Bitcoin ATM Firm LibertyX Expands Locations via New Partnership

LibertyX, the firm that launched America’s first Bitcoin (BTC) automated teller machine (ATM), will add 90 new machines to its network. In order to expand the network, Boston-based LibertyX has partnered with independent ATM operator DesertATM, according to a report by global ATM market publication ATMmarketplace on July 18. As a part of the partnership, DesertATM will upload LibertyX on 90 of its Genmega ATMs to enable Bitcoin operations. New Bitcoin ATM locations will include gas stations such as AMPM, ARCO & Chevron, as well as Family Dollar retail stores,…

Waves to Use Vostok as Utility Tokens for New Enterprise Blockchain Solution

Waves CEO Alexander Ivanov has announced a new department for enterprise projects that will be fueled by Vostok (VST) tokens.  According to a July 18 press release, Waves is opening a new company department called Waves Enterprise, which will employ a corporate blockchain solution of the same name. The Waves Enterprise solution is a management system for businesses that need to handle data sets containing private information. As per the report, VST tokens will be the utility token for Waves Enterprise, and will be exchanged for a variety of network-based…

US Chamber of Digital Commerce Onboards Crypto Exchange ErisX

The United States Chamber of Digital Commerce has taken aboard cryptocurrency exchange ErisX. Per a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 18, ErisX has become a member of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, an advocacy group that promotes the digital asset and blockchain industry.  ErisX thus joined other heavyweights of the industry such as Fidelity Investments, Overstock.com’s Medici Ventures, enterprise blockchain software firm R3, stablecoin platform TrustToken and professional services company Accenture, among many others. ErisX CEO Thomas Chippas stated: “The Chamber of Digital Commerce and its member initiatives…

New Jersey Accuses Blockchain Firm of Unregistered Securities Sale

The State of New Jersey alleges that a blockchain-based online rental marketplace sold over $400,000 of unregistered securities. A complaint filed on July 17 accuses Pocketinns, Inc. and its president Sarvajnya G. Mada of offering and selling around $410,000 of unregistered securities in the form of a cryptocurrency dubbed “PINNS Tokens.” The tokens were sold through an initial token offering between Jan. 15 and Jan. 31, 2018. Neither Pockettins nor Mada have allegedly been registered with the state’s Bureau of Securities.  The defendants purportedly sold tokens to 217 investors in…

Coder Proposes Alternative to Bitcoin’s ‘Notoriously Unreliable’ Testnet

Introduced Wednesday, a new proposal called Signet offers a fresh alternative to bitcoin’s test network. The software plays a crucial role for developers, serving as a place where they can test their apps, to make sure they work reasonably well on the network by putting only test money on the line. Further, protocol developers can use it to test the viability and safety of big changes to bitcoin, such as Segregated Witness, one of the best-known and largest-scale bitcoin changes. But bitcoin’s current testnet, which has been around in its…

WATCH: Former ConsenSys Fintech Lead Says Facebook Will Rule Crypto Payments

Before Libra, Juan Llanos still saw some outsiders who could have taken on the payments and remittance markets. Now, after Libra, he’s not so sure. “When Libra was announced mid-June … the first thing that came to mind after reading the White Paper, obviously, is that the payments use case is already theirs,” he said. In this video, Llanos, a FinTech and RegTech Advisor, explores the things that Libra will potentially change. He says that Facebook has essentially sewn up the payments market for years to come and warns startups…

BTC Price Reclaims $10K After US Lawmaker Says Bitcoin Can’t Be Killed

Bitcoin (BTC) has retaken $10,000 today following a moderately volatile month, according to data provided by Coin360. Bitcoin starting its parabolic advance in April which culminated in retailing the 5-figure mark in June for the first time since March 2018. At the time, BTC was on a slow-and-steady bull run that peaked just shy of $14,000 on June 26. Since then, BTC has moved around a decent amount, dipping below $10,000 on July 2, retaking $13,000 on July 10, and slumping below $10,000 again on July 16. Some analysts linked…

Trust, Privacy and Genocide Accusations

The United States Congress’ hearings on Libra are over. First, on July 16, the Senate Banking Committee held a testimony on Facebook’s cryptocurrency project, which was followed by a meeting organized by the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on the next day. David Marcus, a Facebook executive and head of the social media giant’s crypto subsidiary, Calibra, testified on behalf of Libra at both hearings. The legislators extensively interviewed him for two days in a row, mainly inquiring about the project’s privacy and safety. Here are the main outtakes…

Libra Is Like Sending a Friend Request to Terrorists, Politician Says

A United States Democratic congressman has claimed “Mark Zuckerberg is sending a friend request to oligarchs, drug dealers, human traffickers and terrorists” by launching Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency. In a combative tweet on July 17, Brad Sherman described Libra as the “Zuck Buck” and he accused the Facebook CEO of deliberately attempting to circumvent America’s anti-money laundering laws. Sherman’s post was accompanied by a mock Facebook screenshot that showed Zuckerberg sending drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman a friend request. Underneath, the billionaire’s other friends are listed as the Palestinian group…

Key Comments From Libra Hearing at US House of Representatives

The United States House of Representatives Financial Services Committee heard testimony from from Facebook’s David Marcus, today July 17. Marcus, the CEO of the Calibra wallet service for the social media giant’s forthcoming Libra stablecoin, attempted to assuage regulators’ concerns regarding the project and educate lawmakers on its purpose and potential. Cointelegraph has compiled some key quotes from the hearing, which you can view here. [2:50] Rep. Maxine Waters, chair of the Financial Services Committee: “Demonstrated pattern of failing to keep consumer data private on a scale similar to Equifax……