89% of Chinese Blockchain Firms Have Tried to Issue Crypto: Report

89% of China’s blockchain firms have allegedly tried to create their own cryptocurrency, according to a senior exec at a local blockchain association. 

According to the state-run CCTV on Nov. 21, Yedong Zhu, the president of the Beijing Blockchain Technology Application Association (BBAA), revealed that the vast majority of blockchain industry in China is focused on tokens,

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Report: Chinese Guangzhou Gov’t Unveils $140M Blockchain Subsidy Fund

The Guangzhou government has announced a $140 million subsidy fund to encourage the development of blockchain initiatives.

The local authorities are reportedly planning to spend 1 billion yuan ($141 million) to selectively sponsor two blockchain-related projects per year, according to a tweet of a senior exec at crypto investment holding firm Primitive Ventures.

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Coinbase Considering Initial Exchange Offering Platform: Report

United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has indicated it is considering the launch of an initial exchange offering (IEO) platform.

The news was revealed by Coinbase’s head of institutional sales in Asia, Kayvon Pirestani during a panel at the Invest: Asia conference on Sept. 11, crypto media outlet Coindesk reports.

IEO platform could be announced within months

During the panel,

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Report: Telegram to Launch TON Blockchain Public Testing on Sept. 1

Telegram Open Network’s (TON) blockchain public testing will launch on Sept. 1, according to one of the investors.

On Aug. 28, Russian news outlet Vedomosti quoted an anonymous TON investor claiming to have learned this information from the development team, and the head of one of the companies that participated in the testing so far.

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Huobi Processed 50% of All PlusToken Withdrawals This Month: Report

Chinese crypto exchange Huobi has seen the highest number of withdrawals from the alleged crypto Ponzi scheme PlusToken to date, according to new research.

Chinese exchanges prevail

New York-based blockchain infrastructure firm Elementus released a study on Aug. 23, claiming that almost 50% of the total number of PlusToken withdrawals were sent to Huobi.

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Report: Crypto Custodian BitGo Expands Japanese Presence, Builds Team

Digital asset trust and security company BitGo is reportedly expanding into the Japanese market, The Block reported on Aug. 9.

A source familiar with the matter told The Block that BitGo is expanding its presence in Japan. According to the report, BitGo is planning to grow its Japan-based team, including hiring a sales director for the company’s sales team in Tokyo.

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China: Police Investigating EtherDelta Over Alleged Exit Scam, Report

Chinese police are reportedly taking legal action against non-custodial token trading platform EtherDelta in connection with an apparent exit scam. 

The news was reported on Aug. 7 in a series of tweets published by Dovey Wan, founding partner at blockchain-focused investment firm Primitive Ventures.

New Chinese owners allegedly used EtherDelta for exit scam ICO

Wan’s tweets indicate that the alleged exit scam involved the sale of native exchange asset EtherDelta Token (EDT) following the acquisition of the exchange by unnamed Chinese investors:

“The actual beneficiaries of EtherDelta are all Chinese after ownership transition in 2017 […] Basically [the founder] Zack Coburn sold EtherDelta to a group of Chinese who later issued exchange token $EDT and turned out to be a exit scam.

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Chinese Mining Giant Becomes ‘First’ To File US IPO: Unconfirmed Report

Chinese Bitcoin mining giant Canaan Creative has allegedly filed a $200 million initial public offering (IPO) request with United States regulators. 

Report: Canaan ‘beats Bitmain’ to IPO filing

That was according to a report which appeared on local social media platform WeChat on July 31, which claimed the application was already sitting before the U.S.

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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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Report: India Considers Complete Ban on Digital Currencies

A draft bill that would outright ban cryptocurrency is reportedly circulating among various departments of the Indian government, local media outlet The Economic Times reported on April 25.

An official familiar with the matter reportedly told the Economic Times that the government has begun inter-ministerial consultations on the “Banning of Cryptocurrencies and Regulation of Official Digital Currencies Bill 2019″

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Binance Singapore Launches But Offers Just One Trading Pair, Report

Binance has launched a new cryptocurrency exchange in Singapore after months of anticipation, TechCrunch reported on April 23, albeit with limited features.

Users of the platform are only able to purchase bitcoin (BTC) using Singapore dollars (SGD,) meaning far fewer trading pairs are available for consumers compared with the company’s main exchange.

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Crypto Markets Report Modest Gains, Gold Sees Slight Losses

Tuesday, April 16 — cryptocurrency markets have registered moderate gains over the past 24 hours, with only Bitcoin SV (BSV) trading in the red among all top 20 coins by market capitalization, according to Cointelegraph’s Coin360.

