Thailand: Thailand’s National Stock Exchange Venturing into the Cryptocurrency Space

Thailand has increasingly become conducive to virtual currencies with the South Asian country’s national Stock Exchange reportedly planning to launch a cryptocurrency exchange. The Stock Exchange of Thailand , is looking to apply for a digital license in order to facilitate the trade of cryptocurrencies. Members of the SET will also join the crypto-fever by applying for a cryptocurrency broker-dealer license with Thailand’s regulatory authorities. image via Shutterstock

US: Buy Bitcoin at Thousands of Stores at Coinstar Kiosks

A Bitcoin ATM company based in the US has announced a partnership with a major multi-national coin-counting company to enable users to buy Bitcoin (BTC) at thousands of kiosks in different stores.  Coinme – reportedly the first blockchain-oriented state-licensed Bitcoin ATM operator in the US has announced a partnership with the international coin-counting company Coinstar. According to the official release, this will enable users to enable people to buy Bitcoin in a quick and convenient way while handling their regular, daily routines like shopping for groceries, for example. image via Shutterstock

China: How $400 Billion Tencent Might Soon Acquire Two Major Bitcoin Exchanges

Tencent might soon be the proud owner of two major bitcoin exchanges, as the $400 billion Chinese tech conglomerate is weighing a bid for the South Korean holding company that controls them. Tencent Mulling Bid for Owner of Bitstamp & Korbit. Reuters reports that Tencent is actively pursuing co-investors to purchase the South Korea-based NXC Corp, the company behind gaming firm Nexon. Kim Jung-ju reportedly wants to sell a 98.64 percent share in the company that he co-founded in 1994. That stake, which is held by Kim and his wife, is worth an estimated $7.1 billion to $8.9 billion. image via Shutterstock

Europe: SAP Launches New Blockchain Software to Authenticate Pharmaceuticals, Eliminate Counterfeit Drugs

SAP has recently launched a new blockchain system that would be used to track drugs and reduce counterfeit products enter the market. The intention is to allow wholesalers to authenticate pharmaceutical packaging. The supply chain in the pharmaceutical industry will be enhanced with the latest system developed by SAP. The information was released by SAP in a press release on January 16. Wholesalers in the United States encounter 60 million returns annually that have an estimated value close to $7 billion. image via Shutterstock

Global: Please Do Not Store Crypto on Any Exchange, Warns CEO of Major Crypto Exchange Kraken

Jesse Powell, the CEO of a major crypto exchange Kraken, warned users of digital assets to not store funds on trading platforms. The warning of Powell follows a high profile security breach suffered by Cryptopia, a New Zealand-based crypto exchange known for its listing of a wide range of small market cap tokens. Any application or platform connected to the internet by nature is hackable. In essence, centrally operated crypto exchanges are similar to banks in that they hold the private keys and funds of users. 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...

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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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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.

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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...

Republic Is Creating An Equal Investment Opportunity for the Public

Republic is an investment crowdfunding platform that facilitates startup financing by main street investors including cryptocurrency investment. BlockPulse360 has the pleasure to sit down with its CEO Kendrick Nguyen at Harvard Business School to discuss the initiative of Republic in the crypto space. https://youtu.be/Qu24pzaqyO4

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South Korea: Glosfer Released The Time to Market of The Cryptocurrency “Hycon

On July 21st, Glosfer announced that the Cryptocurrency“Hycon” will be released through the OKEX Exchange on July 24th. OKEX, headquartered in Hong Kong, is one of the largest Cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. According to OKEX, the trading time of Hycon is 7 o'clock pm on July 23rd (Korean time). Glosfersuccessfully completed its Initial Coin Offering(ICO) last month. In February of this year, Glosfer and Seoul Nowon-gu worked together to develop and successfully applied the cryptocurrency of Nowon-gu. Recently, it also worked with Yeongdeungpo-gu to build up the "Blockchain Foundation Proposal System". (Korean) image via Shutterstock

Global: Bots Are Manipulating Price of Bitcoin in ‘Wild West of Crypto’

Investors know bitcoin’s violent mood swings well. What they often don’t know is that unscrupulous traders, wielding purpose-built software, can be behind them. Manipulation in cryptocurrencies is a growing concern for regulators—and even for some proponents of the digital coins. The Securities and Exchange Commission cited that risk in August when rejecting several bitcoin-based exchange-traded funds. The office of New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood highlighted the issue last month in a report warning that crypto exchanges were vulnerable to manipulation. image via Shutterstock

