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Wells Fargo Is The Latest Bank To Block Cryptocurrency Purchases On Credit
You can’t buy bitcoin with Wells Fargo credit cards anymore. Engadget reports, “Wells Fargo is pumping the brakes on customers using their credit cards to buy bitcoin — the bank has banned credit card cryptocurrency purchases. However, this isn’t a permanent measure, as Wells Fargo will monitor the crypto market and reassess the issue as needed”.

SEC Launches ICO Portal: Highlights Risks, Rewards, and Responsibilities
According to Tony Spilotro of BlockExplorer, “The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is vehemently opposed to a common crowdfunding practice in the cryptocurrency industry called the initial coin offering (ICO). An ICO is similar to an initial public offering where a company or corporation raises investment capital by offering its stock to the public for the first time. Only in an ICO, a digital currency or token is distributed instead of a stock, and the token can have a variety of uses that blur the line of what defines a traditional security.”

Hackers Steal $20 Million Of Ethereum From Ethereum-based Apps and Mining Rigs
The Chinese cyber-security firm Qihoo 360 Netlab reported hackers stole over $20 million of Ethereum. BleepingComputer tells us, “The cause of these thefts is Ethereum software applications that have been configured to expose an RPC [Remote Procedure Call] interface on port 8545. The purpose of this interface is to provide access to a programmatic API that an approved third-party service or app can query and interact or retrieve data from the original Ethereum-based service —such as a mineror wallet application that users or companies have set up for mining or managing funds.”

Argo Blockchain to List on London Stock Exchange, Launches Subscription Crypto-mining
Argo Blockchain, a business that seeks to offer cryptocurrency-mining to the masses, announced its plans to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange. BlockExplorer’s Julia Travers shares with us that “the announcement coincided with the launch of Argo’s Mining as a Service, or MaaS, program, which will allow users to participate in mining through the Argo site with their home computers or smartphones.”

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Gemini To Become First BitLicensed Exchange To Offer Trading in Zcash
The New York State Department of Financial Services has authorized Gemini Trust Company to offer trading of Zcash, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash. Tyler Winklevoss, Chief Executive Officer of Gemini Trust Company, LCC said, “We are proud be the first licensed exchange in the world to offer Zcash trading and custody services and look forward to providing customers with a safe, secure, and regulated place to buy, sell, and store Zcash, an incredible new form of digital cash.”

Crypto Mining Company Coinmint Moving To Revamp 1,300 Acre Alcoa Plot
Once used for aluminum smelting, an Alcoa plant in Upstate New York is going to be converted into one of the world’s largest bitcoin mining centers. CNBC reports Coinmint said Tuesday it “would invest up to $700 million in the upstate New York location, which it expects to be the biggest bitcoin mining center in the world. The project will create an estimated 150 jobs over the next 18 months.”

Cryptocurrency Theft Malware Now An Economy Worth Millions
According to a new research report titled “Cryptocurrency Gold Rush on the Dark Web” by Carbon Black, the market for malware and tools designed for the theft of cryptocurrency is growing swiftly. ZDNet states, “The researchers estimate that over the past six months alone, a total of $1.1 billion has been stolen in cryptocurrency-related thefts, and approximately 12,000 marketplaces in the underbelly of the Internet are fueling this trend.”

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Blockchain To Be Integrated In ‘Dungeon Defenders’ Game
Video game publisher Trendy Entertainment, Coindesk reports, “is partnering with startup Signal Zero to integrate a blockchain-based rewards system with its flagship Dungeon Defenders franchise.”

About Half Of Crypto Investors Plan To Hodl Long-Term
On June 7, 2018, BlockExplorer’s Julia Travers reported that South Korean Cryptocurrency Exchange Bithumb released the results of a user survey called, ‘Cryptographic Investment Trends’. It captured the perspective of 2,507 virtual currency investors over the age of 20. The survey included questions on investment plans and government regulations. A notable finding was that 42.8 percent of those surveyed plan to “hodl” or keep their crypto-investments over the long term.

