World of Ether is Now Live

The highly anticipated crypto-collectibles dApp, World of Ether (WoE), has officially launched its mainnet! World of Ether is LIVE!! Start exploring at https://t.co/gzqosL76JV pic.twitter.com/cxM9p7ZYyN — World of Ether (@WorldofEther) November 24, 2018 World of Ether World of Ether is a blockchain-based game that is centered around collecting, breeding, fighting, and selling monsters. The developers behind the game have created a multi-level rich, interactive world, held entirely on the Ethereum blockchain. WoE is very similar to that of Pokemon, where there are five different ‘types’ of monsters. Each type holds its own…

Bitcoin Sinks Below $3.4K, Ethereum Plummets to Double Digits

Friday, Dec. 7 — Crypto markets have today again taken a major downturn, with virtually all of the major coins by market cap seeing double digit losses. Some coins are down by over 20 percent, as data from Coin360 shows. Market visualization by Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) has taken a steep hit of over 11 percent on its 24-hour chart, and is trading at $3,400 as of press time. Having attempted to reclaim ground above the $4,000 price point in early December — to briefly trade close to $4,300 — the…

US Needs ‘More Nuanced’ Cryptocurrency Regulations: Academic Paper

United States’ cryptocurrency regulations are creating a problematic image for the country as an innovator and it needs a “more nuanced approach.”  Two university professors have made this claim in an article Friday, Dec. 7, referring to a paper originally published Nov. 16. Discussing the current regulatory setup governing cryptocurrency, Carol Goforth of Oxford University and Arkansas School of Law’s Clayton N. Little blamed the “overlapping” authority of various regulators as hindering progress. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and…

Mastercard Files Patent for Increasing Anonymity of Blockchain Transactions

Mastercard has filed a patent for a method of anonymizing transactions on a blockchain, according to an application published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Dec. 9. The filing outlines that “the use of one or more intermediary addresses to obscure the source and destination of funds in a blockchain transaction” can be used in order to “increase anonymity of entities associated with blockchain addresses.” The proposed technical solution would entail a series of “anonymization request[s]” designed to anonymize the transactions themselves, rather than just the user…

Finance Regulator, Central Bank Say Cryptocurrency Regulation ‘Being Put in Place’

Malaysia’s finance regulator and central bank issued a joint press statement Dec. 6 in which they confirmed they were “putting in place” legislation on cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offering (ICO) assets. The statement from the Malaysia’s Securities Commission (SC) and Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), which follows comments from senior government official that regulation of the sector could appear in Q1 2019, also reiterates the need comply with securities laws where appropriate. “The SC will regulate issuances of digital assets via initial coin offerings (ICO) and the trading of digital assets…

Two US Bills Focus on Cryptocurrency Market Manipulation and Improving Regulations

Two new bills focusing on cryptocurrency market manipulation aim to “position the United States to be a leader in the cryptocurrency industry,” their sponsors claimed Dec. 6. The bills, dubbed “The Virtual Currency Consumer Protection Act of 2018” and “The U.S. Virtual Currency Market and Regulatory Competitiveness Act of 2018” will go before the House of Representatives having been compiled in mid-November. A bipartisan effort, their authors, congressmen Darren Soto and Ted Budd, said they wish to “provide data on how Congress can best mitigate these risks while propelling development…

TRON CEO Says He Will ‘Rescue’ ETH and EOS Developers From Alleged ‘Collapse’ of Their Platforms

Decentralized internet protocol TRON CEO Justin Sun has said the company will build a fund to “rescue” Ethereum (ETH) and EOS developers from “the collapse” of their platforms, in a tweet, Dec. 6. Sun made his offer with the precondition that the developers “migrate” their decentralized applications (dApps) to the Tron Foundation network. In the heat of the blistering crypto market crash, one aggrieved commentator immediately quipped, “So… we jump from sinking ship to another sinking ship?  Sh**, I’m in. When jump, sir?” EOS New York, purportedly the twitter account…

Crypto Project Says It Can Reverse Transactions and Recover Accounts Without Private Keys

A startup which bills itself as “blockchain’s financial district” has launched its network — and says its debut heralds “the beginning of true financial freedom.” WORBLI enables businesses and individuals to enjoy “seamless access to financial services,” and paves the way for developers to build their own applications on its network. Its ecosystem uses EOSIO software, with the startup’s team saying this unlocks a series of benefits. Firstly, users benefit from fast and feeless transactions, allowing applications on the network to operate without bottlenecks and delays — and they also…

South Korean Crypto Exchanges Overtake Maltese Ones by Daily Trade Volume

Cryptocurrency exchanges registered in South Korea have overtaken their Maltese-registered counterparts by average daily trade volume in November. This is according to a report by cryptocurrency market data provider CryptoCompare, published Thursday, Dec. 6. The November edition of CCCAGG, a monthly crypto exchange review published by CryptoCompare, shows that South Korean exchanges, including Bithumb, Coinone, Korbit and Upbit among others, registered a combined $1.4 billion of average daily trade volume. In the meantime, their competitors in Malta had only achieved $1.2 billion. This is a significant change when compared to…

Switzerland’s ‘Crypto Valley’ Zug Ranked ‘Fastest-Growing’ Tech Hub in Europe

The Swiss city of Zug, home to crypto and blockchain development hub “Crypto Valley,” has been ranked the fastest-growing tech community in Europe. Swiss startup news channel StartupTicker reported this on Dec. 6. According to the latest annual “State of European Tech” report from London-headquartered global technology investment firm Atomico, Zug came out top in a comparison of year-on-year growth of attendees to tech-related “meetup” events per European city, with a 177 percent increase as compared with last year: Comparison of YoY growth of attendees to tech-related meetup events per…