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Nano S Wallet Certified by French Government

Ledger’s Nano S Wallet has become the first crypto hardware wallet to be certified by the National Cybersecurity Agency of France, according to their published list of products on March 18, 2019.

btcmanager, 19 March 2019

Is the Crypto Winter Over? Bitcoin Trading Volume Over $10 Bln

Bitcoin average trading volume has now reached new highs since 11 months ago. Bitcoin is the globe’s leading cryptocurrency by market cap. BTC/USD is trading at $4,032 and the total MC is at $139.587 billion, at press time. It has surged up around 150% since October’s record lows. The average daily Bitcoin transaction volume hasn’t registered levels this high since January last year.

coinidol, 19 March 2019

The Price of Bitcoin (BTC) May Not Be Related to Active Addresses

In opposition to the dropping price of BTC alongside previous gains for the period between Jan. 17th to Mar. 17th, the number of active addresses on the network is showing increases for the same timeframe, indicating that the two may not be connected.

blockonoimi, 19 March 2019

A Blockchain to Connect All Blockchains, Cosmos Is Officially Live

Cosmos, a highly anticipated blockchain itself designed to improve the interoperability between any number of other blockchains, has officially released a live software. At present, users of the network will not be able to swap tokens between blockchains or otherwise connect to Cosmos Hub with existing blockchain networks until validators officially vote to activate what is called the Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) protocol.

coindesk, 13 March 2019

Bitcoin Price Hits Record Sixth Consecutive Month of Losses

Bitcoin’s price fell for a record sixth consecutive month in January, after an early bounce to $4,000 failed to entice mass buying.

coindesk, 1 February 2019

Global Bitcoin Trading Using Japanese Yen (JPY) Overtakes the US Dollar (USD)

According to a recent report, the Japanese (JPY) has officially overtaken the USD in terms of bitcoin trading globally.

coindoo, 30 January 2019

Abra’s Trading App Lets You Buy Apple & Facebook’s Stock Using Bitcoin

coingape, 6 February 2019

ICOs in Q4 2018 Increased, But Raised 25% Less Than in Q3

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) in Q4 2018 raised 25 per cent less than in Q3, while the total amount of completed ICOs increased, according to a report by ICO rating service ICObench.

cointelegraph, 6 February 2019

New Report Highlights Increasing Decentralization of Bitcoin Mining

Bitcoin (BTC) mining has become more decentralized and continues to diversify, a new report from Canadian wealth management company Canaccord claimed on Feb. 6.

cointelegraph, 6 February 2019

US Traders Most Active Across Major Crypto Exchanges

New data shows that United States traders are the most active across major crypto exchanges, according to a Feb. 4 tweet from data analytics firm DataLight

cointelegraph, 6 February 2019

Cryptocrimes?

Microsoft Removes 8 Crypto Jacking Apps from its Online Store

etherumworldnews, 15 February 2019

20-Year Old Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison After $5 Million Crypto Theft

20-year old Joel Ortiz managed to scam more than 40 victims through SIM swapping and gathered $5 million in crypto. Ortiz pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison after accepting a plea deal. He is officially the first individual convicted for SIM swapping.

dcforecasts, 2 February 2019

Hackers’ Total Loot Last Year? $1.7 Billion in Crypto, CipherTrace Says

They carted away a total of $1.7 billion in digital cash – with on end in sight, just yet, despite measures implemented by tech experts.

livebitcoinnews, 1 February 2019

IOTA: Almost All Tokens From $11 Million Hack Have Been Found

Almost all of roughly $11 million-worth of iota tokens alleged to have been stolen by an individual from Oxford, UK, have been found. IOTA co-founder and board co-chairman Dominik Schiener told Reuters that the funds are currently being held as evidence in a police investigation.

altcointoday, 31 January 2019

Mt. Gox trustee bank book exposes crypto dumping

Evidence of alleged mass dumping of Bitcoin Core (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCHABC) by the trustee of the failed Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Mt. Gox has been uncovered by researchers, contrary to statements from the trustee and the advice of external experts.

coingeek, 6 February 2019

QuadrigaCX Reportedly Didn’t Lose Access to Bitcoin Funds – Could it More Than a Mistake?

