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OPACITY LAUNCHES CRYPTO FILE STORAGE

Opacity

Opacity focuses on privacy, security, and a familiar user experience.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 5, 2019 — Opacity Storage, a cryptographic file storage company, today announced the release of Opacity v1.0. The new product provides anonymous online file storage utilizing a crypto token payment system and a user friendly interface. No personal data such as email, name, or payment information is ever required or stored.

The new Opacity 128GB storage plan accepts payment in OPQ tokens for 1 year of storage service with unlimited free downloads. Opacity encrypts user data starting in the browser, ...

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Bakkt Announces Bitcoin Futures Launch Date in July

Bakkt

As Bitcoin (BTC) holds resistance above $8,100 USD, more positive news has arrived to help its case. Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) cryptocurrency platform, Bakkt, is to begin testing its first product: physically-delivered Bitcoin futures.

The date for launch is just over one month from now, July 22nd.

Bakkt Announces First Project Launch

In a blog posted earlier today, Bakkt chief operating officer Adam White wrote:

“On July 22, two days after Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary, Bakkt will initiate user acceptance testing for its bitcoin futures listed and traded at ICE Futures U.S. and ...

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Ethereum (ETH) Soars 8%, Outperforms the Broader Crypto Market

Ethereum

Ethereum (ETH) and the crypto market have today seen a sudden surge in buying pressure, allowing them to continue with the upward momentum that has been exhibited in the last few months.

Analysts believe that Ethereum will continue with the upward trend in the near term and could outperform Bitcoin in the long term because of the increasing adoption of Ethereum by companies such as Ubisoft.

Ethereum Up 8% in the Last 24 Hours

Currently, ETH is trading around 8% up its present price of $259.50, gaining significantly in the last 24-hours from lows ...

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Legal & General Partners with Amazon to Develop Blockchain System

Legal & General

It was always going to happen. As the blockchain sector evolves, more companies will start merging into it. And this week, that’s precisely what British insurer Legal & General did.

Yesterday, Legal & General, a multinational British insurer, announced that it’ll be working with Amazon to develop a blockchain system.

Here’s everything we know.

Legal & General and Amazon: A Blockchain Partnership

On June 11, Reuters said the multinational British insurer is now working with Amazon to create a blockchain system specifically for corporate pension deals. By using Amazon Web Services—this is ...

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Ubisoft Developing Blockchain-Based Marketplace to Buy In-Game Items

Ubisoft

According to French financial publication Les Échos, software giant Ubisoft is exploring potential blockchain applications in gaming. The move to blockchain is said to give the gaming firm a competitive edge in the gaming world.

Ubisoft Blockchain Applications in Gaming

Ubisoft has allegedly been exploring blockchain applications for months under the radar.

And now it has already established one particular use for the technology that would serve as a lucrative edge. As Les Échos describes, Ubisoft plans to place intra-game virtual objects onto the blockchain and then monetize them. These virtual objects could be ...

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Coinbase Debit Card to be Available in Six More European Countries

Coinbase debit card

In April, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase launched its Visa Coinbase debit card in the UK. Coinbase has announced that, as of Wednesday, it will be launching the Visa debit card in France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Ireland.

Coinbase Debit Card Showing Strong Adoption

The debit card allows Coinbase account holders to use digital currencies such as Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Litecoin to pay for purchases in retail outlets and online for traders that accept Visa. Zeeshan Feroz, the Coinbase UK CEO, stated that the aim of the card is to make paying with cryptocurrency as easy ...

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Visa B2B Connect: Cross Border Enterprise Payments on the Blockchain

Visa B2B Connect

Visa announced today that it is entering the $125 trillion money-transferring market and using blockchain technology to do so. Its new product, Visa B2B Connect, is newly launched and allows businesses to transfer money across the globe faster and safer.

Let’s check this out.

Visa B2B Connect

The company has its sights set on cross-border, business-to-business (B2B) transactions, where banks transfer money on behalf of corporate customers. The global money behemoth is using blockchain in order to make these payments faster, cheaper, and more transparent.

