UK Parliament Member Suggests Making Bitcoin a Payment Option for Local Taxation System

A conservative member (MP) of the United Kingdom’s (U.K.) Parliament has said that making payments to local authorities and utility providers with Bitcoin (BTC) should be possible. The MP’s statements were reported by local news outlet Express.co.uk on Dec. 10. The article notes that Eddie Hughes, a member of the U.K. Parliament for the Walsall North constituency, described himself as a “crypto enthusiast with amateur knowledge.” He notes that blockchain gets a lot of attention and members of the parliament “have a duty to understand it.” Hughes further explained that…

ICOs Can Be Effective, But ‘Securities Laws Must Be Followed’

United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton has said that Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) “can be effective” but that “securities law must be followed.” Clayton spoke on the subject during a speech, published in full on the SEC’s official website Dec. 6. In regards distributed ledger technology (DLT), digital assets and ICOs, Clayton stated that this is an “area where the Commission and staff have spent a significant amount of time.” He then further added that he expects “that this trend will continue in 2019.” Clayton underlined…

Major South Korean City to Build Blockchain-Enabled Virtual Power Plant

South Korea’s government will spend 4 billion Korean won (KRW) (about $3.5 million) to set up a blockchain-enabled virtual power plant (VPP) in the city of Busan. The development was reported by South Korean newspaper Yonhap News Agency on Monday, Dec. 10. Busan, South Korea’s second most populous city after Seoul, has announced that the city administration has selected a project to support an innovative energy industry in the region by building a VPP based on a citizens-shared blockchain. The project will reportedly be represented at a national competition in…

Crypto Exchange ErisX Appoints Digital Markets and Exchange Veteran Matt Trudeau as CSO

New crypto exchange ErisX has announced the appointment of veteran exchange founder Matt Trudeau as its chief strategy officer (CSO), according to a press release published Dec. 10. As reported this October, ErisX is a reboot of traditional futures market Eris Exchange, and is expected to offer spot trading in Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and Litecoin (LTC), alongside futures contracts in 2019 Q2, pending United States  regulators’ approval. According to the ErisX press release and his LinkedIn profile, Matt Trudeau has to date assisted in ten global market launches —…

EOS DApps Lose Almost $1 Million to Hackers Over the Last Five Months

Decentralized apps (DApps) based on the EOS blockchain have lost up to $1 million to hacks since July, Chinese crypto media Blockchain Truth reports Tuesday, Dec. 4. The report cites data by PeckShield, a blockchain security company that monitors different ecosystems. According to the report, the DApps on EOS have seen 27 breaches from July to late November, losing up to 400,000 EOS, or 8 million yuan. As of press time, the amount hacked was worth $800,000 according to the EOS price chart on CoinMarketCap. Nonetheless, Guo Yonggang, an expert…

Markets Fail to Hold Yesterday’s Gains, Bitcoin Trades Below $3,500

Monday, Dec. 10: Crypto markets have failed to hold another recovery attempt, with nearly all top 20 coins by market capitalization in the red as of press time. After a slight bump yesterday, Dec. 9, with Bitcoin (BTC) seeing its price grow from around $3,400 to more than $3,600, markets are seeing another decline as losses over the 24-hour period for some major coins reach more than 9 percent, according to CoinMarketCap. Market visualization from Coin360 The top cryptocurrency Bitcoin is down by 4.59 percent, trading at $3,474 at press…

Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Stellar, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, EOS, Litecoin, TRON, Cardano: Price Analysis, Dec. 10

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. November has seen the overall trade volume of retail-focused crypto exchanges drop, while the trade volume of exchanges preferred by larger players has increased instead. After an extended decline, when retail activity drops and institutional activity picks up, a market bottom usually approaches.…

UNICEF Innovation Fund to Invest in Blockchain-Related Projects

The UNICEF Innovation Fund is investing $100,000 in six companies for developing blockchain projects, according to an announcement published Dec. 10. The UNICEF Innovation Fund was launched specifically to finance early stage and open-source technology that can benefit children. The fund identifies solutions in tech areas like blockchain, machine learning, quantum computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and others. Today’s announcement reads that the Fund will invest up to $100,000 in Argentinian software development firm Atix Labs, Mexican tech companies Onesmart and Prescrypto, Indian startup Statwig, Tunisian apps development startup Utopixar, and…

State Farm Tests Blockchain Solution to Speed Up Auto Insurance Claims

U.S.-based insurance company State Farm is testing a blockchain-based solution to speed up the subrogation process for auto claims, according to an announcement published Dec. 10. State Farm is a large group of insurance and financial services firms that provides auto insurance in the U.S. The organization was ranked 38th on the 2018 Fortune 500 list of companies. Per the company’s website, it processes 38,300 claims per day and has nearly 519,000 accounts in mutual funds. State Farm is working on blockchain-based solution to speed up the subrogation processes in…

Stablecoins See Significant Growth in Adoption Over Recent Months

According to analysis by research firm Diar published Dec. 10, the adoption of stablecoins is growing based on the increasing number of on-chain transactions. Per Diar, four major stablecoins to date — USDC, True USD (TUSD), Paxos (PAX) and the Gemini dollar (GUSD) — have broken the $5 billion mark in on-chain transactions within the three-month period. November reportedly saw a massive 1,032 percent surge in on-chain transactions compared to September, when the stablecoin market breached the $2.3 billion mark at the end of last month. Diar notes that Paxos…