newsbtc, 5 February 2019

National

Malta Tops Crypto Trading Volume But 87% of Reported Data is 'Suspicious'

CryptoCompare gathered raw data from the exchange sector covering the three months from December 2018 to February 2019, which it released as a report this week.

bitcoinist, 19 March 2019

Iran’s 'Cryptocurrency' Has All the Traits of a Classic Sh*tcoin

bitcoinist, 14 February 2019

Jamaica Stock Exchange to Start Listing Security Tokens

The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) is planning to start listing security tokens on its platform. This initiative is as a result of its collaboration with Blockstation, a provider of end-to-end digital asset trading platforms for stock exchanges.

coindoo, 28 January 2019

BitMEX is Closing Accounts of Users From Canada and the United States

The exchange is still facing some major backlash as the exchange still attracts customers from this region.

coindoo , 24 January 2019

'Blockchain' Being Used by London Rail Company to 'Incentivize Changes in Passenger Behavior'

From the sounds of it, DOVU and Go-Ahead’s plan sounds like a prime example of a ‘blockchain‘ project that aims to further centralize an already-centralized industry, as opposed to disrupt or decentralize it. It also appears that ‘blockchain technology’ is being used as little more than a buzzword tacked on to traditional rewards points for completing post-ride surveys.

bitcoinist, 2 February 2019

Dirty money risks encroach on Estonia's digital utopia

Estonia’s push to become a digital society has left it vulnerable to dirty money and sanction breaches, the country’s top banking regulator has warned.

Reuters, 1 February 2019

Italy to Launch Blockchain-Based e-Voting System so Citizens Abroad can Vote

To intensify the topic, the Blockchain Italy Summit was set up, which will exemplify the function of decentralization and disintermediation managed by the distributed ledger technology (DLT), following the rationales of “Tokeneconomics.” The meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, February 5 at the Sala della Lupa in the Chamber of Deputies.

coinidol, 6 February 2019

Is Cryptocurrency Powering the Explosive Economic Growth in Malta?

The blockchain and cryptocurrency-friendly nation of Malta has been forecast as the nation to experience the most economic growth during 2019. The European Commission projected that the small island country’s economy would grow by a huge 5.2% during the period.

newsbtc, 7 February 2019

Coins

JPMorgan Reportedly to Launch First U.S. Bank Cryptocurrency

thestreet, 14 February 2019

XEM Rises From Crypto Ashes as NEM Foundation Soldiers On

newsbtc, 15 February 2019

WAX Block Explorer Blazes Trail for Widespread Blockchain Use

blockonomi, 15 February 2019

Basic Attention Token [BAT] Spikes Over 32% After Coinbase Offers Opportunity to Earn

coingape, 7 February 2019

Ripple to Provide Its Services to Four More Companies

Over the last few months, the company has secured several important partnerships. [...] Even so, some of the Ripple’s new partners have said they won’t hold any XRP. Rather, they will use the coin to facilitate international payments.

coindoo, 15 January 2019

Ripple Adds 11 New Universities and Extends UBRI Footprint

Ripple has added 11 new universities to its University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI).

cryptocurrencynews, 7 February 2019

4500 Stores Worldwide Now Accept XRP for Goods And Services

The cryptocurrency payment processor CoinGate announced that it was providing support for XRP in all of its 4500 stores.

ethereumworldnews, 2 February 2019

Tron (TRX) Top Performing Cryptocurrency So Far This Year

Tron, by a clear margin, is the best performing crypto of 2019 and the only one making a double digit gain.

ethereumworldnews, 1 February 2019

MobileGo Review: Introduction to MGO Token

MobileGo (MGO) is a token which uses both Ethereum and Waves blockchains that enables peer-to-peer matches and decentralized tournaments for gamers.

coindoo, 22 January 2019

How Risky is it to Invest in BAT in 2019?

