Global: Huobi OTC and Simplex Partner to Enable MasterCard and Visa Payments for BTC, LTC, XRP and ETH

Huobi Global, the over-the-counter desk has just gone ahead to partner with Simplex. The partnership has been put in place so that they will be able to accept the deposits that are made using the MasterCard and Visa. This was announced on Thursday, and as per the announcement that was made, as a user on the platform you will be able to use both the debit and credit cards if you would like to purchase Ripple,  Litecoin, Bitcoin and  Ethereum on the platforms peer to peer exchange. image via Shutterstock

Global: Rakuten Exchange Could Push Amazon to Accept Cryptocurrency

The first four months of 2019 have already kicked off a string of high-profile acquisitions for cryptocurrency, including the development of J.P. Morgan Chase’s stablecoin. With social media giant Facebook looking to release its own coin at some point in the near future, the adoption of cryptocurrency is beginning to pick up pace. image via Shutterstock

US: NYSE-Backed Bakkt’s Delayed Launch Is Not CFTC’s Fault

Bakkt, the moon-shot bitcoin bet of trading behemoth Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), still can’t get approval from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Many now believe its hopes depend on getting a much-hated BitLicense from New York. Are U.S. regulators trying to kill Bakkt? No. Congress makes the laws. If the laws suck, Congress is supposed to fix them. Regulators exist solely to make sure everybody follows the laws. In this case, the laws suck, but that’s not the CFTC’s fault. image via Shutterstock

Global:Want to Donate Bitcoin for Notre Dame? It May Soon Be Possible

France’s Minister for Digital Affairs Cedric O says he’s open to discussing with crypto-currency platforms ways to allow donations in digital money to rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral. The French government Wednesday presented the  www.rebatirnotred -amedeparis.fr  website with links to four approved organizations that are collecting money to repair the Gothic monument that was ravaged by fire Monday, April 15. For the moment, there’s no way to donate in Bitcoin or other digital currencies. image via Shutterstock

Global: Coinbase Exchange Expands Crypto-to-Crypto Trading Services to a Total of 53 Countries

Coinbase’s entire mission is to make sure their customers are happy, which they ensure with constant new features and new services. However, when rolling out a new benefit, there are often times that other countries are not immediately added, which means some jurisdictions have to wait for access. image via Shutterstock

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Blockchain Connect Conference

More Attention Should be Given to Blockchain Academics for the Uprising of Blockchain, Says Blockchain Connect Conference   Dec. 2nd, 2019, San Francisco - Blockchain Connect Conference, a futuristic blockchain-technology based conference, research destination, and collaborative event hosted by SV Insight, will officially take place on Jan 11, 2019, at Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, California. Emphasizing on academic in the blockchain space, this conference will gather the most authoritative blockchain professors around the world, the public chain projects with the most advanced technology, and technical experts, to discuss about the most cutting-edge blockchain academic research, problems, and solutions. By including keynote speeches and panels covering topics from research to application, the conference will explore the next big opportunity in the blockchain industry. The conference will be divided into two tracks: an academic track and a business track. The academic track will focus on academic discussions, mainly led by professors, scholars, and blockchain core developers, who will...

OKEx Is Fighting back Against Amber AI’s BCH Settlement Allegations

In their public response on Monday, OKEx outlined several issues with the Amber AI complaints, expressing that “These are completely false allegations and the defamatory statements have caused serious damages to OKEx’s reputation.” The cryptocurrency exchange laid out their arguments, focusing on 3 main points that present that not only did the cryptocurrency exchange act in the best interest of their customers, but that Amber AI has no right to a lawsuit in the first place. 1 – Amber AI is not a customer. According to OKEx, “We do not have an institutional client profile named Amber AI, while Amber AI claim themselves as a Hong Kong-based company. We do NOT serve any customer in Hong Kong, in respect of the local laws and regulations. The OKEx account that Amber AI claimed managing is an individual account, which is not a Hong Kong resident or entity on the report of the KYC information” 2...

An Interview with Jihan Wu: BCH Split and STO

Jihan Wu, the Bitcoin mining titan and prominent supporter of BCH, recently gave an interview at a Q&A session for entrepreneurs at Peking University Guanghua school of Management . During the discussion, he shared his views on the controversial BCH split, current thoughts on STOs, Eco-friendly mining, and his opinions on the viability of coin-free blockchains. Regarding the split, Jihan shared his views on the importance of community and how his actions have been in support of free speech. “In this environment of free speech, I believe that division is inevitable. This is the nature of human contribution to the community, and it is easy to split because of some differences. The split itself will bring about the richness of the whole system.” He concluded that even though this split has created 2 new coins in the form of BCHABC and BCHSV, there is potential for further splits down the road Not a current...

