Long-Time Developer Launches Its First Crypto Game

An Australia-based digital entertainment company with a global audience of 350 million gamers is turning its attention to blockchain as it launches its first cryptocurrency-based web game. iCandy Interactive says CryptantCrab is a player versus player (PVP) game that offers “artistically designed crabs for players to collect, mutate, battle, and trade.” Each CryptantCrab is unique …

Cryptocurrency ‘Illegal’ In India Says Trade Organization Head

The head of an Indian nonprofit trade organization said cryptocurrency is “illegal,” and urged businesses to obey the law, local news daily the Hindu reported Thursday, Oct. 25. Debjani Ghosh, the president of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), was cited by the Hindu saying that cryptocurrencies are illegal from NASSCOM’s perspective. …

Most Global Financial Firms Think Central Banks Should Issue Digital Currencies

The majority of global financial institutions surveyed believe that central banks should develop central bank-issued digital currencies (CBDCs), according to a joint study by IBM Blockchain World Wire and the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) released Oct. 25. The study includes 21 central banks that participated in the OMFIF’s research between July and …

SEC Launches FinHub to Communicate With Industry, But What Does it Have to Say?

  On October 18, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the launch of the agency’s Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub). The new arm of the regulator will be focused on fintech-related fields, including, specifically, distributed ledger technology (DLT) and digital assets. What made the SEC create FinHub? The SEC, being …

‘Blockchain-Related GPU Sales in Third Quarter Were Negligible’

In its quarterly financial results report published Oct. 24, semiconductor manufacturer AMD reveals that “blockchain-related graphics processing unit (GPU) sales in the third quarter were negligible.” American semiconductor company AMD stated in its third quarter 2018 financial report that revenue rose to $1.65 billion, up 4 percent year-over-year, although the figure is below estimates of $1.7 …

Police Arrest Indian Crypto Exchange Co-Founder for Unregistered ‘Illegal’ Bitcoin ATM

The co-founder of Indian crypto exchange Unocoin has been arrested shortly after setting up an allegedly unregistered Bitcoin (BTC) ATM machine in Bangalore, English-language daily Times of India reports Oct. 24. The 37-year-old co-founder, Harish BV, was apprehended by police after having reportedly  installed the ATM kiosk at Kemp Fort Mall on Old Airport Road, …

Coinbase and Circle Launch USDC Stablecoin With Purported Full Backing in US Dollars

Major U.S. cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has launched the USD Coin stablecoin (USDC), making it the first stablecoin for trade on the platform, Cointelegraph learned at the Money 20/20 conference Oct. 23. The underlying technology behind USDC was developed collaboratively between Coinbase and blockchain-powered payments technology company Circle. Coinbase customers in supported jurisdictions can now purchase, …

Use of Blockchain in Major Industries by Numbers: Retail, Manufacturing, Finance, and Others

The value of blockchain technology in leading markets has grown rapidly over the past 12 months. Many startups, major conglomerates, supply chain operators, and distributors have attempted to integrate blockchain technology over the past two years, to increase transparency and reduce the power of central entities in data processing. With billions of dollars being invested …