US: GOP Senator Says Facebook Plans for Libra Coin Should Be Given a Chance

GOP Sen. Pat Toomey strayed from the Trump administration’s critical views on Facebook’s plan for the new Libra cryptocurrency, telling CNBC on Tuesday the digital coin should be given a chance. The Pennsylvania Republican said Libra is an “exciting innovation” that aims to solve the volatility that hurts other digital currencies, but he still has questions for the social media giant before its 2020 launch. image via Shutterstock

US: President Donald Trump Says He’s ‘Not a Fan’ of Bitcoin

Donald J. Trump tweeted Thursday that he is “not a fan” of cryptocurrencies, saying they were “not money” and referencing their price volatility relative to the dollar in his first public comments on crypto since becoming president of the United States. image via Shutterstock

Global: Spend Bitcoin At Amazon, Uber And Starbucks Using Fold’s BTC Lightning Network App

A payment platform called Fold has announced today that it will use the Bitcoin Lightning Protocol in order to enable its clients to buy goods from several stores such as Amazon, Starbucks, Whole Foods, Southwest Airlines and Home Depot. The cryptocurrency can also be used in services such as Uber. It was also revealed that the company is currently focused on letting the users be more free with their BTC by not needing to pass any Know Your Customer (KYC) procedures. This is partly because all the payments will be done via the LN, not directly on wallets that belong to the company. image via Shutterstock

Global: Previous Bitmain Leader, Jihan Wu, Opens New Crypto Deal Matrixport to Offer OTC Trading and Lending

It has been recently revealed that the Co-Founder of mining products and services provider, Bitmain Technologies’ Ltd., Wu Jihan has garnered a team of former employees to establish a crypto services platform reports Bloomberg. This new endeavor will be called, Matrixport, a service which has been described as being, “fully-committed to launch more regulatory-compliant blockchain financial services.” Matrixport will allegedly support trading at competitive prices and will ensure that traders have access to the lowest possible interest rates. image via Shutterstock

Global: Bitcoin Almost Wipes Out Its Mega Gain Just as Swiftly as It Came

Bitcoin’s rise was meteoric this week -- and its decline has been just as swift. It’s easy come, easy go in the crypto world, where a frenzy over Bitcoin pushed its price to nearly $14,000 on Wednesday, its highest level since January 2018. The largest digital asset then reversed course in a matter of minutes after a prominent cryptocurrency exchange reported an outage. The retreat accelerated Thursday and put the coin’s price back to nearly the same level as just five days ago. 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...

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.

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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...

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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Singapore: KuCoin Confirmed Extorting Coins for Volume Boosting Fees

There are few things more controversial in the crypto world like false figures. Just last year Bithumb and Upbit were accused of faking a significant number of their transaction volume, a claim they have both denied.  Now KuCoin, a major exchange, has been  accused of falsifying and inflating figures but unlike others, this isn’t merely a rumor but based on some leaked documents. The whole saga started in late 2018 when the Hong Kong-based exchange announced that they would be delisting about 16 tokens from their platform. This, on its own, wasn’t controversial as exchanges delist coins all the time, usually for low demand. image via Shutterstock

South Korea: Korea’s Biggest Crypto Exchange UPbit Makes $100 Million Profit in a Bear Market

UPbit, South Korea’s biggest crypto exchange, has seen a profit of $100 million in the third quarter of of 2018, despite the bear market and decline in trading volume. According to the data released by Repository of Korea’s Corporate Filings (DART) obtained by mainstream media outlet Yonhap, UPbit saw a profit of just over $100 million while Bithumb, the country’s second-largest trading platform, recorded a profit of $39 million. image via Shutterstock

US: Bitcoin Futures Will No Longer Be Traded On CBOE

Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), the world’s largest options market, will reportedly settle the last Bitcoin futures contract on June 19. With the expiration of the last contract, the trading of cryptocurrency derivatives will be officially closed, with no more futures to follow on the exchange. CBOE was the first American exchange to list Bitcoin futures. The exchange announced the launch of Bitcoin futures a year and a half ago, when Chris Concannon, the then-President and Chief Operating Officer of Cboe Global Markets, claimed the derivatives to be real game changers set to revolutionize the traditional sphere of finance and boost cryptocurrency acceptance:"Over the next 10 years we believe that the cryptocurrency market will explode in terms of the assets that they touch, the currencies that they involve.” image via Shutterstock  

