Author: Helen Partz

Sweden’s Central Bank Wants to Host Innovation Hub for Digital Currencies

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The Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank that started testing its own central bank digital currency (CBDC) in February, wants to host the digital currency innovation hub by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Officially announcing the news on March 6, the Read More

Bitcoin Mempool Briefly Drops to Zero on Blockchain.​com

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Major crypto wallet service and blockchain data supplier Blockchain.com has apparently experienced a system glitch, as its Bitcoin (BTC) mempool tracker dropped to zero earlier today. After indicating a significant surge of unconfirmed Bitcoin transactions on March 13, the mempool Read More

OKCoin Launches Support for Singapore Dollar and Opens Local Office

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OKCoin, one of the world’s oldest cryptocurrency exchanges, is continuing to expand its fiat-to-crypto onramps by adding support of the Singapore dollar (SGD). Starting March 12, OKCoin users can deposit and withdraw Singapore’s official fiat currency — the Singapore dollar Read More

Belarus Wants Authorization to Seize Crypto from Criminals

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Amid countries increasingly auctioning Bitcoin (BTC) seized in law enforcement actions, some jurisdictions are fighting for authorization to confiscate crypto. A state authority in Belarus wants lawmakers to authorize them to seize cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin from criminals. The Investigative Committee Read More

Saxo Bank’s Outrageous Prediction 2020: Asia Launches DLT-Based Asset

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Major Danish bank Saxo Bank has predicted that Asia will launch its own blockchain-based digital asset in its new report of smashing predictions for 2020. The latest edition of “Outrageous Predictions” by Saxo Bank also forecasts that President Donald Trump Read More

South Korea’s NH Bank Debuts Samsung-Backed Blockchain ID System

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A major blockchain identification project backed by South Korean tech giant Samsung is being rolled out for first commercial use. South Korea’s NongHyup (NH) Bank has introduced a blockchain-based mobile ID system developed within a tech consortium established by major Read More

Ukraine’s Central Bank: E-Hryvnia Threatens Landscape of Banking System

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Despite considerable testing and research, the prospect of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) still raises significant concerns for bankers in Ukraine.  At a Feb. 21 conference in Kyiv, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) presented the results of testing Read More

New Italian Fintech Startup Bitsa Adds XMR Support to Its Prepaid Card

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Italy’s new crypto-powered debit card supplier Bitsa has just expanded its prepaid card with major privacy-focused altcoin Monero (XMR). By enabling Monero support on its Bitsa Card, the company unclocks “all types” of XMR-based card transactions in physical stores and Read More

Canadian E-Commerce Giant Shopify Joins Libra Association

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E-commerce giant Shopify has joined the Libra Association, a network of founding members supporting Facebook’s stablecoin project Libra. Shopify, a major Canada-based digital commerce platform hosting more than one million merchants, will be collaborating on the establishment of a global Read More

Steemit to Shift Its Proprietary Blockchain and Token to Tron Network

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The Tron Foundation, a cryptocurrency firm that is known for hyping its long ledger of partnerships, appears to have entered a particularly important one today. The maintainer of major cryptocurrency Tron (TRX) has just partnered with Steemit, a major blockchain-based Read More

‘Full Transparency Not Ideal for Cryptocurrency’ Says Chainalysis Exec

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A major global company that helps fight illicit cryptocurrency-related activity does not think that privacy in crypto markets is necessarily bad. Despite representing one of the primary sources of crypto transaction data for federal agencies like the Internal Revenue Service Read More

Asian Crypto Conferences Are Being Delayed For Coronavirus Reasons

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A number of cryptocurrency-related conferences across Asia are being delayed in response to the regional coronavirus outbreak. TOKEN2049, a major crypto event held annually in Hong Kong, is the latest one to postpone its conference. Originally scheduled for mid-March 2020, Read More

UK Financial Watchdog Seeks Cryptocurrency Expert to Address EU Regulations

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The United Kingdom’s major financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is looking to hire a specialist with a cryptocurrency background. Specifically, the FCA is seeking an intelligence associate with crypto expertise to address digital assets under the European Union’s Read More

Winklevoss’ Crypto Exchange Gemini Partners with TradingView

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Gemini, a cryptocurrency exchange founded by Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, has integrated popular trading chart analysis service TradingView. According to a TradingView’s announcement on Feb. 4, Gemini has added the trading service as a trading partner, allowing its institutional customers Read More

US Marshals to Auction $37M in Confiscated Bitcoin in February

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The United States Marshals Service (USMS), a federal law enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, will auction more than 4,000 confiscated Bitcoins (BTC). According to the official USMS website, the authority is planning to sell “approximately” 4,040 Bitcoins Read More