Telegram Attacks Apple, Musk on Crypto, WEF Debrief: Hodler’s Digest, Jan 20–26

Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week World Economic Forum debuts framework for central bank digital currency It was a c-c-c-cold week in Davos, but Cointelegraph’s reporters wrapped up warm to bring you all the news from the World Economic Forum. One particularly big announcement saw the WEF unveil a central bank…

Indian PM Awards Crypto App Creator as Supreme Court Deliberates on Ban

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi awarded young entrepreneur Harshita Arora, the developer of a cryptocurrency price tracking application, amid an ongoing battle in her home country over the status of cryptocurrency. In a tweet on Jan. 24, Modi said that Arora’s “passion towards science, technology and human welfare are clearly visible.” She received the Bal Shakti Puraskar 2020: an award recognizing youth’s contributions in the fields of social service, innovation, bravery, sports, art and culture and scholastics. Arora was born on Oct. 2, 2001, and “created an app to safeguard…

WEF Launches Global Consortium for Crypto Governance

The World Economic Forum has created an international consortium to design a governance framework for cryptocurrencies, including stablecoins. Announced Friday, the consortium seeks to bring together financial institutions, government representatives, developers and other members of the global community to determine what sort of governance around cryptocurrencies can best further the goal of financial inclusion. Digital currencies are “a key area of interest for the Forum,” said WEF Founder and Chairman Klaus Schwab. The area “requires input across sectors, functions and geographies.” “Building on our long history of public-private cooperation, we…

Crypto and Blockchain Firms Pitch In to Help Coronavirus Victims

Some blockchain and cryptocurrency firms have pledged to help victims of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China. Cryptocurrency exchange Binance pledged to donate 10 million Chinese yuan ($1.44 million) to the effort. In a tweet on Jan. 25, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao said that Binance made the pledge but did not make any announcements after a Twitter user tagged him in a news article about cryptocurrency donations being accepted for the cause: “For #Wuhan, not realistic to do crypto to end beneficiaries. Binance pledged 10m RMB ($1.5m USD) to help #coronavirus…

Altcoins on Track to Plunge By 10%, Yet This Crypto Could Rally Higher

Over the past month, altcoins have finally started to break higher, reversing the Bitcoin-centric trend seen in the crypto market throughout all of 2019. In fact, the BTC dominance metric has dropped to 66% over the past week, with digital assets like Ethereum, XRP, and Litecoin starting to outpace the market leader. Related Reading: XRP Analyst Suggests IPO Could Be Game-Changing for Ripple: Here’s How According to a prominent cryptocurrency trader, the time for altcoins to outperform Bitcoin is likely up, looking to a number of bearish chart formations. Altcoin…

Crypto Analyst Says IPO Could Be Game-Changing for Ripple: Here’s How

This week, Brad Garlinghouse — chief executive of Ripple Labs in San Francisco — made a massive announcement at a Wall Street Journal event in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum. The industry executive told a crowd at the event that he intends to bring Ripple public in the coming years, adding that he expects for there to be a number of crypto- and blockchain-related IPOs in the coming 12 months. “In the next 12 months, you’ll see IPOs in the crypto/blockchain space. We’re not going to be the…

Tax Agencies Step Up Efforts to Hone in on Crypto Tax Evasion

The year 2019, for a short while, raised expectations that stablecoins would bring about mass adoption of cryptocurrencies. 2020, however, seems to be dousing those hopes with ever-tightening regulation that is putting pressure on investors and companies alike. The first complication came only 10 days into the year. In early January, the European Union’s landmark Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, or 5AMLD, was signed into law. The law is the latest evolution of the EU’s response to the Panama Papers scandal, in which a leak of over 11 million documents uncovered…

Crypto and the Latency Arms Race: Market Microstructures

Max Boonen is the founder and CEO of crypto trading firm B2C2. This post is the third in a series of three that looks at the structure of crypto markets. Opinions expressed within are his own and do not reflect those of CoinDesk. In the two previous articles, I summarized the evolution of speed in modern finance and the balancing act between good and bad latency reductions. Let us now examine the venues where trading takes place and how they fare in this world of increasing speeds. To trade financial…

Ukraine to Block Crypto Wallets for Illicit Funds, Finance Minister Says

Ukrainian authorities will be able to “block crypto wallets” in order to seize illegally obtained assets, a notice on the country’s Ministry of Finance says. Oksana Markarova, Ukraine’s Finance Minister, reportedly said that the State Financial Monitoring Service of Ukraine (SFMS) will be the responsible authority for tracking the sources of origin of the funds on citizens’ crypto wallets. Authorities use an analytical product scanning for the crypto funds’ origins and uses As part of the regulatory policy, the SFMS will be able to not only find out the origin…

Crypto News Roundup and Interviews for Jan. 24, 2020

In addition to our news roundup, for the next few episodes we’ll also be highlighting select interviews from the CoinDesk crew reporting inside the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  Today, we’ll hear from former Monero head “Fluffypony” and more from cypherpunk Harry Halpin. Listen or subscribe with your preferred service: Disclosure Read More The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group,…