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IMF Spring Meetings: Digital Money Is Imminent, But No Decentralization in Sight

The custodians of global financial order have been prominent in crypto news recently. The weekend kicked off with the announcement of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) joining forces with the World Bank to launch a private blockchain coupled with a “quasi-cryptocurrency” for training purposes, then continued with the Spring Meetings of the two organizations’ Boards of Governors in …

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Nasdaq Is Quietly Testing Bitcoin-Based Product Under CXERX Indice, Analyst Suggests

The world’s second-largest stock exchange, Nasdaq, is allegedly testing trading of a bitcoin (BTC)-based product, according to a tweet by an analyst at quantitative trading analytics service StrongMarket on April 22. Twitter personality Cryptopolis, a quantitative analyst at StrongMarket, tweeted that he bought one bitcoin through an account on retail brokerage firm TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ: …

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Robinhood Applies for Charter in Push to Offer Traditional Banking Services

Stock and crypto trading platform Robinhood has applied for a bank charter with regulators in the United States, S&P Global Market Intelligence reported on April 19. According to a statement, Robinhood says securing approval from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency would be a first step towards being able to offer traditional banking products and services. Any …

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Crypto Startup Launches Lightning-Powered BTC Payments Functionality for E-Commerce Sites

Crypto payments processing startup Moon is launching a web browser extension that allows e-commerce shoppers to use their Lightning Network (LN) bitcoin (BTC) wallets for purchases on sites like Amazon. The news was reported by Moon’s official Twitter on April 22. While Moon’s regular Chrome browser extension is already available on the Chrome web store, …

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Blockchain Capital Co-Founder Gavin Brown: We’ll See One or a Handful of Cryptos Win

Blockchain Capital co-founder Gavin Brown said that he expects that there will be only one or a handful of winners when it comes to cryptocurrency. Brown made his remarks during an interview with CNBC published on April 23. During the aforementioned interview, Brown further noted that he thinks the winners — or winner — would …

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‘Blockchain Bandit’ Has Stolen 45,000 ETH by Guessing Weak Private Keys, Report Claims

A “blockchain bandit” has managed to amass almost 45,000 ether (ETH) by successfully guessing weak private keys, according to a report released by Independent Security Evaluators on April 23. Adrian Bednarek, a senior security analyst, said he discovered the sophisticated hacker by accident. While guessing a private key is meant to be a statistical improbability, he managed to …

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Bitcoin Almost Touches $5,600, Forming Its First Bullish Golden Cross Since October 2015

Tuesday, April 23 — crypto markets rallied today, with bitcoin (BTC) hitting its new 2019 high of over $5,500. Most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies by market cap are solidly in green at press time, with tezos (XTZ) having jumped more than 12% over the past 24 hours. On the other hand, binance coin (BNB) …

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Research: White Paper Writers Can Earn $50K, But Say Startups Often Mislead Investors

White paper writers are earning up to $50,000 per job, according to a Decrypt investigation published on April 22— but the freelancers involved have accused some startups of misleading investors. The writers told the website as part of its two-week investigation that completing a paper can take up to eight months and cost between $1,000 and …

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Binance DEX Launches on Native Mainnet Earlier Than Planned, Invites Community Input

Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by adjusted volume, has launched its decentralized trading platform (DEX) earlier than planned, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on April 23. The move comes just a week after the exchange launched its native blockchain, Binance Chain, which will power the new decentralized platform. While Binance DEX …

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BitGo Completes Further SOC 2 Compliance Certification Year After Deloitte Award

Blockchain security firm BitGo has gained a further security certification from an external auditor after a review of its compliance, cryptocurrency industry news resource The Block reported on April 23. BitGo, which last year gained a service organization control (SOC) 2 Type 1 certification from Deloitte, has now upped its procedures to conform to the …