Cryptocurrency 

Philippines Union Bank Launches Crypto ATMs

One of the Philippines largest banks, Union Bank, is set to launch the first two-way crypto ATMs in the country. Union Bank Crypto ATMs Customers will be able to buy and sell cryptocurrencies for cash through the ATM. The idea is to provide an easy and accessible means for crypto to fiat conversion and vice versa. The move may help to spur on adoption for the digital asset. Union Bank said the following on the crypto ATMs: “In the bank’s continued quest to cater to the evolving needs and tastes…

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Cryptocurrency 

Fake Bakkt Website Emerges but Fails to Scam Crypto Investors

A new Bitcoin (BTC) scam website has emerged. Back in 2017, when the cryptocurrency market hit mainstream news, scam sites began blowing up. Since everyone was so desperate to get their hands on digital currency or invest in a project that could give them 10X the return, the scammers often won. Now, cryptocurrency investors are much more cautious, and this new fake Bakkt website was easily identified. Fake Bakkt Website Caught In August of 2018, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) announced Bakkt would be launched in late-January 2019. ICE currently operates…

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Blockchain 

Ripple Adds 11 New Universities and Extends UBRI Footprint

Ripple has added 11 new universities to its University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI). With a strong emphasis on developing the upcoming generation of developers, the UBRI is designed to develop blockchain-focused academia and research. Ripple is extending its footprint globally by adding 11 new universities to its program. 11 New Universities to UBRI The UBRI launched in June 2018. With a $50 million USD self-funded investment, Ripple committed to 17 prestigious universities around the world. As stated, the course aims to accelerate academic research, technical development, and innovation in the blockchain and…

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Cryptocurrency 

Will Amazon Ever Add Cryptocurrency to Its Platform? Maybe!

Around one-third of Americans use Amazon.com to buy just about everything. The company holds around 90 million US-based Prime members and the average subscriber spends around $1,000 annually on the site. The wide assortment of products at low prices has helped make Amazon one of the most valuable companies in the world. Except, its frequent shoppers want access to more products on its site, including medical marijuana, prescription drugs, and cryptocurrency. Amazon and Cryptocurrency Investing.com conducted a polled study of 1,000 Amazon shoppers and found that 13% were “OK” with…

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Cryptocurrency 

Buy Ethereum on Opera | Browser Wallet Accepts ETH Purchases

Web browser Opera announced earlier today that Android users can now buy Ethereum (ETH) directly from its browser wallet. For reference, ETH is currently selling for $104.75 USD per coin according to CoinMarketCap. Buying Ethereum on Opera To make Ethereum transactions possible in this manner, Opera has partnered with regulated crypto brokerage Safello to provide the cash-to-crypto exchange. Further, the browser is making life even easier by enabling payments with credit and debit cards. It has also implemented other payment networks such as Sweden’s Swish. According to the web browsing…

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Cryptocurrency 

Facebook Acquires Blockchain Startup Chainspace

According to financial news outlet Cheddar, Facebook has acquired a blockchain startup called Chainspace. Another move for the tech giant into the cryptocurrency space perhaps? Chainspace Founded by University College London researchers, the Chainspace blockchain describes itself as “a planetary scale smart contracts platform” and is comprised of a “distributed web of blockchains for scalability, speed, and privacy.” According to its website, the company says that it is excited to be “moving onto something new.” Assumedly this is its new venture with Facebook. Facebook Acquires Chainspace? Facebook has confirmed that it…

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Blockchain 

IBM Blockchain Trial Successfully Completed With Mandarins

Computer giant IBM has successfully completed another blockchain trial with the help of 28 tons of mandarin oranges. The tech behemoth tracked a shipment of mandarins from China to Singapore and used the innovative technology to do so. IBM Blockchain Trial The trial consisted of 28 tons of mandarin oranges (which equates to 3,000 cartons), delivered to China ahead of the Chinese New Year celebration, beginning on February 5th. The main shipping document, otherwise known as the bill of lading (BL), was recorded on the blockchain. A bill of lading effectively…

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Cryptocurrency 

Genesis Capital | Crypto Lending Weathers a Bearish Market

Crypto lending firm Genesis Capital processed $1.1 billion in loans last year. This is according to the company’s recently released ‘Lending Snapshot’ for Q4 2018. Genesis Capital The figure shows the massive growth in processed loans as Bitcoin price fell over 44% in 2018. The first Digital Asset Lending Snapshot was released at the end of Q3 2018. This reported that Genesis processed $553 million in loans from the period starting March 2018. Therefore the most up-to-date figures show that “Q4 loan originations increased more than 100% in the final three months of 2018…

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Cryptocurrency 

Crypto Hacks Take $1.7 Billion in 2018

Yesterday, a rather shocking cryptocurrency anti-money laundering report was released by the crypto analytics company CipherTrace. This report states that around $1.7 billion worth of cryptocurrency was obtained illegally in 2018. What’s more surprising is that crypto hacks happened three times more than in 2017. No wonder institutional investors don’t want to put big money into the crypto industry yet. Crypto Hacks Worth $1.7 Billion Of the total stolen in 2018, over $950 million was from cryptocurrency exchanges. This is 3.6 times more than what was stolen from exchanges in 2017.…

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Cryptocurrency 

BitTorrent Token (BTT) Sale Over in Minutes

The BitTorrent Token (BTT) sale on Binance took place yesterday. In under 15 minutes, $7.1 million was raised, selling 50 billion BTT token. Binance announced the conclusion of the sale via an official blog post on their website. BitTorrent Token (BTT) Sale The token sale ran in two different sessions: One for purchasing BTT with TRON (TRX) and the other purchasing BTT with Binance Coin (BNB). Both sale sessions ended quickly. This didn’t go without a hitch though. It seems Binance wasn’t fully prepared for the amount of traffic it was…

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