Its newly launched distributed-ledger called B2B Connect ...

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Litecoin Continues Its Robust Performance, Hits New 52-Week High

Litecoin

In the last five months, Litecoin (LTC) has performed exceptionally in the cryptocurrency market and has grown 3.5 times. On Monday, Litecoin’s price grew to its highest level in the last 12 months, rising to $128.07. The last time the price of the coin came close to that was last year on May 23 when it traded at $126.

LTC Performing Well Despite Market Fluctuations

Currently, Litecoin is defying odds and continues to perform well despite the current market fluctuations. There has been mass adoption of Litecoin that is driven by the growing usage of Litecoin ...

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Microsoft Adds Blockchain Tools to Power Platform

Microsoft

It helps the cryptocurrency sector when the broader world begins to utilize the digital assets’ underpinning technology. Of course, I’m talking about blockchain technology. Therefore, it’s a great push for the decentralized asset when technology giant Microsoft clearly becomes a huge advocate for blockchain.

How is it an advocate? Well, it is reportedly making blockchain-based tools available to PowerApps and Microsoft Flow users. The news has come first from tech publication GeekWire.

Microsoft and Blockchain

According to the sources, Microsoft will announce plans for adding blockchain tools to its Power Platform at the Microsoft ...

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The Latest in Cryptocurrency Regulations and the G20 Summit

Cryptocurrency Regulations

Cryptocurrency regulations seem to be gaining traction across the globe with the latest to call for regulation being the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors. The ministers and governors have asked the Financial Stability Board and the global standards-setting organizations to collaborate in the monitoring of cryptocurrency risks.

Call For More Cryptocurrency Regulations

In a note, G20 finance ministers indicated that they are welcoming the directory of FSB of cryptocurrency regulation. The statement indicated that although cryptocurrency does not pose a risk to the financial stability of the world at the moment, its regulation is ...

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The GateHub Hack: More Than 100 XRP Ledger Wallets Affected

GateHub hack

In the crypto space, it’s not uncommon to see a crypto wallet get hacked. It’s unfortunate, of course, but not unusual. And the latest crypto wallet hack came this week. On Thursday, GateHub said more than 100 customers have had their ledger wallets hacked, resulting in their funds being stolen.

Here’s everything we know.

GateHub Hack: What We Know

On Thursday, June 6, GateHub published a “preliminary statement” on its blog. In the post, the crypto wallet said more than 100 customers have had funds on their XRP Ledger wallets stolen.

Taking ...

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Bitcoin Miners Diversifying from China to the US over Regulatory Concerns

Bitcoin miners

Bitcoin miners in China are increasingly looking for diversification out of the country because of the anticipated crypto mining ban, the Chinese government’s thoughtful position regarding cryptocurrency, and the increasing pressure from the ongoing trade war with the US.

Squire Mining to Host 41,000 ASICs

Canadian-based blockchain firm Squire Mining, a leading miner in the world in terms of hashpower, has signed a letter of intent seeking to host more than 41,000 Bitcoin ASICs in the US. This move is part of an agreement with Kevin Turner-led Core Scientific, which is a blockchain and AI company. ...

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India’s Proposed Crypto Bill Puts Crypto Owners in Jail for 10 years

Crypto bill

Lawmakers in India have proposed a crypto bill that is considered by many to be ludicrous. The country is clamping down on cryptocurrency with an extreme proposal that would make Bitcoin and crypto ownership completely illegal. Those caught holding, mining, owning, or trading any digital asset could face a prison sentence of 10 years.

The bill coincides with the country’s plan to launch its own state-backed cryptocurrency—the Digital Rupee. The message is clear; people will have to engage with crypto the government’s way or not at all.

India’s Proposed Crypto Bill

The bill proposes ...

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Ripple to Enhance Transparency in XRP Volume Reporting

Ripple

According to a Bitwise report, there is foul play in the crypto industry because it is unregulated, which makes exchanges culpable to manipulation as some even inflate their trading volumes. The Bitwise researchers have discovered that up to 95% of trading volumes are fraudulent. This is where Ripple steps in.

