Ethereum 

IOHK CEO Charles Hoskinson Announces Upcoming Release of Cardano v1.6

Charles Hoskinson, a former CEO of the Ethereum Network and current CEO of IOHK, has announced that IOHK-supported project Cardano is rolling out version 1.6 within a few days’ time. Hoskinson teased the upcoming launch in a Twitter post on Aug. 13. Hoskinson also asked users to send screenshots and comments on the latest version of Daedalus, which is an open source cryptocurrency wallet also backed by IOHK. As per IOHK’s website, Cardano is a blockchain platform that uses the proof of stake algorithm Ouroboros. Its native cryptocurrency, ADA, is…

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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…

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Blockchain 

Seoul to Release Native City-Wide Crypto as Part of Smart City Development

In a bid to transform into a blockchain smart city, Seoul, South Korea is planning to launch its own digital currency by November 2019. To facilitate engagement in the city’s governance As Australian finance-focused media outlet Finder reported on Aug. 7, the South Korean capital is looking to release a native city-wide digital currency dubbed S-coin, the objective of which will be to encourage citizens to participate in governance, facilitate cooperation between citizens and collect information. People will receive S-coins when using public services or fulfill their citizenship obligations such…

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Ethereum 

John McAfee Back in Jail Hours After Release in Dominican Republic

Bitcoin (BTC) proponent and United States 2020 presidential candidate John McAfee reportedly reentered jail this week just a day after his release in the Dominican Republic. ‘A record I think’ Tweeting photographs of his confinement July 26, McAfee said he had been arrested a second time, but did not give details about the exact circumstances.  The entrepreneur, his wife and entourage fell victim to law enforcement when their boat docked in the Dominican Republic earlier this week. McAfee then spent four days behind bars before walking free.  On Twitter, he…

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Ethereum 

Civic, BitGo to Release New Wallet for Crypto and Identity Data

Decentralized identity startup Civic and blockchain security firm BitGo plan to launch a new wallet using BitGo’s multisig technology in Q4 2019. In a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 23, the two firms revealed that the forthcoming “Civic Wallet” will host hold both cryptocurrency and identity data on mobile devices. Control and security over funds and personal data In the press release, Vinny Lingham, co-founder and CEO of Civic said “We’re building a new financial and identity ecosystem.” Lingham further expressed enthusiasm for lowering the barrier to entry…

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Blockchain 

IRS Allegedly Hopes to Make Tech Giants Release User Crypto Activity

The United States’ Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is allegedly considering requiring tech giants to report on crypto activity by users, according to a presentation reportedly from an IRS presentation and provided by a Twitter user on July 9. According to the documents shared, the IRS hopes to use Grand Jury subpoenas on firms such as Apple, Google and Microsoft to check taxpayers’ download history for crypto-related applications. Known as Crypto Tax Girl, Laura Walter, certified public accountant and crypto tax specialist, tweeted the presentation, which was allegedly for agents in…

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Bitcoin 

‘Release the Tape You Coward’ — Roubini Tells BitMEX CEO After Debate

American economist and professional crypto contrarian Nouriel Roubini has furiously demanded the release of a recording of his latest debate with BitMEX CEO and co-founder Arthur Hayes.  In one of several fulminating tweets posted on July 2, Roubini accused the organizers of the Asia Blockchain Summit in Taiwan of being part of a “mafia hush money racket” and cowing to BitMEX’s censorship by choosing to neither tape nor broadcast his debate with Hayes during the event. One tweet reads: “Another @CryptoHayes scam: he didnt allow the blockchain conference to record our…

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Bitcoin 

Litecoin Foundation to Release Physical Cryptocurrency Debit Card

The Litecoin Foundation has announced a partnership with Bibox Exchange and blockchain firm Ternio to release a physical cryptocurrency debit card, in a blog post on June 18. Per the post, the companies will jointly roll out a cryptocurrency debit card dubbed “BlockCard” that will purportedly let users spend their cryptocurrency funds both online and in physical store locations around the world. Customers will be able to keep cryptocurrencies such as litecoin (LTC) and Bibox Exchange’s and Ternio’s native tokens bibox token (BIX) and ternio (TERN) respectively. Within the project,…

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Bitcoin 

FATF to Release New Rules for Global Crypto Sector, Impacting Exchanges, Funds, Custodians

On June 21, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will reportedly publish a note clarifying how participant nations should exercise oversight for the digital assets sector, according to FATF spokeswoman Alexandra Wijmenga-Daniel. The news was reported by Bloomberg on June 12. Per Bloomberg, the new rules will apply to a wide gamut of businesses dealing with cryptocurrencies and tokens — including crypto exchanges, custodians and crypto hedge funds. FATF is an intergovernmental organization established on the initiative of the G7 to promote the implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures…

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Bitcoin 

Liquidators of Hacked Cryptopia Exchange Release Report, Note $4.2M Owed to Creditors

The liquidators of now-defunct New Zealand crypto exchange Cryptopia have released the first report on the state of affairs of the firm, according to the documents published on May 31. Cryptopia’s recently assigned liquidator, Grant Thornton, has released an estimation statement of the financial state of the firm, reporting that the hacked exchange owes a total of $4.22 million to its creditors. According to the report, there are 69 unsecured creditor claims totalling $2.439 million, with the liquidators adding that they expect to receive further claims, thus raising the amount.…

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