Blockchain Pilot Makes Waves in Russia’s Energy Sector

Russian tech startup Waves announced it has been testing a blockchain solution for payments in the retail electricity sector. Earlier this week, Russian tech startup Waves announced it has been testing a blockchain solution for payments in the retail electricity sector. The pilot program was initiated by Rosseti, Russia’s national energy grid operator, which is looking to automate and make transactions between energy producers, suppliers and consumers more transparent. Now that the first stage has been successfully completed, the partners will proceed to scale up their efforts. Ultimately, they envision…

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New York AG Finds It ‘Perverse’ For Bitfinex and Tether to Criticize Investigation

New York Attorney General continues to push to investigate the alleged multimillion dollar coverup involving Bitfinex and Tether. In a filing with the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, New York Attorney General Letitia James roundly criticized the efforts of Bitfinex and Tether to halt her office’s investigation into the companies. Bitfinex and Tether are under investigation for an accounting coverup in which Bitfinex is alleged to have improperly transferred $625 million that had been backing the Tether stablecoin in order to conceal Bitfinex’s liquidity shortfall. In the filing…

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The Country With Europe’s Highest Interest Rate Has Cut It 5 Times This Year

Around half of European countries, over 20, now have 0% interest rates and a few are already in negative territory. Ukraine, which has the highest benchmark interest rate on the continent, has just reduced it again, for the fifth time this year. The race between central banks to cut rates, when there is inflation, has made it costly to keep fiat money in a bank account or under the mattress. Also read: European Banks Struggle With Low Interest Rates and Strict Regulations Ukraine Slashes Interest Rate by 2 Percentage Points…

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Ripple-Based Remittance Firm SendFriend Claims to Save Up to 80% in Fees

Blockchain-based money transfer startup SendFriend utilizes Ripple’s technology to save up to 80% in remittance fees. Blockchain-based money transfer startup SendFriend utilizes Ripple’s technology to save up to 80% in remittance fees, according to a blog post published on Dec. 12. SendFriend uses Ripple’s xRapid product for cross-border payments, converting between the United States dollar, XRP and Philippine pesos and circumventing the longer process of traditional banking systems. Philippines-focused remittance platform SendFriend’s money transfer app aimed at reducing annual remittance fees for cross-border Filipino workers claims to lower such transaction…

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QuadrigaCX Victims Request Proof of Gerald Cotten’s Death By Exhuming Body

Law firm Miller Thomson wants to exhume the body of Gerald Cotten, the deceased owner of now-defunct Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX. Canadian law firm Miller Thomson has made a request to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to conduct an exhumation and post-mortem autopsy on the body of Gerald Cotten, the deceased owner of the now-defunct Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX. On Dec. 13, the Miller Thomson lawyers explained in a letter to the RCMP that the request to exhume and examine Cotten’s body was appropriate given the “questionable circumstances surrounding…

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2019’s Bitcoin Miners Are 5x Faster Than Predecessors

High-powered bitcoin miners and next-generation semiconductors go hand in hand and as process node technology grows, SHA256 hashrate follows. Coinshares’ recent bi-annual mining report highlights that newly introduced mining rigs have “as much as 5x the hashrate per unit as their generational predecessors.” Advanced chip technology has grown relentlessly and it’s significantly bolstered ASIC device manufacturing. Moreover, news from the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) held on December 7-11 shows that the semiconductor industry is moving beyond the 7nm, 5nm, and 3nm processes and expects to design 2nm, and 1.4…

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Bitcoin Miner Canaan’s Shares Plunge 40% Since IPO in November

Chinese Bitcoin mining giant Canaan Creative’s shares have seen a 40 percent drop in value since its initial public offering in November. Chinese Bitcoin (BTC) mining giant Canaan Creative’s depositary shares have seen a 40 percent drop in value since November initial public offering (IPO). Canaan was the first Bitcoin mining giant to go public on a major United States stock exchange, and successfully navigate an IPO. However, the mining giant’s stock has taken a severe beating since its IPO on Nov. 21. The company’s stock price value went as…

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Bitcoin Price Short-Term Indicators Hinting at $7.4K Weekend Bounce

Bitcoin price is attempting to rebound from this week’s slump as it heads into the weekend that might see a relief rally, but don’t bet the farm just yet. The price of Bitcoin (BTC) has headed north over the last 24 hours, up over 1% at $7,272. As a result, each of the major cryptocurrencies has followed the market leader with the total cryptocurrency market cap reaching $198 billion and BTC dominance remaining steady at 67% of the total market. In other words, Bitcoin’s market cap now stands at $132…

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200K Users ‘Already in Line’ for Robinhood’s Fractional Stock Trading

As Robinhood plans to allow its users to buy slices of shares at $1, over 200,000 users have expressed their intent to use the service. More than 200,000 Robinhood clients have already expressed their intent to use its new fractional stock trading app announced yesterday. Vladimir Tenev, co-founder at Robinhood, said that the clients were “already in line” for the app, considering the early signs as “really promising,” CNBC reports Dec. 13. After Robinhood’s user base recently crossed 10 million accounts, the firm is now valued at $7.6 billion and…

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Price Analysis 13/12: BTC, Cryptos Prepare for Possible ‘Santa Rally’

Data shows that whales and institutional investors accumulated Bitcoin throughout its 2-year long bearish phase, should retail investors follow? Data from CoinMetrics shows that crypto whales now hold 42.1% of Bitcoin’s current supply. This is a slight increase compared to 37.9% two years back and analysts have interpreted the increase as a positive sign, as it shows large investors have been accumulating Bitcoin during its bear phase. There is, however, no major change in the top 1,000 addresses, as their holdings only inched up from 34.4% at the end of 2017…

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