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Crypto Bulls Fighting Back? Market Sees Green After Sell-Off

The cryptocurrency market is flashing green Wednesday following a major downturn, with the total capitalization rising more than $11 billion on a 24-hour basis. The signs of a turnaround emerge in the wake of a rough patch for the market, during which it hit its lowest point for 2018, as CoinDesk previously reported. At press time, bitcoin, the world’s… Read More »

Coinbase Acquires Digital Identity Startup Distributed Systems

Coinbase has acquired Distributed Systems, a San Francisco-based digital identity startup, the company announced Wednesday. Distributed Systems has already been working on “decentralized identity solutions,” Coinbase Identity project manager B Byrne wrote in a blog post. The startup’s five-person team will join a unit within Coinbase that is dedicated to developing digital identity solutions. Blockchain can help individuals… Read More »

AT&T Sued for $224 Million After Phone Hackers Rob Crypto Investor

Cryptocurrency investor Michael Terpin has sued the telecom giant AT&T, alleging that the company failed to protect his cell phone from a hacking incident that ultimately cost him $24 million. In a lawsuit filed by Los Angeles litigation firm Greenberg Glusker on August 15, Terpin claimed that AT&T’s employees have been complicit in a SIM swap fraud. In this… Read More »

SEC Expands Inquiry Into Riot Blockchain, Filing Reveals

The legal woes of biotech company-turned-crypto miner Riot Blockchain don’t appear to be slowing down. In the firm’s latest 10-Q quarterly report, filed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday, Riot Blockchain provided more details about the SEC’s investigation into the firm’s blockchain pivot, noting that the regulator is now looking into a number of… Read More »

30% of UK Firms Hit by Crypto Mining Malware in a Month: Survey

Almost a third of U.K. businesses said they had been hit by cryptocurrency mining malware within the previous month, according to new research. In a survey published by Citrix, almost 60 percent percent of responding companies further indicated they had found mining malware on their systems at some time in the past, with the vast majority of those… Read More »

Korean Blockchain Groups Blast Plan to Strip Crypto Exchange Benefits

Several blockchain associations in South Korea are pushing back against a government plan they fear will stifle industry innovation. The groups are objecting to a proposal aired by South Korea’s Ministry of SMEs and Startups on Monday for an amendment to the country’s existing venture business law that would, if enacted, exclude cryptocurrency exchanges from the category of SMEs and… Read More »

Y Combinator’s New China Chief Is Bullish on Blockchain

Y Combinator (YC) has just announced a new China division and its chief believes blockchain will bring long-term advantages to startups, according to a report The Silicon Valley-based seed investment firm, which has incubated notable startups including Reddit, Dropbox and crypto exchange Coinbase, officially announced its entry into the Chinese market in a blog post on Wednesday alongside… Read More »

Prime Trust Enters Crypto Custody Race, Will Hold ‘Any’ Ethereum Token

Prime Trust, a small U.S. financial institution that’s played a behind-the-scenes role in several dollar-backed cryptocurrencies, is entering the hotly competitive crypto custody business. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the Nevada trust company quietly began offering cold storage for bitcoin in mid-July, and will announce next week that it can also handle custody for ether and any token issued on… Read More »

Messaging Giant LINE Launches $10 Million Token Venture Fund

Japanese messaging giant LINE has launched a token venture fund with a capital commitment of $10 million via its recently established subsidiary called Unblock Ventures. The publicly traded firm announced the fund in a release on Wednesday and said it aims to invest in blockchain startups in an effort to boost technological development. While Unblock Ventures, incorporated in… Read More »