UK: Cryptocurrencies Could Become Mainstream Payment Solution Within Next Decade

New research from Imperial College London and eToro argues cryptocurrencies are already fulfilling one of three main criteria of money. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin offer a viable evolutionary 'next step' for money and have the potential to become a mainstream form of payment within the next decade. This is the central finding of new academic research from Imperial and eToro. image via Shutterstock

China: Cryptocurrency Traders Find Ways to Get round State Regulators despite Tighter Scrutiny

Industry observers are certain that Chinese investors will always find ways to circumvent increasingly tightening controls over cryptocurrency trading by mainland authorities, making it practically impossible to ever impose a complete shutdown on trading. image via Shutterstock

China: Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent Block Cryptocurrency Forums and Trading in Latest Crackdowns

China is showing no intention of slowing down its cryptocurrency crackdown. In the latest, Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent (BAT) — the three largest technology companies in  the country — are banning cryptocurrency-related activities from their platforms. image via Shutterstock

Global: Monaco (MCO) Buys Crypto.Com Domain For Millions

The Monaco cryptocurrency-based project, focused on providing innovative financial services, has just bought out the Crypto. com domain from Matt Blaze. Blaze, a well-known professor of computer and information technology sciences at the University of Pennsylvania bought the domain in 1993. At the time he registered the domain due to its relation to his interest in cryptography, hence his position as a director of the Tor Project. image via Shutterstock

Russia: Criminal Responsibility for Gray Trading Shall Be Investigated

The Government of Russia is discussing the issue of criminal responsibility for the shadow market of cryptocurrencies. The MIA, in particular, proposes to adjust the current legislation, including obliging cryptocurrency traders to register in the financial and tax authorities, prosecuting violators and so on. Proposal to comment on the possibility of introducing such changes, the head of the Narcotics Control Department has sent to the Ministry of Finance. While, some experts note, that now in Russia it is difficult to define what action is shadow, as cryptocurrency is applied in all trades and professions.(Russian) image via Shutterstock

Russia: Illegal Online Casino Rapidly Develops in the Heat of Cryptocurrency

Recently, the Russian informational agency RBK published an article on its magazine about the booming development of an illegal online casino “Azino777”, which successfully operates and gains profits with the help of crypto-currency. According to the article, the annual bet has already been up to 15 billion rubles (approximately 240 million dollars). Azino777 got its fame through viral advertisement when people are looking at illegal or pirated content on the Internet. Also, experts say that it’s inevitable to witness some grey-zone industries developing with the great tendency of crypto-currency. (Russian) image via Shutterstock

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Global: Novogratz Invests $15M To Mass Produce Crypto Exchanges For Illiquid Assets

Famed hedge fund trader and bitcoin evangelist Mike Novogratz announced today that his Galaxy Digital Ventures is investing $15 million in blockchain startup AlphaPoint, a New York-based company that aims to simplify the way assets are issued on a blockchain by essentially offering customers the technology used to create crypto exchanges. image via Shutterstock

US: Tezos Network Launches Following Months of Delays, Off-Chain Controversy

In an official blog post, the Tezos Foundation announced that the betanet is live. Tezos is a smart contract platform which raised $232 million in its initial coin offering (ICO) in July 2017, making it the largest token sale at that time. The platform boasts an on-chain governance model and formal verification for smart contracts. After a year of active development, several class action lawsuits, and multiple delays Tezos has finally launched successfully. image via Shutterstock

What is Bitcoin? A Comprehensive Guide For Beginners

In the past several years, Bitcoin is one of the things that have created a lot of buzz around the world. Every day there are plenty of news articles all over the web that describes its price volatility, crackdowns, and its exchange meltdowns. There is no denying the thing that some extremely dramatic economic events were also witnessed in terms of this cryptocurrency. But what is Bitcoin, exactly? What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is known as the world’s first decentralized global currency. Unlike the fiat money like Dollar, Euro or INR, it is independent of a specific country and a geographical entity. It is considered as the official currency of the Internet, and anyone with Internet connection can own it. You can store your Bitcoins in Bitcoin wallet as you store the other forms of money in the bank. To spend or receive Bitcoin, you can simply make use of the Bitcoin wallet. Every wallet has...

US: Microsoft and EY Are Rolling Out Blockchain Technology for Xbox

If Microsoft and EY’s blockchain product is successful, it should shape the way video game developers, creators and publishers of all types earn money online. Last week, the companies debuted a content rights and royalties platform built on the blockchain, which will allow Microsoft and its partners to process millions of transactions in a faster and more reliable way. image via Shutterstock