Public vs Private Blockchain | Ernst & Young’s New Blockchain Prototype

On October 30th, Ernst & Young (EY) announced a world-first for distributed ledgers. Called the Ernst & Young Ops Chain Public Edition, the company created a new blockchain prototype that combines the security of the public ledger model with the privacy of the private ledger model—thus a private blockchain. It does this by using zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) technology on the public Ethereum blockchain. The result, it claims, is a network that will suit the needs of institutions, especially in the financial sector. But why the need to combine the pro’s of both networks,…

Winklevoss Lawsuit | Lawyer States Shrem Committed ‘No Misconduct’

Earlier this month, the NY Times reported that the crypto-famous Winklevoss twins have accused Bitcoin Foundation founder Charlie Shrem of Bitcoin fraud. The Winklevoss lawsuit has now turned into a heated battle between both parties. Winklevoss Lawsuit According to the report by the NT Times, Shrem made several lavish purchases in 2018, that caught the attention of the Olympian twins. The pair filed a civil lawsuit against Shrem accusing him of stealing thousands of Bitcoin from them in 2012. “Either Shrem has been incredibly lucky and successful since leaving prison, or—more likely—he…

Will Recent Economic Sanctions Drive Iran to Cryptocurrency?

A recent FinCEN advisory has stated that the re-imposition of economic sanctions on November 5 could drive Iran to get more serious about the cryptocurrency experiments it began in 2013. Could Iran Follow North Korea’s Lead Evading Sanctions Using Crypto? Iran has made little secret of its interest in cryptocurrency. The nation is believed to have been exploring the financial technology’s use since 2013. In an advisory issued on October 11, the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) stated that the Gulf State may be forced to increase its forays…

Why Bitcoin is Primed for a Christmas Surprise

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Nearly 11 months into a bear market that has seen the bitcoin price take a two-thirds haircut from its all-time high, the flagship cryptocurrency could be on the verge of a year-end rally. Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at eToro, has been watching for a bitcoin breakout for some time now, and he said in market commentary made available to CCN that there are early indications that cryptocurrencies will see a “Santa Claus rally” heading into the new year. “In traditional markets, it’s very common to see…

BBVA Leads Blockchain-Based Syndicated Loan of $150 Million with BNP Paribas and MUFG

Spain’s second largest bank, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), has carried out a blockchain-based syndicated loan of $150 million, U.K.-based global financial news agency Finextra reports Wednesday, Nov. 7. The syndicated bank transaction has been conducted on a private blockchain network through a group of three funding banks including French banking group BNP Paribas, Japan’s bank holding Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), and BBVA. Acting as the sole underwriter of the transaction, BBVA also secured the participation of a partly state-owned Spanish company Red Eléctrica de España, as well as…

Revolutions and Counter Revolutions: Andreas Antonopoulos Reflects on …

As Bitcoin approaches its 10th anniversary, its community, old and new, has begun taking stock of how a decade has come to alter or define the cryptocurrency — and what Bitcoin has done to alter or define the decade. Ten years has invited room for undeniable change. Bitcoin has seen roughly half a dozen market cycles, spawned a secondary market of more than 2,000 altcoins and laid the foundations for a surging blockchain industry. It has evolved from the obscure interest of cypherpunks and crypto anarchists to a viable, private…

Analysis of the Global Crypto Exchange Market in Infographics

In its attempt to present the ecosystem of crypto exchanges, BitMEX has published in-depth research into how these exchanges work. According to their recent tweet, various exchanges were evaluated by using different types of metrics, like web traffic, security policies, and more. In depth report into the crypto exchange ecosystem The robustness of exchanges are evaluated using metrics such as web traffic, average trade sizes, order book depth, security polices and price reliability The report was produced by @CryptoComparehttps://t.co/hmNptuThFY pic.twitter.com/JCSnydGckG — BitMEX Research (@BitMEXResearch) November 6, 2018 The report was…

Crypto Exchanges Line Up to Support Bitcoin Cash’s Hard Fork

Six of the top 10 crypto exchanges by bitcoin cash (BCH) trading volume have announced plans to support the cryptocurrency’s upcoming hard fork on Nov 15. Bitcoin cash’s roadmap includes upgrades to its core code every six months, but disagreement over some changes to the network have raised the specter that two distinct branches of the cryptocurrency could take shape, given that two implementations – Bitcoin ABC and Bitcoin SV – are being put forward by competing teams. While the outcome isn’t clear, one scenario would see two separate cryptocurrencies arise…

Price Above $6500 Resistance post US Midterm Elections

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Bitcoin on Wednesday challenged new highs as price against the US Dollar surged 1.42 percent within a few hours. CHART FROM TUESDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2018 | SOURCE: TRADINGVIEW.COM The BTC/USD pair built upon the near-term bullish scenario after breaking above the interim resistance explained in our previous analysis. A breakout action above 6421-fiat started attracting long positions towards 6500-fiat as the primary upside target. The pair rallied and established a new intraday high towards 6515-fiat before retreating across the exchanges. It is now trading at 6507-fiat. The…

China’s Central Bank Issues Warning Against Blockchain Investment ‘Bubble’

China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), has warned of “bubbles” in blockchain-related financing and investment, Reuters reported Nov. 6. The PBoC, which is known for its anti-cryptocurrency stance, has reportedly advised that the government strengthen its supervision of “speculation, market manipulation and other irregularities,” which it claims are common in domestic blockchain investment and financing schemes. Local Chinese news outlets have revealed further details from the bank’s latest warning, which was reportedly issued in the form of PBoC working paper Nov. 6, entitled “What Can Blockchain Do…