Cryptocurrency Daily News Bulletin: January 17, 2019

January 17, 2019 1:37 pm Published by

General News

Barclays and London-based startup Clearmatics are inviting coders to come up with ways to connect Ethereum with enterprise blockchains such as Hyperledger Fabric. Clearmatics is hosting the interoperability challenge and will use a template involving its open-source interoperability protocol, Ion. A panel of judges features representatives from Barclays, UBS, HSBC and Santander, with EY observing the event and producing a report on the findings.

BitGo and OTC specialist Genesis Global Trading have teamed up on a service designed to make Wall Street feel more comfortable entering the market. The coins never have to leave the BitGo system, moving from client to Bitgo to Genesis without ever being exposed to hot wallets and public blockchains, and with real-time settlement.

BitPay is reporting a record year, processing $1 billion in transactions and new highs for transaction fee revenue; adding customers like Dish Networks, HackerOne and Ohio State.

Bitwage is partnering with Simply Efficient HR, a professional employer organization (PEO) based in Texas, to give more firms the ability to pay their workers in cryptocurrency. The tax portion is converted into dollars and paid out in accordance with current U.S. tax systems.

Cryptopia’s exchange hack has recovered some funds as the hackers attempted to send money through Binance, which froze the funds. The exchange has lost between $2.5 million to $3.5 million worth of Ether and Centrality tokens according to estimates. New Zealand Police claim the investigation is complex and it is keeping an “open mind” on all possibilities.

WordPress is launching a new publishing platform backed by Google and ConsenSys. Newspack is described as s platform offering technology and support for SME news organizations. Notably, Civil’s Publisher product, which allows newsrooms to permanently archive content on a decentralized network, will be installed as a plugin on the WordPress.

Thailand’s Stock Exchange (SET) is about to apply with the Finance Ministry for a cryptocurrency license so they can become an above-the-board digital asset exchange.

Wyoming lawmakers have introduced legislation, House Bill 0185, that would allow the issuance of tokenized stock certificates representing ownership of company shares using blockchain tech. Just last week, the state approved a bill to let blockchain startups to operate within a regulatory sandbox for a legislative vote.


Augur $14.82 USD (29.06 percent) has seen rapid gains following the launch of a new peer-to-peer prediction market built on the platform.

Power Ledger $0.101703 USD (21.22 percent) was just nominated for Newsweek’s first-ever Blockchain Impact Awards and has seen a big rise in their POWR token value. Speculation is also revolving about its potential listing on Coinbase.

Zilliqa $0.022143 USD (-4.23 percent) announced yesterday it is gearing up for its mainnet launch, expected to happen by the end of the month. The news saw a big rise in its coins value but has since retracted today.

Stellar $0.106458 USD (-1.13 percent) has gained support from Keybase, a security app that utilizes cryptography to secure smartphones and PCs. Users can now send/receive XLM by entering usernames instead of lengthy wallet addresses.

–, Jamie Saarloos

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