Andy Warhol Art To Be Sold For Bitcoin Via Ethereum Blockchain
In the latest landmark for Bitcoin, Forbes reports, “cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, a London art gallery will later this month auction a portion of Andy Warhol’s 1980 work 14 Small Electric Chairs for cryptocurrencies.”

Chinese Whale Has Amassed Largest Non-Exchange Bitcoin Stash
BlockExplorer’s Tony Spilotro says, “A mysterious Chinese investor has been ‘buying the dip’ so to speak, again and again, amassing one of the largest bitcoin wallets in the entire world.”

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A mysterious Chinese investor has been ‘buying the dip’ so to speak, again and again, amassing one of the largest bitcoin wallets in the entire world.

The bitcoin ‘whale’ – as the cryptocurrency community calls investors with enough of an asset to make a big splash in moving market prices – has been slowly and steadily accumulating the leading cryptocurrency by market cap since March 25, 2018. In total, 93,947 BTC have been transferred to the whale’s wallet, or roughly $722.5 million dollars at bitcoin’s current price at the time of this writing.

The wallet address 1KAt6STtisWMMVo5XGdos9P7DBNNsFfjx7 currently has 85,947 BTC, or nearly $661 million, indicating an 8,000 BTC sale or trade has occurred.

The China-based, award-winning blockchain media firm BABI Finance has been following the whale’s movements for some time. BABI notes that the account in question has mostly been buying bitcoin when the price falls, but rarely sells.

BABI followed 20,000 of the bitcoins back to their sources: popular Chinese cryptocurrency exchanges Huobi and Haobtc. Another 67,000 BABI says are from “wholesale transfer[s] of fourteen ‘single accounts.’” BABI also notes that some of the ‘single accounts’ can also be traced back to Huobi and Haobtc. The remaining 7,800 bitcoins are “small transfers” from “multiple accounts.”

BABI concludes that the whale is likely “a long-term investment institution”, while other speculation points to a potential exchange setting up a cold wallet.

Due to bitcoin’s pseudo-anonymous design, tracing the bitcoins back to the investor has proven too difficult for BABI. BABI claims “an unnamed people (sic) in wholesale digital currency industry” states that its a large agent in Dubai buying the bitcoin for an unknown client.

What is known, though, is that this client – or Chinese bitcoin whale – now owns the sixth largest stack of BTC, with the top five wallets belonging to top cryptocurrency exchanges Bitfinex, Binance, Bittrex, Huobi, and Bitstamp, respectively.

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Ledger Wallet Desktop Edition Launching on July 9
Operation Prowli: GuardiCore Uncovers Large Scale Cryptojacking
GuardiCore, a cloud-based security provider, has uncovered a large-scale attack on vulnerable servers. BlockExplorer reported on the story as it came to light, “Codenamed Operation Prowli, the attack leverages various exploits to redirect web traffic, and to install cryptocurrency mining software on its targets”.

One Firm Is Way Ahead of Wall Street on Bitcoin
The New York Times reports, ” The financial firm, Susquehanna International Group in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., just outside Philadelphia, is one of the largest players in trading traditional investments like stocks, options and exchange traded funds, or E.T.F.s. Over the last two years, the privately owned company has also built up a trading desk of around a dozen people that buys and sells millions of dollars’ worth of Bitcoin and other virtual or cryptocurrencies in private deals.”

Block Explorer’s Tony Spilotro reports, “Cold storage through a hardware wallet such as the Ledger Nano S is among the safest, most secure, and widely recommended way to store crypto assets. However, using a hardware wallet isn’t always straightforward: not all coins are supported, user interfaces are clunky, and users are often required to use multiple apps to interact with different blockchains.”

Lobbyists Cash-in On Bitcoin
In this Politico money podcast, reporters examine how lobbyists cash in on bitcoin.

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