Could the Blockchain Have Prevented It?

By CCN: A major data breach has rocked Quest Diagnostics, exposing the personal details of nearly 12 million patients in the process. The incident, which was reported in a public filing, occurred on May 14 after centralized third-party billing company American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) informed the diagnostic testing company about “potential unauthorized activity” on a “web payment page.” Quest Diagnostics has some blockchain exposure, but apparently not enough. Among the first companies to respond was blockchain-powered ID startup Civic, suggesting its decentralized technology could put an end to data…

Facebook in Discussions with CFTC but Uncertainties Continue

Some weeks back, Facebook indicated that it was launching a cryptocurrency payment service called Project Libra. The company has had a series of talks with various e-commerce companies as well as financial firms seeking support for the payment service. The latest discussions involve the US Commodity and Futures Trading Commission regarding Facebook’s stable coin initiative: GlobalCoin. CFTC Indicates Interest The Financial Times reported on Sunday that Christopher Giancarlo, the chairman of CFTC, had confirmed that talks regarding the support for the stablecoin were in early stages. He added that the goal…

Mexico Is Getting Eight New Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Amero-Isatek will open its first physical cryptocurrency exchange in Nuevo León, Monterrey, on June 21, part of a plan to expand into another seven locations across Mexico. The company estimates that it will serve over 800,000 cryptocurrency users in central Mexico. Users of the exchange will trade in Amero, Amero-Isatek’s own crypto asset, which is scheduled to launch on the day of the Nuevo León opening. The firm already made headlines earlier this year for participating in what it called the world’s biggest cryptocurrency real estate exchange. In this exchange,…

Open Bets On CME’s Bitcoin Futures Hit Record High

The open interest in CME Bitcoin Futures contract hit a record high last Friday. The total figure of 5,190 for the period between May 27 to June 3 represents the largest number of open interest, or contracts outstanding, in CME bitcoin futures ever and a 7 percent gain on the week prior, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. May 31 marked the last day of trading on the CME futures markets before contract settlements, which are set to take place at the end of today’s (June 3) trading session. The…

World’s Biggest Banks Splash $63 million on a Blockchain Digital Currency

 By CCN: Some of the world’s biggest banks are partnering with London-based Fnality International to create a blockchain digital currency for faster cross-border transfers. These banks from Japan, Europe, and the United States are hoping that issuing a utility settlement coin (USC) will lower transaction costs of cross-border payments by cutting out intermediaries. Fnality International has received $63.1 million in capital from the 14 participating banks. These banks include Barclays of Europe and the United States’ State Street; Japan’s MUFG Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp as well as UBS…

Bitcoin Bulls Rage in Key Indicator Despite $11 Billion Crypto Flush

By CCN: In an overnight pullback, the bitcoin price has dropped by around 2.3 percent from $8,700 to $8,500, leaving major crypto assets such as Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, XRP, and EOS with 3 to 8 percent losses against the U.S. dollar. The bitcoin price has been on a downward trend for nearly a week (source: coinmarketcap.com) As the bitcoin price endured a minor correction, the valuation of the crypto market has dropped by nearly $11 billion from $279 billion to $268 billion. Still, despite the short-term correction of bitcoin and…

Bitcoin Faces Price Pullback as Signs of Longer-Term Bull Exhaustion Emerge

View BTC risks falling below $8,000 in the short-term, having created a doji candle last week. Below $8,000, the focus would shift to the 30-day moving average, currently at $7,643, which has a penchant for reversing price pullbacks. The outlook as per the daily chart would turn bearish if the price sees a UTC close below the 30-day MA. The long-term outlook will remain bullish as long as the price is trading above May’s low of $5,263. The case for a short-term correction would weaken if bitcoin bounces from the…

US Regulator CFTC in Talks With Facebook Over Rumored Crypto Plans

United States regulator the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is in talks with Facebook about its upcoming stablecoin launch, the Financial Times (FT) reported on June 2. Citing chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo, the publication revealed that Facebook is attempting to smooth out the regulatory landscape ahead of the asset, currently dubbed GlobalCoin, allegedly going live next year. “We’re very interested in understanding it better,” the FT quoted Giancarlo as saying, himself adding that at present, no formal request for regulatory clearance had appeared. “We can only act on an application,…

LocalBitcoins Removes Cash-for-Crypto Trading Option

Helsinki-based peer-to-peer exchange LocalBitcoins has reportedly removed the option allowing users to buy or sell cryptocurrencies in person for cash. In a Reddit post Sunday, a LocalBitcoins user pointed out the option was no longer available on the platform, though some comments suggested the restriction might be limited to the U.S.. The removal of the option – which acts as a matchmaker for users to make trades in person – effectively bars LocalBitcoin users from selling and buying bitcoin for cash. LocalBitcoins has also cancelled pending cash trades, other comments suggest. The…

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Consolidating Gains: Downside Thrust Before Higher

Bitcoin price started a decent upward move above the $8,500 level against the US Dollar. The price is trading with a positive tone above $8,600 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There is a key bullish trend line forming with support at $8,640 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair is currently consolidating and it could soon climb above the $8,800 resistance. Bitcoin price is currently trading in a range above $8,600 against the US Dollar. BTC could start a sharp upward…