Electronics Giant Bosch Partners with IOTA to Launch New Device for IoT Data Collection

Engineering and electronics manufacturer Bosch has partnered with IOTA, integrating its new data collection Internet of Things (IoT) device with the decentralized IOTA Data Marketplace, according to a tweet from Bosch Nov. 12. The IOTA Marketplace is a decentralized data marketplace where parties can buy or sell access to active data streams, using MAM (Masked Authenticated Messaging). According to a post on Bosch’s blog, MAM is a second-layer data communication protocol that allows for data to be shared peer-to-peer securely via an encrypted channel. Data subscribers can in this way…

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Crypto Exchange Coincheck Resumes NEM Trading Almost 10 Months After Major Hack

Recently re-opened Japanese crypto exchange Coincheck has announced it has resumed NEM (XEM) crypto token trading after a restructuring of its platform by external “security experts,” South Korean news outlet FNNews reports Nov. 13. In January of this year, Coincheck suffered an industry record-breaking hack when $534 million worth of NEM was stolen from its wallets. This latest development from Coincheck reveals the exchange has “joined the Japan Security Association and is “ready to renovate its image.” Alongside NEM trades, the platform has also opened support for Ethereum (ETH) and…

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Ripple Lawyers Try to Move Securities Lawsuit to Federal Court in ‘Slick’ Move

Lawyers representing payment startup Ripple in its ongoing securities lawsuit are trying to move the case to a U.S. federal court in a show of what one legal commentator described as “tactical brilliance” Nov. 9. Court records confirm the application to move the case from state to federal level, which would allow Ripple to prove definitively that its XRP token is not a security under U.S. law, should it win. In the removal filing, litigation partner Peter Morrison said the case “meets each of (the) requirements” needed to allow the…

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IMF Vows to Continue ‘Devoting Attention’ to Blockchain, Cryptocurrency in Fintech Drive

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it plans to use its ongoing research and experimentation with blockchain as an “anchor” for its future policy on the technology in comments Nov. 12. Speaking on a panel with Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse during the Singapore Fintech Festival 2018, IMF Deputy General Counsel Ross Leckow highlighted three areas the organization has been “active” in regarding blockchain, cryptocurrency and more. “The IMF is devoting a lot of attention to fintech and in particular to blockchain,” he told the audience, continuing: “But we think that…

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Major US Museum Becomes Country’s Third to Accept Bitcoin as Payment

Great Lakes Science Center, a major museum and educational center in Cleveland, Ohio, is accepting Bitcoin (BTC) as payment as of today, Nov. 13. Local business news source Crain’s Cleveland Business (CCB) reported on the development Nov. 9. According to SpendBitcoins USA – a directory of retail merchants that accept Bitcoin as payment – at least two other U.S. museums already accept the cryptocurrency from visitors – the Museum of the Coastal Bend in Texas and St. Petersburg Museum of History in Florida. The Ohio museum’s acceptance of Bitcoin comes…

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Ahead of Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork, The Coin’s Competing Visions Vie for Hash Rate

As the Nov. 15 Bitcoin Cash hard fork draws closer, a majority of hash power favors the Bitcoin Cash SV iteration favored by Australian computer scientist Craig Wright’s nChain, data from Coin Dance shows Nov. 12. According to Coin Dance, 66–77 percent of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) miners are backing the SV network based on currency hash rates, compared to 18–29 percent backing Bitcoin Cash ABC, which is favored by crypto evangelist Roger Ver. The data is an estimate based on which mining pools have shown support for the coins after…

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Commodities Firms Complete Blockchain Pilot for Black Sea Wheat

Swiss-based Transoil International and Solaris Commodities have conducted a blockchain pilot transaction of Black Sea wheat, S&P Global reports Nov. 12. Both companies are involved in the trading of international agricultural commodities like milling wheat, vegetable oil and flour. The two firms completed the pilot using the blockchain-based agri-commodities trading and financing platform of Swiss startup Cerealia. Transoil and Solaris completed a sale for a 25,000 metric ton shipment of 11.5 percent protein Black Sea wheat on a FOB-loading port basis from the Russian port city of Novorossiysk. This is…

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Trader Jailed and Fined Over $1 Million for Bitcoin and Litecoin Fraud …

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a press release on Friday, November 9, 2018, stating that it had fined Arizona resident Joseph Kim for perpetrating a fraudulent cryptocurrency trading scheme against his former employer and other investors. The same day, a District Court in the Northern District of Illinois sentenced Kim to 15 months on wire fraud charges. Misappropriating Employer’s Funds According to the release, Kim had misappropriated his employer’s funds between September and November 2017. Kim, who was employed by a Chicago-based trading firm at the time,…

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New Exchange Security Scoring Model Offers Insurance Rates for Coin Holders

International cybersecurity solutions provider Group-IB has come up with a scoring model to grade crypto exchanges based on their level of security. The scoring model was created by Group-IB in conjunction with Swiss-based Cryptolns (which is operated by Swiss insurance broker APIS AS), and the grading is intrinsic to CryptoIns’ new cryptocurrency exchange insurance, which will allow exchange users to cover up to 15 BTC worth of digital assets held in their exchange accounts. With the scoring model’s data, CryptoIns has calculated rates for their coverage depending on an exchange’s…

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Russian Crypto Exchange Gets Approval From Estonian Financial Watchdog

Russian cryptocurrency exchange B2BX has received regulatory approval from the Estonian Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to operate in the country, according to a press release published Nov. 12. Founded in 2014, B2BX is a part of the B2Broker group of companies and a full-featured spot trading platform, offering 34 cryptocurrency markets. In late 2017, the exchange conducted an Initial Coin Offering (ICO), with the objective of making an official business-to-business crypto exchange aggregator to connect institutional clients, forex/DMA and stockbrokers with digital currency exchanges. The recently obtained FIU license will…

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