US: Wall Street Traded $572 Million in Bitcoin Futures During Tuesday’s Bull Run

The bitcoin price is rallying, and this time, it looks like Wall Street has shown up to the party. On Tuesday, bitcoin brief briefly broached the $8,500 threshold on Bitfinex for the first time since mid-May, and while it has since pulled back several hundred dollars from that two-month high, it has nevertheless risen 10 percent in the past week and 29 percent over the course of a month. image via Shutterstock

Global: G20 to Establish Crypto AML and Counter-Terrorism Financing Regulations in June

G20 member countries will meet to discuss international cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulation on June 8 and 9 in Fukuoka, Japan. The news was revealed in a report from local news outlet Kyodo on April 4. Per the report, and in accordance with official plans, G20 central bank governors and finance ministers will take part in the meeting. The event will be focused on establishing a framework to combat crypto-enabled money laundering and terrorism financing. image via Shutterstock

Arab: Cryptocurrency Assets Get Arab World’s First Regulatory Nod

The Arab world’s smallest country is taking the lead in regulating crypto assets. Bahrain’s central bank said on Monday that it issued “the final rules on a range of activities relevant to crypto assets.” The framework covers areas from licensing and governance to cyber security. image via Shutterstock

US: Wall Street Demand For Bitcoin Surging? Fidelity Plans Crypto Custody

On Tuesday, reports arose that Fidelity Investments, the Boston-based finance giant with trillions of dollars worth of assets under management, revealed that its crypto-centric subsidiary, Digital Asset Services (FDAS), has plans to launch its Bitcoin (BTC) custody service by March. According to the report, which cited three individuals familiar with the matter, the custody service, the flagship product of FDAS, which was first announced in mid-October, will first only support the flagship cryptocurrency. image via Shutterstock

Singapore: Singapore Brings Cryptocurrency Exchanges under its Payment Regulations

In a bid to regulate the payment system, Singaporean authorities went ahead with a new regulatory framework for payment services in the country. The new Payment system Bill was listed in the parliament for reading for the first time. The new bill was put forward by Mr. Ong Ye Kung, on behalf of Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister-in-charge of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).  The new Bill proposes to put power in the hands of MAS to regulate seven types of payments including digital token systems. image via Shutterstock

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Australia: Welfare Payments in Australia Could Be Delivered Over Blockchain

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has revealed its intention to probe the use of blockchain for Centrelink welfare payment delivery. Acting CEO Randall Brugeaud told the CeBIT Australia conference in Sydney on Wednesday that a prototype could be in the market come mid-2019. image via DTA

US: MIT Crypto System Shares Police Data without Wrecking Investigations

Law enforcement routinely secures orders requiring that tech companies hand over data, but the targets of those requests don't always know if they've been under the microscope -- especially if there were never charges in the first place. MIT's CSAIL may have a way to hold officers more accountable for those decisions. Its researchers are developing a cryptography-based system that could help track these requests while still protecting investigations and police. image via Shutterstock

Global: Microsoft Is Using Blockchain to Curb Spam Calls in India

Software major Tech Mahindra on Monday announced its partnership with Microsoft to create a Blockchain-based solution to fight the spam call menace. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), unsolicited commercial communication (UCC) or spam calls are a major nuisance to telecom subscribers across the country. TRAI has been working with industry stakeholders to curb this menace. image via Shutterstock

US: Senate Sees Value in Blockchain for the Energy Sector

The US Senate seems to be warming up to blockchain. In a recent hearing on the electrical implications of blockchain, a few aspects of blockchain were discussed. Firstly, the electric consumption that “proof-of-work (POW)” systems create was explored. POW systems are behind the two most valuable cryptos. Depending on how the platform is designed, can create a massive draw on electrical grids. image via Shutterstock