Will Ethereum Recover?

Ethereum prices have plummeted over the last week, experiencing a drop in value of over 30% amidst a bloodbath that has shaved $50 billion off the cumulative cryptocurrency market cap. With ETH prices hovering around the $200 mark, Ethereum...

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Crypto Flirts With Stock Market: Robinhood Prepares to Go Public, Coinbase CEO Hints Toward Possible IPO

The cryptocurrency market is currently in the midst of a major sell-off, with Bitcoin, Ethereum, and virtually all altcoins plummeting in value. The loss of over $40 billion from the cumulative cryptocurrency market cap over the last week hasn’t...

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Crypto Market Chaos: Crypto Community Quick to Blame Goldman Sachs, Silk Road Bitcoin Liquidation More Likely

The cryptocurrency market is in the midst of a selling frenzy, with Bitcoin, Ethereum and most altcoins experiencing a sharp and sudden drop in value. A major sell-off, which began at 4:40 p.m. UTC +7:00 on Wednesday saw total cryptocurrency...

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The Beginning of the End for Fiat Currency: Government-Issued Crypto Gaining Traction Worldwide

The term “government-issued” cryptocurrency is paradoxical. The core tenets of cryptocurrencies — decentralized ledgers and trustless cryptographic payment clearance — are antithetical to government control over value transfer. Officially sanctioned government issued cryptocurrencies are increasing in number, however. Sweden,...

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Dread Pirate Roberts Whale Wallet Activity Hints Toward $800 Million Bitcoin Market Dump

Almost $800 million worth of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash has been withdrawn from wallets associated with defunct cryptocurrency “black market” Silk Road marketplace and linked to Silk Road owner Ross “Dread Pirate Roberts” Ulbricht, signaling a potential large-scale Bitcoin...

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IOTA and Volkswagen Will Launch Blockchain-Enabled Cars in 2019

IoT-driven blockchain platform IOTA announced the upcoming release of real-world integration with vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen. The Digital CarPass, set to be released in 2019, will see performance data tracked via IOTA blockchain technology to ensure vehicle data collection is reliable...

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What is Project Atlas? Justin Sun Reveals Details of New Tokenized BitTorrent Platform on Tron

Tron CEO Justin Sun recently revealed details of Tron’s highly anticipated “secret project” at the Tron Virtual Machine launch Aug. 31, officially announcing Project Atlas. The new project will see the Tron blockchain integrate with the recently acquired BitTorrent...

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OmiseGO Announces Release of OMG Network Repo and Tesuji Plasma Progress

Ethereum-based payment platform OmiseGO announced a major step forward in the quest for DLT scalability, releasing an early alpha of a Plasma-based scaling solution that may potentially increase the transaction capacity of the OMG network. Announced via a Medium post,...

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New Song “Vitalik Buterin” By Producer Gramatik Inspired by Ethereum

Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency are influencing innovation and change across a spectrum of industries. The music industry already tested the waters of the financial benefits of blockchain technology, but Slovenian electro producer Gramatik has also seized inspiration from the blockchain...

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Crypto Adoption Frenzy: More Than Half of Americans Familiar with Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum

The cryptocurrency market may be experiencing a sudden bear market, but recent statistics released by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) demonstrate that consumer awareness and interest in digital assets such as Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum is...

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Binance Reveals Pre-Alpha Demo of Decentralized Exchange & Binance Chain Amidst Listing Fee Criticism

Cryptocurrency exchange giant Binance has unveiled a pre-alpha demonstration of its own decentralized exchange in a move that foreshadows the future of the crypto trading ecosystem. First announced in May, the Binance Decentralized Exchange (DEX) is part of a...

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Thailand Open for Business: 20 New Exchanges Aim to Establish Kingdom of Crypto

Thailand’s forward-leaning crypto policy has catalyzed rapid blockchain platform development, with the Thai SEC receiving 20 applications for new digital asset exchanges and more than 50 applications for token offerings since launching new regulatory framework in July. The crypto...

