Home Cryptocurrency Mining | Coinbase CTO Says Coinmine is the Future

Coinbase’s CTO, Balaji Srinivasan, has just announced his thoughts of the future of home cryptocurrency mining. Bitcoin mining and crypto mining in general are a huge industry, which exploded last year when digital currency interest hit mainstream. A new startup is trying to take another stab at popularizing at-home cryptocurrency mining, a business model that has not been successful in the past. Home Cryptocurrency Mining: Coinmine Srinivasan told CoinDesk that he is placing his bets on this new at-home crypto mining startup, Coinmine. Srinivasan said: “The big difference with decentralized…

Canadian Bank Opens Deposit Box for Cryptocurrency Firms

A Canadian bank says its digital safety deposit box is ready for prime time. VersaBank announced Thursday that its new VersaVault project had successfully completed beta testing. The digital-only bank plans to offer the virtual lockbox to cryptocurrency exchanges and crypto investment funds to store digital assets. VersaBank Director of Investor Relations Wade MacBain told CoinDesk that the bank has already received over 200 inquiries about VersaVault. In a statement, VersaBank CEO David Taylor added: “While many are considering ideas and plans for a digital safety deposit box, we have designed…

Cryptocurrency White Papers | How Important Are They?

Anyone looking to invest in bitcoin or any other form of cryptocurrency has surely spent some time researching and reading about it. Entering the crypto world without any knowledge would be a crazy and reckless thing to do, especially if you are planning to invest money into it. While blogs, forums, and the many available cryptocurrency websites put no limit to the amount of information available for anyone looking for help, there is no denying that the best way to understand a cryptocurrency would be to read its white paper.…

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…

eToro Launches Bespoke Cryptocurrency Wallet for Bitcoin and Three Altcoins

Global cryptocurrency and fiat trading platform eToro announced the release of its own cryptocurrency wallet today, Nov. 6, with initial support for four cryptoassets. EToro, which last month became the first platform to offer fiat trading of cryptocurrency exchange Binance’s in-house token Binance Coin (BNB), promises to add additional functionality to the product following the initial release. “The eToro wallet today is just the beginning and we will adding a whole host of additional functionality which will include supporting additional crypto and fiat tokens, crypto to crypto conversion, the ability…

Ripple (XRP) Briefly ‘Flippens’ Ethereum to Become 2nd-Largest Cryptocurrency

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Ripple (XRP), long the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency, capped off an impressive single-day rally with a foray onto the market’s silver podium, briefly evicting ethereum (ETH) from the market cap ranking it has long called home. Ripple (XRP) Challenges Ethereum for Silver Podium The rally, as CCN reported, saw the ripple price rise an astounding 14 percent on a day when bitcoin (BTC) traded sideways, and no other large-cap cryptocurrency rose more than 4 percent. In fact, XRP’s single-day return was triple that of Metaverse ETP, whose 4…

World Crypto Con | Vesa Kivinen Expresses Cryptocurrency through Art

Welcome to the World Crypto Con Spotlight series. Today’s guest: Vesa Kivinen. World Crypto Con World Crypto Con (WCC) is a platform for industry leaders to share their knowledge of the cryptocurrency and blockchain space, as well as introduce their projects to the world. WCC welcomes both experts and novices to attend; there’s something for everyone. Our World Crypto Con Spotlight series will be focusing on moments from the conference, speaking to headliners about their experience with WCC. Thanks to World Crypto Con, we at CryptoCurrencyNews.com had the pleasure of…

USD-Pegged Cryptocurrency Tether [Briefly] Returns to Dollar Parity

Tether (USDT), the USD-pegged cryptocurrency that spent nearly half of October trading below $1.00, finally returned to dollar parity on Monday, though it remains to be seen whether it will stay there amid mounting competition from heavyweight competitors. Tether [Briefly] Returns to Dollar Parity The controversial stablecoin, which is supposedly backed by physical USD at a 1:1 ratio, briefly touched the $1.00 mark this morning, putting a temporary end to the USDT/USD discount that originated at the beginning of October. Source: CoinMarketCap Initially, that discount represented just a fraction of…

Cryptocurrency Exchange Coincheck Reports Over $5 Million Loss in Q3

Coincheck, the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange that suffered a $520 million hack in January, has reported increased losses for the third quarter of 2018. Monex Group, the Japan-based brokerage firm that acquired Coincheck following the hack, released its financial results for Q3 (Q2 in the Japanese financial year) on Monday. The group’s crypto asset segment, which reflects the Coincheck business, brought in revenue of 315 million yen, about $2.8 million, between July and September. Notably, that number represents a 66 percent decline compared to the previous quarter, during which Coincheck made…

Mastercard Patent Claims Cryptocurrency Can Benefit From Fractional Reserve Banking

U.S. multinational financial services corporation Mastercard wants to apply principles of fractional reserve banking to cryptocurrency, a new patent application published Thursday, Oct. 25 reveals. According to the document, published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), the payment processor has plans to allow merchants to interact with what it calls “blockchain currencies” via a new method of simultaneous crypto and fiat storage. Specifically, reference is made to “methods for managing fractional reserves of blockchain currency.” Mastercard has offered a mixed public stance on cryptocurrency in recent years, this…