Ethereum (ETH) Price Hits First Target: $240 Could Be Next

ETH price climbed above the $210 resistance level and tested the $225 level against the US Dollar. The price remains in a strong uptrend and it could soon test the $240 resistance area. There is a new short term bullish trend line forming with support near $209 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair remains well supported on the downside near the $215 and $210 levels. Ethereum price climbed sharply above $220 versus the US Dollar, and recovered a few points vs bitcoin. ETH price…

Microsoft’s Blockchain Obsession, Including ID Push, Is Good for Bitcoin

By CCN: Does Microsoft consider blockchain to be the strongest technology in the world? Who knows, but they sure seem to recognize its growing mainstream status and view it as a potential moneymaker. The company recently announced that it would be building a decentralized identity (DID) network on top of the Bitcoin blockchain, the oldest and arguably most trusted blockchain within the space. The network will be built in accordance with standards set by the Decentralized Identity Foundation, which Microsoft claims can overpower the “throughput issues” commonly witnessed on the…

Hyperledger Announces Aries, a Toolkit for Blockchain-Based Identity Management

Everyone has a form of sovereign identity, said Evermym’s Drummond Reed during CoinDesk LIVE on Tuesday. Reed and Brian Behlendorf, executive director of Hyperledger, were there to launch their new identity management system. During his talk, Reed tapped his physical wallet full of cards and cash. That, he said, was the equivalent of state-of-the-art when it came to digital identity. In an effort to bring identity into the 21st century, the pair have just launched a new, open source framework for identity management, Aries. The framework, the team wrotes, is…

HTC’s Blockchain Phone | Native Crypto Wallet Now Available

According to CoinTelegraph, HTC’s blockchain phone, Exodus 1, now allows users to trade cryptocurrency directly from the phone’s native crypto wallet. The Taiwanese technology giant made the announcement early on Tuesday. Exodus 1 Blockchain Phone – Native Wallet Trading HTC’s Zion Vault will now allow swaps between various cryptocurrencies. The new feature is the result of a partnership with Kyber Network—a dedicated platform for cross-token trading solutions. HTC has added Kyber’s liquidity protocol and this allows easy swaps. The swapping pairs include Ethereum-based ERC-20 tokens, including basic attention token (BAT), Kyber…

BitGo Announces New Settlement System for Institutional Clients

Blockchain security company BitGo is launching a new service for institutional clients: a clearing and settlements system that operates off-chain. BitGo announced this new service in a press release on May 14, 2019, describing some of the features that this new system will have. Assets “never need to leave custody,” according to the announcement, and “counterparty risk is minimized” with BitGo acting as custodian for both sides of any deal. BitGo expects its in-house clearing and settlements service to make arranging such deals more convenient. For example, all funds up…

Hyperledger Rolls Out Suite of Blockchain Tools for Interoperability

Hyperledger has introduced a set of tools dubbed “Hyperledger Aries” aimed at interoperability of different types of blockchain-based data. The company announced the development in a blog post on May 14. Hyperledger Aries is a set of tools that purportedly enables the exchange of blockchain-based data, supports peer-to-peer (P2P) messaging and facilitates interactions between different blockchains and other distributed ledger technologies. Per the post, Hyperledger rolled out the project in order to provide code for P2P interaction and advance interoperability, among other objectives. The product includes a blockchain interface layer,…

US SEC Delays Decision on Bitwise Bitcoin ETF, Seeks Public Comment

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has again delayed its decision on cryptocurrency index fund provider Bitwise Asset Management’s bitcoin (BTC) exchange traded fund (ETF). The development was revealed in a filing published by the SEC on May 14. In the recent filing, the SEC revealed that it has delayed its decision on whether to approve or disapprove Bitwise’s ETF, and also requested for a public comment from interested parties. The Commission thus asks interested persons to “provide written submissions of their views, data, and arguments with respect…

Blockchain, Crypto Will Have a Role in US Tech Independence

Technology needs to be a national issue for the United States, with digital currencies and blockchain to be recognized within that goal, according to Ripples’ Director of Regulatory Relations Ryan Zagone, at the Consensus 2019 conference on May 14. Zagone stated that technology needs to be a national security issue for the U.S. to ensure that the country is the leader and is not reliant on foreign innovators: “There is a broad discussion in Washington around 5G being dominated by foreign firms and the U.S. being reliant on foreign technology…