Although Bitcoin (BTC) and its crypto asset assets have indeed stabilized, seeing movements from zero to zero, startups in this sector have continued to take giant steps in a number of directions. Some prominent companies took giant steps, while others took devastating steps backwards. Regardless of this, the bottom line is that the cryptographic sector has not slowed down, contrary to the sentiment propagated by the cynics.
- Bitcoin Giant BitGo, Genesis Trading Launch of an OTC bank with cold storage: BitGo, based in Palo Alto, a longtime industrial power that has served Pantera Captial, Ripple Labs, Bitstamp, among others, recently collaborated with Genesis Trading, a subsidiary of the cryptographic conglomerate of Digital Currency Group. The collaborative effort of BitGo and Genesis is taking the form of a newfoldled over the counter (OTC) trading service that will allow customers to "buy and sell digital assets directly from the security of their BitGo Trust cold storage account". Genesis, chaired by Michael Moro, will provide his expertise in facilitating high-value, institutional-sourced transactions, while BitGo will leverage its veteran status in the Bitcoin custody sub-sector to ensure the security of supply. Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple's XRP, ZCash and other three leading digital resources will be available through this innovative exchange channel.
- Cryptopia Hacked, the New Zealand police start the search: The largest crypto market has undergone its first major attack of 2019 last week. On Tuesday, the New Zealand-based cryptophyte, an important major exchange, revealed that it suffered a "security breach". In a company statement, signed by the Cryptopia team, it was revealed that the violation suffered "significant losses" for the start. After further excavations, the organization decided to contact the local authorities, who have since pledged to keep the public updated on this fraud. It is said that over 3 million dollars in various cryptographic resources, including Ethereum. This figure was confirmed by the so-called "whale watching" Twitter accounts, which revealed that thousands of Ether, along with a series of less known (but valuable) tokens, were sent from the cold portfolios of Cryptopia on the day of the alleged attack.
- Bakkt makes the first acquisition after a capital injection of $ 182.5On the eve of the New Year, Bakkt, a cryptographic platform supported by the owner of the NYSE Intercontinental Exchange, revealed that it had obtained a check for $ 182.5 million from 12 financiers, including Galaxy Digital, Pantera and Microsoft's venture arm. And a few days later, the company revealed that it had already begun to capitalize on its massive capital injection. More specifically, the company, headquartered in the Big Apple, has revealed that it has purchased "some assets" from Rosenthal Collins Group (RCG), a merchant of future commissions on independent Chicago commission. The less stringent details of the agreement were not disclosed, but Bakkt's chief Kelly Loeffler told Fortune Bakkt that he had the opportunity to "buy a part of back office operations", in particular some aspects of RCG compliance, risk management, treasury departments. As proposed by Fortune Shawn Tully, "Bakkt is essentially buying part of the Rosenthal back office."
- Ethereum co-founder Joe Lubin joins ErisX's board of directors: Speaking of platforms supported by Wall Street seeking to plunge into the nascent cryptographic realm, ErisX, an apparent Bakkt competitor supported by TD Ameritrade, recently made a surprising announcement. ErisX revealed that it would bring to its board of directors Joseph Lubin, a co-founder of Ethereum and the founder of blockchain development upstart ConsenSys. Its exact role has not been disclosed, but some have speculated that Lubin will help ErisX in its push for vehicles derived from Ether-backed.
- South Africa seeks to de-anonymize Bitcoin transactions: For Business Insiders, the Reserve Bank of South Africa, Sarb, is currently advising local cryptographic startups, ie suppliers and portfolio exchanges, on how best to use their services. Sarb claims that its emerging registration system, which startups will be forced to use, will contribute to the crusade to protect investors from crypts shortages. But the registration system is not so harmless. In fact, Sarb's plan will decrypt cryptographic accounts within the country, as it would require companies to actively monitor transactional data, including the identity of senders and recipients, transaction amounts and other relevant data. As put by Business Insider, this system will be very similar to how "banks are required to know their customers".
- EUROPEAN UNION. Financial Regulator Wary Of CryptoLike the news, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the domestic financial agency based in Paris, recently published an in-depth report on "crypto-assets". While the relationship was long it became clear that ESMA is rather skeptical about digital resources, which was reluctant to call currencies of good faith. Through the report, ESMA noted that at the moment it sees a number of pertinent problems. In particular, the organization drew attention to market volatility, fraud, money laundering, market manipulation and multi-million dollar IT attacks.
- Hard fork of delayed Ethereum Constantinople: At the beginning of this week, Ethereum's long-awaited update of Constantinople has fallen into a series of complications. A relevant security issue in one of the protocols to be activated has meant that members of the Ethereum core team come into action, with Vitalik Buterin and others summoning through an emergency call. After the deliberation, the group of developers agreed that Constantinople, considered a "decidedly bullish" update for the project, would be postponed until February 27, or block 7,280,000 to be more specific.
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