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CipherTrace Scout App Takes Crypto Investigations Mobile – CoinDesk

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Blockchain forensics firm CipherTrace has developed a mobile tool for flagging bitcoin and ethereum tokens with a criminal past. Announced today, CipherTrace Scout grants street-level investigators more freedom to identify, track and document illicit crypto transactions from the field, company Read More

Wells Fargo’s Stablecoin ‘Faster, Cheaper’ Than SWIFT, Says Exec – CoinDesk

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Banking giant Wells Fargo says its blockchain for internal cross-border money transfers is faster and more efficient than SWIFT, the global messaging system used by over 11,000 financial institutions. Unveiled this week, Wells Fargo Digital Cash uses R3’s Corda Enterprise Read More

Korean Conglomerate CJ Develops Blockchain for Music Copyright – CoinDesk

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CJ, one of South Korea’s largest conglomerates, is developing a blockchain-based music copyright management system using AWS’ Amazon Managed Blockchain Service, according to local media. Korean news agency Yonhap said in a report Thursday that the initiative is being led by Read More

Genesis Trading Acquires Quant Investment Firm Qu Capital – CoinDesk

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Digital currency trader and lender Genesis expanded its trading and research capabilities Thursday by acquiring New York-based quantitative investment firm Qu Capital. In an interview with CoinDesk, Genesis CEO Michael Moro said Qu Capital initially approached his company to use Read More

Lightning Wallet Zap Launches in-App OTC Desk for Bitcoin Buyers – CoinDesk

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Wallet developer Jack Mallers, the founder of Zap Solutions, wants to improve the Lightning Network’s user experience. To achieve that goal, Zap is launching a dollar-denominated bitcoin buying feature inside its lightning-friendly mobile and desktop wallet. Zap is kicking off Read More

DOJ Brings Extortion Charges Against Early Advisor to Ethereum, tZero – CoinDesk

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U.S. law enforcement has charged Steven Nerayoff, an early supporter of the ethereum project and a former paid advisor to Overstock’s tZero, with extortion. Nerayoff, an attorney and founder of blockchain consulting firm Alchemist, was arrested Wednesday morning by the Federal Read More

Israeli Startup Creates Offline Wallet With Access to the Blockchain | CoinDesk

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Israeli startup GK8 unveiled a cold-storage crypto wallet with on-network transfer capabilities, the company said. GK8’s technology removes many of the dangers internet-accessible crypto wallets face – hacks, attacks, unexplained losses — while preserving their more convenient features, such as Read More

Binance Is Pitching Its Stablecoin as a Government-Friendly Libra Competitor – CoinDesk

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Crypto exchange Binance is now explicitly positioning its Venus stablecoin project as a government-friendly alternative to Facebook’s Libra, just a month after downplaying any suggestions of rivalry between the two. Last month, when Binance launched the initiative to develop localized Read More

Overstock to Restructure Ex-CEO’s Crypto Dividend to End 6-Month Lockup – CoinDesk

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Online retail giant Overstock is to drop trading restrictions for its planned digital asset-based dividend instigated by the e-commerce giant’s former CEO, Patrick Byrne. Before leaving the firm over a scandal involving his affair with a Russian spy, Byrne in Read More

New York Among 13 States Excluded as Binance.US Opens for Registrations – CoinDesk

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The U.S. arm of cryptocurrency exchange Binance is opening for registration and deposits on Wednesday. The platform will go live supporting just six cryptocurrencies initially – bitcoin, (BTC), ether (ETH), XRP, bitcoin cash (BCH), litecoin (LTC) and the tether stablecoin Read More

Messaging App LINE’s Crypto Exchange Goes Live for 80 Million Users in Japan – CoinDesk

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Messaging app LINE has officially launched a cryptocurrency exchange service for its 80 million users based in Japan, days after the platform received final regulatory approval. The Shinjuku-based messaging provider, which is 73.36-percent owned by South Korea’s Naver, said in Read More

CFTC Taps Coinbase Lawyer to Head Division Overseeing Bitcoin Futures – CoinDesk

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The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has just named Coinbase vice president Dorothy DeWitt as its new market supervisor. CFTC Chairman Heath Tarbert announced in a press release Tuesday that DeWitt, who is also the exchange’s general counsel for Read More

Ex-CFTC Chair ‘Crypto Dad’ Giancarlo Joins Digital Chamber Trade Group – CoinDesk

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“Crypto Dad” just can’t stay away. Former Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo has joined the advisory board to the Chamber of Digital Commerce, a trade group focused on blockchain and crypto policy in the U.S. Giancarlo Read More