‘Big Four’ Firm EY Builds DLT Product on Public Ethereum Blockchain

Twitter Facebook The big four accounting firms are pouring more resources into blockchain technology now more than ever, and now Ernst & Young (EY) has just deepened its commitment. The global professional services firm has unveiled a Public Edition (PE) prototype of its EY Ops Chain, using the public Ethereum blockchain to deliver what the company describes as the “world’s first implementation of zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) technology.” The technology offers the best of both worlds, giving businesses the opportunity to securely issue and sell ICO-like tokens tied to payments or…

Tether’s Price Has Stabilized, But the Stablecoin’s Supply Is Still Shrinking

In what’s become a rarity over the past month, the price of the tether (USDT) stablecoin temporarily regained parity with the U.S. dollar Wednesday. The token traded in the $1.00-$1.01 range for the better part of an hour, according to CoinMarketCap. At the time of writing, it is trading around $0.987. The exchange rate has been steadily climbing towards its $1.00 target since the stablecoin – by far the most popular among a slew of rivals – dramatically lost parity with the dollar in mid-October, falling as low as $0.85…

Tether’s Market Cap Has Dropped by More than $1 Billion in October

Twitter Facebook Tether (USDT), the embattled cryptocurrency token whose value is purportedly backed by US dollars, continues to see massive outflows as it struggles to maintain USD parity amid rising competition from other stablecoins launched by some of the crypto industry’s biggest names. Blockchain data from Omni Explorer shows that yesterday, on Oct. 30, Tether Limited redeemed another 100 million units of USDT, reducing the outstanding supply to about 1.8 billion. Source: Omni Explorer Since the beginning of October, Tether has redeemed a staggering 990 million tokens, more than double…

Coinbase’s Head of Trading Resigns After Six Months on Job

The head of trading at Coinbase, Hunter Merghart, has resigned from the U.S. crypto exchange and wallet provider after just six months on the job, CoinDesk has learned. Merghart made the decision to leave the company last week and is now exploring other opportunities, according to people familiar with the situation. Coinbase declined to comment on the move when reached. His departure follows that of the executive who hired him, Adam White, who left Coinbase earlier this month to become the chief operating officer of Bakkt, the new institutional crypto trading…

XRP Makes a 23% Monthly Decline, Among the Biggest in October

Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Ripple’s XRP was among the best performing cryptocurrencies in September. But the bullish sentiment hasn’t sustained well this month. The XRP-to-USD pair has recorded a 24 percent monthly loss as October heads to a close, falling from 0.5831-fiat to 0.4400-fiat. The coin got sold off to the tune of over $7 billion, despite being surrounded with strong fundamentals all month long. That includes the launch of the xRapid system, new partnerships with Viamericas, Moneytenint, and National Bank of Kuwait, and the release of Ripple’s Q3 report that showed XRP sales…

Israeli Blockchain Startup Concludes $30 Mln Financing Round That Included Intel, Sequoia

Israeli blockchain startup StarkWare Industries has completed a $30 million financing round, generating funds from such industry players as Intel Capital and Sequoia USA, according to an announcement published Oct. 29. Established in 2018, StarkWare Industries develops both software and hardware, with applications including transparent privacy in blockchains, increased transaction throughput, as well as off chain computation. The company offers a zero-knowledge protocol STARK, that purports to address the privacy and scalability challenges of the blockchain field. The firm has announced the completion of its $30 million financing round, which…

Gov’t Taskforce Proposes Crypto Regulation Changes, Questions Crypto Definition

The U.K. Cryptoassets Taskforce has released a report Oct. 29 that proposes some changes for cryptocurrency regulation and raises concerns over how digital assets are traded and used. Launched in March, the Cryptoassets Taskforce is made up of of the Bank of England (BOE) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and is charged to regulate and support crypto technologies. Since there is no widely agreed definition of a cryptoasset and given that cryptoassets significantly vary in the rights they provide to their holders, the Taskforce has developed a framework that…

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Litecoin, Cardano, Monero, TRON: Price Analysis, October 29

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. Market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. Hackers stole 913 bitcoins from Canadian cryptocurrency exchange MapleChange. Though the exchange was small, repeated news of hacks are a major deterrent to the entry of institutional investors into the crypto industry. Responsible for managing large sums of money, traditional financial organizations are unwilling…

Bitcoin ‘Patient Zero’ Says BTC’s Current Stage is Like ‘1992 for The Internet’

Bitcoin “Patient Zero” Wences Casares, the founder of Bitcoin (BTC) wallet startup Xapo, said that the seminal cryptocurrency may take years to prove successful, in an interview with Bloomberg Oct. 29. In an interview with Bloomberg, Casares argued that BTC is an “intellectual experiment,” and it could be several years before it proves successful. “It may work, it might not work,” said Casares, noting that Bitcoin is in its early stages and that “we are in the equivalent of 1992 for the Internet.” However, Casares suggested that the probability of…

DeBeers Blockchain Pilot Adds World’s Second Largest Diamond Manufacturer

Alrosa, the world’s second largest diamond maker has announced that it is joining  Tracr, the blockchain-based end-to-end diamond tracing solution developed by South African diamond behemoth De Beers Group for the purpose of ensuring that conflict diamonds do not enter its supply chain. In a statement published on its website on October 29, the Russian company revealed that it is joining the project because it supports the goal of protecting consumers and ensuring the integrity of the authenticity of their diamonds. Tracr’s Use and Growing Influence In May, CCN reported…