The investment arm of one of the biggest firms in the world by revenue – oil giant Saudi Aramco – has made a $5 million investment in Vakt, a commodities post-trade processing platform based on blockchain tech. Announced in a press release Tuesday, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV) now joins 11 other investors in Vakt.
Bitcoin is maintaining its upward trajectory as coronavirus-led risk aversion hits the traditional markets. The top cryptocurrency by market value crossed the 200-day moving average at $9,000 during Tuesday’s Asian trading hours and rose to a high of $9,150, pushing the cumulative month-to-date gains to over 25 percent. At press time, bitcoin is changing hands
The Ethereum Foundation awarded a $650,000 grant to Nimbus for continuing its work on light Ethereum 2.0 clients, a Jan. 28 press release announced. The project’s goal is to allow smartphones and embedded devices to run smart contract-capable nodes. Nimbus is an infrastructure project launched in March 2018 by Status. While initially conceived as a
The founder of blockchain marketplace Opporty has said the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) legal case against the firm could have repercussions for other crypto companies. In an eight-page open letter to the crypto community Tuesday, founder Sergii “Sergey” Grybniak claims the firm followed all regulatory guidance available at the time of its 2017–2018 initial
IBM has received a U.S. patent for a type of “self-aware token” that can record its own transaction data. Awarded by the U.S. Patent Office on Jan. 7, the patent outlines a ledger-based payments system that could make it easier for individual users, businesses and governments to track and trace transactions made using a cryptocurrency.
In a recent episode of Boom Bust, anchor Christy Ai, stated that we’re “expected to see a major devaluation” of Ripple’s XRP asset, following a discussion about the company’s IPO announcement. XRP is ‘Not Worth’ its Current Price Based on Ripple’s generation of financing over the years by selling actual XRP, the IPO may strike
Blockchain payment network Ripple launching an initial public offering (IPO) could, in fact, devalue the cryptocurrency in which it holds a majority stake. According to several market participants interviewed by Cointelegraph over the weekend, Ripple going public has potential implications for the fate of altcoin XRP. Ripple IPO: boom or bust for XRP? The company’s
Tether has launched a new stablecoin backed by physical gold reserves called Tether Gold (XAU₮), according to a press release published on January 23. One coin will be equal to one troy fine ounce of physical gold, currently worth approximately US$1,550. Tether Gold is available as a TRC20 token on the TRON blockchain as well
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is updating its regulatory framework for digital payments. Announced Tuesday, Singapore’s Payment Services Act 2019 (PSA) brings so-called Digital Payment Token (DPT) services – effectively covering all crypto businesses and exchanges based in Singapore – under current anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist-financing (CTF) rules. As such, crypto businesses in
Cryptocurrency exchange Gemini has hired former Circle compliance officer Blair Halliday as chief compliance officer and money-laundering reporting officer for the U.K. and Europe, the company announced Tuesday. Halliday will report to Gemini’s managing director of U.K. and Europe, Julian Sawyer, and will work closely with the firm’s NYC-based chief compliance officer, Noah Perlman, who
A digital currency could see widespread adoption within the next few years, a new report by Deutsche Bank suggests. Published Monday, the Deutsche Bank report said digital currencies, while only a decade old, have already been shown to have the “potential to radically change payments, banking, central banking and the balance of economic power.” “We
Two former employees at BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer torrent client acquired by Tron in 2018, have sued Tron founder and CEO Justin Sun for alleged labor violations and harassment. Unsealed court documents filed in California on Oct. 28 reveal that plaintiffs Lukasz Juraszek, 28, and Richard Hall, 50, are seeking $15 million in damages against Rainberry
Last week saw a whole host of world leaders — including United States President Donald Trump and Prince Charles of Wales, along with a number of other prominent dignitaries — come together to attend the 2020 iteration of the World Economic Forum that was held in Davos, Switzerland Jan. 20–24. As part of the five-day
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Ukraine’s financial watchdog intends to track crypto transactions exceeding $1,200, according to the head of the country’s Ministry of Finance, Oksana Makarova. For the first time, Ukrainian anti-money laundering law includes crypto as an asset to be monitored, among others. The threshold for triggering the scrutiny process is 30,000 Urkainian hryvnia (UAH), or US$1,200. “If
Investors are rushing into various safe haven assets as the coronavirus death toll in China rises and the virus spreads in various Asian countries, the US, parts of Europe and Australia. Usually, the initial reaction to any crisis is to dump all asset classes but gradually, the investors start to differentiate between asset classes as