China is at last planning to conduct the first real-world test of its central bank digital currency (CBDC), fresh reports claim. According to local news outlet Caijing on Dec. 9, the initial pilot for the CBDC is set for the city of Shenzhen before the end of 2019, and may possibly include the city of
The New York Digital Investment Group LLC (NYDIG) has received approval from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to offer its shares to institutional investors, including registered investment advisers, their clients and other eligible investors. The fund aims to invest in cash-settled BTC futures traded on exchanges that are registered with the U.S.
Following the successful Ethereum Istanbul hard fork update, several popular exchanges have announced their official support for the network upgrade. Yesterday, on Dec. 7, the Ethereum’s network saw ample collaboration between node operators and miners to update the software to support the Istanbul hard fork. Some crypto exchanges even sounded their willingness to update a
Voice, the social media platform first unveiled by EOS creator Block.One in June, announced that it will launch in beta on Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day — in 2020. Voice announced the beta launch date in a blog post published by the project on Dec. 5. The firm also promises that it will share its
As of press time, Ethereum has passed block #9068000, putting it within 1000 blocks of the scheduled Istanbul hard fork, which should take place at around 23:30 UTC. The much-anticipated shift to Istanbul will be the Ethereum network’s first hard fork since February’s Constantinople. Both are stages of a broader phase of ongoing development that
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) asked the High Court of England and Wales to force Telegram’s former chief investment advisor John Hyman to testify in the case over the firm’s Grams tokens offering. Industry news outlet Coindesk reported on Dec. 7 that the SEC’s request was revealed by documents filed by the
Coinbase Card, a crypto-powered Visa debit card from major crypto exchange Coinbase, now supports Dai (DAI), a stablecoin pegged to the United States dollar. According to a blog post on Dec. 6, Dai is the first stablecoin that is available on Coinbase Card, alongside major cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) and Litecoin (LTC). As 1
Major crypto exchange Binance is looking for managerial staff to establish its office in Turkey, according to job postings on LinkedIn. Binance listed a total of five open positions on its LinkedIn company page as of Dec. 6 to establish a local presence in Istanbul, Turkey. The company is seeking managers for its finance, compliance,
Thursday, Dec. 5 — cryptocurrency markets have continued to trade sideways, with 18 of the top 20 coins by market cap seeing notable losses at press time. After Bitcoin (BTC) attempted another recovery yesterday to break above $7,500, the biggest cryptocurrency has dipped below the $7,200 threshold again today. Among the few coins that report
A panel of senior financial regulators in the United States has warned the public about the purported risks of stablecoins and cryptocurrencies. A report issued on Dec. 4 by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) highlighted potential problems resulting from stablecoins gaining wider recognition. The FSOC was set up in 2008 to combat risks to
The central bank of France plans to pilot a central bank digital currency (CBDC) for financial institutions in 2020. François Villeroy de Galhau, the governor of the Bank of France, announced that the bank will start testing the digital euro project by the end of the first quarter 2020, French financial publication Les Echos reports
The crypto sphere is going through a fair share of trouble at this point in time and many tokens have seen their prices crash in the last few days, but VeChain (VET) has emerged as an exception of sorts. This week, the VET token enjoyed an excellent rally and rose by as much as 18%
Binance — the second-largest crypto exchange by daily trade volume — has announced support for Tezos (XTZ) staking, according to an announcement published on Dec. 3. Starting on Dec. 4, Binance’s users will be able to trade with XTZ, with XTZ rewards to be calculated daily based on live snapshots and distributed monthly. The distribution
The majority of the Ripple (XRP) holders were waiting for the yearly Swell conference to bring some excitement to XRP price. However, the price didn’t move at all and now Ripple is searching for annual lows on its USD pair. Crypto market daily performance. Source: Coin360 The question is, was it reasonable for investors to
Renowned trial attorney Brian Klein has revealed he will represent Virgil Griffith, the developer recently arrested for participating in a blockchain conference in North Korea. In a tweet posted on Dec. 3, Klein stated that his client disputes the “untested allegations in the criminal complaint” and had been temporarily released from jail pending his trial.
A Grin (GRIN) developer funded by the Litecoin Foundation has suggested a solution for fixing the “Achilles heel of Mimblewimble privacy.” David Burkett, a developer at Mimblewimble’s (MW) privacy-centric coin Grin, started a thread on monthly updates detailing progress on both Grin’s development and the integration of MW’s privacy-focused technology into Litecoin (LTC). The developer