Blockchain 

$10,800 Now Crucial as Multiple Death Crosses Appear

Bitcoin (BTC) was coming down from a fresh uptick on July 19 amid rumors United States authorities were preparing to investigate derivatives giant BitMEX. Market visualization. Source: Coin360 Politics and investigations weigh on Bitcoin Data from Coin360 showed BTC/USD targeting $10,000 support at press time Friday, having risen as high as $10,750 in the past 24 hours. On Thursday, as the U.S. Congress met to debate the impact of Facebook’s Libra digital currency, the focus shifted briefly to differentiating Bitcoin from Libra on a technical level. This appeared to boost…

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Bitcoin 

Coinbase Drops Its Crypto Bundle Product Without Any Explanation

Major United States-based crypto exchange Coinbase has discontinued its Coinbase Bundle crypto investment offering, the platform’s updated FAQ site reveals. Coinbase Bundle product is no more Reasons for discontinuation of the product — which had only just launched in fall 2018 — have not been officially provided, with the exchange simply notifying users that: “Coinbase Bundle purchases have been deprecated, as such all assets purchased in the Coinbase Bundle have been redistributed to their respective individual asset wallets.” In a further comment, Coinbase says that while users will no longer…

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Ethereum 

U.S. Regulator Investigating BitMEX for Allowing Americans to Trade

United States regulator the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is reportedly investigating derivatives giant BitMEX. According to sources citing people familiar with the matter speaking to Bloomberg, the CFTC suspects that BitMEX, which is registered in the Seychelles, allowed U.S. residents to use its platform to trade. Under current law, the U.S. is one of the countries excluded from using BitMEX and similar crypto-based financial services, but users may have sought to circumvent the geoblock using services such as VPNs. The investigation, details of which have not yet been confirmed…

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Blockchain 

Mexican Crypto Exchange Bitso Seals DLT License from Gibraltar Regulator

Mexican cryptocurrency exchange Bitso will from now on be regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC), a July 19 announcement revealed. An apparent first in Latin America In what Bitso claims is an apparent first in Latin America, as of August 1, the custody, withdrawals, deposits and trading of cryptocurrencies on its platform will be overseen by the GSFC under a framework specifically evolved to regulate businesses in the distributed ledger technologies (DLT) sector.  GSFC’s Distributed Ledger Technology Regulatory Framework — finalized in January 2018 — focuses on ensuring…

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Bitcoin 

Binance Jersey Lists Exchange’s Own GBP-Backed Stablecoin

Fiat-crypto exchange Binance Jersey has listed a proprietary GBP-backed stablecoin, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 19. ‘Overwhelming demand’ for stablecoin diversification Listing of the Binance GBP Stablecoin (BGBP) confirms earlier indications that the major industry player had its sights on imminently issuing its own fiat-pegged assets, starting with a cryptocurrency 100% backed by the British pound. Binance Chief Financial Officer Wei Zhou has given an official statement, in which he noted that: “There has been an overwhelming demand in the market and Binance community for…

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Bitcoin 

China Ruling Bitcoin is Property Again Is ‘Major Milestone,’ Says Investor

Bitcoin (BTC) has gained legal recognition by a second Chinese court in a further boost for the cryptocurrency in one of its harshest environments. A watershed for Bitcoin in China According to investor Dovey Wan, who linked to local media coverage, the Hangzhou Internet Court formally described Bitcoin as virtual property on July 18.  The second such court to attribute property status to Bitcoin, the ruling came about as part of a dispute between a now-defunct exchange and one of its users who lost funds.  For Wan, the case marks…

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Bitcoin 

I’m Not Satoshi — I Don’t Have That Much Money, Says Sci-Fi Author

Popular speculative fiction author Neal Stephenson says suggestions he could be Satoshi Nakamoto are “flattering” but unfounded.  Cryptonomicon or bust Stephenson made his remarks during an interview on the Conversations with Tyler podcast on July 17 in response to a half-jocular suggestion first proposed in Reason magazine article this spring.  The novelist told Tyler Cameron that when he had read the article, he understood that the journalist was “largely just goofing,” — yet added: “I hope nobody takes it seriously.” He explained:  “It’s flattering that anyone imagines I’ve got the…

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Ethereum 

1 AM UTC Is the Most Volatile Hour for Bitcoin: Research

Researchers at crypto analytics firm LongHash have found 1 AM UTC to be the hour of greatest volatility for Bitcoin (BTC) over the past two years. 1 AM UTC had more daily highs and lows than any other hour of the day over a period from 2017 to 2019, according to research released by LongHash on July 17. LongHash’s research is based on crypto price archives from major American crypto exchange and wallet service Coinbase. The Hong Kong-based firm collected data from Crypto Data Download about Coinbase prices over the…

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Blockchain 

Israeli Citizen Accused of Stealing Over $1.7 Million in Crypto

Eliyahu Gigi, a 31-year-old from Tel Aviv, has been charged with stealing over $1.7 billion in a variety of cryptocurrencies. Gigi allegedly stole BTC, Ethereum, and Dash from users in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.  Lawyer Yeela Harel of the cyber department in the State Attorney’s Office filed charges against Gigi on July 17, according to a report published the same day by Globes. Gigi has reportedly been charged with crimes including theft, fraud, and money laundering, among others. According to the report, Harel’s indictment claims that Gigi set up…

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Ethereum 

Bitcoin-Seeking Ransomware ‘Ryuk’ Virus Found and Studied in China

Tencent Yujian Threat Intelligence Center says that a Ryuk ransomware virus has been spotted in China. The intelligence center released information on the outbreak in a report on July 16. According to the report, Ryuk viruses are a family of malware aimed at infecting government and enterprise machines holding valuable data. According to the report, a Ryuk virus derives from the Hermes virus, with code that is directly modified off of the latter. As noted in the report, Ryuk is the name of a death spirit in the popular manga…

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