Ethereum 

Crypto Markets Turning Green, Oil Prices Tumble

Thursday, May 23 — Cryptocurrency markets are starting to move upward, having overcome the drop in the beginning of the day, according to Cointelegraph’s Coin360. Market visualization from Coin360 The leading cryptocurrency bitcoin (BTC) started the day at $7,638 gradually reaching its intraday high of $7,946. At press time, bitcoin is trading at around $7,914, up 2.64% over the past 24 hours. Bitcoin 24-hour price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap The second-largest cryptocurrency, ether (ETH), has also taken an upturn and is currently trading at around $246.50, up 0.60% on the day.…

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Blockchain 

Finance IT Infrastructure Firm Partners With Institutional Crypto Exchange Seed CX

Trading IT infrastructure company Avelacom has partnered with digital currency exchange Seed CX, according to a press release published on May 23. The partnership aims to allow institutional clients of Avelacom —  an IT infrastructure provider for the financial services industry — to utilize Seed CX’s real-time market data and order-routing products. Currently, Seed CX provides services of a licensed exchange for institutional trading and settlement of spot digital asset products, with plans to offer its products for Commodity Futures Trading Commission-regulated digital asset derivatives. Managing Director of Avelacom Aleksey…

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Ethereum 

Ryan Kavanaugh’s Media Firm Secures $100 Million Investment for Crypto Project

United States-based film producer Ryan Kavanaugh’s Proxima Media has unveiled a $100 million investment for a cryptocurrency-based film funding tool, entertainment industry news outlet TheWrap reported on May 23. Per the report, Proxima Media — which Kavanaugh founded and owns — announced plans for a new crypto-enabled financing tool for film, TV, music and other intellectual property-driven content dubbed Proxicoin. Proxima reportedly received the investment from garment production company Central Wealth Group and venture capital fund Step Ventures. Proxicoin reportedly plans to issue Ethereum-based security tokens that allow holders to…

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Blockchain 

US Telecoms Giant AT&T Now Accepting Crypto Payments via BitPay

United States telecom and media giant AT&T now accepting cryptocurrency for paying phone bills online, according to an official press release on May 23. AT&T will process bills paid in cryptocurrency using crypto payments platform BitPay. BitPay is a platform that converts cryptocurrencies to fiat and is used by over 20,000 businesses. AT&T is reportedly the first United States-based business in the wireless network industry to offer bill payments with BitPay. Kevin McDorman, vice president of AT&T Communications Finance Business Operations, said, “We have customers who use cryptocurrency, and we…

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Ethereum 

Fake Crypto Wallet App Imitating Trezor Found on Google Play Store

Fraudsters have been adding fake cryptocurrency wallets to the Google Play store in an attempt to cash in on rising bitcoin (BTC) prices, ESET antivirus researchers claimed on May 23. One malicious app imitated the hardware wallet Trezor — and the investigation found that the software had ties to another fake app that has the potential to scam unsuspecting users out of money. While the app’s page on Google Play looked legitimate, the researchers said the software itself contains no Trezor branding at all, with a generic login screen phishing for credentials. According to ESET, more…

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Blockchain 

2020 Presidential Hopeful Swalwell Launches Crypto Donations Campaign

Eric Swalwell, a United States Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 elections, has launched a crypto donations campaign, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 23. Swalwell, 38, announced his presidential bid on April 8. A fourth-term Member of Congress from California’s Bay Area, he serves on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees and co-chairs the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Swalwell is also reportedly founder and chairman emeritus of Future Forum, a Congressional caucus of House Democrats that focuses on issues and opportunities for millennial Americans.…

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Ethereum 

Crypto Markets Turn Red, Indian Stock Markets Post Record Highs Amid Election Results

Thursday, May 23 —  following a mild correction which began yesterday, crypto markets have today tipped into deeper red with bitcoin (BTC) dropping below the $7,600 mark, as Coin360 data shows. Market visualization courtesy of Coin360 Bitcoin has sustained a 4.25% correction and is trading at $7,590 by press time. The top coin has seen considerable volatility this week, posting an intra-week low of under $7,100 on May 17 before surging to the $8,250 mark on May 20. The top coin had brushed $8,300 yesterday, May 16 — a bullish…

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Blockchain 

Japan to Check Money Laundering Policies of Crypto Exchanges Ahead of FATF Inspection

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) is reportedly cracking down on crypto exchanges that offer anonymous transactions or have weak identity verification practices in preparation for inspection by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) this fall. Nikkei Asian Review reported the development on May 22. The FATF will reportedly send its investigatory arm to review the strength of the Japanese FSA’s anti-money laundering (AML) policies, which includes policy for crypto exchanges and other financial services. Japan reportedly was given the worst possible score for identity verification in financial institutions in a…

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Blockchain 

Multicurrency Crypto Wallet Integrates Apple Pay, With Google Pay to Follow Within Weeks

A multicurrency digital wallet that enables consumers to store crypto and spend their funds at more than 40 million outlets worldwide has fully integrated Apple Pay. Spend says the latest version of its Spend Wallet app unlocks instant access to the popular iPhone feature, meaning that more than 20 supported cryptocurrencies can be instantly converted to fiat and used to complete a mobile transaction on demand. The platform says its priority has been ensuring that users can access all of these features instantly. An emphasis has been placed on streamlining the…

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Bitcoin 

Europol Shuts Down $200 Million Crypto Mixing Service Bestmixer

Dutch, Luxembourg authorities and Europol have shut down one of the three largest cryptocurrency tumblers, Europol reported on May 22. A cryptocurrency tumbler, also known as a cryptocurrency mixing service, is an anonymity tool that claims to transform transactions of non-private coins to private ones by mixing crypto funds with others, which makes it difficult to track the funds’ original source. According to the report, the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD) has now seized six servers of major crypto tumbler Bestmixer.io, which had a reported turnover of at…

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