Consulting Company Accenture Deploys DLT Platform for Software License Management

Global management consultancy firm Accenture has deployed a distributed ledger (DLT) platform created to manage and track software licenses, a press release reveals Monday, Nov. 12. To develop the solution for software management, Accenture has partnered with Digital Assets, a U.S.-based company providing DLT products for financial institutions. The new app uses Digital Assets’ smart contract language, or DAML — a modeling language built specifically for distributed ledgers. According to the release, the platform will help track software licenses all the way down from their origination to purchase. Accenture also…

Swiss Crypto Bank Startup Expects to Receive Banking, Securities Dealer License in 2019

The CEO of Swiss startup SEBA Crypto AG said in an interview that five “large asset managers” from both Germany and abroad have shown interest in their cryptocurrency bank, Swiss financial media outlet Cash reports Nov. 12. Back in September, the company had raised $103 million to set up a bank offering cryptocurrency-related services. At the time, CEO Guido Bühler had noted that the bank sees itself as a bridge between cryptocurrency assets and the traditional financial world. In the November interview, Bühler noted that SEBA Crypto AG expects to…

Major Oil Firms, Banks Partner to Launch Blockchain Platform for Energy Commodity Trading

Major oil companies BP, Shell, and Equinor have united with large banks and trading houses to launch a blockchain-driven platform Vakt for energy commodity trading. The partnership was reported by independent news agency covering energy and commodities markets S&P Global Platts Monday, Nov. 12. Apart from the three oil companies mentioned above, Vakt includes banks ABN Amro, ING, and Societe Generale, along with trading houses Gunvor, Koch Supply & Trading, and Mercuria. The blockchain solution, first announced in November 2017, will enable major industry players to move from “cumbersome” paperwork…

Marshall Islands President Survives No Confidence Vote Prompted by National Crypto Plans

The President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine has narrowly survived a no confidence vote that was partly prompted by her plans to introduce a national digital currency, Asia-focused English-language publication Nikkei Asian Review reports Nov. 12. The Marshallese parliament was reportedly split 16-16, just one vote short of the number needed to prompt Heine to resign the office of president. The country’s parliament had initially backed the creation of a national digital currency, called the Sovereign (SOV), in February of this year, to be distributed and…

OKEx Adds Support for the Vietnamese Dong on Its Fiat-to-Crypto Platform

Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange OKEx has added the Vietnamese Dong (VND) on its Customer-to-Customer (C2C) trading system, enabling Vietnamese customers to exchange their fiat currency for tokens on the platform. The C2C platform was created by OKEx in 2017 as a peer-to-peer platform where users can buy and sell cryptocurrencies using fiat currencies. OKEx’s Head of Operations Andy Cheung noted that the addition of the VND on the company’s fiat-to-token platform would drive the adoption of cryptocurrencies in Vietnam. “Vietnam is one of the most important blockchain hubs in Southeast Asia.…

Bitcoin Back on the Defensive After Price Hits Two-Week Low

Bitcoin’s (BTC) price dropped to two-week lows earlier today and could extend the decline to key support near $6,100, technical charts indicate. The leading cryptocurrency was teasing a bullish move 24-hours ago, having carved out a lower high of $6,270 along the support of the trendline connecting the Oct. 11 low and Oct. 31 low. The defense of the key trendline support was also backed by a bullish divergence of the MACD (moving average convergence divergence) histogram. Even so, BTC failed to pick up a bid, possibly due to sharp…

Trader Jailed and Fined Over $1 Million for Bitcoin and Litecoin Fraud …

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a press release on Friday, November 9, 2018, stating that it had fined Arizona resident Joseph Kim for perpetrating a fraudulent cryptocurrency trading scheme against his former employer and other investors. The same day, a District Court in the Northern District of Illinois sentenced Kim to 15 months on wire fraud charges. Misappropriating Employer’s Funds According to the release, Kim had misappropriated his employer’s funds between September and November 2017. Kim, who was employed by a Chicago-based trading firm at the time,…

New Exchange Security Scoring Model Offers Insurance Rates for Coin Holders

International cybersecurity solutions provider Group-IB has come up with a scoring model to grade crypto exchanges based on their level of security. The scoring model was created by Group-IB in conjunction with Swiss-based Cryptolns (which is operated by Swiss insurance broker APIS AS), and the grading is intrinsic to CryptoIns’ new cryptocurrency exchange insurance, which will allow exchange users to cover up to 15 BTC worth of digital assets held in their exchange accounts. With the scoring model’s data, CryptoIns has calculated rates for their coverage depending on an exchange’s…

Cleveland’s Great Lakes Science Center Now Accepts Bitcoin Payments

The Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) is now accepting bitcoin in various transactions. According to a recent news story from a Cleveland-based newspaper, the local Great Lakes Science Center has announced their adoption of bitcoin in a variety of transactions. Not only will bitcoin be accepted as a fully valid form of monetary exchange for the daily cost of admission to the museum, but there will also be a four-day sister event, titled the Blockland Solutions Conference, which will accept bitcoin as well. The Blockland Solutions Conference has the larger…

Bitcoin News Summary – November 12, 2018

Here’s what happened this week in Bitcoin in 99 seconds.    A strong move in Bitcoin Cash price comes in the run-up to the Bitcoin Cash SV hard fork, scheduled this week. On this date, Bitcoin Cash will split into Bitcoin Cash ABC, backed by Jihan Wu, Amaury Sechet, and Roger Ver, and Bitcoin Cash SV, backed by Calvin Ayre and Craig Wright. If you hold BCH, ensure that you’re prepared. Pure Bit, a South Korean crypto exchange has completely shut down after raising $2.8 million in Ethereum from…