Blockchain 

Industry Investors Shift Focus From Crypto to Convergence Apps: Report

The year of 2019 has witnessed a shift in investments from focusing purely on digital currency to convergence applications, according to a new report from Outlier Ventures published on Aug. 13. Early stage investors shift focus The “Investment in Blockchains 2019” report, which provides insight into blockchain investment and market trends in 2019, states that blockchain-focused companies have secured $23.7 billion since 2013. Increased interest among early stage investors ostensibly results from massive returns from early investments in Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH). Per the study, there has been a…

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Ethereum 

Ethereum Classic Labs Announces Accelerate Program to Promote ETC Apps

Ethereum Classic Labs incubator officially announced its accelerator program to promote the development of products based on the Ethereum Classic network. On July 28, Ethereum Classic Labs published a blog post to provide details about Ethereum Classic Labs Accelerate, a program for funding and educating blockchain firms and communities that are creating products and services on the Ethereum Classic blockchain. According to the announcement, the first Cohort of Ethereum Classic Labs Accelerate was formed during Q1 2019 while the second is expected to be announced in Q3. Ethereum Classic Labs…

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Blockchain 

Cortex Launches Deep Learning and AI Network for Decentralized Apps

Cortex has launched a network for decentralized apps powered by artificial intelligence (AI,) according to a news release published on June 26. The company claims this is the first time that AI has been introduced to a crypto network at scale. It is hoped the technology will be used to generate credit reports for the decentralized finance industry and facilitate anti-fraud reporting for exchanges — and Cortex believes the gaming and eSports sector could also benefit from a “diverse range of use cases.” Cortex CEO Ziqi Chen said: “In the near future, we expect to…

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Blockchain 

Crypto Exchange With 2 Million Users Launches Apps for Apple and Android Devices

A crypto exchange that claims it has amassed more than 2 million registered users in the space of four months has released new apps for Android and Apple smartphones. As well as supporting transactions in a multitude of cryptocurrencies, Bitsdaq says its app offers real-time updates on movements in the markets — and enables users to make withdrawals and deposits quickly. The software is currently available in English, simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese. With the crypto exchange market growing increasingly congested, Bitsdaq says many platforms have been suffering from poor levels…

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Blockchain 

Most Ethereum Decentralized Apps Not Used Productively

83% of decentralized applications (DApps) on the Ethereum network are “not in the most productive uses,” according to Ernst & Young’s (EY) head of innovation. Paul Brody, Global Innovation Leader for blockchain at Big Four audit firm EY, spoke about developments in the blockchain and digital asset industries during a Fintech Forum hosted by the United States’ Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) on May 31. The event was organized by the SEC’s Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (Finhub, which) launched in October 2018 to facilitate the commission’s engagement…

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Blockchain 

Block.one’s EOSIO Labs Release iOS and Chrome Authenticator Apps

Block.one’s EOSIO Labs has released Reference Authenticator Apps for iOS and Chrome. The development was announced in a blog post published on May 29. Per the post, the newly implemented developments address improvements to the security, interoperability and usability of authenticators by contributing working code and examples. Authenticators are software-based tools that implement two-step verification services by generating a secret key for each user. The EOSIO Reference iOS Authenticator App is purportedly designed to enable users to sign in and approve transactions from web applications running in Mobile Safari and…

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Bitcoin 

Android Malware Targets Users of 32 Crypto Apps, Including Coinbase, BitPay

A new strain of Trojan malware for Android phones is targeting global users of top crypto apps such as Coinbase, BitPay and Bitcoin Wallet, as well as banks including JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America. The news was reported by technology news outlet The Next Web on March 28. Based on research from prominent cybercrime analytics firm Group-IB, this is reportedly the first time the Trojan — now named “Gustuff” — has been reported or analyzed. The malware is described as being designed for mass infection and is spread…

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Bitcoin 

Startup Says the Golden Era for Search Apps Is Over

Finding your way around a new city, or even discovering exciting things to do in areas you know well, is hard. Meanwhile, local economies have been struggling to prosper — with small businesses increasingly reliant on online behemoths such as Facebook and Google where users face information overload. A new blockchain-based startup believes the golden era for apps is over and says the public wants a more personalized experience when they are finding things to do. Rather than depend on potentially biased platforms, which often fail to capture the full…

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Bitcoin 

Researchers Find Thousands of Crypto Pump-and-Dump Groups on Messaging Apps

There are thousands of pump-and-dump groups on popular messaging apps, a study conducted by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) revealed Dec. 18. Pump-and-dump is the fraudulent practice of perpetrators encouraging unwitting investors to buy an asset to inflate its price artificially, and then selling it when the price gets high enough. This practice is not new, Cointelegraph having reported last year about Telegram groups organizing pump-and-dumps. The newly published data, however, “suggest that [the pump-and-dump] phenomenon is widespread and often quite profitable.” According to an article on the study,…

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