Top News Daily 07.09.2018

- Goldman Sachs: news about the refusal of cryptocurrency units is fake

Goldman Sachs Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Martin Chavez said that recent reports about the company abandoning its plans to open a cryptocurrency trading desk are “fake news,” CNBC reported. At the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference in San Francisco, Chavez reportedly said that reports about the company’s intentions for a crypto trading desk were unfounded:

- 80% of Americans know what bitcoin is

Just under 50 percent of millennials are interested in using cryptocurrencies as a primary form of payment as opposed to using the U.S. dollar, a new survey by polling firm YouGov found. The company released the results of its latest poll Thursday, which asked 1,202 Americans about their familiarity and interest in cryptocurrencies on August 29 and 30. According to a press release, 79 percent of respondents have heard of at least one type of cryptocurrency, with 71 percent saying they have heard of bitcoin.

- The Australian regulator will apply the rules of financial markets for crypto exchanges

A top Australian financial regulator has indicated it will take a new approach when regulating cryptocurrency exchanges, as well as tighten scrutiny of initial coin offerings (ICOs),. In its a corporate plan for 2018–2022, released Friday, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) outlined its areas of focus for the period. Top of that list is to continue "monitoring threats of harm from emerging products" such as ICOs and cryptocurrencies.

- Wyre buys a company that is developing smart contracts for bitcoin

Crypto payments startup Wyre has acquired 100 percent of Hedgy, a venture-backed bitcoin smart contract development firm, for an undisclosed sum. The deal will help Wyre broaden the scope of the services it provides to crypto startups, the company's co-founder and COO Ioannis Giannaros told CoinDesk. Wyre provides cross-border payments using bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and other cryptocurrencies to settle transactions.

- EOS blockchain will increase the load of new users

The EOS blockchain project is hoping to boost the onboarding of new users by reducing the cost of opening accounts. EOS New York, one of the network's 21 block producers (the entities elected to verify transactions on the network), announced Thursday that 15 block producers had approved a new protocol update which reduces cost of a new account from 4 kibibytes (KiB) to 3 KiB (roughly $1.84 as of September 6). KiB are used to measure amounts of data.