Bitcoin 

Ripple Releases XRP Worth $225 Million From Escrow

Ripple has found itself in the eye of the storm at different points this year for selling a large amount of XRP at regular intervals. The San Francisco-based company is the biggest holder of XRP, the third-largest cryptocurrency in the world by market cap, and hence its actions have a bearing on the price of the token. How Will the Market React? In a new development, it has emerged that the fintech company has released another 1 billion XRP tokens, which are worth $225 million. Despite enjoying such a large…

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Bitcoin 

UPbit Loses $49 Million Worth of Crypto in Major Hack

UPbit, a South Korean-based crypto exchange, has lost 342,000 worth of ether (ETH), accounting for approximately $49 million USD, in a hack earlier today. UPbit Says Investors Assets Are Safe The exchange has suspended its deposit and withdrawal service after confirming in a statement that the assets had been stolen from the Upbeat Ethereum hot wallet to a previously unknown wallet address. UPbit has said that it will cover the losses but added that it may take at least two weeks before the exchange’s services are fully functional again. Any…

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Bitcoin 

Ripple Finalizes $50 Million Investment in MoneyGram

Blockchain service provider Ripple Labs has finalized its $50 million investment in MoneyGram International (NASDAQ:MGI). The money transfer company received the final $20 million from the San Francisco-based firm as part of the commitment made in June 2019. Ripple Completes Investment in MoneyGram In June, the blockchain provider committed $30 million as part of the investment, and now it has completed the transaction. In the latest transaction, Ripple acquired MoneyGram’s newly issued stock at $4.10 per share, which is much higher than MoneyGram’s current market valuation. With the investment concluded,…

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Blockchain 

Canaan Targets $100 Million Through US IPO

One of the most significant developments of the past few months in the crypto sphere has been the potential initial public offering of Bitcoin miner maker Canaan. The company is the second-biggest company in the category, and its IPO is all set to be one of the biggest events in the crypto space this year. In a new development, the company stated that it wishes to raise as much as $100 million from its IPO in the United States. The statement is a bullish one and goes to show that…

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Blockchain 

Canaan Creative Files for $400 Million IPO in the US

Over the past few years, a whole new ecosystem has emerged due to the staggering growth enjoyed by Bitcoin, and one of the more well-known constituents of that ecosystem is Bitcoin miner maker Canaan Creative. In a new development, it has emerged that Canaan has decided to go public in the United States. Listing on Nasdaq The company wants to be listed on NASDAQ, and according to the documents filed by Canaan, it wants to raise $400 million from the listing. Bitcoin mining is the backbone on which the entire…

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Blockchain 

Bitfinex Wants to Subpoena Former Bank Exec Over Missing $880 Million

Bitfinex, the controversial cryptocurrency exchanged headquartered in Hong Kong, has filed an application for discovery with a California court in an attempt to subpoena a former banking executive in order to access $880 million USD in frozen funds. Bitfinex Seeking to Recover “Missing” Millions iFinex, the parent company of Bitfinex, submitted the request on October 18 in the US District Court for the Central District of Southern California, asking permission to take the deposition testimony of Rondell “Rhon” Clyde Monroe, formerly Vice President of investment bank TCA Bancorp. The request says, “In those proceedings, [iFinex] seeks to recover approximately…

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Blockchain 

Ethereum SKALE Network’s Funding Round Raises $17.1 Million

Ethereum’s scaling platform, SKALE Network, has reportedly raised $17.1 million in a recent funding round for the launch of its mainnet. The company has indicated that this is Ethereum’s best chance of beating other smart contract platforms. SKALE Adds More Investors Backed by US-based SKALE Labs and NODE Foundation of Licheinstein, the platform now has around 40 investors. The investors are from different parts of the globe, which include the US, EU, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan. The financing round consists of $10 million from SKALE Labs as well…

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Blockchain 

Bakkt’s First Week Trading Volumes Hit Just $5 Million USD

Bakkt, the highly anticipated Bitcoin futures contract, recorded just $5 million USD in total trading during its first week. The long-awaited Bitcoin futures platform from The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) launched last week to considerably underwhelming fanfare given the hype surrounding the project since it was initially announced last year. According to ICE, which is also the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, just 623 Bitcoin futures contracts were traded during the first week of Bakkt. Each of Bakkt’s futures contracts represents one Bitcoin, so just over $5 million…

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Blockchain 

Bithumb’s $350 Million Acquisition is All Set to Be Canceled

Over the course of the past few years, the crypto ecosystem in South Korea has grown quite quickly and one of the better-known crypto exchanges to have emerged during that time is Bithumb. Last year in October, the Korean crypto exchange had reached an agreement on an acquisition deal, but that has fallen through due to apparent payment difficulties. Due to the snafu, it has now emerged that some overseas investors are going to save the day and acquire the exchange. BK Consortium had agreed to acquire a 50% stake…

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Blockchain 

Overstock’s Crypto Division Invests $2 Million USD in Evernym

Troubled online retailer Overstock has invested $2 million USD in blockchain-based identity firm Evernym through its crypto division, Medici Ventures. Blockchain-Based Identity Technology Evernym was founded in Salt Lake City in 2013 and has developed a blockchain-based technology that allows organizations and governments to issue, accept, and verify credentials that operate similarly to a digital passport. Its digital credential platform, Verity, allows organizations to interact with customers while giving clients control over their data. The technology utilizes blockchain to develop a decentralized ecosystem of digital credentials that is more trustworthy than physical…

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