Market visualization from Coin360

The leading digital currency bitcoin (BTC) started the day around $5,054,

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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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EU Report Calls for Blockchain Interoperability Standards

A recent report to the European Union made recommendations on how to better develop blockchain technology, including the introduction of interoperability and scalability standards. The report was published by the European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum on March 6.

The report dubbed “Scalability, Interoperability And Sustainability of Blockchains” was prepared by blockchain tech firm ConsenSys on behalf of the European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum.

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Report: Number of ICOs in Q4 2018 Increased, But Raised 25% Less Than in Q3

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) in Q4 2018 raised 25 percent less than in Q3, while the total amount of completed ICOs increased, according to a report by ICO rating service ICObench shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 6.

The number of ICOs completed in Q4 increased to 594 from 554 in Q3, the report says.

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Report: Analysts Identify Trail of Bitcoin Donations to Gaza’s Ruling Group Hamas

An Israeli blockchain intelligence firm claims to have identified proof of donations in Bitcoin (BTC) reaching Hamas, the de facto ruling authority of the Gaza Strip in Palestine. The development was reported by Israeli financial daily newspaper Globes Feb. 3.

Globes reports that a BTC wallet address for receiving the funds was first published Jan.

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Report: Alipay and WeChat Pay Require Huobi to Remove Payment Methods from OTC Desk

Alipay and WeChat Pay reportedly requested that crypto exchange Huobi remove their payment services from its over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk, local media agency Sina reported on Jan. 25.

Major Chinese digital payments providers, Alibaba’s Alipay and Tencent’s WeChat Pay, have reportedly sent legal letters to Huobi, claiming that using both their services and logos on the exchange’s OTC market is unauthorized.

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India: Central Bank Report States Crypto Does Not Threaten Financial Stability

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has stated that cryptocurrencies currently pose no threat to financial stability in its recent financial report, published Dec. 28.

The document entitled “Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India 2017-18” reads:

“[C]rypto-assets do not pose risks to global financial stability currently.

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At Least 340 UK Crypto or Blockchain Companies Ceased Operations in 2018, Report Finds

At least 340 cryptocurrency or blockchain companies were dissolved or liquidated this year in the United Kingdom (UK), British news outlet Sky News reported on Dec. 22.

UK crypto companies in 2018. Source: SkyNews

The aforementioned article also reports that last year, the number of companies in this industry that had been liquidated amounted to 139,

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Report: South Korean Crypto Exchanges Overtake Maltese Ones by Daily Trade Volume

Cryptocurrency exchanges registered in South Korea have overtaken their Maltese-registered counterparts by average daily trade volume in November. This is according to a report by cryptocurrency market data provider CryptoCompare, published Thursday, Dec. 6.

The November edition of CCCAGG, a monthly crypto exchange review published by CryptoCompare, shows that South Korean exchanges,

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Crypto Exchange Gate.io Removes StatCounter Service Following Report of Security Breach

Crypto exchange Gate.io has removed web analytics tool StatCounter from their website following a breach report by cybersecurity firm ESET, according to an official blog post published today, Nov. 7.

The company has reported that they immediately removed StatCounter’s traffic stats service after receiving a security notice by ESET about suspicious behavior.

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Report: North Korea-Sponsored Hacks Comprise 65 Percent of Total Crypto Stolen

Hacker group “Lazarus,” reportedly funded by North Korea, has stolen a staggering $571 million in cryptocurrencies since early 2017, a study conducted by cybercrime company Group-IB reveals. Key takeaways from the study were published Tuesday, Oct. 16, alongside the full annual report, entitled “Hi-Tech Crime Trends.”

The report, dedicated to hacks in 2017 and 2018,

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Report: Hong Kong Stock Exchange Eyeing Blockchain Firm Acquisitions

Insider sources have suggested that the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) is eyeing takeovers in the blockchain and other tech sectors, according to a Bloomberg article published September 21.

Bloomberg cites “people with knowledge of the matter” as saying that the exchange is considering a change in strategy due to stalling trading links with exchanges in China,

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US Treasury Releases Fintech Report, Discusses Issues Relevant to Cryptocurrency

The U.S. Treasury Department released its highly anticipated report that examines the current monetary system, discusses cryptocurrency, and proposes sweeping changes that would cut regulatory inefficiency and incubate new technologies.

The report, which is titled “A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities: Nonbank Financials, Fintech, and Innovation” was drafted under Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and addressed to President Donald Trump. 

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KPMG Report: US Blockchain Investment in 2018 to Date has Outstripped 2017’s Total

Fresh analysis from KPMG shows that blockchain investment in the U.S. in the first half of 2018 has exceeded the overall total seen in 2017, according to its biannual “The Pulse of Fintech” report released today, July 31.

KPMG is one of the world’s largest auditing firms, collectively known as “The Big Four” — alongside Deloitte,

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