Gemini Chose to Wade Regulation In New York, Weighs in on Conditional BitLicense

Last week, the New York State Department of Financial Services, or NYDFS, proposed changes around its state-wide BitLicense legal guidelines. Gemini, a crypto exchange calling New York home, sees the NYDFS’ move as a positive. Gemini’s chief compliance officer, Noah Perlman, told Cointelegraph: “The proposed conditional licensing framework is another step the DFS is taking to help ensure this industry continues to grow and innovate — so that it becomes more accessible to more people without compromising safety or security.” The NYDFS suggested BitLicense alterations last week New York has…

A Signal Last Seen Before Bitcoin Plunged to $3,700 Is About to Return

To many, determining which direction Bitcoin trends from here is a coin toss. One trader shared the image below with the caption: “You guys still trading this garbage? I’m not doing anything until one of these lines gets hit.” That’s to say, the analyst isn’t taking a trading position in Bitcoin because he has no idea where it will go first. BTC range chart shared by chartist/technician Byzantine General (@Byzgeneral on Twitter). Chart from TradingView.com Unfortunately for bulls, the evidence is starting to melt that a correction is more likely…

Ransomware Targets Outdated Microsoft Excel Macros to Deploy Attacks

Microsoft Security Intelligence alerted users to a type of ransomware, called Avaddon, that uses Excel 4.0 macros to distribute malicious emails. These emails contain attachments which deploy an attack when opened in any version of Excel. Avaddon ransomware emerged in early June through a massive spam campaign that randomly targeted its victims. Some patterns seem to indicate that the ransomware mostly targets Italian users. Impersonating Italian officials As BleepingComputer reports, the attackers behind the ransomware are recruiting “affiliates” to spread the payload. According to their analysis, Avaddon’s average ransom amount is…

Analyst Who Predicted Bitcoin’s V-Shaped Reversal at $3,700 Is Bullish

It’s been a tough past few weeks for the Bitcoin market. Some are skeptical that the cryptocurrency is in a bull trend after BTC has sustained multiple rejections at $10,000. Yet a trader that nailed a bold prediction remains optimistic, sharing a number of signals indicating imminent upside. Bitcoin Could Soon See a Bounce, Says Crypto Trader In March, Bitcoin plunged from the $9,000s to $3,700 in the matter of a week. Considering the severity of the drop, coupled with a collapse in the traditional economy, few expected a rebound.…

Here’s Why Ethereum’s Consolidation Could Result in an Explosive Move to $480

Ethereum has been consolidating over the past few days within the $220 region. Although on the surface its price structure seems similar to that of Bitcoin and its peers, it is important to note that it is currently stuck beneath its long-held trading range between $230 and $250. Its sustained bout of trading below this range is a grim sign, but analysts are noting that the crypto has remained above a couple of crucial technical levels. The ability to remain above these levels has led one analyst to set his…

We Underestimated How Long Proof-of-Stake and Sharding Would Take to Complete

The Hashing It Out podcast recently hosted Ethereum co-founder, Vitalik Buterin. During the show, he explained how he would handle Ethereum’s creation differently if he were building it now.  Buterin acknowledged the presence of a number of changes, both large and small, such as putting more thought into gas costs for example. “We didn’t really do a good job of setting those at the beginning,” Buterin said on the July 2 podcast interview.   Buterin’s larger changes involve sharding and Proof-of-Stake After mentioning gas prices and other smaller alterations he would…

Telecom Giant Thinks Blockchain Can Make Phone Insurance More Convenient

South Korean telecommunications firm, SK Telecom, announced a blockchain-based document submission process for mobile phone insurance. This new protocol will do away with the company’s current antiquated paper processing methods. Before now, users had to visit a technical repair office to receive insurance benefits for damaged phones, according to Itbiznews. Successful visits would conclude with a claim receipt, which they then had to forward via email or fax to the insurance company. Cooperation with Samsung SK Telecom’ new system will allow the telecom giant’s customers to skip this outdated process,…

This Binance Launchpad Alum Believes It Has Cardano, EOS & Algorand Beat

Elrond (ERD) believes it has what it takes to overcome the behemoths of the proof-of-stake, or PoS, world. This Romanian PoS blockchain raised $3.25 million in an Initial Exchange Offering, or IEO, in July 2019. Elrond CEO, Beniamin Mincu, told Cointelegraph that Binance’s IEO process was very tough. He explained though that through perseverance, the project was able to raise the necessary funds, and receive significant exposure. Ethereum 2.0 — ahead of schedule Elrond’s technological stack reads very similar to what has been anticipated for Ethereum (ETH) 2.0 — sharding,…

OKEx Now Features Latin American Fiat Gateway with Latamex

OKEx, a major global cryptocurrency exchange, is embracing the Latin American crypto market by launching a fiat gateway for three local currencies. According to a July 3 announcement, OKEx users can now buy Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) in exchange for the Argentine peso (ARS), the Brazilian real (BRL), and the Mexican peso (MXN) via a direct bank transfer. OKEx implements Settle Network’s Latamex tool OKEx’s partnership with a company called Settle Network allowed them to enable these features. Settle Network is claimed to be the largest digital settlement network…