Gibraltar Stock Exchange Subsidiary Partners With Tokenization Platform

Hashstac, a subsidiary of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange Group (GSX Group), has partnered with Singapore-based technology company STO Global-X to facilitate the issuance of tokens. The development was announced by the Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) on April 5.

GSX Group’s subsidiary Hashtacs Inc. and STO Global-X will jointly launch an integrated Tokenized Securities Exchange product that will purportedly allow stock exchanges and other qualified financial institutions to tokenize assets and boost trading,

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India: Interim Bail Granted to Two Brothers Accused in $300 Mln Crypto Ponzi Scheme

The Supreme Court of India has granted interim bail to two brothers who are among the chief suspects accused of running a Bitcoin (BTC)-related Ponzi scheme. The development was reported by Indian tech startup news source Inc42 on April 3.

Amit Bhardwaj and his brother, Vivek Bharadwaj, have succeeded in their appeal for interim bail,

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Brexit and April Fool's Joke Possible Catalysts for Crypto Rally, Crypto Reporter Says

Hong Kong-based crypto reporter Eric Lam believes nobody in the crypto industry has a good theory to explain the recent recovery of crypto markets. Lam shared his stance with Bloomberg on April 3.

On Tuesday, April 2, shortly after the Asian markets opened, the price Bitcoin (BTC) unexpectedly rallied by 20 percent.

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A Guilty Verdict, Impatient Creditors and a Resurrecting Movement: Mt. Gox Saga Continues

It is one of the biggest cryptocurrency hacks of all time and still remains the biggest Bitcoin (BTC) hack the world has ever seen. The 2011, a security breach on Mt. Gox’s platform, the now-defunct Japanese cryptocurrency exchange, saw 850,000 Bitcoin stolen. Although 200,000 BTC have since been recovered, the subsequent closure of the exchange in 2014 left 24,000 creditors in its wake.

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Coinbase Expands Into Cross-Border Payments

American major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has expanded into cross-border payments. Coinbase revealed the development in an announcement on March 28.

Coinbase customers can now transfer funds to any user with a Coinbase account around the world using Ripple (XRP) and the exchange’s stablecoin USDCoin (USDC) with no fee. The development reportedly enables users to send and receive money instantly,

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Hodler’s Digest, March 25–31: Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week

Top Stories This Week

Owner of ICO That Never Happened Attempts to Sell Project on eBay for $60,000

The owner of a crypto-related startup dubbed Sponsy, which never launched its initial coin offering (ICO), is attempting to sell the project on eBay for $60,000. The project is described as a blockchain-related identity that is able to launch both an ICO and a security token offering (STO),

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Japan’s Largest Railway Company Considers New Crypto Payment System for Transport Cards

Kazuhiro Tokita, representative director, board member and president at Japanese cryptocurrency exchange DeCurret, unveiled a new cryptocurrency payment system during a business presentation in Tokyo on March 27. Cointelegraph Japan reported on the presentation the same day.

The new system would enable the Suica payment card issued by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East),

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Major Private Indian Bank Partners With Ripple for Cross-Border Remittances

India’s Federal Bank, a commercial private bank, has partnered with Ripple to use its network for cross-border remittances. The bank announced the development in a letter on March 28.

The partnership with Ripple comes as part of a wider initiative to apply new technologies to the bank’s remittances network. Also on March 28,

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India to Use Blockchain to Improve Coffee Supply Chain

The Coffee Board of India has launched a pilot blockchain-based e-marketplace in order to integrate coffee farmers with markets. The development was announced by Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) on March 28.

The Coffee Board — an organization backed by the MCI to promote coffee production in India —  has rolled out an e-marketplace for coffee producers in order to reduce the number of intermediaries between coffee growers and buyers.

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New Partnership Purports to Create First Approved Crypto Exchange in Vietnam

Vietnam’s largest distribution company Linh Thanh Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Swiss blockchain company KRONN Ventures AG to establish a cryptocurrency exchange, according to a press release published on March 22.

The collaboration is designed to facilitate the production of digital currency and the creation of a cryptocurrency exchange in Vietnam,

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Hershey Chocolate Company Joins Blockchain Advertising Consortium

Blockchain-based consortium AdLedger has on-boarded The Hershey Company, a leading American chocolate production company, media outlet AdWeek reported on March 26.

Hershey, along with French media group Publicis Media and The Global Audience Based Buying Conference & Consultancy (GABBCON), has reportedly joined AdLedger. AdLedger was founded by IBM, Tegna and blockchain company MadHive in 2018,

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Report: Blockchain Spending in US to Reach $41 Billion by 2025

Blockchain spending in the United States will increase from $3.12 billion to $41 billion by 2025, according to a new report published on March  25.

