US State Banking Regulator Sues Government Over Fintech Special Charter

The US regulatory body for state banking has filed a lawsuit against the federal government for granting bank charters to fintech companies. The complaint calls into question the leniency of fintech “sandbox” charters. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), an arm of the US Department of the Treasury, has awarded these special charters to many

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SEC’s New Fintech Hub Helps Blockchain Startups Navigate ICO Rules

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced today the launch of a “New Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology.” In a surprising move, the project — dubbed “FinHub” — allows blockchain innovators and initial coin offering (ICO) operators, among other fintech stakeholders, to speak with the SEC directly on rules and market integrity. As the

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Monero Forks: Bulletproofs Integration Kicks off New Era of Privacy, Speed

Monero (XMR) forked successfully earlier today, and the network has seen no major hiccups so far. This release is unlike the usual ones that try to keep up with deterring ASIC miners. The release, called “Monero 0.13.0 “Beryllium Bullet,” includes a significant overhaul of the network’s protocol through the introduction of bulletproofs. Bulletproofs Explained The

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Dr. Nouriel Roubini vs. Bitcoin: Senate Hearing Breaks Down His Arguments

Nouriel Roubini bitcoin cryptocurrencyThe United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held an informational hearing today titled “Exploring the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Ecosystem.” The speakers included Dr. Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics and International Business, New York University Stern School of Business; and Mr. Peter Van Valkenburgh, Director of Research, Coin Center. Both gave testimonies on

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‘Liquid Network’: Blockstream’s Bitcoin Sidechain is Now Live

bitcoin sidechain liquid network blockstreamSamson Mow, chief strategy officer at Blockstream, announced today that the blockchain startup has launched the Liquid Network, a Bitcoin sidechain. Liquid is, as described by the company, “an innovative sidechain built on the Bitcoin network, facilitating faster bitcoin transactions between businesses and individuals, while enabling extended functionality.” The main purpose for the technology is

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Winklevoss’ Gemini Now Provides Insurance for Customers’ Cryptocurrencies

Gemini announced during the week in a press release that the exchange has partnered with leading insurers to provide coverage on custodial digital assets. Effective since October 1, 2018, insurance coverage is provided on digital assets held in Gemini’s custodial service. Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health

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Paradigm Shift: Samourai Wallet Removes Fiat Values in Favor of Satoshis

Samourai Wallet announced the release of a new app update on September 28 that removes fiat values for wallet balances and transaction fees. Instead, the wallet now shows only satoshis (sat), the smallest unit of bitcoin, for all values. In the announcement, the bitcoin wallet provider knew that the change could cause some frustration among

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Goldman-Backed Circle is Selling Cryptocurrency ‘Collections’

Circle Invest announced today the launch of three new collections of index funds for cryptocurrencies. Divya Agarwalla, Senior Vice President at Circle, posted on the company’s blog that the “Buy the Market” feature “…was so successful that over 30% of our users are taking advantage of it. As CCN reported, Circle released this feature in

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Ripple Price (XRP) Makes Strong Intraday Rally on xRapid Launch

Ripple (XRP) rallied again for an intraday high near $0.60 as the San Francisco-based blockchain startup announced the commercial release of xRapid, its cryptocurrency-powered enterprise blockchain product. The announcement makes clear that xRapid is “commercially available and moving into production with multiple customers.” The company’s update names three business customers for xRapid: MercuryFX, Cuallix, and Catalyst Corporate

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Monero Launches Initiative to Combat Cryptocurrency Mining Malware

Earlier this week, the Monero (XMR) community announced the launch of a new website that aims to educate users on cleaning up crypto-jacking malware and ransomware. Easing Malware Victims’ Confusion and Frustration The ease of mining and privacy of Monero are standout features for the coin. However, the features attract bad actors who use the coin

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