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What is Ethereum ERC725? Self-Sovereign Identity Management on the Blockchain

Decentralized applications (dApps) are one of the most promising applications of blockchain technology, holding the potential to completely replace centralized third-party operated platforms. User identity management, however, remains critical to any dApps and is currently managed by “trusted” third...

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Answering Vitalik Buterin’s 7 Hard Questions For the Blockchain World Part 7: Fundamentally Flawed Governance

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin put forward a series of open questions to the cryptocurrency community in a recent discussion with Mars Finance International WeChat group, postulating seven issues present within the blockchain ecosystem. Buterin’s “hard questions for any blockchain...

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Bitcoin Market Share Returns to December High as Hash Rate Exceeds 50 Quintillion Hashes per Second

Bitcoin’s market share catapults back to almost 50 percent, returning to levels not seen since the December 2017 bull-run that resulted in an all-time high BTC value of nearly $20,000. The return of Bitcoin’s market share dominance coincides with...

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Answering Vitalik Buterin’s 7 Hard Questions For the Blockchain World Part 6: Proof of Centralization

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin put forward a series of open questions to the cryptocurrency community in a recent discussion with Mars Finance International WeChat group, postulating seven issues present within the blockchain ecosystem. Buterin’s “hard questions for any blockchain...

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Answering Vitalik Buterin’s 7 Hard Questions For the Blockchain World Part 5: Proof of Waste

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin put forward a series of open questions to the cryptocurrency community in a recent discussion with Mars Finance International WeChat group, postulating seven issues present within the blockchain ecosystem. Buterin’s “hard questions for any blockchain...

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Answering Vitalik Buterin’s 7 Hard Questions For the Blockchain World Part 4: DApp Latency

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin put forward a series of open questions to the cryptocurrency community in a recent discussion with Mars Finance International WeChat group, postulating seven issues present within the blockchain ecosystem. Buterin’s “hard questions for any blockchain...

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The Race to the World’s First Crypto Smartphone: HTC and Sirin Labs Go Head to Head

Dedicated hardware has made it possible for crypto holders to securely store digital assets in hack-proof crypto-vaults such as the Ledger device series. As cryptocurrency becomes more widely adopted, tech companies race to integrate secure crypto storage functionality into...

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Leaked Data Allegedly Reveals $1.2 Billion Bitmain Q1 Profits, Bitcoin Hashing Power at All Time High

Leaked financial data has allegedly revealed that cryptocurrency mining juggernaut Bitmain captured a monolithic $1.2 billion USD in profit for the first quarter of 2018, as well as hinting toward details of the upcoming Bitmain IPO. Announced by Fortune’s...

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Answering Vitalik Buterin’s 7 Hard Questions For the Blockchain World Part 3: Hacks, Security, and Theft

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin put forward a series of open questions to the cryptocurrency community in a recent discussion with Mars Finance International WeChat group, postulating seven issues present within the current blockchain ecosystem. Buterin’s “hard questions for any...

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SEC Denies Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF, SEC Commissioner Officially Dissents With Ruling

The SEC has announced the rejection of the Winklevoss twins application for a Bitcoin ETF, marking the second time a crypto exchange-traded fund application by the Gemini exchange founders has been denied. The rule change request filing, submitted by...

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Mike Novogratz Leads Investment in Crypto Lending, Predicts $800 Billion Market Cap

Billionaire Bitcoin bull Mike Novogratz announced a multi-million dollar foray into the crypto-lending sector, predicting that the total cryptocurrency market capitalization will exceed $800 billion in the next 12 months. Novogratz, who previously predicted a market cap of $800...

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China Securities Regulatory Commission Pushes for Blockchain-Based Financial Infrastructure

The Shanghai Stock Exchange published a research paper outlining the potential integration of blockchain technology into Chinese financial infrastructure, arguing that adopting distributed ledger technology-based replacements for existing transaction settlement models could dramatically improve efficiency. As the fourth-largest stock...

