Blockchain 

Chainalysis Rolls Out Real-Time Threat Detector for 15 Major Cryptos

Blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis has launched transaction alerts for suspicious exchanges of a range of cryptocurrencies. In a post published on the firm’s blog on Aug. 22, Chainalysis announced the launch of alerts for suspicious cryptocurrency transactions in Chainalysis Know Your Transaction (KYT), the company’s real-time anti-money laundering compliance solution. The company also claims that this is the first compliance alerts solution available for 15 crypto assets. Compliance risk mitigation The tool is meant to help cryptocurrency exchanges and other financial institutions mitigate their regulatory and reputational risks. Michael Breu,…

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Ethereum 

Bitcoin Price Fights to Hold $10K Support While Altcoins See Drops

Saturday, Aug. 24 — crypto markets continued to see red today as Bitcoin (BTC) has dipped below $10,000 price mark several times over the past 12 hours. Only two out of the top-20 coins by market cap are seeing gains over the past 24 hours at press time, including Cardano (ADA) and NEO (NEO), which are up 1.3% and 2.6%, respectively. Market visualization | Source: Coin360 BTC fights to hold $10K support Bitcoin is trading at $10,066 at press time, down 3.3% over the past 24 hours. The biggest cryptocurrency…

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Bitcoin 

US FTC Settles With Alleged Crypto Pyramid Scheme for $500,000

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled charges it filed in 2018 against an alleged crypto pyramid scheme involving four individuals. Terms of settlement According to an official statement on Aug. 22, the regulator permanently banned the defendants from multi-level marketing and misrepresenting investment opportunities and charged a total of over $500,000 as part of the settlement. In March 2018, the FTC first obtained a court order against Thomas Dluca, Eric Pinkston, Louis Gatto and Scott Chandler that stopped their misleading marketing practices and froze their assets. At…

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Blockchain 

Adoption Shortcut or Blockchain Purists’ Nightmare?

The major digital asset services platform Coinbase has recently announced the long-anticipated completion of a deal that has been in progress since at least May: the acquisition of Xapo’s institutional business. The move projects Coinbase Custody to the status of the world’s largest institutional digital asset custodian, securing more than $7 billion on behalf of over 120 clients globally. According to some estimates, Coinbase could now be holding over 5% of all Bitcoin in circulation. Xapo, founded by early crypto evangelist Wences Casares and reported to be stashing cryptocurrency in secure vaults hidden…

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Bitcoin 

US Man Pleads Guilty to Running $25 Million Bitcoin Laundering Scheme

A Los Angeles man pleaded guilty to running a $25 million Bitcoin (BTC) money laundering scheme and sale of methamphetamine. Possible life sentence News outlet U.S. News reported on Aug. 23 that 25-year-old Kunal Kalra has pleaded guilty to charges including money laundering and distributing methamphetamines. Per the report, he could be sentenced to life in prison. The authorities allegedly claim that from 2015 through 2017 Kalra exchanged BTC and dollars, ran a Bitcoin ATM and admitted to making deals with drug dealers and other criminals. Sold meth to an…

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Bitcoin 

This Week in CT Spain

As many of our readers probably know, Cointelegraph has a number of non-English branches, each covering news from different parts of the world.  In pursuit of the most complete and detailed picture of the global cryptocurrency industry, we present a series of weekly compilations of the freshest original articles from our colleagues, starting with Cointelegraph in Spanish. On Aug. 22, Cointelegraph in Spanish spoke with Daniel Pons Ayala, founder and CIO of Cresio, a platform that allows users to operate on multiple crypto exchanges simultaneously using the same application. Ayala…

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Bitcoin 

Ex-Morgan Stanley Exec Joins His Former Colleagues at Shenzhen Crypto Firm

Former Morgan Stanley Asia head of derivatives Jeffrey Wang officially joined Amber Group, a Shenzhen-based cryptocurrency company. As Bloomberg reported on Aug. 23, Wang will operate out of Vancouver as the head of Americas for Amber. According to the article, he previously worked at Morgan Stanley with four out of the five Amber’s founders, and two of them — Wayne Huo and Tony He — used to report directly to Wang. No rest for the crypto market This decision reportedly bought Wang back to work after taking the past three…

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Blockchain 

Can Blockchain Become an Integral Part of Autonomous Vehicles?

A decade ago, the thought of self-driving cars was far from reality, but with 2020 looming large, massive strides have been made in the field of autonomous vehicles. Meanwhile, in the space of a decade, Bitcoin has thrust cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology into the mainstream consciousness. The latter has become a tool that is quickly being integrated into the world of finance, governance, logistics as well as the motor industry. Some of the world’s leading automobile companies have been exploring the applications of blockchain technology and how it can be…

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Bitcoin 

Telx Technologies Launches First Crypto-Facilitating SIM Card

Cryptocurrency and telecommunications company Telx Technologies announced the launch of the first crypto SIM card wallet that enables transactions via SMS. According to the company’s Medium post published on Aug. 22, the card allows its users to send cryptocurrencies via SMS with their dedicated crypto phone number. Notably, these transactions do not require a smartphone or an active Internet connection. On the other hand, the system also offers no control over a user’s crypto wallet. Crypto transactions on ‘dumbphones’ As the crypto community tried to teach those new to the…

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Bitcoin 

Binance Offers Lifetime VIP Membership to KYC Leak Victims

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance announced that it will offer a lifetime VIP membership to all its users affected by the recent Know Your Customer (KYC) images leak on the platform. According to the official blog, currently Binance is “actively contacting all potential victims with […] guidance on privacy protection and restitution,” and highly recommends “affected users to apply for new identification documents in their respective region.” The post also states: “We are compensating affected users with a lifetime Binance VIP membership, including preferential trading fees, support, and more services.” When…

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