Nuls and Aleph Test New Staking Service, Introduce New Reward Model

Enterprise-grade blockchain platform Nuls and cross-blockchain layer-2 network Aleph have jointly completed testing of a new staking service dubbed staked coin output (SCO), which applies a new type of reward model. Per a press release published on Aug. 13, the new service allows community members to stake tokens to receive tokens from other projects building on the Nuls platform. Those who own NULS tokens can choose how they want to receive rewards earned for participating in consensus as validation nodes. The release explained:  “Every NULS staker must hold 2,000 NULS…

Bitex Partners With Bantotal For More Cross-Border Payments in Latin America

Bitcoin (BTC) exchange Bitex has partnered with Uruguay-based financial software company Bantotal in order to expand it cross-border payments system on the Bitcoin blockchain to Latin America. CoinDesk announced the companies’ new partnership in a report on Aug. 13. According to the report, the upshot of this partnership is that Bantotal’s clients will have access to Bitex’s exchange services via a marketplace that hosts traditional financial services in its BDevelopers program. Per the report, Bitex will act as a middleman service for cross-border payments. The exchange’s role is to convert…

IOHK CEO Charles Hoskinson Announces Upcoming Release of Cardano v1.6

Charles Hoskinson, a former CEO of the Ethereum Network and current CEO of IOHK, has announced that IOHK-supported project Cardano is rolling out version 1.6 within a few days’ time. Hoskinson teased the upcoming launch in a Twitter post on Aug. 13. Hoskinson also asked users to send screenshots and comments on the latest version of Daedalus, which is an open source cryptocurrency wallet also backed by IOHK. As per IOHK’s website, Cardano is a blockchain platform that uses the proof of stake algorithm Ouroboros. Its native cryptocurrency, ADA, is…

Cryptocurrency Market Sees Red as Bitcoin Slumps Below $11,000

Tuesday, Aug. 13 — Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and XRP continue to bleed amid a crypto market turning red.  Market visualization. Source: Coin360 Bitcoin is trading at $11,005 at press time, with a 3.83% loss on the day. Bitcoin broke $12,000 three days in a row, from Aug. 6 to Aug. 8., but never managed to hold these highs for a significant period of time. Then on Saturday, Aug.10, BTC price fell by about $400 in just an hour. Price has continued downward since then, and has even dipped below…

Kraken Users’ Report Difficulties With Connecting to Site and API

San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken’s users are experiencing difficulties with connecting to the site and application programming interface (API). In a tweet published on Aug. 13, Kraken warned the public that it is receiving reports of clients having issues connecting to the site and API. The exchange further states that it is investigating the issue and will post related update. Back in January, the Exchange Security Report from independent analysts at ICORating gave 16 percent of the world’s biggest crypto trading platforms an A rating, and none of them an…

Industry Investors Shift Focus From Crypto to Convergence Apps: Report

The year of 2019 has witnessed a shift in investments from focusing purely on digital currency to convergence applications, according to a new report from Outlier Ventures published on Aug. 13. Early stage investors shift focus The “Investment in Blockchains 2019” report, which provides insight into blockchain investment and market trends in 2019, states that blockchain-focused companies have secured $23.7 billion since 2013. Increased interest among early stage investors ostensibly results from massive returns from early investments in Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH). Per the study, there has been a…

Disgruntled Investor Appeals to US SEC Guidelines in Class Action Suit Against Ripple

XRP investor Bradley Sostack has amended a class action suit against Ripple, in which he alleges that the company misled investors and proceeded to sell XRP as an unregistered security, in violation of federal law. Sostack submitted his latest filing on Aug. 5 to a United States district court in California. According to a report by CoinDesk on Aug. 13, the original class action suit was filed about a year ago, but had yet to gain traction as a class action suit. However, Ripple now must reportedly respond to this…

Google Cloud Partners With Enterprise Blockchain Platform Cypherium

Ubiquitous tech behemoth Google cloud wing is entering into another partnership with a blockchain platform, Cypherium.  Cypherium announced the new partnership in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Aug. 13. Cypherium describes its product, Cypherium Enterprise, as an enterprise-focused blockchain platform with a focus on scalability and decentralization. As a result of this partnership, Google Cloud customers will have access to Cypherium’s blockchain solutions, as per the announcement. As per the press release, Cypherium purports to offer an enterprise blockchain that supports thousands of transactions per second, in addition…

US Court Temporarily Freezes $8M in Response to SEC Request Yesterday

A United States District Court has entered an emergency freeze to preserve $8 million of a New York citizen and two of his entities’ related assets following the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) complaint filed on Aug. 12. Per the SEC’s announcement published on Aug. 13, the court agreed, ordering the temporary freeze of at least $8 million of the $14.8 million Reginald “Reggie” Middleton and two entities under his management, Veritaseum, Inc. and Veritaseum, LLC raised in 2017 and 2018 by conducting a fraudulent and unregistered initial coin…

China to Release Its Own Cryptocurrency Soon

Cryptocurrency may have been completely unknown for most people around half a decade ago, and most of the banks in the world did not even take it seriously. However, things have changed dramatically over the past few years, and many banks are now considering the possibility of launching their own digital currencies. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) announced its own cryptocurrency last month, while American banking giant J. P. Morgan (NYSE:JPM) has come up with its own as well, and in a new development, it has emerged that the Chinese central bank is close to…