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Bittrex Invades Europe: Partnership With Invest Will Launch New European Exchange

Seattle-based cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex announced the upcoming launch of a new cryptocurrency exchange focusing on the European market. In partnership with Invest.com, the new exchange will open to European Union customers and operate under the Invest.com brand name. The...

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ADVFN CEO: Bitcoin to Return to $20k — But Not Before Plummeting to $2k First

Bitcoin has experienced a lengthy period of stagnation subsequent to the late 2017 all-time high of $20,000, with the most valuable cryptocurrency failing to challenge the $10,000 mark the first half of 2018. ADVFN CEO Clem Chambers, however, believes...

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Kraken Fires Back at “Journalist Lemmings” for Tether Manipulation Accusations

A recent investigation into Tether activity on popular cryptocurrency exchange Kraken triggered scathing responses from the exchange, who fired back at journalists that, according to Kraken, fail to understand market basics. “On Tether: Journalists Defy Logic, Raising Red Flags,”...

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Is Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto Writing a Book? The Crypto Community Doesn’t Think So

A schism appeared within the cryptocurrency community around the time a new statement and book excerpt purportedly released by Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin. NakamotoFamilyFoundation.org, A newly-registered website launched June 26, 2018, captured the attention of both...

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Tether Exchange Vulnerability Raises Security Concerns, New Research Suggests USDT Wash Trading on Kraken

This week, US-Dollar pegged stablecoin Tether once again captured cryptocurrency community attention for the wrong reasons with poorly-implemented Tether exchange integration resulting in the successful execution of a double spend. Tether’s tenuous relationship with the cryptocurrency market has been...

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Tether Injects $250 Million USD Into Crypto Market, Bitcoin, Ethereum Recapture Lost Ground

USD-linked stablecoin has printed another quarter-billion USD, representing a significant injection of capital into the ailing cryptocurrency market. The issuance of the new USDT, historically linked with a surge in positive market action. Tether has recently addressed community concern...

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Bitcoin, Ethereum Slide Back in to Red as Market Reacts to Japanese Regulation, South Korean Tax Confusion

The cryptocurrency market has swung violently back into the red due to a series of regulatory movements from Asia, spooking skittish market participants. Bitcoin and Ethereum plummeted by almost 10% as Japanese regulators crack down on exchange action. Crypto...

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Privacy, Freedom, and Technology: McAfee to Eliminate Corruption and Deliver Free Medical Care if Elected US President

Technology pioneer John McAfee recently announced the end of his involvement with initial coin offerings (ICOs) but is far from done with the world of distributed ledger technology. After revealing his intention to run for 2020 US president, McAfee...

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The Final Frontier of Crypto Decentralization: DEXs and The Liquidity Problem

Circumstantial evidence of insider trading and fabricated volume on major crypto exchanges has catalyzed renewed focus on decentralized exchanges — or DEXs — as the future of crypto trading platforms. However, can the present issues within the current market...

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Bitcoin Transaction Fees Skyrocket as Bithumb Cleans Out Hot Wallets Due to Hack

Bitcoin transaction fees have increased significantly due to a dramatic surge in network congestion associated with the recent Bithumb hack. The average Bitcoin transaction cost has increased from $0.55 to nearly $3, with average confirmation time climbing from 6...

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How Blockchain Technology Is Transforming Digital Advertising

The disruption of the cumbersome supply chain industry by platforms such as Waltonchain, VeChain, and Ambrosus is evidence of the potential blockchain may have on centralized systems. However, the next industry to be revolutionized after the decentralization of the supply chain ecosystem...

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Bitcoin is Beating Big Money: Smaller Financial Platforms Cash In on Crypto While Big Banks Miss Out

Big banks and traditional financial institutions who stand to lose out the most from the blockchain revolution remain opposed to the growth of decentralized currencies — but recently released data demonstrates that slow-moving centralized financial structures are slowly being...

