CME Group to Launch Options on Bitcoin Futures in Q1 2020

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group is adding options to its Bitcoin (BTC) futures contracts in Q1 2020, pending regulatory review. The development was announced in an official news release on Sept. 20. Options will give clients more “flexibility to hedge Bitcoin price risk” Tim McCourt — CME Group Global Head of Equity Index and Alternative Investment Products — stated: “Based on increasing client demand and robust growth in our Bitcoin futures markets, we believe the launch of options will provide our clients with additional flexibility to trade and hedge their…

South Korea’s CJ Corp Taps Amazon’s Blockchain for Music Copyrights

An IT arm of South Korea’s major conglomerate CJ Corp is using Amazon’s blockchain tech to improve music copyright management. CJ Corp implementing Amazon Managed Blockchain CJ OliveNetworks, a technology subsidiary of CJ, has reportedly implemented Amazon Managed Blockchain in its new digital copyright system for recording and tracking music in broadcast content, local news agency Yonhap reported on Sept. 19. Specifically, the firm reportedly deployed Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) file-based video transcoding service Elemental MediaConvert to recognize and extract music content from broadcasting data. Secure data sharing and storage…

Singapore Bank Giant OCBC Joins JPMorgan’s Blockchain Network

OCBC has become the first Singapore-based bank to join JPMorgan Chase’s interbank blockchain network. According to a Business Times Singapore report on Sept. 20, a total of 134 banks from the Asia-Pacific region are now participants in JPMorgan’s blockchain-powered interbank information network (IIN). OCBC is the second-largest bank in Southeast Asia by assets and among the larger financial institutions in Asia-Pacific. 343 banks have joined JPMorgan’s network since 2018 These 134 banks comprise almost 40% of the 343 banks that have joined IIN since 2018. The network’s largest national bloc is Japan,…

Bakkt to ‘Improve Trust With Institutions to Crypto’ in 3 Days

Bitcoin (BTC) and cryptocurrency will gain trust from the incoming launch of institutional trading platform Bakkt, a well-known analyst has said. More Praise For Bakkt In a tweet on Sept. 19, Fundstrat Global Advisors co-founder Tom Lee joined the increasing number of Bitcoin figures bullish about Bakkt’s impact on the space. The platform goes live on Sept. 23, and will first offer physical Bitcoin futures. Investors, who have been able to deposit funds since Sept. 6, will take delivery of payouts exclusively in BTC. The remaining days to launch have…

Ripple Avoids XRP Question as It Moves to Dismiss Securities Lawsuit

Blockchain network Ripple has filed a controversial motion to dismiss a lawsuit over it allegedly selling unregistered securities. Ripple: Securities ruling beyond scope of the court In a court filing uploaded by Fortune on Sept. 20, lawyers representing the company against investor Bradley Sostack dismissed the claims against it. Part of an ongoing legal battle, Sostack says Ripple’s sales of altcoin XRP in 2013 constituted an unlawful securities offering. Ripple denies this, but the case has thrown up wider concerns over the legality of Ripple’s operations regarding XRP. As Cointelegraph…

Bitcoin Price (BTC) Rallies Sharply But Facing Significant Hurdle

Bitcoin price started a strong rise after trading as low as $9,637 against the US Dollar. The price is trading above the $10,200 level, but it is facing hurdles near the $10,400 level. There was a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance near $10,150 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The price is currently correcting lower towards the $10,150 and $10,100 support levels. Bitcoin price is showing positive signs above the $10,100 level against the US Dollar. BTC needs to surpass…

Crypto Market & Bitcoin Rebounding: BCH, Litecoin, TRX, XLM Analysis

The total crypto market cap bounced back sharply after testing the $245.0B support area. Bitcoin price is back above the $10,000 and $10,100 levels, with positive signs. Litecoin (LTC) price is showing positive signs and it could soon revisit the $80.00 resistance. BCH price is gaining pace and it could rise towards the $325 and $340 resistance levels. Tron (TRX) price settled above the $0.0170 level and it could continue to climb higher. Stellar (XLM) price surged recently and it is likely to march towards the $0.0850 level. The crypto…

Ripple Price (XRP) Holding Key Support: BTC & ETH Bounce Back

Ripple price is finding a strong buying interest near the $0.2850 level against the US dollar. The price is currently consolidating and it is likely to climb back above $0.3000. There is a connecting bearish trend line forming with resistance near $0.3000 on the hourly chart of the XRP/USD pair (data source from Kraken). The price could start a fresh increase if it surpasses the $0.3000 and $0.3050 resistance levels. Ripple price is trading in a positive zone against the US Dollar, while bitcoin is rebounding. XRP price must stay…

Ethereum (ETH) Price Climbs Again, Bulls Likely Sighting $240

ETH price completed its downside correction near the $202 support area against the US Dollar. The price bounced back and climbed to a new monthly high above the $220 level. There is a new major bullish trend line forming with support near $210 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair is currently correcting gains, but it remains supported near the $215 and $210 levels. Ethereum price is back in a positive zone versus the US Dollar and bitcoin. ETH price is showing positive signs and…

Tech Startup Nebula Genomics Launches Blockchain-Based DNA Sequencing

Tech startup Nebula Genomics is launching DNA sequencing using blockchain, which eliminates the need for customers to reveal personal information. Per a blog post published on Sept. 19, Nebula has rolled out anonymous genetic testing, enabling clients to purchase whole-genome sequencing and provide their saliva samples without the need to share their personal data such as name, address or credit card number. Eliminating the dependence on data de-identification To achieve this, Nebula developed and implemented a blockchain-based product that enables transparent and controllable data sharing, and offers an option to…