A new report dubbed the “United States Blockchain Business Opportunities and Outlook Databook Series (2016-2025)” forecasts that blockchain spending in the U.S. will report a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 44.5 percent,

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Tor Digital Privacy Project Accepts Donations in Cryptocurrency

Tor digital privacy software is now accepting donations in various cryptocurrencies, as a new crypto donational portal appeared on the project’s website on March 18.

The site now accepts nine major cryptocurrencies, namely Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Dash (DASH), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Monero (XMR), Stellar Lumen (XLM), Augur (REP) and Zcash (ZEC).

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Bitcoin Stays Over $4,000 as Top Cryptos See Slight Losses

Saturday, March 23 — most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting slight losses on the day by press time.

Bitcoin is down just under half a percent on the day, trading at around $4,022, according to CoinMarketCap. Looking at its weekly chart, the current price is over a quarter of a percent higher than $4,037,

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Major Latin American E-Commerce Company Bans Cryptocurrency-Related Ads

The largest e-commerce company in Latin America, Mercado Livre, has banned cryptocurrency advertising on their website, Cointelegraph em Português reported on March 18.

The development was revealed in an exclusive interview with Cointelegraph em Português after the company’s users reported receiving of emails informing them about the change in Mercado Livre’s policy.

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Crypto Markets Descend While Tech Stocks Surge

Thursday, March 21 — Most of the top 20 coins by market capitalization are in the red, showing slight losses on the day, down from one to four percent.

Market visualization from Coin360

The leading cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC) is trading at $4,027 at press time, down about one percent over the 24-hour period.

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Did the SEC Chairman Confirm Ethereum Isn’t a Security? Not Quite, but It’s Optimistic

Ethereum is most likely not a security under existing United States laws, as previously said by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporate Finance head William Hinman.

“Based on my understanding of the present state of Ether, the Ethereum network and its decentralized structure, current offers and sales of Ether are not securities transactions,” Hinman said on June 14,

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Major Cryptocurrencies See Slight Gains, Palladium Hits $1,600 for The First Time

Tuesday, March 19 — cryptocurrency markets are mostly trading in the green zone, with Bitcoin (BTC) hovering above the $4,000 mark.

Market visualization from Coin360

During the day, BTC has been trading in a narrow corridor between $4,031 and $4,082. At press time, the leading coin is trading at around $4,059,

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Local Media: Qatar Telecommunications Giant Ooredoo Launches Blockchain Initiative

Qatar-based telecommunications giant Ooredoo Group has launched a blockchain initiative, English-language local media The Peninsular Qatar reports on March 18.

Per the report, the company already collaborates with entities in the private, public and academic spaces to develop blockchain solutions. Ooredoo Group CEO Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani is quoted in the article as stating that “blockchain will facilitate new digital business models and revenue in the next five years.”

According to him,

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Japanese Court Finds Ex-Mt. Gox CEO Guilty of Record Tampering

Mark Karpeles — the former CEO of the now-defunct Bitcoin (BTC) exchange Mt. Gox — has received a suspended jail sentence after being found guilty of tampering with financial records. The news was reported by Bloomberg on March 15.

The Tokyo District Court has reportedly found Karpeles guilty of mixing his personal finances with those of the exchange in order to conceal the platform’s losses to hackers.

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Chinese Insurance Giant Ping An Partners With Decentralized AI Startup SingularityNET

Chinese insurance giant Ping An has partnered with Ethereum (ETH)-based decentralized artificial intelligence (AI) startup SingularityNET. The latter company announced the collaboration in a press release published on Medium on March 14.

Per the release, the collaboration will at first focus on Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Computer Vision (CV) and model training.

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Some Altcoins Make Mild Gains, Crude Oil Futures See Four-Month High

Thursday, March 14 — cryptocurrency markets are trading sideways, with some major coins making minor gains on the day, according to data from Coin360.

Market visualization from Coin360

Bitcoin (BTC) is up less than one percent over the past 24 hours, and is trading at $3,921 at press time.

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Crypto Markets See Mixed Action While Bitcoin Holds $3,900, US Stocks Rise

Wednesday, March 13 — cryptocurrencies continued trading sideways today, with most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization seeing moderate price changes since yesterday.

Market visualization from Coin360

Bitcoin (BTC) has managed to hold the $3,900 price threshold by press time, staying relatively stable since March 6.

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Major UK Energy Company Acquires Stake in Blockchain Firm Electron

Major United Kingdom energy company OVO has invested in blockchain firm Electron through its recently launched technology division, Kaluza. The development was announced in an OVO blog post published on March 12.

Kaluza —  an intelligent grid technology company that provides software and hardware products to the energy sector — has reportedly made an investment in Electron,

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