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Executives of Korean Exchange Sentenced to Jail for Faking Volumes

Two executives of a South Korean cryptocurrency exchange have reportedly been sentenced to jail for inflating trading volumes on their exchange. The pair allegedly used a bot to fake large orders in both cryptocurrencies and Korean won.

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Report: Bitcoin Use on Darknet Markets Doubled in 2018

Bitcoin use on darknet markets (DNMs) doubled in 2018, a study has shown, rising to an average of $2 million per day. Bitcoin has long been used to buy goods on the darknet due to its relative anonymity, and looks set to remain a favorite on DNMs, despite the existence of more privacy-focused cryptocurrencies.

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OECD: ICOs Have Financing Benefits But Aren’t a Mainstream Option

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) thinks initial coin offerings (ICOs) may become a useful financing tool for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) – but the space is not yet mature or regulated enough for the “mainstream.”

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Ethereum Co-Founder Joe Lubin Joins Board of Crypto Futures Platfor…

Crypto trading startup ErisX is expanding its board of directors as it prepares to launch spot and derivatives markets for digital assets, including bitcoin and eventually ethereum.

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American Companies Can Now Settle Payroll Taxes In Cryptocurrency v…

International cryptocurrency payroll service provider Bitwage has announced that it has partnered with Texas-based Simply Efficient HR. The move will allow companies to pay W2 employee and payroll taxes in all 50 U.S. states, plus Puerto Rico, using BTC and ETH.

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What UK Bitcoin Investors Should Know as Tax Deadline Approaches

The deadline for submitting tax returns in the UK is Jan. 31, 2019. If you hold investments in bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency it is important to be aware you may owe corporation tax, income tax, or capital gains tax depending on your activities. The U.K.’s HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has shared its most recent guidelines.

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Grin Mining Launch Draws Interest From Deep-Pocketed Investors

Grin, a new privacy-oriented cryptocurrency, has long drawn the interest of cypherpunks. But another group turned out in force to mine on the network that formally launched on Tuesday: investment firms.

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How to Generate a Bitcoin Address With Your Own Name

You don’t have to be vain to want a vanity address. A bitcoin vanity address is the crypto equivalent of a personalized license plate, with a portion of its 26-35 alphanumeric characters closely mirroring the name of the wallet’s owner.

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How the US Government Shutdown Is Halting Crypto Progress on Wall S…

The longest government shutdown in U.S. history is hurting the crypto industry, too. As the impasse in Washington stretches into its record-breaking fourth week, the closure of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has put key developments – namely, the approval and launch of products and services involving cryptocurrencies – on hold.

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What to Expect When Ethereum’s Constantinople Hard Fork Happens

“Cautious optimism.”

That’s how Hudson Jameson, developer relations for the Ethereum Foundation, described the mood in the run-up to ethereum’s fifth planned system-wide upgrade, Constantinople.

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Four Cryptocurrency Hotspots That Saw Tremendous Growth in 2018

In the last few years, the cryptocurrency environment has changed drastically and there is a bunch of new cryptocurrency hotspots popping up across the globe. Gone are the days when certain territories such as Zug, Prague, and other blockchain hub cities dominated the headlines.

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NASA Eyes Blockchain Tech to Secure Aircraft Flight Data

NASA – the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – is examining blockchain technology as a means to ensure the privacy and security of aircraft flight data.

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Bitcoin Price Looks South After Worst Daily Loss Since November

Bitcoin’s (BTC) price saw its biggest drop for seven weeks on Thursday, weakening the prospects of a bullish breakout above $4,100.

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Indian Bank Forcing Customers to Agree to Anti-Cryptocurrency Policy

An Indian bank is reportedly forcing customers to agree that they “will not deal with any transactions related to cryptocurrency including bitcoins” when signing up for an account. In addition, there are reports of banks blocking accounts of their existing customers if they are found to have made crypto-related transactions.

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Bullish Sentiment for Bitcoin Is at a 5-Month High

The ratio of long-to-short positions placed on bitcoin (BTC) has reached its highest level in over five months on cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex.

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Euro Exim Bank Taps Ripple’s xRapid for Cross-Border Settlements

Euro Exim Bank, a London-based bank primarily focused on providing financial services for export and import companies, will become the first bank to publicly announce it is using the XRP cryptocurrency for cross-border payments.

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Coinbase Suspends Ethereum Classic After Blockchain History Rewrites

Crypto exchange Coinbase has halted all ethereum classic transactions, withdrawals and deposits due to a series of blockchain history reorganizations on the network.

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Breakout Ahead? Bitcoin Closes on Key Price Hurdle

Bitcoin’s (BTC) bears would be put on the back foot if prices climb past key resistance lined up at $4,140. The leading cryptocurrency jumped to a two-week high of $4,090 earlier today, as expected, ending a weeklong period of low volume consolidation near $3,800.

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