Ethereum 

Tim Draper Bets on New .Crypto Domain to Replace Wallet Addresses

Tim Draper-backed Unstoppable Domains has launched its new .crypto domain registry on the Ethereum blockchain. The registry allows users to connect any cryptocurrency address to their domain, enabling payments to be made using just the domain name, according to a press release published on Oct. 11. Alleviating the need for length wallet addresses To make a payment, one only needs to know the blockchain domain. This alleviates the need for copying and pasting unwieldy cryptocurrency wallet addresses. Unstoppable Domains believes that this simplifying of cryptocurrency payments will lead to more…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Addresses Worth $100,000 or More Hits All-Time-High

The number of Bitcoin (BTC) wallet addresses holding a minimum of 10 BTC — worth over $100,000 to press time —  has hit an all-time high, multiple data sources reveal. According to BitInfoCharts’ Bitcoin Rich List, as of Sept. 17, there are 157,210 addresses holding between 10 and 1,000,000 BTC.  Earlier this month, Coin Metrics’ State of the Network report had plotted the latest data historically to reveal that these mega-holders are at an all-time high for the network. No. of Bitcoin wallet addresses holding >10 BTC. Source: CoinMetrics, Sept.…

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Blockchain 

TZERO CEO Issues Letter to Investors, Addresses Patrick Byrne’s Resignation

The CEO of Overstock’s blockchain subsidiary tZERO, Saum Noursalehi, has issued an update on tZERO’s progress and addressed the departure of Overstock’s CEO Patrick Byrne. In a letter to investors published on Sept. 6, Noursalehi addressed Byrne’s resignation as the CEO of American e-commerce giant Overstock.com. Noursalehi assured that Byrne’s departure will not have an impact on tZERO’s daily operations and implementation of the firm’s strategic roadmap. Byrne stepped down as CEO of Overstock in late August. In his letter of resignation, Byrne reaffirmed his faith that “the blockchain revolution…

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Bitcoin 

US Treasury Sanctions Bitcoin, Litecoin Addresses Under Kingpin Act

The United States Department of the Treasury has added multiple cryptocurrency addresses to its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, or the Kingpin Act. These addresses, and the individuals associated with them, have been deemed to be associated with foreign narcotics operators. The Treasury updated its SDN list with recent Kingpin Act Designations on Aug 21. The three alleged narcotic operators associated with these addresses are Chinese citizens Xiaobing Yan, Fujing Zheng and Guanghua Zheng. The three individuals all have associated Bitcoin (BTC) addresses…

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Blockchain 

FinCEN Director Addresses Casino Compliance With Obligations Regarding Crypto

Kenneth A. Blanco, the director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), has urged casinos to follow the agency’s guidelines in regards to suspicious convertible virtual currency (CVC) activity. During his speech at the 12th Annual Las Vegas Anti-Money Laundering Conference on Aug. 13, Blanco addressed casinos’ compliance with the FinCEN’s guidance released in May. In their guidance, the FinCEN considered certain business models involving CVC financial institutions to help them comply with their existing obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). The guidance, however, did not establish any new…

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Bitcoin 

Litecoin Founder Charlie Lee Addresses Project Abandonment Allegations

Litecoin (LTC) founder Charlie Lee has addressed recent project abandonment allegations. In a series of tweets published on Aug. 10, Litecoin founder Charlie Lee addressed allegations that Litecoin did not have further plans for the coming year: “Recently there’s been a lot of FUD about Litecoin having no code commits in 2019. When you look at Litecoin GitHub, it would seem like we did no work in 2019. There are actually 2 reasons why this is the case even though we have been developing.” The first reason Lee provided for…

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Bitcoin 

Around 300 Addresses Contain 80% of Tether Supply

The Massachusetts-based crypto market research firm Coin Metrics says that 318 addresses hold at least $1 million worth of Tether (USDT), comprising 80% of the global Tether supply. Bloomberg reported the company’s finding in a report on Aug. 7. Coin Metrics co-founder Nic Carter additionally mentioned that some of the USDT whales include major crypto exchanges, such as Binance and Bitfinex. The report additionally notes that this is staggeringly different from the distribution of Bitcoin (BTC), for which whales apparently hold only around 20% of the total token supply. Moreover,…

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Blockchain 

ShapeShift Addresses KeepKey Hardware Wallet Vulnerability Report

Cryptocurrency swaps and hardware wallet producer ShapeShift addressed recent KeepKey hardware wallet vulnerability allegations. ShapeShift responded to an alleged vulnerability submitted through its responsible disclosure program in a Medium post published on Aug. 4. Per the announcement, the firm received a vulnerability report through the program on May 1, which described what the researchers believed to be a hardware vulnerability. The purported vulnerability would allow an attacker to read what was on the wallet’s screen by monitoring power fluctuations to the display in what is known as a side-channel attack.…

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Bitcoin 

Domain Registrar EnCirca Accepting Applications for Ethereum Addresses

Domain registrar company EnCirca has announced that it is accepting pre-registration applications for the Ethereum website extension, “.ETH”. EnCirca said that it will be accepting applications until August 10, in a press release on July 18.  EnCirca also said that they were the first registrar approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to accept applications for Ethereum domain websites. According to its website, ICANN is a not-for-profit public-benefit group that serves to coordinate and develop policy for Internet naming conventions.  According to the press release, EnCirca…

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Ethereum 

Facebook’s David Marcus Addresses Libra Trust Issues

David Marcus, the head of Calibra at Facebook, emphasized that Libra users will not have to put their trust in Facebook, in a post on July 3. Marcus reiterated that Facebook is not the only member of the Libra Network, and that they are relinquishing control of the network. In the post, he says: “Facebook will not control the network, the currency, or the reserve backing it. Facebook will only be one among over a hundred members of the Libra Association by launch. We will not have any special rights…

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