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Bitcoin Flat; Number of Crypto Users Doubled in 2018, Study Finds

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Ninomag.com – Cryptocurrencies were slightly lower on Thursday, as a report from Cambridge University found that the number of crypto users have nearly doubled this year.

was mostly flat at $3,432.10 on the Ninomag.com Index, as of 8:43 AM ET (13:43 GMT).

Digital coins have fallen dramatically in recent weeks traders worry about increased regulatory scrutiny and volatility.

Cryptocurrencies overall inched down, with the total coin market capitalization at $109 billion at the time of writing, compared to $110 billion on Wednesday.

, or Ether, increased 0.7% to $90.08 and was at $23.85, down 1.1%, while inched down 0.15% to $0.30385.

Even so, the volatility of the digital coin market was not enough to deter investors, a recent study from the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance found. The number of users nearly doubled in 2018, from 18 million to 35 million, the report found. Still, users remain passive, the study stated.

“The industry is becoming more fluid, as the lines between exchanges and wallets are increasingly ‘blurred’ and a multitude of cryptocurrencies, not just bitcoin, are now supported by a growing ecosystem, fulfilling an array of functions,” Bryan Zhang, executive director of the center wrote in a statement.

In other news, exchanges in the Netherlands will soon be regulated by the Dutch Central Bank.

Cryptocurrency service providers in the Netherlands will be required to apply for a license and will need to adhere to know-your-customer rules, Dutch media site De Telegraaf reported.

The policy aims to prevent the use of digital tokens in money laundering or funding terrorism. The bank did not specify any timeline for the implementation.

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New Zealand Police Keeping ‘Open Mind’ on Cryptotopia Hack

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New Zealand Police has said the investigation into this week’s hack of crypto exchange Cryptopia is complex and it is keeping an “open mind” on all possibilities.

The police force said in a news update Wednesday that the inquiry is still in its “very early stages” and that they cannot yet tell how much cryptocurrency is involved in the hack, “other than it is a significant amount.”

“We are dealing with a complex situation and we are unable to put a timeframe on how long the investigation may take,” according to the police.

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Genesis, BitGo Team Up to Enable High-Frequency Crypto Trading

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Cryptocurrency custodian BitGo and over-the-counter (OTC) specialist Genesis Global Trading have teamed up on a service designed to make Wall Street feel more comfortable dipping a toe in the market.

Announced today, the tie-up means institutional investors storing digital assets with BitGo can use Genesis’ platform to execute trades at the speed they are accustomed to in the traditional financial markets.

For example, if a client holds 100 bitcoin in their BitGo cold storage wallet, they can get a quote via Genesis and sell those bitcoins immediately. The moment the client agrees on the trade, BitGo locks up the 100 bitcoin and holds them to give to Genesis, which initiates a U.S. dollar bank wire to BitGo.

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Bitwage Now Lets Firms Pay Salaried Staff in Crypto

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Bitwage is partnering with a payroll company to give more firms the ability to pay their workers in cryptocurrency.

Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Bitwage CEO Jonathan Chester says the partnership will let more U.S. employers fund payroll, payroll taxes and benefits with bitcoin or ether.

“This is a lifeline for companies to pay their people compliantly,” Chester told CoinDesk.

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New Zealand Police Keeping ‘Open Mind’ on Cryptopia Hack

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New Zealand Police has said the investigation into this week’s hack of crypto exchange Cryptopia is complex and it is keeping an “open mind” on all possibilities.

The police force said in a news update Wednesday that the inquiry is still in its “very early stages” and that they cannot yet tell how much cryptocurrency is involved in the hack, “other than it is a significant amount.”

“We are dealing with a complex situation and we are unable to put a timeframe on how long the investigation may take,” according to the police.

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Bitcoin Inches Down as Chevron, Total Join Oil Blockchain Platform

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Ninomag.com – Cryptocurrency prices fell slightly on Wednesday, while oil giants Chevron (NYSE:) and Total joined blockchain-based platform Vakt.

The company is one of the first blockchain schemes for commodities, as businesses look for ways to harness the technology behind and other digital coins.

Bitcoin slipped 0.42% to $3,622.40 on the Ninomag.com Index, as of 8:41 AM ET (13:41 GMT).

Cryptocurrencies overall were flat with the total coin market capitalization at $122 billion at the time of writing.

,or Ether, slipped 3.6% to $124.06 and was at $31.51, down 1.6%, while decreased 0.5% to $0.3293.

Vakt, created in 2017, already includes major companies including BP (LON:), Royal Dutch Shell (LON:) and Mercuria Energy Group, among others. The platform os a post-trade processing site for commodities that promises to decrease risk and reduce costs through the elimination of paper contracts.

“Total has been supporting industry initiatives to digitize cargo post-trade processes for some time,” Thomas Waymel, President Trading & Shipping at Total, said in a press release. “We view them as a major step forward towards safer, faster and cheaper logistical operations.”

Meanwhile, global blockchain company The Bitfury Group, is launching an open-source music platform secured using blockchain. While it’s not the first company to venture into the music industry, it’s the first time a major player has aimed to change the music industry.

The platform will streamline the transfer of copyrighted assets, by creating a digital system to share and monetize intellectual property, Bitfury said.

The London-based company was recently valued at $1 billion and sells digital coin mining equipment and develops blockchain technology, including for the Ukrainian government.

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