Chainalysis Raises $30 Million in Series B Funding From Accel Ventures

Blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis has completed a $30 million Series B round led by American VC firm Accel and Benchmark, who led the startup’s Series A funding in April 2018. Accel partner Philippe Botteri will also join the firm’s board of directors. The fund injection will be used to expand the startup’s operations including its Chainalysis Know-Your-Transaction (KYT) tool which allows more than 100 crypto exchanges and financial institutions to vet their clients. The analytics firm known for investigating the Mt. Gox case will open a new office in London,…

Freelancers on Traditional Platforms Will Now Invoice in Bitcoin Via Bitwage

In the current freelancing industry, many platforms only allow independent contractors to use one bank account. In addition to restricting freelancers to the use of fiat only, this can also cause significant lag times when employees work with companies overseas. To try and solve these user problems, payroll and invoicing company Bitwage is introducing a freelance marketplace, allowing people to create multiple bank accounts to more smoothly process payments for freelancing and to accept crypto assets. The new platform is currently in beta. “Bitwage can generate bank accounts for users…

Report: Crypto Exchanges Saw Trading Volumes Plummet in January

The crypto winter that started toward the end of last year doesn’t appear to be showing signs of slowing down. Digital assets like bitcoin lost more than 80 percent of their value while the overall crypto market cap shrunk from over $600 billion in January 2018 to less than $138 billion in December 2018. Now, blockchain and cryptocurrency research firm Diar has released a report that reveals a sizeable drop in crypto trade volumes in January 2019 for popular crypto exchanges Binance, Gemini, OKEx and Coinbase. Popular Exchanges Affected The…

QuadrigaCX Sent Deposits Allegedly Linked to CEO’s Widow, Mailed…

For those QuadrigaCX users who were fortunate enough to have withdrawal requests honored, some appear to have received their funds through unconventional means. An anonymous QuadrigaCX user who corresponded with Bitcoin Magazine said that they received a bank deposit from Robertson Nova Consulting Inc. (RNC), a corporation with no listed registration in Canadian public records, on March 8, 2017. Bitcoin Magazine also reviewed a financial inquiry into the individual’s bank account deposit history to confirm that the amounts deposited on the bank statement matched the emails. The reply-to line of…

NASDAQ to Add Liquid Indices Tracking Value of BTC and ETH

NASDAQ is planning to add new, third-party liquid indices, specifically tied to the value of bitcoin and ether. Details were released on affiliate site nasdaqtrader.com, a domain name owned by The Nasdaq, Inc. The site claims that the two indices “are each designed to provide a real-time spot or reference rate for the price of 1 BTC and 1 ETH respectively, quoted in USD.” To determine the most accurate possible value for these indices, the relative value of the BTC index “has been calculated back to 2010” and ETH to…

Judge Delays Decision On Legal Representation for Quadriga Creditors

A Canadian judge declined to name any law firms to represent as many as 115,000 users of QuadrigaCX, deferring that significant decision by a week. Nova Scotia Supreme Court Judge Michael Wood said during a hearing Thursday that he would not appoint any firms as representative counsel or make any other decisions regarding creditor representation immediately, though he plans to have a final decision within the week. Wood did, however, shoot down a proposal which would have delayed the process even further. As CoinDesk previously reported, three legal teams have…

Ripple Introduces XRP Ledger Version 1.2.0 With Upgrade Deadline of Feb. 27

Ripple, the firm behind the current third top crypto XRP, has introduced a major network upgrade of its XRP Ledger version 1.2.0, according to an official announcement on Feb. 13. The XRP ledger is a decentralized cryptographic ledger that stores XRP and is powered by a network of peer-to-peer (P2P) servers.With the release of the Ripple’s blockchain upgrade, servers will be able to automatically detect transaction censorship attempts and issue warnings of increasing severity for transactions, the announcement says. The XRP Ledger version 1.2.0 includes a number of network amendments,…

The Lightning Pump, Bitcoin Adoption Inevitable as BTC Prices Inch Higher

Bitcoin prices are technically bullish, must close above $3,800 Lightning Network picking up, Domino’s Pizza now accepts Bitcoin via LN Participation levels have been shrinking, volumes behind a bull confirming bar must exceed 35k From the look of things, Bitcoin adoption will be fast-tracked by the Lightning Network. Elizabeth Stark’s project recently got a boost. At this rate, it appears as if it’s a matter of when before BTC prices rally to $6,000. Fundamentals It’s the month of love, and it seems like merchants are in love with the Lightning…

Cryptocurrency Doesn’t Yet Need to Be Legally Defined

The Ministry of Justice of Russia does not see the need to legally define the concept of cryptocurrency at this point, state-owned news agency TASS reported on Feb. 13. Alexander Konovalov, the Minister of Justice of Russia, reportedly claimed that it is too early to formalize crypto-related legislation to date. Konovalov based his remarks on the fact that cryptocurrencies cannot be used as a payment method in the country, according to the Russian Constitution. Both the constitution and current financial system  legislation in Russia “categorically prohibit” using cryptocurrencies as a…