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The losses related to crypto hacks continue to rise sharply, with nearly $1 billion stolen so far this year, new research suggests. In the first nine months of 2018, hackers stole $927 million from the cryptocurrency exchanges and other platforms, according to a recent report from blockchain security firm CipherTrace. The document, titled “Cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering …

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Despite the bear market in cryptocurrencies this year so far, crypto hedge fund launches are spiking to all-time highs. According to a new report from Crypto Fund Research, 90 crypto hedge funds launched in the first three quarters of this year, and the total is expected to reach as high as 120 for the financial year. With …

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This post was originally published here As the crypto industry sees a decline in initial coin offerings (ICOs) amid regulatory concerns and major losses across token markets, traditional VC investment is once more on the rise. In its latest report, blockchain research group Diar reports that blockchain and cryptocurrency-focused startups have raised nearly $3.9 billion through VC investments in the …

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As the crypto industry sees a decline in initial coin offerings (ICOs) amid regulatory concerns and major losses across token markets, traditional VC investment is once more on the rise. In its latest report, blockchain research group Diar reports that blockchain and cryptocurrency-focused startups have raised nearly $3.9 billion through VC investments in the first three quarters of the year …

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This post was originally published here Despite the big drops in cryptocurrency prices since late last year, ICO projects haven’t lost money on average, according to new research from BitMEX. The research team from the cryptocurrency trading platform published the new work Monday, having teamed up with crypto data cruncher TokenAnalyst to track the ethereum (ETH) balances of …

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Despite the big drops in cryptocurrency prices since late last year, ICO projects haven’t lost money on average, according to new research from BitMEX. The research team from the cryptocurrency trading platform published the new work Monday, having teamed up with crypto data cruncher TokenAnalyst to track the ethereum (ETH) balances of 222 ICOs over time. Specifically, the …

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An increasing amount of bitcoin is being held by active individual users, rather than companies and long-term investors, according to new data from Chainalysis. Announced Monday, the analytics firm found 4.8 million bitcoin, or roughly 32 percent of the protocol’s cryptocurrency supply (minus lost coins), was held in personal wallets with some level of transactional …

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The issuance of tether (USDT), the controversial cryptocurrency tied to the U.S. dollar’s value, has had no meaningful impact on the price of bitcoin, an academic study has found. The findings by Dr. Wang Chun Wei, a lecturer at the business school of Australia’s University of Queensland, contradict widespread and long-running speculation that Tether, the company behind …

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New research by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has identified over 65 ways blockchain tech can be used to address some of the most urgent environmental challenges facing the planet. The insight study, conducted in partnership with auditing giant PwC and released at the Global Climate Action Summit last week, examines how new international platforms could “incubate …

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Blockchain is able to fill in much of the $1.5 trillion-dollar supply-demand gap in global trade finance by easing financing for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets, new research says. Jointly conducted and released by the World Economic Forum and Bain & Company, the research indicates that, by deploying blockchain, global businesses can …

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The Republic of India may be taking a deeper look at how it can use blockchain technology. India’s Union Cabinet – an executive decision-making body composed of senior government officials and led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi – said it would allow the nation’s Export-Import Bank (Exim Bank) to conduct research on distributed ledger and blockchain …

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Blockchain research firm and accelerator Cryptic Labs has just taken on two Nobel-winning economists as advisors. Announced in a press release Monday, joining the firm’s economics advisory board are Dr. Eric S. Maskin and Sir Christopher Pissarides, who will “provide insights in incentive mechanisms, game theory and macro-economic policies.” Dr. Maskin, currently a professor at Harvard University, …

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U.S. stock brokerage EF Hutton is hoping to educate investors interested in, but “confused” by, cryptocurrencies. The company announced Wednesday that it is to publish research reports that will delve into into cryptocurrencies, specifically focusing on bitcoin, ethereum, XRP, EOS, litecoin, bitcoin cash and cardano. The reports will include a daily crypto market update, 1–5 …

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The Digital Currency Research Lab of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) is further expanding its ongoing research efforts to several cities outside of Beijing to encourage deployment of fintech, including blockchain, in real-life projects. According to a report on Wednesday from local financial news source Securities Times, the lab has launched a fintech center in Nanjing, …

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The U.S. government will help fund a distributed ledger platform being developed by researchers at the University of California-San Diego. Subhashini Sivagnanam, a researcher and software architect with the Data Enabled Scientific Computing division at the San Diego Supercomputing Center, won $818,433 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop the Open Science Chain (OSC), …

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Interest in blockchain technology is waning, research firm Gartner said in its latest “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies” report. Gartner included blockchain, along with four other emerging technologies, as one of five trends that can blur the lines between humans and machines, according to a news release on August 20. Blockchain technology is at the edge …

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A group of judges, lawmakers and industry experts in South Korea are forming a new group aimed to discuss legal issues surrounding blockchain technology. Called the Blockchain Law Society, the group is holding its founding conference on Aug. 24 in the Seoul Central District Court, during which participants will discuss both regulatory issues around blockchain …

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Almost a third of U.K. businesses said they had been hit by cryptocurrency mining malware within the previous month, according to new research. In a survey published by Citrix, almost 60 percent percent of responding companies further indicated they had found mining malware on their systems at some time in the past, with the vast …

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Researchers have uncovered a huge botnet that mimics legitimate accounts on Twitter to spread a cryptocurrency “giveaway” scam. As reported by ITPro, the discovery was made during a research effort by Duo Security that looked at 88 million Twitter accounts from May to July and used machine learning to identify bots, malicious or otherwise, on the social …

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Investment bank UBS thinks bitcoin is neither money nor a viable asset class – not yet at least. The Switzerland-based company’s assessment was featured in a research report on the world’s largest crypto by market capitalization, which was circulated to clients and released on Thursday. Published by UBS strategists, the report concludes that bitcoin “falls …

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