Ripple (XRP) Bulls Firm despite Coin Metric Report

Ripple (XRP) up 25.6 percent Ripple Labs exposed by Coin Metrics as David Schwartz says it is a “timeline issue.” Coin Metrics now reports that Ripple Labs did under-reported the number of XRP released from escrow by a total of 200 million XRP while implementing the “escrow queue” differently than announced. The reaction could be heaping pressure on XRP which is fast dropping, clawing back this week’s gains. Ripple Price Analysis Fundamentals According to a Coin Metrics report, Ripple Labs is allegedly misrepresenting the actual amount of XRP in their…

Facebook Registers Secretive ‘Libra’ Cryptocurrency Firm in Switzerland

According to a Reuters report, Facebook registered a new company, Libra Networks, in Geneva on May 2. This coincides with the slow roll-out of their internal cryptocurrency that will define the company’s first foray into blockchain technology. Facebook Global Holdings is a stockholder in the new company and it will, according to Reuters, “provide financial and technology services and develop related hardware and software, plans submitted on the Swiss register reveal.” Facebook’s march towards crypto has been slow and steady. The company’s latest move, the hiring of two Coinbase compliance…

Facebook Registers New Fintech Firm in Switzerland

Social media giant Facebook has apparently formed a new financial tech firm, Libra Networks LLC, according to a filing on the Geneva Commercial Register. Libra Networks was registered in Geneva on May 2 by Facebook Global Holdings II LLC. Per the official filing the firm provides: “…services in the fields of finance and technology, as well as the development and production of software and related infrastructure, in particular in connection with investment activities, the operation of payments, financing, identity management, data analysis, big data, blockchain and other technologies.” Facebook registered the…

Estonian Consulting Firm Claims It’s Harder to Get a Crypto License Following Regulation

Estonian consulting firm Eesti Consulting OÜ has claimed that it is getting harder to get a cryptocurrency license in Estonia in a press release published on May 16. The Estonian government’s Ministry of Finance introduced changes to the licensing process on May 3. The new regulations adds a numbered formal obligation, extends the processing time from 30 to 90 day and establishes the requirement for a company or branch to be incorporated in Estonia. Furthermore, the registered office address and the board of directors now needs to be located in…

Big Four Firm KPMG Identifies Top Four Skills Required for Blockchain Career

Big Four auditing firm KPMG has identified the top four skills needed for a blockchain-related career, in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 16. KPMG suggests that an increasing number of companies will investigate blockchain technology this year. “Blockchain projects will not succeed or scale without a multifaceted team that goes beyond technologists,” the firm states, thus identifying the four major skills needed for a career in the industry. KPMG argues that the successful deployment of blockchain tech depends on professionals with both technology literacy and business acumen.…

Blockchain Infrastructure Firm Blockstream Launches Security Token Platform

Blockchain infrastructure firm Blockstream announced the launch of its security token platform in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 15. Per the announcement, the new Liquid Securities platform is a solution for businesses to issue security tokens on the Liquid Network. Blockstream Chief Security Officer Samson Mow claims that while businesses are willing to issue tokenized securities, platforms such as Ethereum are not the right choice because of their scalability, privacy and reliability limitations. Blockstream claims that its platform is more suitable for such use: “Now, with the…

US Regulator Joins Canada in Fining Blockchain Firm CEO for Securities Act Violation

Blockchain entrepreneur Alex Tapscott has been fined $25,000 by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC,) according to a filing on May 14. Tapscott is the CEO of NextBlock Global, and in the filing, the SEC said neither the Canadian company nor its securities had ever been registered with the commission. The 33-year-old and his company have also been ordered to cease and desist from committing further violations of the Securities Act. According to the SEC, NextBlock was founded by Tapscott and three others in June 2017 for the purpose of investing…

Fintech Firm Billion Seals $2.1 Mln European Commission Grant for Blockchain System

Polish-British fintech firm Billon has reportedly sealed an almost €2 million (~$2.1 million) grant from European Commission’s Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) Instrument program to develop a blockchain document management system. The news was reported by Billion in a press release on May 14. The Commission’s SME Instrument program provides funding for innovation projects which are close-to-market, and has reportedly awarded Billon a grant under Phase 2 of the program — which provides enterprises with up to 70% of the costs of their proposed project. Billon’s system, dubbed B4TDM (Blockchain…

Australian Advisory Firm to Launch $250 Mln Digital Securities Offering for Mining Sector

Major Australian capital advisory firm PCF Capital Group has chosen permissioned blockchain ecosystem KoreConX for a $250 million digital securities offering. The news was revealed in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 14. PCF Capital is a corporate advisory firm with a focus on serving clients within the mining and resource sector, and has executed 120 mine divestment and project financing mandates for over $2 billion, according to the press release. KoreConX is reportedly a permissioned blockchain ecosystem for fully-compliant digital securities. It comprises a network of broker-dealers,…

Financial Advisory Firm Says Past Market Trends Point to Bitcoin at $20,000 by 2021

Financial advisory firm Canaccord Genuity has predicted that bitcoin (BTC) could hit $20,000 by 2021 based on retrospective projections in an analysis published on May 9. This prediction is based on a close similarity between the four-year price cycles of bitcoin during the 2011–2015 and 2015–2019 ranges, as shown in the following graph: Bitcoin price cycles. Source: Canaccord Genuity Canaccord Genuity points to the bitcoin mining rewards schedule as a possible cause for these four-year price cycles, since the reward drop — which decreases by 50% for every 210,000 blocks…