Several Influential Cryptocurrency Media Outlets in China Have Been Blocked

Wechat, an important application in China is used daily to share news, information, chat and even make an order at a restaurant. Wechat communicates with the Chinese government in order to monitor the public’s opinions on the Wechat platform to comply with the local law. Media surrounding blockchain technology has increased with the price of Bitcoin in 2017. At the beginning of 2018, the media increase continued and new outlets started up in China. During March of this year, more than 10 new blockchain media outlets finished financing campaigns. However, this increase in media development has created some controversy. Many cryptocurrency investors criticized the increase as being a proxy and working with the dealer to “cut the leek”, a vivid way to describe the pump and dump by the dealers or the project launchers to make the profits. On August 21, 2018 Chinese Cryptocurrency Media including Jinses Finance, Deepchain Finance, Huobi information...

New Voice

New Voice

Introduction: Coconut is a universal payment platform that allows customers to use any cryptocurrency to purchase goods and services. Coconut team is composed by a group of students from Harvard University and MIT, which won the award for best new nascent blockchain project at the MIT Bitcoin Expo 2018. BlockPulse 360 has the chance to conduct an interview with this promising project and team at Harvard University.

An Interview with Jihan Wu: BCH Split and STO

Jihan Wu, the Bitcoin mining titan and prominent supporter of BCH, recently gave an interview at a Q&A session for entrepreneurs at Peking University Guanghua school of Management . During the discussion, he shared his views on the controversial BCH split, current thoughts on STOs, Eco-friendly mining, and his opinions on the viability of coin-free blockchains. Regarding the split, Jihan shared his views on the importance of community and how his actions have been in support of free speech. “In this environment of free speech, I believe that division is inevitable. This is the nature of human contribution to the community, and it is easy to split because of some differences. The split itself will bring about the richness of the whole system.” He concluded that even though this split has created 2 new coins in the form of BCHABC and BCHSV, there is potential for further splits down the road Not a current...

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Interview

Insight Into The Blockchain Trends Of Today And The Future

BlockPulse360 had the pleasure of sitting in on an interview with one of China’s most reputable blockchain thinkers, Dr. Feng Han, the co-founder of Elastos, about his take on the current and future trends in the blockchain industry in China. Dr. Han began his journey in the cryptoworld with a background in quantum mechanics, but it was only during an alumni lecture on Bitcoin in 2013 that he was formally introduced to cryptocurrency. Since then, the co-founder of Elastos has been busy at work developing a new operating system to promote decentralization initiatives using blockchain technology. Elastos is an open source, blockchain-driven operating system optimized to run decentralized applications. The thinking behind this technology came from the realization that if traditional applications wanted to connect through blockchain, the most effective way to do so would be through a platform that was also operated by blockchain. And so, Elastos was born. What...

Chandler Guo, China’s Top Bitcoin Tycoon, Continues to Build The Crypto Empire in The United States

Chandler Guo, one of China’s top Bitcoin tycoons, shared with BlockPulse 360 his thoughts on the cryptocurrency industry in China. Chandler was one of China’s first Bitcoin miners and has become one of the country’s most well-known cryptocurrency ambassadors. His success has brought him overseas to the United States to continue building his crypto empire. BlockPulse 360: Did your move to the United States have anything to do with the fact that the US is more ICO and blockchain friendly than China? Chandler Guo: Obviously, I am a big fan of Bitcoin and ICO. Just like everybody else in the crypto community, I understand the potential of digital currency and the magnitude of what it means for the economy. Today, ICO has made many people very rich, but in the future, cryptocurrency is likely to become the only currency in circulation. However, most governments, even the American government, are not the biggest...

Crypto Market

Global: Here We Go Again, Another $12 Billion Dumped From Crypto Markets

Crypto traders and investors are probably dreading getting up each morning now to see markets plummet once again with seemingly no end in sight. Over the past 24 hours markets have dumped another $12 billion from $255 to $243 billion, equating to a 4.7% fall. Trade volume also took a sharp drop from $18 billion to $11 billion. image via Shutterstock

South Korea: Officially Recognizing Crypto Exchanges as Regulated Banks

For the first time in history, the government of South Korea has officially recognized crypto exchanges regulated financial institutions and banks. Local publications in South Korea have reported that the financial authorities of South Korea have finalized their plans to categorize crypto exchanges as an industry called “Cryptocurrency Exchange and Brokerage” to enable trading platforms to perform at a large capacity with support from local authorities. image via Shutterstock

