Facebook Cryptocurrency | Is the Tech Giant Developing a Stablecoin?

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is reportedly developing a cryptocurrency that will let users send money via its WhatsApp messaging app. The new cryptocurrency would launch first in India—a country with over 200 million Whatsapp users and the world’s leader in sending money home. Facebook Cryptocurrency According to Bloomberg, the company is creating a stablecoin, a digital currency that is pegged to a fiat currency—often the US dollar. These types of cryptocurrencies are supposed to be less volatile than regular cryptos. Though not nearly at a launch stage, sources say that Facebook is…

Cryptocurrency Regulations: Hong Kong Considers Stricter Laws for the Industry

The Hong Kong regulatory body is planning to tighten its regulatory grip on the cryptocurrency sector to combat money laundering and fraudulent activities. Money Laundering Fears Prompt Stricter Cryptocurrency Regulations The Hong Kong regulatory body, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) plans to introduce stricter regulatory policies for virtual currency exchanges and startups, according to a report by the Nikkei Asian Review. Hong Kong which offers a relaxed atmosphere for virtual currency exchanges to thrive as against mainland China is considering stricter regulatory policies. This change comes as a result of concerns bordering on money laundering and fraudulent activities…

Powering a cryptocurrency economy for Syrian refugees

Cryptocurrencies provide the easiest and most accessible way to give money directly to those in need. With GiveCrypto.org’s innovative approach, recipients can actually turn around and use crypto to buy what they need — immediately, without fees and delays. That’s why we’re using Day 6 of the 12 Days of Coinbase to support their new project that provides a basic income to more than 150 Syrian refugees in Greece. Our $10,000 gift in Bitcoin ($BTC) allows GiveCrypto.org to significantly expand on a model that has already allowed them and partner Sempo to…

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’…

California Cybercrime Police Focus on Cryptocurrency SIM Swapping as ‘Highest Priority’

U.S. law enforcement consider so-called “SIM swapping” one of its “highest priorities” in a bid to fight cryptocurrency fraud, security news and investigation blog KrebsonSecurity reported Nov. 7. Speaking to the publication, Samy Tarazi, a police sergeant in Santa Barbara and a supervisor of the REACT Task Force — a group dedicated to fighting cybercrime — said the number of instances of the crime had increased dramatically. “For the amounts being stolen and the number of people being successful at taking it, the numbers are probably historic,” he said. SIM…

Ripple (XRP) Briefly ‘Flippens’ Ethereum to Become 2nd-Largest Cryptocurrency

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Ripple (XRP), long the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency, capped off an impressive single-day rally with a foray onto the market’s silver podium, briefly evicting ethereum (ETH) from the market cap ranking it has long called home. Ripple (XRP) Challenges Ethereum for Silver Podium The rally, as CCN reported, saw the ripple price rise an astounding 14 percent on a day when bitcoin (BTC) traded sideways, and no other large-cap cryptocurrency rose more than 4 percent. In fact, XRP’s single-day return was triple that of Metaverse ETP, whose 4…

Cryptocurrency Exchange Coincheck Reports Over $5 Million Loss in Q3

Coincheck, the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange that suffered a $520 million hack in January, has reported increased losses for the third quarter of 2018. Monex Group, the Japan-based brokerage firm that acquired Coincheck following the hack, released its financial results for Q3 (Q2 in the Japanese financial year) on Monday. The group’s crypto asset segment, which reflects the Coincheck business, brought in revenue of 315 million yen, about $2.8 million, between July and September. Notably, that number represents a 66 percent decline compared to the previous quarter, during which Coincheck made…

Cryptocurrency ‘Illegal’ In India Says Trade Organization Head

The head of an Indian nonprofit trade organization said cryptocurrency is “illegal,” and urged businesses to obey the law, local news daily the Hindu reported Thursday, Oct. 25. Debjani Ghosh, the president of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), was cited by the Hindu saying that cryptocurrencies are illegal from NASSCOM’s perspective. NASSCOM is a nonprofit trade association of over 2,000 member companies for the Indian IT and business process outsourcing industries. “It is [the] law of the land and hence, we have to work with it,”…

Japan’s Financial Regulator Mulls Cap on Cryptocurrency Margin Trading

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) is weighing a plan to put a cap on the leverage in cryptocurrency margin trading in a move that is set to curb speculation and market risks. According to a news report from Nikkei on Thursday, the financial market regulator is considering limiting crypto margin traders’ borrowing power to two to four times of their deposits. Currently, there’s no regulation specifically governing the cryptocurrency margin trading space in Japan, the report added, with exchanges offering as much as 25 times of borrowing power. That means users…

Ephrata, Washington Imposes Year-Long Ban on New Cryptocurrency Mining Operations

The city of Ephrata, Washington, will halt new crypto mining developments in the city for the next 12 months, Eastern Washington and North Idaho daily newspaper The Spokesman Review reports Friday, Oct. 19. The recently announced suspension will only affect new crypto operations from being established in Ephrata, while the existing four businesses already there will continue operating. According to Ephrata city administrator Wes Crago, those four crypto operations — including two at the Port of Ephrata, one in an industrial area of the city, as well as one in…