Blockchain Featured in Big Four Firm Deloitte’s Annual Tech Trends Report

Blockchain is featured as a disrupting technology in the Tech Trends 2019 report published by Big Four audit and consulting firm Deloitte on Jan. 16. According to one article in the report, “[a]dvanced networking is the unsung hero of our digital future,” and blockchain is cited as a part of it. The report — which mentions blockchain 25 times — notes that blockchain is among the technologies the importance of which is growing rapidly and still on its path towards mass adoption. The report also cites a International Data Corporation’s…

Circle Releases Third Audit Report of Stablecoin USDC’s Dollar Reserves

Cryptocurrency finance company Circle has released the third audit attestation of the reserves of its fiat-backed stablecoin, USD Coin (USDC), according to an official statement Jan. 16. The third-party audit of Circle’s United States dollar reserves was issued by independent accounting firm, Grant Thornton LLP. According to the report, as of Dec. 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. UTC, 251,211,148 USDC tokens were issued and outstanding, while the firm holds $251,211,209 in custody accounts, a $61 surplus in USD reserves. Circle’s statement concludes: “As of the Report Date and Time, the…

Security Report Gives A or A- Rating to 16% of Major Crypto Exchanges, None Get A+

The latest Exchange Security Report from independent analysts at ICORating has given 16 percent of the world’s biggest crypto trading platforms an A rating, and none of them an A+. The analysis, published Dec. 18, ranked Kraken (A), Cobinhood (A) and Poloniex (A-) as the top three most secure exchanges globally. ICORating assessed 135 crypto trading platforms, all of whose daily trade value reportedly exceeds $100,000, on the basis of four security categories: user account security, registrar and domain security, web security and DoS attack protection. No exchanges sealed an…

Bitcoin Approaches $3,700 as Top Cryptos Report Gains

Tuesday, Jan. 15 — all the top 20 cryptocurrencies are seeing slight to moderate gains in the 24 hours to press time. Bitcoin’s (BTC) price has approached $3,700 again, according to Coin360 data. Market visualization from Coin360 At press time, Bitcoin is up nearly 3 percent on the day, trading at around $3,680. Looking at its weekly chart, the current price is lower than $4,060, where Bitcoin started the week. Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap Ripple (XRP) is up just under 3 percent on the day, trading at around $0.33 at…

Bitcoin Falls Under $3,600 as Top Cryptocurrencies Report Moderate Losses

Sunday, Jan. 13 — all the top 20 cryptocurrencies are seeing slight to moderate losses in the 24 hours to press time. Bitcoin’s (BTC) price has fallen below $3,600 again, according to Coin360 data. Market visualization from Coin360 At press time, Bitcoin is down over 2 percent on the day, trading at around $3,568. Looking at its weekly chart, the current price is lower than the intra-week high of $4,109 — registered on Jan. 8 — and is also lower than $3,869, which is the value of one bitcoin last Sunday.…

2018 Sees 550% Uptick in Exempt ICO Securities Offerings Filed With the US SEC: Report

2018 witnessed a significant uptick in the number of initial coin offerings (ICOs) authorized by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to sell securities to large-scale investors, according to financial news channel MarketWatch, Jan. 11. MarketWatch reportedly compiled its data for 2018 by searching the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system for keywords such as “coin,” “ICO,” “token,” “initial coin offering” and “saft.” Their research reportedly found 287 results for evidently ICO-related fundraisings that were accepted by the agency to offer securities under what is…

Major Indian Bank Threatens to Close Accounts of Users Transacting in Crypto: Report

Kotak Mahindra Bank — India’s second largest private sector bank by market cap — is allegedly requiring account holders to refrain from dealings in cryptocurrency. The claim was made by Twitter user “Indian CryptoGirl” (@Desicryptohodlr) in a tweet posted Jan. 8. According to the screenshot provided in Indian CryptoGirl’s tweet, Kotak Mahindra Bank makes explicit reference to the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) regulations in its apparent terms and conditions for account holders, which allegedly demand consent to the following: “Basis [sic] the regulations issued by RBI, I hereby declare…

After Cancelling ICO, Crypto Startup Zwoop Filed for Administration: Report

The board of directors of cryptocurrency and e-commerce startup Zwoop reportedly filed for administration at the end of November last year. The news was revealed in an exclusive article by major United Kingdom-based newspaper The Telegraph, Jan. 11. According to anonymous sources cited in a report by tech news outlet The Next Web, this move has left employees and suppliers of the company with unpaid wages and bills. Namely, the company allegedly owes one London-based marketing agency £42,000 (about $53,858) and a public relations firm £30,000 (about $38,470). Zwoop —…