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Kevin Rutter is the research lead at R3. _________ “CBDC, not bitcoin” is the new “blockchain, not bitcoin.” Since 2014, discussions of a publicly accessible digital payment vehicle issued by a central bank have matured significantly. Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) have been the center of many high-level discussions, notably at the Bank for International
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has ordered fund manager CoinAlpha Advisors LLC to pay a $50,000 fine following what it deemed to be an unregistered securities sale. According to the order published Friday, CoinAlpha formed a fund in October 2017 with the goal of investing in digital assets. It reached out to possible investors,
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Members of ethereum’s open-source development team have reached agreement on an activation time for Constantinople, a proposed code change designed to give users the option to update the blockchain with additional features. Speaking at a bi-weekly core developer meeting Friday, the developers assembled agreed on block 7,080,000 on the ethereum blockchain as an activation point
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Payments giant Mastercard claims to have developed a new way of keeping cryptocurrency transactions private. According to a patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the payments giant has proposed a system of conducting transactions over a blockchain which would obfuscate both the point of origin and the amount being transacted. As
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Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, has once again hit a fresh 2018 low amid a greater crypto market sell-off. On Dec. 7 around 1:00 UTC, bitcoin (BTC) dropped by 11.46 percent to find a bid below $3,500 at $3,306 surpassing the prior low of $3,640, according to CoinMarketCap and CoinDesk data. The
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking to fund anti-counterfeiting solutions from blockchain startups with grants of up to $800,000. The DHS, through its unit Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), announced the non-dilutive funding effort spread over four phases on Tuesday, under its Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). Non-dilutive funding means an entity doesn’t
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Advertisement When Craig Wright formed an alliance with CoinGeek founder Calvin Ayre to launch a hostile takeover of the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network, the two men predicted that their BCH implementation — Bitcoin SV (BSV) — would quickly accrue near universal support among miners due to its allegedly miner-friendly protocol specifications. This support would be
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A strategic shift is in the works at ConsenSys, the sprawling venture studio dedicated to building ethereum-based businesses and products. “I would call it a refocusing of priorities,” ConsenSys founder Joseph Lubin told CoinDesk in an interview Tuesday. “On more rigor, more structure, more sustainability, more accountability.” In an emailed letter sent to the venture
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A senior U.S. official has called on the crypto industry and the wide global financial sphere to take steps to prevent malicious actors from using the tech for illicit purposes. Speaking at the American Bankers Association/American Bar Association Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference on Monday, U.S. Department of the Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial
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Veteran Chinese crypto investor Li Xiaolai has joined a blockchain firm listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange as an executive director and co-CEO, effective Dec. 3. The company, Grandshores Technology Group, announced Monday that Li will now oversee various blockchain-related projects including the creation of a fiat currency-linked stablecoin, work on trusted execution environment (TEE) applications
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to know if tracking transactions conducted using privacy coins is feasible. A new pre-solicitation document published by the DHS Small Business Innovation Research Program discusses the use of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin for transactions. While the document notes that there are both commercial and government uses for
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