‘Crypto Needs Rules’ Says New Gemini Ad Campaign

The Gemini cryptocurrency exchange founded by the Winklevoss twins in 2014 is calling for better regulation of the crypto space in a new ad campaign, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports on Jan. 4. Placards on taxis and in the New York City subway contain slogans like “crypto needs rules” while simultaneously suggesting that Gemini already provides a regulatory compliant exchange for investors. Other slogans include “money has a future” and “crypto without chaos.” Chris Roan, head of marketing at Gemini, told the WSJ: “We believe that investors coming into…

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Litecoin, Bitcoin SV, TRON, Cardano: Price Analysis, Jan. 4

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. The first ever bitcoin was mined 10 years ago on Jan. 3, 2009. Since then, the original cryptocurrency has been on a wild ride. The naysayers continue to believe that Bitcoin is a scam and it can neither become a currency nor can…

ConsenSys and AMD to Jointly Develop Blockchain-Based Cloud Computing Infrastructure

Blockchain software company ConsenSys, semiconductor producer AMD, and Abu-Dhabi-based investment management firm Halo Holdings are jointly working on a blockchain-based cloud computing infrastructure. ConsenSys announced the collaboration in a press release published on Jan. 4. Per the release, the companies have partnered to create the so called W3BCLOUD aimed at the development of AMD hardware-based datacenter products for emerging blockchain workloads. Within the collaboration, ConsenSys will provide expertise in the field of computing in blockchain transactions, security issues, and use cases for the technology. According to the statement, W3BCLOUD would…

Texas Financial Watchdog May Recognize Stablecoins as Money for Licensing Purposes

The Texas Department of Banking could consider stablecoins as money, making them and exchanges that deal with them subject to a number of Texas laws and license requirements, according to a Supervisory Memorandum published on Jan. 2. Supervisory Memorandum – 1037, which published by the financial watchdog examines the regulatory treatment of digital currencies under the Texas Money Services Act and addresses current trends in the field, including the introduction of stablecoins to the market. Stablecoins are a kind of centralized cryptocurrency backed by the issuer with conventional currency, precious…

BTT Token Coming Soon | First Step in Supporting Decentralized Internet

On Thursday, January 3rd, BitTorrent, Inc. said that it plans to launch a crypto token, called the BitTorrent token (BTT). While many have done something similar, CEO Justin Sun described the BTT token as having a competitive edge. BTT Token Coming Soon According to Sun, the BTT token is “the first in a series of steps to support a decentralized internet.” For the most part, the BitTorrent token will be used to achieve quicker download speeds. It can be bought, sold, and traded. Speaking further on the matter, Sun said…

Blockchain Project Aims to Reform Traditional Lottery in Nigeria

On Dec. 13, Quanta Plc., owner of Quanta Technology Limited, a blockchain lottery operator, announced it had signed contracts to acquire a stake in International Lottery and Gaming Limited (ILGL). As Quanta reports, this is ”the world’s first deal to reform traditional lottery.” The companies say that Quanta’s blockchain-based lottery technology will help increase the transparency and fairness of Nigeria’s gaming market. Quanta claims to be “the world’s first fully licensed blockchain lottery.” The company started operations in 2015, and in 2017, received a license from the Isle of Man’s…

Huobi and OKEx to Support Upcoming Ethereum Constantinople Hard Fork

Leading cryptocurrency exchanges OKEx and Huobi Global will support the Ethereum (ETH) Constantinople hard fork which is estimated to happen between Jan. 14 and 18, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph. The Constantinople hard fork is an upgrade, which is supposed to fundamentally change the Ethereum blockchain, with the synchronous nodes update to the entire system. The hard fork encloses separate Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs) in order to soften the transition from proof-of-work (PoW) to the more energy efficient proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus algorithm. OKEx will reportedly take a…

Ethereum Core Devs to Move Forward With ASIC-Resistant PoW Algorithm

Ethereum (ETH) core developers have reached a tentative consensus to implement a new proof-of-work (PoW) algorithm that would increase the efficiency of GPU-based — as opposed to ASIC-based — mining on the network. The development was discussed in a meeting today, Jan. 4. During the meeting, developer Hudson Jameson noted he had heard “very little dissent” to implementing  “ProgPoW,” which has so far been trialed via client implementations running on the “Gangnam” testnet. As previously reported, a testnet is essentially a simulated version of the primary network that allows developers…

Pixel-by-Pixel, New Project Offers Game Where Crypto Players Can Create Blockchain Art

A new project is gearing up to be the “first arts and games smart economy on the EOS blockchain” — offering games and giving artists the chance to showcase their creative works and monetize their passion. PixEOS says that the first game on its platform offers a new twist on the pixel-drawing titles previously seen on the EOS blockchain. Offering a 1 million pixel canvas, PixEOS Paint offers a profit-sharing system where players can paint pixels over one another and create a collaborative art piece. At the conclusion of every…

Coinbase CEO Champions Top Coin on Its 10th Birthday

Brian Armstrong, founder and CEO of United States cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, has confessed that “Bitcoin is my first love” in a series of tweets commemorating the coin’s 10th birthday, Jan. 3. Summing up a thread in which he explained how he entered the industry and built one of its most successful firms, Armstrong wrote: “Bitcoin is one of the most important inventions of all time and has launched a global movement. It’s awesome to see an entire ecosystem spring up around it, but Bitcoin is my first love.” Armstrong pointed…