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IOTA’s TangleID-Driven Digital Citizen Card Deploying This Year

Taiwan’s capital city of Taipei will be rolling out IOTA’s Tangle-powdered blockchain-based digital identification system later this year, according to BiiLabs Co-Founder Jim Huang. The launch of the Digital Citizen Card will see IOTA’s unique Tangle consensus method and...

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Billionaire Investor Tim Draper: ‘Bitcoin Will Reach $250,000’ and ‘Fiat is Doomed’

Billionaire venture capitalist, Tom Draper, has reiterated his prediction that Bitcoin will reach $250,000 by 2022, stating that “fiat is the past,” with both crypto and Bitcoin being the future. Draper’s predictions, made during a June 12th interview with...

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Crypto Market Bounces Back: SEC Declares Bitcoin and Ethereum are Not Securities

The US SEC has again clarified its position on both Ethereum and Bitcoin, stating that neither cryptocurrencies are securities. The announcement, made by SEC Corporate Finance Division head William Hinman, has addressed one of the most pressing issues in...

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Bitcoin Price Manipulation: Study Suggests $2.5 Billion Tether Used to Create Artificial BTC Demand

A new investigation conducted by University of Texas researchers reveals compelling evidence that the meteoric rise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in late 2017 is linked to price manipulation executed by individuals using Tether to create artificial market demand....

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McAfee Vs the SEC: Renegade Security Expert Challenges SEC to Debate on Cryptocurrencies

Outspoken cryptocurrency proponent, iconoclastic firearm enthusiast, and potential 2020 US presidential candidate, John McAfee, challenged the SEC to a live debate on national television over the SEC chairman Jay Clayton’s recent statements regarding the regulatory status of cryptocurrencies. McAfee,...

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IOTA and Volkswagen to Demonstrate Tangle-Driven Proof of Concept at Cebit 2018

The Chief Digital Officer of Volkswagen has announced a collaborative effort between the IoT-focused IOTA blockchain project and vehicle manufacturer, promising the cryptocurrency community a proof of concept that demonstrates the future of distributed ledger technology in the automotive...

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IOHK Redesigns Cardano With Brand Refresh, Releases Updated ADA Roadmap

Academia-driven blockchain project Cardano announced earlier this week a major redesign of its brand and roadmap, incorporating a new aesthetic drawn from organic structures inspired by the creative efforts of the Cardano community. The Cardano brand redesign was catalyzed...

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CFTC Commissioner Says We Are Witnessing a ‘Revolution’, Cryptocurrencies Are a ‘Modern Miracle’

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Commissioner Rostin Behnam labeled cryptocurrencies as a “modern miracle” at a recent summit, sharing a bullish stance on virtual currencies and predicting that blockchain technology will remake economic, social and political structures. Behnam discussed...

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Ripple Partners With 17 International Universities In New $50 Million Blockchain Research Initiative

Ripple announced the launch of a new University Blockchain Research Initiative that will see Ripple Labs donate $50 million across 17 universities worldwide to promote academic research and blockchain innovation. The new initiative, announced June 4, inaugurates a program intended...

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Potential EOS Mainnet Launch Delay: Internet Security Giant Identifies High-Risk Security Vulnerabilities (Updated)

Qihoo 360, China’s largest internet security company, recently published an announcement that the upcoming EOS mainnet launch scheduled for June 2, 2018, could potentially be delayed due to a series of high-risk security vulnerabilities that could cripple the entire...

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Five Reasons to Be Bullish About Bitcoin, Ethereum and the Future of Crypto

The cryptocurrency market recently experienced a bearish run driven by a range of factors including Mt Gox “Tokyo Whale” sell-offs, delayed institutional investor participation, and regulatory pressure. With the crypto market dropping 18% since May 20, investor sentiment has...

