Bitcoin 

People Who Want to Control Their Capital Buy Bitcoin, Says Circle CEO

Jeremy Allaire, CEO at cryptocurrency financial services company Circle, expressed his optimism in regards to Bitcoin (BTC) being a safe haven for investors despite recent market volatility. On Aug. 19, Allaire voiced his sentiment during the CNBC’s Squawk Box. He explained:  “Clearly, a non-sovereign digital asset like bitcoin is attractive to people who are interested in moving capital into a place where they can control it themselves. That underscores a lot of interest that’s been there over time. It’s the digital gold thesis, and I think a lot of both…

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Blockchain 

New Blockchain-Based Smart City Project Planned for Cambodian Capital

A Singaporean startup, Limestone Network, is using blockchain to sustain a smart neighbourhood at the heart of the Cambodian capital. As Tech in Asia reports on August 14, the 100-hectare mixed-use development in Phnom Penh encompasses residential properties, offices, retail centers, schools and a large-scale exhibition hall: it counts 10,000 business tenants and a daily population of 190,000. Limestone emerged from the first round of startups in the Singaporean government’s blockchain Tribe Accelerator, backed by government agency Enterprise Singapore.  Digital passports and wallets At the heart of the Phnom Phen…

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Bitcoin 

BitMart Announces Investment From China-Based VC Firm Fenbushi Capital

Digital assets trading platform BitMart has reportedly secured “millions of investment” from Chinese blockchain-focused venture capital firm Fenbushi Capital. BitMart announced the news on Aug. 7. To bring transparency to the global economy With the investment, BitMart has joined over 50 international blockchain projects Fenbushi has invested in, aiming to achieve more transparency and efficiency in the global economy. Sheldon Xia, founder and CEO of BitMart, said: “The strategic collaboration with Fenbushi Capital and Bitrise Capital will undoubtedly help to establish a more open and transparent capital raising ecosystem for…

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Blockchain 

Crypto Startups Still Raising Millions in Capital Despite ICO Decline

In late July 2019, Sony Financial Ventures joined a $14.5 million funding round for Bitcoin (BTC) bank Bitwala. Back in 2017 and 2018, such a figure might not have made many headlines, as crypto startups were raking in hundreds of millions of dollars in initial coin offerings (ICOs). The ICO boom has, however, stalled significantly, with fundraising figures for 2019 a far cry from the massive amounts earned by projects in the two years prior. Many of the tokens that came about during the ICO mania have also lost most…

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Bitcoin 

Capital One Hack Exposes 100 Million Accounts as Bitcoin Unaffected

The massive-scale hack of major United States credit card issuer Capital One has left the personal data of over 100 million individuals exposed. As CNN reported on July 30, confidential data for around 106 million Capital One customers’ accounts and credit card applications was stolen by an alleged hacker, Paige Thompson, 33, in March of this year. Capital One: a centralized trove of KYC data Thompson, a Seattle resident, was arrested by the FBI on June 29 and is accused by the US Department of Justice of having gained unauthorized…

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Blockchain 

US Capital Global Offers $10 Million in a Tokenized Crypto Fund

US Capital Global Securities (USCGS), offers investors a $10 million equities investment in a tokenized fund, reveals a press release published on July 29. USCGS is a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)-regulated affiliate of private investment bank US Capital Global. Per the release, USCGS is offering to accredited investors a $10 million equity investment in the first tokenized venture fund of private digital venture capital fund CityBlock Capital, NYCQ Fund LP. The fund, of which the institution is the exclusive placement agent, reportedly has holdings in major companies in the…

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Ethereum 

Pantera Capital CEO Believes Bitcoin Could Reach $356,000 in a Couple Years

Pantera Capital founder Dan Morehead discussed how Bitcoin (BTC) could hit $42,000 by the end of 2019, and even has the potential to reach $356,000 within a couple years. Morehead delivered his comments on an episode of the Unchained podcast on July 23. Morehead specifically said that he predicts BTC will hit $42,000 by the end of the year, and climb to $356,000 by 2022. Morehead claimed that this would be consistent with the top cryptocurrency’s logarithmic growth rate: “Graph the price of Bitcoin logarithmically […] its trend is going…

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Blockchain 

Share Internet Data Launches Banking App in Tandem With LDJ Capital

Internet crowdsourcing company Share Internet Data Ltd (SID) has partnered with private equity firm LDJ Capital to launch a blockchain-based digital banking solution. The new digital banking app is called LDJ Digital, according to a press release on July 16. According to the announcement, LDG Digital can function as a debit card and it supports both fiat money and cryptocurrencies. Moreover, the professed goal of LDJ Digital is to provide banking services to the unbanked, as per the report. LDJ Digital will reportedly be a part of the existing SID…

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Ethereum 

Market Maker Altonomy Raises $7M in Funding Round Led by Polychain Capital

Cryptocurrency asset management firm Altonomy has raised $7 million in a seed round from digital assets investment company Polychain Capital, according to a press release on July 15. Singapore-based market maker Altonomy is planning to allocate the raised funds to source liquidity for institutional customers like spot and derivatives exchanges. Altonomy provides liquidity for Bitcoin (BTC) futures projects from CME Group and works with stablecoins USDC, Tether (USDT), TrueUSD (TUSD) and Paxos Standards (PAX). The company will ostensibly connect over 60 cryptocurrency exchanges and over-the-counter desks around the world following…

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Bitcoin 

How Malta Is Becoming the Global Capital of Crypto

Some things never change, like the Megalithic Temples built in Malta over 5,000 years ago. These days, however, that may be the only thing that remains unchanged in Malta. With a population of just under half a million and being mostly famous as a destination for European teenagers to study English during their summer vacation, Malta has recently become a star on the crypto map.  Having already had a positive experience hosting online gambling companies, which makes up a very significant portion (13%) of Malta’s GDP, the island is now…

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