Fed Chairman on Crypto | Crypto Presents Investor Risk

Yesterday, bulls charged the crypto market, which caused Bitcoin to add $9B to its market capitalization in less than thirty minutes. But the Fed chairman on crypto is swinging the opposite way. Today, we’ve seen a few bears emerge from the forest. Specifically, the head of the Federal Reserve spoke on cryptocurrencies today, providing comments that indicate he is bearish on virtual currencies.  Fed Chairman on Crypto: A Risky Investment  On Wednesday, Jerome Powell, the head of the Federal Reserve, which is the US’s central banking system, spoke with members…

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Crypto Presents a Challenge Beyond Hard and Fast Asset Classifications, Say Speakers at US House Committee Hearing

Witnesses before the U.S. House of Agriculture Committee at a public hearing July 18 were unanimous in their view that digital assets complicate the hard and fast distinctions of existing regulatory frameworks. The hearing was chaired by Texas U.S. Representative Michael Conaway, who convened six eminent witnesses to give testimony — former Goldman Sachs partner and U.S. government regulator Gary Gensler, Andreessen Horowitz managing partner Scott Kupor, the CFTC’s Daniel Gorfine, law professor Joshua Fairfield, Clovyr CEO Amber Baldet, and Perkins Coie managing partner Lowell Ness. A key takeaway from…

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Crypto Bull Run | New Blockchain Patents Push Market Upwards

The cryptocurrency market is booming this morning after a slew of crypto-positive announcements have hit the media. Is a crypto bull run upon us? Bitcoin (BTC) is eyeing the $7,500 mark, and Ethereum is just under $500. Stellar (XLM) and Cardano (ADA) are leading the market today as both coins are seeing over 20% price gains. Mastercard, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo all announced this morning that they are pursuing new blockchain-related patents. This very well could be the reason why investors are buying into crypto this morning. Wells…

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Bitcoin Up $1,000 in Just Two Days, Almost All Top 100 Coins See Green

Wednesday, July 18: crypto markets are continuing to climb fast, with 98 out of the 100 top cryptocurrencies by market cap in the green over the past 24 hours, according to data from Coinmarketcap. Market visualization from Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) has grown by $1,000 in just a couple of days, inching firmly to the $7,500 point after having reached an intraday high of $7,542. The top cryptocurrency is trading at around $7,429 at press time, up about 10 percent over a 24 hour period and having gained around 15 percent…

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China to Lead International Standardization Research Group for IoT, Blockchain Tech

China will lead an international research group on the standardization of the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain technology, local news outlet Science and Technology Daily reports July 18. The joint technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have adopted the proposal for the creation of this international research group after a month of a discussion by committee members. Science and Technology Daily, the official newspaper of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, writes that the creation of this group…

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Bitcoin Can Soon Hit $40,000 as Trading Becomes Easier

Avenue Capital Group co-founder Marc Lasry has said that Bitcoin’s (BTC) price is going to hit $40,000 n bullish comments to CNBC on July 18. Speaking in an interview for the network’s Squawk Box segment, Lasry, whose debt management firm controls around $9.6 billion of assets, saw increasing ease of crypto trading as a major motivator for Bitcoin to rise, noting “As it gets more into the mainstream, and as more markets end up allowing it to trade where it’s freely tradable, to me that’s more of the bet.” Lasry…

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Wells Fargo Files Patent for Tokenization System to Protect Sensitive Data

San-Francisco-based bank Wells Fargo has outlined a patent for a tokenization system that would protect data, according to a filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) July 17. The newly published application details a system in which any type of data element — whether a document, graphic, or database value — could be located, accessed, and protected by means of tokenization. Tokenization, as the patent filing outlines, uses encryption methods to process an originally unrestricted data element into a corresponding restricted token that can subsequently only be…

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Bank of America Reveals Blockchain Patent for External Data Validation, Cites Need for ‘Accurate Indication’ of Financial Standing

Bank of America (BoA) has filed a patent for a blockchain-based system allowing the external validation of data, according to a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patent filing released July 17. BoA’s patent filing proposes using blockchain for tracking resource information and confirming resource transfers, noting that “A need currently exists for providing a more accurate indication of a user’s financial standing by allowing external validation of data in a process data network.” The patent describes how the system would record information on the blockchain based on “aggregated…

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Bitcoin Exchange Paxful Reveals Plan to Reach Venezuela’s Unbanked

Peer-to-peer bitcoin exchange Paxful is doubling down on developing markets. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the startup plans to open an office in hyperinflation-ridden Venezuela in September and release an Android app, its first for mobile devices, in October. According to Paxful co-founder Ray Youssef, the reason for both moves is that exchange use is surging in developing nations, where mobile phones are abundant and cheap but access to crypto remains scarce. Youssef told CoinDesk: “Underbanked, unbanked or people in a desperate situation, such as with market inflation. Those are the…

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