Ethereum Price (ETH) Resumes Decline, Bears Eye Fresh Lows

ETH price failed to surpass the key $215 resistance area and declined again against the US Dollar. Ethereum price is now trading below the $214 level with a bearish angle. Yesterday’s highlighted key ascending channel with support near $213 was breached on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair is likely to extend its decline towards the $200 support area in the near term. Ethereum price is trading in a bearish zone versus the US Dollar and bitcoin. ETH price could continue to slide and it…

The SEC Punts on Bitcoin ETFs and Will Never Permit Them

The SEC punts on whether it will or won’t approve 3 new bitcoin ETFs, signaling that it isn’t prepared to regulate BTC this way just yet.  | Source: Shutterstock; Edited by CCN The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is delaying its decisions on whether to approve or kill three new bitcoin ETFs. The bitcoin ETF offerings from VanEck, Bitwise, and United States Bitcoin and Treasury Investment have each been under consideration for months, and the SEC is pushing its decision out to the maximum amount of time permitted under federal…

Crypto Derivatives Exchange Blade Raises $4.3M From Coinbase and Others

A soon-to-launch cryptocurrency derivatives exchange has raised $4.3 million from major investors such as the cryptocurrency platform Coinbase and the investment firm SV Angel. The exchange Blade is scheduled to launch in three weeks’ time. Blade’s funding and plans come by way of a Tech Crunch report on Aug. 12. The report notes that in particular, Blade is aiming to provide trading for cryptocurrency-based perpetual swap contracts with three new improvements. First, the perpetuals contracts will be drawn up using standard, simple contracts. Second, the perpetuals will use Tether’s stablecoin…

Binance’s Trust Wallet Releases Desktop App for MacOS

The Binance-owned digital currency wallet, Trust Wallet, has released a desktop application for macOS. The team behind Trust Wallet announced the development in a tweet today, Aug. 12, also revealing that the wallet will be available in the Mac App Store shortly. In a series of tweets, Trust Wallet founder Viktor Radchenko disclosed that support for Linux will be launched next week. Radchenko further said that the main challenge for the team now is to port Trust Wallet to Windows, which they have ostensibly not done yet. Radchenko also noted…

Congressional Research Service Examines Blockchain in Energy Sector

The Congressional Research Service has released a report that examines, among other things, the potential advantages and disadvantages of pursuing blockchain-based solutions for the energy sector. The Congressional Research Service released their findings in a report on Aug. 9, entitled “Bitcoin, Blockchain, and the Energy Sector.” In its report, the research group noted that launching a blockchain solution which allows consumers to purchase energy services within a distributed system, in particular, could make for an energy system that is more transparent, efficient and flexible for the consumer. However, releasing such…

SEC Requests Freeze on Assets in Connection With Alleged $15M ICO Fraud

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a complaint against a New York-based man and two of his companies. The SEC alleges that these entities conducted a fraudulent and unregistered ICO from late 2017 to 2018, and is requesting that a U.S. District Court issue an emergency freeze on the defendants’ related assets.  Hindenburg Research shared the SEC’s filing for a jury trial in a post on Aug. 12. According to the document, the commission is formally filing a complaint against Reginald Middleton, the New York company…

Crypto Criminals Take in $4.3 Billion in 2019, CipherTrace Reports

Cryptocurrency criminals have taken in an estimated $4.3 billion USD in 2019, according to CipherTrace. CipherTrace, a cryptosecurity company based in Silicon Valley, has released its Q2 2019 Cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Report, which is a detailed overview of major cryptocurrency thefts, scams, and fraud around the world. The firm’s Q1 report estimated that cybercriminals illicitly obtained more than $1.2 billion USD in cryptocurrency during the first three months of the year alone. To put the severity of these figure in context, last year’s total figure for crypto theft was…

Colu Blockchain Platform Shutting Down, Buys Back Its Tokens

Colu Group subsidiary Colu DLT has announced that it is shutting down its blockchain-based Colu Local Network, and is offering to repurchase and burn the accompanying CLN tokens sold to investors during its initial coin offering (ICO). The company’s buyback offer comes by way of an official announcement from Colu DLT on its website. According to the notice, the company is looking to repurchase its tokens with Ether (ETH) over a 90-day period. The company intends to subsequently burn all the tokens repurchased this way. According to the announcement, the…

Brave Browser Sees 1,200% Increase of Registered Publishers Over Year

The number of publishers using the blockchain-based decentralized browser Brave has increased by 1,200% over the past year, industry-focused news outlet Decrypt reported on Aug. 11. According to data from BATGrowth — a website that monitors Brave browser adoption — the number of Brave Rewards publishers were 18,931 in July, 2018, while its current number is more than 230,000 at press time. 29,278 website publishers including the Washington Post and Smithsonian Magazine, 17,417 Twitter publishers, 2,917 Reddit publishers, 166,698 YouTube publishers and over 12,000 Twitch publishers use the Brave Reward…

SEC Postpones Decision on Three Bitcoin ETF Rule Change Proposals

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has delayed its decision on three Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) proposals. According to documents published on Aug. 12, the SEC has will put off a formal decision on proposed rules changes by NYSE Arca and Cboe BZX Exchange for three Bitcoin ETFs: by asset managers VanEck SolidX, Bitwise Asset Management, and Wilshire Phoenix. According to the announcements, the SEC has delayed its decision for listing VanEck to Oct. 18, while Bitwise’s listing on NYSE Arca will be delayed to Oct. 13.…