Bitcoin Touches $8,200, Gold Hits Its Highest Point Since April

Cryptocurrencies have entered the green zone after seeing some losses over the past day, with bitcoin briefly hitting $8,200. Wednesday, May 15 — All of the top 20 coins are in the green after seeing some losses over the past day, with some reporting double-digit gains, according to Coin360. Market visualization by Coin360 The leading digital currency bitcoin (BTC) is up over 4% on the day, trading at $8,135 at press time after reaching above $8,200. Earlier today, bitcoin dropped under the $8,000 price point to trade as low as…

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Bitcoin Cash Experiences Bug During Scheduled Hard Fork Upgrade

In the course of a planned hard fork update, the BCH network appears to have experienced difficulties processing transactions. In the course of a planned hard fork update, the bitcoin cash (BCH) network experienced difficulties processing transactions, cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX tweeted on May 15. Following the expected fork at block 582,680, the network purportedly began to experience issues with transactions. BitMEX said that the number of transactions per block was low — 0 in the last 9 blocks starting at block 582,687. Bitcoin cash transaction per block. Source: BitMEX According…

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Reserve CEO Predicts Central Banks Will Tokenize, Still Room for Stablecoins

The CEO of Reserve thinks central banks will tokenize their currency, but businesses will choose other stablecoin services for their privacy. CEO Nevin Freeman of stablecoin startup Reserve predicts that central banks will tokenize their currency at some point, but stablecoins will likely still have an advantage in offering privacy. Freeman delivered his remarks at the Consensus 2019 panel “The End of Volatility? Stablecoins on the Rise” on May 15. During the panel, moderator Joel Telpner, a partner at Sullivan & Worcester LLP, asked the speakers why banks could not…

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Fidelity Investments Seeks Talent for Its Digital Assets Division

U.S.-based holding company Fidelity Investments is seeking talent for its digital assets wing, Fidelity Digital Assets. American investment management company Fidelity Investments is seeking talent for its digital asset wing, Fidelity Digital Assets, according to the company’s job offer listing. Fidelity is looking for nine professionals in fields ranging from analytics and data engineering to blockchain solutions architecture and blockchain solutions engineering. The company is hiring a Vice President of Solutions Architecture (blockchain, cryptocurrency), and a Blockchain Software Engineer among other related titles. Some of the job offerings require expertise…

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Digital Asset Finance Firm BitGo Announces Off-Chain Clearance and Settlement Service

Digital asset finance firm BitGo announced the launch of its off-chain clearing and settlement service. Digital asset finance firm BitGo announced the launch of its off-chain clearance and settlement service in a press release published on May 14. Per the announcement, the service will be available to clients of qualified custodian BitGo Trust Company, and assets are not moved from custody while reportedly allowing fast, compliant and secure settlement. The company explains that — since the funds never leave the custodian’s wallet — this method eliminates counterparty risk: “Until now,…

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From Exxon to Crypto: the Story of Joey King on the Humans of Bitcoin Podcast

Joey King, a developer at Bitcoin.com, is the latest character to have shared his story on the Humans of Bitcoin podcast with Matt Aaron. The interview covers how he went from working in the oil industry to being a crypto programmer to how he sees the propaganda efforts of Napoleon reflected in the market today. Also Read: Why Cryptocurrency Investors Are Renouncing Their US Citizenship Listen to The Education of Joey King In the first part of the interview, Joey King talks a little bit about his early years, like…

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Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled Escape Lawsuit Brought by Defrauded ICO Investors

Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled had been involved in promoting Centra Tech’s fraudulent initial coin offering. High-profile boxer Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled have been dismissed from a lawsuit brought by investors in a fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO,) according to a court document filed on May 13. The celebrities had been involved in promoting Centra Tech’s ICO — but a judge has ruled that the investors who brought the legal action failed to prove they bought tokens as a direct result of the pair’s actions. According to the…

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Pfizer Executive: Technology Is ‘Basically Good Enough’ to Ramp Up Production Blockchains

Ken Nessel says existing tech isn’t the main hurdle to mainstream adoption — the need for shared infrastructure and governance is. A Pfizer executive has challenged existing theories about slow rates of blockchain adoption — telling the Consensus conference on May 14 that the technology is “basically good enough to have more production blockchains than we have today.” Ken Nessel, senior director of business technology at the pharmaceutical giant, made his comments during the second day of the conference in New York City. He joined AstraZeneca’s Kate Gofman for an event called…

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