Ethereum-Based Augur Enhancement App Veil Closes Up Shop

The Ethereum-based predictions platform Veil is shutting down, according to an official Medium post on July 11. As of July 11, no new markets will be added to the platform. Trading will be disabled entirely on July 24. Veil co-founder Paul Fletcher-Hill recommended that users redeem open positions, withdraw positions from active markets, and withdraw Veil Ether and convert it to Ether.  Veil was a type of extension to the Ethereum-based predictions market Augur. Augur is a predictions market — that still exists — that uses smart contracts to let…

Co-Founder of Now-Defunct BitFunder Gets 14 Months Imprisonment

The operator of now-defunct Bitcoin (BTC) exchange BitFunder, Jon Montroll, has received a 14 months prison sentence following federal charges of obstruction of justice and securities fraud, finance and trading industry news outlet FinanceFeeds reported on July 12. The proceedings against Montroll began last year. In July 2018, Montroll pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, admitting that he provided false balance statements to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in an investigation of the fake 6,000 BTC BitFunder hack in 2013. The proceedings against Montroll ended on July 11,…

Ethereum Co-Founder Mihai Alisie Concerned Over Libra Centralization

Ethereum’s co-founder Mihai Alisie is extremely concerned that Facebook is attempting to hoodwink regulators into approving a centralized “cryptocurrency,” according to a report by Bloomberg on July 11. In an interview with Bloomberg, Alisie stressed that Facebook is attempting to get regulator approval for its yet-to-be-released virtual currency Libra by claiming that it will not be centrally controlled by Facebook, or other business giants, five years down the line. Alisie reportedly said that Facebook intends “to mislead the regulators who have learned in the last few years that blockchain is…

Bitpoint Hacked for $32 Million, Another Example of Crypto’s Volatility

A Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange called Bitpoint has suspended operations after it lost $32 million to a hacking last night. The company that runs the exchange, Remixpoint, discovered that ¥3.5 billion worth of various digital currencies had disappeared under its management. Bitpoint Hacked and Suspends Operations According to the exchange, the funds went missing from a hot wallet (a wallet connected to the internet), but other funds held in cold wallets or offline haven’t been affected. The hacking was brought to light when an error appeared in the exchange’s outgoing funds…

Prasos Secures Payment Institution License From Finnish Watchdog

Finland-based cryptocurrency firm Prasos has secured a payment institution license via the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority (FFSA). The news comes by way of an official announcement via its crypto exchange website on July 12. According to the announcement, Prasos is now the third crypto firm in Europe to secure a payment institution license. According to its website, Prasos operates a crypto exchange, a crypto investment platform, and Bitcoin (BTC) ATMs. Prasos stated that, thanks to its new license, its crypto investment platform Coinmotion is now capable of supporting a payment service…

US Sanctions on Iran Crypto Mining — Inevitable or Impossible?

If there’s one thing the United States has had a history of, it’s imposing sanctions on its enemies. Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, Russia and numerous other nations have been subject to restrictions and penalties over the years, with the U.S. harnessing its economic muscle in order to punish pretty much any country that doesn’t play by the international rulebook. One of the most notable of these countries is Iran — which, since the Iran hostage crisis of 1979, has been on the receiving end of a long series of prohibitions, blocks and…

Bitcoin (BTC) Absorbs Sell Pressure, Will $11,200 Hold?

Bitcoin (BTC) up 2.8 percent Hackers strike Bitpoint, user funds stolen Bitpoint is the latest Japanese exchange to lose customer funds through a hack. In an announcement, the exchange said it lost $32 million worth of Bitcoin, Litecoin and other coins stored in their hot wallet. At the time of press, BTC is up 2.8 percent. Fundamentals Japan is known for its flexibility. As one of the early adopters, Japanese regulators are firm on their oversight. Formulating and implementing consumer-centric laws, the Financial Services Agency (FSA) has the best interest…

‘No Way the Current System Can Survive’

When people outside of crypto think of John McAfee, they think computers, cybersecurity, anti-virus software. But in the world of crypto and blockchain, you think of a yacht in tropical waters, passionate — and sometimes, admittedly, inebriated — tweets on tech and crypto… and an enviable amount of partying.  When I called McAfee to talk on record, he was sitting at a table outside a cafe in Cuba with palm trees and patches of blue sky behind him.  We talked about McAfee’s presidential campaign in the United States, his relationship…

Ethereum (ETH) Vulnerable, Prices Below A 3-Month Support Trend Line

Ethereum (ETH) is down 3.2 percent Omar Reyes, a candidate vying for a Congress seat in Florida, wants to issue an Ethereum token Props, an ERC-20 token, is compliant with a key regulation. As a result, investors can have a financial stake in the issuing company following SEC qualification. As of the time of writing, bears are in control after the July 11th’s breakout below the main support trend line. Ethereum Price Analysis Fundamentals Well, it appears as if blockchain is not immune from politics. The disruptive platform may have…