Coinbase and Ripple Execs Unveil Master Plan to Drive US Crypto Adoption

Two executives at Coinbase and Ripple are leading a drive for smart regulations and transparency in the crypto-sphere, which would drive mainstream adoption. Two executives at Coinbase and Ripple are leading a push for smart regulations and transparency in the crypto-sphere that would arguably drive adoption and take blockchain technology mainstream.  Market integrity must improve The Market Integrity Working Group’s co-chairs want regulators to grasp how they can advance the cryptocurrency industry. In an official company statement, Coinbase senior director and associate general counsel Rachel Nelson, in conjunction with Ripple’s…

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Ditto Music to Launch App Offering Speedy Blockchain Solution

Ditto Music to launch Bluebox, a blockchain recording technology that aims to trace royalties for music from the studio through to consumer streaming. Ditto Music will launch Bluebox, a blockchain recording technology that could be a boon to musicians and distributors alike.  What it’s all about The problem, says Ditto Music CEO Lee Parsons, is that misplaced metadata can end up eating away at the bottom line.  Recently Ditto made a royalty payment of 60,000 pounds sterling ($80,000) to the wrong artist. Parsons reportedly had to pay the correct artist…

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Bitcoin Price Pushes Above $8.8K as Bulls Attempt to Reclaim $9,000

Bitcoin bulls sliced through $8.8K and pushed the price right to the doorstep of $9,000 on a high volume breakout. After a pleasant weekly close, Bitcoin (BTC) bulls turned up Monday prepared to push the price to the $9K mark and possibly above. Over the weekend numerous crypto analysts suggested that if the price sustained above the $8,650 resistance Bitcoin would rally to $8,800 to set a daily lower high, consolidate, then make another run at the $9,200 mark.  Bitcoin daily price chart. Source: Coin360 All, except the latter, has…

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Deutsche Bank: Cryptocurrencies Won’t Replace Cash ‘Anytime Soon’

Deutsche Bank’s research arm issued a report predicting that cash will be around for a long time despite the surge of digital currencies. Cash is unlikely to disappear anytime soon despite declining use as a payment method and the surge of digital currencies, Germany’s largest bank says. Deutsche Bank, a German multinational investment bank that previously predicted that cryptocurrencies will replace fiat by 2030, now claims that cash “will be around for a long time” as a preferred method of payment. Deutsche Bank Research issues three reports on the future…

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Davos 2020: Awaited Regulations, Unexpected Enthusiasm, New Challenges

The World Economic Forum 2020 tackled many of the regulatory issues currently plaguing the global crypto sector. 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 event, the WEF announced its decision to establish a global consortium for governing digital currencies — including stablecoins.…

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Blockchain, not Bitcoin: China’s BTC Volume on LocalBitcoins Hits 2-Year Low

China’s Bitcoin trading volumes have continued to drop, hitting a two-year low on peer-to-peer exchange LocalBitcoins. China’s Bitcoin (BTC) trading volumes have continued to drop, hitting a two-year low on peer-to-peer exchange LocalBitcoins. According to Bitcoin statistics website Coin Dance, China’s BTC trading volumes have been gradually dropping from late 2019 to the present, touching to their lowest weekly volume in more than two years. During the week ending on Jan. 25, China traded just about 4.5 million yuan ($648,000) on LocalBitcoins, down over 90% from the intra-year weekly high…

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Price Analysis Jan 27: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, BSV, LTC, EOS, BNB, ETC, XLM

Most major cryptocurrencies have risen sharply from their recent lows which shows that bulls are building positions on every dip. 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 they analyze the effect the crisis can have on them. After the initial sell-off in…

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Payments Startup Raises $80M From SBI Group, Visa Invest and Others

Cross-border payments platform Currencycloud has raised $80 million in funding from SBI Group, Visa and other investors. Cross-border payments platform Currencycloud has raised $80 million in funding from SBI Group, Visa and other investors. Per a Jan. 27 press release, London-based Currencycloud secured $80 million from SBI Group, Visa, International Finance Corporation, BNP Paribas and Siam Commercial Bank. Following the investment, Colleen Ostrowski, senior vice president and treasurer of Visa Inc, will join the board of Currencycloud. By its own account, the startup — which provides embedded B2B cross-border payments…

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Former Bakkt CEO and Current Senator Loeffler Delays Disclosing Assets

The clock is ticking on former Bakkt CEO senator Kelly Loeffler’s Financial Disclosure Report, and ethics watchdogs are on guard. The clock is ticking on former Bakkt CEO senator Kelly Loeffler’s Financial Disclosure Report, with ethics watchdogs on guard.  Senator files extension Loeffler filed an extension that would give her until May 5 to submit her Financial Disclosure Report. The report, which all officials are required to submit, airs potential conflicts of interest by identifying asset holdings. In the case of Loeffler, these are presumed to be substantial. Craig Holman,…

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Israeli Regulators Request Feedback to Foster Blockchain Innovation

The Israeli Securities Authorities seeks public input to identify pain points in blockchain regulation and identify clear advantages to the sector’s development. The Israeli Securities Authority (ISA) has issued a Jan. 20 Request For Information to identify potential regulations that prevent the development of blockchain-based ventures in the country. In addition, the regulator seeks to find out the practical applications of Digital Ledger Technology (DLT). As Israel’s financial watchdog, the ISA formed a committee to promote the development of the blockchain industry in the country. The regulator focused on platforms…

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