Crypto Lender Nexo Pays Token Holders Over $2.4 Million in Dividends

Crypto lending firm Nexo has paid its token holders a total of $2,409,574.87 in dividends. Nexo reportedly has reached an annualized dividend yield of 12.73%. Nexo announced the completion of its dividend payments in a press release on Aug. 16. According to the press release, Nexo has a user base of over 250,000. Moreover, Nexo’s dividend yield is purportedly higher than every dividend-paying stock listed on the S&P 500 market index. Nexo apparently pays out its total dividend in two parts — 50% comes from the Nexo Base Dividend and…

Bitcoin SV Devs to Offer ‘Office Hours’ for Project Assistance, Consulting

Bitcoin SV blockchain developer and blockchain organization service Open Directory creator synfonaut has launched a consulting service called Office Hours. This service connects developers in need of assistance with experienced Bitcoin SV devs, for help on Bitcoin SV projects.  Synfonaut announced the service’s launch in a Twitter post on Aug. 15. As per the platform’s  website, users can reach out to over a dozen professional developers for help on a product or service. This apparently provides a way to chat with a knowledgeable dev, in sessions that typically take an…

Turkish Bitcoin Adoption Ramps Up amid Flagging Economic Recovery

Turkey interest in bitcoin remains robust as the economy struggles to recover from the collapse of the lira from 2018. | Source: Shutterstock By CCN Markets: Turkey likes bitcoin more than any of the other 14 nations polled in a recent survey by Dutch banking group ING. Sixty-two percent of Turks were crypto positive, while 36% said they would be happy to be paid in bitcoin. Meanwhile, Austrians were the most skeptical, with only 13% being pro-crypto. Screenshot of ing.at poll These sentiments make perfect sense given Turkey’s recent economic…

US Customs and Border to Trial Blockchain Shipping Proof-of-Concept

A United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) advisory committee, is planning to launch a live test of its blockchain-based intellectual property rights proof of concept. The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will run its tests from late August to late September, per a report published on the CBP’s website. The COAC advises the Secretaries of the Department of the Treasury and Department of Homeland Security.  The announcement specifically comes by way of COAC’s Next Generation Facilitation Subcommittee, an entity comprised of four working groups that aim to improve…

FinCEN Director Addresses Casino Compliance With Obligations Regarding Crypto

Kenneth A. Blanco, the director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), has urged casinos to follow the agency’s guidelines in regards to suspicious convertible virtual currency (CVC) activity. During his speech at the 12th Annual Las Vegas Anti-Money Laundering Conference on Aug. 13, Blanco addressed casinos’ compliance with the FinCEN’s guidance released in May. In their guidance, the FinCEN considered certain business models involving CVC financial institutions to help them comply with their existing obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). The guidance, however, did not establish any new…

Biggest Crypto Hedge Funds and What They Tell About the Market

The total market cap for all cryptocurrencies stands at $293 billion, and while much of this value has been generated by individual traders buying and selling their own private stashes of crypto, it’s also largely the result of big investment funds. These are companies that have crypto assets under management worth as much as $1 billion or upward, with most of them qualifying as the whales the cryptocurrency community often talks about after every market movement. Yet, aside from simply trading Bitcoin, Ether or many other cryptocurrencies, funds also often invest venture…

Coinbase Accidentally Saves Unencrypted Passwords of 3,420 Customers

Major crypto platform Coinbase has emailed 3,420 Coinbase customers to disclose an accident with customer registration. Some registration details were apparently stored in clear text on the logs of Coinbase’s internal server, with affected customers now required to change their passwords. Coinbase announced the news in an official blog post on Aug. 16. According to the announcement, Coinbase has resolved the root cause of the bug and the platform is confident that stored data was not “improperly accessed, misused, or compromised.”  Some users’ credentials were saved when a rare signup…

CoinGecko Joins AMLT Network to Combat Exchange Fraud, Scams, Hacks

Crypto market aggregator CoinGecko has joined the network of blockchain analytics and anti-money laundering (AML) company Coinfirm. This partnership will reportedly allow CoinGecko to improve its exchange Trust Score algorithm, as well as provide users with a means to report scams and hacks. The companies shared a press release with Cointelegraph on Aug. 16. According to documentation from Coinfirm, the company runs the AMLT network that allows members to report cryptocurrency addresses tied to hacks, ransomware, scams and fraud. Coinfirm then blocks these users and funds across the AMLT network.…

The IRS has Words for Crypto Investors… Again: Tax Warnings

The cryptocurrency industry may still be going strong, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t had its share of problems. Nor does it mean everyone is a fan of virtual currencies. The IRS certainly isn’t, and crypto investors have learned that the hard way the past two months. Here’s what we know. IRS has Words for Crypto Investors At the start of last month, the IRS began mailing more than 10,000 crypto investors informing (well, it was more of a warning) that they may owe taxes on various cryptocurrency transactions. This…

Coinbase Reveals Password Glitch Affecting 3,500 Customers

Crypto exchange Coinbase disclosed a potential vulnerability Friday, announcing that a tiny fraction of its customers’ passwords were stored in plain text on an internal server log. However, the information was not improperly accessed by outside parties, the exchange said. In a post-mortem shared with CoinDesk, Coinbase outlined “a password storage issue,” impacting less than 3,500 customers (out of more than 30 million worldwide) that briefly resulted in personal information, including the passwords, being stored in clear text on internal logging systems. “Under a very specific and rare error condition,…