Hodler’s Digest, August 13-19: Joseph Lubin Embraces Crypto Bubbles, While Playboy Gets Impatient for Blockchain

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) Playboy has entered litigation in order to get its blockchain payment services up and running, and Joseph Lubin sees crypto bubbles as bringing more developers into the space Cointelegraph By Molly Jane Zuckerman https://cointelegraph.com/news/hodlers-digest-august-13-19-joseph-lubin-embraces-crypto-bubbles-while-playboy-gets-impatient-for-blockchain

ETN vs. ETF: Which Is the Investor’s Dream?

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) The fact that an ETN from Stockholm is now targeting the U.S. market may sound like a win, but it’s a far cry from the big ETF prize Cointelegraph By Darryn Pollock https://cointelegraph.com/news/etn-vs-etf-which-is-the-investors-dream

Crypto Markets See Slight Slump, Ethereum Fails to Hold $300 Support

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) Crypto markets suffer another slump, with Ethereum and Ethereum Classic wavering following last week’s gains Cointelegraph By Helen Partz https://cointelegraph.com/news/crypto-markets-see-slight-slump-ethereum-fails-to-hold-300-support

Playboy Lawsuit: How Blockchain Developer Failed The Vice Industry Token

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) Porn doesn’t interact with the crypto that much, and the VIT lawsuit is worrying news Cointelegraph By Stephen O’Neal https://cointelegraph.com/news/playboy-lawsuit-how-blockchain-developer-failed-the-vice-industry-token

SIM Swapping: How Hackers Stole Millions Worth of Crypto Via Victim’s Telecoms Operator

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) Here’s how scammers can access your crypto exchange account with a little help from your telecoms operator Cointelegraph By Stephen O’Neal https://cointelegraph.com/news/sim-swapping-how-hackers-stole-millions-worth-of-crypto-via-victims-telecoms-operator

IBM Applies for Blockchain Patent to Ensure Transaction Compliance via Nodes Data

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) IBM acquires a blockchain patent to detect money laundering transactions and other violations based on nodes identifying data Cointelegraph By Helen Partz https://cointelegraph.com/news/ibm-applies-for-blockchain-patent-to-ensure-transaction-compliance-via-nodes-data

Capital One Applies for Blockchain-Based Collaborative Authentication System Patent

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) U.S. Bank holding Capital One has applied for a patent for developing a blockchain-powered user authentication system. Cointelegraph By Ana Alexandre https://cointelegraph.com/news/capital-one-applies-for-blockchain-based-collaborative-authentication-system-patent

Blockchain Used to Trace Deadly Chemical Linked to $289 Mln Monsanto Cancer Lawsuit

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) Food safety firm ZEGO is using blockchain to test foodstuffs for residue of a deadly chemical tied to the recent $289 million Monsanto lawsuit Cointelegraph By Marie Huillet https://cointelegraph.com/news/blockchain-used-to-trace-deadly-chemical-linked-to-289-mln-monsanto-cancer-lawsuit

Coinbase Patent Shows Exchange Is Refining Security for Bitcoin Payments

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) A patent by U.S. crypto exchange and wallet provider Coinbase proposes a new encryption mechanism for further securing Bitcoin (BTC) payments Cointelegraph By Marie Huillet https://cointelegraph.com/news/coinbase-patent-shows-exchange-is-refining-security-for-bitcoin-payments

UK Watchdog Warns of Crypto Scams Using ‘Prestigious’ London Addresses as Smokescreen

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) The U.K.’s financial watchdog warns of crypto investment scams that use elite London addresses or celebrity images as smokescreens Cointelegraph By Marie Huillet https://cointelegraph.com/news/uk-watchdog-warns-of-crypto-scams-using-prestigious-london-addresses-as-smokescreen

The “Fapiao” Case: How China Is Fighting Corruption With Blockchain

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) China has turned to blockchain to to more clearly keep track of official invoices, putting an end to established corruption schemes Cointelegraph By Stephen O’Neal https://cointelegraph.com/news/the-fapiao-case-how-china-is-fighting-corruption-with-blockchain

Ripple Partners With Three Crypto Exchanges as Part of XRapid Solution

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) Ripple has announced a partnership with crypto exchanges Bittrex, Bitso and Coins.ph as part of developing its payments settlement solution XRapid Cointelegraph By Ana Alexandre https://cointelegraph.com/news/ripple-partners-with-three-crypto-exchanges-as-part-of-xrapid-solution

Binance LCX Launches Fiat-to-Crypto Exchange in Liechtenstein

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) Binance LCX has launched a fiat-to-crypto exchange in Liechtenstein, offering trading between Swiss francs and the euro against major digital currency pairs Cointelegraph By Ana Alexandre https://cointelegraph.com/news/binance-lcx-launches-fiat-to-crypto-exchange-in-liechtenstein

SEC Intensifies Probe Into Biotech-Turned-Crypto Mining Firm Blockchain Riot

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has intensified its probe into crypto mining firm Blockchain Riot, which could lead the agency to block shares of the firm’s sales Cointelegraph By Marie Huillet https://cointelegraph.com/news/sec-intensifies-probe-into-biotech-turned-crypto-mining-firm-blockchain-riot

‘Soft’ Crypto ETF Alternative Now Geared Towards U.S. Investors, Says Bloomberg

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) A Bitcoin-based exchange traded note (ETN) listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange is now being quoted in dollars, targeting U.S. investors, Bloomberg reports Cointelegraph By Marie Huillet https://cointelegraph.com/news/soft-crypto-etf-alternative-now-geared-towards-us-investors-says-bloomberg

