Month: September 2020

Amy Webb, a quantitative futurist and founder of the strategic foresight firm Future Today Institute, thinks the world can, indeed, get worse. In her most recent book “2020 Tech Trend Report: Strategic Trends that Will Influence Business, Government, Education, Media and Society in the Coming Year,” Webb examines the companies – and the people who
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On Wednesday, the IRS awarded two $625,000 contracts looking for tracing tools for privacy token Monero and Layer 2 protocols. The winners were blockchain analytics firms Chainalysis and Integra FEC. The IRS initially publicized its quest for a privacy-busting analytics solution at the beginning of the month. An IRS representative told Cointelegraph that the agency
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Frederik Gregaard, the incoming CEO of the Cardano Foundation, shared his perspective on FinTech’s competitive landscape and major technology trends with Cointelegraph. Discussing competition, Gregaard said that the protocol’s biggest opponents do not come from within the blockchain space: “I think the biggest competitor, it’s really the largest technology companies today around, the large tech platforms
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“If Bitcoin is decentralized, who funds its development?” This longstanding question, historically answered by the quiet work of volunteer Bitcoin developers, now has a new response: a website that allows Bitcoin users to pledge payment for protocol upgrades. The brainchild of Pierre Rochard, BitcoinACKs aggregates pull requests for protocol improvements from the Bitcoin Core GitHub
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In defiance of Reddit’s apparent wishes, crypto traders have devised a way to exchange the social platform’s ‘community points’  tokens for fiat — and it’s resulted in a pretty surprising market cap.  In May Reddit announced it would begin distributing ERC-20 rewards tokens on the Rinkeby testnet among users of its cryptocurrency and Fortnite subcommunities
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The U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) director Kenneth Blanco has warned banks to think seriously about their cryptocurrency risk exposure. During the virtual 2020 ACAMS anti-money laundering Conference in Las Vegas this week, Blanco discussed the obligations of banks in implementing effective anti-money laundering (AML) policies. Current FinCEN regulations (FIN-2019-A003) state that it is
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Hybrid blockchain platform Kadena plans to launch a new multi-chain decentralized exchange (DEX) in hopes of wooing business from congestion-plagued Ethereum-based rivals. Called Kadenaswap, the new DEX, unveiled Tuesday and set to debut late this year, will attempt to skirt around Ethereum’s surging gas fees and perennial network congestion (caused in part by the explosive
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The crypto space’s decentralized finance niche has reached frenzied status within the crypto industry, signaled by exuberant price highs and rampant speculation. “DeFi is the new overhyped concept in Ethereum,” MyEtherWallet, or MEW, CEO and founder Kosala Hemachandra told Cointelegraph in an interview. “The noise is too much, so everyone is just like running around trying
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In a hearing on Tuesday, the Congressional Fintech Task Force heard arguments on new rules that would potentially expand banking regulations to accommodate more technology firms providing financial services. A subunit of the Financial Services Committee, the Fintech Task Force leads the committee’s examinations of emerging technologies. As Task Force Chair Stephen Lynch (D-MA) noted,
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Collaborating with YouGov, the Royal United Services Institute, or RUSI, and the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, or ACAMS, conducted a survey on authorities’ perception of the crypto industry. “The RUSI-ACAMS Cryptocurrency Risk & Compliance Survey provides unprecedented insight into how governments, the cryptocurrency industry, traditional financial institutions, and others view the use of
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The previous months have given incredible volatility across the boards, including Bitcoin (BTC). However, in recent weeks, the volatility drastically decreased to a state of boredom. The overall momentum and bullishness have left the crypto markets only to be replaced by range-bound sideways movements. In other words, very boring.  However, what is the crucial Bitcoin
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