EBay Denies Rumors It Will Start Accepting Crypto, Despite Advertising at Crypto Event

EBay has denied rumors that it is going to start accepting cryptocurrency as a payment method, according to a Bloomberg report on May 14. Speculation has been mounting since the e-commerce giant took out ads at the Consensus conference in New York City. One of the billboards said: “Virtual Currency. It’s happening on eBay.” It has been suggested that this week’s surge in crypto…

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Samsung’s Budget Smartphones Will Reportedly Have Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Features

Budget smartphones released by South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung will reportedly feature cryptocurrency and blockchain features, local English-language local media Business Korea reports on May 14. Per the report, the crypto and blockchain-related functionality included in the Samsung S10 will be included in other Galaxy smartphone models. The electronics producer also reportedly plans to cooperate with telecommunications companies on blockchain-based mobile identification cards and local currencies. Chae Won-Cheol,…

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World Bank Leads Secondary Market Phase of Bond-I Blockchain Bond

The World Bank and Commonwealth Bank have successfully enabled secondary market trading of a blockchain bond, the institutions confirmed in a press release on May 15. The bond, known as bond-i, uses the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain and was the first in the world to leverage the technology fully when it debuted in August last year. Now, a three-way partnership which also included market…

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US Senate Banking Committee Presses Facebook for Info on Crypto Project

The Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the United States Senate is seeking information on Facebook’s reported cryptocurrency project. The committee addressed its concerns to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a letter on May 9. In a series of questions, the Senate highlights certain aspects of consumer protection, asking Zuckerberg how the company plans to protect consumer financial information.…

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Binance CEO Publishes Security Incident Update, Apologizes for Blockchain Re-Org Comment

Changpeng Zhao (CZ), CEO of major crypto exchange Binance, has updated reporters on the exchange’s security revamp and investigation into this week’s $40 million hack in a security incident update shared with Cointelegraph on May 10. The CEO also apologized for having fuelled community concerns by openly discussing the possibility of incentivizing a blockchain re-organization — or transaction…

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Theta Labs’ Video Streaming Network Closes Funding Led By Samsung NEXT and Blockchain.com

Theta Labs, the company behind the Theta Network, has recently closed a new strategic funding round that was led by tech giants such as Samsung NEXT and Blockchain. Other companies that participated in the funding round include Uphonest Capital, Wei Fund, Igen Fusion Capital, and many others. Theta Labs Receives Support From Samsung NEXT and Blockchain One…

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Russian Exchange Aggregator to Resume Operations After Recent Block by Gov’t

Popular Russian crypto exchange aggregator BestChange will soon resume operations after being blocked by the government, crypto news outlet Forklog reports May 7. The firm’s head of public relations and marketing Nikita Zuborev told Forklog that the block is expected to be lifted in the coming days following a court hearing. Russian telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor (RKN) blocked the BestChange website on March 12, following an order from a district court in…

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Bank of Thailand’s CBDC Project Prototype Is Being Finalized by R3 and Wipro

Blockchain consortium R3 and global IT leader Wipro Limited have developed a blockchain solution prototype to enable digital currency for interbank settlements in Thailand, according to apress release from May 7. The release states that the solution will be used by the country’s central bank, the Bank of Thailand (BoT), and eight local commercial banks to enable decentralized interbank real-time gross settlement using a wholesale…

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