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Tether Freezes Millions of Dollars USDT in 40 Addresses Amid Regulatory Pressure

Stablecoin issuer Tether has blacklisted 40 Ethereum addresses holding millions of dollars of the tether cryptocurrency, 24 of which were banned this year. This finding follows the Centre Consortium taking a similar action due to a request by law enforcement. Tether Frozen in 40 Addresses Tether has banned 40 Ethereum addresses holding millions of dollars of the stablecoin USDT, according to an analysis by Ethereum researcher Philippe Castonguay who shared his findings on Dune Analytics. Banned addresses cannot receive or send the cryptocurrency. The 40 addresses “have been banned from…

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Top 5 Cryptocurrencies to Watch This Week: BTC, LINK, ATOM, XLM, BNB

The rally in altcoins is likely to continue if Bitcoin holds at its current levels but a breakdown below $9,000 could lead to aggressive profit booking by altcoin traders. At various points throughout 2020 Bitcoin (BTC) was correlated with gold. During these phases BTC was acting as an uncorrelated asset, but now it has become highly correlated to the S&P 500. This suggests that the top-ranked cryptocurrency on CoinMarketCap has been finding acceptance among various groups of traditional investors during different stages of the current coronavirus pandemic induced economic crisis.…

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Shipping Giants Piloting Blockchain to Improve Efficiency

The Port of Rotterdam, along with global shipping giants, launches blockchain pilot to improve container handling’s safety and efficiency.   The Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands has launched a blockchain-based pilot with some of the world’s leading shipping companies to improve the safety and efficiency of millions of containers that are unloaded in the port every year, according to a release from the port on July 9. Secure Container Release, the new blockchain application is reportedly to replace the traditional PIN code with a digital signal. According to the…

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Unitize Roundup: Top 10 Quotes From the Virtual Blockchain Conference

Vitalik Buterin, Heath Tarbert, Brock Pierce and many more — here are 10 memorable quotes to take away from five days of the Unitize virtual blockchain conference. The five-day Unitize virtual blockchain conference organized by BlockShow and San Francisco Blockchain Week ended with the final session on Friday. The event saw appearances from Heath Tarbert, the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Vitalik Buterin, a co-founder of Ethereum; and Tim Draper, a serial blockchain investor, as well as other speakers from a diverse pool of market segments both within…

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Blockchain Platform Targets Change in Agriculture & Fishing Industries

The Release project says its blockchain-powered platform can solve logistical challenges for the agriculture and fishing industries. Release, a blockchain-powered social commerce platform, has announced on July 12 that its platform is ready to transform the agriculture and fishing industry. The agriculture and fishery industries have a huge potential to scale at a global level if issues such as logistical efficiency and price fairness can be solved. Release has reportedly developed a social commerce architecture that will help in transforming the global agriculture and fisheries logistics. It explained that: “Sellers…

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Crypto Winter Could Really Be Over as New Bitcoin Starts to Bloom

Although the cryptocurrency industry still has many needed improvements, it nevertheless seems to be on an upward trajectory. There is no doubt that cryptocurrency — specifically Bitcoin (BTC), which is frequently used as a barometer for the health of the entire sector — has made a comeback. As of the writing of this article, Bitcoin stands at a little over $9,000, very close to the $10,000 rebound that investors hoped for sometime this year — and we are barely in the third quarter. Although there are signs that crypto winter…

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US Dept of Homeland Security Buys Analytics Software From Coinbase

Coinbase is selling its blockchain analytics software to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service. Following criticisms from the crypto community, CEO Brian Armstrong defended Coinbase’s position. Coinbase Selling Analytics Software to US Government Public records on the U.S. government’s websites reveal that the San Francisco-based crypto exchange Coinbase has signed a contract with the U.S. government for its blockchain analytics software. The records were first spotted by The Block. The contract, awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was signed on May 9.…

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Nigerian Scammers Used BTC & Gemini Exchange to Siphon Millions

Nigerian scammers converted millions of dollars into Bitcoin via Gemini exchange according to an FBI criminal complaint. The two Nigerians jetsetters who filled their Instagram accounts with pictures of their ostentatious wealth were extradited from Dubai to the United States. According to the FBI, they were able to convert millions of dollars into Bitcoin (BTC) via the Gemini exchange. Transaction summary for Bitcoin address 16AtGJbaxL2kmzx4mW5ocpT2ysTWxmacWn. Source: Crystal Blockchain The two are Olalekan Jacob Ponle, also known as “Mr. Woodbery,” and “Mark Kain,” and Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, who used the aliases…

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$424 Million and Numismatic Value: There’s Only 20,000 Casascius Physical Bitcoins Left Unspent

For many years now physical bitcoins have been a very popular trend, but one specific type called the Casascius physical bitcoin collection has intrigued people for years. Last December, someone redeemed a 100 BTC Casascius bar and since then 560 Casascius coins worth $5.1 million have been redeemed. As of today, there are only 20,901 Casascius coins or bars left in the world, with roughly $424 million worth of bitcoins loaded on them. Bitcoin’s believe it or not can have nostalgic value, especially when they are tethered to a physical…

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How the US and Europe Are Regulating Crypto in 2020

Crypto regulation in 2020: The U.S. tightens regulation of crypto, while India has finally allowed banks to get involved with firms. Cryptocurrencies have been around for more than 10 years, but the legal status of Bitcoin (BTC) and most other cryptocurrencies remains unclear and has different definitions in various jurisdictions. Are they money, an asset, a product, property or something else? Should they trade freely or must be tightly regulated? In the absence of a clear answer, governments in the United States and Europe are still issuing legal acts to…

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