Grayscale to Launch Pro-Bitcoin Ads ‘Drop Gold’ on Social Media, Linear TV

New York-based digital asset manager Grayscale Investments has introduced its pro-bitcoin (BTC) advertising initiative “Drop Gold” in a press release on May 1. The Drop Gold campaign is based on the emergence of bitcoin as an alternative to gold investments. In particular, the advertising campaign is promoting bitcoin investment within Grayscale’s publicly traded Bitcoin Investment …

ITIF Releases Guide to Regulating Blockchain for Policymakers

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released recommendations for policymakers on how to regulate blockchain technology on April 30. Founded in 2006, ITIF is an independent nonprofit institute that provides policymakers with information, analysis and recommendations for handling new technology. In its new guide, ITIF included an array of proposals for policymakers to better …

Amazon Web Services Launches Managed Blockchain Service

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing platform subsidiary of retail giant Amazon, has made its Amazon Managed Blockchain (AMB) generally available, according to an announcement on April 30. The product will purportedly allow customers to set up blockchain networks within their organizations, and uses the Ethereum and Hyperledger open source frameworks. Notably, Amazon states …

Nasdaq Adds Brave New Coin’s XRP Index to Global Data Service

The world’s largest stock exchange, Nasdaq, announced that it has introduced XRP Liquid Index (XRRLX), a new XRP index, to its global data service. The news was announced in a post on its website published on April 29. Per the announcement, the development is part of Nasdaq’s data dissemination partnership with cryptocurrency analytics company Brave …

Financial Watchdog Adopts Role as Supervisory Authority for Crypto Sector

Finland’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) is set to assume its role as a registration authority and supervisory agency for crypto industry participants as new legislation comes into force this week. The news was revealed in an announcement published by FIN-FSA on April 27. With Finland’s Act on Virtual Currency Service Providers set to come into …

Funding for ProgPoW 3rd-Party Audit Approved

Ethereum (ETH) core developer Hudson Jameson announced that a third-party audit of the Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC)-resistant proof-of-work algorithm ProgPoW has been funded. The dev made the announcement during the latest bi-weekly Ethereum core developer meeting held on April 26. During the call, it was specified that the targeted funding amount of 50,000 units …

What We Know About the Bitfinex/Tether Scandal

In what seems to be one of the greatest crypto scandals 2019 has seen so far, the United States Attorney General in New York accused Bitfinex of using Tether’s cash reserves to cover a rumored $850 million funding gap with reserves meant for backing the stablecoin. Both companies share the same owner. Now, the crypto …