China’s Baidu Search Trends Collide with Bitcoin’s May Bull Run

By CCN: China may have cracked down on cryptocurrency companies, but that’s not stopping the local population from pursuing bitcoin as an investment. Economist and trader Alex Kruger did the research and found that there may be some truth to the theory that China fueled much of the gains in the BTC price last month. June hasn’t been so kind, at least so far, with the bitcoin price down more than 7% in the last 24 hours. In May, however, bitcoin was a rock star as its value expanded by…

Tron (TRX) Bulls Snap Back to Trend, Rewind Earlier Losses

TRX up 22.3 percent from last week’s close US SEC flexibility will spur innovation and Tron set to benefit Overly, US SEC decision to support innovation could end up benefiting TRX. At the moment, bulls are back, wiping losses and confirming buyers of late May. Tron Price Analysis Fundamentals Justin Sun is known for his aggressive marketing. However, considering that he is behind one of the most liquid coins in TRX that supporters claim is a utility; his approach is fodder for critics. On one end, the SEC may be…

Binance Cryptocurrency Exchange Testing British Pound Stablecoin

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance is apparently testing a British pound stablecoin on its native blockchain, Binance Chain, according to a Twitter post on June 3. Twitter user CryptosBatman noticed that the listing “$BGBP” appeared on the Binance platform. Screenshot of stablecoin on Binance Chain. Source: Twitter Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has commented on the tweet, confirming that a pound stablecoin is in the testing phase, with only £200 minted. Zhao came under fire last month for posting about potentially rolling back transactions (re-org) on the exchange after a $40 million…

Most Blockchain Platforms Will Need Replacing in a Couple Years: Report

By CCN: Most enterprise blockchains have been mistargeted. They will need replacing in a couple of years. Gartner did a study that found up to 90% of the blockchains in use today will need to be replaced in just a couple short years. “By 2021, 90% of current enterprise blockchain platform implementations will require replacement within 18 months to remain competitive, secure and avoid obsolescence, according to Gartner, Inc.” Gartner says the blockchain market is fragmented. | Source: Twitter Impact to Business: $200 Billion The report isn’t all doom and…

Open Positions on Chicago Mercantile Exchange Bitcoin Futures Hit Record High

The number of open contracts for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s (CME) bitcoin (BTC) futures is reportedly at an all-time high, cryptocurrency news outlet Coindesk reported on June 3. According to visible data released by the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) data, the number of open positions for the aforementioned future contract in the week from May 27 to June 3 is 5,190. Coindesk claims that this is the highest number of open positions that CME’s bitcoin futures have ever reported and a 7% increase over the previous week.…

Analytical Firm Calls Bitcoin ‘King of the Assets Class Hill’

Analytical firm Delphi Digital has called bitcoin (BTC) the “King of the Assets Class Hill” due to the coin’s outperformance in recent months, the Next Web reported on June 3. Delphi Digital based its commentary on bitcoin’s returns for four straight months, especially given that bitcoin’s performance comes at a time when traditional risk assets continue to face selling pressure. “May’s outperformance has been especially important given the broader weakness across many other asset classes,” the firm said. According to Delphi Digital, investors have been driven to leave riskier positions…

Blockchains Acquires Development Firm Behind ‘The DAO’ Project

United States-based blockchain incubator and investment firm Blockchains, LLC, has acquired the German Ethereum dev team slock.it, according to a press release on June 3. Slock.it’s team is reportedly around three dozen large, and is known for its creation of the now-defunct decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) project “The DAO.” Co-founders and brothers Christoph and Simon Jentzsch will reportedly join Blockchains as VP of technology and director of blockchain development, respectively. During the first few months of the acquisition, the newly-linked organizations will reportedly ship a line of open-source tools for…

Israeli Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Cryptocurrency Exchange in Bank Dispute

The Supreme Court of Israel has declared that Leumi Bank cannot block the cryptocurrency exchange Bits of Gold’s account on the grounds of regulatory concerns, according to a report by Finance Magnates on June 3. Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling against Leumi, the bank reportedly maintains its stance against dealing with the exchange. The report notes, however, that this ruling sets precedent for Israeli cryptocurrency firms to legally use traditional banking services in the region. In 2017, the Israeli Supreme Court previously ruled in favor of Leumi in a separate…

Could the Blockchain Have Prevented It?

By CCN: A major data breach has rocked Quest Diagnostics, exposing the personal details of nearly 12 million patients in the process. The incident, which was reported in a public filing, occurred on May 14 after centralized third-party billing company American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) informed the diagnostic testing company about “potential unauthorized activity” on a “web payment page.” Quest Diagnostics has some blockchain exposure, but apparently not enough. Among the first companies to respond was blockchain-powered ID startup Civic, suggesting its decentralized technology could put an end to data…

Tech Startup Fluree Raises Nearly $5 Million in Seed Round for Blockchain Database

North Carolina-based Fluree has raised $4.7 million in its first funding round for the company’s blockchain-based database system, according to a report by Tech Crunch on June 3. The firm’s blockchain database product, FlureeDB, purports to be “an immutable, time-ordered blockchain database” according to its documentation. Additionally, users can reportedly choose to run the database privately or on a federated blockchain network. CEO Brian Platz explained: “If you want 100% decentralization, something like Bitcoin, it’s going to be slow. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. If you…