While the crypto market is vast and it consists of over 2,100 coins and tokens at this point, there are some of them that are attracting more attention than the others. Stepping away from the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap, a lot of investors are interested in what to expect from Basic Attention Token (BAT)?

globalcoinreport, 6 February 2019

ENERGY one will change the way we buy, consume, produce and understand energy

energy-one, 1 February 2019

Blockchain researchers are still finding critical vulnerabilities in EOS

Months after its nightmarish launch, cryptocurrency and blockchain security researchers are still finding vulnerabilities in EOS, according to recent activity on breach disclosure platform HackerOne.

the next web, 5 February 2019

Ethereum Creator Says Crypto Projects Like EOS & Tron are 'Centralized Piles of Trash'

ccn, 6 February 2019

Zcash Discloses Vulnerability That Could Have Allowed 'Infinite Counterfeit' Cryptocurrency

Forbes, 5 February 2019

Bitcoin Bears Maul Another Victim: Crypto Exchange Coinsquare Lays off a Third of Employees

Canadian based cryptocurrency exchange Coinsquare is the next crypto firm to lay off workers as the market goes through difficult times. Coinsquare has reportedly laid off 40 employees, which equates to approximately a third of their staff.

ccn, 6 February 2019

Coinigy Exchange Review | Reddit Users Speak Out

Opinions about Coinigy are quite varied. Some say that it’s too expensive, while others often argue that it’s not the case and that the overall convenience is worth the pay. Nevertheless, the general opinion about the platform seems to be a good one.

coindoo, 22 January 2019

Business

Insider Insights: Binance Set to Become the World’s First Decentralized Corporation

It is said that Binance will transfer all the company’s value to its native BNB coin to become the first decentralized corporation in the world.

coinspeaker, 19 March 2019

IBM Blockchain World Wire Launches in 72 Countries

IBM Blockchain World Wire has officially launched payment services in 72 countries with 47 currencies and 44 banking endpoints.

bitcoinist, 19 March 2019

IBM Scores Nationwide Blockchain Deal With France’s Commercial Court Clerks

Court clerks across France will soon be recording changes in companies’ legal status on a Hyperledger blockchain built by IBM.

coindesk, 14 March 2019

IBM Completes Blockchain Trial Tracking a 28-Ton Shipment of Oranges

IBM has completed a trial of blockchain technology to track a shipment of mandarin oranges from China to Singapore. The main shipping document, the bill of lading, was recorded on a blockchain.

altcointoday, 31 January 2019

Diamonds Are Blockchain’s Best Friend: How DLT Helps Tracking Gems and Prevents Fraud

cointelegraph, 7 February 2019

Switzerland

Largest Swiss Online Retailer Accepts Bitcoin, Ether, XRP, and Litecoin Payment Option

In what comes as a major impetus for cryptocurrency adoption, Switzerland’s largest online retail store, Digitec-Galaxus, now accepts major digital currencies such as bitcoin, ether, and XRP, among others as a means of payment.

btcmanager, 19 March 2019

Crypto Broker AG launches automated 24/7 crypto trading in Switzerland

cryptoninjas, 18 March 2019

Major Swiss Stock Exchange SIX to Launch New Blockchain-Powered Digital Exchange

Switzerland's principal stock exchange SIX Swiss Exchange will test blockchain integration for its forthcoming parallel digital trading platform SDX in the second half of this year.

cointelegraph, 4 February 2019

Swiss Cybersecurity Firm Opens Blockchain Center in Geneva

Switzerland-based blockchain and cybersecurity firm WISeKey has opened a Blockchain Center of Excellence in Geneva, according to an announcement on Feb. 1.

cointelegraph, 1 February 2019

Catchup

How Blockchain Technology And Decentralization Will Revolutionize The Crowdfunding Industry

Forbes, 13 March 2019

From Hogwarts to Cryptography: What Is MimbleWimble?

The MimbleWimble protocol could very well be the answer to the dual problem of privacy and scalability. MimbleWimble takes its name from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe where it is used as a spell to forbid a person from spilling secrets. The protocol works in a similar manner` in the cryptoverse in that it is a robust privacy-enhancing and scalable blockchain solution.

btcmanager, 13 March 2019

Little known to many investors, cryptocurrency reviews are for sale

When cryptocurrency issuers want positive coverage for their virtual coins, they buy it.

Reuters, 27 November 2018