UAE Presents Blockchain and AI Initiatives Following Annual Government Meeting

The Second United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government Annual Meetings concluded with the introduction of two initiatives pertaining to blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI), the Emirates News Agency reported Nov. 28. At the meeting hosted by the governmental AI and Blockchain Joint Working Group, participants addressed strategies to attract foreign investment and create necessary technological infrastructure, as well as potential challenges related to blockchain and AI adoption. The meeting announced the launch of the AI and Blockchain Guide Initiative, which aims to develop a standardized definition of the technologies on the…

Bitcoin Price Surges 15% in Rebound Action; Has It Bottomed Already?

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from the West Coast USA? Send us your CV and examples here. The bitcoin price on Wednesday saw the arrival of bulls as it surged 15 percent in an impressive rebound action. The BTC/USD index opened at 3776-fiat while continuing the upside action of the previous day. It kept forming higher highs, eventually setting its daily peak at 4350-fiat as the US trading session came into play. At the time of writing, the pair is trading at 4300-fiat,…

Voting on the Blockchain | South Korea Tests New Technology

South Korea has just become the first East Asian country to legalize medical marijuana. But it may be the second to put voting on the blockchain. Japan is already trialing the technology to allow citizens to cast votes on “social contribution projects.” South Korea has been an advocate of blockchain technology though it has a strict stance towards cryptocurrency. It makes sense that it would follow in Japan’s footsteps. Voting on the Blockchain in South Korea Democratic voting on the blockchain is one of the most controversial applications of blockchain…

Bitcoin Rally | Cryptocurrency Makes a Comeback After Major Slump

Many in the financial world this week were claiming Bitcoin was “dead” after it hit its 2018 record lows this week. What they didn’t predict was a Bitcoin rally. On Sunday, the world’s first digital currency hit just above $3,600 a coin, which is the coin’s record-low this year. Bitcoin hadn’t seen below $3,700 since mid-September 2017, and this past week, the cryptocurrency was down almost -40% for the month. However, on Tuesday night that all began to shift. Bitcoin Rally In around 60 minutes, Bitcoin jumped up in price…

Google Searches for ‘Bitcoin’ Just Hit Their Highest Level Since April

Google’s trend explorer reveals the weekly number of worldwide searches for the keyword “bitcoin” has reached levels not seen since the first week in April.  While the exact number of searches accrued so far this week is not clear, data from Google reveals ‘bitcoin’ searches in the past three days alone made up 17 percent of its all-time-high weekly search volume set from Dec. 17-23, 2017. At that time, the cryptocurrency was trading around its record high near $20,000, while at the time of writing, it is valued at $4,167…

US Treasury Dept. Takes Action Against Two Iranians Allegedly Involved in BTC Ransomware

The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned two Iranians allegedly involved in Bitcoin (BTC) ransomware scheme SamSam, the Treasury reported in an official press release today, Nov. 28. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has taken action on Wednesday against two Iranian individuals, Ali Khorashadizadeh and Mohammad Ghorbaniyan, who are accused of exchanging Bitcoin into Iranian rials (IRR). This is also the first time that Bitcoin addresses have been publically attributed to “designated individuals” on the OFAC’s sanctions list. According to the report, SamSam ransomware…

Stellar, Litecoin, Monero, & Zcash Headline Major Crypto Market Rally

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from the West Coast USA? Send us your CV and examples here. A few of the top 15 cryptocurrencies saw notable increases over the past twenty-four hours. Stellar saw a gain of 15% against the US dollar, with 22% of its volume being against USD or USD-pegged cryptocurrencies themselves – meaning these gains are realistic, not just figurative. Litecoin gained over 13% against the dollar while Monero jumped nearly 16%, and Zcash was hot on its heels. Stellar…

Bear Markets Are a ‘Golden Time’ to Be in Crypto

The current bear markets are the “golden time” to be in crypto, major Wall Street crypto bull and co-founder of Fundstrat Global Advisors Tom Lee said Wednesday, Nov. 28, during his speech at BlockShow Asia 2018. Fundstrat’s co-founder named three main reasons behind the recent crypto market collapse: Bitcoin Cash’s (BCH) contentious hard fork, the regulatory actions of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) forcing Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) to return funds to investors, and the “terrible” condition of global markets, which have dropped by approximately 10 percent in…

U.S. FDA Eyes Blockchain to Enhance Food Safety in the Wake of E. coli Outbreak

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from the West Coast USA? Send us your CV and examples here. Following an outbreak of E. coli in the United States that was linked to romaine lettuce, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering better track-and-trace methods and this includes the use of blockchain technology. Speaking to business news channel CNBC, FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb announced that the federal agency had hired the vice president of food safety at Walmart, Frank Yiannas, as its foods…

Coinbase Quietly Opened Its OTC Crypto Trading Desk This Month

U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase opened its over-the-counter (OTC) crypto trading desk earlier this month. In an interview with news source Cheddar on Tuesday, Coinbase head of sales Christine Sandler said that the firm launched the OTC desk as a complement to its exchange business because institutions are using OTC as an “on-ramp for crypto trading” In an OTC transaction, a trade takes place between two parties directly, unlike on an exchange where orders are matched between third-party buyers and sellers. “We felt this was a huge benefit to our clients…