Project Uniting Creatives Via Reward-Based Payments Launches Alpha Version Platform

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) A digital entertainment production and distribution project launches an alpha version of its platform. It aims to allow creatives to develop and monetize digital content collaboratively #SPONSORED Cointelegraph By Katharine Sharpe https://cointelegraph.com/news/project-uniting-creatives-via-reward-based-payments-launches-alpha-version-platform

Thai SEC Clears Seven Cryptocurrency Operators to Serve Clients, Reviews Two More

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) Five crypto exchanges and two crypto dealers get green light from Thai SEC Cointelegraph By William Suberg https://cointelegraph.com/news/thai-sec-clears-seven-cryptocurrency-operators-to-serve-clients-reviews-two-more

Coinbase to Pursue Decentralized Form of Identification Following Acquisition

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) Crypto exchange and wallet service Coinbase has acquired a decentralized identity startup to develop an identity verification and validation system Cointelegraph By Ana Alexandre https://cointelegraph.com/news/coinbase-to-pursue-decentralized-form-of-identification-following-acquisition

Bank of Montreal, Teachers’ Pension Fund Trial Canadian Dollar Debt Deal via Blockchain

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) In a national currency first, the Bank of Montreal and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan have reportedly settled a Canadian-dollar debt deal over blockchain Cointelegraph By Marie Huillet https://cointelegraph.com/news/bank-of-montreal-teachers-pension-fund-trial-canadian-dollar-debt-deal-via-blockchain

Investor Files Lawsuit Against AT&T Over Hack That Allegedly Lost Him $24 Mln in Crypto

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) An American investor has filed a $224 million lawsuit against his telecoms provider AT&T over alleged negligence that he claims caused him to lose $24 million in crypto Cointelegraph By Marie Huillet https://cointelegraph.com/news/investor-files-lawsuit-against-att-over-hack-that-allegedly-lost-him-24-mln-in-crypto

Reality Shares Will Join Increasingly Crowded Bitcoin Hedge Fund Arena, Says Source

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) Another Bitcoin hedge fund is coming, this time from Reality Shares, a source tells mainstream media Cointelegraph By William Suberg https://cointelegraph.com/news/reality-shares-will-join-increasingly-crowded-bitcoin-hedge-fund-arena-says-source

Venezuela to Use Petro as Unit of Account for Salaries, Goods and Services

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has announced that the Petro will be used as a unit of account in the country for salaries as well as goods and service Cointelegraph By Ana Alexandre https://cointelegraph.com/news/venezuela-to-use-petro-as-unit-of-account-for-salaries-goods-and-services

Jamaica Stock Exchange to Introduce Crypto and Tokens Trading via Canadian Fintech Firm

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) The Jamaica Stock Exchange has selected a Canadian firm to facilitate the introduction of trading and other related services for cryptocurrencies and tokens Cointelegraph By Ana Alexandre https://cointelegraph.com/news/jamaica-stock-exchange-to-introduce-crypto-and-tokens-trading-via-canadian-fintech-firm

High Times Will Not Accept Bitcoin in Its Initial Public Offering

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) Counter to its initial announcement, marijuana culture media group High Times will not to accept Bitcoin in its IPO Cointelegraph By Ana Alexandre https://cointelegraph.com/news/high-times-will-not-accept-bitcoin-in-its-initial-public-offering

US: Square’s Cash App Expands Bitcoin Trading to All 50 States

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) Mobile payment company Square’s Cash App has recently rolled out Bitcoin trading for all U.S. users Cointelegraph By Helen Partz https://cointelegraph.com/news/us-squares-cash-app-expands-bitcoin-trading-to-all-50-states

Security, Loyalty Programs and the End of Overbooking: How Blockchain Could Help Airlines

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) Airlines and airports are functioning on outdated methods of information collection and distribution. It’s time to change it Cointelegraph By Christina Georgacopoulos https://cointelegraph.com/news/security-loyalty-programs-and-the-end-of-overbooking-how-blockchain-could-help-airlines

ICOs Can ‘Prove Their Legitimacy’ Under New Crowdfunding Rules, Says EU Lawmaker

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) New draft regulatory framework for crowdfunding represents an “opportunity” for “ICOs that want to prove their legitimacy,” says EU lawmaker Cointelegraph By Marie Huillet https://cointelegraph.com/news/icos-can-prove-their-legitimacy-under-new-crowdfunding-rules-says-eu-lawmaker

Blockchain Startup Signs MOU With Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) The central bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten has signed an MOU with blockchain startup Bitt to research the feasibility of issuing its own digital currency Cointelegraph By Ana Alexandre https://cointelegraph.com/news/blockchain-startup-signs-mou-with-central-bank-of-curacao-and-sint-maarten

Hong Kong University Receives $20 Mln Research Grant for Payment Systems, Blockchain

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School has received $20 million in funding for research on payment systems, including those using blockchain tech Cointelegraph By Ana Alexandre https://cointelegraph.com/news/hong-kong-university-receives-20-mln-research-grant-for-payment-systems-blockchain

Saudi Regulators Warn Against Trading Cryptocurrencies, Citing ‘High Market Risks’

(Sourced from cointelegraph.com) The Saudi government has issued a warning that dealing in digital currencies is prohibited in the Kingdom, citing “high risks” and “negative consequences” Cointelegraph By Ana Alexandre https://cointelegraph.com/news/saudi-regulators-warn-against-trading-cryptocurrencies-citing-high-market-risks