Waves Transitions to Self-Regulating Monetary System

Open source blockchain platform Waves is transitioning to a self-regulating monetary system, allowing thus the community to determine the block generation reward size and coin supply. Waves announced the development in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Sept. 19. The company detailed an update to protocol version Node 1.1, which considers a mechanism of block generation rewards in addition to the existing transaction fees: “Every generated block will add another 6 WAVES to the overall circulating supply, which was previously limited to 100,000,000 WAVES. The reward for block generation…

Zuckerberg Continues Tour of DC With Unproductive Meeting With Senator

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is continuing his planned meetings with policymakers in United States capital Washington D.C., to further discuss “future internet regulations,” most recently with Senator Josh Hawley. Zuckerberg meets Missouri senator Josh Hawley On the afternoon of Sept. 19, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley took to Twitter to give an overview of a meeting today with Mark Zuckerberg. Hawley wrote: “Just finished meeting with CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Had a frank conversation. Challenged him to do two things to show FB is serious about bias, privacy & competition.” The U.S…

North Korea Expected to Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency Similar to Bitcoin

North Korea has set plans in motion to create its own cryptocurrency that will be similar to Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. The crypto will help the country avoid international sanctions and evade the global US-dominated financial system. North Korea to Introduce Own Crypto A representative of the regime has indicated that the planned cryptocurrency will be the same as the other cryptocurrencies. Alejandro Cao de Benos, the head of the country’s crypto conferences, said that they are currently evaluating products that will offer the digital currency value. For now, the…

Bitcoin Cash Learns Block Size Economics, Ver Says BCH Not Restricted

Those who have followed the Bitcoin saga from the very beginning know that it’s a mistake in 2019 to only pay attention to the so-called “grandfather cryptocurrency,” as that would mean ignoring Bitcoin’s many relatives (and competitors) that share the same DNA. Bitcoin Cash (BCH), when it comes down to brass tacks, is similar to Bitcoin in most ways, but with one large distinction — it’s bigger block size of 32 megabytes. This is a result of BCH innovator Roger Ver’s idea that scaling should be possible on-chain, without third-party accelerators like the…

Former Overstock CEO Sells His Entire 13% Stake in the Firm for $90M

Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne has sold his 13% stake in the firm for $90 million to move to gold and crypto trading. Byrne sells his entire Overstock stake in 3 days Byrne, who resigned from Overstock on Aug. 22, cashed out nearly 4.8 million Overstock (OSTK) shares, which accounts for more than 13% of the company, American financial publication MarketWatch reported on Sept. 19. According to a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the former Overstock CEO was selling his shares at lower and lower…

United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health Launches Blockchain System

United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) launched a blockchain system for recording and sharing information of healthcare workers in health facilities. The official news agency of the UAE reported the development on Sept. 18, noting that the system aims to improve data integrity. A healthcare data sharing solution Per the report, the platform will “save and share the assessment information of health professionals, including doctors, pharmacists and technicians with local licensing health authorities.”  Assistant under-secretary of the Support Services Sector, Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, offered some…

Ethereum Tests 25% Capacity Increase as Network Fees Hit Bitcoin Level

Ethereum network participants are attempting to raise the network’s block size as a direct response to network congestion. Gas limit on course to become 10 million per block As various parties including co-founder Vitalik Buterin confirmed this week, testing is currently underway to improve network performance and reduce transaction fees.  “Given the current #Ethereum network congestion we have started to test raising the block gas limit to 10M gas,” mining pool Bitfly tweeted on Sept. 14. The move follows considerable upticks in Ethereum network usage, largely due to stablecoin Tether…

Opposition Party Boasts Pro-Crypto Policy in Contrast to Gov’t

South Korea’s main opposition party, the Liberty Korea Party (LKP), is poised to unveil its policy for cryptocurrencies and crypto exchanges. As Cointelegraph Korea reported on Sept. 19, the LKP’s stance appears to be more radical and pro-innovation than that of the current government, notably in its support for the authorization of tokenized securities.  Authorizing security token offerings and asset tokenization The LKP is scheduled to hold a “People’s Report Meeting” at the National Assembly building in Seoul, on Sept. 22, where the party will unveil its final “2020 Economic…

Publicly-Listed Mining Firm Argo Blockchain Adds 1,000 New Miners

Mining firm Argo Blockchain installs 1,000 more mining machines, financial news outlet ProactiveInvestors reports on Sept. 19. The addition of the new machines would take the company’s total number of miners to 6,000. Furthermore, the firm also plans to acquire another 6,000 of them in the next two quarters. The firm, publicly traded on the London stock exchange under the ARB ticker. Reports which circulated in August also pointed out that the company signed a deal to increase its electricity supply by 357%, which would be enough to power an…

SEC Charges Token Sale Platform For Illegal $14M Securities Offering

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued ICOBox and its founder Nikolay Evdokimov for conducting an illegal securities offering and for acting as unregistered brokers. SEC says ICOBox’s digital tokens are worthless In a press release on Sept. 18, the SEC claimed that ICOBox and Evdokimov sold the firm’s ICO tokens to more than 2,000 investors in an unregistered coin offering in 2017. The SEC goes on to say that the defendants claimed that the tokens would increase in value upon trading and that ICO token holders…