Galaxy Digital Joins $15 Million Investment Round in Crypto Security Firm CipherTrace

Mike Novogratz’s crypto investment bank Galaxy Digital has invested in blockchain security company CipherTrace, according to an official press release published on Feb. 19. CipherTrace has reportedly raised $15 million in venture capital in a new funding round led by major Silicon Valley venture capital firm Aspect Ventures, whose partner, Mark Kraynak, will join the firm’s board of directors. The round also saw investments from Neotribe Ventures and WestWave Capital. California-based CipherTrace will use the secured funds in order to improve tools for cryptocurrency intelligence, anti-money laundering (AML) solutions, blockchain…

Spain’s Largest Telecom Company Seeks Entrepreneurs in Blockchain, AI

Spain’s largest multinational telecommunications company, Telefónica, has announced an initiative to support entrepreneurs in innovative technologies, such as blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI), according to an official press release published on Feb. 19. The Madrid-based company — also one of the largest telephone operators and mobile network providers in the world — has launched its first “Open Innovation” call of this year via  its tech incubator subsidiary, Telefónica Open Future. The month-long initiative seeks to support startups and innovative projects ready to “revolutionize traditional ecosystems through new technologies,” such as…

Crypto Markets Trade Sideways After Recent Gains, Stock Market Sees Green

Wednesday, Feb. 20: following the recent wave of green, crypto markets are trading sideways today, with top 20 coins by market cap seeing mixed signals, according to CoinMarketCap. Market visualization from Coin360 After briefly touching the $4,000 threshold twice over the past 24 hours, Bitcoin (BTC) is slightly down at press time. Trading at $3,971, the largest cryptocurrency has lost just 0.44 percent over the day, but still is 9.3 percent up over the past 7 days, according to CoinMarketCap. Bitcoin 24-hour price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap Ethereum (ETH), the second…

US State of Wyoming Passes Two Blockchain-Related Bills

Two blockchain-related bills — on tokenization and issues with compliance — have been passed in the United States state of Wyoming on Feb. 19, according to the official website of the state legislature. As Cointelegraph reported, the bill on tokenization, House Bill 185, was introduced on Jan. 16. The bill lays the groundwork for storing so-called certificate tokens representing stocks on a blockchain “or other secure, auditable database,” and permits the digital transfer of them. The bill is sponsored by Representatives Olsen, Brown, Hunt, Lindholm, Western and Zwonitzer and Senators…

Ex-Goldman Sachs Engineers Raise $3 Million to Combat Crypto Market Manipulation

Solidus Labs has raised $3 million to combat crypto market manipulation, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 20. Solidus Labs is a trade surveillance firm whose team includes former Goldman Sachs fintech engineers. The company reports to helps both traditional and crypto-focused service providers foster compliance while trading digital assets. Through the recent funding round, led by Israeli venture capital firm Hanaco Ventures, the team plans to further develop its crypto-oriented market surveillance tools designed for financial institutions and exchanges interacting with crypto assets. By implementing…

Coinbase Adds Bitcoin Cash Support to Wallet App

United States-based cryptocurrency exchange and wallet service provider Coinbase has added support for Bitcoin Cash (BCH) to its Coinbase Wallet, according to an announcement published on Feb. 19. The update states that users can now store Bitcoin Cash on Coinbase Wallet, adding: “The new Wallet update with Bitcoin Cash support will roll out to all users on iOS and Android over the next few weeks.” As Cointelegraph wrote in August 2018, Coinbase Wallet was introduced as a rebranding of the firm’s open source decentralized app (DApp) browser and wallet, formerly…

Bitcoin Price Looks North As Trading Volumes Hit 9-Month Highs

View Bitcoin witnessed an inverse head-and-shoulders breakout on Monday and rose to $4,000 yesterday, confirming a bullish reversal on the daily chart. The trend change is backed by a jump in trading volumes to levels last seen in May 2018. The rally, therefore, looks to have legs and December highs above $4,200 could come into play, albeit after a minor bout of consolidation or pullback, as the indicators on the 4-hour chart and daily charts are reporting overbought conditions. A break below Monday’s low of $3,614 would invalidate the bullish…

Japan’s Second-Largest Securities Brokerage Daiwa Completes Blockchain Pilot

Daiwa Securities Group, Japan’s second largest securities brokerage, has announced the completion of a blockchain proof-of-concept (PoC) in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 19. The PoC implemented blockchain in the trade matching of post-trade processing. The blockchain pilot project, dubbed “JPX Proof-of-Concept Testing for Utilization of Blockchain / DLT in Capital Market Infrastructure,” involved 26 companies, including financial institutions, system providers and institutional investors. The reported goal of the pilot — which just completed the second of two phases — was to increase the efficiency of blockchain…

SEC Set to Begin Fresh Consultation Period on CBOE-VanEck Bitcoin ETF

United States regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says it will shortly commence the countdown period to approval or disapproval of the VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). The news was announced in an unpublished notice that was filed on Feb. 19. The move is the latest in a series of back-and-forth exchanges between the SEC and ETF sponsors. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) — the exchange applying with the SEC to list the Bitcoin ETF — had withdrawn its application for a rule change on the ETF in…

Major Japanese Trading Firm Marubeni Partners with US Blockchain Company LO3 Energy

Japanese general trading company Marubeni Corporation has partnered with a New York-based blockchain startup to use the technology for its energy business, Marubeni confirmed in a press release on Feb. 20. Marubeni, which has expanded beyond Japan into the United States as well as Europe, selected LO3 Energy’s transactive energy platform as the basis for an ongoing pilot project. The Japanese firm is the country’s fifth largest sōgō shōsha — a type of Japanese company that trades in a variety of products and materials. Using blockchain, the aim of the…