Binance Security Report Sheds Light On Crypto Scams

A report released by crypto exchange Binance illustrates how scams targeting cryptocurrency investors attempt to gain credibility. A report released by major crypto exchange Binance illustrates how scams targeting cryptocurrency investors attempt to gain credibility. In the report published on June 30, the exchange explained that its Binance Sentry risk investigation service observed reports of fraudulent investment schemes promising quick or exponential returns on cryptocurrency investments. The frauds do not just concern crypto but also forex, binary options and contracts for difference (CFDs). Binance published the report after a Bitcoin…

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Boomer and Gen-X Interest in Bitcoin Surges During Pandemic

Boomers and Gen-X investors have increased their Bitcoin investments by a factor of nine since the start of the global lockdown. The older generations have increased their monthly Bitcoin investments by a factor of nine on U.K crypto trading app Mode since the beginning of the pandemic and lockdowns. Mode Banking reported that Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) and Generation-X (born 1965-1980) investors are investing significantly larger portions of their wealth into Bitcoin since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Using February as the baseline, the findings show that investments from…

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Comedian Bill Burr: ‘I’m Getting Bitcoin! F—- This!’

Comedian Bill Burr has seen the light after hearing Anthony Pompliano explain the disadvantages of legacy systems. Bitcoin bull Anthony Pompliano has just persuaded Bill Burr, one of the biggest comedians in the world, to invest in cryptocurrency. In a July 1 episode of the Bill Bert Podcast — so named for the comedian and his co-host Bert Kreischer — Burr said he was buying Bitcoin (BTC), after one of his famous profanity-laden tirades culminated in the phrase: “I’m getting Bitcoin! f— this s—!”. Pomp commented on Twitter after the interview:…

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LocalBitcoins Revenue Up 10% Despite KYC Impacting Market Share

LocalBitcoins reported a 10% increase in annual revenue for 2019 despite the platform’s KYC overhaul impacting trade volume on the platform. Veteran peer-to-peer (P2P) crypto marketplace LocalBitcoins has reported annual revenue of nearly $29.5 million for 2019. The revenue comprises a roughly 10% increase over 2018’s $26.9 million, however, the firm also noted a 6% drop in annual operating income to $19.8 million. LocalBitcoins’ staff also expanded significantly last year as the platform strengthened its know-your-customer (KYC) requirements in the third and fourth quarters of last year, with the firm’s…

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Alt-Right Activist Stefan Molyneux Banned from Youtube, Raises $100K in Crypto Donations

The founder of Freedomain, philosopher and alt-right activist, Stefan Molyneux, received more than $100,000 in cryptocurrency donations after he was banned from Youtube on June 29, 2020. Stefan Molyneux is well known for his Youtube videos, podcasts, and books. His early Youtube videos describing the benefits of bitcoin have been lauded. While getting over $100k in bitcoin, dash, bitcoin cash, and ethereum donations this week, the alt-right activist has also joined the Lbry platform. On June 29, Molyneux was banned from Youtube. Molyneux joins a number of popular alt-right activists,…

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Russian Court: Theft Of 100 BTC Isn’t A Crime Because Bitcoin Isn’t Property

A Russian court turned down a request from a victim of a 100 Bitcoin theft seeking restitution, with the court arguing that cryptocurrencies have no legal status. On June 30, a Russian criminal court denied a motion to provide restitution to a victim of what would in many jurisdictions be a felony, arguing that Bitcoin (BTC), as a virtual currency, does not enjoy the same property protection as other assets. The case goes back to 2018, when the two men impersonating Federal Security Service (FSB) agents and their accomplices kidnapped…

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Startup Brings Blockchain Functionality to Steam Gaming Platform

The Pavillion Hub games platform integrates with Steam to enable easy issue of tradable NFTs. Blockchain’s inexorable push into the world of gaming is occurring simultaneously on a number of fronts. From AAA tentpole productions backed by major crypto players, through crypto-powered Esports tournaments in popular non-blockchain titles, to encouraging developers on board with easy-to-use blockchain integration tools. GOATi Entertainment is taking a dual-headed approach of its own with its Pavillion Hub offering; targeting both the developers and players on one of the largest gaming platforms around, Steam. Steam, but…

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Tether’s Market Valuation Grows 144% in 2020, USDT Market Cap Worth $10 Billion

The most popular stablecoin, Tether, has propelled its way into the third-largest position by cryptocurrency market capitalization. At the time of publication, a number of market valuation aggregators show that Tether’s market cap is between $9.1 to $10.1 billion. Tether (USDT) is a well known stablecoin token issued by the company Tether Limited. The company claims each token is backed by a single U.S. dollar, but during the last few years, the firm admitted the backing included loans as well. USDT has always been controversial, but even with the contention,…

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Kazakh Gov Plans to Double Its Investment in Digital Currency Mining

Kazakhstan says it will double its digital currency mining investment at the end of this year, and is eyeing a CBDC. Kazakhstan officials revealed the nation’s digital currency development plan to experts from Russia and China at “2020 Astana Online Financial Day”. According to the China Ministry of Commerce on July 1, Kazakhstan plans to double its digital currency mining investment by the end of this year, and continues to develop its central bank digital currency. According to the report, Kazakhstan’s digital currency mining project attracted 82.6 million Tenge, which…

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OKCoin Exec Says PayPal Will Boost Crypto Adoption, If Rumors True

OKCoin’s COO said a PayPal crypto listing would give the industry vast exposure. Rumors recently surfaced of mainstream payment giant PayPal adding crypto as an option on its platform. Although he had no additional information on the legitimacy of the rumors, OKCoin COO Jason Lau said digital assets on PayPal would further crypto adoption.  “When a traditional player like PayPal, who has 325 million users, enters the crypto space, it is sure to have a positive impact in highlighting cryptocurrencies to a big new audience,” Lau told Cointelegraph via email correspondence…

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