Coinbase Reportedly Secures $20 Billion Hedge Fund Through Its Prime Brokerage Services

Major U.S. crypto wallet and exchange Coinbase has reportedly secured a $20 billion hedge fund for its custody service, Business Insider reports July 19. Coinbase launched “Coinbase Custody,” its digital assets custodian solution for large institutional investors, on July 2. The new service is notably secured through an independent broker, Electronic Transaction Clearing (ETC), that operates in compliance with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). People familiar with the matter told Business Insider that Coinbase had both secured the unnamed $20 billion hedge fund and is also seeking partnerships…

Newly Launched Bitcoin Optech Initiative Aims to Address BTC Scalability Issue

A team of Bitcoin (BTC) engineers has announced the launch of the Bitcoin Operations Technology Group (Bitcoin Optech) addressing the problem of Bitcoin’s scalability, according to their statement published July 20. Bitcoin Optech is a non-profit organization backed by leading industry players like PayPal Board Member Wences Casares, executive of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Ltd John Pfeffer, and cryptocurrency research and development group Chaincode Labs. At this stage, Bitcoin Optech focuses on “operational technical work, such as segwit usage, transaction batching, fee estimation and coin selection,” helping companies integrate…

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, TRON: Price Analysis, July 20

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. Have cryptocurrencies bottomed out? This is the first question to pop up in any crypto investor’s mind following the recent pullback from the lows. Arthur Hayes, a Bitcoin bull and co-founder of one of the largest crypto exchanges Bitmex is not convinced that…

Supreme Court Decision on Central Bank Crypto Dealings Ban Moved to September

The Supreme Court of India’s hearing on the central bank’s ban on crypto dealings, originally scheduled for July 20, has been moved to September, according to a July 19 Twitter post by a team of Indian lawyers involved in crypto regulatory analysis. The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) crypto banking ban was implemented in early April of this year, and prohibits local banks from providing services to any person or business that deals with cryptocurrencies. The July 19 tweet notes that the Supreme Court listened to “limited arguments” on the…

Vitalik Buterin Makes Fortune 40 Under 40

We know their names, but that’s not always enough. To appreciate the young in the world of business, Fortune, a multinational magazine, publishes its ’40 under 40′ list every year. Yesterday, the 2018 Fortune 40 under 40 list was released—and four crypto players made it. Vitalik Buterin makes Fortune 40 under 40, plus more! Crypto Makes it on the 2018 Fortune 40 Under 40 When Fortune’s under 40 rankings first started, it was to show off the giants of the dot-com boom. But things are different now, with changes being sparked by…

Bitcoin Holds the Week’s Major Gains as Other Altcoins Struggle

July 20: Bitcoin (BTC) has split off from other top cryptocurrencies and shows markedly more resilience in holding on to gains secured in the major upswing that kicked off earlier this week. Market visualization from Coin360 As Coin360 data shows, the top coin is an island of green, while most major alts are struggling to maintain positive momentum. Bitcoin (BTC) is trading around $7,398, up a fraction of a percent over the 24 hour period to press time. The leading cryptocurrency has been trading sideways as of early trading hours…

100 ‘Mainstream Media’ Establish ‘Global Media Blockchain Alliance’

The Global Media Blockchain Alliance has been established in Hong Kong to create a “healthy public opinion environment” for the blockchain industry, Taiwanese newspaper China Times reports July 20. At the 2018 Global Media Blockchain Summit, held in Hong Kong July 19, the Global Media Blockchain Alliance released its “Hong Kong Initiative.” In it, they underlined the unique role of the media in providing high-quality information about the blockchain industry to the public, People’s Daily reports The Global Media Blockchain Alliance has been established by an association of more than…

$8K In Reach? 4 Barriers Await Emboldened Bitcoin Bulls

$8,000? It’s not out of the question. With no price pullback happening in the wake of Tuesday’s sudden surge, the technical charts indicate bitcoin could soon close in on this key psychological benchmark. First, an expected pullback was not without merit (the charts were looking overextended on Tuesday when the 4-hour RSI reached its highest level since 2016), but since Wednesday, the world’s largest cryptocurrency has largely consolidated gains in a narrow range between $7,246 and $7,588. As the trading range tightens and the technical indicators regain composure, the probability of…

UK Law Commission to Review Legal Frameworks to Remain ‘Competitive’ in Era of Smart Contracts

The U.K. Law Commission will review legal frameworks to ensure that British courts remain a “competitive” choice for businesses that use smart contracts. The announcement was made in the Commission’s 2018 report released July 19. The Law Commission was established in 1965 with the main tasks of monitoring the laws of the U.K. and recommending reforms. According to the Commission, smart contract protocols presage an era of trustless and more efficient business transactions that compels lawmakers to ensure that existing frameworks have the necessary flexibility and clarity to keep pace…

Web 3.0 Will Evolve as Interoperability and Usability Improve

This interview has been edited and condensed. Cointelegraph spoke recently with Dr. Jutta Steiner, the co-founder and CEO of Parity Technologies, about what originally drew her into the Ethereum (ETH) crowd and how she plans to bring more interoperability to blockchain. During the recent TechCrunch Ethereum Meetup in Zug, Switzerland, Steiner detailed how her background in math and science ties into her work with blockchain, as well as how the new Polkadot protocol could help usher in the web 3.0 era. Molly Jane: Could you begin by telling me a…