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VeChain Reveals New Development Plan and Whitepaper, Announces First ICO on VeChainThor

VeChain’s token rose 5% after an announcement from the VeChain Foundation unveiling a new development plan and whitepaper. The blockchain-based product ID and supply chain management platform’s release details upcoming partnerships, a new governance model, and the future of...

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What Went Wrong? Tom Lee Breaks Down Post-Consensus Market Rally Flop, Remains Bullish on Bitcoin

Fundstrat Global managing partner and notorious Bitcoin bull Tom Lee has reaffirmed his prediction of a $25,000 Bitcoin end-of-year price despite underwhelming post-Consensus cryptocurrency market performance. The Consensus conference, which ran in New York from May 14-16, is widely...

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RChain Cooperative Member Pithia Invests $2.4M to Boost Local Blockchain Economies

Venture capital firm and RChain Co-op ecosystem member Pithia has joined forces with local blockchain economy platform DigitalTown in a new investment deal that will accelerate the development of distributed ledger technology-based smart city solutions. Pithia announced the $2.4...

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Amazon Partners With Ethereum Development Studio to Streamline Enterprise Blockchain Deployment

Amazon Web Services has announced a new collaboration with Ethereum development studio ConsenSys which will result in the launch of Kaleido, a blockchain business cloud designed to streamline and simplify the creation, deployment, and operation of private blockchain networks...

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Ripple Launches Venture Capital Fund ‘Xpring’ to Bootstrap XRP Adoption

International remittance focused cryptocurrency Ripple has launched a new initiative designed to provide entrepreneurs and innovators with financial backing in order to develop solutions based on Ripple technology. The new Xpring project will encourage developers and entrepreneurs to contribute...

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Stellar Joins Forces With IBM to Bring Carbon Credits to the Blockchain

A new partnership between IBM and carbon credits startup Veridium Labs Ltd will see carbon credits issued on the Stellar blockchain, streamlining the trade of carbon offset credits in an open market. The most obvious application of distributed ledger technology...

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CME Group Launches Ethereum Price Indexes In Partnership With ETH Futures Exchange

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has announced the launch of the CME CF Ether-Dollar Reference Rate and Real-Time Index in partnership with UK-based digital asset exchange Crypto Facilities. The two new indexes will track the price movement of ETH, delivering...

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New York City Has Blockchain Fever with Millions In Ticket Sales For Crypto Conferences

Blockchain Week New York has seen a number of large scales cryptocurrency conferences flood the Big Apple with thousands of blockchain experts, entrepreneurs, and community members. With CoinDesk’s Consensus conference and the Ethereum Ethereal Summit drawing in crypto industry...

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First Regulated Ethereum Futures Launched In UK: How Will Futures Contracts Impact ETH Price?

UK-based cryptocurrency trading startup, Crypto Facilities, has become the first crypto platform to launch regulated Ethereum futures contracts, making a new derivatives contract available from 4 pm UK time on the 11th of May. The new Ethereum futures contracts...

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South Korean Exchange Coinone Leverages Ripple Technology in New Cross-Border Payment System

One of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in South Korea has recently announced it intends to implement Ripple technology in a new cross-border payments solution. The exchanged has Joined RippleNet and aims to incorporate Ripple’s xCurrent solution in a new...

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EEA Aims to Standardize Blockchain Implementation With New Enterprise Ethereum Architecture Stack

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance has announced the release of a new Enterprise Ethereum Architecture Stack that is set to standardize the specifications of Ethereum enterprise solutions, assisting organizations in developing Ethereum-based solutions. The new architecture stack, released on May...

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BatchOverflow Exploit Creates Trillions of Ethereum Tokens, Major Exchanges Halt ERC20 Deposits

A newly-discovered Ethereum smart contract exploit has resulted in the generation of billions of ERC20 tokens, causing major exchanges to temporary halt ERC20 deposits and withdrawals until all tokens can be assessed for vulnerability. The exploit, termed the batchOverflow...

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