Nasdaq Exploring Adding Crypto Data Sets to its Analytics Tool, Sources Say

New York-headquartered stock market giant Nasdaq is exploring adding crypto datasets to its market analytics tool, a Nasdaq source told Cointelegraph September 11. Speaking to Cointelegraph, Nasdaq’s Head of Alternative Data Bill Dague said that “given [an] abundance of interest, we are exploring cryptocurrency related datasets. Whether or not we launch a crypto-related product remains…

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China: WeChat Blocks Bitmain Sales Account as Well as Further Crypto ‘Hype News’ Channels

WeChat, the 1 billion-user Chinese social media platform developed by Tencent, has blocked the official sales channel of Bitcoin (BTC) mining giant Bitmain, according to an announcement posted to its channel yesterday, September 10. As of press time, Bitmain’s other Wechat accounts, including after-sales services and its official account, remain active. The official sales channel,…

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Cryptic Labs Adds Nobel Prize Laureate Economists to Board to Boost Blockchain Education

Blockchain-focused research lab Cryptic Labs has appointed two Nobel Prize economics laureates to its board in order to expand its blockchain expertise, the company announced in a press release Monday, September 10. Cryptic Labs, which says its mission is “solving fundamental security problems to advance the growth of blockchain technology,” appointed Dr. Eric S. Maskin…

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Startup Promising Instant Crypto Transactions to Develop Network for Chinese TV

Silicon Valley-based startup Splend, specialized in developing solutions to address blockchain scaling issues for instant crypto transactions, announced that it is partnering with Shanghai Code Center Industry, a China-based IT company, to develop the “next generation” network infrastructure for the China Cable Television Network. It is a subsidiary of China Central Television (CCTV), the largest…

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Crypto ‘Here to Stay’ but Needs Classification, Says European Commission Vice President

The European Union (E.U.) will focus on the development of crypto asset classification and regulatory mapping, European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis claimed at a recent meeting of Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) in Vienna. According to Dombrovskis, crypto assets are “here to stay,” and the crypto market still “continues to grow” despite “recent…

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Research: ICOs See Lowest Funding Level in 16 Months

Funding for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) has seen its hardest slump in 16 months, Bloomberg reported September 10. Analysis from Autonomous Research shows that in August, startups raised $326 million, which is the smallest amount since May 2017. According to Autonomous Research, Ethereum (ETH) blockchain-based ICOs have been recognized as the spark for the ETH…

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Report: Crypto Not Effective for Financing Terrorist Groups

A new report published September 7 by the U.S. Foundation for Defence of Democracies’ (FDD) Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) shows that digital currencies are ill-suited for financing terrorist groups. The report was presented by CSIF director of analysis Yaya Fanusie at a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Terrorism…

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Canadian Bitcoin Fund Receives Status as Mutual Fund Trust

Canada’s “first” and “only” regulated Bitcoin (BTC) fund First Block Capital Inc. has obtained mutual fund trust status, allowing investors to put their fund units in self-directed registered accounts, according to a press release published September 10. First Block Capital Inc. (First Block) announced that investors in its flagship product the FBC Bitcoin Trust —…

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Paris Saint-Germain Soccer Club to Launch Fan Token

French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is partnering with blockchain platform Socios.com to launch a token ecosystem, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph September 11. PSG plays in the highest tier of France’s soccer league and has been hailed as the country’s “most popular” team. Socios describes itself as a digitized, tokenized form…

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Government Expert: Russia Not Ready for Issuance and Circulation of Cryptocurrencies

A special representative of the Russian president said that the country is not yet ready for the circulation and issuance of cryptocurrencies, according to local news agency RIA Monday, September 10. The president’s Special Representative on digital and technological development Dmitry Peskov explained his view on the state of digital assets in an interview with…

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Litecoin, Cardano, Monero, IOTA: Price Analysis, September 10

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. The market is finding it difficult to sustain…

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Blockchain Trust Company Paxos Launches NY Regulator-Approved, USD-Backed Stablecoin

Blockchain Trust company Paxos has launched a U.S.-dollar backed stablecoin following approval from New York regulators, according to a press release published September 10. Backed 1:1 by the dollar, the Ethereum blockchain-based stablecoin, dubbed ‘Paxos Standard,’ has been approved by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), which will exercise regulatory oversight over…

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Crypto Discussions at Highest Level: The OECD’s Love of Blockchain Obscures Its Fear of Bitcoin

For several years now, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been cautiously enthusiastic about blockchain technology. Beginning with a 2014 working paper titled, "The Bitcoin Question" the intergovernmental organization has been considering the economic possibilities opened up by distributed ledgers and cryptocurrencies — and, on the whole, it has found these possibilities…

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Stellar-Focused Firm Acquires Visa-Backed Blockchain Startup Chain

Financial services blockchain startup Chain has been acquired by the Stellar-focused firm Lightyear, Reuters reports today, September 10. Chain CEO Adam Ludwin told Reuters that a new company, dubbed Interstellar, will “migrate” Chain’s customer network and existing products onto Stellar’s global public blockchain, aiming to thereby create a new public digital assets management platform: “We…

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