Report Claims Over 80 Percent of Top 25 BTC Trading Pair Volumes on CMC Are Wash Traded

A new report from data researchers at the Blockchain Transparency Institute (BTI) claims that the majority of the top 25 Bitcoin (BTC) trading pairs listed on CoinMarketCap (CMC) are based upon “grossly” inflated false volumes. The researchers’ findings for December were published in BTI’s “Exchange Volumes Report” on Dec. 13. BTI presents its report as…

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The White House’s Incoming Chief of Staff Supports Bitcoin

Mick Mulvaney, the Trump administration’s replacement for outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly, is a Bitcoin proponent who has previously praised the democratic nature of the digital currency. Mulvaney will join the administration in 2019 and currently serves as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Mulvaney has also served in the House…

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Iran: Science and Tech Department Official Says Blockchain Can Improve National Economy

An official at the Iranian government’s vice presidency for science and technology has said blockchain can help improve the country’s national economy. His statements were reported by English-language daily newspaper The Tehran Times on Dec. 16. Alireza Daliri, deputy for management development and resources at the vice presidency for science and technology, is quoted as…

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Romanian Bitcoin Exchange CEO Helped Launder Stolen Funds: Report

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Advertisement According to a Cluj, Romania-based newspaper, the case of bitcoin exchange executive Vlad Nistor is much deeper than the simple illegal operation of a cryptocurrency firm. Their most recent report on the case speaks to some much more serious allegations as to the behavior of Vlad Nistor. More Details Emerge in Bitcoin Exchange CoinFlux…

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Cryptojacking Overtakes Ransomware as Top Malware in Some Countries

Cryptojacking, the unauthorized use of another’s hardware to mine cryptocurrency, has become the biggest cyber threat in many parts of the world, Bloomberg reported Dec. 14. According to research from cyber security research firm Kaspersky Lab, cryptojacking overtook ransomware as the biggest cybersecurity threat particularly in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. In Afghanistan and…

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Telecoms Giant AT&T Seeks Patent for Blockchain-Enabled Social Media ‘Mapping’ System

American telecoms giant AT&T is seeking a patent for a blockchain-based social media history “map.” The patent application was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Dec. 13. AT&T’s patent application describes a blockchain-powered system that may include a transaction history controller to store subscribers’ data, which may be used for various purposes.…

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Blockchain Incubator Binance Labs Releases First ‘Batch’ of Blockchain Projects

Binance Labs, the venture wing of the largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance, has released its first “batch” of blockchain projects from its Incubation Program, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Dec. 14. Binance Labs is an initiative that seeks to help early-stage blockchain and digital assets projects and entrepreneurs through direct investments and…

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French Financial Regulator Blacklists Four Crypto Websites for Unauthorized Offerings

The French stock market watchdog, the Financial Markets Regulator (AMF), has blacklisted four crypto-related websites for unauthorized investment offerings, according to an official statement published Friday, Dec. 14. The AMF announcement notes nine companies that are allegedly operating without necessary regulatory approval, including four crypto-related firms. In the announcement, the stock market regulator warns investors…

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European Parliament Calls for Increased Blockchain Adoption in Trade

The European Parliament has called for measures to increase the adoption of blockchain technology in trade and administration with a provisional resolution published on Dec. 13. The resolution, dubbed “Blockchain: a forward-looking trade policy,” generally considers blockchain “as a private, permissioned distributed ledger technology (DLT)” but also admits that “various case studies and industries will…

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US Credit Union Blockchain Consortium Joins R3’s Global Ecosystem

CULedger, a credit union service organization (CUSO)-owned blockchain consortium, has joined enterprise software firm R3’s global blockchain ecosystem. The partnership was officially revealed in a press release published Dec. 13. Based in Denver, Colorado, CULedger reportedly delivers blockchain applications to credit unions and their members, using the technology to mitigate cybersecurity and fraud risks, as…

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Major Spanish Bank BBVA Closes €150 Mln Loan With Porsche Holding Using Blockchain

Spain’s second largest bank, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), has closed a €150 million loan using blockchain technology with Porsche Holding, the largest car distributor in Europe. The news was reported by financial news site Finextra Dec. 14. The transaction is reportedly BBVA’s first blockchain-based loans deal with a non-Spanish borrower. The bank has to…

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Blockchain Startup Civic Appoints Apple Veteran as Executive Director of Identity.com

Blockchain startup Civic has appointed Apple veteran Phillip Shoemaker as executive director of Identity.com, its Ethereum (ETH) blockchain-based, decentralized identity platform. The news was announced in a press release published Dec. 13. Identity.com is Civic’s open-source, decentralized and tokenized digital identity ecosystem that uses smart contracts to provide on-demand, blockchain-based identity validation. Shoemaker joins the…

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Europe Takes Serious Steps Towards Blockchain Adoption

After months of monitoring and observing the “promising and challenging” potential of distributed ledger technology (DLT), the European Union (EU) is finally making a turn into the blockchain industry. How it all started Back in February 2018, the European Commission (EC) launched the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, aimed to support European cross-border engagement with…

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South Korean Internet Giant Kakao Invests in Blockchain Startup Orbs

South Korea’s largest messaging app operator Kakao has invested in Orbs, an Israeli blockchain startup, Reuters reports Dec. 13. The report states that Orbs did not disclose the size of the investment. Moreover, the startup reportedly explained that this investment “builds on its existing partnership with Kakao blockchain subsidiary Ground X.” As Cointelegraph reported in…

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PwC Partners With BitFury to Create Blockchain Accelerator in Russia

Big four consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has partnered with mining and blockchain software company Bitfury Group to create a blockchain accelerator for businesses in Russia, according to a PwC press release today, Dec. 13. The release explains that PwC has already used Exonum — Bitfury’s open source framework for building blockchain applications — for educational…

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