Major Stablecoin Basis to Close, Return Funds to Investors: Sources

Major United States-based stablecoin project Basis will shut down operations and return most of its funds to investors, crypto news outlet The Block reports today, Dec. 12. Citing “multiple people with direct knowledge of the situation,” the reports states that the algorithmic stablecoin project is set to return the majority of the $133 million in funding it raised in a private placement in April. Basis’ investors include major names in venture capital, among them Bain Capital Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. The Block reports that the firm plans to communicate directly…

Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH at Potentially Significant Turning Point

Key Highlights ETH price remained in a bearish zone and it is currently trading below $90 against the US Dollar. This week’s followed important bearish trend line is active with resistance at $90 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair may decline in the short term towards the $85 level or the $82 support zone. Ethereum price failed to extend gains and declined against the US Dollar and bitcoin. ETH/USD might continue to face sellers near the $90 and $92 resistances. Ethereum Price Analysis There…

Pro-Crypto French MPs Want to Invest 500 Million Euros to Make France ‘Blockchain Nation’

Two pro-crypto members of the French Parliament (Parlement français) want the country to invest up to 500 million euros in blockchain programs to elevate France as a “blockchain nation.” Deputies Jean-Michel Mis and Laure de La Raudière released a report on Dec. 12 outlining 20 proposals to support the development and mainstream adoption of blockchain, according to French financial newspaper Les Echos. “2019 will be the year of the blockchain in France,” Jean-Michel Mis said in the report, according to a rough translation. “This 10-year technology is moving out of the…

Hyperledger Onboards 12 New Members Including Alibaba Cloud, Deutsche Telekom and Citi

Hyperledger has onboarded 12 new members, including such major firms as Alibaba Cloud, Citi, and Deutsche Telekom, according to an announcement published on Dec. 11. Launched in 2016, Hyperledger is an open source project created by the Linux Foundation and created to support the development of blockchain-based distributed ledgers. The new members were announced at the Hyperledger Global Forum in Basel, Switzerland. The latest general members that joined the initiative include Alibaba Cloud, a subsidiary of the e-commerce giant; financial services firm Citigroup, Deutsche Telekom, one of the largest telecoms…

Court Ruling to Return Mistakenly Sent Cryptocurrency Could Set Precedent

A Dec. 12 Business Law Blog post from the University of Oxford Faculty of Law notes possible repercussions for lost and stolen crypto claims following a case in a Canadian trial court earlier this year. In the post, SAFE Frankfurt researcher Grygoriy Pustovit notes the case of Copytrack Pte Ltd v Wall. The superior trial court of British Columbia ruled that Ethereum (ETH) tokens, which were mistakenly sent by the plaintiff, Singapore blockchain startup Copytrack, to the defendant, Brian Wall, must be returned to Copytrack. The defendant mistakenly received 530…

AriseBank Founders to Pay $2.7 Million in Fines to Settle ICO Fraud Charges

  A United States federal court has ordered two executives from crypto firm AriseBank to pay nearly $2.7 million in fines, according to a U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) announcement Dec. 12. The ruling follows an investigation by the SEC, which found that AriseBank was  operating a fraudulent Initial Coin Offering (ICO). AriseBank CEO Jared Rice was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Nov. 28 on charges of defrauding hundreds of investors of over $4 million. Rice allegedly falsely claimed that the bank could offer customers “FDIC-insured…

Major Ethereum Software Client Upgrades in Preparation for Constantinople Hard Fork

  The Ethereum (ETH) Constantinople upgrade appears to be proceeding as planned, as a widely used Ethereum software client has published new code that includes a Constantinople activation time on GitHub Dec. 11. The post reads that Geth, which stands for Go Ethereum, v1.8.20 is a special release that will “finally” enable the Constantinople hard fork on the Ethereum mainnet at block 7,080,000. Geth is one of the three original implementations of the Ethereum protocol. The description further states: “It’s also our last planned release of the 1.8 family, meaning…

62% of Auto Execs Believe Blockchain Will Disrupt Industry within 3 Years

The auto industry is betting big on blockchain. In fact, a whopping 62% of auto executives say the technology underpinning bitcoin will be a disruptive force in the industry by 2021. Moreover, 95% of carmakers plan to make “moderate to significant” blockchain investments over the next three years, according to a report by the IBM Institute for Business Value, a business-research group. In its executive report entitled “Daring to Be First,” the IBM Institute says blockchain can revolutionize the auto industry by bringing transparency to supply chain management and financial transactions.…

Crypto Markets See Modest Gains, Bitcoin Rises Above $3,400

Wednesday, Dec. 12: Cryptocurrency markets have seen moderate gains on the day, with all top 20 coins by market capitalization in the green, according to Cointelegraph’s Coin360. Market visualization from Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) began the day around $3,414, subsequently reaching its intraday high of $3,534. At press time, the major coin is trading at $3,499, up 2.21 percent over the last 24 hours. Bitcoin daily price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap Today, Cointelegraph reported that the R&D lab at crypto startup TenX has tested the use of its cross-blockchain interoperability protocol to…

Bitcoin Rises 4.65%, Comes Closer to a Breakout Action Scenario

The bitcoin price on Wednesday jumped as high as 4.65 percent from its opening price and established an intraday high at $3,488. The BTC/USD rate is now trading at 3440-fiat on the Coinbase exchange, coupled with a notable rise in daily volatility. The pair on December 7 established its yearly low at 3210-fiat, after which it consolidated within a circa $300 range. It established a top near 3650-fiat only to find itself pulled back strong bearish presence near the level. Historically, BTC/USD now is looking to retest the same top,…