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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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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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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US Secret Service Creates Finance-Related Cybercrime Task Force

The Cyber Fraud Task Force created by the U.S. Secret Service aims to combat the growing trend of cybercrimes related to financial matters. The U.S. Secret Service announced the creation of the Cyber Fraud Task Force, or CFTF on July 10, after merged its Electronic Crimes Task Forces and Financial Crimes Task Forces into a single network. According to the official announcement, the Secret Service had been planning over two years to create a unified task force to combat cybercrimes related to the financial sector and fight things like ransomware…

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Key Metrics Show Institutional Interest in Crypto Is High and Rising

As institutions flock to crypto, here are the fundamental metrics that can be used to track their interest. The growth of the crypto derivatives market in 2020 has been a story of its own, mainly driven by Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) options traded on exchanges such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Deribit, OKEx, Binance and Houbi.  Record Bitcoin options volumes are indicative of an increasing institutional interest in crypto, but there are better quantitative and qualitative indicators to use, such as open interest, Bitcoin’s price, frequency of block trades,…

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How the Tokenization of the Gaming Industry Empowers Players

Blockchain tech implementation into the gaming industry could seriously disrupt its closed investment ecosystem. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is clear: The video games industry is thriving. As people around the world find themselves with more time on their hands thanks to government-mandated lockdowns and a partial economic shutdown, video game sales have skyrocketed. Despite being overshadowed by some of the more glamorous uses for blockchain technology, the gaming industry may be poised for a generational leap forward with the advent of asset tokenization — a practice that could…

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Why Banks Keep Blocking Cryptocurrency-Related Transactions

The close interaction between traditional finance and regulators is the key element in the development of the cryptocurrency industry. The COVID-19 crisis has brought many new users to the world of cryptocurrencies. One of the main concerns for users, however, is whether their bank cards may be blocked due to the purchase of a cryptocurrency, or when withdrawing funds from a crypto account. Can this risk be prevented? Since the COVID-19 outbreak and people’s subsequent desire to protect their savings, interest in cryptocurrency has continued to grow. A June 2020…

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Which Way Bitcoin Price? Current ‘Stablecoin’ Period Mimics Early 2017

The wait for Bitcoin’s next big price move is nearly over, and the next few days will signal which direction that will be. “What’s the price of those Bitcoin’s you keep talking about?” a friend asks me. I look at my phone and it’s still averaging around $9,200. “About the same as last month mate,” I replied.  Bitcoin (BTC) price has hardly moved an inch in the last six weeks, barely moving 2% in either direction from its average price. Therefore, I’m starting to think it’s a stablecoin now.  Bitcoin’s…

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