First Blockchain Smartphones Appear on the Market: Sirin Labs’ Finney Unboxed

After months of expectation and one of the top-five biggest ICOs of 2017, on Nov. 29 Sirin Labs has launched Finney, the ‘world’s first’ blockchain smartphone. Yet, even with the endorsement of football legend Lionel Messi and a $157.8 million token sale behind it, the $999 device has stepped into uncharted territory, where its built-in cold storage wallet and DApp ecosystem will have to contend with the dominance of Apple and Samsung — as well as the Exodus 1, a rival blockchain smartphone from HTC. Features Most of Finney’s key…

TRON, Litecoin, XEM, Bitcoin, Ethereum

Critics are pointing to large energy consumption by the Bitcoin mining industry as a threat to the global climate. However, CoinShares, a digital asset management firm, estimates that about 77.6 percent of Bitcoin mining is done using renewable energy, arguing the harm to the environment is much less than what it is made out to be. After the mayhem in November, crypto markets are showing the first signs of buying at lower levels. The total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies peaked just above $138 billion today, a 20 percent increase…

G20 Country Leaders Call for International Cryptocurrency Taxation

The G20 countries have called for the taxation of cryptocurrency, as well as its regulation to combat money laundering, Japanese news outlet Jiji.com reports Dec. 2. According to Jiji.com, the final text of a document jointly delivered by G20 leaders calls for “a taxation system for cross-border electronic payment services.” The article then specifies that under current laws, foreign companies that do “not have a factory or other base in Japan” cannot be taxed by the local government. The publication then cites that the G20 leaders seek to “build a…

Bitcoin Price Flirts with Breakout But May Not Yet Have Bottomed

CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from the West Coast USA? Send us your CV and examples here. The bitcoin price on Sunday surged as high as 7.28 percent against the US dollar ahead of the US session. The BTC/USD rate is trading at 4158-fiat at press time. The pair is almost completing the formation of an inverse head and shoulder pattern. Its neckline appears more like a near-term falling trendline, capping the strong upside movements lately. The latest jump in BTC/USD has affirmed what bulls are…

Lack of Momentum Leads Crypto to Drop

CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from the West Coast USA? Send us your CV and examples here. Over the past 24 hours, the Bitcoin price has dropped by more than five percent from $4,265 to $4,030, demonstrating a decline in daily volume. On fiat-to-cryptocurrency trading platforms like Coinbase and Bitstamp, the dominant cryptocurrency was dangerously close to dipping below the $4,000 support level. A drop below the $4,000 mark could disallow a short-term corrective rally to the mid-$4,000 region in the short-term, several analysts said. $4,000…

Japan’s Financial Regulator to Introduce New ICO Regulations

Japan’s financial regulator is set to introduce new Initial Coin Offering (ICO) regulations to protect investors from fraud, local news outlet Jiji Press reported Dec. 1. According to “informed” sources cited by Jiji, business operators conducting ICOs will be required to register with Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA). The agency is reportedly planning to submit bills revising financial instruments, exchanges and payment services laws to the ordinary parliamentary session that starts in January. This action has been undertaken “in view of a number of possibly fraudulent ICO cases abroad” as…

Satoshi Makes a New Friend, Buterin Gets Negative Over Centralized Blockchains

Coming every Sunday, the Hodler’s Digest will help you to track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions, and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Nasdaq Notes Bitcoin Futures Could Launch in Quarter 1 2019, Bloomberg Reports Major U.S. stock exchange Nasdaq still intends to launch Bitcoin futures, and may do so in the first quarter of 2019, according to “two people familiar with the matter.” Speaking to…

Former Ernst & Young Analyst Disillusioned by the Blockchain

CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from the West Coast USA? Send us your CV and examples here. A recent article in Barron’s describes Angus Champion de Crespigny, who spent ten years at professional services firm Ernst and Young and led the blockchain financial services division for years and was the subject of the article entitled “This Blockchain Believer Turned Heretic Is Still Bullish On Bitcoin,” as a “major skeptic.” Champion de Crespigny describes himself as an “experienced executive with 11 years in financial services, evangelist for bitcoin…

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Crypto Custody? State Street Is Waiting on a Client Shift, Exec Says

State Street, one the largest institutional custodians on the planet, said there is no sense of urgency – at the moment, at least – from clients for the firm to move into safeguarding crypto assets. Speaking at the American Banker BlockFS conference in New York on Thursday, Jay Biancamano, State Street’s managing director for digital product development and innovation, acknowledged there is “a high level of interest”, however. “There is no sense of urgency on the part of our clients to move into these assets right now. When they do, we…