Latin America and Turkey Have the Most Cryptocurrency Users, Poll Shows

Cryptocurrency usage has been expanding globally and a new survey confirms that trend. The poll conducted by Statista shows that the citizens of troubled countries tend to exploit the benefits of decentralized digital money far more readily than the citizens of thriving nations. Also read: VPN Providers Defy Order to Connect to Russia’s Internet Censor […]

CFTC Lawsuit Alleges $147 Million in Bitcoin Defrauded From Trading Scheme Investors

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced the filing of a civil enforcement action against Control-Finance Limited, a purported Bitcoin trading and investment company, and its founder, Benjamin Reynolds, of the United Kingdom. The complaint charges the defendants misappropriated at least 22,858.822 bitcoin—worth at least $147 million at the time—from more than 1,000 customers through […]

Ethereum Public Blockchain Favoured for Document Authenticator Feature by Polish Bank

A Polish bank has bucked the trend of companies and institutions experimenting with blockchain technology using private, permissioned ledgers. Warsaw-based Alior will reportedly use the Ethereum public blockchain to build a system to let customers check the authenticity of documents they receive from the bank. By using a completely permissionless, public blockchain, the Alior authenticator […]

Brazilian Financial Authorities Announce Regulatory Sandbox For Blockchain

Four of Brazil’s major financial authorities have come together to regulate emerging technologies, including blockchain. The Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank of Brazil, the Securities Commission, and theSuperintendent of Private Insurance recently announced their intention to adapt new regulations to manage fintech and cryptocurrency advances. The regulations will affect Brazil’s securities, financial, and capital […]

Bank of America: Facebook’s Libra Could Act as an Endorsement of Crypto; Here’s What Analysts Think

The crypto and finance worlds are both patiently awaiting further news about Facebook’s highly anticipated cryptocurrency project, Libra, which is expected to be officially discussed in detail tomorrow. Prior to this announcement, multiple major analysts at global banks have shared their thoughts on what Libra could mean for both the company itself and for the […]

Ripple to Invest Up to $50M in MoneyGram Following New Partnership

Major money transmission network MoneyGram has entered into a strategic partnership with blockchain-based payments firm Ripple, according to a press release on June 17. As part of the two-year agreement, the two firms will become partners in cross-border payments and foreign exchange settlements with digital assets. As part of the agreement, MoneyGram will be able […]

Zcash Rolls Out New Software Client to Bolster Network Health

Nonprofit organization The Zcash Foundation has partnered with blockchain company Parity Technologies to release a new, open source software client for the cryptocurrency Zcash, according to a press release on June 17. The new software client, Zebra, purportedly exists to provide redundancy in the case of its first client — Zcashd — failing. Zcash hopes […]