Bitcoin’s Sentiment Score Post-Halving Rises to Highest Since 2017

Crypto data company The TIE posted data showing the positive tweets about Bitcoin following the rewards halving are at an all-time high. One week after the Bitcoin rewards halving, investors are speaking more positively about the coin than they have at any point over the last 2.5 years according to crypto data company The TIE. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joshua Frank spoke to Cointelegraph on May 18, saying the 30-day average daily sentiment score — the number of positive reviews in relation to the number of negative reviews — of…

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California Giant Berry Farms Joins IBM Food Trust Blockchain Tracking System

U.S. berry producer California Giant Berry Farms joined the blockchain-based food tracking solution IBM Food Trust. U.S. berry producer California Giant Berry Farms joined the blockchain-based food tracking solution IBM Food Trust. Fruit and vegetable news outlet The Packer reported on May 17 that California Giant will use a blockchain to share data between all the points of its supply chain. The firm employs Glassbit’s Glasschain IBM Food Trust integration compliance as a service solution. According to California Giant’s senior director of operations Thomas Taggart, the integration with IBM’s blockchain…

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Japanese Exchanges React to Revised Crypto Laws Now in Effect

Atsushi Kuwabara from Japan-based exchange bitbank spoke to Cointelegraph regarding the new regulatory changes to the country’s crypto laws. Japanese cryptocurrency exchange bitbank has begun implementing changes to make it compliant with the country’s revised Payment Services Act (PSA), effective May 1. Atsushi Kuwabara from bitbank spoke to Cointelegraph on how local exchanges and regulatory bodies would be responding to modifications of cryptocurrency-related laws first proposed by the Japanese House of Representatives in 2019.  Crypto by any other name Under the modifications to the PSA, all references to “virtual currency”…

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Venezuelans Can Now Use Bitcoin to Pay for Goods at 20,000 PoS Terminals

Venezuelans will now be able to use bitcoin to pay for goods and services at more than 20,000 point-of-sale (PoS) terminals throughout the struggling South American country. This follows a deal between Panamanian crypto exchange Cryptobuyer and local payments processor Mega Soft to connect some of Venezuela’s biggest retail chains for this purpose. Stores that are connected will all use Mega Soft’s Merchant Server platform to process payments in BTC, binance coin, dai, dash, ether, tether, and Cryptobuyer’s native token, XPT. Mega Soft processes around 18 million transactions per month…

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Another Class Action Against Block.​One Alleges Dirty Dealings During EOS ICO

Filed this morning, the second class action against block.one estimates that U.S. investors made up $200 million of the EOS ICO, in violation of securities law. Per a May 18 complaint, more investors are looking to recoup funds invested in the record-breaking initial coin offering for EOS — which netted a total of $4 billion in cryptocurrency. Lawyers for the plaintiffs are calling over $200 million of that money illegally raised.  Conflict with U.S. securities law and investors The complaint alleges that EOS was an unregistered security offering by block.one.…

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Time Is up for Crypto Firms to Register in the Netherlands Under New AML Rules

Today is the deadline for Dutch crypto companies to register with the Dutch Bank per new AML rules. The deadline is here: On May 18, unregistered Dutch crypto firms could face penalties if they do not fall into line with the Netherlands’ new anti-money laundering (AML) laws, passed by the Dutch Upper House on April 21. According to the Anti-Money Laundering Directive, companies offering crypto-to-fiat or custodial services should have registered by today. In contrast, those offering only crypto-to-crypto services are exempt. The Dutch Bank (DNB), the body in charge…

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Is 3 Confirmations Still Enough if F2Pool Can Mine 6 Consecutive BTC Blocks?

A single mining pool managed to mine six consecutive blocks on the Bitcoin network, raising the question of whether that’s a challenge to security or an improbable coincidence? Questions about Bitcoin’s security cropped up on May 18, when the F2Pool mining pool mined six consecutive blocks on the BTC blockchain, covering block numbers 630804 to 630809. With many exchanges and other Bitcoin-related services relying on just three confirmations before extracting funds, some asked whether this is still secure enough. Is mining hash power becoming centralized? As Cointelegraph reported, since last…

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CZ May Have Pulled An Elon Musk-Style Gaffe On Twitter

Did CZ inadvertently admit to being involved in the management of CoinMarketCap? In a recent tweet, Binance (BNB) CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) may have inadvertently admitted his involvement in the management of the recently acquired CoinMarketCap (CMC). Following in Elon Musk’s footsteps? Zhao’s tweet from May 14 seemingly admits his involvement in managing CMC: Source: Twitter If he is not involved in the managerial decisions of CMC, including the configuration of various metrics, then it raises the question — why is the CEO of Binance making public statements that suggest…

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McAfee’s Privacy Coin Ghost Is Plagiarized, PIVX Developers Claim

John McAfee’s anonymity-oriented Ghost project plagiarizes PIVX blockchain in “at least 20 of the 26 total pages” of its whitepaper, PIVX developers claim. John McAfee’s anonymity-oriented Ghost project has largely plagiarized its whitepaper, according to developers of privacy coin PIVX. “After a detailed investigation, it is obvious the GHOST whitepaper was plagiarized extensively from an outdated 2018 PIVX whitepaper,” PIVX tweeted on May 17. PIVX developers went on to conclude that “at least 20 of the 26 total pages” of the Ghost whitepaper “contain material directly plagiarized from the 2018…

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Celsius CEO: Catering to ‘The 1%’ Was Not the Plan

After surpassing 50,000 BTC in user deposits, Celsius’ CEO told Cointelegraph that the DeFi app has fallen short on its goals for adoption among smaller users. Earlier this month, pioneering decentralized finance (DeFi) lending application Celsius surpassed 50,000 in total Bitcoin (BTC) deposited to the platform. In an interview with Cointelegraph, Celsius founder and VoIP pioneer, Alex Mashinsky, discussed the milestone, articulating that it was never his plan to cater to ‘the one percent’ of society. Despite 50k BTC deposited, Celsius falls short on plan On the topic of Celsius…

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