CES and Japan's line updates, Proof-of-Keys failures, Kraken's outrage towards the USA, Nasdaq-powered exchange – this is what the second week of the year is to bring for the industry
- This week, CES – consumer electronics show, – is taking place in Las Vegas. This is a huge event with 1k speakers, >4k exhibiting participants and >180k attendees. Lots of blockchain, AR/VR and other IT-companies are unveiling their new products.
- Ledger presents its Nano X hardware walled with Bluetooth™. It supports 100 cryptocurrencies simultaneously, with >1k assets available at large. The device costs $119 and is ready to be shipped in March.
- Japan FSA Refutes News of Exploring Bitcoin ETF. ‘At this moment, we are not exploring an approval of ETFs based on crypto assets,’ a reply followed. As reported before, Japan was allegedly considering ETF launch.
- January, 5, Coinbase confirmed a 51%-attack on the Ethereum Classic Network. The team said the instances of ‘deep chain reorganization’ repeated at least nine times. All in all, about $500M were attacked via the double spend.
- Kraken states (again) that the USA is shooting down businesses because of constant unjustified subpoenas. 317 out of 475 total subpoenas for the firm originated from the US court, and in the majority of cases, they asked for ‘petabytes of data’ when a piece of single-transaction information was sufficient.
- Powered by Nasdaq, DX.Exchange went live on January, 7. It allows trading not only the six long-promised crypto-asses (BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, EOS, and LTC) but also shares (Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon – just to name a few).
- Major exchanges failed the Proof-of-Keys test. There were troubles reported about the access to Coinbase, HitBTC, Bitfinex, OKEx. On the 10-year Bitcoin Anniversary on January, 3, users were encouraged to withdraw their fundings from exchanges in order to prove their reliability.
- Winklevoss twins cast a Reddit AMA about their views on the future of crypto. Spoiler: they still believe BTC to be better than gold, and are planning to run ETFs.
- Ethereum Constantinople hardfork is taking place in 5 days on block 7080000.