Ethereum crashed under $500 yesterday after SEC Enforcement Division Co-Director, Stephanie Avakian, made the announcement that the agency was investigating “dozens” of crypto companies involved in unregistered ICO’s. Continue reading Ethereum (ETH) Fell Below $500
With bitcoin, ethereum and other big name digital currencies regularly making the news for their role in controversies and developments, it is often easy to overlook the rest of the cryptocurrency market, even those rising in prominence like as IOTA. With a market cap of around $5 billion, it is currently the eleventh most valuable cryptocurrency. Unlike others, however, IOTA has its own unique spin on the blockchain tech, called Tangle. It is also able to boast zero transaction fees. In recent times, IOTA’s heritage in the German capital has clearly attracted several indigenous companies with deep pockets. For instance, the Chief Digital Officer of Volkswagen Group, Johann Jungwirth, is one of the board members of the IOTA Foundation. Bosch Group, through its venture capital arm, RBVC, has also invested an undisclosed amount and works closely with the foundation. When interviewed by Bloomberg, IOTA co-founder Dominik Schiener shared his belief that with these new partnerships, IOTA is heading for the “next growth cycle”. There are also rumors circulating in the crypto community surrounding a possible smart contracts-like feature in IOTA. Setting up multiple offices around the world, including ones in Canada, Japan, Norway and South Korea, is perhaps in anticipation of explosive growth following these changes.
Goldmoney, the world’s largest gold savings and transfer network, has added two more major cryptocurrencies to its cold storage service, according to a press-release published Feb. 27. The company, which already provides a cold storage service for Bitcoin (BTC), announced it is now adding “Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”)-Compliant” Ethereum (ETH) storage, with Bitcoin Cash (BCH) storage to follow soon after. According to their press release, Goldmoney Inc. safeguards nearly $2 billion in assets for clients located in more than 150 countries. “Goldmoney clients can now directly purchase Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”)-Compliant Ethereum and sell their Ethereum holdings back to Goldmoney in the same way they buy or sell Bitcoin and precious metals,” Goldmoney reports. As the company explains, client-held cryptocurrencies are stored and secured in an offline cold storage, “with private keys stored in a password-protected hardware wallet”.
Australian cryptocurrency exchange Bitcoin.com.au has made buying Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) for fiat possible in more than 1,200 newsstands across Australia starting Thursday, March 1, local news outlet 9Finance reports. Bitcoin.com.au, which has been in operation for around 18 months, describes itself on its website as “one of the first independent Bitcoin exchange networks in Australia.” Today, March 1, is the first time the exchange has offered purchases of ETH, having previously only hosted BTC transactions on its site. Rupert Hackett, CEO of Bitcoin.com.au, sees introducing BTC and ETH for purchase in more in familiar retail environments as a way to make people more comfortable with cryptocurrencies in general. In order to buy crypto from a participating Australian newsstand, consumers need to first acquire a crypto wallet, and then scan their wallet’s QR code with the newsstand’s iPad mini. The exchange has set up a minimum buy of 50 AUD (about $39 USD) worth of BTC or ETH.
Leading Japanese e-commerce platform Rakuten will transition its rewards program to a blockchain-based system featuring a company-developed cryptocurrency. Rakuten CEO Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani made this announcement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, according to a TechCrunch report, explaining that the token would be called Rakuten Coin. Rakuten Coin will replace the Tokyo-based company’s current “Super Points” program, which has long been regarded as one of the most robust loyalty programs in the e-commerce ecosystem, and its customers have collectively earned approximately $9.1 billion in points over the program’s 15-year history. Mikitani did not announce a release date for Rakuten Coin, but he previewed that it will be integrated into all of the firm’s many subsidiaries, which include Ebates, PriceMinister, and Viber. At present, it is unclear whether Rakuten Coin will run on its own, company-controlled blockchain or whether it will be built atop another blockchain — such as Ethereum, Stellar, NEM, or NEO — using smart contracts.