Prosecutors Seek 10-Year Jail Sentence for Karpeles Over Mt. Gox …

Former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles has run into trouble in the Japanese legal system, and prosecutors are pursuing a 10-year jail sentence for alleged embezzlement during his tenure at Mt. Gox. According to a local Japanese news outlet, Karpeles is under indictment for embezzling 341 million yen ($3 million USD) of customer funds into his own personal account. The indictment apparently also alleges that Karpeles “manipulated data on his company’s trading system to pad the balance.” As Mt. Gox was based in Tokyo, it has been the responsibility of…

Crypto News | EOS Surges and Ripple Exec Not Phased by Bull Market

In today’s edition of crypto news, we’ll cover why EOS is surging and the details behind why a Ripple executive isn’t phased by the current crypto bear market. EOS Surges as Other Coins Fall EOS is currently leading the top 40 cryptocurrencies for total market gains this weekend. The world’s seventh-largest cryptocurrency project has received a wave of criticism as of late for its lack of decentralization. This weekend, EOS jumped up more than 16%. At this time, it remains unclear why the coin surged so much. Coinbase is exploring the…

Cherry on Top: Bitcoin ABC, Bitmain, Ver Target of Suit Following BCH Split

As if the drama surrounding the recent Bitcoin Cash split needed a sequel, the vaudevillian sideshow has reached a new stage: the legal arena. A suit spearheaded by United American Corporation (UnitedCorp), a telecom company with a little-known blockchain subsidiary, BlockNum, is taking legal aim at Bitmain and its cofounder Jihan Wu; Bitcoin.com and its CEO, Roger Ver; Kraken and its CEO, Jesse Powell; and others. The suit “is seeking injunctive relief,” alleging that the defendants engaged in “collusion for the purpose of control of the [Bitcoin Cash] network.” The…

U.S. SEC Delays Decision on VanEck’s Bitcoin ETF Until February 2019

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has postponed its decision to approve or disapprove the VanEck/SolidX bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). Per an official document published by the agency, the new deadline to review the VanEck proposal has been shifted to February 27, 2019, which the regulator claims would afford it the time needed to review the potential rule change further. The SEC stipulates that the commission must either approve or disapprove a proposal no later than “180 days after the date of publication of notice of the filing of…

A Tough December All Around

The cryptocurrency market is taking a tumble again today, marking another crypto downturn for what has been a tough December. BTC has fallen another 11% in the last 24 hours. It had previously fallen 8% only one week ago today. At the time of writing, the world’s largest coin is selling for $3,287 USD. Cryptocurrency Downturn Ripple and Ethereum, the second and third largest cryptocurrencies by market value, have also declined in the last 24 hours. And the losses are great; XRP fell 10.16% and Ethereum an even bigger 15.56%…

Crypto Playing Cards | New Cards that Will Help Crypto Adoption

Crypto wants to switch up the financial sector. Why not do so while playing cards!? A Switzerland-based company is now selling Crypto Playing Cards online. Crypto Playing Cards There are no Clubs, Spades, Diamonds, or Hearts in this deck. Rather, the cards are all about cryptocurrency. Players will play their hand with the specially designed crypto suits of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and NEO. According to the company: “Every suit has different dominant colors and each character was specifically designed to proudly represent its cryptocurrency. The playing cards are crafted from premium…

R3 Announces Global Payment App With XRP as Base Currency

R3 has unveiled a new app on their international blockchain, a global payment platform that uses Ripple’s XRP as its initial base currency. The app, dubbed Corda Settler, continues R3’s track record for pursuing  ambitious blockchain projects, and it is allegedly “purpose-built to allow for payment obligations raised on the Corda blockchain platform to be made through any of the world’s payment systems, both traditional and blockchain-based.” The press release clarifies that XRP will be the first cryptocurrency specifically supported by Settler, but also stated outright that it would not…

Binance Blockchain | Binance to Launch the Binance Chain

If it wasn’t enough for Binance to be the biggest crypto exchange by trading volume in the world, such is its popularity that it will now launch its own blockchain. Dubbed the ‘Binance Chain’ (give that genius a can of coke), the new blockchain is due to arrive in the “coming months” according to a Tweet today. The Binance Blockchain The Tweet gave a little more detail. It said the following: “Binance is pushing for blockchain adoption and doing many things to help advancement of the industry. E.g. we will have the…

G20 Leaders Pledge Crypto-Asset Regulation After Buenos Aires Meeting

Leaders from the Group of 20 nations reiterated their pledge to regulate “crypto-assets” as part of a communique released Sunday after a meeting in Buenos Aires. In a declaration titled “Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,” the G20 participants committed to a number of measures to help grow the global economy. As in past meetings of group members, the document highlighted cryptocurrencies as one area in need of greater regulation. “We will regulate crypto-assets for anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism in line with FATF standards and we…