Safeway Shoppers Can Now Get Bitcoin Back as Change at 894 US Stores

Bitcoin (BTC) rewards shopping app Lolli has partnered with major American grocery chain Safeway to give customers 3.5% back in Bitcoin on all their purchases. 

Making Bitcoin ‘part of everyday life’

According to a blog post announcing the new partnership on July 25, Safeway — and Albertsons Companies’ subsidiary —

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Embattled Tron Creator Sun Apologizes to China in Deleted Social Media Post

Blockchain platform Tron’s founder, Justin Sun, sparked fresh controversy this week after he first posted and then deleted an online apology in an ongoing PR debacle. 

Cryptocurrency-focused news outlet Cryptoslate reported the events, providing their own translation of comments Sun wrote and later removed from Chinese social media platform Weibo on July 25.

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Bitcoin Price Clings to $10K But Now Below ‘Neutral Area,’ Says Trader

Bitcoin (BTC) price slid back under $10,000 July 23 after a period of sideways action broke down to send the largest cryptocurrency back to four figures.

Market visualization. Source: Coin360

Bitcoin price swirls around five figure mark

Data from Coin360 showed BTC/USD trading just below the barrier once again Tuesday,

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Crypto and FB’s Libra Are Bridges to a Bitcoin World, Says Tim Draper

Bitcoin (BTC) will be the ultimate benefactor from interest in Facebook Libra and cryptocurrencies, billionaire Tim Draper has said. 

Bridges to a ‘Bitcoin environment’

Speaking to CNBC in an interview on July 19, Draper, who is well known as a Bitcoin advocate, defended both Libra and Bitcoin against recent pressure from governments,

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Full House: Crypto Cards Show a Strong Hand in 2019

Until recently, cryptocurrency debit cards appeared to fall short of expectations. Despite many failed efforts in recent years, crypto debit cards are enjoying a second wind thanks to a surge in crypto prices over the summer. With some of the crypto world’s biggest names launching crypto debit cards, Cointelegraph takes a look at the latest updates in the burgeoning payments sector. 

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Mexican Crypto Exchange Bitso Seals DLT License from Gibraltar Regulator

Mexican cryptocurrency exchange Bitso will from now on be regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC), a July 19 announcement revealed.

An apparent first in Latin America

In what Bitso claims is an apparent first in Latin America, as of August 1, the custody, withdrawals, deposits and trading of cryptocurrencies on its platform will be overseen by the GSFC under a framework specifically evolved to regulate businesses in the distributed ledger technologies (DLT) sector. 

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Research: Blockchain-Not-Bitcoin Investments Seeing 60% Drop in 2019

Blockchain investment could drop by as much as 60% this year as attention continues to focus on Bitcoin (BTC), new data suggests.

Smart Money Turns Off Blockchain

According to a report from fintech research bureau, CB Insights, reported by Bloomberg on July 18, companies in the blockchain space are drawing in a lot less support in 2019.

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Money Managers are Paying Big Bucks to Interpret Your Bitcoin Tweets

Algorithms that can decode market sentiment are making waves in the institutional crypto landscape, a July 17 report from Reuters claims. 

An Arms Race for Algorithms

With the resounding return of Bitcoin’s (BTC) volatility amid an ever-hotter crypto market, hedge funds and asset managers are increasingly turning to software developers to help them interpret and harness sentiment signals to their advantage.

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Bitpoint Reveals Amounts Stolen, Pledging to Reimburse Users in Crypto

Japanese exchange Bitpoint has published the breakdown of crypto assets stolen in the ¥3 billion (~$27.8 million) hack of its platform earlier this month.

A document published by Bitpoint’s parent firm Remix Point Inc. on July 16 reveals that five crypto assets in total were stolen by the attackers. The breakdown provided by the company compares the proportion of stolen customer assets with assets belonging to the firm:

  • 1,225 Bitcoin (BTC) worth ¥15.3 billion — ¥1.28 billion belonging to customers and ¥250 million to the firm; 

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Hodler’s Digest, Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week

Coming every Sunday, the Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions, and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link.

Top Stories This Week

Trump tweets opposition to crypto,

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Japan to Look Into the Impact of Facebook’s Libra Ahead of G7

Japanese authorities are investigating the impact of Facebook’s Libra stablecoin, Cointelegraph Japan reported on July 12.

Per the report, Japanese authorities have set up a liaison conference tasked with investigating the impact of Facebook’s stablecoin on monetary policy and financial stability. The conference will reportedly consist of the Bank of Japan, the Ministry of Finance and the Financial Services Agency and has already started meeting this week.

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US Sanctions on Iran Crypto Mining — Inevitable or Impossible?

