Platform Allows Users to Send and Receive Cryptocurrency With Gadget of Their Choice

The team behind a private digital currency for secure payments says its goal is to make every consumer their own bank — enabling them to send and receive crypto with the gadget of their choice. Xeonbit says its peer-to-peer technology ensures that every user’s accounts and transactions are “out of reach to any prying eyes.” A feature known as “ring signatures” means public keys are shuffled in order to ensure that particular users cannot be identified once a transaction has taken place. The startup says this is not at the…

NEM (XEM) Defies Crypto Snooze as Week’s Biggest Gainer

By CCN: The crypto market took a breather from its bull run this week, with Bitcoin slightly departing from its recent year-to-date peak. However, NEM has been defying this mini-correction mood to gain over 55 percent since Monday, according to Coinmarketcap data. Thus, NEM, whose coin is trading under the ticker XEM, has been the best performer of the week among the top 100 coins. On Thursday, it jumped about 50 percent in less than six hours, hitting a daily peak at $0.108, which is the highest level since November…

Goxtrade Advertises Unaffiliated Staff and Misleading Contact Information

Purported bitcoin (BTC) exchange Goxtrade has been accused of being a scam, technology news publication TechCrunch reported on May 17. Chief among the report’s revelations is that Goxtrade takes photos of unaffiliated people from social media sites and compiles them to make its online staff gallery. Goxtrade reportedly even retains some of their real names. Amber Baldet, co-founder of blockchain startup Clovyr, is one person whose name and picture were featured on Goxtrade’s staff roster. She responded to the appearance on Twitter: “Fraud alert: I am not a developer at…

Coinbase Earn Now Available to the Public in Over 100 Countries

Major crypto platform Coinbase has opened its Coinbase Earn program to the public in over 100 countries, according to a press release on May 17. As Cointelegraph reported, Coinbase first announced the program at the end of 2018 as an invite-only initiative. This pilot period let users earn cryptocurrency by learning about the ERC-20 token “0x” (ZRX). Coinbase stated that according to a survey they conducted, uninformed users were reluctant to invest in crypto but were eager to learn: “…one of the biggest barriers preventing people from exploring a new…

Russian Sberbank Demands Client Provide Data on Cryptocurrency Revenue

Russia’s largest bank Sberbank has requested that a client provide information on their income from cryptocurrency, the Russian version of Forbes reported on May 17. Co-founder of cryptocurrency trading platform Toxenbox.io, Vladimir Smerkis, told Forbes that the unnamed client received a letter from Sberbank requiring disclosure of their crypto revenue. The letter based its demand on Federal Law No. 115, “On Combating Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing.” The client had reportedly already informed the bank about their income from exchanging cryptocurrencies. Specifically, Sberbank wanted to know the client’s crypto wallet…

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, EOS, Binance Coin, Stellar, Cardano, TRON: Price Analysis May 17

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. Market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. Bitcoin witnessed a flash crash on Bitstamp exchange when it plunged to a low of $6,178. The fall was triggered by a sell order of about 5,000 bitcoins at $6,200. Some people speculate that the order might have been mistyped $6,200 instead of $8,200.…

Flexa Co-Founder Semi-Teases Adding Litecoin to Crypto Payment App

By CCN: Most of crypto land celebrated when Flexa and Gemini partnered to deliver digital currency-fueled micro-payments to merchants. Spedn will let consumers shop at major stores including Nordstrom and Lowe’s and pay with crypto across bitcoin, ether, Bitcoin Cash, and Gemini Dollar. But one crypto influencer was left out of the celebration – Litecoin Creator Charlie Lee. That’s because Litecoin was noticeably absent from the list of coins that the Spedn app supports. Lee tagged Flexa Co-Founder Trevor Filter in a tweet rallying followers to agree that the “app…

Ripple Potentially Sped Up XRP Distribution by 21 Years: Crypto Wonks

By CCN: CoinMetrics, a firm that analyzes blockchain data for crypto investors, published a bombshell report this week which tells the story of how Ripple Labs has allegedly misrepresented its escrow system. Ripple has effectively misrepresented the amount of XRP transferred back to escrow at least twice. More importantly, the bank-friendly cryptocurrency’s escrow process diverges significantly from the way it was presented initially. Ripple Escrow System: Not Working As Advertised Ripple is supposed to take 1 billion XRP out of its fund every month, liquidate what it needs, and return…

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 the Geneva con 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…

ABB Launches Blockchain Pilot for Solar Energy Sector

International electrical engineering company ABB has rolled out a blockchain pilot to explore how the technology could promote the role of solar energy in peer-to-peer (p2p) energy trading, technology-focused media outlet PV Tech reported on May 16. To implement the project, ABB collaborated with Italian energy aggregator Evolvere to deploy a blockchain it jointly developed with blockchain-based platform Prosume. The pilot will purportedly enable transparent and secure p2p energy transactions, as well research blockchain’s role in the smart grids market. ABB told PV Tech that the project’s objective is to…