Global: Bitcoin Falls as Technical Indicators Point to More Pain in 2019

Bitcoin is turning negative again. And the technicals aren’t looking too good either going into 2019. The largest cryptocurrency slumped as much as 5.9 percent to $3,668.09 on Wednesday, approaching the more than one-year low of $3,522.58 reached on Nov. 26. After a few days of relative stability, volatility has increased again in the wake of November’s plunge, which was the biggest monthly drop in over seven years. image via Shutterstock

Global: VeChain Price Explodes 30% as Cryptocurrency Market Extends Recovery

The vechain price (VET) exploded by 30 percent on Thursday, headlining a widespread recovery that raised the cryptocurrency market cap by more than $5 billion over the past 24 hours. The cryptocurrency, which serves as the native token of the smart contracts and supply chain management-focused VeChain blockchain, had traded below $0.008 during Thursday’s early morning hours but began to shoot upwards shortly after 7:00 UTC. image via Shutterstock

Regulation

France: PSG Partner With Cryptocurrency Firm Socios

Move over CFD brokers, cryptocurrency firms are making headway in the sports sponsorship market. This Tuesday, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), a French football team, announced that it had formed a “multi-year strategic partnership” with Socios. The deal will see Socios becoming PSG’s “official branded cryptocurrency partner.” Neither side stated what sort of money was involved in the deal. image via Flickr

US: Independent Firm Verifies Crypto Giant Circle’s USDC Reserves

Circle has announced that it has contracted an independent accounting firm, Grant Thornton LLP, to verify through attestation reports the dollar reserves thaCirclece maintains to back the USDC token. Circle joins Paxos Standard in doing this on a monthly basis. According to the findings of Grant Thornton, Circle actually has about $4,000  more than it has issued in tokens in its accounts backing USDC. image via Shutterstock

Japan:Two Vietnamese Men Were Arrested for Illegal Remittance of 2 Billion Yen

The Japanese police arrested two Vietnamese men who operated the "underground banks" and illegally remitted about 2 billion yen to Vietnam. The two exchanged the yen for the cryptocurrency and sent them to the Vietnamese associates to supplement the money delivered locally in Vietnam.(Japanese) image via Shutterstock

China: CCID Announces Global Public Chain Technology Assessment (Second Season) Results

On the morning of June 20th, CCID Global Public Chain Technology Evaluation Index (Second Season) was officially released at the Shanghai Science Hall. The results showed that the technical evaluation index of EOS, which was selected in the evaluation catalogue for the first time, was 161.5, ranking first in the evaluation index list. Ethereum, the winner for the First Seaon, took the second place with a combined score of 138.4. The public chains in the third to fifth places are NEO, Stellar,and Lisk. Bitcoin's public chain technology assessment index is 91.5, ranking 17th. (Chinese) image via Shutterstock

TECHNOLOGY

UK: Oxford Profs Plan Launch of World's First Blockchain-Based, Decentralized University

Woolf will be the first blockchain-powered university with its own native token. The design has been developed by an independent group of academics (mostly from the University of Oxford), and experienced academics will form the first college in the collegiate university. image via Shutterstock

Bahrain: Minister Emphasizes Blockchain Technology and Urges Adoption

Bahrain Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, Dr. Mirza has called blockchain technology a “true mark of progress” that helps people find a secure way to “facilitate transactions”, and he urges companies to take full advantage of its benefits. On the other hand,Bahrain has remained vague on where it stands with blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The country issued a regulatory sandbox license to Palmex, a digital asset exchange funded by ArabianChain Technology, allowing it to trail services offered by regulators to prepare for necessary controls for trading digital assets. (Arabic) image via Shutterstock

China: Baidu Launches its Own Blockchain Platform Totem

Today, Baidu officially launched its own blockchain platform Totem, releasing the white paper at the same time. Odaily Planet Daily learned at the release site that Baidu Totem will build a content copyright chain based on Baidu Super Chain to solve problems such as high cost of copyright confirmation, piracy, difficulty in rights protection, and single mode of realization in the original content industry. (Chinese) image via Shutterstock

Global: 62% of Auto Execs Believe Blockchain Will Disrupt Industry within 3 Years

The auto industry is betting big on blockchain. In fact, a whopping 62% of auto executives say the technology underpinning bitcoin will be a disruptive force in the industry by 2021. Moreover, 95% of carmakers plan to make “moderate to significant” blockchain investments over the next three years, according to a report by the IBM Institute for Business Value, a business-research group. In its executive report entitled “Daring to Be First,” the IBM Institute says blockchain can revolutionize the auto industry by bringing transparency to supply chain management and financial transactions. image via Shutterstock