Global: Binance Hacked: Bitcoin Exchange Suffers $40 Million Security Breach

Binance, the No. 1 cryptocurrency exchange based on trading volume, has been hacked. Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, who is at the helm of the exchange, made the announcement on Twitter after previously sharing that “unscheduled server maintenance” was unfolding. The Binance CEO tweeted that it “was not the best of days.” image via Shutterstock

Global: Fidelity Survey Finds Institutional Investors Are Eyeing Crypto

About half of institutional investors consider digital assets to be worthy of holding in portfolios, according to a survey commissioned by Fidelity Investments. Fidelity, which began a custody service to hold Bitcoin for its customers earlier this year, is trying to gauge how pensions, family offices, hedge funds, endowments and foundations feel about owning cryptocurrencies as it builds out its Fidelity Digital Assets business. image via Shutterstock

Global: Bitcoin Rallies to A Six-month High, Other Cryptocurrencies Also Jump

Bitcoin is on a tear Friday, climbing to a fresh six-month high. The world’s best-known cryptocurrency jumped more than 7% Friday to around $5,750, according to CoinDesk data, its highest level since November 14. The reason for the upward move wasn’t immediately clear. The virtual currency is now up more than 50% since the start of the year. image via Shutterstock

Global: Amazing! Ripple Inks a Deal with a $40 Billion Money Transfer Giant

Ripple has announced its latest partnership. Ria Money Transfer will use RippleNet to facilitate real-time blockchain-powered global payments. XRP, of which Ripple is the largest holder, is up 1% today. Ria Money Transfer’s yearly money transfer volume is approximately $40 billion. They rank as the No. 2 service provider in the remittance industry. Ria will leverage RippleNet technology to gain access to hundreds of financial institutions in Ripple’s global blockchain payment network. Some of the most recently added RippleNet customers include WorldCom Finance and BFC Bahrain, to name a couple. image via Shutterstock

US: Microsoft Rolls Out New Cloud Services for AI and Blockchain

Microsoft Corp on Thursday announced new tools for software makers aimed at making technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain easier for businesses to use. Microsoft released the tools ahead of its software developer conference next week in Seattle. Once known mostly for its Windows personal computer operating system, the company now relies on revenue growth from its cloud-based computing and software services, most of which are sold to other businesses. 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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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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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

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...

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Russia: ‘Russian Facebook’ VK Wants to Turn its 100 Million Users into Crypto Fans

VKontakte (also known as “VK”), which is Russia’s version of Facebook, is planning to issue its own cryptocurrency. The project is currently under development, but a final decision has not yet been made. The social media firm wants to create a cryptocurrency that all its users can implement, according to Russian news website RNS. VKontakte claims it has 97 million active monthly users. image via Shutterstock

Global: OKCoin is Attracting Institutional Customers With ‘Premier’ Crypto Service

OKCoin is consistently one of the top exchanges by adjusted volume. The exchange announced late yesterday its Premier program, which is aimed at institutional and high-volume clients. They’re targeting traders with at least $100,000 in volume in a 30-day period. The benefits are unique to an exchange with deep pockets: a dedicated account manager, guaranteed fast wire deposits (within 90 minutes when banks are open), and lower trading fees. image via Shutterstock

China: Huobi, NewMargin Capital, Kiwoom Targets $93M China-South Korea Fund To Invest In Blockchain

Cryptocurrency exchange Huobi, Chinese investment firm NewMargin Capital and South Korean securities firm Kiwoom Securities Co., Ltd. have jointly launched a China-South Korea investment fund to invest in blockchain companies in the two countries. image via flickr

Global: VERI Jump 33% in 5 Minutes amid General Market Slide

Veritaseum (VERI), a cryptocurrency listed at number 69 on Coinmarketcap, has seen a price surge amid a strong market decline led by Bitcoin. At the time of writing, Veritaseum has risen almost 7% in the last 24 hours to $77.65. However, a few hours earlier, the coin added nearly 33% in only 5 minutes to reach $104.82, illustrating once again the volatile nature of cryptocurrencies, especially those with small capitalization. image via Shutterstock

Thailand: Central Bank is Reviewing Several Blockchain Applications Including Cross-Border Payments

The march towards the adoption of blockchain technology in Thailand’s mainstream financial sector seems unstoppable. In a speech delivered during the Bloomberg ASEAN Business Summit, the governor of the Bank of Thailand, Dr. Veerathai Santiprabhob, revealed that the central bank was undertaking a review of blockchain applications for purposes of document authentication, supply chain financing and cross-border payments. This is being carried out through the central bank’s regulatory sandbox. image via Shutterstock

US: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales Weighs in on Blockchain Technology

Despite his speaking appearance at Berlin blockchain conferenceBlockShow , Jimmy Wales's presence was still a surprise. The Wikipedia founder has emerged as a prominent critic of blockchain technology, but still managed to score a speaking slot at the gung-ho conference. Does Wikipedia somehow hold cryptocurrency or ICO ambitions? image via Shutterstock

Russia:Largest Russian Mining Center Plans to Open in August

In August the largest center of crypto-currency production in Russia will start operating in the Leningrad Region. It is located in the industrial park "Left Bank" in Kirishi (110 kilometers away from St. Petersburg). Information about the opening has been published by the government of St. Petersburg. The Leningrad region claims the title of the most progressive region in the context of the digital economy. The regional government believes that the region will become a sort of sandbox in which companies working with innovative technologies could test their products without fear of violating legislation.(Russian) image via Shutterstock

US: The IRS Wants to Investigate crypto Tax Fraud

The Internal Revenue Service is taking an international approach to cryptocurrency-related crime. In response to a request by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to reduce tax crime, the IRS on Monday formed the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement (J5), a coalition between five countries aimed at investigating cryptocurrency crimes, including tax fraud and money laundering. image via Shutterstock

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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

Thailand: SEC Reveals Framework for ICO Portals and Tokens

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Thailand has released a regulatory framework for issuing and selling digital tokens through initial coin offerings (ICOs) along with announcing the ICO portal process, effective from July 16. Since the digital asset decree stipulates that ICO issuers have to be approved by ICO portals, ICO portals will have to be initially approved by the SEC. image via Shutterstock

Russia: Political Union led by Putin Proposes to Protect Forests with Blockchain Technology

The public movement ONF (All-Russian People's Front; supreme leader: Vladimir Putin) sent an interesting proposal to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation for the protection of nature, which involves the use of blockchain technology. According to the members of the ONF, using blockchain technology will help prevent illegal deforestation and illegal building, and manage the list of registers with the real estate of specially protected objects of nature, forests and water resources. Also, experts propose to keep cadastral records of protected land in order to prevent important Russian assets falling into private ownership. (Russian) image via Shutterstock

Global: The Threat to Bitcoin from Quantum Computing

At nearly every lecture I’ve given on blockchain technology, and its most famous use case in Bitcoin, someone stands to ask about quantum computing. What exactly do I propose to do about this terrible threat? image via flickr