Dollar Deposits On Binance.US Now Have FDIC Insurance Coverage

Binance.US announced that its customer’s dollar deposits are now eligible for FDIC insurance coverage. Binance.US — the United States-focused wing of major cryptocurrency exchange Binance — announced that its customer’s dollar deposits are eligible for Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance coverage. FDIC insures deposits up to $250,000 In a blog post on Oct. 18, Binance.US announced that the exchange holds its U.S. dollar deposits in pooled custodial accounts at different banks that are insured by the FDIC, which is a United States government agency designed to protect consumers and…

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Blizzard Bans Hearthstone Player, Blockchain Comes to Rescue

Blizzard’s ban of Bitzchung for expressing his political views triggers community outrage. Is the blockchain coming to the rescue? The gaming world burst into an outrage as a result of Blizzard’s move to expel a leading professional gamer from Hong Kong, Chung Ng Wai (aka Blitzchung), from its international Hearthstone esports tournament. Hearthstone is an online game featuring collectible cards that give players certain characters and abilities for an edge against their opponents.   It was not long until Gods Unchained, a rival blockchain-based game, claimed it will give back Blitzchung…

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Two More US Jurisdictions Launch Blockchain-Based Mobile Voting

Two counties in the U.S. state of Oregon will pilot a blockchain-based voting program for select citizens in November. Two state counties in the United States are implementing blockchain-based mobile voting in the special elections in November. On Oct. 18, the nonprofit Tusk Philanthropies announced its partnership with Jackson and Umatilla Counties in Oregon to pilot the mobile elections platform Voatz. The pilot offers eligible voters to cast their votes using their smartphones, which are secured through blockchain and facial recognition technology. Pilot participants are mostly servicemembers overseas The pilot…

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Price Analysis 18/10: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, LTC, EOS, BNB, BSV, XLM, LEO

Bitcoin is at a critical crossroad. What are the different possibilities and important levels to watch out for? Let’s analyze the charts. The traditional financial system is heading to a disaster with about $17 trillion in global bonds returning negative-yields. “The whole concept of negative yields, of people paying for the privilege of lending money, is insane behavior to me,” said William Eigen, a veteran fund manager at JPMorgan Asset Management, in an interview with Bloomberg. Gemini crypto exchange co-founder Cameron Winklevoss believes that the staggering amount of negative-yield bonds…

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Ethereum Name Service Adds Infrastructure for Multi-Currency Support

On October 16, the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) announced multi-currency support and integration with 15 platforms and wallets. The fusion will provide users with the ability to use a single ENS name across a wide spectrum of crypto applications alongside leveraging a variety of digital assets. Also read: Honestnode Founder Discusses the First Stablecoin Built on Bitcoin Cash 15 Wallets and Platforms Pledge to Support the Ethereum Name Service Anyone who has used a cryptocurrency like bitcoin cash (BCH) or ethereum (ETH) knows that long alphanumeric addresses can be awkward,…

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German Minister Doubles Down on Statements Against Facebook’s Libra

German Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz has doubled down on his previous statement that policymakers should prevent the issuance of Libra. German Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz has doubled down on his previous statement that policymakers should prevent the issuance of Facebook’s Libra stablecoin. At the International Monetary Fund and World Bank fall meeting on Friday, Scholz stressed that stablecoins could pose international risks, Reuters reported on Oct. 18. Scholz expressed his utter skepticism regarding the social media giant’s plans, stating: “We will carefully monitor the situation with…

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Poloniex Spins Out From Circle to Form New Exchange Not Available in US

Poloniex is spinning out from Circle to set up a new exchange, Polo Digital Assets, and increase its competitiveness in the market. United States-based crypto exchange Poloniex is spinning out from Circle to form a new exchange that will not support trading for customers based in the U.S. New firm receives backing from Asian investment group The new independent firm, called Polo Digital Assets, will free Poloniex from its parent company Circle, the firm said in an official announcement on Oct. 18. Per Poloniex, this will allow it to focus…

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UK-Based Digital Exchange to Use R3’s Corda for Post-Trade Processes

Archax, a London-based digital exchange, will use R3’s Corda technology to manage post-trade activities. Archax, a London-based digital securities exchange, will use blockchain software firm R3’s Corda technology to manage post-trade activities. On Oct. 18, Archax announced in a press release that its post-trade processes will now run on distributed ledger technology. Archax will use a private version of Corda Enterprise within its own ecosystem. Graham Rodford, CEO of Archax, said that current post-trade processes in traditional financial markets involve many intermediaries, making them highly inefficient. Rodford said that using…

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Crypto Firms Join Azure as Microsoft Fights Amazon for Market Share

Microsoft is bolstering its blockchain offerings on the Azure platform through a series of partnerships, Insolar the latest to join. Thanks to the high computational flexibility that it offers, the influence of cloud computing on the blockchain space continues to grow. It’s less of a surprise, then, that cloud computing giants — such as Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle and Google’s parent company Alphabet — are leading the charge to merge blockchain, especially the enterprise type, and the cloud. Microsoft in particular has been actively engaging with blockchain startups that are developing…

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Op Ed: Stablecoins Report Illustrates That G7 Leaders Don’t Understand Bitcoin

A G7 working group focused on the potential effects of stablecoins on the global economy has released a new report. In it, the working group indicates that bitcoin has failed to act as a reliable store of value or medium of exchange for its users. The report focuses heavily on the potential implications of widely used stablecoins, which are virtual tokens intended to track the value of various real-world assets such as the U.S. dollar or gold.  The report makes clear that the authors misunderstand why bitcoin was created in…

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