Dutch Bank ABN AMRO Abandons Wallie Custodial Bitcoin Wallet Citing Risk Concerns

Dutch bank ABN AMRO abandoned its plans to launch a custodial bitcoin wallet dubbed “Wallie” because of risk concerns. Dutch bank ABN AMRO abandoned its plans to launch a custodial bitcoin (BTC) wallet dubbed “Wallie” because of risk concerns, according to a report published on May 20 by tech news outlet The Next Web. Per the report, the bank’s senior press officer, Jarco de Swart, said in an email to the outlet that the bank decided not to continue its plans after it “concluded that cryptocurrencies because of their unregulated…

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Centralized Crypto Exchanges Saw Major Monthly Volume Uptick in April, Report Shows

Centralized crypto exchanges saw a major uptick in traded volume this April, with a solid 85% overall increase among top fiat-to-crypto platforms. Centralized cryptocurrency exchanges saw a major uptick in traded volume this April, the new April 2019 Exchange Review from crypto data provider Cryptocompare has revealed on May 20. Among top fiat-to-crypto platforms, monthly volumes overall increased by a solid 85%. While itself experiencing a 47% drop in volumes, major South Korean crypto exchange Bithumb was the top exchange by total volume in April overall, reporting $17 billion. Bithumb…

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Bitcoin Has Soared Above Intrinsic Value During Latest Rally, JPM Strategists Claim

JPMorgan strategists claim that bitcoin’s recent rally has reproduced a pattern from its historic 2017 performance. Strategists from United States banking giant JPMorgan Chase (JPM) have argued that bitcoin (BTC)’s recent rally has ostensibly soared past what they calculate to be its intrinsic value. Their analysis was reported by Bloomberg on May 20. The strategists — who reportedly include JPMorgan global market strategist Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou —  judge that the top coin has recently been trading in a way that mirrors its late 2017 rally, which preceded a protracted price slump. To…

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Hodler’s Digest, May 13–19: Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week

Bitstamp processed a very large sell order, while Bakkt’s bitcoin futures should be tested in July. Top Stories This Week Coming every Sunday, the Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions, and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Bitstamp Starts Investigation After Large BTC Sell Leads to $250 Million Liquidated on BitMEX Major crypto exchange Bitstamp launched an investigation this week after a large bitcoin (BTC)…

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MakerDAO Token Holders Vote on Whether to Lower DAI Stability Fee by 2%

A vote about whether to decrease the so-called stability fee by two percent for Maker’s DAI stablecoin has started. A vote about whether to decrease the so-called stability fee for MakerDAO’s ethereum blockchain-based decentralized stablecoin DAI has started. The vote was announced on the organization’s blog on May 17. If approved, the latest proposal would decrease the stability fee by 2% to 17.5% per year. According to the announcement, the need to decrease the fee was discussed during the MakerDAO governance call that took place on May 16. MakerDAO is…

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Kik CEO Says Firm Spent $5+ Million on Negotiations With US SEC: Report

Kik CEO Ted Livingston reportedly said that the company spent over $5 million on negotiations with the U.S. SEC. Ted Livingston, the CEO of Canadian-based messaging startup Kik, told cryptocurrency news outlet Coindesk that the company spent over $5 million on ongoing negotiations with the United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). The news was revealed in a report published on May 16. As Cointelegraph reported at the end of January, the SEC stated that it believes that Kik’s “Token Distribution Event” two years ago violated securities laws when the company…

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Bitcoin Approaches $8,000 Again as Top Cryptos See Strong Gains

Most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting moderate to notable gains on the day as bitcoin approaches $8,000 again. Sunday, May 19 — most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies are rebounding to report moderate to notable gains on the day by press time. Bitcoin (BTC) has pushed to just below the $8,000 mark again. The market rebound comes after a sharp correction on May 17 that followed almost a week of massive growth. Market visualization courtesy of Coin360 Bitcoin is about eight percent up on the day, trading at…

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Decentralized Identity: How Microsoft (and Others) Plan to Empower Users to Own and Control Personal Data

Microsoft continues its blockchain streak, empowering users to own personal data. Microsoft, one of the world’s largest software makers by revenue, is currently on a blockchain streak. This time, Microsoft presented a vast blockchain-related plan: a decentralized identity (DID) network built atop of the bitcoin network, which can potentially empower users all over the internet to take control over their personal data and content. Earlier in May 2019, the United States tech giant announced its brand new Azure Blockchain Service along with Azure Blockchain Development Kit for the Ethereum blockchain.…

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Inflation Bug Still a Danger to More Than Half of All Bitcoin Full Nodes

Eight months after the discovery of the inflation bug, more than half of the full nodes on the bitcoin network are still running client versions susceptible to the vulnerability. Figures published by bitcoin core developer Luke Dashjr show that more than half of the full nodes in the bitcoin network are still running client software vulnerable to the inflation bug discovered in September 2018. This revelation poses some danger to the network, as software vulnerabilities are a clear and present danger to the fidelity of bitcoin (BTC). Now that the…

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Top 5 Crypto Performers: XEM, XLM, XTZ, BNB, IOTA

After the sharp move from the lows, a few weeks of consolidation is also possible. The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. Market data provided by HitBTC exchange. After the strong recovery of the past few weeks, this week saw some profit booking at the highs. However, unlike previous occasions, the dip has been shallow and some buying is…

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