Ethereum (ETH) Price Forms Bottom: Break $300 Could Accelerate Gains

ETH price declined to a new monthly at $271 and recently recovered against the US Dollar. There was a sharp increase above the $280 and $290 resistance levels in the past two sessions. There was a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance near $286 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair is currently trading near the $300 resistance, above which it could accelerate higher. Ethereum price is reversing recent losses versus the US Dollar, similar to bitcoin. ETH price must clear the…

South Korea’s Largest Telecom SK Group Invests $10M in ConsenSys

South Korea’s largest telecom and the third top conglomerate SK Group has invested $10 million in major global blockchain firm ConsenSys, according to a report by local news agency Chosun on July 2.  Worth noting is the increased involvement of major South Korean companies into crypto industry, including Samsung, internet giant Kakao, Hyundai, among others. In the report, Chey Tae-won, chairman at SK Corporation and South Korean billionaire entrepreneur, has expressed interest in blockchain and token economy. Speaking at a tech startup event in Seoul, Chey argued that traditional business…

No, Bitcoin Isn’t Really Selling for $76,000 in Zimbabwe: Analysts

Bitcoin traders in Zimbabwe and South Africa are seeing skyrocketing premiums on their bitcoin (BTC), according to a report from financial news outlet Fxstreet on July 2. Amid new capital controls in South Africa and Zimbabwe’s recent ban on local trading in foreign fiat currencies, local traders have reportedly seen asking prices of as high as $50,000 per 1 BTC if they attempt to purchase the coin from abroad. At press time, bitcoin is trading above $10,915 on South African crypto exchange Luno, according to CoinMarketCap data — 10.5% above…

Maritime Carrier Hapag-Lloyd Joins Blockchain Tracking Platform TradeLens

Maritime shipping firms Ocean Network Express and Hapag-Lloyd have joined blockchain tracking platform TradeLens, financial news outlet The Wall Street Journal reports on July 2. The Japan-based Ocean Network Express and Germany-based Hapag-Lloyd will join the TradeLens platform launched by Danish logistics conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk and tech behemoth IBM. As Cointelegraph reported at the time, the world’s second-largest shipping company Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) and fourth-largest container shipping firm CMA CGM, have joined blockchain shipping platform TradeLens in May.  The platform aims to reduce paperwork and associated costs and time…

IOTA Foundation Launches Trinity, a New Software Wallet for IOTA tokens

The IOTA Foundation has launched the Trinity wallet, as the organization announced in a press release on July 2. The announcement advertises the Trinity wallet as an improve to both ease-of-use and security for users conducting transactions in IOTA, with the purported goal of appealing to both new and advanced users. Reportedly, the wallet’s beta version has seen 160,000 downloads and transactions worth over $1.8 billion of IOTA. Cybersecurity firms SixGen andAccessec audited the application in advance of release. As a software wallet, Trinity is designed for compatibility with Ledger’s…

Blockchain Startups Raised $822 Million in H1 2019: New Report

Blockchain startups have raised $822 million in 279 separate venture capital (VC) deals in H1 2019, according to a report by American venture platform Outlier Ventures released on July 2. According to the research, titled “State of Blockchains Q2 2019,” 159 deals out of total 279 were seed stage ones, which shows that a sufficient number of enterprises have moved from proof of concepts in the industry, launching “fully developed open-source projects” instead. In this regard, Outlier Ventures cited the United States’ largest bank, JPMorgan, and Big Four auditor Ernst…

UK Financial Watchdog Grants License to London-Based Crypto Asset Firm

London-based crypto asset management firm Prime Factor Capital has obtained a license from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to operate as a full-scope Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM). The development was announced in a press release on July 1 Being FCA-authorized gives Prime Factor Capital the right to operate as a full-scope AIFM under the European Union’s AIFM Directive (AIFMD). The Directive is a regulation applied to private equity funds, hedge funds, and real estate funds, which sets standards for marketing in regards to raising private capital, risk monitoring and…

Why IBM’s Blockchain Isn’t a Real Blockchain

Stuart Popejoy has 15 years experience in building trading systems and exchange backbones for the financial industry. Prior to co-founding Kadena with Will Martino in 2016 and becoming the company’s president, Stuart worked at JPMorgan Chase in the new products division, where he led and developed JPMorgan’s main blockchain product, Juno. Stuart also wrote the algorithmic trading scripts for JPMorgan, which informed his creation of Kadena’s simple, purpose-built smart contract language, Pact. The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views…

Operator of Newly Launched Binance US Appoints Former Ripple Exec as New CEO

The operator of United States-based division of Binance crypto exchange has appointed former Ripple exec as its new CEO, the company officially announced on July 2. BAM Trading Services (BAM), the operator of recently launched Binance US, has hired Catherine Coley, former liquidity management expert at Ripple, to oversee the launch of Binance US and bring BAM’s market to North America. After joining Ripple in 2017, Coley served as Head of XRP Institutional Liquidity, her most recent position prior to Binance US. Coley’s professional experience includes forex exchange (forex) expertise…

Crypto Exchange Bitfinex Repaid $100 Million to Stablecoin Operator Tether

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex announced that it repaid $100 million of outstanding loan facility to stablecoin operator Tether in a post on its official blog on July 2. Per the announcement, Bitfinex made the repayment via wire transfer to Tether’s bank account and the amount was not yet due to be paid to the operator under the facility. Still, the exchange reportedly made the decision to complete the prepayment based on its financial position at the end of the second quarter of 2019. The post concludes: “Also on July 1st, Bitfinex…