Blockchain 

Bithumb Exchange to Launch Cryptocurrency Listing Committee

South Korean crypto exchange Bithumb will launch a new committee in September that will determine which cryptocurrencies can be traded on its platform. A monthly check by experts South Korean news daily Yonhap News reported the formation of Bithumb’s new committee on Aug. 22. The committee, entitled the Listing Eligibility Deliberation Committee, will review the exchange’s listings once a month, per the report.  The committee will reportedly take into consideration daily trading volume, change in base market capitalization and project support among other factors. Cryptocurrencies that fail to meet the…

Read More
Blockchain 

David Chaum Says His New Cryptocurrency Is Quantum Computer Resistant

E-cash inventor David Chaum has unveiled yet another cryptocurrency which he says is resistant to quantum computer attacks.  Chaum plans for quantum armageddon In a blog post issued Aug. 20, Chaum championed the new offering, Praxxis, which has seen a six-month development process.  The new blockchain follows on from Chaum’s Elixxir project, which debuted in September last year, and is intended to interact closely with its framework.  “The Praxxis consensus protocol simultaneously overcomes the scalability, privacy, and security challenges faced by legacy blockchains, the ‘trilemma’, to deliver the ‘purely peer-to-peer…

Read More
Bitcoin 

Austrians Are Most Skeptical of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

An online survey by banking giant ING finds that Austrians are the most skeptical of Bitcoin (BTC) and cryptocurrencies in general. The poll, including respondents from 15 countries, shows that Bitcoin-positivity is also weakening in other countries, according to Der Standard, Aug. 14. The worst and getting worse Austrians are generally conservative on investments, but on cryptocurrency they are very skeptical, with only 13% seeing digital currencies in a positive light. Attitudes towards cryptocurrency worsened since last year’s survey. This year 17% of Austrians think that cryptocurrency is the future…

Read More
Bitcoin 

Cryptocurrency Market Sees Red as Bitcoin Slumps Below $11,000

Tuesday, Aug. 13 — Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and XRP continue to bleed amid a crypto market turning red.  Market visualization. Source: Coin360 Bitcoin is trading at $11,005 at press time, with a 3.83% loss on the day. Bitcoin broke $12,000 three days in a row, from Aug. 6 to Aug. 8., but never managed to hold these highs for a significant period of time. Then on Saturday, Aug.10, BTC price fell by about $400 in just an hour. Price has continued downward since then, and has even dipped below…

Read More
Cryptocurrency 

China to Release Its Own Cryptocurrency Soon

Cryptocurrency may have been completely unknown for most people around half a decade ago, and most of the banks in the world did not even take it seriously. However, things have changed dramatically over the past few years, and many banks are now considering the possibility of launching their own digital currencies. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) announced its own cryptocurrency last month, while American banking giant J. P. Morgan (NYSE:JPM) has come up with its own as well, and in a new development, it has emerged that the Chinese central bank is close to…

Read More
Blockchain 

Bitmain Accuses Cryptocurrency Project of Impersonation

Cryptocurrency mining hardware manufacturer Bitmain has accused a cryptocurrency project of falsely using its name in the promotion of a product dubbed Mangocoin (MNG). In an Aug. 9 blog post, Bitmain states that it came across a fraudulent use of its brand in the sale of a product dubbed “Bitmain Cloud Miner” and in the promotion of Mangocoin. The fraudsters allegedly masqueraded as Bitmain and promoted the products on their website, application and software. Bitmain thus warned the public that Mangocoin and its social media accounts, website, application and dedicated…

Read More
Bitcoin 

Abu Dhabi Sovereign Wealth Fund Invests in Cryptocurrency Exchange

The world’s thirteenth largest sovereign wealth fund, Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment Capital, has made an investment in cryptocurrency exchange MidChains. As UAE English language newspaper Gulf News reported on Aug. 11, Mubadala Investment Capital has invested in MidChains, a digital currency trading platform set to launch in late 2019 in Abu Dhabi. The exchange will be located in the international financial center and free zone Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). Commenting on the investment, Basil Al Askari, co-founder of MidChains, told the Gulf News: “We’re an exchange. You can think…

Read More
Ethereum 

Cryptocurrency Market Sees Red as Bitcoin Still Struggles Under $12,000

Friday, Aug. 9 — Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and XRP are slumping along with the rest of a largely red cryptocurrency market. Market visualization. Source: Coin360 Bitcoin is trading at$11,910 at press time, with approximately a 1.16% loss on the day. Bicoin has broken $12,000 three times this week, but has lost traction at or above that price point. Nonetheless, some BTC bulls are saying that the current market conditions indicate only a temporary setback for its inevitable surge beyond the previous all-time high. Serial VC investor Tim Draper commented:…

Read More
Blockchain 

Cryptocurrency Lender Dharma to Postpone Accepting New Deposits and Loans

San Francisco-based crypto lender Dharma has decided to pause new deposits and loans on its platform.  Dharma announced their decision in a series of official Twitter posts on Aug. 7. Their second tweet in the series reads: “For now, we’re pausing new deposits and loans in Dharma. If you have an existing deposit or loan with Dharma, you’ll still be able to access your account and will have the option to withdraw any funds that are not currently locked up.” While not appearing to offer any further details, Dharma assured…

Read More
Blockchain 

Zambia SEC Warns About Investing in Promoted Onyxcoin Cryptocurrency

The Zambia SEC’s CEO, Philip Chitalu, has warned the public that cryptocurrency OnyxCoin creator Kwakoo is not licensed to give investment advice or solicit funds, from within and outside the country alike. The Lusaka Times relayed the SEC head’s warnings in a report on Aug. 2. According to the report, Kwakoo has been promoting Onyxcoin and soliciting investments from the Zambian public.  Relatedly, CEO Chitalu notes that Securities Act, No. 41 of 2016 dictates that certain activities — such as Kwakoo’s —  require proper licensure in Zambia, unless specifically exempted…

Read More