Monero Upgrade While Bulls Struggle to Register Gains

Overly, there is expectation in the space. Thanks to a successful Monero hard fork, the new “Segwit” mean transactions would cost less. At the same time, the new confirmation from Tron about their “partnership” with Baidu should keep the market vibrant as bulls prepare for gains above 3 cents. Let’s have a look at these charts: EOS Price Analysis To curb money laundering or terrorist financing, most crypto exchanges and fiat-crypto processors demand users to submit personal details as part of their KYC and AML requirements. https://t.co/LgcclYjBIb President Rob Jesudason…

Tether Has Yanked $610 Million out of Circulation this Month

Tether Limited, issuer of the dollar-pegged cryptocurrency tether (USDT), has yanked nearly a quarter of the controversial stablecoin’s market cap out of circulation since the beginning of October. On Wednesday, cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex sent another 50 million USDT to the Tether Treasury, marking the sixth time this month that the company — which shares a management team with Tether — pulled USDT out of circulation by depositing them into the treasury address. Tether has not issued any new tokens in October, and the last time that new tokens entered circulation was…

Blockchain and Crypto Industries See Growing Demand for Talent

A recent study by recruiting site Glassdoor published Oct. 18 found that crypto and blockchain-related job opportunities significantly increased in the U.S. this year, despite the slump in cryptocurrency prices. In the course of its analysis, Glassdoor examined a large number of online U.S. job postings on their site containing keywords related to blockchain, Bitcoin (BTC) and cryptocurrency. To ensure more accuracy, the company also included more general blockchain-related terms, while excluding jobs from third-party recruiting firms. To estimate salaries, Glassdoor used its “Know Your Worth” instrument. Per the report,…

Bitcoin Price Not Correlated to Futures Expiration Dates: Research

The common idea that the bitcoin price drops just before the cryptocurrency futures contracts expire has no solid basis, a new study published by Cindicator suggests. The report, titled Bitcoin Futures: Market Evolution, studied bitcoin volumes on futures and spot cryptocurrency exchanges to get an idea about the liquidity and development of the holistic trading market. It initially found the presence of institutional investors in the future markets, analyzed their past positions on the futures, compared them to the bitcoin price movements before the future expired. The analysis is rested on…

Gates Foundation to Partner with Ripple and Coil to Support ‘Pro-Poor’ Payment Systems

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is partnering with Ripple Labs Inc. and digital payments firm Coil to implement the Interledger Protocol, the Foundation’s Deputy Director and Principal Technologist Miller Abel tweeted Oct. 17. The Foundation itself has not made a formal announcement regarding the partnership. Apart from the implementation of Ripple’s Interledger Protocol, which is designed to connect different payment ledgers and enable the faster processing of cross-border transfers, the partnership is set to explore the ways Mojaloop can support “pro-poor payment systems.” We are partnering w/ @ripple and…

US SEC Launches ‘Strategic Hub’ to Address DLT and Digital Assets Issues

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched the agency’s Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub), according to an official announcement published Oct. 18. The FinHub will be run by Valerie A. Szczepanik, Senior Advisor for Digital Assets and Innovation and Associate Director in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance. The hub aims to facilitate the SEC’s engagement in the fintech-related fields, including, among others, distributed ledger technology (DLT) and digital assets. It will also take over some of the tasks of existing working groups focused on…

New Energy Efficient Samsung Chips Could Benefit Crypto Miners

Samsung’s production wing, Samsung Foundry, has launched a new production process of its 7-nanometer (nm) Low Power Plus (7LPP) process node, which could reduce its energy consumption by up to 50 percent, according to an official press release Oct. 18. The new process, based on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography technology, makes the new 7LPP chips more dense (area efficient) and energy efficient. This could have positive implications for crypto miners usings Samsung’s hardware, as energy costs prove to be a critical factor in the industry’s profitability.   As mining hardware…

Are Mastercard and VISA Cutting Out Unregulated Crypto Brokers and ICOs?

On October 12, Finance Magnates reported that payment giants Mastercard and VISA will both soon group cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offering (ICO) jurisdictions in a new “high risk” category. What are the consequences for those ‘high risk’ merchants? According to the publication’s undisclosed sources, the ban will be applied to brokers who operate “from unregulated or loosely regulated environments,” and therefore have no license that would show that proper due diligence has been applied to their business. The action reportedly deals with forex, binary, cryptos, and ICOs. More specifically, the…

Ticketmaster Acquires Blockchain Startup in Bid to Combat Ticket Fraud

Major global ticket sales and distribution company Ticketmaster has acquired Upgraded, a blockchain startup using DLT and “smart tickets” to combat fraud within the industry. Share of Controversy Ticketmaster — which merged with Live Nation in 2010 to form Live Nation Entertainment — is a live music behemoth that either leases, operates, or has equity interest in many entertainment venues throughout the United States. The company promotes over 30,000 concerts and sells hundreds of millions of tickets annually. Live Nation Entertainment also boasts over $10 billion in revenue. It is,…

‘Cryptocurrency Fever’ Has Begun to Diminish, Russian Central Bank Head Says

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. 18. Nabiullina, while speaking at finance innovation forum Finnopolis held in the South Russian city of Sochi, said that she believes cryptocurrencies and blockchain are now being treated more rationally: “Fortunately, the crypto fever has begun to diminish. Technologies such as blockchain have inspired great enthusiasm, but now, as far as we can see, the approach to them is more sober.” The central bank head…