In the Race for a Bitcoin ETF, Wall Street Has Plenty of Hurdles to Clear

In the latter half of 2018, few developments have occupied crypto investors’ headspaces like the industry’s indefatigable pursuit of a bitcoin exchange traded fund (ETF). This conversation lay largely dormant since the two brothers’ first attempt was rejected by the U.S. securities regulator in March of 2017. But the Winklevosses reignited the conversation when their second attempt at an ETF was shot down by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in July of this year.  With the buzz back, the prospect (or failing prospects) of a bitcoin ETF have…

University of Guelph Joins Left to Build Mesh Networks in Canadian North

The School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph has partnered with an award-winning startup to revolutionize connectivity across Northern Canada. The Maple Ridge-based tech company Left has teamed up with the University of Guelph to launch a $2.1 million project with Mitacs to spread Mitacs’ patented mobile mesh network to a wide range of remote communities in Canada. This is the largest partnership the School of Computer Science has ever undertaken, incorporating “120 graduate student internships over five years, from universities across Canada.” Left and Mitacs are providing…

Binance Launches Research Arm For “Institutional-Grade Research Reports”

Popular cryptocurrency exchange Binance announced today that it has launched a new division dedicated specifically to industry analysis. In a November 8, 2018, announcement, Binance described some of the responsibilities of this new division, which has been dubbed Binance Research. The research is “focused on the creation of institutional-grade research reports” and has “the aim of increasing transparency and improving the quality of information available within the crypto space.” To this end, Binance has paired the official public announcement of this new division with some of the research that it…

JRR Crypto Launches Token Design Competition

In a collaboration with LongHash and BTC Inc, JRR Crypto has launched an international token design competition. Beginning on October 26, 2018, JRR Crypto launched this design competition at a multiday festival in Berlin. According to the group, it’s designed to address one of the fundamental issues that the development of decentralized projects faces today. “JRR observed that most blockchain projects that design a pass-through mechanism are too focused on fundraising rather than actual economic model building and the landing of business models,” according to a translated description of the…

Bitmain’s New 7nm Chip Miners Are Available for Purchase Today

Chinese mining giant Bitmain’s 7nm Bitcoin miners go on sale today, November 8, 2018. Announced in September of 2018, the miners allegedly offer considerably faster hash rates (though Bitmain didn’t disclose any specifications) and come in two separate Antminer models: the S15 and T15. The company first provided the news on Twitter, writing, “We are officially announcing the release of our new 7nm miners which possess industry-leading hash rates designed to mine with the SHA256 algorithm. Two models will be offered, the Antminer S15 and T15. Available for purchase on…

EtherDelta Founder Charged by SEC For Operating an Unregistered Exchange

In an apparent first, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged the founder of EtherDelta, Zachary Coburn, with running an “unregistered national securities exchange,” according to a press release from the regulator. “EtherDelta provided a marketplace for bringing together buyers and sellers for digital asset securities through the combined use of an order book, a website that displayed orders, and a ‘smart contract’ run on the Ethereum blockchain,” the agency noted. EtherDelta’s users have processed over 3.6 million orders for ERC20 tokens during an 18-month period, including those…

Trading Platform ‘eToro’ Launches New Cryptocurrency Wallet

The global social trading platform, eToro, recently launched its digital currency wallet which would initially support four virtual coins The New eToro Cryptocurrency Wallet According to Finextra, global social trading platform, eToro, launched its cryptocurrency wallet on Tuesday (Nov. 6th). The new wallet would currently support four virtual currencies, which include Bitcoin (BTC), and altcoins such as Ethereum (ETH), BitcoinCash (BCH), and Litecoin (LTC). The eToro wallet is a mobile app accessible on iOS and Google Play. One of its features includes multi-signature security that ensures the safety of users’…

US Elections Push Augur’s Total Ether Bets Over $2 Million

U.S. elections drama may be dragging Augur out of the doldrums. The decentralized betting platform built on ethereum enjoyed a promising launch in July but then stagnated due to its clunky user experience and a general decline in the use of decentralized applications. As Tuesday’s mid-term elections in the U.S. approach, however, money is pouring into the platform. The market for “Which party will control the House after 2018 U.S. Midterm Election?” has 3,517 ether or nearly $727,000 staked on it at the time of writing, according to Predictions.Global, a…

Winklevoss Lawsuit | Lawyer States Shrem Committed ‘No Misconduct’

Earlier this month, the NY Times reported that the crypto-famous Winklevoss twins have accused Bitcoin Foundation founder Charlie Shrem of Bitcoin fraud. The Winklevoss lawsuit has now turned into a heated battle between both parties. Winklevoss Lawsuit According to the report by the NT Times, Shrem made several lavish purchases in 2018, that caught the attention of the Olympian twins. The pair filed a civil lawsuit against Shrem accusing him of stealing thousands of Bitcoin from them in 2012. “Either Shrem has been incredibly lucky and successful since leaving prison, or—more likely—he…

Colorado and California Just Elected Pro-Bitcoin Governors

Following the 2018 midterm elections, the U.S. will see two new pro-Bitcoin governors sworn into office. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Gavin Newsom (D-CA) both won out against their respective Republican contenders last night, November 6, 2018. While their campaign points and platforms were capitalized by a progressive agenda, their favorable attitudes toward cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology have caught the crypto community’s attention. Congratulations to early Bitcoin advocate @jaredpolis on being elected Governor of Colorado! “Polis said that he will use his powers in Congress to fight against any attempts by…