Alibaba’s Ant Financial Starts Pre-Launch Testing of Business Blockchain

Ant Financial, the fintech arm of Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group, has launched the testing stage for its blockchain network aimed to support small and medium-sized businesses. Speaking at the World Blockchain Summit at Wuzhen, China, Jieli Li, senior director of technology and business innovation at Ant Financial, said the tech underlying its Ant Blockchain Open Alliance is set to go live three months after the testing period, according to a report from Sina Finance. “While the blockchain is open to developers and institutions from all over the world, we…

Police Arrest Founder of Blockchain Startup That Raised Over $80M

Dutch police have arrested the founder of blockchain game development startup Komodore64 that allegedly raised 78 million euros ($86 million) from investors, business-focused news outlet Sprout reported on Nov.  Komodore64 — which launched in June with the objective to create a game platform where transactions are tracked on blockchain — appeared to be a fraudulent scheme that deceived both investors and its own employees. The project and its native crypto coin K64, which have reportedly secured roughly $86 million in investments, have declared bankruptcy. Involvement of a “well-known investment company”…

Can Cryptocurrency Create a New Niche in Music Streaming?

The music streaming industry has come a long way since the old days of Napster and the first-ever downloadable music. The new technology that was the internet, combined with faster download speeds, made music sharing possible. Since those early days, regulations and structure have provided a way for companies to monetize digital content while protecting it and putting new technology to work. As the industry evolved, a few major platforms exploded into the market. These early growth leaders received huge boosts as users began tossing out their CDs and flocking…

Bitcoin Price Faces Drop to $8.5K After Consecutive Weekly Losses

View Bitcoin’s consecutive weekly losses and multiple failures at key resistance have shifted risk in favor of a drop to around $8,550 and perhaps as low as $8,000. Daily chart indicators have turned bearish for the first time in over a month, supporting the case for a deeper decline. A high-volume move above $9,335 (descending trendline from 2019 high) is needed to revive the bullish view. Bitcoin is looking south after back-to-back weekly losses and multiple rejections at key price resistance. The top cryptocurrency by market value fell 2.6 percent…

Russian Crypto Plot, China Mining U-Turn, Lottery Winner’s BTC Gamble: Hodler’s Digest, Nov. 4–10

Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Russia: New law would let police confiscate Bitcoin from 2021 We begin in Russia, where the government is pursuing a seemingly impossible law that would allow it to confiscate Bitcoin (BTC). Reports suggest that the plans, which target “digital assets,” could become law in 2021.…

EIDOS Airdrop 95% of Transfers

The EOS blockchain is congested by the EIDOS token airdrop, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase reports on Nov. 9. In a post on its blog, Coinbase claims that it had trouble in processing its clients’ transactions due to EOS network congestion caused by the EIDOS token airdrop. The exchange has since solved the issue by increasing the amount of staked CPU, securing a sufficient portion of the CPU time remaining on the network to process its transactions. Interestingly, the incident also caused the price of CPU time on the network to increase…

Why Bitcoin’s Next ‘Halving’ May Not Pump the Price Like Last Time

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and CoinDesk’s Director of Research. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a weekly newsletter focused on institutional investment in crypto assets. Sign up for free here. To find out more about crypto valuation metrics, download our free report here. Whether you call it the “halving” or the “halvening,” one of the few things we can be sure of in crypto is that the conversation around bitcoin’s upcoming reduction in…

Crypto News From Japan: Nov. 2–9

In this week’s selected cryptocurrency- and blockchain-related news from Cointelegraph Japan, the Japanese financial regulator solidifies its policy of banning trusts that invest in crypto, more than 20 companies launch a consortium that aims to raise funds with security tokens, and Coincheck starts its automated cryptocurrency accumulation service, while it denies having had any previous knowledge about Stellar Lumens’ 55 billion token burn. Here is the past week of cryptocurrency and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph Japan. FSA confirms ban on cryptocurrency investment trusts The Japanese…

Tunisia to Launch E-Dinar National Currency Using Blockchain

Tunisia has become the first country to start moving its national currency to a blockchain platform. Russian ICO startup Universa will help issue and manage Tunisia’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), reported Russian news agency Tass on Nov. 7. E-dinar expected to be more transparent, cheaper to issue The Central Bank of Tunisia announced that the digitization of the Tunisian dinar has started and that the paper-backed CBDC will be issued on the Universa Blockchain.  Furthermore, Universa will also reportedly receive a percentage of all transactions carried out with the…

Bakkt Bitcoin Futures Trading Volume Just Hit Another All-Time High

Bitcoin (BTC) futures daily volumes on digital asset platform Bakkt have hit a new all-time high, with 1,741 futures traded on Nov. 9. Bakkt announced the new record, stating:  “Today we set a new daily record of 1,756 Bakkt Bitcoin Futures contracts traded.” Volume spike coincides with Bitcoin price dip Twitter account dedicated to Bakkt futures trading volume data, Bakkt Volume Bot, also pointed out the development on Nov. 8.  Additionally, the daily volume of 1,741 (about $15.5 million) represents a 109% increase over the 834 contracts traded the day…