Blockchain 

Exec Who Launched PwC Switzerland’s Blockchain Division to Become CFO at Tezos

The man who launched a blockchain and cryptocurrency assurance division for PwC in Switzerland is joining Tezos as chief financial officer, the foundation confirmed in a news release on June 11. Roman Schnider is leaving the Big Four firm after 15 years, and Tezos says he is already familiar with the organization, since it was the first major blockchain project to have its finance and business operations audited by PwC. Tezos describes itself as a platform focusing on smart contracts and decentralized applications that offers a protocol governed by stakeholders. Ryan Jesperson, the president of the Tezos…

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Bitcoin 

North Korea Launched Cryptocurrency Attacks in Response to Sanctions, Says FBI

United States sanctions incentivized North Korea to launch cyberattacks involving cryptocurrency, a senior FBI official told a conference. The comments were quoted by South Korean English-language news outlet Korea Herald on May 30. Speaking at an event organized by U.S. thinktank The Aspen Institute, Tonya Ugoretz, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division, said financial strain had driven North Korean state actors to cybercrime. As Cointelegraph reported, Pyongyang is suspected to be behind several major campaigns involving cryptocurrency ransomware and theft in recent years. These have ranged from global…

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Blockchain 

Stablecoin USDT Launched on Tron Blockchain

Tether has started issuing its stablecoin USDT on the Tron (TRX) blockchain. The development was announced in a blog post published on April 17. The development is an upgrade from the OMNI protocol-based USDT —  which is pegged to the United States dollar on a 1:1 basis — that now enables users to hold and transfer the cryptocurrency through smart contracts on Tron ensuring instant delivery. “It enables interoperability with Tron-based protocols and Decentralised Applications (DApps) while allowing users to transact and exchange fiat pegged currencies across the Tron Network,”…

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Blockchain 

State Agency Backs Blockchain Accelerator Launched by Venture Capital Firm

Singaporean government body Enterprise Singapore, along with other partners, has supported a new blockchain accelerator launched by a local venture capital firm, daily local newspaper The Straits Times writes Tuesday, Dec. 4. Trive Ventures has launched the initiative, dubbed Tribe Accelerator, to support later-stage startups. According to the unnamed investor cited by The Straits Times, the accelerator is designed for a six-month period and will focus on the mass adoption of blockchain, decentralized applications (DApps), and back-end digital solutions that deal with blockchain. The managers for Tribe Accelerator will initially…

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Blockchain 

New Free Metal Card With Crypto Perks to Be Launched in the US

On November 16, the Hong Kong-based blockchain startup Crypto.com announced that it is planning to issue its prepaid card, MCO Visa Card, in the United States. The company says the card has been approved for launch in partnership with its local bank partner Metropolitan Commercial Bank. Its metal cards promise up to two percent token rewards with its native MCO token, airport lounge access (select cards), tap-and-pay functionality, as well as competitive interbank rates. Convert crypto to fiat with a few taps According to Crypto.com, users of the MCO Visa…

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ICOs 

The SEC Launched a Fake ICO for Howey Coins

The SEC launched a fake ICO website called HoweyCoins to educate the public on how to keep an eye out for fraudulent initial coin offerings. The SEC Launched a Fake ICO, but Why? HoweyCoins is meant to be an “all too good to be true investment opportunity” that shows how easy it is for scammers to set up something that looks believable. “The rapid growth of the ‘ICO’ market, and its widespread promotion as a new investment opportunity, has provided fertile ground for bad actors to take advantage of our…

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