Senate Banking Committee Schedules July Hearing on Facebook’s Libra Crypto

news The U.S. Senate Committee on on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will hold a hearing on July 16 regarding Facebook’s new cryptocurrency, Libra. The hearing, “Examining Facebook’s Proposed Digital Currency and Data Privacy Considerations,” comes in the wake of calls from members of Congress to more closely examine Libra and its potential risks. There…

CFTC Lawsuit Alleges $147 Million in Bitcoin Defrauded From Trading Scheme Investors

news The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced the filing of a civil enforcement action against Control-Finance Limited, a purported Bitcoin trading and investment company, and its founder, Benjamin Reynolds, of the United Kingdom. The complaint charges the defendants misappropriated at least 22,858.822 bitcoin—worth at least $147 million at the time—from more than 1,000 customers…

Tendermint Says Last Month’s Cosmos Vulnerability Exposed Security Loophole

The developers behind the Cosmos network released today a full disclosure of last month’s “critical security vulnerability” which reportedly enabled hackers to bypass certain penalties for misbehavior on the network. Zaki Manian, director at Tendermint Inc – the for-profit entity behind the core technology of the Cosmos network – detailed to Coindesk in an interview:…

Iceland’s Currency Will Be First in Europe to Be Traded as E-Money

news The Financial Supervisory Authority of Iceland (FME) has approved Reykjavik-based Monerium as its first electronic money institution. The designation, announced Friday, means that Monerium has regulatory approval to provide fiat payment services on a blockchain and use it throughout the European Economic Area. Electronic money is a well-established regulatory framework in Europe that’s been…

Bakkt Announces Bitcoin Futures Launch Date in July

As Bitcoin (BTC) holds resistance above $8,100 USD, more positive news has arrived to help its case. Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) cryptocurrency platform, Bakkt, is to begin testing its first product: physically-delivered Bitcoin futures. The date for launch is just over one month from now, July 22nd. Bakkt Announces First Project Launch In a blog posted earlier…

Bakkt Reveals Bitcoin Futures Contract Details Ahead of July Test Date

news The Intercontinental Exchange’s pending bitcoin platform Bakkt plans to begin testing its two futures contracts on July 22 of this year. In a blog post that likened Bakkt’s launch to the Apollo 11 moon landing, chief operating officer Adam White wrote Thursday that the platform will “initiate user acceptance testing” for its bitcoin futures…

Napster Founder’s IoT Startup Is Adding Tokens With $15 Million Round Led by USV, Multicoin

news An internet-of-things (IoT) startup founded in 2013 is adding tokens to its business model with the backing of two of crypto’s best-known funders. Helium announced Wednesday a $15 million Series C co-led by Union Square Ventures and Multicoin Capital. Investors will acquire equity in Helium as well as a share of the tokens that will accrue…

Visa Goes Live With Blockchain-Powered Business Payments Service

news Visa’s blockchain-powered business-to-business payments service, first made public in October 2016, has officially gone live. As reported by Reuters on Tuesday,  the payments giant has launched its Visa B2B Connect network – a product that was originally developed alongside blockchain startup Chain. Visa B2B Connect at launch will serve businesses seeking to make payments to 30…