Payments and technology company MasterCard Inc. has filed a patent to use a public blockchain system for payment card verification. It has also won a patent for a system of itinerary bidding based on a blockchain network.According to US Patent and Trademark Office or USPTO filing, the patent application – Method And System For Payment Card Verification Via Blockchain- is for a public blockchain-assisted conveyance and retrieval of payment processes to verify and secure users’ information.In the filing, MasterCard noted that the wireless transmission of payment credentials can be subject to intercept. The company noted that many consumers may feel unsafe to utilize more convenient methods of conveying payment details, instead opting for more secure methods that require additional time and actions to be performed by the consumer.
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies flash-crashed Saturday night, one day after the US Commodity Future Trading Commission (CFTC) sent subpoenas four cryptocurrency exchanges in an ongoing probe into bitcoin manipulation that began in late July – following the launch of bitcoin futures on the CME, according to the Wall Street Journal. CME’s bitcoin futures derive their final value from prices at four bitcoin exchanges: Bitstamp, Coinbase, itBit and Kraken. Manipulative trading in those markets could skew the price of bitcoin futures that the government directly regulates.In delay reaction, Bitcoin fell as much as $433 or 5.6% in Saturday night trading, with some noting that the flash crash happened shortly after a 90th ranked crypto exchange, Coinrail, had suffered a “cyber intrusion”, and was likely the more relevant catalyst for the crypto price drop.
Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, wants to see Bitcoin as the single global currency, echoing comments made by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently.”I buy into what Jack Dorsey says, not that I necessarily believe it’s going to happen, but because I want it to be that way, that is so pure thinking,” Wozniak told CNBC on the sidelines of a financial conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands.Bitcoin will become the global currency for payments after overtaking the dollar’s dominant place within a decade, Dorsey had said in March in an interview to the UK’s Times newspaper.In May, however, Dorsey said the internet was set to have a native currency. He was unsure if it would be Bitcoin, but hoped it would be so.
Bitcoin price led the brief bullish momentum in the market yesterday where it gained more than $200 in less than 1 hour. Bitcoin used $7,120 as a support while the bulls were eyeing $7,600. At the moment, BTC/USD is trading a bullish flag pattern pending another upside breakout.It is still unclear what caused the sudden upsurge in Bitcoin on Tuesday 29, however, one of FXSTREET writers, Yohay Elam believes that there is a connection between the political discord in Italy. ‘Italexit’ might have been the boost that took Bitcoin from trading $7,120 to above $7,500. The elections in March resulted in an economic crisis in the country. Italy’s stock prices have plummeted almost similar to the Brexit situation in Great Britain. The money flowing out of Italy’s bonds, the Euro as well as the global stocks could have ended up in the crypto market. Elam Yohay wrote referring to the crisis in Italy, “When the establishment is in crisis, alternatives are sought after.”
Over the summer of 2017, there was a big battle brewing in the world of cryptocurrency. With the latest hard fork on the horizon, Bitcoin investors were nervously awaiting the creation of the new Bitcoin Cash. Some investors saw the…
Swiss entrepreneurs face on average a six-week-long, paper-heavy process to legally register their business entity with the government. This doesn’t jibe with a generalized sense of Swiss perfection. Even though the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report identifies Switzerland as the world’s most competitive economy for the eighth year in a row, it simultaneously pegs the country as bureaucratic. Of the 138 countries surveyed, Switzerland’s business incorporation process is the 54th-easiest to navigate and the 56th-fastest to complete. A demonstration of blockchain technology by a company called Proxeus significantly moved the goalposts on Switzerland’s six-week process, registering a valid legal entity (“Drakkensberg AG”) with the complicated government in one hour and 37 minutes.
In other news, state securities regulators in the U.S. and Canada have announced that they’re cracking down on crypto scams, Reuters reported. Regulators are looking into initial coin offerings (ICOs) and unregistered securities offerings in an operation dubbed “Operation Crypto-Sweep.” Through a task force, regulators have opened 70 investigations in the operation, as 35 investigations enforcement actions are pending or have already occurred. In some cases, regulators have issued cease and desist letters to alleged scams.
In recent times, we’ve heard a lot about successful ICOs and themillions being raised to create new economies and fund decentralizedprojects. But we often don’t hear about what happens next. Aftersuccessfully raising $20 million in under six hours, BitGuild isreleasing something tangible and is launching its first products.
The Justice Department has opened a criminal probe into whether tradersare manipulating the price of Bitcoin and other digital currencies,dramatically ratcheting up U.S. scrutiny of red-hot markets that criticssay are rife with misconduct, according to four people familiar with the matter.
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