UAE’s Al Hilal Becomes First Islamic Bank to Issue Bond on Blockchain

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from the West Coast USA? Send us your CV and examples here. A state-owned financial institution in the United Arab Emirates, Al Hilal Bank, has made history by becoming the world’s first Islamic bank to execute a Sukuk (Sharia-compliant bond) transaction on a blockchain. In a secondary market deal, Al Hilal Bank used blockchain technology to resell and settle a portion of a US$0.5 billion Sukuk issued two months ago and scheduled to mature in September 2023. According…

Misapplication of Blockchain Tech Leads to ‘Wasted Time’

Ethereum cofounder Vitalik Buterin said that the misapplication of blockchain technology in some industries leads to “wasted time” in an interview with business news outlet Quartz published Nov. 26. Speaking at the Devcon4 blockchain conference, the Ethereum cofounder said that although there are a number of companies that try to establish higher standards by using blockchain technology, he does not think the technology is applicable in every industry: “Sometimes it is for marketing hype. Sometimes it is just people who are genuinely excited about blockchains and want the thing they…

Bitcoin Price Continues to Bleed as Market Fails to Find a Bottom

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn 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 Monday continued its crash course despite showing gains during the early Asian trading session. The digital currency attempted a go at its yearly low at ~$3,455 after reversing from its intraday peak at $4,115. That overall marked a circa 14 percent crash, setting standards for a further bearish action. The BTC/USD index at press time is trading at 3581-fiat, eyeing potential support…

Token Trading Volumes ‘Plummet’ on Major Exchanges, Diar Report Says

A new report from weekly crypto outlet Diar published Nov. 26 states that trading volumes on major exchanges have dropped substantially. Diar’s data, sampled from across eight leading crypto exchanges  — Binance, OKex, Huobi, Bitfinex, Kraken, Poloniex, Bittrex, HitBTC — reveals that 60 percent of cryptocurrencies that continue to be listed as of Jan. 2018 are now trading at lower volumes than at the start of the year.   Over 20 percent of these have experienced an extraordinary drop, today seeing less than 90 percent of the trading volumes they…

Ohio Accepts Bitcoin for Tax Payments

As Bitcoin heads down the slope, the State of Ohio has just made a move that actually champions the ailing coin. And it’s a vital time for such a move. Ohio has decided to accept Bitcoin for tax payments, becoming the first state to do so. Not only is this move momentous in terms of institutional approval, but its timing is also impeccable—casting a silver lining to what has been a very dark cloud for Bitcoin. Ohio Accepts Bitcoin in the Nick of Time The initiative begins now. Ohio businesses…

Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Stellar, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Monero, TRON: Price Analysis, Nov. 26

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. Market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. The digital currencies were relatively stable from early September of mid-November, after which the decline started. Since then, incessant selling dragged the total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies from above $210 billion on Nov. 14, to just below $116 billion on Nov. 25, a fall…

Bulgarian Prosecutors Detain Three Hackers Allegedly Involved in $5 Million Crypto Theft

Bulgarian Gendarmerie forces and specialized prosecutors have arrested three hackers allegedly involved in stealing $5 million in crypto, Sofia-based newspaper 24 Chasa reports Monday, Nov. 26. Bulgarian police reportedly seized cryptocurrencies worth around $3 million, as well as the equipment allegedly used by the thefts, including computers, flash drives, and a hardware portfolio for storage of crypto data. Apart from notebooks containing crypto accounts, the prosecutors have also seized a car that was allegedly purchased with stolen funds and worth about 60,000 in Bulgarian Lev (BGN) (about $35,000). According to…

Could Ohio’s Acceptance of Bitcoin as Tax Increase Legitimacy of Crypto?

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from the West Coast USA? Send us your CV and examples here. Businesses in the state of Ohio are now permitted to settle tax payments using Bitcoin (BTC). State Treasurer Josh Mandel, who initially proposed the integration of Bitcoin to the state to facilitate the growth of the local cryptocurrency industry, stated that he views the dominant cryptocurrency as a legitimate form of currency. “I do see [bitcoin] as a legitimate form of currency,” he said. Increasing the Legitimacy…

A Blockchain Ranking Machine to Select Promising Science-Focused Venture Projects

For every Da Vinci funded by the Borgias and Edison patronized by Ford, there are tens, if not hundreds of inventors and genius scientists, whose innovations have never been noticed. In many cases, it was the inability to attract investors that buried promising technologies. A startup called ScientificCoin, based in California, aims to have a solution for this centuries-old problem. Nerds to the rescue The company has developed an algorithm for a bias-free, decentralized evaluation of projects so that investors can fund venture projects in science and other areas including…

Assessing the Consequences of the Bitcoin Cash War

It has been more than a week since the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) blockchain was split into two during the fateful hard fork. Two opposing sides clashed over the future of BCH as an asset, and it is time to see where both parties stand, now that the dust has finally started to settle. Conservatives secured the victory, but the cost was high As described in an earlier Cointelegraph article, Bitcoin ABC (BCH ABC, where ABC stands for Adjustable Blocksize Cap) is spearheaded by the likes of Roger Ver, renowned BCH…