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    10 december 2018

    Hollywood movies are never too far removed from reality. In the case of unfair practices on Wall Street, we have seen it in legendary movies such as the 1987 classic by Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen also known as Wall Street. The movie was loosely responsible for the attraction many young graduates – in the 80s and 90s – had for stock market trading. In a nutshell, the movie glorified greed.

    The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has successfully collaborated with IBM to pilot a blockchain supply chain system, according to an ADNOC press release published on Dec. 9.

    The People’s Bank of China (PBoC), the country’s central bank, highlighted the illegality of Security Token Offerings (STOs) in the country, English-language local news outlet South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports Dec. 9.

    A Melbourne-based company is now offering crypto-backed loans. Helio operates under an Australian Credit License (ACL) issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). In the current bear market, cryptocurrency holders can borrow fiat money and keep their digital coins for better times.

    A quarterly ratings report has upgraded the score previously given to seven cryptocurrency exchanges, while downgrading four. It has also added seven new exchanges, rating them on such metrics as trading volume, security, and compliance. In related news, Crypto Exchange Ranks (CER) has begun tracking the hot and cold wallets of exchanges as part of a drive to champion greater transparency.

    9 december 2018

    XRP continues to cement itself as a multipurpose cryptocurrency with enough merits to be the most important altcoin in the market. A few days ago, an independent developer known on Twitter as xRpTo_Omanaged to develop an iOS implementation that allows users to send XRP with simple voice command.

    Major South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has beta launched a public voting system for screening new coins to be listed on its exchange. The platform, Pickthumb, aims to boost transparency and fairness in Bithumb’s listing process. Five coins are currently being evaluated with the current voting round ending in nine days.

    A constitutional complaint has reportedly been filed in South Korea alleging that the government’s ban on initial coin offerings is unconstitutional. It has been more than a year since token sales were banned in the country but the government has yet to introduce any regulations for them, causing problems for startups.

    A commissioner of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said ‘not to hold your breath’ waiting for a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) at the Digital Asset Investment Forum held in Washington D.C. Dec. 5.

    Over the last two weeks, Israel's Tax Authority has unilaterally opened tax accounts for hundreds of Israelis it has identified as having unreported earnings from cryptocurrency trading.

    8 december 2018

    Members of ethereum’s open-source development team have reached agreement on an activation time for Constantinople, a proposed code change designed to give users the option to update the blockchain with additional features.

    Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou — or BeiShangGuang — has become the most concentrated area of relevant blockchain legislation and policy in China, reports local finance publication Securities Daily Dec. 7.

    Enterprise blockchain software provider R3 has issued a statement announcing that Corda, its blockchain platform has successfully completed a live commercial paper transaction.

    The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a cease and desist order against CoinAlpha Advisors LLC in addition to ordering a $50,000 penalty, according to a filing published Dec. 7.

    The Winklevoss-owned Gemini crypto exchange is adding support for bitcoin cash (BCH), the firm announced Friday.

    7 december 2018

    State-owned Russian bank Sberbank has completed a repurchase agreement, or repo, using blockchain technology.

    Two new bills focusing on cryptocurrency market manipulation aim to “position the United States to be a leader in the cryptocurrency industry,” their sponsors claimed Dec. 6.

    Over the past eight hours, the U.S. stock market demonstrated one of the most drastic trend reversals of 2018. Meanwhile, more than $16 billion was wiped out of the crypto market.

    Decentralized internet protocol TRON CEO Justin Sun has said the company will build a fund to “rescue” Ethereum (ETH) and EOS developers from “the collapse” of their platforms, in a tweet, Dec. 6.

    After adding support for several new tokens over the past months, Coinbase has revealed more than 30 crypto assets it is considering for listing.

    Miami-based United American Corp ("UnitedCorp") (OTC: UAMA) announced today that it has launched a suit for damages and injunctive relief against Bitmain, Bitcoin.com, Roger Ver, the Kraken Bitcoin Exchange and other individuals that are related to what is alleged to have been a well-planned scheme to take control of the Bitcoin Cash network for personal gain and which caused a global capitalization meltdown of the Bitcoin Cash network at the expense of others.

    Node40, a developer of bitcoin tax-reporting software, expects the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to receive a record number of cryptocurrency-related tax return claims this year, as it predicts that many investors will decide to declare their losses.

    Swiss Post, the country’s national postal service, and state-owned telecoms provider Swisscom have united to develop a blockchain platform.

    Bitmain, the world’s largest crypto mining firm, has opened the code for its privacy-centric know-your-customer protocol (KYC), called Coconut.

    Major crypto exchange Coinbase is seeking the trademark for the crypto-industry term “BUIDL,” according to an application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Oct. 2

    6 december 2018

    The pessimistic sentiment around bitcoin prices saw the number of shorts hit a six-week high on Thursday.

    The Society for the World Interbank Interbank Financial Telecommunication, SWIFT has finally launched its Electronic Blockchain-based Payment System. This new system will be used by the Company to deal with all its payment delay issues.

    The Swiss arm of Russia's Gazprombank is to roll out a cryptoasset service for clients in mid-2019, using technology from core banking supplier Avaloq and local blockchain startup Metaco.

    BitGo has hired Richard J. Corcoran, a long-time veteran of the trust company industry, to head the crypto security startup’s institutional custody business.

    Four European banks – Commerzbank, ING, Natixis and Rabobank – have settled a live transaction for a short-term debt instrument on the Corda platform developed by blockchain consortium startup R3.

    Japan’s cryptocurrency exchanges reported 5,944 suspicious transactions in the first 10 months of 2018.

    Malta has warned citizens about an unlicensed cryptocurrency exchange serving its domestic market. Regulators ordered the platform to stop operating in a notice Dec. 5.