Ripple Working to Enhance Accuracy

The crypto firm is working with reliable partners in the industry to understand the scale and scope of the problem and evaluate its XRP volume reporting. Going into Q2 2019, the company is likely to take a cautious approach in reporting ...

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Facebook Coin: Platform will Announce Cryptocurrency in June

Facebook Coin

According to CNBC, Facebook will announce its cryptocurrency later in June. Further, those working on the project will be able to take their salary in its new currency—the Facebook coin.

Let’s check this out; here’s what we know.

Facebook Coin: To Be Announced in Late June

Rumors have surfaced for months now about Facebook’s new digital asset; however, nothing was ever truly confirmed. What is known is this:

Almost one year ago, Facebook hired former PayPal executive David Marcus to explore blockchain opportunities—blockchain is, of course, the necessary technology to develop a cryptocurrency. ...

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OkCoin Opens Up Euro Pairs to Traders: Get Em’ While They’re Hot!

OkCoin

It’s a big week for OkCoin, with the crypto exchange launching in the EU.

Here’s everything we know about the launch.

OKCoin Launches in EU: The Details

On Tuesday, June 4, OKCoin posted a blog post that said it is opening up euro pairs to traders. For non-United States users, starting yesterday, the crypto exchange’s new spot trading offerings cover euro pairs with the following: Ether, Bitcoin Cash, and, of course, Bitcoin. The exchange plans to add more pairs soon; euros can be withdrawn with no fees until September 4.

“OKCoin users ...

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Crypto Exchange Blockport Bankrupt After STO Fails to Meet Expectations

Blockport

Amsterdam-based crypto exchange Blockport is facing uncertainty and has declared bankruptcy after its security token offering (STO) failed to meet minimum expectations, ending up in disaster.

Blockport Files for Bankruptcy After STO Failure

Between April 16 and May 15, Blockport launched a token sale in which the exchange sought to raise $5.62 million, but things didn’t turn out as planned. The company’s Chief of Product and Founder Sebastiaan Lichter announced last month through a blog post that the STO project failed to hit its soft cap of $1.13 million. Shortly after, Blockport filed for bankruptcy, but ...

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Coinroom Exchange Shuts Down and Leaves with Customers’ Crypto

Coinroom

According to sources from news outlet money.pl, a Polish cryptocurrency exchange known as Coinroom has shut down abruptly and disappeared with all its customers’ funds in tow.

The Polish exchange, first registered in 2016, has even deleted its Twitter page.

Coinroom Shuts Down

The news outlet reportedly received an email from one of the exchange’s customers who said that the exchange ceased operations overnight and disappeared with all the funds in April. Though the exact amount stolen isn’t yet known, many customers reported having over $15,000 worth of cryptocurrency in their account.

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Bitcoin (BTC) Price Falls Below $8,000 On Panic Selling

Bitcoin

Bitcoin (BTC) is pulling lower after doubling in value following a massive surge from 2018 lows. The flagship cryptocurrency remains under immense bearish pressure after a 130% plus rally since the start of the year.

Bitcoin Price Analysis

A rally past the $8,000 mark had for the first time, in months, reinvigorated investor interest on cryptocurrencies, as it came after a harrowing plunge in 2018. A 14% plus drop has since taken the cryptocurrency back to the $7,700 level, waiting to see if short sellers have what it takes to continue piling pressure.

Given ...

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Gartner Blockchain Study: 90% of Current Blockchains Obsolete By 2021

Gartner Blockchain Study

According to a study executed by Gartner, 90% of the blockchains in use today will be obsolete or need complete replacing in only a couple of years. The Gartner blockchain study doesn’t sound too good, but it’s not all bad news.

The Gartner Blockchain Study

Gartner’s study says the following:

“By 2021, 90% of current enterprise blockchain platform implementations will require replacement within 18 months to remain competitive, secure and avoid obsolescence.”

However, although the technology will need constant updating, the value it adds to regular business will be almost $200 billion ...

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