Blockchain Project Aims to Apportion and Tokenize the Moon

A new blockchain project has launched a registry that would divvy up and tokenize portions of the lunar surface.  Dubbed Diana — after the Roman goddess of the hunt and the moon — the project launched on July 19, just one day before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. The goal of this project is purportedly to “secure the possible right of man to the Moon to propose a solution to ‘who owns the moon.’” A lunar registry will reportedly secure access to the moon as it is…

Iran Finalizes Electricity Pricing Scheme for Cryptocurrency Miners

The Iranian Economic Commission has reportedly finalized a tariff scheme for cryptocurrency miners, according to a July 21 report from Iranian economic daily Financial Tribune.  Per the report, Energy Minister Homayoon Ha’eri announced that, while the tariff scheme has been finalized, it is awaiting approval from the Cabinet of Iran — a governmental body consisting of various ministers and other officials chosen by the president.  While Ha’eri did not elaborate on the exact price scheme, he stated that the price is dependent on market factors such as fuel prices in…

Number of Crypto Notables on Buffett Lunch Guest List Grows

Justin Sun, the founder of Tron and winner of the annual auction for a lunch with renowned investor Warren Buffett, has invited more notable figures from the crypto industry to attend.  Earlier today, July 21, Sun invited the founder and CEO of trading platform eToro, Yoni Assia, to the lunch with the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway via tweet. Assia quickly responded saying, “Justin, it is my honor to join you for lunch with @WarrenBuffett. A big step for bridging between the traditional finance world and the new one!”…

Libra Won’t Launch Until Regulators Are Satisfied

Benoit Coeure, a board member of the European Central Bank, said that Facebook’s Libra coin will not launch until global regulators are satisfied.  Speaking to Reuters at the G7 summit in Chantilly, France on July 18, Coeure said that the proposed stablecoin must be guaranteed to be safe for users before it can launch: “You’ve got to be safe, robust and resilient from day one. It’s not a learning process: either it works or it doesn’t.” Coeure stated that guaranteeing the protection of user privacy and ownership rights may require…

Libra Special! Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUDs of the Week

Coming every Sunday, the Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions, and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Libra hearings: Hostility and criticism as Congress grills Facebook executive A godsend to drug dealers. More dangerous than 9/11. A global economic threat. Congress was given two days to grill the head of Facebook’s Calibra wallet, David Marcus, over the upcoming Libra cryptocurrency, and…

Noncustodial Crypto Exchanges, Explained | Cointelegraph

3. There are a number of advantages that make NCEs an appealing alternative to both centralized and decentralized cryptocurrency exchanges. User control: Firstly, users maintain control of their own crypto wallets, private keys and holdings. Some platforms allow users to remain anonymous by not requiring any documentation for account creation, others require customers to complete Know Your Customer (KYC) verification. Variety of crypto trading pairs: NCEs essentially act as aggregators of cryptocurrency trading pairs. They do not require users to deposit funds or crypto holdings and provide a wide range…

Major Coins Trading Sideways With Moderate Losses, Bitcoin Near $10,400

Sunday, July 21 — Major coins are mostly trading sideways, remaining relatively quiet with moderate losses over the past 24 hours, according to data from Coin360. Market visualization from Coin360 The leading cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC) broke the $11,000 threshold earlier yesterday, but could not hold its position and dipped to its current price point of $10,406, down by 1.86% on the day. In terms of its weekly performance, BTC has lost 2.20%. Bitcoin 24-hour price chart. Source: Coin360 The second-largest crypto, Ether (ETH), has taken a downturn as well and…

Wasabi’s CoinJoin Management Lacks Privacy

The official Samourai Wallet Telegram account raised concerns over the alleged lack of privacy ensured by the CoinJoin implementation of competing wallet Wasabi on July 18.  According to Samourai Wallet, Wasabi wallet CoinJoin transactions are often not as private as they are purported to be. The company pointed out: “With Wasabi if you are mixing 10 BTC [Bitcoin], I can trivially track that 10 BTC as it is peeled down into smaller UTXOS (unspent funds). […] Additionally Wasabi outputs are in the order in which they are registered, allowing you…

Bank of America Files Patent for Settlement System Citing Ripple

Bank of America has filed for a patent for a settlement system citing the Ripple ledger, according to a filing on Google Patents. The patent in question — the application of which was published on June 6 — describes a system using distributed ledger technology (DLT) as an interbank communication tool. The proposed system would enable real-time settlement with transactions being communicated through a shared, decentralized ledger to which both the banks would have access. The decentralized network would both verify the identity of the payer and the payee and…