If there’s one thing the United States has had a history of, it’s imposing sanctions on its enemies. Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, Russia and numerous other nations have been subject to restrictions and penalties over the years, with the U.S. harnessing its economic muscle in order to punish pretty much any country that doesn’t play by the international rulebook.

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Japanese Crypto Exchange Bitpoint Suffers $32 Million Hack

Japanese crypto exchange Bitpoint has suspended all services after losing $32 million in a hack involving XRP, Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies.

In an official announcement on July 12, Bitpoint revealed that it had lost around 3.5 billion yen (~$32 million) — 2.5 billion yen (~$23 million) of which belonged to customers and 1 billion (~$9.2 million) to the exchange.

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Top-6 Issues Experts/Entities Have With Libra

Facebook’s unveiling of its Libra cryptocurrency has generated a lot of attention in the financial world, as well as in the crypto space. So far, the company has announced that its Libra blockchain network will be launched in 2020 and backed by a separate entity, the Libra Foundation. The cryptocurrency is set to enable users to make faster and cheaper international payments online,

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Ex-PBoC Governor: China Must Take Precautions Against Libra Trend

The former governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) says “China should take precautions” against the trend represented by Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency.

Twitter-based Chinese crypto news source CnLedger reported on Xiaochuan Zhou’s remarks on July 9.

Zhou notably served as PBoC governor between 2013 and 2018, a period which saw Beijing pursue its notorious onslaught of anti-crypto regulations — including the historic blanket criminalization of initial coin offerings (ICOs) and exchange crackdown.

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Report: Fortress Offers to Buy Mt. Gox Bitcoin Claims at $900 a Piece

Fortress Investment Group is buying bitcoin (BTC) claims from Mt. Gox creditors, according to a report by CoinDesk on July 8.

The Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy in 2014 after losing $473 million worth of bitcoin at the time due to an apparent hack. Bitcoin reportedly experienced a subsequent decline in value,

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Singapore Wants to Drop VAT for Transacting in Cryptocurrencies

Singapore plans to exempt cryptocurrencies that are intended to function as a medium of exchange from Goods and Services Tax (GST) — the local equivalent of Value-Added Tax (VAT).

The news was revealed in a draft e-tax guide published by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) on July 5.

The proposed exemption,

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How Blockchain Could Change the Real Estate Investment Landscape

David Hodge is the director of European operations for AEI Consultants, an employee-owned international consulting firm that provides comprehensive services to commercial lenders, property owners, managers, tenants, and developers, industries, institutions, government agencies and insurers, including many Fortune 500 companies. Founded in 1992, AEI is based in the San Francisco Bay area,

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Indian Authorities Arrest 4 Individuals Accused of Crypto Ponzi Scheme

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of India has arrested Vijay Prajapati, Dhiraj Patel, Kamruddin Syed, and Ashiq Shaikh, the alleged creators of the cryptocurrency KBC Coin, according to a report by The Times of India on July 4.

As per the report, the CID argues that KBC is a Ponzi Scheme. 

KBC reportedly launched 6 months ago,

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Bank of Japan: Cash Prevents Digital Currencies With Negative Interest

Japan’s second most senior banking figure has said central banks cannot use digital currencies to enforce negative interest rates, Reuters reported on July 5. 

Speaking at an event held by the publication, Masayoshi Amamiya, deputy governor of the Bank of Japan, said that states issuing digital currency with a negative interest rate would force inhabitants towards cash. 

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Gram Asia to Sell Telegram Tokens at Three Times ICO Price

South Korea’s Gram Asia is selling rights to its Gram holdings at $4.00 per token starting July 10, according to a report by Bloomberg on July 3.

The proposed sale price is triple the original $1.33 sale price at Gram’s second initial coin offering (ICO) round in March 2018.

The sale on July 10 is apparently happening exclusively through Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Liquid,

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UN Looks to Blockchain to Aid Sustainable Urban Development in Afghanistan

The United Nations is working on blockchain solutions for sustainable urban development in Afghanistan, according to a report from tech news site The Sociable, published on July 2.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General reportedly told The Sociable that the United Nations Office of Communication and Information Technologies (UN-OICT) is developing blockchain solutions for land records and services transparency as part of the UN’s “City for All” initiative. 

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Binance Launching Crypto Futures Trading Platform With Up to 20x Leverage

Changpeng Zhao, CEO of top crypto exchange Binance, has revealed the company plans to launch a futures trading platform, with initial support for BTC/UTSDT contracts at a leverage of up to 20x. 

The CEO made his announcement during a keynote speech delivered at the Asia Blockchain Summit in Taipei earlier today, July 2. 

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