Bitcoin 

Crypto News From the German-Speaking World: Oct. 13–19 in Review

The German-speaking world has seen another week of events in the crypto industry, with a new survey revealing that 27% of Germans are interested in using Facebook’s planned Libra stablecoin, which has been discussed all over the world since its announcement in June 2019. Despite existing criticism of Libra, global regulators do not plan to ban either Facebook’s crypto initiative or other stablecoin projects, the European Central Bank (ECB) director claimed earlier this week. Here is the past week of crypto and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by…

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Bitcoin 

HTC Launches Exodus 1S, First Phone That Can Run a Full BTC Node

Taiwanese electronics giant HTC has launched its new smartphone Exodus 1s, enabling users to run a full Bitcoin (BTC) node on mobile. First smartphone to support full Bitcoin node In line with an announcement in May 2019, HTC launched the Exodus 1s at the Lightning Conference in Berlin on Oct. 19 and started selling the first devices during the even using the Lightning payment network, the firm said in a press release to Cointelegraph. The new Exodus 1s is a lower-cost version of the pioneering HTC’s blockchain-powered phone Exodus 1,…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Recovers Above $8K After 18th Million Bitcoin Was Mined

Saturday, Oct. 19 — crypto markets are seeing a slight recovery after another downward movement as Bitcoin (BTC) is back to trading above $8,000. Market visualization. Source: Coin360 18 million BTC mined, BTC blockchain hits 600,000 blocks  After trading below $8,000 threshold for most of the day, Bitcoin has seen a sharp recovery to climb above the mark at publishing time. The biggest cryptocurrency is trading at $8,041, up 1.2% over the past 24 hours, according to Coin360. However, Bitcoin is still in red over the past week as its…

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Bitcoin 

Regulatory ‘Gray Area’ in China

Earlier in October 2019, Binance announced a fiat on-ramp for crypto trading via Chinese payment services Alipay and WeChat. This move was part of the exchange giant’s peer-to-peer (P2P) trading rollout for Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and Tether (USDT) against the Chinese yuan. The public nature of this announcement did bring questions to the fore regarding the use of payment channels like Alipay and WeChat for crypto trading. Alipay did, in fact, release statements distancing itself from cryptocurrency trading activities, with Binance later clarifying that it wasn’t working directly with the aforementioned payment…

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Ethereum 

Crypto Markets Turn Red Once Again, Bitcoin Price Hovers Under $8K

Friday, Oct. 18 — Bitcoin (BTC) is suffering from further downward selling pressure and continues to trade below the $8,000 price mark. Cryptocurrency market daily overview. Source: Coin360 Bitcoin traded below the $8,000 price mark for most of the day. The world’s largest cryptocurrency traded at an intraday high of around $8,135, with a sudden dip toward $7,900, before settling down at its current trading price of $7,952. BTC shows a subtle loss of around 1.6% in the past 24 hours. Bitcoin seven-day price chart. Source: Coin360 Cointelegraph contributor Rakesh…

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Fidelity Investments Fully Rolls Out Crypto Custody Service, Exec Says

American financial services company Fidelity Investments has fully launched its cryptocurrency custody service. Abigail Johnson, CEO of Fidelity Investments, revealed the development in an interview with the Financial Times published on Oct. 18. Johnson said that the company is ready to roll out its crypto custody business following a year-long preparation and accumulation of clients. A nascent, but promising business Last fall, Fidelity specifically indicated that it would provide an enterprise-grade crypto custody service to hedge funds, family offices and financial advisors. Johnson called that kind of service nascent and…

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Bitcoin 

Either I’m Satoshi Nakamoto, or He Plagiarized Me

Australian computer scientist and tech entrepreneur Craig Wright has asserted that Satoshi Nakamoto, the author of the Bitcoin (BTC) white paper, plagiarized him. Speaking at the CC London Investment in Blockchain and AI Forum 2019, which took place from Oct. 14 to Oct. 16, Wright claimed that he was about to reveal the ultimate proof of his authorship of the original Bitcoin code. This will come out, according to Wright, in the form of a thesis he wrote back in 2008. Wright said that Nakamoto lifted entire sections of the…

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Ethereum 

Crypto Firms Join Azure as Microsoft Fights Amazon for Market Share

Thanks to the high computational flexibility that it offers, the influence of cloud computing on the blockchain space continues to grow. It’s less of a surprise, then, that cloud computing giants — such as Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle and Google’s parent company Alphabet — are leading the charge to merge blockchain, especially the enterprise type, and the cloud. Microsoft in particular has been actively engaging with blockchain startups that are developing blockchain solutions for the enterprise market, working with them to deploy their solutions on the Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure. The…

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