Self-Professed ‘Satoshi’ Craig Wright Answers CFTC’s Request for Input on Crypto Markets

Controversially self-proclaimed “Satoshi Nakamoto” and nChain chief scientist Craig Wright has reportedly submitted two near-identical comment letters to the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Wright filed his two documents on Feb. 15 in response to the agency’s request for industry input and feedback on Ethereum (ETH)’s mechanics and market. The closing deadline for responses to CFTC’s request for input (RFI) was Feb. 17, the agency having outlined its reasons behind gathering the information as follows: “The input […] will advance the CFTC’s mission of ensuring the integrity of…

Crypto Markets See Bullish Growth, Asian Stock Markets Rally Ahead of US-China Trade Talk

Monday, Feb. 18: Crypto markets are seeing a bullish surge of green, with all of the top twenty cryptocurrencies seeing growth of between 2 and 12 percent, as data from Coin360 shows. Market visualization by Coin360 Top cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC) has seen a solid 2.9 percent in growth on the day and is trading around $3,742 to press time, according to CoinMarketCap data, bringing Bitcoin to a 2.38 percent gain on the week. Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap Ethereum (ETH) has seen the strongest 24-hour growth among the top…

Waste Management Firm Launches Blockchain Platform in UAE City

A blockchain-enabled waste permit portal will be launched in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the country’s official news agency, Emirates News Agency (WAM), reported on Feb. 17. The blockchain-based waste permit portal will be jointly developed by environmental, recycling and waste management company Bee’ah and the Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA) — the city of Sharjah’s free trade zone. According to WAM, the platform is the first in the city to employ blockchain technology to validate, process and store transactions. According to the report, the platform will cut costs…

Dash, Neo, Binance Coin, EOS, Ethereum

Argentina has recently settled an export deal with Paraguay in Bitcoin. Although the net value of the deal was only $7,100, it is a welcome step. Gradually, more countries will recognize the advantage of using cryptocurrencies for cross-border deals. Digital asset management fund Grayscale Investments said that its institutional clients are increasingly using the current low crypto prices to make long-term investments. These inflows are largely being parked in the fund’s Bitcoin Investment Trust. A survey of 71 global institutional investors, conducted by market research company PollRight for the Global…

Police Arrest Suspects in Alleged $14 Million Crypto Scam

Law enforcement in Mumbai, India have exposed a group allegedly involved in a cryptocurrency scam that amassed an estimated 1 billion rupees (nearly $17 million), local media outlet The Times of India reports on Feb. 17. The case reportedly led to the freezing of several accounts in the country and to the arrest of four individuals — Sanjay Sontakke, Rajnikant Kumavat, Alpesh Barodia and Kirankumar Panchsara. According to The Times of India, the police are also looking for a fifth suspect, Ashok Goyal, who reportedly played a key role in…

Is It Time to Take an Initiative to Decrease Bitcoin’s Block Size Seriously?

Whilst debate raged throughout the Bitcoin community over whether the block size limit should be increased and how, Luke-jr for years stood out for arguing the exact opposite position. One megabyte blocks weren’t too small, he maintained even as SegWit’s block size increase gained broad support, they were too big. No increase, but a decrease was needed. Now, the Bitcoin Knots and Bitcoin Core developer is spearheading an attempt to make such a decrease happen, as a temporary measure. And if social media is any indication, the initiative is attracting…

QuadrigaCX CEO Widow Sells Estate Assets, Reportedly Places Others in Trust

Jennifer Robertson, the widow of the late QuadrigaCX exchange CEO, appears to be liquidating and shuffling some estate assets. When QuadrigaCX founder and CEO Gerald Cotten passed away suddenly in December of 2018 in India, he was allegedly the only person with the knowledge of the exchange’s cold storage keys. In his will, Cotten names Robertson executrix of his estate, as well as endowing her as its primary beneficiary. The exchange waited roughly a month from Cotten’s reported time of death to making his passing public, enough time for his…

Wyoming Passes New Friendly Regulations for Crypto Assets

The Wyoming state government has been expanding its status as a hub for crypto and blockchain technology by passing several new bills this February. According to Wyoming-based blockchain advocate Caitlin Long, the state of Wyoming has recently passed resolution SF0125 on February 14, 2019, claiming that Wyoming “law recognizes property rights in the direct ownership of digital assets.” The bill plainly states “that digital assets are property within the Uniform Commercial Code” and goes on to elaborate some of its ramifications. Long gave a succinct rundown of the bill’s most…

Bitcoin Hovers Near $3,630 as Top Cryptos See Minor Losses

Sunday, Feb. 17 — most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting minor losses on the day by press time. Bitcoin (BTC) has fallen under the $3,650 mark again, according to Coin360 data. Market visualization from Coin360 At press time, Bitcoin is down 0.18 percent on the day, trading at around $3,631, after a brief mid-day high of $3,680, according to CoinMarketCap data. Looking at its weekly chart, the coin has mostly traded sideways for the past week. The current price is about 0.3 percent lower than $3,643, the price…

E-Commerce Giant Rakuten’s New Payment App Appears to Support Crypto

Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten announced that a major update of its Rakuten Pay mobile app will be released on March 18, according to the firm’s 2018 earnings release, published on Feb. 12. The app’s new structure appears to indicate that it will support cryptocurrency payments in addition to fiat. According to the company’s presentation material for the fourth quarter and the full year of 2018, the new version of the app will feature “all payment solutions embedded into one platform.” As Cointelegraph reported in January, and the recent materials confirm,…